“I just don’t see why you would choose to do that as a reply to an article written by somebody just trying to talk about her journey.”
Because it is misleading (if not an outright lie). One can perfectly craft an inspiring story without such misleading claim. In fact, I would argue that the story would be even more powerful. Just because you story is supposed to inspire does not make the claim valid. And I think it is perfectly fine to mention this on this channel; that’s what the comments sections are for —not just for “likes” but for debates about the story. Besides, the original commenter was far from being aggressive; he even said it was a nice story.
As for the title “software engineer”, for the technical professionals in the industry, there is no dispute over its definition and they know the difference between “software engineer” and “software developer”. But the businessmen made the term their own because it sounds more prestigious and attractive and commands respect and trust (good for business; and if there are more “engineers” in the market, then it means potentially lower pay too!); just like in banks, practically everyone is a “manager”. SDET is a Microsoft term. Again, good for business. But that doesn’t mean that we should all adhere to this blurred definition. In fact, it’s more reason to highlight what it really is when the occasion presents itself.