tangor - 6:07 am on May 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
This would be (I believe) an avatar and I'm NOT for those. Slows things down, leads to personalities rather than content, and have to be moderated at a visual level, as if text level is not difficult enough.
That said I do operate "current trendy" forums and allow avatars on three of five. The three don't do as well as far as content, but do beat up my bandwidth!