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Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by genewardsmith, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. genewardsmith

    genewardsmith Active Member

    How do I make a member icon for myself?
  2. mac

    mac Staff Member

    It's not my field but somewhere in your Profile area is a place to upload an avatar - is that what you were thinking of?
  3. Ed A.

    Ed A. New Member

    I was wondering why only half the members have avatars.

    Gene, here are the steps:

    1. Save an image for yourself that you like on your computer.
    2. Click your name on the menu bar above, then click avatar.
    3. A box will pop up. Under "upload new custom avatar," click Choose File.
    4. That should open another pop-up window, showing your picture file on your PC. Select the image you want, then click "open" at the bottom of that pop-up window.
    5. In an ideal world, that would be enough to select the file, but unfortunately, there is a bug in the forum software (at least for me; I experience it on other forums with this software, too), where it drops the file you've selected, and it still shows as "no file chosen."
    6. So you have to repeat steps #4 and #5. It does work the second time.
    7. You should see your file now listed next to "upload file" (rather than "no file selected").
    8. Click "Okay" at the bottom of the window.
    9. Now we come to bug #2 (at least for me) -- the screen will just sit there like nothing has happened, like you didn't press the "ok" button. Press it again a couple times for good measure. Nothing will happen.

    But actually, the process will be complete. Just reload the page/forum, and you should see your avatar.
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  4. mac

    mac Staff Member

    "I was wondering why only half the members have avatars."

    I wonder why it's as many as that - for what reason? What do they achieve? A personal photo might be nice but it's risky because then you could be indentified.
  5. Ed A.

    Ed A. New Member

    I like avatars. They are a way to inject a little color and personality, sometimes opinions or humor. Most of the members of forums I've participated in have had avatars. Over time, I begin to associate the images with posters, so I can tell at a glance who is talking, without referencing names (I don't think that is a big factor on a small forum like this, but it is helpful on larger forums).

    For here, I think the main advantages would be to express a little personality and add images and color to the page (vs. just a page of text).
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2017
  6. mac

    mac Staff Member

    I don't buy it. OK maybe color but how does a small image reflect personality? Personality is an amalgam of many characteristics and our association with individuals - even remotely - links to their characters in a way no commercially produced image can. Agreed that after you learn someone's character the avatar links to it but by then the personality is known anyway. I don't buy that an avatar injects opinions either but maybe humor if the image is daft enough.

    For comparison on most of the websites I've used over the years, and for as long as the software's been available, I've used AdBlock Plus to get rid of the junk that folk stick on their postings. I'm a serious forum adherent; I don't use 'em for social contact and I recognise in a trice what character goes with a particular username. For me there's absolutely no need for any kind of avatar or signature on every single posting a member makes.

    This topic demonstrates well what I learned as an educator. When learning we fall into certain category groups (sometimes more than one) and one group may learn and respond in ways very different from those in another group. Graphical information appeals to a certain category, presumably those individuals who like avatars. It might help explain why certain members struggle to express their ideas clearly. Text communication isn't their strength whereas for others it demonstrably is.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2017
  7. Ed A.

    Ed A. New Member

    You "don't buy it." lol.

    Avatars are extremely common on forums, and they are extremely common for good reason. One of them is that people express aspects of themselves through them. It's similar to how people express themselves by the images they choose to hang on their walls at home, or in the office.

    You're not thinking very clearly, if you can't grasp how avatars can express opinions. How about if I made an avatar of a cross, for instance? Or a Star of David?

    Good for you?
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  8. mac

    mac Staff Member

    Quantity isn't any indicator of quality, only of appeal. I didn't say the reasons weren't good - for those who use 'em the reasons presumably ARE good. But good isn't an absolute value - they're NOT good for me.

    For the participant it works; for an onlooker it may not.

    That's a cheap shot.

    It might suggest you align yourself in some way with the avatar. Would the posted avatars effectively express your many opinions? Or would it simply say I'm influenced TO SOME DEGREE by Christian values or I'm influenced TO SOME DEGREE by Jewish ones? They wouldn't mean even those suggestions to me, however.

    Another cheap shot even though I had explained how I see things.
  9. mac

    mac Staff Member

    I had to look for a meaning online and found: "Beginning as a plural variant of lol, Lulz was originally an exclamation but is now often used as a noun meaning interesting or funny internet content.
    Lol -> lul; lols -> luls; lolz -> lulz.

    Lulz is the one good reason to do anything, from trolling to rape. After every action taken, you must make the epilogic dubious disclaimer: "I did it for the lulz".

  10. mac

    mac Staff Member

    TiS a rare talent you exhibit for researching members here - interesting.....

    And, of course, you're right - I DID have an avatar here recently and all those who remember that time may also know that my contributions here were plagiarised and certain postings mischievously posted after the troll registered my customary username on a website I hadn't previously visited. And my photo was copied and pasted into that false identity.

    Perhaps you do know where mac is coming from and maybe mac knows something similar about you.....

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