I debated heavily on whether or not to say this, now knowing that I am speaking to almost uniformally a male crowd, but the fact I now feel pressured not to post in and of itself rather prompts the necessity...
Truth is, I find the gender ratio really disturbing. I asked Dupurz about the sample size and he told me 126 people took the survey. Given mk is followed by nearly 700 people, we can come to a few conclusions: Either the sample size is around 1/6 and not a true representation, or there are a lot more registered users than active ones.
Given lil's information that:
The earlier test of 101 people was 6/95, or about 6% non-male.
we might be forced to believe that these results are actually fairly accurate of the active members.
I instantly wondered why? Why are there so few females here? What is it about places like this that drive females away? It can't be that it's geared towards males, because we ourselves decide the content, and besides, WoW is geared towards males and it has a thriving female population and no one questions that fact there.
Dupurz answered my wonders with, "It's because most of the people on hubski are redditors." But that only leads to, 'Why are most redditors male?'
The answer I found for that was that hubski is the place redditors went because they got tired of reddit which was the place digg people went when they got tired of digg which was the place 4chan people went after getting tired of 4chan. And 4chan (if my internet history is correct) is the birthplace of "tits or gtfo."
But surly, surely, Intimidating Scones, we as the 4th generation successor have evolved past all that! Surely?...
According to the time stamp, only one day after I was "outed" as female, this assertion showed up on my first post to hubski:
He treated you as a guy, probably out of respect.
It was the final insult after multiple misogynistic statements. 'Out of respect?' Is that implying it is disrespectful to be treated as who I am? That treating me as a woman would be treating me worse than treating me as a man? Sorry hubski, but you're sexist.
Yes, yes, I know, it was one person! Not fair to call hubski as a whole sexist! But, then again, this post was global number one for days, and the day this comment was made, the post was the day's community top post. So, not only was there much discussion in the thread, and many people saw it, no one -- no one -- called this person out for their sexism. The post was even upvoted. The only comment below was answering the commenter's question, "Why didn't you [link your book?]" Which was answered simply, "She did."
So there is the difference between the two: Blizzard has a no tolerance attitude towards discrimination.
Now I understand Blizzard can pay people very well to lay the smack-down on any and all discriminatory or otherwise offensive bullshit, and hubski just honestly doesn't have the same resources.
But doesn't that mean it's up to all of us to speak out and make this community a place where everyone is welcome? If someone is discriminated against in their second day contributing to the community, I would expect them to want to leave and never look back (I honestly almost did). And if we stay silent while someone else discriminates against the new kid on the block, we are literally letting them speak for us and our community.
According to this graph, we could have double the community. I think we ourselves could make that happen, and make this place the center of human interaction we all look towards it to be.