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Opened 6 months ago

Last modified 5 weeks ago

#5852 new enhancement

Adding Pronouns field on the W.org profile

Reported by: felipeloureirosantos Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: low
Component: Profiles Keywords: 2nd-opinion close


I see that we even have a pronouns' field on the Make WordPress Slack workspace, and I believe it would be great to have something like that on our WordPress.org profile.

Personally, I believe that's even more relevant when speaking some languages like Portuguese that don't have a neutral pronoun (not even a singular use of they/them).

Change History (3)

#1 @Otto42
6 months ago

  • Type changed from defect to enhancement

#2 @felipeloureirosantos
6 months ago

Just an update that I create a ticket on Core for the same thing with a patch: https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/53889

#3 @dd32
5 weeks ago

  • Keywords 2nd-opinion close added

I'm not sure I see the real point in asking/collecting/displaying personal details such as gender/pronoun preferences on WordPress.org. The WordPress.org profiles are intended to be a snapshot of ones activity on WordPress.org and their position in the community, not their personal life/details.

If someone were to wish to clarify it for those they're communicating with, they can do that through the existing freeform name/nickname fields, for example John Doe (they/him), or within their profile bio (if they chose to add one).

There aren't many other places where it would make sense to display that either. Slack is kind of special, a 3rd party application, and a different form of communication and more personal 1:1 than the rest of WordPress.org.. WordPress.org simply chose to not disable the slack pronoun field (although slack defaulted to disabled, to avoid pushing features out to enterprises who didn't want it).

I've heard from some community members in the past that the WordPress ecosystem has been one of the most welcoming tech communities they'd interacted with, purely because their gender and identity wasn't ever an issue, they didn't have to state who they are or that despite their appearance they identified differently, just that they're here to help.

When this is merged to WordPress core, and/or gender-based translation support is added, it may make more sense then.
Until then, IMHO this is probably a maybelater ticket, even purely for respecting ones privacy by not collecting data we don't need to know, while acknowledging that those who wish/need to state it somewhere, can already do so as mentioned above.

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