Freelance gender now shown by symbols
The freelancer profiles have used the letters m / f (for male / female) to indicate the gender of the contractor. This indicator has now been replaced by the symbols ♂ / ♀. For example the profile header now shows "Eventmanager $39 /hr • 1964 ♂" compared to previously "Eventmanager $39 /hr • 1964 (m)".
Our main reason for this adjustment is that our users did not always recognise what the letters stood for. Also the profile display is now more compact and less text-heavy which is especially important when accessing Australia Freelance Market from a smart phone.
Another advantage is that by using the the symbols all of our six international markets are now presented in a more uniform way. Also technical problems due to use of different letters in different languages are now avoided. For example there is a languages, where "m" stands for female. If you know which language we refer to, please email the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. One lucky winner will receive free usage of Australia Freelance Market for the entire year 2012.
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This article was published in the Australia Freelance Market News 72.