Quadrille - 11:05 pm on May 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
An avatar need not be a photo; it can be a trade mark or whatever.
And there has to be a way NOT to see them, and a choice not to use them.
Thus the lovers and haters can continue in ignorance of each other.
technically simple to set up, I've never seen a problem with it (except as I said above) and I've never seen moderators have to worry. If someone can get a URL or telephone number in a 50x50, good luck to them. How long before it gets reported?
The objections are all so easy to deal with (even I could do it!), that this whole discussion is silly. If WebmasterWorld won't change on avatars, then it surely won't change on things that matter.