Request: Gender

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Request: Gender

Post by Dreamer » Thu Jun 23, 2005 2:40 pm

What about this?

"Gender: (o) None Specified ( ) Male ( ) Female"

Same as here.

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Ah ah!!!!

Post by Clo » Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:43 pm

:) Hello !
- Ah Ah ! It's an info I wish to see on the fora for a very long while!
- I thought already to a small coloured label beside / in the avatars: we were talking of that joking with "Ouistiti" a.k.a. Paul V...n out the forum recently ! We thought to something like :
Gender :
female :
male:   
none :
both :
other:

:D Indeed, I support, and sign up with my two hands ! And with my feet, even !
- Seriously, this could be very useful, since in English it's very difficult to know who is the writer at gender, that can cause conflicts and misunderstandings… and very ambiguous situations too !
- I saw sometimes a girl on some forum : everyone rushed to help her !
- Humm … No cheat, please ! Let indicate your real gender !
- Thank you Dreamer to point out that very important issue !!!

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Post by ouistiti » Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:43 pm

Just an opinion : "male" and "female" sound awful in some languages in which they are reserved only for animals... So I suggest to choose the coloured solution...
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Post by helmut » Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:42 pm

Actually I don't bother much whether people are male or female here in the forum. Sure enough I'm a bit more helpful and friendly when there's a she-member, but apart from that it does not matter much to me.

I'd be interested to know what women think about this "gender" tag. Would you really use it?

If we think of using an image / symbol, we should simply use the standard symbol for women and men. For those who don't remember the biology lessons well: ;-)

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And the others ?

Post by Clo » Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:04 pm

:arrow: Helmut
I'd be interested to know what women think about this "gender" tag. Would you really use it?
- What is the A****'s opinion? :P
If we think of using an image / symbol, we should simply use the standard symbol for women and men…
- This excludes the others, not so simple, isn't quite black or white, or binary "1" / "0"… Image

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Post by Anika » Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:45 pm

I think it would be useful to know if I have to write "'he' or 'she' helped me with..." Especially if the user name and avatar are not obviously one gender.
In some other forums I use an alias that is not clearly a gender and I am very amused that nearly everyone thinks I am male. And even when the gender flag in the profile is set as female. So I am not sure if it would help for others but for me it would.

I can remember that I had to write a letter to somebody who wanted to work in the kindergarten where I am board member. The first name was foreign and I found on the internet male and female persons with this name. It was very difficult with the salutatory address. In this case a gender flag really would have helped.

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Post by ckv » Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:50 pm

This forum haves unigue ability to surprise once in a while. :|

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:D

But seriously, gender is good idea. (a while ago one of my long time forum buddy revealed to be female. I am kind of embarrassed that I didn't figure it out before)
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Post by Dreamer » Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:50 pm

Wow!

Thanks for your support :D

I think the best way is to use symbols and colours.

E.g.:
Image

Gender: Image

Gender: Image


What do you think?

BTW - Soeren, thanks for "Country Flag", also a nice addition...

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Post by ckit » Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:16 am

I think this is a terrible idea, it's too personal for a start.
Sure I would like to see more females/women on the forums but this isn't the way to do it. Not only that, this could be the beginning of sexual harressment via PM or email!!

Let's just stick to finding bugs or requesting features.

Also, you're forgetting one thing I come from "The Scene" where people like to be stealthful and careful about info. I'm slowly changing in this area though.
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Post by ckit » Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:20 am

Before someone requests it, I'll shoot it down now...
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Post by Dreamer » Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:07 pm

ckit,

most important, this is from my first post:
Dreamer wrote:"Gender: (o) None Specified ( ) Male ( ) Female"
I think most of xnview forum guests/users are adult and intelligent. I like anonymity too, but this information is not required, also, you can still use this forum as guest - completely anonymous, so I can see no reason against this "gender feature". And - most users (or all except you) like this idea....

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Post by ckit » Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:20 pm

Ok, you're right I went over-the-top on the idea.
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Post by Drahken » Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:03 pm

I never could figure out the origin of the female symbol. The male one is obvious, but what's the horizontal line on the female one supposed to represent? Her bust? The bottom of here skirt? Nothing at all? ...?

For "other", we could always use the prince symbol.

It's been my experience on other forums that many people either don't set a gender, or set the wrong gender intentionally. (Some guys like to pretend to be girls in order to recieve friendlier treatment, some girls pretend to be guys to avoid discrimination and/or being plagued by guys trying to hit on them.)
Personally, I never give out more personal info than is truly needed. I really despise sites that demand your real name, address, or other info that has nothing at all to do with the site in question. I usually respond by giving them info such as "real name: Screw You", "address: 666 Your Butt", etc.

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Problems for me too…

Post by Clo » Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:47 pm

:arrow: Anika

:) Hello !
- Thank you to support the Dreamer's request.
…The first name was foreign and I found on the internet male and female persons with this name. …
:| (Sigh…) Mine is as is, so I receive many letters, emails, and calls of phone-advertising for "Mrs Ch…". There are only four first names like this in French, but they are very spread… Irritating !

- Temporarily, those who like the principle could add the coloured circle in their signatures, like I did myself now; to get the same colours, the codes are below :

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female :   [size=24][color=#FFAAFF]Alt+0149[/color][/size]
male:      [size=24] [color=blue]Alt+0149[/color][/size]
none :     [size=24]Alt+0149[/size]                       (some natural cases and various causes...)
both :     [size=24][color=#E000E0]Alt+0149[/color][/size]       (7/1,000 among the whole births...)
other:     [size=24][color=#77FF77]Alt+0149[/color][/size]         (extraterrestrial or so...)
{ Aside : the damned bitmap font for "Code" here doesn't write the “” character :( Might be changed, if possible… }

:mrgreen: Kind regards,
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Study…

Post by Clo » Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:57 pm

:arrow: Drahken

:) Hello !
…The male one is obvious, but what's the horizontal line on the female one supposed to represent?…
- Not made originally by an icon-designer ! Image
- No offence, but you might dive in books about the ancient Mythology…

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