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Old 06-11-2008, 04:03 PM   #31
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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.
That's a good point. I do know the gender of most of the people I chat with regularly. There are one or two of my friends who I'm not sure about.

I don't quite know how to ask... "Oh, by the way, are you a guy or girl? I can't quite tell by looking at you."

And the longer I chat with them, the less I want to ask. "I know I've been chatting with you for MONTHS, but I still don't know whether you're male or female."
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:05 PM   #32
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Yeah, I've been called a "he" several times, so now I'm trying to get a little bit more girly avatars, just so people know.
The pink/blue smilies are a good idea!
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:09 PM   #33
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I think the gender symbols are a good idea. I have gotten mixed up several times and now I always use he/she. I don't want to offend anyone! I wish the gender symbols appeared under our usernames. Even though this is on the internet where others can see it, I don't think it would hurt too much. Also, when you register, if you're 12 years and older, it can be turned on and off and if you're younger, it will automatically not be there at all.
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:13 PM   #34
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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, 05:02 PM   #35
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I think the question to ask would be "Would adding this feature really affect the safety of members?"

Figure in that many people (previously said) seem to show their genders in their avatar and signature. A stalker would most likely be able to guess the gender of someone just by their regular posts (but of course would be incorrect sometimes like most have been).

Also consider that members have the option of posting a "Profile picture". Think about it. If this doesn't give away who you are to an internet stalker, then nothing will, and the gender symbols would not affect anything.
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:03 PM   #36
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This is actually a very common problem. On another forum, my username has the word "Girl" in it, but someone still called me "he" by accident.
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:18 PM   #37
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I have often wondered if I was reading a post from a male or female. LOL And just thinking about asking "Are you male or female?" makes me think of Pat from SNL.

But then just because someone says they are a girl or boy and have kids or they are a kid, does NOT mean that they really are.

Personally I have no problem saying that I am a mom and would never go "hunting" down a young boy or girl, but I can see where some would concerned. But then I also think that if someone wants to get to you they will and just having a symbol showing that you are a girl or boy is not going to give them access to your name, address, social security number and shoe size.



I just realized that this entire post made very little sense. LOL I guess that my brain is mush from working with 2 year olds all day.

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Old 06-11-2008, 05:25 PM   #38
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I think it's a good idea! But u wouldn't make a mistake about my gender, I mean really?
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:28 PM   #39
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View Post Originally Posted by millieroo
I have often wondered if I was reading a post from a male or female. LOL And just thinking about asking "Are you male or female?" makes me think of Pat from SNL.

But then just because someone says they are a girl or boy and have kids or they are a kid, does NOT mean that they really are.

Personally I have no problem saying that I am a mom and would never go "hunting" down a young boy or girl, but I can see where some would concerned. But then I also think that if someone wants to get to you they will and just having a symbol showing that you are a girl or boy is not going to give them access to your name, address, social security number and shoe size.



I just realized that this entire post made very little sense. LOL I guess that my brain is mush from working with 2 year olds all day.
Your post made perfect sense, and I agree with it. Telling people your gender isn't telling them your name or where you live.

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View Post Originally Posted by miszangiemae
I think it's a good idea! But u wouldn't make a mistake about my gender, I mean really?
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Yes, you are OBVIOUSLY a boy. Everything about your post and avatar is boyish.

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Old 06-11-2008, 05:31 PM   #40
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that is a really great idea!!!! People always call me he or she when my name is clearly Luke....
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