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).