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What's up with no forum avatars

03-19-2015, 06:34 PM
#1
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: Missouri
Posts: 141
What's up with no forum avatars

Probably explained somewhere in plain sight, how come I can't set an avatar?

Cheap bastards.

03-19-2015, 06:47 PM
#2
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: uk
Posts: 3,558
I'm almost certain that avatars are for developers, mods and admin.

03-19-2015, 07:20 PM
#3
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: Missouri
Posts: 141
Quote:
Originally Posted by cloudpuff View Post
I'm almost certain that avatars are for developers, mods and admin.
Probably. So, maybe, I'll code a tic-tac-toe game in order to get a forum avatar. *grin*
03-20-2015, 09:59 PM
#4
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: The red Skittle
Posts: 5,771
Señor Puff has it right.

And you'd still need to get your application approved.



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03-20-2015, 10:11 PM
#5
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: On the toilet
Posts: 4,289
I know we probably shouldn't get avatars just from being members but how about a new title if you have posted over 5000 posts? I have not made it yet but I think once you past the 5000 mark you have so much more experience and knowledge than us mortal senior members.
03-20-2015, 10:20 PM
#6
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: The red Skittle
Posts: 5,771
Off the top of my head, there is only a handful of people with 5,000+ posts.
(I'll be one of them 12 posts from now )


Incentivizing post counts is a terrible idea though - it encourages posting for the sake of making a post, instead of contributing. On a smaller scale, you can see it happening now that active links require 20 posts. Occasionally we catch out members with 20 one-word or one-sentence posts just to raise the numbers. Imagine that on a several-thousand scale.

Then there's the problem of visibility - those qualifying for an avatar can choose to opt into using one. It gives instant recognition to posts made by that person. That's not always a good thing - and we still have moderators choosing to not use an avatar at all.

And add to that the amount of work moderating forum avatars as well as posts... Damn.



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03-20-2015, 10:34 PM
#7
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: On the toilet
Posts: 4,289
Quote:
Originally Posted by Echoseven View Post
Off the top of my head, there is only a handful of people with 5,000+ posts.
(I'll be one of them 12 posts from now )


Incentivizing post counts is a terrible idea though - it encourages posting for the sake of making a post, instead of contributing. On a smaller scale, you can see it happening now that active links require 20 posts. Occasionally we catch out members with 20 one-word or one-sentence posts just to raise the numbers. Imagine that on a several-thousand scale.

Then there's the problem of visibility - those qualifying for an avatar can choose to opt into using one. It gives instant recognition to posts made by that person. That's not always a good thing - and we still have moderators choosing to not use an avatar at all.

And add to that the amount of work moderating forum avatars as well as posts... Damn.
Ya I guess I see what you mean but it would be quite a challenge to make 5000 bs posts and not get banned. Lol.
03-21-2015, 02:27 AM
#8
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: The red Skittle
Posts: 5,771
Quote:
Originally Posted by coolpepper43 View Post
Ya I guess I see what you mean but it would be quite a challenge to make 5000 bs posts and not get banned. Lol.
Simpler than you think.

Some people are really good at getting away with it...



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03-24-2015, 11:59 AM
#9
Joined: Apr 2008
Posts: 2,438
We are going to open up avatars soon.
03-24-2015, 12:38 PM
#10
Joined: Jun 2011
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Posts: 5,179
Quote:
Originally Posted by arn View Post
We are going to open up avatars soon.
Well that's super exciting. I've been waiting yearssss

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