You are making mountains out of a molehills
With respect, I am merely responding to the demand "why not have avatars" with specific examples of drawbacks - what has been almost entirely missing from those in favour has been specific reasons to bother changing current policy.
It is for those who want change to show the benefits, and I continue to invite them to do so.
when offered arguments for, you choose to ignore them
The opening post argued that genuine photographs of members would increase community spirit - I don't disagree, but available evidence suggest that almost nobody will upload such an image (which cannot in any case be verified).
Other arguments have tended to be of the "because I want it" variety, with no explanation of how WebmasterWorld would benefit (but a fair amount of abuse, e.g.
"tired old guys", "saddo", "desperate" etc
One argument in favour included "most people don't even bother uploading avatars", which seems somewhat self-defeating. Another specifically mentioned using a copyrighted image, possibly unaware that copyright issues are regularly discussed here.
Only one person raised the possibility of increased membership, and modesty forbids me from naming him.
Let's hope Brett is more amenable to argument without red herrings!
I would imagine he will be looking for demonstrable positives, things that can be shown to make WebmasterWorld better at what it does.
I would also expect him to consider inter alia
the following herrings:
* What are the financial implications in terms of bandwidth
* Would these (if significant) be outweighed by increased membership or other factors
* If allowed, what size and format should the avatars be
* Should animated gifs be allowed (as in many other forums)
* Should corporate logos or other advertising be allowed
* How will moderators know which images infringe copyright
* What constitutes an offensive image or slogan
* Will enough members upload images to make the exercise worthwhile
While unscientific, the data I provided on usage elsewhere suggests that the overwhelming majority of people who regularly post in forums are not interested in avatars.
Put another way, avatars are very much a minority interest, possibly appealing most to those with a strong need to draw attention to themselves.
Now excuse me while I look up the definition of "Saddo".