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    Default gender symbols

    Hi moderators, and Richard...

    Something just passed my mind today, I remember the time I was answering Veronīs post, maybe, a couple of months ago or so... And I was trying to use a pronoun for her, but I couldnīt, for I donīt know her gender that time, whether sheīs a she or a he. I then end up rephrasing my sentence to avoid using that pronoun.

    Could we have, if possible, have gender symbols: that circle with a cross for women and circle with an arrow for men, say beside the names in posts....

    I also have read one post directed to Soup saying (s)he, having the same problem as I did, a time ago... and still having the same problems till now....

    thanks!

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    I think it is very possible that some people do not want this kind of information about themselves to be shown. They like anonymity.

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    Default Re: gender symbols

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I think it is very possible that some people do not want this kind of information about themselves to be shown. They like anonymity.
    It would be for those who doesnīt mind showing their gender then. How about putting it as an option.

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    I honestly don't know if we could do that- let's see what the Webmaster says. However, if it were done, it would have to be optional, so I am not sure that many would choose it- there is something about the anonymity as Anglika says.

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    In my case, I donīt mind people knowing my gender. In fact, I have had a problem before with other members who mistook me as a female, and then a homo, and finally got all things end well....

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    I think if it's happen, some people may abuse it. They may use this information to "hit on" ladies.Then these great forums would turn into a "partner finder". I am %100 sure dear blouen you have no bad intention at all, but I disagree with this idea. I belive, it's better to hide the gender

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    My concern is just for us giving the right title of he/she/sir/maīam to other members, for even I, staying quite a time in the forum arenīt sure whether some moderators here or regular members are male/female.

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    Hmm I can see your point, but as i said above there are disadvantages of it. My solution is that I don't care anybody's gender, I just think them as "users" and I use [s/he] as a pronoun

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    I think it pays to be polite, you see. And not to commit some lame fiascoes.
    Anyway, it depends upon the webmaster, I guess, if he would love this....

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