Off the top of my head I could point out five female users, but only one of those is still active.
There could be more, I don’t really bother to check because I think it’s ultimately irrelevant.
Theoretically I could have conversed with a black south African female or an intersex Indian and I wouldn’t even know it. That is the interesting part of internet pseudonyms.
As long as someone’s interested in video games and programming (and they have no malicious intent) then I’m happy to converse with them and assist them with their programming woes.
(That doesn’t mean there aren’t people who I’ve gotten to know better or that I’m not interested in people’s lives, just that at the basic level it makes no difference.)
If that worked then we’d be living in a very shallow world.
I don’t think the name is going to make a difference to be honest.
In my experience the Arduboy forum has historically had more active female users than the Pokitto forum,
and the name ‘Pokitto’ is about as ‘gender neutral’ as you can get.
I haven’t used the Gamebuino, but I suspect they probably also only have 1-3 active female users.
I think the answer lies elsewhere.
I could make lots of guesses as to what factors into the situation,
but it would all be pure speculation from my narrow point of view.
It seems that someone already thinks it’s called Ardubox:
How about calling it a Batesbox or a Kevinbox?
Prefixing everything with ‘ardu-’ starts to get on my nerves after a while. :P
If I bought something called ‘Ardugear’ I’d want it to have multiple sensors and things like the Pokégear.
Else you can call it something like Learanpla (or something like that) for Learn Arduino and Play or Learn To Programm Arduino and Play With It => Letopraplawit but it’s an bad choice, too long. Else Proandplay, dibybox for Do It By Yourself and make it as a kit to assemble ?
Arduboy name is good for me as it’s an already exist product. For me, the question could have sens for a new generation of Arduboy to avoid the “boy” part of the name and try to touch more girls, women and any other sex that could exist… I think it’s can have a meaning only in a more big politic as the choice of color (no not only pink as else you’ll have all the feminists on tour back and because i know alot who don’t want a pink console…). But if the console is pretty, little and have good title as games that they like (i can’t make any shortcut as some like shoot them up, doom like or races but some others prefer puzzle games, adventure, enigma games, asw.)
It’s not even about encouraging more girls to code or get involved, it’s just the gendered name has no real place in 2019 and even less in 2020. I really do want to rename it.
I would have named it something different had I intended to launch the product but was trying to take advantage of the internet popularity and google search terms. That is probably less important 6 years later.
Rebranding this late in the game could have issues.
Just ask the Czech Republic, I mean ‘Czechia’,
or Calcutta, I mean ‘Kolkata’.
Introducing a new device would give you an excuse to go in a different direction,
but it would be harder to piggy back off the Arduboy’s success if nobody realises the new console is related.
And in that case you’d possibly want to rename the company.
More to the point though, has anyone ever actually complained about it or claimed it’s problematic?
I’d have split it already, but it’s hard to pinpoint a clean break in the conversation.
The conversation’s evolved in such a way that it would be difficult to select a single post to split at.
Unfortunately It’s not possible to split an actual comment in two without cooperation from the author.
An admin could possibly achieve it by impersonating the author,
but that’s kind of a roundabout way of handling it,
and frankly the impersonation tool freaks me out anyway.