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Old 11-09-2010, 07:21 PM   #61
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I see the problem. Folks can hide lots of info in their profile info in Profile Privacy.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:34 PM   #62
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I hope your current avatar doesn't give the impression that you're an ass...
Hey - did I forget to push submit? I had this great post about aspiring to donkey-dom and extolling the hidden virtues of the unassuming ass. even had a picture of a dinkey hauling a heavy load with grace and good humour:

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Old 11-09-2010, 07:47 PM   #63
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Interesting, I thought everyone could see the About Me tab.

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Yes, and I have seen many others too. I just don't seem to be able to see ob-gyn's.

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Yes, and I have seen many others too. I just don't seem to be able to see ob-gyn's.

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obgyn must have "about me" restricted
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:04 PM   #65
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haha, I never knew your name is Mikey. I saw that in your old posts in the gold topic that Martha linked.
"Oh Mickey, you're so fine, you're so fine, you blow my mind" (yeah I know it's Mikey not Mickey, but hey close enough)

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Maybe I don't know where to look, but under profile you have nothing. And your gender is not clear to me- often ob-gyns are women, but not always.

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Me too. Maybe he/she just hasn't entered it yet.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:22 PM   #67
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Me too. Maybe he/she just hasn't entered it yet.
Or he/she chose the "undisclosed" option...
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Hope your avatar doesn't mean you're like this Nords...
On my submarines we used to refer to those as "wardroom planning meetings".

On our FITREPs that behavior would be described as "a forceful and outspoken leader who makes the most of every opportunity". I'm pretty sure that's a good thing-- at least that's what my XO told me.
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haha, if you don't know where to look to determine someone's gender, I'm going to have to re-read a bunch of your posts in a whole new light!

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You can see a person's gender (well, what they say they are) if you go to the Community tab, then choose Members list. Type in the name and it will show you some info (including gender) on the page.
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:55 AM   #73
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(snip) Why is this disconcerting? Do you sense it's made a difference in your interractions with others on the forum?
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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.
I think it was because I couldn't figure out what I was doing that could create an impression of maleness. I was mistaken once for a man in person, but there wasn't anything mysterious about it. It was when I was on the land surveying crew, and at the time I was wearing a puffy jacket, hard hat, safety vest, steel-toed shoes & a decidedly mannish short haircut—and the person who made the mistake was coming from behind me. I know why that person got it wrong, but I couldn't figure out why people online were.

I didn't think anyone was treating my comments differently because of this mixup—it was just that I couldn't explain it.

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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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Kyounge, I've known you are a female for quite a while, but my original impression was male. I think Rich nailed it for me, it was the name format. It just looked like a male screen name to me, for whatever reason. And the cookies weren't the giveaway you might have thought. Everybody (except the occasional mutant) loves chocolate chip cookies. (snip)
That is an interesting idea. In fact, my board name is my first initial and surname. I've used it many places since my very beginnings online, because other people online used similar names. I had no idea that it was a "male" format.
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"Why do people online think I'm a guy?"

I guess they aren't paying attention? I have always thought of you as a woman, if that makes you feel any better. Absolutely, unequivocably female, an outspoken woman with strong and interesting opinions.

In contrast, I thought that both CuppaJoe and Khan were men, at first, when really they are women as well. It is sometimes difficult to tell, online, especially when a woman is confident and secure in her own identity and also primarily discusses topics other than lingerie, cooking, pets, and bacon, for example.
That's only my online persona. I person I'm a mealy-mouthed milquetoast.
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Hello Ha - Under "User CP", "Your profile", "Edit your details", I selected my gender.

Not sure why it's not showing when you click on it, Ha, but I can see the change under "About me" now... Maybe we have to wait some time for the server to save the data, I don't know (again I am not a computer expert).


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OK - I have unrestricted access to my profile now. My fault, sorry.

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I am female but my name is neither male nor female specific so I'm often called "Mr." I find it more amusing than irritating, ESP. when I was at MegaCorp in a very male-dominated career. I often answered my own phone, and always got a kick out of hearing some self-important putz call and demand to speak to MR. Achiever, claiming to be a close personal friend. Sometimes I'd wait a second before replying that my husband MR. Achiever was not employed at Megacorp, but could be reached at xxx-xxx-xxxx. I would then hang up and wait for the inevitable follow up call and apology about assuming I was "just" MR. Achiever's secretary, or heaven forbid, "his girl," rather than a female in the job. It was hilarious to hear the bluster from these idiots.

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I am female but my name is neither male nor female specific so I'm often called "Mr." I find it more amusing than irritating, ESP. when I was at MegaCorp in a very male-dominated career. I often answered my own phone, and always got a kick out of hearing some self-important putz call and demand to speak to MR. Achiever, claiming to be a close personal friend. Sometimes I'd wait a second before replying that my husband MR. Achiever was not employed at Megacorp, but could be reached at xxx-xxx-xxxx. I would then hang up and wait for the inevitable follow up call and apology about assuming I was "just" MR. Achiever's secretary, or heaven forbid, "his girl," rather than a female in the job. It was hilarious to hear the bluster from these idiots.
Nothing spins my spouse up faster than getting official military correspondence addressed to the two of us using her rank "... and Mrs. Nords".

She's also had to re-educate a few unlucky cold-callers who knew how to pronounce military ranks but were seemingly unaware that they could apply to women as well as to men.

But today my favorite phone calls are the ones where I happen to answer, they assume I'm the one they want and start addressing me on their extremely important military issue, and they eventually call me by my spouse's rank. It gives me great pleasure to say "Oh, hold on, you must be calling for my wife..."

At least the people who used to call her "sir" seem to have met their inevitable premature demise. That hasn't happened in a long time.
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I rather like people not being able to discern my gender online. Lack of any identifiers excepted what is posted tends to level the field.
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