250 Post selected Avatars

ipacmm

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Jun 17, 2003
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I was thinking that it takes 500 posts to get an avatar that you can upload and use, what if at 250 posts you get to choose from a few pre-selected avatars to use.

Just an idea…
 

eva01

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Feb 22, 2005
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Gah! Plymouth
no pre-selected avatars because then i will never know who is who that is posting, i go by the avatars for the people that have them
 

PlaceofDis

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Jan 6, 2004
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eva01 said:
no pre-selected avatars because then i will never know who is who that is posting, i go by the avatars for the people that have them
indeed, and would probably be more trouble than its worth to implement
 

Applespider

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Jaffa Cake said:
Wouldn't that kind of go against the point of having an avatar – a way to show off your individuality?
You mean that the point of an avatar is to 'think different'? :eek:

I can see it might help those who post slowly and take a while to get to 500 posts but want to feel part of the community. I'd be more open to it if it allowed 'slow' posters who have been around for a year and still have less than 500 to have one.
 

dcv

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May 24, 2005
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I say NO because I only just earned my avatar!

In a similar vein to Blue Velvet's post above, this was going to be my temporary one: :p
 

Duff-Man

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Applespider said:
You mean that the point of an avatar is to 'think different'? :eek:

I can see it might help those who post slowly and take a while to get to 500 posts but want to feel part of the community. I'd be more open to it if it allowed 'slow' posters who have been around for a year and still have less than 500 to have one.
Duff-Man says....now that's not a bad idea at all - 1 year or 500 posts, whichever comes first....I like it....I have no idea how easy it would be to implement, but I like it....oh yeah!
 

rosalindavenue

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Dec 13, 2003
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As someone who only posts when he has something to contribute (and who has been around essentially every day since fall of '03); I can see value in the one year rule... :rolleyes:
 

Blue Velvet

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Jul 4, 2004
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Every so often, someone suggests a way of making a 'tar easier to get because it would be so much more convenient and far less work. Why put in some commitment and effort into the site when you could take the easy way?

Even though 'tars are important to easily identify regular members, your views will not be held in less regard because you do not possess a 'tar. This is just one of the nice aspects of MR, IMO.

There's a few people here who have the required number of posts yet forego the 'tar -- they seem to be happy enough.

To me, 500 posts seems a good number to give that feeling of working towards something. When you get it, it seems more valuable to you because you've earned it by consistently contributing to the forums.

Them's are the rules. 500 posts isn't that many -- right, Lacero? :p
 

GroundLoop

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Mar 21, 2003
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I think that the 500 post limit is fair. I have been on here for a few years and still haven't earned an avatar. I see it as a way to keep the non-committed people away from the site.

Hickman
 

Blue Velvet

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Jul 4, 2004
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MontyZ said:
Do contributors (those who give money) get an Avatar even if they don't have 500 posts?

No, they don't. There are a few contributors who do not have 'tars.
 

ipacmm

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Jun 17, 2003
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Blue Velvet said:
Every so often, someone suggests a way of making a 'tar easier to get because it would be so much more convenient and far less work. Why put in some commitment and effort into the site when you could take the easy way?

To me, 500 posts seems a good number to give that feeling of working towards something. When you get it, it seems more valuable to you because you've earned it by consistently contributing to the forums.
I agree with you, but I only post when I truly have something to say, I read the site like everyday but only post a few times. What I was saying about the 250 post was not to lower the 500 post but have at 250 some pre-selected avatars to choose from, like 3 different ones people can pick and once they hit 500 posts, they can upload whatever avatar they want.
 

emw

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Aug 2, 2004
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Blue Velvet said:
Contributors receive other benefits, some not immediately obvious.
Even to those who contribute... :p

I agree that speeding up the time to an avatar would in a way "cheapen" it. Avatars show that someone has spent time contributing in some way to the value of the experience here on the forums for others.

Edit: regarding the pre-selected avatars, that sort ot negates the effect of having an avatar, doesn't it? Avatars are designed to show some insight into the user, and if 30 people had the same avatar (well, with some exceptions, I suppose), how would that be better than no avatar?
 

joker2

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Feb 19, 2003
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Nice thought, though even I associate people with their avatars. I've been here over 2 years, just now getting over 250 posts, and was able to contribute when the system opened up again recently. Granted, I don't spend as much time here as I would like to... but try to post something that actually contributes to the discussion, as others have stated they do as well.
(and re-reading this, it doesn't look like it contributes at all.)

I think it would be a bit misleading to have even a choice of pre-selected avatars. I'll be happy once I have one of my own, but will get it the old fashioned way.
 

puckhead193

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May 25, 2004
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NY
i too relized people with their avatars, when all the contributors and god/ness do their "games" with the tars, it really screws me up....
 

.:*Robot Boy*:.

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Jan 21, 2005
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I'm sure this has already been discussed, but it would be cool if there was another level of status between 100 posts and 500 posts. It seems like there are a lot of 'regulars' around, yet there is no differentiation between a regular with, say, 350 posts and a member with, say, 150 posts.

On topic, I don't think avatars should be handed out under special circumstances. Keep the 500 posts rule, it keeps things simple :)
 

dukebound85

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Jul 17, 2005
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I honestly dont know why people even care about these avatars. I mean the point of forums is to learn and discuss things, so who cares if someone has an icon. I think its stupid and I am not saying that because I don't have one. Just my 2 cents
 

Deepdale

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May 4, 2005
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Blue Velvet said:
To me, 500 posts seems a good number to give that feeling of working towards something. When you get it, it seems more valuable to you because you've earned it by consistently contributing to the forums.
I agree with Blue Velvet on this. I am sympathetic with those who feel like it is an interminable process to get to 500, but it will be a more fulfilling accomplishment once it has been attained. If it helps anyone, view this as the adult version of having to do certain things to get an allowance.