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Does gender matter when designing your user interface? {WoW}

Mar 6th 2012 7:24PM You totally can get that in Skada. I use the damage done current fight setting, and clicking on a name will give you their damage sources and what % of their damage it accounts for. "Healing and absorbs" and the threat pane don't have the same functionality, but they shouldn't really be used that way anyway. I will admit I mostly like Skada for being both recount and omen in a lightweight package though.

Does gender matter when designing your user interface? {WoW}

Mar 6th 2012 5:37PM Hmm. I'm a lesbian and play in an all-female guild, but nothing quite strikes me as a ui thing from all the female contact I have. Maybe Skada and IceHUD are somehow feminine compared to recount and whatever all the boys use as their HUD these days?

Yak mounts lumbering your way in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Feb 21st 2012 10:52PM "Yak mounts? In my Asia-inspired continent? It's more likely than you think, according to Blizzard community rep Bashiok."

I'm not sure if you were implying that this is a geographical misstep on Blizzard's part, but Yaks are actually native to highland China and other areas geographically nearby (Himalayas, Mongolia). So they actually perfectly fit with the geographical location.

Breakfast Topic: What's the best quest zone in the game? {WoW}

Feb 11th 2012 11:28AM I agree with the general consensus for silverpine hordeside, but I will always have soft spots in my heart for Nagrand and Deepholm. Both of them have questlines that really include the player. Nagrand, in the future of the Kurenai/maghar, and Deepholm, in the safety of the world. Breathtaking visuals in both, and flight fixes the transit issue. May be a lot of certain types of quests in deepholm, but not too bad.

Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Jan 25th 2012 1:29PM Really? Your response to me pointing out a sexist assumption that is prevalent in our society is to demand that I respect men before demanding they respect me?

How about I make cis people cookies every time I wanna pee in the right bathroom?

Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Jan 25th 2012 12:09PM Except, labels are important, because they help marginalized groups to be intelligible to the people who marginalize them, and enables change to happen in the system. When you say "it's too complicated with all the labels," what that comes off as (and what you're enabling) is "I don't feel like doing the work to understand how I hurt people because I don't care about how they are different from me."

It is important for me to label myself to others as "female," "a rape survivor," "lesbian," and sometimes other things, because when people assume that I am male, they hurt me (and don't tell me you've never assumed somebody to be male), and when people use the word "rape," it causes real psychological damage to me, and when my guildmates ask me about my life, I want to be able to talk about my girlfriend without having to pretend she's a boy or say "oh, my uh...roommate and I" or similar things.

Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Jan 25th 2012 10:29AM It might help to note that "cis" means you're not trans. As in, if you're not transgender, you're probably cisgender, and if you're not transsexual, you're probably cissexual. Cis is to trans what straight is to gay.

If there's anything else you need explained, please ask. I realize I tend to speak in an academic tone and that this is a place where I am trying to get my message across to folks who may not be familiar with academic gender theory.

Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Jan 25th 2012 10:26AM I'd be for the censoring of not-fully-reclaimed-slurs for gays, like "faggot," and for lesbians, like "dyke" (possibly, though this might be reclaimed enough not to censor it--how often do you hear somebody say "dyke" that isn't in self-reference? I think I've only been called a "dyke" as a slur maybe once or twice, in my three years of being out), and definitely the slurs for trans women (tranny, shemale) and trans folks in general ("shim"). The same could extend to pretty much any marginalized group--racist, sexist, and ableist ("retard" and its ilk) slurs should all be censored.

I'd also make a case that very commonly triggering words (rape, mostly, although I'm not familiar with the commonly triggering words for PTSD sufferers whose trauma was not sexual) should be censored.

Thoughts?

Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Jan 25th 2012 10:12AM Except *I*, and many others like me, am gay, and censoring legitimate identity words may stop their misuse, but it also stops people who need them from having access to them. If every word used to describe me is offensive, then aren't I offensive too?

Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Jan 25th 2012 10:10AM I understand that (and it's something we get a lot in NYC, too), but straight trans women and some cis lesbians find that word just as bad (for one, it's got a male-assigned-at-birth-specific history, which, while not part of its current usage, still has the issue of lumping straight trans women in with cis gay men).

At a number of events I've been to where we discussed the problematic nature of "queer" as an umbrella term, the two best candidates for alternatives have been "rainbow" and "lambda."

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