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Let's ban these stupid moving avatars

 
 
Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 05:54 pm
An avatar should be a dignified representation of your online persona. I don't mind the ones that are subtly humorous, or even a bit offensive. I have no problem, for instance, with the A2K member who wears bright red nail polish on his shooting hand.

However, all of these moving avatars annoy me. These jumping, waddling, flag waving spinning avatars are just too much.

They don't just represent the poster and stay of to the side for further reference. They insist on screaming for attention in my peripheral vision... it is kind of like a person at a party who insists on doing jumping jacks to get attention.

I just tried to read one thread with several moving avatars were having a heated argument (one post after another in quick succession). It was enough to give me a headache.

It is not only difficult to take a poster with a moving avatar seriously, it distracts from other more dignified posters around them.

How about sticking with static avatars. Does anyone else feel this way, or am I out of line?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 05:56 pm
Uh oh..... I really like them.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 05:58 pm
I'm impressed they can fit the animated avatar within the avatar size limits.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 05:59 pm
Some may find boring avatars less desirous. Not sure. Just thinkin.

How about moving smileys? Laughing
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 05:59 pm
Gee, you guys aren't helping my bad mood at all.
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 05:59 pm
It's the smutty one's that I find annoying!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:00 pm
Waiting to see Caffeine wiggle....


Sorry, ebrown, I usually agree with you on stuff...
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:01 pm
I simply don't believe you, Ellpus.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:03 pm
Sorry you don't like my animated avatar. It will be changing in a few days for the winter holiday.

I should warn you though, many animated avatars come out of the closet for the holidays.

As a side note, I found it quite humorous to read about the seriousness of posts by more dignified avatars from someone using an infant's picture as an avatar. Very Happy

If there are more objections to the animated avatars, I'll change mine today rather than wait til Dec. 1.

~The Crass Turkey
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:06 pm
I usually enjoy the animated avatars.
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:09 pm
OK, I see where this is all going. I am going back to my dark corner to sulk a bit.

But, for anyone else who is grouchy about moving icons....

I just found out you can turn them off in the Opera browser (and I expect other browsers have a similar option).

Any moving avatar apparently comes out as the first frame in the image file, which in many cases appears to be a nice, calm, pleasing white rectangle.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:11 pm
Just follow that white light in the triangle and you should find a quiet calm surrounding you.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:15 pm
Heck, that moving avatar is the only exercise I get while on the internet!

:::pouts:::

How about if I change it to a slower trotting turkey? Razz
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old europe
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:38 pm
I don't know, ebrown. I mean, I can hear your avatar every time I read one of your posts, and I don't complain...
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:41 pm
Europe,

Yeah isn't it sweet. She can now count to five in two languages....

But this thread is about me feeling very grouchy! No one is helping here.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:44 pm
I love ebrown's avatar just as it is (can you caption this?)

Well, I'm weird, of course. Avatars amuse me. I get sentimental about them and don't want them to change, and also get all happy when they change. I always liked Craven's avatar cycle... in particular, the dancing girl... I'd not seen anything like that before, it always made me happeee.
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old europe
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:45 pm
Maybe you should get your avatar animated...!?

Imagine how cute that would be! Awwwww! A teeny tiny shweet little avatar, counting to five in two languages!!! Cuuuute! I can't believe it!


Oh, wait. You said grouchy.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:49 pm
In the spirit of giving, I made the holiday change a few days early for ya, ebrown. Hope it helps lift your mood a bit. Smile
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Tico
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 06:58 pm
You can count me on the grouch's side. Very Happy Sort of. I'm not fond of the animated avatars, but I find the animated ads at the right side and top of the A2K window more irritating than any avatar I've yet seen. And I guess I don't hang out on the same threads as ebrown_p, 'coz I haven't noticed multiple, consecutive animated avatars.

I do sometimes find it amusing how my perception of post can be influenced by an avatar.

Love those emoticons though. I want more. 2 Cents
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Reyn
 
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Reply Mon 27 Nov, 2006 07:07 pm
Re: Let's ban these stupid moving avatars
ebrown_p wrote:
An avatar should be a dignified representation of your online persona.

Oh, sheeet! I guess mine doesn't fit that bill.

Of course, in real life, I'm totally dignified.


By the way, Olga, I love you anyways, moving or not. :wink:
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