What is the point of avatars?

Brendan Burgess

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The big coloured circles are to allow people upload avatars.

I find avatars very irritating and just adding to the clutter.

They might have some value if people uploaded their actual photos - which I have done to illustrate.

Brendan
 

Romulan

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They are a symbol of our individuality and refusal to conform to your expectations. :)

You are avatar-phobic, probably Emoji-phobic as well.
 

demoivre

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Don't get this circle with an initial in it either. I had no idea who "J" above was until I saw Jazz01 below it.
 

Páid

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Where do you edit your avatar? I cannot see it in the Profile or Preferences pages.
 

so-crates

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Being restricted to actual photos might be off-putting for someone who wishes to ask a sensitive question and to do so anonymously. I have no particular issue with avatars as long as they are reasonably unique, personally I would probably not bother with an avatar but I am not adverse to trying one out. The letter thing is not off-putting but it is not inviting either, the colour scheme on my "S" is a bit queasy!

Basically I think it would be better to allow people to decide their own profile preference, as long as it was within the bounds of reason.
 

Nutso

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The big circle with the letter is a bit annoying. Just names as per the old format would be better I think. I certainly don't want to upload my photo on an anonymous internet forum!
 

Páid

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Why don't you create a poll to see whether members want to use avatars or not?
 
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