9 Easy to pronounce not the same as familiar
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  • short: probably only one syllable.
  • convenient: easy to type and say; in English discourse, having only English letters, with conventional English capitalisation, and having only English phonemes. Not the same as familiar: the first time you encounter a neopronoun you might well have to pause to decide how to pronounce if, just as you would with any other new word, but that is not the same as difficult to say.
  • gender: used to express a gender (or group of genders, or to be gender neutral), not some other kind of characteristic or as mere personal expression or creativity; if challenged, the user should be able to point to a definition of the gender that the pronoun applies to.
  • distinct: not the same as an existing word with a precisely different meaning (singular they passes this test because it is an established meaning). This is the weakest criterion, because finding new distinct short words that are convenient is hard. So it might have to be relaxed if a gender community adopted it.
  • third-person: (in English) only the third-person pronouns are gendered, so genuine requests will be only for a third-person pronoun
  • community: if challenged, the user should be able to point to a gender community that has already proposed use of the neopronoun and has already achieved some degree of support amongst themselves for using it; SE sites are not suitable for making those kinds of proposals and rallying support for them
  • not rude or insulting: not a slur or rude word, and not suggesting such a word
  • short: probably only one syllable.
  • convenient: easy to type and say; in English discourse, having only English letters, with conventional English capitalisation, and having only English phonemes
  • gender: used to express a gender (or group of genders, or to be gender neutral), not some other kind of characteristic or as mere personal expression or creativity; if challenged, the user should be able to point to a definition of the gender that the pronoun applies to.
  • distinct: not the same as an existing word with a precisely different meaning (singular they passes this test because it is an established meaning). This is the weakest criterion, because finding new distinct short words that are convenient is hard. So it might have to be relaxed if a gender community adopted it.
  • third-person: (in English) only the third-person pronouns are gendered, so genuine requests will be only for a third-person pronoun
  • community: if challenged, the user should be able to point to a gender community that has already proposed use of the neopronoun and has already achieved some degree of support amongst themselves for using it; SE sites are not suitable for making those kinds of proposals and rallying support for them
  • not rude or insulting: not a slur or rude word, and not suggesting such a word
  • short: probably only one syllable.
  • convenient: easy to type and say; in English discourse, having only English letters, with conventional English capitalisation, and having only English phonemes. Not the same as familiar: the first time you encounter a neopronoun you might well have to pause to decide how to pronounce if, just as you would with any other new word, but that is not the same as difficult to say.
  • gender: used to express a gender (or group of genders, or to be gender neutral), not some other kind of characteristic or as mere personal expression or creativity; if challenged, the user should be able to point to a definition of the gender that the pronoun applies to.
  • distinct: not the same as an existing word with a precisely different meaning (singular they passes this test because it is an established meaning). This is the weakest criterion, because finding new distinct short words that are convenient is hard. So it might have to be relaxed if a gender community adopted it.
  • third-person: (in English) only the third-person pronouns are gendered, so genuine requests will be only for a third-person pronoun
  • community: if challenged, the user should be able to point to a gender community that has already proposed use of the neopronoun and has already achieved some degree of support amongst themselves for using it; SE sites are not suitable for making those kinds of proposals and rallying support for them
  • not rude or insulting: not a slur or rude word, and not suggesting such a word
8 distinct is weakest criterion
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  • short: probably only one syllable.
  • convenient: easy to type and say; in English discourse, having only English letters, with conventional English capitalisation, and having only English phonemes
  • distinct: not the same as an existing word with a precisely different meaning (singular they passes this test because it is an established meaning)
  • gender: used to express a gender (or group of genders, or to be gender neutral), not some other kind of characteristic or as mere personal expression or creativity; if challenged, the user should be able to point to a definition of the gender that the pronoun applies to.
  • distinct: not the same as an existing word with a precisely different meaning (singular they passes this test because it is an established meaning). This is the weakest criterion, because finding new distinct short words that are convenient is hard. So it might have to be relaxed if a gender community adopted it.
  • third-person: (in English) only the third-person pronouns are gendered, so genuine requests will be only for a third-person pronoun
  • community: if challenged, the user should be able to point to a gender community that has already proposed use of the neopronoun and has already achieved some degree of support amongst themselves for using it; SE sites are not suitable for making those kinds of proposals and rallying support for them
  • not rude or insulting: not a slur or rude word, and not suggesting such a word
  • short: probably only one syllable.
  • convenient: easy to type and say; in English discourse, having only English letters, with conventional English capitalisation, and having only English phonemes
  • distinct: not the same as an existing word with a precisely different meaning (singular they passes this test because it is an established meaning)
  • gender: used to express a gender (or group of genders, or to be gender neutral), not some other kind of characteristic or as mere personal expression or creativity; if challenged, the user should be able to point to a definition of the gender that the pronoun applies to
  • third-person: (in English) only the third-person pronouns are gendered, so genuine requests will be only for a third-person pronoun
  • community: if challenged, the user should be able to point to a gender community that has already proposed use of the neopronoun and has already achieved some degree of support amongst themselves for using it; SE sites are not suitable for making those kinds of proposals and rallying support for them
  • not rude or insulting: not a slur or rude word, and not suggesting such a word
  • short: probably only one syllable.
  • convenient: easy to type and say; in English discourse, having only English letters, with conventional English capitalisation, and having only English phonemes
  • gender: used to express a gender (or group of genders, or to be gender neutral), not some other kind of characteristic or as mere personal expression or creativity; if challenged, the user should be able to point to a definition of the gender that the pronoun applies to.
  • distinct: not the same as an existing word with a precisely different meaning (singular they passes this test because it is an established meaning). This is the weakest criterion, because finding new distinct short words that are convenient is hard. So it might have to be relaxed if a gender community adopted it.
  • third-person: (in English) only the third-person pronouns are gendered, so genuine requests will be only for a third-person pronoun
  • community: if challenged, the user should be able to point to a gender community that has already proposed use of the neopronoun and has already achieved some degree of support amongst themselves for using it; SE sites are not suitable for making those kinds of proposals and rallying support for them
  • not rude or insulting: not a slur or rude word, and not suggesting such a word
7 Clarify to prevent furry pedant trolling
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The subject here is gender. That is not the only way that people can be differentiated, but it is the relevant criteria in this discussion about gender pronouns in English. Other languages have grammatical gender (noun classes) based on other characteristics, such as human/non-human, but that is not relevant here.

The subject here is gender. That is not the only way that people can be differentiated, but it is the relevant criteria in this discussion about gender pronouns.

The subject here is gender. That is not the only way that people can be differentiated, but it is the relevant criteria in this discussion about gender pronouns in English. Other languages have grammatical gender (noun classes) based on other characteristics, such as human/non-human, but that is not relevant here.

6 Add "What is gender" because of trolling pendants
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5 Irrelevant whether there are actually only 2 genders
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4 Clarify that external communities, not SE, convey legitimacy
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3 Gender neutral pronouns are OK. Degree of plausability
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2 Gender neutral pronouns are OK
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