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Jun 3, 2008 08:16 AM

Why are there not more avatars?

In looking and reading CH often, maybe too often cause I love it in here, learn so much, I notice that not many people have an avatar. It's easy to upload or download whatever the term is and wonder why more people don't have one.

Also does anyone ever go into where it says 'who's reading you or who are you reading'? Whatever that verbiage is?

So, if you are among the few that do use an avatar, why is it significant to you and/or what is it? Pictures are small and it's often times hard to tell.

My picture is my favorite kid in my screen name, it's a singing group for those that don't know.

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  1. I tried to play around with mine, but couldn't figure out how to change it. That's me. Technologically impaired.

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    1. re: Kagey

      You need to have a photo downloaded to your My Pictures file on your computer.
      Click on the "upload avatar" button under your avatar on your profile page.
      The screen goes grey ...scroll to the left and click the Browse button
      This brings you to your picture file....
      Click on a photo you want as your avatar
      Click on Save... et Viola! You got avatar....

      There are some folks here who find avatars intrusive and unnecessary. Obviously, I'm not one of them.

    2. I remember the introduction of avatars onto CH: there was much wailing and rending of garments. Many thought they portended the downfall of the site as a whole, which obviously didn't happen. Others, like me, just thought the default avatar looked stupid. Someone pointed out that you could get rid of it simply by creating a picture file that was plain white, so I did.

      1. Considering that you need a magnifying glass to even see the avatars on a decent high-resolution screen, I'm sure most people don't even notice them or get annoyed trying to look at them. It's not any better if you click on avatar to go to the profile -- where the avatar goes from minuscule to merely miniature .

        All that being said, mine is of a spontaneously erupted (otherwise known as volunteer) calabasa that grew in my backyard.

        1. With so many posters on CH, avatars help me remember who some of them are. I'm more visual than literary. I may have issues remembering who chowxyz123 is, but if I see a pic of a mushroom or whatever, it helps me remember them. And that's why I like avatars. Not sure why some people hate them so much.

          I've got a love-hate relationship with Hello Kitty. She was even present at my wedding -- as a small doll in a hanbok. As I live in a small 1 BR apartment, I can't have all these Hello Kittys running around as I try to be a minimalist (and an adult). Chowhound is my only outlet where I can indulge in my Hello Kitty fetish.

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          1. re: Miss Needle

            Ah, case in point. I've always noticed your avatar, but only because it's pink. Purple. Pink. Whatever - it's not black & white, so it's noticeable. But I never ever would have guessed it's Hello Kitty. The avatars are so tiny that I find most of them just... not annoying, but superfluous. I tried adding one when I first came here (it was a loaf of challah bread) but couldn't make out what it was. Even though I put it there! Just too small to bother with.

            But Miss Needle, yours is cute. *G*

            1. re: Catskillgirl

              Thank you! Feminists like to say Hello Kitty's got no mouth because she's not supposed to speak. I like Sanrio's approach in that Hello Kitty just speaks from the heart!

              Catskillgirl, you've got a point about it being difficult to identify what the avatars are. Some are a bit more obvious, like goodhealthgourmet's -- though she looks like she's about to give you a good flogging with her rolling pin! : ) But it is difficult to tell what some are. But I think whatever it is -- things like colors or shapes do help me id a poster. But I am a person who always made diagrams and charts when I was studying for exams. And I'm always bad with names but pretty good with faces.

          2. I just added an avatar yesterday because I realized how easy it was _ and I'm as technologically impaired as they come. Mine is a trifle I made a couple of years back. But it's true they're really too small to see.