[quote="feline"] just to add another perspective / voice to the "what gender problem" when I have been on a site for a while some people call me a "she" and some people call me a "he"I call myself me *rolls over and looks cute while waving my paws in the air*Unless you are going to meet me offline, or we are having a *really* personal conversation, what possible difference does my physical gender make?Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Both meeting offline and *really* personal conversations are things I work up to slowly, so there is plenty of time to sort out the gender question if needed.If you assume someones gender based on their forum ID, does this not say more about you than the other person?
You are absolutely right if people are discussing issues (like this), or having a personal conversation, but not doing rp. I would have absolutely no problem doing rp with someone who makes it clear what role they want to play, whatever that is. Otherwise it just becomes an unresolvable mess. I agree completely that on line, gender makes less difference than it does off line, but in rp in particular, psychology is important and the more precisely you understand the personality of the person you are doing it with, the better it works.
That's one of the reasons why rp is not my favourite online activity. In writing a fictional story, I can create characters with the appropriate sexual orientation to work with the story line. On line, things can get very confusing.
The worst thing is to leave the person you are talking to confused about who or what they are talking to.