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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby VictoriaF » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:00 pm

ogd wrote:
Default User BR wrote:Obligatory

It's sort of ironic when you consider that an avatar is a chance to express yourself. So here's an obligatory Monty Python for you Brian :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVygqjyS4CA


Very clever!

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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby grabiner » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:24 pm

BestWishes wrote:You asked for an Avatar, I added an Avatar :D


I only added mine a few months ago, with my 10,000th post.

I find that it makes my own posts easier to find when I am continuing a discussion.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Marmot » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:57 pm

I am a Avatar idiot. I searched 100 X 100 pixel, saved to my desktop. Find it on the desktop and hit submit and nothing. What did I miss?
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby black jack » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:06 pm

Well, I learned something new today.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby bottomfisher » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:09 pm

Default User BR wrote:Here's one for those desperate to conform:

Image

Obligatory :)

Brian


Heaven forbid, a handful of people here find one anonymous poster's recommendation logical and practical, then follow along with the recommendation on an anonymous website dedicated and named after one person who's investing recommendations are logical and practical. Blasphemy
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby livesoft » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:10 pm

Those sheep look soft and alive. Are they living softly?
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby LadyGeek » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:16 pm

Marmot wrote:I am a Avatar idiot. I searched 100 X 100 pixel, saved to my desktop. Find it on the desktop and hit submit and nothing. What did I miss?

I assume you used "Browse..." to find the icon, then hit Submit. Did you get an error message?

Check that the icon's filesize is under 8 kb. Also, the file extension is an image, like .png or .jpg.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Kalo » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:41 pm

grap0013 wrote:I feel like a girl with a new dress sporting this avatar!! Pic looks about right for a guy 100% equities fully tilted. I instantly like the first person to name the actor and the movie. No internet cheating! :)


Is it Christian Bale in American Psycho?

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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby alisa4804 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:53 pm

whoops - watch for copyrights!
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Default User BR » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:34 am

ogd wrote:It's sort of ironic when you consider that an avatar is a chance to express yourself.

I thought the point of the forum was to share financial news and assistance. I didn't realize it was an "express yourself" party. We doing face-painting next?


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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Default User BR » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:34 am

livesoft wrote:Those sheep look soft and alive.

Might be mutton chops now.


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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby OnFire » Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:54 am

grap0013 wrote:I feel like a girl with a new dress sporting this avatar!! Pic looks about right for a guy 100% equities fully tilted. I instantly like the first person to name the actor and the movie. No internet cheating! :)


That's Ash, from one of the greatest movies of all-time, Evil Dead 2. (Just ask Jack Back's character in High Fidelity.)

I knew instantly who it was, but it was hard to tell without looking it up, that it's actually Evil Dead 2, in the scene where all the little evil Ash's come out and try to kill the real Ash, played by Bruce Campbell.

Thanks for helping me to get an avatar. It's been on my to-do list for probably years, but until I got this kick in the butt myself, I couldn't figure out how to do it. I used an iPad. Just searched for "100x100 avatar fire", chose one, held the image until it came up "save image". Clicked that, then went to to an old post, clicked on my name, went to "edit profile" then "add avatar". Then when it said upload image, I clicked it, then chose the avatar I saved as a picture.

Thanks.

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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby BrandonBogle » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:35 am

LadyGeek wrote:It's the next one to the right of More, click on Search Tools which brings up a set of menus directly below.

Size, Color, Type, Time, More Tools.


Sadly, I have found no method yet to find just the right size or resize an existing pic when you are on a mobile. I am 99% of the time reading this forum from my mobile and Google's size doesn't let you search by size when you are on a mobile.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby runner9 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:48 am

Try being a Browns fan. Or a Cleveland any sports team fan:) Betting the Browns will be .500 in a season is usually a very bad bet.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Phineas J. Whoopee » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:18 pm

Done.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby tuckeverlasting » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:42 pm

How disconcerting is it to readers if one should occasionally change their avatar? I might get tired of mine.

BTW Taylor's is my favorite avatar on the board.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby pennstater2005 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:24 pm

I can't find one I like. I'm open to suggestions.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby runner9 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:14 pm

pennstater2005 wrote:I can't find one I like. I'm open to suggestions.


Um, maybe something Penn State related?
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Confused » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:16 pm

grayfox wrote:If you want to be remembered as an individual, and not as a random poster in the crowd, I recommend choosing an avatar.


I prefer the anonynimity of blending into a crowd when it comes to the Internet.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby pennstater2005 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:05 pm

runner9 wrote:
pennstater2005 wrote:I can't find one I like. I'm open to suggestions.


Um, maybe something Penn State related?


Too obvious :D
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby grap0013 » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:51 pm

OnFire wrote:Grap0013, "Gimmee some sugar, baby."


He he.

These are about as good as Taylor's gems. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106308/quotes

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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby willardx » Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:17 pm

Done!
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Sidney » Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:27 pm

Confused wrote:
grayfox wrote:If you want to be remembered as an individual, and not as a random poster in the crowd, I recommend choosing an avatar.


I prefer the anonynimity of blending into a crowd when it comes to the Internet.

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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Ice-9 » Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:32 pm

BrandonBogle wrote:Sadly, I have found no method yet to find just the right size or resize an existing pic when you are on a mobile. I am 99% of the time reading this forum from my mobile and Google's size doesn't let you search by size when you are on a mobile.


I just tested using this online service on my iPhone in Safari and it worked fine. Selected an image from my existing camera roll and resized to 100 x 100.

http://www.image-resizer.co.uk/
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby BrandonBogle » Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:05 pm

Ice-9 wrote:
BrandonBogle wrote:Sadly, I have found no method yet to find just the right size or resize an existing pic when you are on a mobile. I am 99% of the time reading this forum from my mobile and Google's size doesn't let you search by size when you are on a mobile.


I just tested using this online service on my iPhone in Safari and it worked fine. Selected an image from my existing camera roll and resized to 100 x 100.

http://www.image-resizer.co.uk/


Thank you Ice!! That site worked perfectly. Though my first image didn't look good cropped, I had a backup ready. Looks like a great way to start a morning!
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Spades » Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:04 pm

I don't know... a standard start avatar will make it more confusing to figure out who is posting to me because a lot of people will have the same avatar.

I like the way it is. Let people who want avatars to put them up. Still, it is easier when people have avatars.

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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Default User BR » Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:11 pm

Spades wrote:I don't know... a standard start avatar will make it more confusing to figure out who is posting to me because a lot of people will have the same avatar.

I hate forums that do that (yeah, I'm looking at YOU, Fatwallet!).


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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby enderland » Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:26 pm

I have all avatars disabled so this problem always affects me :)

I suppose I will add one though, just for you, although I don't post a whole ton ;)
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby SnapShots » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:15 pm

Cheese_Breath the avatar is cute. But, the online screen name is most memorable. I almost can smell it. How'd you ever come up with that? :wink:

I've been thinking about changing my avatar. I get bored easily.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby VictoriaF » Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:51 am

SnapShots wrote:Cheese_Breath the avatar is cute. But, the online screen name is most memorable. I almost can smell it. How'd you ever come up with that? :wink:

I've been thinking about changing my avatar. I get bored easily.


I found the screen name of Default User BR memorable. But please don't tell him, or he will escalate his objections to avatars.

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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby linenfort » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:05 am

It really is easier to keep track of users and their posts when they have some kind avatar (ahem, especially when they display on the left-hand side).
It's so nice to see all the new avatars being added, so thanks for this thread. The only avatars I cannot stand are animated ones, and that doesn't appear to be an issue at this forum.

I have to admit, I sometimes gloss over brief avatarless posts unless I'm already familiar with the user name. (Not Default User BR's, of course. If your name is "default user", you probably shouldn't sport an avatar anyway. ;-) And certainly not grabiner's. )

I especially like fred_flintstone's avatar of Fred recumbent in a hammock. He looks like a contented retired Boglehead.

grap0013 wrote:I feel like a girl with a new dress sporting this avatar!!

lol, hilarious!
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Default User BR » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:23 am

linenfort wrote:Not Default User BR's, of course. If your name is "default user"

I think the sign-up didn't let me be just "Default User". But it was a long time ago and I don't recall for certain.


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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby linenfort » Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:48 pm

I love it! Next time I sign up at a forum, I'm going to be "Guest".
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby indexfundfan » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:05 pm

I had been using the same avatar since 2007 when the forum was setup. Then somebody came along and decided to use the same one...
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby pennstater2005 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:18 pm

I hope I didn't hijack somebody's avatar.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby SpringMan » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:27 pm

I have had various avatars in the past. I thought maybe they were a waste of bandwidth and possibly slowed the site down a bit so I deleted mine a while back. Since it helps folks track threads, I created a new one.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Marmot » Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:42 am

I got it to work - what is the process to change my name? Obviously Scrat is a better name with this Avatar. Many thanks for getting me this far.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby LadyGeek » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:59 am

Username changes can only be done by a site admin. It's never a problem, we do it all the time. Just send me a PM with your new choice. Be sure to check that the name is available, i.e. it doesn't match anything in Find a member.

However, you should use caution when using characters that may be subject to copyright. I'm not a lawyer, so I don't know what constitutes fair use for an image. Aligning a username with your character might be pushing it a bit, I have no idea. Here's some additional guidelines:

Usernames must not violate any of the forum policies, be profane, rude, or otherwise inappropriate, nor may you use a real person's name other than your own.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby kingsnake » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:22 am

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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby htdrag11 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:55 am

Done, but it's not painless.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Spades » Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:07 pm

htdrag11 wrote:Done, but it's not painless.


I've heard you can't teach old dogs new tricks, but what about cats?

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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby EternalOptimist » Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:09 pm

I hear ya, this is so me!
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby zaplunken » Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:09 pm

I agree with grayfox, thanks for starting this thread.

I too associate the replies with avatars. No avatar, then you're a nobody ie I can't id you and I skip your posts.

Such a simple thing to create, why all the confusion?
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Default User BR » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:22 am

zaplunken wrote:I too associate the replies with avatars. No avatar, then you're a nobody ie I can't id you and I skip your posts.

So Livesoft, Larry Swedroe, SSCritic, bunch of nobodies?

Oddly, looking at your recent posts, I see that you have frequently replied to people without avatars.


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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Redstorm » Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:44 am

grayfox wrote:Some Bogleheads do not have an avatar. I recommend that posters choose a unique avatar.

I was reading the long thread about "if dividends are different" and several of the posters did not have avatars. I had trouble keeping track of which poster had which position and made which point.

I find it easier to sort out what each forum participant has said when I can put a "face" on the poster. Maybe I just remember pictures better. In my view, there are the individual poster with avatars, and then there is a mass of anonymous posters without avatars who I don't remember who they are and are just part of the "peanut gallery".

If you want to be remembered as an individual, and not as a random poster in the crowd, I recommend choosing an avatar.


Tried using a couple re-sizing etc

Gave up trying, Forum is not as user friendly as some others, one I've liked was by vBulletin, very easy to navigate and use
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby G-Money » Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:59 am

Default User BR wrote:
zaplunken wrote:I too associate the replies with avatars. No avatar, then you're a nobody ie I can't id you and I skip your posts.

So Livesoft, Larry Swedroe, SSCritic, bunch of nobodies?

:)

7 of the 10 members with the most posts have no avatar. If you're skipping posts by posters without avatars, you're missing quite a bit.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby ursineogre » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:31 am

I've been inspired to conform. I am a frequent lurker and not very frequent poster, so here is my stamp on my identity.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby VictoriaF » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:48 am

ursineogre wrote:I've been inspired to conform. I am a frequent lurker and not very frequent poster, so here is my stamp on my identity.


Is that a genie in the bottle?

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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Phineas J. Whoopee » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:25 am

VictoriaF wrote:
ursineogre wrote:I've been inspired to conform. I am a frequent lurker and not very frequent poster, so here is my stamp on my identity.


Is that a genie in the bottle?

Victoria

I'm pretty sure the bottle is just :wink: to see you.
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Re: Bogleheads Without Avatars

Postby Driver » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:34 pm

Done.
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