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Old Oct 17, 2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Logic Behind Lack of Avatars for Noobs?

I'm just curious why members with fewer than 500 posts (I believe that is correct) are not allowed to have avatars: what is the reasoning behind this, bandwidth?
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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An avatar is kind of like a reward for being a committed community member - rather than just handing them out to anybody.
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 11:10 AM   #3
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An avatar is kind of like a reward for being a committed community member - rather than just handing them out to anybody.
I suspected that this was also a possibility.

Of course, the problem is that, on crowded threads in particular, viewers often read by avatar: eyes skimming down the thread selecting to read only the post which are accompanied by some visual cue (the rest merging into faceless indistinguishable opinions). There is nothing wrong with this approach per se, but it is an essentially unavoidable consequence.
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 11:13 AM   #4
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I suspected that this was also a possibility.

Of course, the problem is that, on crowded threads in particular, viewers often read by avatar: eyes skimming down the thread selecting to read only the post which are accompanied by some visual cue (the rest merging into faceless indistinguishable opinions). There is nothing wrong with this approach per se, but it is an essentially unavoidable consequence.
Hence, the "reward" for those who stick around with posting.
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 11:27 AM   #5
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Hence, the "reward" for those who stick around with posting.
Sorry, I may have misrepresented my point: I mean that reading the forum is, I think, more difficult (or at least it becomes less insightful).
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 12:33 PM   #6
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Sorry, I may have misrepresented my point: I mean that reading the forum is, I think, more difficult (or at least it becomes less insightful).
I dunno, there are plenty of people in the political forum who post without an avatar, and yet their views are well-known. I posted for about two years before I put up an avatar, never hurt me.
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 12:35 PM   #7
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I suspected that this was also a possibility.

Of course, the problem is that, on crowded threads in particular, viewers often read by avatar: eyes skimming down the thread selecting to read only the post which are accompanied by some visual cue (the rest merging into faceless indistinguishable opinions). There is nothing wrong with this approach per se, but it is an essentially unavoidable consequence.
I have noticed that many people who have a post count of over 500 don't bother uploading an avatar anyway - So it probably wouldn't make a whole heap of difference.
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 04:43 PM   #8
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I like the idea of having the little burden of 500 posts before getting an avatar. That visually confirms that those members are active for some time.
But I'm also sure that those posts without Avatar get attention. It's more content driven. I even more look on the ranking (like newbie or G3) to adjust the way of responding.

Keep yourself active and soon you have reached 500 (I got hyperactive after 450 ... was really chasing )
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 05:21 PM   #9
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I suspected that this was also a possibility.

Of course, the problem is that, on crowded threads in particular, viewers often read by avatar: eyes skimming down the thread selecting to read only the post which are accompanied by some visual cue (the rest merging into faceless indistinguishable opinions). There is nothing wrong with this approach per se, but it is an essentially unavoidable consequence.
If the line breaks, and borders around posts aren't enough of a visual cue for you, then something's wrong.
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 10:42 PM   #10
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I like being rewarded for being a committed member! And of course we always welcome new people to our community here, but they have to do a little work before coming a "full" member if you will.
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 03:37 AM   #11
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I am not a big fan of avatars. I am thankful that at least MR does not allow pictures in signatures. Some forums look ridiculous because all of the animated avatars and big signature pictures. Awful awful stuff. My views are probably skewed because I am over 33 and having a pretty picture on the side of my posts is not a priority in my life.
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 03:42 AM   #12
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I am not a big fan of avatars. I am thankful that at least MR does not allow pictures in signatures. Some forums look ridiculous because all of the animated avatars and big signature pictures. Awful awful stuff. My views are probably skewed because I am over 33 and having a pretty picture on the side of my posts is not a priority in my life.
You can turn avatars and signatures off if you don't like them.

It's in User CP/Settings & Options/Edit Options.
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 03:43 AM   #13
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You can turn avatars and signatures off if you don't like them.

It's in User CP/Settings & Options/Edit Options.
I like signatures when they're done tastefully, ala Macrumors
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 03:43 PM   #14
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I dont get it?? how do you set your avatar?
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I dont get it?? how do you set your avatar?
Click on Private Message on top right, then you have the option 'Edit Avatar' in Your Control Panel. Option 1 or 2 will upload it. Then some patience and voilà!
That said, it happens that mine changes sometimes from coloured to b/w or, nowadays, randomly to the pic I used before, too . Wonder if that has to do with the device I'm using. I have no clue, but don't care since they're all really cool.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:29 PM   #17
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It does. It also takes a while to change it. It has been taking up to 24 hours to fully change everywhere.
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I am not a big fan of avatars. I am thankful that at least MR does not allow pictures in signatures. Some forums look ridiculous because all of the animated avatars and big signature pictures. Awful awful stuff. My views are probably skewed because I am over 33 and having a pretty picture on the side of my posts is not a priority in my life.
Indeed - A lot of forums with a less mature user-base are like that. It looks insane: Five words in the post... Then literally half a page of animated avatar and massive sig images.
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Indeed - A lot of forums with a less mature user-base are like that. It looks insane: Five words in the post... Then literally half a page of animated avatar and massive sig images.
It also makes browsing the forum difficult when one is at a client's site.
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 02:12 PM   #22
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I am not a big fan of avatars. I am thankful that at least MR does not allow pictures in signatures. Some forums look ridiculous because all of the animated avatars and big signature pictures. Awful awful stuff.
Agreed. I like how MacRumors does it.
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Agreed. I like how MacRumors does it.
same here. car forums are the worst.
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I would like to have an Avatar, but with 18 posts in three years, it's going to take awhile
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