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Gender field

Postby Saorsa » 02 Nov 2012, 18:29

How do I opt not to show my gender? There is a "Not Specified" option in the Gender field of the Profile setup, but if I select that, then click Submit, I get an error message: "The field “Gender” must be completed."
I see people posting without M/F specified, so there must be a workaround! Any ideas?
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Re: Gender field

Postby Lily » 02 Nov 2012, 18:58

go to user control panel -> look to the left side -> edit profile. I get it there.
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Re: Gender field

Postby Bracken » 02 Nov 2012, 19:59

Hi. We've had this before. You can't opt not to show your gender. You are not the first to have asked, and for good reason, too. I haven't got a clue how to change it, and I'm not sure anybody else does. Any ideas, anybody?

5 mins later... I have a memory of being told that if you specify your gender when you first sign up, you can never change it, but if you choose 'not specified' that first time, you'll be ok. I don't know if that's right or not.
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Re: Gender field

Postby Selene » 03 Nov 2012, 07:56

I'm pretty sure that what Bracken says is the way it used to be, but it doesn't seem to work that way now. I just created a test account and tried to not specify my gender--no luck. So I entered "female" and went into my profile to edit it--no luck there, either. Either way it tells me that gender must be specified. I even tried going into the test account through the admin panel and I can't even use my admin privileges to hide the gender. My guess is that those with genders unspecified created their accounts under a different incarnation of the software...although I may be missing something obvious that others have figured out. Perhaps if there is a way, someone will post the work-around here.
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Re: Gender field

Postby Bracken » 03 Nov 2012, 08:30

Thanks, Selene.
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Re: Gender field

Postby Saorsa » 03 Nov 2012, 12:43

Thank you Selene, Bracken and Lily for the detective work. Is there someone I can contact to help get this changed? The "Not Specified" option is there, just seems to be broken.

Aside from the privacy/security issues, I'm intrigued: does Druidry place an emphasis on static gender polarities? I'd have imagined not, and hope not, but I'm new around here ~ just reading the first Gwers.

eta: I've a very quick look on the phpBB site (https://www.phpbb.com) as that's what we seem to be running on - there's a few threads there on the gender field, but they all seem to be asking how to make it compulsory to view. I'll go back and dig some more if no-one comes forward.
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Re: Gender field

Postby Selene » 03 Nov 2012, 15:17

Saorsa, unfortunately we do not have someone who can troubleshoot the software. This is something we've been trying to remedy but as yet have no one with the time and expertise to sort things out.

As far as static gender polarity, I'd say no, Druidry does not place an emphasis on that. But don't take my word for it :wink: -- post this question in Discuss Druidry where more people will see it and see what kind of discussion develops.
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Re: Gender field

Postby Saorsa » 04 Nov 2012, 00:34

Ah, okay Selene. I don't currently know how the phpBB system/scripting works, but could probably wrap my head around it with some study, if/when you have someone on the inside to make it all go. In the meantime I will flip the gender field to it's opposite whenever I remember!

I'll post the polarities question as you suggest at some point, but first it's back to lurking for a bit. 'Til the next time...
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Re: Gender field

Postby Kima » 05 Nov 2012, 18:43

Aside from the privacy/security issues, I'm intrigued: does Druidry place an emphasis on static gender polarities? I'd have imagined not, and hope not, but I'm new around here ~ just reading the first Gwers.
I think you can navigate the gender binary in druidry but it often annoys me. The consensus seems to be that there are male/female polarities although they are balanced differently among individuals. Personnally, I wish even those distinctions were more marginal in druidry, but you'll hear this very often.

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Postby Explorer » 05 Nov 2012, 22:21

Aside from the privacy/security issues, I'm intrigued: does Druidry place an emphasis on static gender polarities? I'd have imagined not, and hope not, but I'm new around here ~ just reading the first Gwers.
I think you can navigate the gender binary in druidry but it often annoys me. The consensus seems to be that there are male/female polarities although they are balanced differently among individuals. Personnally, I wish even those distinctions were more marginal in druidry, but you'll hear this very often.
I don't think there is a fixed rule for that in druidry, we tend to take almost everything a bit lightly.
Personally I do value male/female polarities in druidry (and in life) in some cases. It's not always relevant, but sometimes it is very relevant me.
But I don't mind if others don't... as long as those others don't mind that I do :grin:.
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Re: Gender field

Postby Merlyn » 11 Nov 2012, 15:14

Best I know, this and many message boards are HTML format, which by today's standards is antique technology. I would expcet that the right expert could add-in a bit of code offereing gender alternatives, or change the need to specify to an option. Alas the people who know this kind of code are few and far between.

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Re: Gender field

Postby reilz81 » 19 Nov 2012, 13:53

if memory serves theres a sql database that needs changing also but thats no hard task.

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Re: Gender field

Postby impything » 12 Sep 2014, 15:03

Hello! New reply to an old topic, but I was wondering if there has been any luck finding someone to sort the gender binary? I've signed up very recently and had to choose a gender, which doesn't accurately reflect me (I consider myself genderqueer).
If not, I'll just change my profile gender every few months, haha!
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Postby Selene » 14 Sep 2014, 07:48

Unfortunately, we're still without a hands-on technodruid, so the answer is no, no luck. I'm sorry about that--I think we used to have a mod that allowed no choice but since we don't have anyone to do the myriad tweaks that were once done following each software update, we seem to be stuck with this for the foreseeable future. Sorry!
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Re: Gender field

Postby Quintessence » 24 Mar 2015, 18:11

I'm glad I read this before posting a question about it of my own. I know there is a way to do it with this type of forum software, but alas, I am no IT specialist myself either. In theory the change should be simple; currently we're forced to select because the field is flagged as "required." Removing that would resolve the issue, I think, but I have no idea how one would go about doing that. It may also be possible to add additional field options like "none" (which is what I would mark), "queer," "trans," and the like.
Please disregard this user's listed gender; it is an error and should read "not applicable."

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Re: Gender field

Postby DaRC » 26 Mar 2015, 13:49

We are working on this currently - we know where the change is needed and what needs to be done.
It's just getting everything lined up to do it and ensure it doesn't break anything else.
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Re: Gender field

Postby Kima » 30 Apr 2015, 19:42

It would be great to sort this out as it matters to quite a few of us. I consider myself androgynous and would prefer a more neutral, unisexy option.

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Re: Gender field

Postby DaRC » 01 May 2015, 09:56

Agreed - with the correct admin view it should be simple; I am chasing as my admin view doesn't seem to show the correct buttons.
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Re: Gender field

Postby DaRC » 08 May 2015, 10:35

So I think the phpBB pixies have been good and the options are for Male, Female and Not Specified - is this ok?
Is Not Specified Unisexy enough?
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Re: Gender field

Postby MoonPryderi » 04 Aug 2015, 22:26

Seems its now possible to have 'not specified' in profile but its made no different on the side bar beside postings as mine still says male even though my profile says not specified
Any one else tried it?
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