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Old 06-11-2008, 05:53 AM   #1
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Default Gender Indications

I have had problems with not having sufficient knowledge of a member, and I'm sure many others have too. This can occur when a someone is posting about a fellow member and call them, for example, a "he" when they are a "she", or vice versa. This can be rather frustrating, for it has happened to me a jillion times.

How to solve this problem? I know that there used to be gender symbols above select people's names before when typed into the "Members List" search, but they were deleted. Are there restrictions to keeping a gender symbol somewhere?

I was hoping for the chance to have an indication somewhere to the left of a person's post (in the same area as the avatar, among others) so a person would be informed immediately the gender to refrain from making the above mistake.

Is this a good idea? Or is it obsolete because of certain restrictions on this website? I would like to find out!

monkeecj

Here's for anyone who wants to add their gender symbol:
Go to the User CP and click on "Edit Options". The first section will have a drop-down box called "Gender". Drop it down to what you want!

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Old 06-11-2008, 05:59 AM   #2
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I think it's a good idea. I don't see why there would be restrictions on it when Pokemon games have gender indicators and Pokemon is played by tons of kids.
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:02 AM   #3
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What I meant by restrictions was the website trying to make sure people didn't give out too much personal information. I wasn't sure if that would fall into the category.
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:03 AM   #4
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[quote=monkeecj;8138831]I have had problems with not having sufficient knowledge of a member, and I'm sure many others have too. This can occur when a someone is posting about a fellow member and call them, for example, a "he" when they are a "she", or vice versa. This can be rather frustrating, for it has happened to me a jillion times.


I've had that happen to me, too!

Maybe a little pink smiley face or a blue smiley face under the username would be one way to solve that.

(Kind of old fashioned, with the colors, but a fairly simple solution.)
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:04 AM   #5
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View Post Originally Posted by monkeecj
What I meant by restrictions was the website trying to make sure people didn't give out too much personal information. I wasn't sure if that would fall into the category.
Oh, sorry, it's early. Well my Username gives my gender away and I know a few other people whose names do that too, including the founders Justin and Wendy. Good idea monkeecj.
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:07 AM   #6
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View Post Originally Posted by luvwebbies
I've had that happen to me, too!

Maybe a little pink smiley face or a blue smiley face under the username would be one way to solve that.

(Kind of old fashioned, with the colors, but a fairly simple solution.)
Blue and Pink Smilies! Classic.
Something simple like that would really make a difference.
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:09 AM   #7
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View Post Originally Posted by monkeecj
What I meant by restrictions was the website trying to make sure people didn't give out too much personal information. I wasn't sure if that would fall into the category.

It might.

And with good reason: If a predator is stalking a website, that individual could very well be seeking out a certain gender....

In general, the less personal information given out, the better.




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Old 06-11-2008, 06:09 AM   #8
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View Post Originally Posted by animegrl
Oh, sorry, it's early. Well my Username gives my gender away and I know a few other people whose names do that too, including the founders Justin and Wendy. Good idea monkeecj.
mine does , too . how men or boys are " MISS".

having that smiley in pink or blue is a cool idea.
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:13 AM   #9
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View Post Originally Posted by luvwebbies
It might.

And with good reason: If a predator is stalking a website, that individual could very well be seeking out a certain gender....

In general, the less personal information given out, the better.



Right, so there's the toss up: Less confusion or (possibly) too much information?
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:17 AM   #10
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View Post Originally Posted by monkeecj
Right, so there's the toss up: Less confusion or (possibly) too much information?
Exactly.

And it's always better to be more vigilant against possible
cyber-stalkers, than less.
Especially on a site where young children visit.

It really would be great to know the gender of our WI friends via a pink/blue smiley, for example---but if that opens the door for any potential threats or dangers, it's just not worth it.

You really raised a great point for discussion, this morning, though!
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