, your new rage stroke for the week:
* Gender will be a mandatory field at account creation
, and it will be able to appear public on one's profile.
(I can't tell if people with existing gender specification will be defaulted to "nobody can see it" or "everybody can see it".)
(Subsequent changelog reading indicates that the public specificity has since been removed. It is unknown whether this is to require public specificity in the future or if it will remain private.)
* LiveJournal is removing the Unspecified option for the gender field. That's right: you get to be male or female. Period. That's it. (Source.)
If this pisses you off as much as it pisses me off, go to Edit Profile
and select Unspecified for your gender option. Then, go to http://www.livejournal.com/contact/?dept=feedback
and politely register your displeasure. (The people who read and process Feedback are not the people who make the decisions. They are often the people who are yelling internally about the decisions.)
(This will likely take place at the next code push, which given LJ's history will be either this Thursday or next, so spread the word fast, especially to the genderqueer community. After that point, you will no longer be able to pick "Unspecified" as your gender.)
Here is what I wrote; copy and paste as much as you'd like:( Collapse )
To also reach someone who's higher up the food chain than the poor staff members who have to read and reply to Feedback, also email email@example.com who is Anjelika, GM of US operations.
This is BULLSHIT, guys. There is no other way to put it. LJ is someplace I love and I frankly want to keep it that way.