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04 November 2010 @ 05:49 pm
And it gets better (not)  
$Spyed has announced that they WILL be changing the option effective today.


Based on past encounters with TPTB at DA I totally did not expect this and I did not expect him to be so respectful about it. I hope those that work under him take his lead in the future.


Nokari a "Senior Member" has added his own hateful comments to the situation:
If not having a 3rd gender option, or complete lack there of, on a website makes you feel offended, then you have bigger problems.

Look down between your legs. If you see a penis, choose Male. If you see a vagina, choose Female. If you see a penis but don't feel male, than pick Female. If you see a vagina but don't feel like a female, then pick Male. If some days you feel one way and other days you feel the other, then switch it as you see fit. And if you don't like either, go eenie meenie minie moe to make your choice and select to not show anything. You can write "Unspecified" or whatever the hell else you want anywhere on your profile with the exact same effect. No one but yourself cares whether it says "his" or "her" on your profile. People can't go around calling you "it" all the time anyways.

Your 3rd option is to pick to not show your gender choice and just tell people what you prefer.

He elaborates on his POV further in the thread: 


I replied: 
I'm a straight female with no ambiguity to my gender or sexual identity and I'm still mortally offended by the tone that STAFF are taking with CUSTOMERS about a very painful and personal issue for them. The lack of compassion, understanding, and just plain humanity is breathtaking. Stop trying to make this about some politically correct weirdos with their noses out of joint and address the real issue: The lack of good customer relations at this site and the freedom that those who represent it feel in behaving like trolls towards the customers. In any other business that can get your fired.

This issue is going viral on Twitter and Live Journal so at the least you should expect some financial hit from people who chose to give their money to other sites where they are welcome. I suspect the Male/Female thing is as much about datamining as anything else so I don't expect it to change but I would like to see a change in the behavior of site reps towards users. There was recently a national day to express protest against bullies. If you thought for a moment that you weren't part of the problem you were mistaken.
Scribe Figaroscribefigaro on November 5th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
"What the shit?" says I.

As a straight male with no particular sexual ambiguity, I'm pretty okay with identifying with one specific gender, and I can almost (almost!) understand a specific male/female delineation, but oh my Christ, I cannot grep this delineation in the face of such specific complaint.

Illegitimi non carborundum, as they (do not) say. (Especially amusing as carborundrum, otherwise known as silicon carbide, is a material of particular sigificance in my doctoral dissertation.) Hilarity, it fails to ensue.
ranuelranuel on November 5th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's the sort of thing that hadn't occurred to me as an issue because it's not MY issue so I can see how DA could have made the change without realizing the impact or meaning to discriminate. Once it was pointed out to them though they did almost everything wrong. It shouldn't take getting slammed with hundreds of complaints within a few hours, flame wars on message boards at DA, postings to LJ, DW, and Twitter, and the CEO having to step in to fix something like this quickly and without alienating users.

Even after $Spyed made his announcement people continued to delete their accounts over how ugly it had gotten on the DA discussion boards.

So, Doctor, what IS the correct Latin for that anyway?