Note: I don’t speak for all queer people and see this initial post as a springboard for more discussion to an eventual pronoun feature.
It would be good to have pronouns built into the website.
You can see how these have been modded into the core Twitch experience with a browser extension.
Essentially the users can add their pronouns from a list of suggestion pronouns:
he/him, she/her, they/them, xe/xem and more…
Now there has been some discussion about this being too restrictive. Could there be just a input box to put whatever you want?
The only argument I see against this would be the potential for abuse. If you were anti-LGBT you could easily set your pronouns to something abusive.
For pronouns to be useful they should appear near the user’s name for streamers to see them at a glance. That way they can more easily use the correct pronouns.
There may be reasons that you may not want to share pronouns. You could be outted as transgender/queer to your family, friends or government.
For this reason I think they should be optional (but encouraged even for cispeople/non-queer people), and you should also be able to specify who can see your pronouns.
We could take some inspiration from the Peer2Peer platform.
- You can change and remove your pronouns at any point
- You can decide whether your pronouns are visible on your profile, search results (if they were to be used a way of categorising) or just in chat
I think it should be clear if you add your pronouns to the website that they should be considered public even with some level of filtering, so people under their risks in putting pronouns in.