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Forum - Should one's profile include gender?

Question asked by Jamil Snead on Sep 9, 2014
Latest reply on Sep 9, 2014 by Kelvin Lamport

Sometimes I don't know the gender of a poster because they don't have a real photo for the avatar and I don't recognize the name or it is ambiguous. Then if I want to refer to him/her in the third person I get stuck and have to think of creative ways to rephrase what I am trying to say to avoid using gender-specific pronouns. For example, I might want to say "SoAndSo mentioned the sweep feature but maybe he/she meant loft." I don't want to actually write he/she (although maybe that's the best solution). Has anyone else run into this situation? Does anyone think a gender indication in the profile could be useful? Of course not everyone actually completes their profile but sometimes it might come to the rescue.