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Asked: Aug 12 '13 at 07:27

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Last updated: Sep 15 '13 at 01:20

What is the deal with this: "ele edited HIS profile" ? No wonder a new user thought I was a dude! He was very embarrassed & apologetic - I laughed.

Several times new members have been embarrassed when they mistakenly referred to another user by the wrong gender. Even long time members have made mistakes. Perhaps a new line could be added in our accts where you ask real name, location & age & members will have the option to declare gender if they so desire.

Thank you!

asked Aug 12 '13 at 07:27

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edited Sep 15 '13 at 01:20


The software we use is open-source and was not written by us. Whoever originally wrote it probably used the word "his" in that character string as a generic term. We will see about changing this string to "his/her" the next time we make any modifications to the underlying software - this may not be for some weeks.

If you are concerned that people are mistaking your gender, there is nothing to prevent you writing something along the lines of I am female in your account profile.

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answered Aug 14 '13 at 10:17

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I hope I did not come off as critical. It was not my intention & I apologize if I did. I appreciate this exceptional & inspirational site as well as all that you do & all the time & innovations you have made along the way. I admit I was surprised when I saw IQ using a generic masculine specific pronoun to identify all users & thought this practice was quite outdated.

I see you updated your software & opted to use a widely acceptable gender neutral pronoun. I am happy you selected the singular personal pronoun 'their' over his or her.

(Sep 13 '13 at 22:06) ele

Here are a couple links for anyone who is not familiar with gender neutral pronouns; specifically the use of the singular 'their' which is now being accepted as grammatically correct as well as 'politically' correct. Good enough for Shakespeare. Much Appreciation - Thank-You Simon!

http://www.languagehat.com/archives/000421.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender-neutral_pronoun

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender-neutral_language_in_English

(Sep 13 '13 at 22:13) ele
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