asking about race in a required drop-down menu, you’re way behind. Because doing it that way says to a user: • You have a race. • It’s really important to me. • It’s one (and only one) of these listed here.
Mei on Diaspora: http://www.sarahmei.com/blog/2010/11/26/disalienatio • Gina Trapani: http://smarterware.org/7388/the-case-against-drop-do • Bagcheck asks for pronouns: http://bagcheck.com/blog/01-the-gender-question • Metafilter on analysing their open field: http://metatalk.metafilter.com/20050/Gender-Go-nuts-