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why GENDERshould be a TEXT FIELD                          Brianna              identi.ca/pfctdayelise
Pros:●Using the wrong pronoun is very jarring●Helps translators●Helps statistics/metrics●Helps advertisers●How dare you di...
Cons:Can alienate potential users●
Sarah Dopp:I’ll give you a hint: If you’re still asking about racein a required drop-down menu, you’re way behind. Because...
What do you really want to know?
More reading●Facebooks decision on gender:http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=2108918713●Sarah Mei on Diaspora:http://w...
BarCamp Geelong - Why gender should be a text field
BarCamp Geelong - Why gender should be a text field
BarCamp Geelong - Why gender should be a text field
BarCamp Geelong - Why gender should be a text field
BarCamp Geelong - Why gender should be a text field
BarCamp Geelong - Why gender should be a text field
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BarCamp Geelong - Why gender should be a text field

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This is really about ideas that other people have come up with, but I think they're worth popularising. (See last slide for links.)

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BarCamp Geelong - Why gender should be a text field

  1. 1. why GENDERshould be a TEXT FIELD Brianna identi.ca/pfctdayelise
  2. 2. Pros:●Using the wrong pronoun is very jarring●Helps translators●Helps statistics/metrics●Helps advertisers●How dare you disrupt my neat view of the world!My perspective will rule!
  3. 3. Cons:Can alienate potential users●
  4. 4. Sarah Dopp:I’ll give you a hint: If you’re still asking about racein a required drop-down menu, you’re way behind. Because doing it that way says to a user:●You have a race.●It’s really important to me.●It’s one (and only one) of these listed here.
  5. 5. What do you really want to know?
  6. 6. More reading●Facebooks decision on gender:http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=2108918713●Sarah Mei on Diaspora:http://www.sarahmei.com/blog/2010/11/26/disalienatio●Gina Trapani:http://smarterware.org/7388/the-case-against-drop-do●Bagcheck asks for pronouns:http://bagcheck.com/blog/01-the-gender-question●Metafilter on analysing their open field:http://metatalk.metafilter.com/20050/Gender-Go-nuts-

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