a reply to: amazing
Personally, I believe that peoples avatars and identifying marks, including their signatures, are secondary to the content and opinion that they
contribute. I make a point of reading a post before I even glance left to see which member posted it, specifically to remove that variable.
Also, it has to be said, that I come here every day because this is one of the rare places where one is mostly judged by ones peers on metrics which
I actually value, those being the ability to think critically, and communicate effectively, as well as the sum of a persons knowledge.
I hand out stars and flags when I like a post. I am just as likely to hand stars and flags to someone with an awesome avatar, as I am to a member
without an avatar. Put another way, the facade is not what I value here. What I value is the ability to learn from the membership, to use my mind to
navigate the ebb and flow of information funnelled through this site, to educate myself using this resource to the best of my ability, and to share my
own understanding of the subject matter, that others might perhaps benefit from my perspective, and indeed, indicate when my perspective is skewed
(hey, it happens).
One of the many things that brings me back here, is that unlike flesh life, ATS life is based on what is inside, not what one witnesses on the
Now, my own avatar is just me in a suit, drinking an unending glass of rum and coke. It does not say anything worth interpreting about me, but people
may think of me what ever they wish, as long as they pay me the respect that I pay them, in discussing the issue at hand, rather than the poster who
contributes their thoughts, and offers them up in good faith.