1. Are you okay with lenghty and at times slow-paced series, or you prefer something more like a one-shot story with some action?
I am fine with length and a slow pace, as long as I get sucked in.
2. Do you like monochrome comics (or b&w and ocasional colors) or the colorful stuff is your jam?
Monochrome is fine.
3. Are you interested in comic with more silent pages (without text/dialogue) that contains some landscapes and background stuff, or with heavy dialogue? (Or maybe both/more balanced?)
Silence is fine.
4. Heavily negative and agressive atmosphere or lighthearted and calm?
Yes, give me the combo plate.
5. Do you need a point of reference in the story? (For expample - something you can relate to or instantly understand)
6. (You can skip this one if you answered no.5 with ''yes'') If the story is completely about some otherwordly beings that don't function like something you know, or their minds work differently, do you need additional disclaimers, or notes under the pages when something weird happens? (Example: an unknown custom)
7. Very obvoius foreshadowing or the hidden one, or none at all?
Neither, I prefer sneaky foreshadowing.
8. Philosophical/religious tropes and heavy symbolism (that may imply to a reader what will happen in the future of the story) is ok, or too boring?
9. Do you need a true villain/protagonist in the story?
I like gray and nuanced characters.
10. Do you need to have all your questions answered at some point in the story?
Yeah, the whole idea of "preferred pronouns" is pretty awful, especially since people often assume that the request is based on preference based on how someone looks. I don't like "she/her" pronouns because I am not a "she/her" biologically, mentally, spiritually or on any other level. This should be the end of discussion.
P.S. I personally treat sex, gender expression, and language preference as different axes in the graph; where all combination of values are possible, and often not constant. Traditional sex-based expressions also exists in this graph; so I'm not fond of identity labeling, any sort of "my identity is holier than thou" attitude, or identity politics in general.
For me it's not a matter of identity labeling. I have both X and Y chromosomes. I also have a medically verifiable resistance to testosterone where instead of processing it, my body converts it to estrogen. No matter what I do, I will look female to some extent, in spite of the fact that I am not female. Traditional sex-based expression is literally not relevant to me. I don't think he'll will prevent anyone from using that form of expression nor will he force anyone to use pronouns. He is simply providing us with more options.
** To @Kyo, in case that you think it is more preferable to implement, using icon hover text would okay if you see fit. But in case that static text is added, this pronoun information should be displayed as another field on profile page (not on each post).
I personally think the hover idea is a better idea. It gives people the choice to look or not look at that information.
I also ask you to make sure to:
- Make blank field (no specific preferences) the default.
- Do not automatically infer pronouns preferences from Male/Female/Non-binary/etc specification, because it does not always reflect actual preferences.
For example: I clearly state Male sex as my identity, but I also have a strict "no preference on pronouns" policy;*** and I would tolerate most pronouns people'd normally use IRL in any languages I could read or listen to.
I typically request people use my name, and not pronouns, so I understand this. However, I also use they/them.
*** In fact, on other non-mainstream technology community I'm participating in, people used gender-neutral speeches when speaking of me, more than using conventional "him" pronouns; and I see this as a good thing.
I personally think that this would be an ideal situation, unfortunately, we have multiple languages in this forum. Many of them are indeed gender-based. Nonetheless, I understand the sentiment.
The Letter M:I would have though non-binary was less incluse because it excludes people who present as male sometimes and female at other times. Genderqueer seems to be the more umbrella term for any deviation to traditional gender, but I defer to the actual community, since I'm cis.
That's actually not true, at all. I am intersex, but I present as masc and fem situationally, even though I am mostly masc identifying. What you are describing on the first sentence is a genderfluid person and they are included in the nonbinary umbrella. Genderqueer used to be the umbrella term and synonymous with nonbinary However, it became somewhat problematic because some people who are nonbinary (like cishet-conforming intersex folks) may not consider themselves queer, and because being genderqueer often is associated with androgyny, which is also something that a lot of nonbinary men and nonbinary women don't identify with.
Nyomi:In all fairness, the only thing that the option changes is the little icon next to your name - it really doesn't have any bearing on the rest of the website, but I absolutely understand the concern. It's gotta be funky labelling yourself as something that you aren't really because it's the "closest thing". I do just feel the need to say that, as far as I know, the label doesn't show up anywhere except that little image.
To be honest, part of me wonders if it would be easier to just have a box for pronouns rather than the little gender images? That's a bit more inclusive? But I'm not sure how hard that would be to implement, haha. I think we've well established I don't know shit about code.
E: I'm also cis so feel free to stop me if I've said something funky.
E2: or like, where the image is. What if it said she/her instead? I'm afraid that might clog up the threads for longer names though... I'm not sure where it'd go, just a suggestion.
I absolutely LOVE the idea of using pronouns instead of gender labels! That seems more precise.
The Letter M:It may be redundant to point out to you, but for other readers of the thread I wanted to point out that you can also just not choose and have no gender indicator, like in real life.
Yeah, I know that this may sound weird, but even though that is my choice, it make me feel alienated as heck. Which is why "nonbinary" or (SQUEE!) a pronoun blank that you fill out, would feel better.