Now, I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes or cause any offense, but really, I’m against gender being something that is put into the title card. For me, its totally useless information.
I’m aware that this is coming from me, a person with a gendered term in his very username… but, I do not see gender as a be-all and end-all on OGS. If it is something that you wish to include as part of the Profile information, then cool, I’m all for that, and for having the option to display your gender identity on your profile, but when I’m playing a game, I don’t think I’ve ever considered what gender person I’m playing again. The only thing I care about when I look at the title cards is their rank, and what colour they or I am. As well as being an easy access to their profile to see if I have played that person before.
I’m not opposed to gender politics, and personally I’m on the side of people who wish to be identified at whatever gender they feel they are. I feel I am Male, I identify as male, that’s all well and good.
I understand the misgendering of people in chat, and it may get annoying, or dare I even tread on to the term “Triggered”… I get it. But at the same time, if someone does not take well to being asked to refer to you as your gender, then that is why we have Mods.
I’ve misgendered @Gia the other day, it happens, but it’s not the end of the world.
Beyond the lack of necessity for such a thing to be on the title card, is the potential logistics, which, I’m not entirely certain of because I’m no coder/ developer, but its work none the less. And, the design is a key, if something is unpleasant to look at in the interface, it does affect how people feel about OGS, and playing on that platform. Which is why some people opt for the Zen Mode option when playing a game.
In summary, I don’t think its a necessary addition to the player card in games, but should certainly be made available as part of the profile page. And introducing something like this on the player card may well be more damaging, in terms of appearance, than has been perhaps considered.
((Many apologies, if I have indeed offended anyone, that isn’t my intention, and I only wish to speak from a perspective of keeping OGS the best possible place it can be for playing GO.))