Why can't I have an avatar anymore?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by MattMJB0188, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    Its pretty ridiculous that you have to have X amount of posts in order to have an avatar. Why is that? No other site does that????
     
  2. Futhark macrumors 65816

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    I'd like to have an avatar too and I think you only get one after 500 posts from what I've read.

    Ah well at least I don't scare people off for a few hundred more posts :D
     
  3. Firestar macrumors 68020

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  4. MattMJB0188 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Because I had one. I believe it was at the beginning of the year but I didn't have the now required posts. They took it away for just anyone to have an avatar. Pretty lame.
     
  5. Nermal Moderator

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    Are you sure that you're not confusing an avatar with your profile picture (below)? The 500 post minimum has existed for a very long time.

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  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You never had one on this site. The 500 post minimum has been in effect longer than you've been a member.
     
  7. MattMJB0188 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I had an Apple logo that I had customized directly under my username. What you posted is the profile picture.

    Well that's pretty stupid they do that then.
     
  8. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    The 500 post limit has been there for a long, long time, possibly since set up – certainly it was already in place when I joined the forum back in 2004.
     
  9. MattMJB0188 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok, how do you view how many posts you have?
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not on this site, you didn't.
    That's your opinion. Having or not having an avatar isn't a big deal.
     
  11. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    On your profile. On the page your on now it has a little window that tells you you're location and it has a link to your profile page. You have 219.
     
  12. MattMJB0188 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I don't understand what it could hurt but allowing new users to have one?
     
  13. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Click on your username to the left of your posts, and select 'view public profile', Your post count is in the mini statistics window to the right.

    At the time of writing you have 220 posts, so you're some way off yet I'm afraid.
     
  14. MattMJB0188 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=394014
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    I don't understand what it could hurt by requiring 500 posts. It's not going to change your forum experience in any meaningful way.
     
  16. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Well, for me it was.

    I'm embarrassed to admit I was somewhat excited to reach 500 posts and get an avatar. Perhaps this is a comment on the pitiful nature of my life - but it was a kick. :eek: :p

    I don't have any problem with the 500 post requirement. It kind of makes it a notable, and public, landmark.

    It also makes it easier to find the members whose posts I like to read, like yours! (such a tuchis lecher.) :D:p

    (Check with a Jewish grandmother for translation ;))
     
  17. szark macrumors 68030

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    Did you win one of the avatar contests? Because that would give you avatar privileges for a short time.


    Avatars are looked upon here as a reward for participating in the community by posting regularly over a long period of time.
     
  18. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    I wouldn't think so, there's not a ribbon under his name.
     
  19. maccompaq macrumors 65816

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    What is the big deal about having an avatar? I waited until I had well over 500 posts to set an avatar.

    Rules are rules.
     
  20. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    I think the more u post the more u contribute to the forum. So in the end u get a reward! AmIright? :D
     
  21. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    And What An Avatar

    I love it:D:D
     
  22. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    Rules are rules is besides the point. I've been to many a forum, and even admin'd a few, and I've never seen one with such a huge post requirement for such a simple aspect to your profile. I easily thought the members complaining about the 50 post requirement before they were able to start topics in specific sub-forums on one site I admin'd were out of their mind, but I see a legitimate complaint in this one. I can see requiring 500 posts to view and post in the classifieds section, 200 posts before you can have a signature, or even a couple days' viewing of the forum after registration before you can even post a single topic or comment, but 500 posts to have a little 75x75 image is not very sensible. So in a way I can sympathize with the op. I never really thought about it much when I was posting in the forum, but when I finally did have 500 posts I took advantage of it. Sure it could still have a limit, but something around 100-200 is more realistic, especially since not everybody will be averaging 5+ posts a day on a forum, so it could take possibly years before they even get an avatar. When I first started posting, I was full of zeal from the brand new 27 inch iMac model, and it still took me nearly a whole year to get an avatar. Simply put, 500 is not a realistic number.
     
  23. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    It was kind of fun for me to work up to 500 posts. I have two other forums that are my favorite daily places to hang out--one only allows avatars for special members (you have to pay a subscription fee) the other allows avatars right away. It is the Blu Ray forum so most choose movie actors. Everyone runs their forum with different rules--their forum, their rules--not problem from me. :)
     
  24. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    The 500 post minimum for a 'tar didn't bother me at all. I viewed it as a milestone or a right of passage, like turning 16 to get a drivers license or 18 to vote.

    I view it as something to work towards and "earn" so to speak.

    If one doesn't care about having a 'tar then no big deal. Ones that do care can have something to look forward to.
     
  25. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That's how I feel about it too. It's kind of a reward for being here fairly long (most people post a few times and leave) and contributing to the discussions many times. I also looked forward to it when I was a newbie.
     

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