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What about adding member profile pictures?

Like Facebook or Twitter?

     
3:21 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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

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

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

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i second the majority. hardly no one seems to support avatars
2:40 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I believe avatars would help to distinguish members easily, and add more personal touch, which every human strives for.
2:46 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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No on avatars. They add no value and can impact performance and suck up development and maintenance time.
3:01 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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

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

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

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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.

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

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IMHO profile pictures would add some personality to the site even if it is just viewable on the users profile page.
2:22 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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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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