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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Nebulae » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:10 am UTC

Antimatter Spork wrote:I generally recognize people by their avatars, but not so much that I'm thrown off by an avatar change.

Of course, I've changed MY avatar a couple of times, mostly because playing Bass underneath the Death Star is one of the most awesome things ever.

That is one of the most awesome avatars I have ever seen.

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby ParanoidDrone » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:15 am UTC

I forgot to mention (though it's not exactly a huge leap) that a side effect of my aforementioned tendency to see the avatar as doing the speaking is that I mentally picture the user to be whatever's depicted in their avatar. Therefore, I must be Samus. <_<;
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Aerol » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:24 am UTC

Belial wrote:Avatars shape my perception of someone in only really two ways:

-If they don't have one, I'm more likely to forget who they are.

-If they have an exceptionally annoying one, I'm more likely to perceive them as annoying.

Very new here but from reading your posts I've become fairly convinced that your avatar is actually you. :oops:

And it goes without saying that avatars definitely influence the way I interpret people's posts. I think it's hard not to let it influence you.

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Azrael001 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:39 am UTC

I always read bass as bass (the fish) rather than bass (pronounced like base). It always throws me off for a fraction of a second.

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Sandry » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:43 am UTC

Frequently avatars are my first constant tag for who a poster is, but once I actually get to know the person behind the posting at all (doesn't have to be due to meeting them, just having enough of a mindhold on them to not need visual aides) they no longer matter. I find avatars for posters work for me the same way names do for people: if my primary association with the avatar is someone I like, then I like the avatar. If an avatar of its own merits is sufficiently cool that I take particular notice of it, that only means I will end up evaluating whether or not I like the poster him or herself more quickly.

That said, when people decide to do grand switcheroos (as is seemingly inevitable) to fuck with folks' minds, it definitely throws me for a loop. This makes me suspect I have a lot of folks who permanently require a bit more help for a mindhold, but for whom I've associated a general tone or timbre, just not a deep perception.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:20 am UTC

Nebulae wrote:
Antimatter Spork wrote:I generally recognize people by their avatars, but not so much that I'm thrown off by an avatar change.

Of course, I've changed MY avatar a couple of times, mostly because playing Bass underneath the Death Star is one of the most awesome things ever.

That is one of the most awesome avatars I have ever seen.
Indeed. I noticed a little while ago that the Death Star was in it and I was like "hey, that's awesome."
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Amnesiasoft » Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:28 am UTC

jerome_bc wrote:As for my avatar, it is a depiction of Roland Deschain, the hero of The Dark Tower series, who is just plain bad-ass. I'm not even done with the first book, though, but I already love it, and I have great expectations for the rest of the series.

I had a feeling that your avatar looked really familiar. That would explain it.

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Aleril » Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:44 am UTC

I guess in the long run, if the avatar catches my eye and I like it, I usually respect that person if I don't know them.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Number3Pencils » Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:27 am UTC

It really does mess me up a bit when a person has an avatar of the opposite gender. Also, a lot of references that happen in avatars just blow right by me, because I don't play video games or watch (almost any) TV.*
I wonder how people perceive my posts.
I've been thinking of changing my avatar to a picture of my more recent work.
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Only problem is I'd have to find a mod willing and able to give me a new title, because it would be outdated. Thoughts, anyone?


*I like it. You gamers and TV junkies are all just weird.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Mr. Beck » Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:28 am UTC

As has been said many times already, I find avatars most useful for identifying people. For example, SecondTalon. His (?) avatar annoys the shit out of me, but it's useful to associate with him.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Amnesiasoft » Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:39 am UTC

Number3Pencils wrote:Also, a lot of references that happen in avatars just blow right by me, because I don't play video games or watch (almost any) TV.*

Which is why I always try to use a custom avatar. For the most part I only use some kind of picture of my character Comrade Tanto (Not Tonto, do not tell me I spelled it wrong because it is spelled like that for a reason). This version being one done by my awesome friend.

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Zohar » Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:29 am UTC

Ian Ex Machina wrote:for example when reading a post by Zohar (Who has an avatar of a keyhole looking monument with energy around it?) it makes me perceive him/the post as more mystic


Mystic? Wow, that's about the opposite of what I want people to think. :-) I just figured I wanted an avatar (because it does help me remember other people), but didn't have a picture. It's a fictional object called "The Zohar" from a series of space-opera games. A lot more sci-fi than fantasy. :-)

As for other people, unless it's really annoying I don't mind their avatars. It helps me recognize other people. It's true that I usually imagine a person as their avatar, which is slightly silly most of the time. Unless I recognize their picture from the post your face thread.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby TheAmazingRando » Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:44 am UTC

Despite what my avatar may lead you to believe, I have long hair, I don't post naked, and I've never flung fruit from a cliff.

I always associate people with their avatars, about as much as I do their names. It really throws me off when two people have the same avatar. I also have trouble remembering posters who don't have avatars.

My avatar is from the cover of an out-of-print album by one of my favorite (now-defunct) bands. I always love finding out other people share the same obscure tastes as I do, so I figured that, if I make this album-cover my avatar, maybe it will make some other music geek out there happy.

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby NMcCoy » Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:03 am UTC

I was inspired by this thread to create an avatar in order to be more recognizable. I considered cropping one of the few recent photos I have of myself, but decided to go with something a bit more creative and aesthetically pleasing. The structure of it was deliberately designed so that I'll be able to modify the foreground while keeping the image glance-recognizable by virtue of an unmodified background. For messageboards that allow remote images, I plan to put several such variants into an image-rotator script. For here I'll probably just alter it every so often when I get bored.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Cheese » Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:28 pm UTC

NMcCoy wrote:I was inspired by this thread to create an avatar in order to be more recognizable. I considered cropping one of the few recent photos I have of myself, but decided to go with something a bit more creative and aesthetically pleasing. The structure of it was deliberately designed so that I'll be able to modify the foreground while keeping the image glance-recognizable by virtue of an unmodified background. For messageboards that allow remote images, I plan to put several such variants into an image-rotator script. For here I'll probably just alter it every so often when I get bored.
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Only problem is I'd have to find a mod willing and able to give me a new title, because it would be outdated. Thoughts, anyone?
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Bakemaster » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:47 pm UTC

parkaboy wrote:don't be fooled by my avatar; i do not have Bakemaster's bunny.

Nope, but I do! I built him a condo out of Target modular storage cubes and cable ties.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Ishindri » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:51 pm UTC

Avatars are mainly how I know who's post I'm reading. I cannot be bothered to to read people's names, for the most part (except during that cabbage-eyes thing. That was just plain annoying.)
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby NMcCoy » Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:15 pm UTC

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Angelene » Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:23 pm UTC

Oooh, yes, I'll second the cabbage eyed mention.

I'm entirely less unsettled now I'm back to my former (present!?) self.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Aperfectring » Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:13 pm UTC

Generally I remember posters primarily by their avatar, and only after seeing them enough in the forums do I start to associate a name with the avatar. When I see a quote of someone, I generally sit for a second and visualize their avatar so I know who is "talking".

I am actually a strangely light colored tree standing next to three other strangely light colored trees and a glowing path (or stream, I have never been able to determine which it is) in near pitch blackness.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Owehn » Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:23 am UTC

My avatar's a pretty accurate depiction of myself. Let's see:
1. I have a face. √
2. I have two hands. √

Yep, all there!
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Zak » Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:35 am UTC

So by virtue of making this post you all visualize me as a sombrero wearing, lamb holding jesus?

Strange. I usually just think of a person whose face is in shadow.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Azrael001 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:37 am UTC

Z.A.K wrote:So by virtue of making this post you all visualize me as a sombrero wearing, lamb holding jesus?


With an ostrich (?) face.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby __Kit » Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:49 am UTC

Someone changes there avatar, I don't notice, new person to me, doesn't change anything anyway.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby parkaboy » Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:31 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:
parkaboy wrote:don't be fooled by my avatar; i do not have Bakemaster's bunny.

Nope, but I do! I built him a condo out of Target modular storage cubes and cable ties.


this is true, i do not have bakemaster's bunny or any bunny for that matter. My avatar is getting bored again though, she might collect something else to keep her entertained soon. I wonder what it will be...

also, that is freaking SWEET! i have a thread link to PM to you as soon as i find it... not on this forum.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Rodan » Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:44 am UTC

I don't actually visualize the person as the avatar (mos of the time), but I do think of the avatar as a representation of that person, almost like... an avatar for them.

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Azrael001 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:07 am UTC

I never noticed parkaboy's added bunny, then again we are often posting in separate threads.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:34 am UTC

Rodan wrote:I don't actually visualize the person as the avatar (mos of the time), but I do think of the avatar as a representation of that person, almost like... an avatar for them.


Rodan, previously, did not exist. (:P)
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby El Senor Fruit Swing » Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:28 pm UTC

TheAmazingRando wrote:Despite what my avatar may lead you to believe, I have long hair, I don't post naked, and I've never flung fruit from a cliff.

I always associate people with their avatars, about as much as I do their names. It really throws me off when two people have the same avatar. I also have trouble remembering posters who don't have avatars.

My avatar is from the cover of an out-of-print album by one of my favorite (now-defunct) bands. I always love finding out other people share the same obscure tastes as I do, so I figured that, if I make this album-cover my avatar, maybe it will make some other music geek out there happy.

Please don't me fling me off a cliff... Or swing me. No ones going to be swinging this fruit :lol: :wink:

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Severus Severance » Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:47 pm UTC

You = Your avatar. Even if you post pictures of yourself proving the opposite, you are your avatar.

Admittedly, that makes me a horrible assemblage of red rectangles made in MS Paint that looks terribly boring.

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Aleril » Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:57 pm UTC

Severus Severance wrote:You = Your avatar. Even if you post pictures of yourself proving the opposite, you are your avatar.



I believe this sums it up quite nicely.

Unless I have seen a picture of you or met you, your avatar is you. And even then I see you as your avatar.

Just like me, because every one knows I have flowing white hair and ripped muscles.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Rodan » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:15 pm UTC

LE4dGOLEM wrote:
Rodan wrote:I don't actually visualize the person as the avatar (mos of the time), but I do think of the avatar as a representation of that person, almost like... an avatar for them.


Rodan, previously, did not exist. (:P)
(Yes, I am actually doing those other ones as well. My scanner appears to be broken at the moment, however)

Well, I existed as a simple organism composed of a smiley face and human bean juice...
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby libellule » Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:53 pm UTC

Angelene wrote:Oooh, yes, I'll second the cabbage eyed mention.

I'm entirely less unsettled now I'm back to my former (present!?) self.

It's you!
Why the name change?

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Indon » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:22 pm UTC

scowdich wrote:I feel my avatar is fairly representative of myself: a somewhat youngish, white-as-the-driven-snow, geek.

I imagine that's how I'm construed on the forums.


Is your avatar holding a slide rule? Because only just now I saw it at that whereas before I always saw it as some kind of futuristic weapon.

As for how I treat avatars, unless I recognize it as being something (at which point I hold aesthetic appreciation), I just kind of lump the avatar together with the name, so that I recognize them arbitrarily as one thing. Yes, this means I have trouble grasping avatar changes.

I personally have no avatar because I know that some people color their perceptions by it, and I want to be known for my words, not a pretty picture (my words are sexier than I am, anyway).
So, I like talking. So if you want to talk about something with me, feel free to send me a PM.

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Rodan » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:25 pm UTC

I still sorta miss the LE4d __Kit. SoapyHobo's new avatar, took me a while to get used to, but now I like it.

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby tiny » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:10 am UTC

Got time for a new avatar for me. It's still Katherine, though. I made half a ton of Katherine avatars while reading through Wapsi Square.

I don't like it when people change avatars as frequently as their underwear (for reasons of recognizability), but I can't understand as well how someone can keep one and the same avatar for more than a few months. Doesn't it get boring to look at? And when you identify yourself with your avatar, it needs to change like you change. At least that's how I feel.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Rodan » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:31 am UTC

I quite like this one. I do like to mix it up on holidays, though. And not just with a pasted Santa hat either (I'm looking at you, most of the fora).

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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Azrael001 » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:35 am UTC

Waspi Square is a good comic. I like how you are keeping the same character, I rely on avatars to tell who people are.

I almost never look at my own avatar and signature, as such I don't get bored with them. I actually had changed my avatar for a while, it bugged me that it wasn't the same.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby shinybaby » Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:26 am UTC

i like to look at the avatars... many of them are really cool! and i guess i am a little influenced by them, as well. though for me, i associate a combination of avatar, username, and title (if available) with a given poster, any of which gaining prominence for any given person.
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Re: Avatars and Perception

Postby Zak » Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:53 am UTC

=P

how many people can actually tell what my avatar is?
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