hello, everyone. i’m not very active here, but i wanted to propose this!
MB currently has a gender field for artists (other/female/male), which can be set for individuals only. since gender and pronouns don’t always align, i think we could use a field for each artist’s primary pronouns.
since the list of neopronouns can be extensive, and for internationalizations we’d have to discuss translations of these, i initially propose this with the following general structure:
plural pronouns limited to groups, i believe?
the next step, if desired, would be to allow specific pronouns (they, it, ze, etc.) — but this would require further discussion, as each language has different neutral pronouns that might not have a direct translation between languages.
i see two appropriate options to implement this:
single fixed value
this is how gender is handled currently.
multiple values with time period
similar to how aliases work, which would allow to set begin and dates.
the date option limited to groups only maybe? use case: when a group lineup changes from a mixed gender/pronoun ensemble to all female.
a third option could be to create pronouns as entities to be used as relationships, the way @paulakreuzer proposes for gender:
this could also be extended to users, and person entities on other MetaBrainz projects.