It is human nature that we sometimes let stereotypes influence us if we don't make a conscious effort not to, and that we usually treat men and women differently whether we realize it or not. Today is my second anniversary at MacRumors so I've decided to celebrate by revealing a secret. When I joined MacRumors in 2002 as "Doctor Q", I tried an experiment that I thought would be fun and interesting. I wondered if people would automatically assume I was male if I had "Doctor" in my title. When I began posting here regularly, I was careful not to say anything that revealed my sex. Usually it was easy, but sometimes I had to phrase my posts carefully or avoid part of a discussion. Of course, I'm a math-geek type too, and everyone knows math-geeks are male, right? As the weeks went on, nobody seemed to notice the ambiguity. People regularly referred to me as "he", apparently without thinking about it, certainly without asking about it. It's nice for people to respect privacy, but I figured I'd get asked eventually (or slip up). Well, weeks turned into months, and I found myself approaching the 1 year mark. I tried putting some bait out with a post in the "Brain Teaser" thread, but nothing came of it. Same with this post and this post. And I survived a couple of discussions about gender-neutral pronouns, such as the ones here and here. So here I am at the 2 year mark and I'm ready to call it quits with my unscientific experiment. My conclusion? I think that everyone at MacRumors is assumed to be male unless they say otherwise or their member name indicates otherwise. And I have been pleased to find that a wide variety of people are welcome here and that women are pretty much free to be themselves, i.e., they get no more flack than the men for their opinions. At last count, a little over 8% of the members in the MacRumors Members Photo Directory were female, and a few threads and a poll have shown varying but small percentages of women here. So the odds are certainly with you if you assume that somebody is male. But that also means you could be wrong one out of a dozen times! By the way, I know some MacRumors members personally; they know of my game and have been asked not to spoil it. The same for the other moderators, who have given out no personal information about me because they know that is my preference. If you already know the answer to my question, please don't say so. I'll post the answer later this week. In the meantime, have I succeeded in getting anyone to question their assumptions?