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M May 5 2009 05:42 AM

"That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
Hey folks, an idea for something we could do on this board crossed my mind the other day and now I'm eager to know what my fellow Trek BBS posters think about it. And please be nice to me, as I'm not prepared for my idea to be shot down. :)

I like to think of this whole site as a true community. Now, I know that many here despise the mere thought of social networking sites. And really, I do, too. If it wasn't for my band's MySpace profile I'd probably not come anywhere near MySpace. But I found that this board can serve similar functions. Granted, I don't know everyone around here. Hell, I don't even like everyone. But I found many posters that I like and a few I now consider friends. Well, and I think that is a wonderful thing!

However, I was thinking about a way to celebrate the thought of this site as a community. I often found that many posters (myself included) use avatars to (visually) define themselves around here. And just think about it, many times you don't even have to read people's screen name to recognize them; you already know them by their avatar. I know I do. I got this idea when I witnessed a conversation in another thread the other day where one poster found it questionable that another used a picture of himself as his avatar. This had me thinking how many of us (kind of) hide behind funky avatar images. And I don't mean this to sound disdainful. That's basically why I use avatars, too. Because you can show off your interests. But what if only for once we would show ourselves?

So, finally, here's my idea: What if for one week we all try to use just an image of ourself as an avatar? Wouldn't that be nice? Wouldn't that make our posts even more personal? We'd get to know each other more. And these avatars wouldn't even have to be simple portrays. You could be creative! You could do virtually everything you'd like. Have you seen J. Allen's current avatar, for example? That's what I'm talking about. I'd love to see you all in your avatars. Even if just for one week. :)

So, what do y'all think? Is this even feasible? Any suggestion for improvements? Am I an idiot?

K-Star May 5 2009 05:49 AM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
I did that for a while, after I took a picture of myself in my TNG uniform for Halloween last year :p

trampledamage May 5 2009 05:49 AM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
I wouldn't say you're an idiot, but there's a reason I hide my identity behind a cute pink elephant - you really don't want to meet the real me ;)

M May 5 2009 05:53 AM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
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K-Star wrote: (Post 2904119)
I did that for a while, after I took a picture of myself in my TNG uniform for Halloween last year :p

Really? I don't really remember it. I just remember the hard time thinking about a good Helloween name. :lol:

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trampledamage wrote: (Post 2904121)
... you really don't want to meet the real me ;)

I'm perfectly sure that this is untrue. ;)

And to make myself clear, that would (of course) be a completely voluntary thing. No-one would have to do it, really.

RJDiogenes May 5 2009 10:35 AM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
Well, I must always use Goofy Grape as my Avatar, but maybe I can think of something....

jamestyler May 5 2009 01:24 PM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
I'd do it... though it'd pain me to lose the Sisko for a week ;)

SPOCKED May 5 2009 01:40 PM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
I'm in :D

Miss Chicken May 5 2009 01:49 PM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
I am in if I can use a 20 year old photo of me.

Or better still - a 47 year old photo of me, I was a real cutie back then.

Zion Ravescene May 5 2009 02:00 PM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
I just need to borrow one of J. Allen's avatars. ;) :p

El Chupacabra May 5 2009 02:09 PM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
I think there are always going to be some people here who are too scared to reveal themselves, choosing instead to hide behind fake personalities.

K'Ehleyr May 5 2009 02:49 PM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
I'm in too. I think it's a great idea NCC-1701.

It would be interesting to see if peoples reactions changed :)

Jenee May 5 2009 02:53 PM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
If I can get someone to photoshop my face and a younger, skinnier body on my avatar, I'll do it.

Count Zero May 5 2009 04:37 PM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
I'm not very photogenic but I'd join in.

RevdKathy May 5 2009 06:29 PM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
I always do. What? Yes, of course I'm a teddy bear!

M May 5 2009 07:04 PM

Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)
 
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RJDiogenes wrote: (Post 2904516)
Well, I must always use Goofy Grape as my Avatar, but maybe I can think of something....

Oh, I'm sure you can. Let me know if I can somehow help you. :)

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jamestyler wrote: (Post 2904689)
I'd do it... though it'd pain me to lose the Sisko for a week ;)

Yay, thanks for joining. And don't worry, Sisko will be back. ;)

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SPOCKED wrote: (Post 2904706)
I'm in :D

Yay again! Cool! :D

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Miss Chicken wrote: (Post 2904722)
I am in if I can use a 20 year old photo of me.

Or better still - a 47 year old photo of me, I was a real cutie back then.

Personally I'd prefer the 20 years old photo, because that'd be closer to what you look today. But of course I'd like you to join either way, Miss Chicken. :)

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K'ehleyr wrote: (Post 2904841)
I'm in too. I think it's a great idea NCC-1701.

Aww, thanks, K'ehleyr. How nice of you. And cool to see you join, too. :)

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K'ehleyr wrote: (Post 2904841)
It would be interesting to see if peoples reactions changed :)

Yeah, I'd be interested in that myself. Call me pessimistic, but somehow I doubt that we'll really be enough to notice any reactions from others. :(

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Count Zero wrote: (Post 2905146)
I'm not very photogenic but I'd join in.

Let us be the judges. No, just kidding. Seriously, I don't consider myseld particularly photogenic either, so I know where you're coming from. All the better that you decided to join in. Cool! :)

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RevdKathy wrote: (Post 2905563)
Yes, of course I'm a teddy bear!

I'm perfectly willing to accept that as the truth. :lol:


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