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Old 06-11-2008, 08:09 AM   #21
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View Post Originally Posted by Lunawater
I disagree with the gender symbols. If someone wants you to know they will let you. If they are your friend they can inform you at their discression. Like me for example, how many times have i heard she or girl or chick, im a guy, lunawater is a family thing, and i just went with it.
That's why they should give the option of turning off the symbol.

I've called a moderator a guy before, because I didn't know her that well. I'm sure she wasn't offended, but it was still a bit embarrassing.
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:13 AM   #22
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View Post Originally Posted by RegsH
For those of us who don't care whether our gender is known, the option could be made available to us to have a symbol indicating our gender. And for those younger members who want to be safer, there could be a way to turn it off so that the gender is not known to everyone.

Maybe there could even be a third option, where the gender only shows up on the profile page, and only to those people who are on your friends lst.
Some really great ideas here! My personal opinion is that we can become cautious to a ridiculous extreme which can foster fear of others, both on-line and off. Until our kids are old enough to judge a situation on their own, about 42 I think , we rely on a little fear to keep them wary of others and, hopefully, safer. It is a delicate balancing act. I like Regs' ideas because they allow for choice for the adults with no children as well and those with.
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:14 AM   #23
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gender indication would be nice...but it isn't needed

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we should get them AFTER they fix and update the WHOLE website

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Old 06-11-2008, 08:26 AM   #24
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If it was made so only Members of the site could view what gender you are, or possibly if you needed to have so many posts (like 30) to see the Gender Indicators, that could get rid of some of the predator problem possibility.


I doubt a predator would want to take the time to actually make 30 decent posts and would not even bother.
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:26 AM   #25
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I think this is a great idea.
I'm a girl Though my username hardly makes that clear...
It's nice to know who you're talking to!
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:53 PM   #26
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View Post Originally Posted by Wina
I suggest that if you want to address someone as "he" or "she" that you take a guess, write "he/she" or "they" or something like that. I bet that most people wouldn't be offended is you guessed a gender writing that and got it wrong. They'd either not care or let you know the correct one.

Good topic for discussion!
I have had multiple discussions with my English teacher about using the word "they". It was decided by her that the word is only to be used in the plural form. This disgusted me, for I found that would make writing essays and things difficult, but she was strict. So, you supposedly shouldn't use "they" to refer to a singular person (I am not sure if that is the formal definition). It would make posting difficult to always have to use he or she - hence the gender symbols.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:58 PM   #27
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i reccomend saying "he/she" in your posts. this will hopefully stop confusion, and will make people hapier.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:58 PM   #28
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I have had multiple discussions with my English teacher about using the word "they". It was decided by her that the word is only to be used in the plural form. This disgusted me, for I found that would make writing essays and things difficult, but she was strict. So, you supposedly shouldn't use "they" to refer to a singular person (I am not sure if that is the formal definition). It would make posting difficult to always have to use he or she - hence the gender symbols.
This is the definition of "they" in the online dictionary I use (dictionary.com):

1. nominative plural of he, she, and it.
2. people in general (example: They say he's rich.)
3. used with an indefinite singular antecedent in place of the definite masculine he or the definite feminine she (example: Whoever is of voting age, whether they are interested in politics or not, should vote.)

So according to that dictionary, you CAN use "they" when referring to a person of unknown gender. (At least, that's how I read it.)

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Oh! But don't let ME get you into trouble with your English teacher.

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Old 06-11-2008, 03:58 PM   #29
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oh yeah, wina wrote that and i forgot to say that i agree with him/her.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:58 PM   #30
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View Post Originally Posted by RegsH
For those of us who don't care whether our gender is known, the option could be made available to us to have a symbol indicating our gender. And for those younger members who want to be safer, there could be a way to turn it off so that the gender is not known to everyone.

Maybe there could even be a third option, where the gender only shows up on the profile page, and only to those people who are on your friends lst.
Just like everything else on a good site, this idea would need to be regulated. Probably the most obvious and simple way would be to have the option to turn it off (as stated above). If anyone felt that they could possibly be violated by having their gender posted, then they could immediately dispose of the option.

Having the symbols only appear for your friends would most likely not solve problems, for they would be used most often with people you were unfamiliar with. There is a greater chance for you to already know the gender of friends.

I would still like to know (if anyone does know themselves) why the original symbols were deleted (the ones used occassionally in the "Members List" search).
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