I know we've sort of touched upon this in other threads but I don't feel we've really tackled it directly. I'm trying to draw together a number of points in to one thread, hence a new topic. I'm not approaching this from a gender issues point of view either, it's just about trying to make 3dx better for everybody.
As I see it the topic revolves around three key questions:-
1) Would 3dx Chat be a better place if the user base included a greater proportion of rl women?
Of course, I personallty think it would. The why's and wherefores I'll pick up on when, or if, this topic gets going, other than the current user base is at most 10% women. That can't be good can it? As a hint - the Giles Coren column in last saturday's The Times (27th Jan) put it very well, and very amusingly.
2) What can we, as current users, do to make the place more welcoming for women, although I suppose anybody really, so they renew? Can we do anything to encourage women to join?
In my own mind this boils down to just beng nice to people, and if you can't be nice at least be polite. The consensus from a previous thread was that people stay for friends, so by treating people well they'll be more confident about making friends.
As for encouraging more women to join - I suspect word of mouth is good.
3) How can we persuade Gizmo that it is worth his while to address the 'women's market' such as it is in all its diverse glory?
In a previous thread I brought up the idea that a far greater rate of growth could be achieved by addressing this group of the population. Now that 3DX Chat is looking much more like a mature product, with World Editor, addressing the 'woman's market' is a relatively low cost way of accessing this growth - it's a case of marketing rather than the product itself.
I believe that we can use our collective brain muscle to come up with some ace ideas that Gizmo hasn't thought about yet. If we present these ideas in a coherent way he may well think something like 'Oh yes, that's a good one, let's do it'. He also won't feel like it's people telling him to run his business either, although I suppose in a way we would be, but in a nice way I hope.