From New World Notes comes an invitation to participate in an academic survey — which we’ve seen a fair few of lately, including one on purchasing habits and reasons inside the virtual economy. This survey deals with a variation on that old question that has plagued many a psyche, not to mention a conscience, since we started going through Second Life: Am I really interacting with a man or a woman on the other end here?
Read Ham’s article carefully. There are two separate links, for those who are men in real life, and for those who are women. Click the appropriate link to continue. The survey itself will ask you if you prefer to use a male or female avatar in world. (No personal information is gathered, such as name or E-mail address.) The questions look a little peculiar, and seem to be focused on avatars who participate in sword-and-sorcery RPG areas. (I wonder if it was originally meant for World of Warcraft players?) Beyond that bubble, it looks quite straightforward. Hamlet has promised a writeup when the results are released.