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Old May 5 2009, 05:42 AM   #1
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"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?
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Old May 5 2009, 05:49 AM   #2
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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
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Old May 5 2009, 05:49 AM   #3
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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
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Old May 5 2009, 05:53 AM   #4
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I did that for a while, after I took a picture of myself in my TNG uniform for Halloween last year
Really? I don't really remember it. I just remember the hard time thinking about a good Helloween name.

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... 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.
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Old May 5 2009, 10:35 AM   #5
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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....
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Old May 5 2009, 01:24 PM   #6
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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
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Old May 5 2009, 01:40 PM   #7
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I'm in
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Old May 5 2009, 01:49 PM   #8
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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.
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Old May 5 2009, 02:00 PM   #9
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Re: "That's Me!" Avatar Week? (Silly idea inside.)

I just need to borrow one of J. Allen's avatars.
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Old May 5 2009, 02:09 PM   #10
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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.
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Old May 5 2009, 02:49 PM   #11
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I'm in too. I think it's a great idea NCC-1701.

It would be interesting to see if peoples reactions changed
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Old May 5 2009, 02:53 PM   #12
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If I can get someone to photoshop my face and a younger, skinnier body on my avatar, I'll do it.
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Old May 5 2009, 04:37 PM   #13
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I'm not very photogenic but I'd join in.
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Old May 5 2009, 06:29 PM   #14
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I always do. What? Yes, of course I'm a teddy bear!
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Old May 5 2009, 07:04 PM   #15
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RJDiogenes wrote: View Post
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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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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I'm in
Yay again! Cool!

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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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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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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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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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Yes, of course I'm a teddy bear!
I'm perfectly willing to accept that as the truth.
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