Is it possible to include user locations within the user information that appears on the left hand side of a forum post?
Possible, but I know that on a lot of forums the "location" field just becomes a joke.
A small country flag along the gender icon would be nice, although I don't know if the moderators have time to play with it.
I like this idea better because it takes up less room and can't become (much of) a joke because it's just a flag and a country name. The hard part would be having to maintain a list of flags/countries. You'd essentially have a "location field" where you could type whatever you want (and would not show up alongside your posts) and a "country field" where you would have to select your country from a dropbox; the country would be associated with a flag image which would appear alongside your posts. I like this idea as long as there is a forum extension that handles most of the work for me
And I disagree with the Venus symbol being pink, I find that insulting.
It's curious how sensitive the Internet population is towards that sort of thing. Maybe would could replace the Venus/Mars symbols with some girl/boy Famicom sprites? Peach and Mario? Zelda and Link? Roll and Rock?