Could the title of the post be more whining?
First ANYONE can suggest a skill at the site which is now live at www.13skills.com
Next let me use this as a chance to help everyone help us keep 13 skills clean and easy to use.
Let's use Big Al's list below not picking on you man just convienent, the first skill listed is
Dealing effectively with people. Psychology, influence, negotiations.
Now if we let people define skills like that the site will be an ever loving mess.
The "Skill" there is simply perhaps "People Skills"
The user then can define any goal or any group of goals, classes, metrics for themselves within that goal.
Can you imagine if we had stuff like this as skills?
Making a hammock
Making a jacket
Running a sewing machine
All as top level skills.
I would say all of those and anything like them could fit in say
If you guys can really look to see if a skill already exists to cover your goal it will help a lot. If you will make your suggested skills as top level as possible that will help a lot to.
Another thing to note is that right now when you suggest a skill and we approve it there is no way to let you know that we did, we don't even know who submitted it so you need to check in say a day to see if it was approved. We want to do better at comms with you guys and be able to say something like "thanks for submitting building a hammock but it isn't a skill but more of a goal, please consider putting your goal of hammock making under sewing or perhaps building equipment". Or to say "thanks for submitting teaching as a skill, that is a great idea, we have approved your suggestion and you can add it to your profile now".
We will get there but remember this is like version 0.1 this may be a 2.0 thing. I have one developer on this project and can only afford to pay him so much.
But God on the title of the OP get over yourself, I am pretty sure I already answered this for you on the blog but NO ONE is trying to keep the skills all "guy based". However it is nice to see how many guys are choosing skills like sewing, cooking, etc. Also nice to see how many ladies are picking up guns and gear. Man I just don't get this problem that you seem to see, IT DOESN'T EXIST.
Anyone can suggest a skill, ANYONE just please try to keep skills and goals as different concepts. One skill could have a million possible goals under it, and likely will at some point. That is fine we can do that but we can't have a skills list with hundreds of duplicates and 8 words to define a skill. Likely if you need more then three words to define it we have crossed into goals. I hope this makes sense.