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Backstory: This came from a user within a user who uses nontraditional/nonconforming gender pronouns (as in pronouns other than she/her, he/him, they/then). Ze requested the ability to set zir pronouns to a custom choice.

Problem: User would like to set gender preference to something outside of male/female/unknown.

Questions: Can the drop down list presented in Special:Preferences be converted to a more open-ended format? Is it possible for the gender magic word to easily be made to return more than three values without significant changes to the software?

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Making Special:Preferences take a string for pronoun is pretty easy; no DB schema changes would be needed

How we should then support them in {{GENDER: then seems potentially harder...

Making Special:Preferences take a string for pronoun is pretty easy; no DB schema changes would be needed

How we should then support them in {{GENDER: then seems potentially harder...

I imagine, and I could be silly to suggest this (especially with global projects in mind), that we could allow the users of the magic word to decide for themselves how far things should go by making options greater than 3 requiring named parameters (ie {{gender:|his page|her page|their page|xe=xir page|ze=zir pagr}}).

Maybe..? Idk

DannyS712 changed the subtype of this task from "Task" to "Feature Request".Jun 10 2020, 11:40 PM

If we allow free text, we potentially need unlimited/arbitary options to {{gender:...

Do we need free text? Or do we just need to add some more "common" option(s)?

fe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preferred_gender_pronoun does include "ze" and "zir"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third-person_pronoun#List_of_standard_and_non-standard_third-person_singular_pronouns

Reedy renamed this task from Feature Request: Let users select custom pronouns to Let users select custom pronouns.Jun 10 2020, 11:49 PM

See (and discuss in) T61643: Provide further options than only binary gender for providing more than 3 options.
I'm closing this task as a duplicate of T61643, similar to T196421, to have all discussion in one single place.

MediaWiki doesn't usually refer to users using third-person pronouns. The settings you set in preferences have very little effect on the interface in English, and they are mostly intended for languages where nouns or verbs have separate feminine/masculine/neuter forms.

If we have some interface using pronouns other than "you"/"your", I think we should reword it to just use the username instead. I'm not aware of any, though. If you've seen this somewhere, please file a task about it.