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Old 11-09-2010, 10:01 AM   #21
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For your avatar you could use a photograph of a sexy German model/actress, like I usually use for my avatar (not using it today). But be prepared for a lot of PMs from guys who think it is a photo of you and want to get to know you a lot better.
You never got a PM from me, did you?

For the record, I never send any PM trying to get to "know" anyone better. I don't want anybody to know me either. I could be a woman, for all you know.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:07 AM   #22
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A few people on this forum know my gender....but we're keepin' it a secret...

btw, Kyounge...I've always assumed you are female.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:15 AM   #23
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You never got a PM from me, did you?

For the record, I never send any PM trying to get to "know" anyone better. I don't want anybody to know me either. I could be a woman, for all you know.
The guys who PM me are not regulars here. Usually they are newbies or lurkers. And really, I don't care if you are a woman or a man - - I just think you should sell that vacation house and RV (and boat if you have one), kick back with all that money, and retire before you get too old! But that's just my opinion and you are the one living your life, not me.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:16 AM   #24
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Let me think about that... Hmmmm, Ron... Veronica or Rhonda?

Shouldn't there have been a Poll with this thread?
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:23 AM   #25
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Another theory, totally baseless: your board name feels like a first initial and last name, like JSmith1949. I haven't "met" many women using that format yet quite a few men seem to do so by convention. In fact, my own "fast signature" -- the one I use to sign on scores of paperwork daily, was in effect "RTampa."

Maybe that format "seemed" male to many members.

Heck, I don't have a clue. But if it bothers you, lots of good suggestions above.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:36 AM   #26
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I've been mistaken online for a female. I assume it's because I prefer low stress arguement free posting, don't care about sports, and do appreciate old rugs, Molas, Kuba cloth, various pottery, and such like. Disconcerting, but as long as your gender isn't confusing at home it's no big deal.
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I never gave a thought to the OP's gender. Nor did it matter to me.

Heh, My screen name is pretty obscure. If my gender is ever confused, Ok. Though I'm sure my style of writing and contents thereof do not leave much room for confusion.

There are times when some leave a titillating bit of post, from those the poster's gender is fairly obvious.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:49 AM   #28
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One of the most gender confusing names on this forum:

Cute Fuzzy Bunny
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:02 AM   #29
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Reminds me of the time I sent in my resume to a prospective employer. The supervisor had a gender neutral name. I refered to him as "her"...ooops! No need to say, I never got a call back.
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I've been mistaken online for a female. I assume it's because I prefer low stress arguement free posting, don't care about sports, and do appreciate old rugs, Molas, Kuba cloth, various pottery, and such like. Disconcerting, but as long as your gender isn't confusing at home it's no big deal.
Loki is a male name so I didn't make that assumption.

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I see from this thread that I've been mistaking the genders of several different people. Oops. I generally don't worry much about who's what, unless I'm writing a response that requires "he" or "she" and then I go check the profile if I have to. Usually I am too lazy and write around it.

I've been mistaken here for a guy here occasionally and thought maybe it was because WM could be read as William. I don't really worry about it.
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I always figured that Rich in Tampa got PMs from ladies who wanted to know a rich guy in Tampa they might hook up with.

And I'm with W2R--I didn't even realize those were cookies, sorry!

A very long time ago, I registered with my last name as my user name, soon realized my mistake and asked the admins to change it for security. Nicely, they did.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:41 AM   #33
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Why is this important to you?

To paraphrase MLK:
A posts should be judged by the quality and content of the post, not the sex of the poster.
+1

I really don't care to pay attention to gender (unless it is relevant to the subject), it is the content I'm responding to. As others have said, it is awkward to do the he/she/they/poster thing, and it's awkward to be wrong.

Although I remember reading some posts from the OP where the gender was stated, and it did stick with me.

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My avatar comes from a childhood nickname. My mom used to call me "Cookie" when I was a little girl. I always thought it was much too cutesy to be a man's avatar.
But REAL men LOVE Chocolate Chip cookies. Most REAL men have probably cooked up a batch of Toll House style with the recipe conveniently placed right on the Nestle Chip labels (and that's a good basic recipe). Alton Brown does a series on how to make them chewy, crisp or cake-ey. I like all styles. My son pointed out the advantage of crispy - you can clearly see how many chips are in the cookie! Smart kid! Nothing like choosing a cookie and then only getting one or two chips. And m'lady, your chips are clearly showing.

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I've been mistaken online for a female. I assume it's because I prefer low stress arguement free posting, don't care about sports, and do appreciate ...

Welcome to the club (non-sports person club, not the 'argument free posting style' club ) - it is awkward at times, isn't it? I recall a comedian going on about this. Said something like " Yeah, you get asked - 'see da big game dis weekend?' ", and you have no idea what game or even what sport they are talking about. He said he'd answer, "Nah, missed it. I was busy rebuilding a transmission in a '62 Corvette for a stripper, as a, ummm 'favor' if you get my drift. Was it a good game?".

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I never realized it was a cookie, strangely enough. Thanks! That IS cute now that I know what it is.
I could tell that one, but with the small sizes and pixel limitations, some of these are hard to make out. There are a number of them I don't get yet. I guess sometimes it hits you and other times it doesn't. When I first joined, Nord's avatar was shrunk down and the colors were a bit different - some soft pink pastels in there or something. For the life of me I couldn't make out that it was the Tasmanian Devil surfing. It looked like some cutesy character from a dryer sheet box - didn't one have a teddy bear falling gently in the soft towels or something? I guess the waves looked like towels curling up. Didn't match the personality of the poster, so it always threw me.

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CuppaJoe is a woman??

I was not aware of that!

Not that it matters.
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...with the small sizes and pixel limitations, some of these are hard to make out.
Now you're getting personal ....
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One idea for an unequivocably feminine avatar is to use a photograph of a sexy model/actress, like I usually use for my avatar (not using it today, today I am using a 1965 photo of myself). But when using a sexy model or actress as an avatar, be prepared for a lot of PMs from guys who think it is a photo of you and want to get to know you a lot better.
How do you know they are guys?



Yeah...I change my avatar from time to time. I'm now showing a demure bbbamI....
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I always figured that Rich in Tampa got PMs from ladies who wanted to know a rich guy in Tampa they might hook up with...
I thought they wanted medical advice .

One time a member did get very upset because she thought I was bragging about my financial status based on my forum name. Well, at least she knew I was male.
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There are no women on the internet. Men are men. Women are men. And children are FBI agents. I thought everyone knew this. You're welcome. ;-)

This is so hilarious. Thank you for posting.
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One time a member did get very upset because she thought I was bragging about my financial status based on my forum name. Well, at least she knew I was male.
Right, a woman would never brag about her financial status.

Personally, I would always prefer to know whether I am speaking to a man or a woman. Maybe I have just not quite the level of 21st century social perfection that some of you have achieved.

I also believe that everything contains information.

By the way, in case anyone cares, I am a pre-op MTF Lesbian.

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By the way, in case anyone cares, I am a pre-op MTF Lesbian.

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