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What about adding member profile pictures?
Like Facebook or Twitter?
LifeinAsia




msg:4138490
 3:21 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Personally, I don't like them very much. In some places (gaming sites, Facebook, etc.), I can see it. But on a professional site, like Webmaster World, I think it's distracting and makes things look less professional.

Plus there's the issue of people using copyrighted images.

Allowing an avatar or other picture on the user profile page? That I wouldn't mind seeing. But the same image next to each post? No, I am not for that.

 

Rosalind




msg:4139923
 10:23 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

I like the fast-loading, plain-looking, no-distractions nature of WebmasterWorld. I'm not averse to having them on profile pages, especially if they're real faces, but I don't want to see them on threads.

And I don't want to see the site bogged down in any copyright litigation or hotlink disputes. Maybe restrict them to people who've reached a certain post threshold?

shinyblue




msg:4140055
 1:18 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Wow. I would love avatars! They don't have to be cheesy. I'm thinking of how Get Satisfaction and Gravatars work - and Twitter. You could use Mechanical Turk to make sure they are really people's faces and/or not gross or immature. It would bring this forum into the modern decade (er...century? this place looks archaic).

Old_Honky




msg:4140094
 1:49 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

I agree with previous posts; avatars serve the same purpose as logos - instant recognition without the need to read text. They would also brighten the old place up a bit, and you have to admit it's looking a tad drab compared with other forums. The decor is definitely pre 1990s. I vote yes to avatars but with the proviso that real pictures are banned. Some of you guys must be even uglier than me and I wouldn't want to force anyone to stare at my ugly mug without anaesthetic.

mergen




msg:4140150
 2:39 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

i second the majority. hardly no one seems to support avatars

alias




msg:4140156
 2:40 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

I believe avatars would help to distinguish members easily, and add more personal touch, which every human strives for.

MMac




msg:4140165
 2:46 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

No on avatars. They add no value and can impact performance and suck up development and maintenance time.

Brett_Tabke




msg:4140178
 3:01 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

I adjusted the title here a bit.

- no one wants "avatars" (aka: icons and cartoon characters)

What about profile pictures? Such as Facebook and Twitter? (where we would pro-actively delete icons and cartoons from profile images.

incrediBILL




msg:4140181
 3:07 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Perfect

But displaying them anywhere outside of the profile, such as in the forum posts, should be optional for speed freaks, mobile devices and fuddy duddies.

ken_b




msg:4140246
 3:38 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Profile pictures, actual photos of members, only on member profile pages would be the least objectionable.

Make displaying them anywhere else optional on the part of all members.

limbo




msg:4140828
 9:11 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Lot's of pictures of popstars, pets and 80 cartoons, so who doesn't want to see that?

Oooh, and what about animated gifs - lets have a load of them too. Maybe a library of spinning globes and aliens to choose from.

...

outrun




msg:4140897
 10:05 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

IMHO profile pictures would add some personality to the site even if it is just viewable on the users profile page.

venice




msg:4141175
 2:22 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

What incrediBILL and ken_b said. Also, profile pics on member profile pages may help one to recognize fellow webmasters when attending PubCon and such.

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