I know what he means though. There are a number of girls with Steam profiles that are basically "Yes that's right, I'm a GIRL and I play games!!! But don't hit on me you silly boys!" -- I can understand not wanting guys to make advances (which they always do), but why make such a point of announcing your gender if that's your aim? It's like wanting to have your cake and eat it too.
Here's a great parody: http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Earl+Gamer.+Damn+they+re+hot+Enlarge+if+needed_a699a5_3223744.jpg
Regarding people bringing up Albatross' gender; that thread was
about whether there are girls on the forum or not and Albatross was
known at that point as being a girl. She was also known as being knowledgeable and such, but that thread wasn't about knowledgeable people. You should remember that she also gets brought up regularly in threads about the most knowledgeable people (as has happened recently), so I don't think the pattern you're seeing of people using her as a "token girl" is actually there. As for why these threads occasionally get made - yes, the OP could have some nefarious, ulterior motive for asking, or he could just be interested because he knows these sorts of websites tend to be heavily male-dominated. I think it's wrong to assume someone has a malicious motive when you don't know (though I'm kind of being a hypocrite in assuming that you have assumed that).
Also in the thread you linked no-one "made a point" of mentioning it; a casual comment by ModShop was the first time her username entered the thread: http://www.cplusplus.com/forum/lounge/69392/#msg370738
Finally, do you not sense the irony or feel even a teensy weensy bit hypocritical using her as an example in your tirade against people using her as an example? I mean you literally said "Albatross is a great example. She was basically the boards "token female"". In that very sentence you've used her as a "token female". I'm fairly sure you've done it in prior threads as well. You weren't the first to bring her into this thread, but you've inflated a simple answer ("Albatross is a girl") to a simple question ("Are there any girls?") into, well, this
. Do you see how that's a mixed message? If you hadn't brought up how people endlessly use her as an example of a girl (using her as an example of a girl in the process) we wouldn't be having a discussion at length about using her as an example of a girl. Instead, someone would have said "Albatross is a girl" followed by the one or two comments about the merits of her posts, and then the subject would have changed. By speaking against that, you've inadvertently created a longer discussion about her gender and thus undone your own words. And like I said in my first paragraph, I don't even think being a girl ever was her defining characteristic. People always make a point of mentioning her in threads about the most knowledgeable users.