Proposal: Sex and Intimacy

My very rough impression from the avatars is that, for example, there are more men than women who committed to this proposal. I think we should somehow aim to have people of all gender and sexual orientations committing, but I don't now how.

Edit: I'm aware that there are different gender apart from men and women, and I'm also aware that I don't have a possibility of determining gender and sexual orientation from the avatars. Nor am I asking for people to disclose their gender and sexual orientation at the commitment phase, that would be ludicrous. I want to discuss whether there are ways to find and encourage people of gender and sexual orientation that are underrepresented here to join this Q&A.

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    This seem rather unlighted and judgmental. While I understand your goal, you are stereotyping people based on your personal bias of impressions from an avatar, and you limit to only two options in a MUCH wider field – James Jenkins Dec 14 '14 at 11:49
  • @JamesJenkins, not at all. As I said, I'm speaking of a very rough impression and I'm fully aware that I can't possibly know the gender of the participants from the avatar. I'm also not discriminating against any gender other than male and female as I'm saying "gender" and not "male and female", including transsexual, bigender, liquid gender and other genders. Why do you think I'm being judgmental here? – Turion Dec 14 '14 at 14:29
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    @JamesJenkins, to conclude, while my short presentation of this discussion might have led to a false impression of "limiting to only two options", which I'm clearly not, you say you understand my goal. Do you agree that it is a worthy goal? – Turion Dec 14 '14 at 14:31
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    How can you deduce someone's sexual orientation based on their avatar? – JohnB Dec 14 '14 at 14:34
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    @JohnB, please read the question. – Turion Dec 14 '14 at 14:35
  • There is little question that the most diverse group is going to make for the strongest site, so your question is pointless. Given your presentation of the idea, you have failed to move towards your implied goal, cut your losses and let it go. – James Jenkins Dec 14 '14 at 14:46
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    @JamesJenkins, sorry, I don't understand your first sentence completely. Do you mean that if the committers to this Q&A are very diverse the Q&A will benefit? If yes, that's my viewpoint as well. I'd like to discuss how to achieve this goal. (Have I not made that clear before?) And I don't see at all why I should have "failed" at something. I'm talking about my impression, which is obviously not a fact and something that can be changed, given new input, and it should only serve as an example to the actual point I'm making. If you want I can delete that sentence, the question stays the same. – Turion Dec 14 '14 at 14:52
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    @JamesJenkins, the reason I'm still here discussing is because I want to learn how I possibly could have offended anyone by asking a reasonable, undiscriminating question. You are arguing against me in quite a harsh tone and presuming that I am somehow "limiting" what gender people should have, which I'm not. – Turion Dec 14 '14 at 14:56
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    Wow, why is there so much hostility towards this question? I'm seeing hostility in comments here, and simply in the fact that this question had a -12 vote score, until I upvoted it to -11... I don't know what the reality is, but that sort of reeks of a misogynistic culture here which, if remotely true, would, I think, be hugely harmful and inappropriate for such a site. I hope I'm missing some more benign explanation! – lindes Jun 5 '15 at 14:54
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    @Turion: I'm actually not 100% sure that I understand the "goal" behind this question, however I do have at least two guesses, which I would vehemently agree with: (1) having a diversity of people, so that a diverse set of perspectives can be represented in, especially, the questions; and (2) having an environment here that feels safe to all people who might want to ask a question. I also don't entirely know how to achieve that, but I will continue some recruiting efforts amongst people who aren't cis-male-white-dudes (like myself, :-/). – lindes Jun 5 '15 at 15:03
  • @lindes, the goal is simple: Diversity. The rest is misunderstandings. – Turion Jun 5 '15 at 15:25
  • I gues I was wondering if there was a motivation behind the goal, if the goal is that simple... Diversity for the sake of... ? Just Diversity? – lindes Jun 6 '15 at 14:53
  • @lindes, diversity for the sake of having profound answers from as many viewpoints as possible. As an extreme example, questions about homosexuality would profit a lot from having many homosexuals in the community. (Once again, for those who don't want to understand it: I do not want to force people to disclose their gender or sexual orientation publicly, nor do I claim to be able to accurately guess it from their profiles.) – Turion Jun 9 '15 at 15:03
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    See, now we're getting somewhere, though. I'm in agreement that diversity is desirable, I just feel like it's worthwhile to have an understanding as to why. And have that understanding be out in the open. The above strikes me as one great reason. Another, to my mind, is just that having some semblance of gender balance might lead to a more... Well, balanced perspective on some sorts of questions. (And maybe less hostility??? One can hope.) – lindes Jun 10 '15 at 15:18
  • Another reason might be that slang and other aspects of language and perspective may vary in some communities... Having people that can understand those differences could be useful. – lindes Jun 10 '15 at 15:19

Not really, we should not aim for such a thing.

Anyone should be welcome to join and take part by either asking or answering, and nobody should make any assumptions. Everything should be based on the content itself, not the one who posted that content. (i.e. votes, replies, flagging)

This is true for every Stack Exchange site/community, be it old and big as Stack Overflow or small and not yet launched like this one.

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    Thanks, I do see the point. Hopefully we will not become biased towards or systematically underrepresent any particular viewpoints. – Turion Dec 14 '14 at 22:53
  • Cheers, and let's hope the site will be launched sooner than later, and fare better than the first attempt. (closed during beta) – Shadow Wizard Dec 14 '14 at 22:54

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