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Originally posted by Dreamstone
Admit it, when you read a post by an unfamiliar user, you judge them on their looks. First you see the avatar, check for originality, quality of the design. Humor gets some bonus points, as does a "moving" image. A good avatar is like a pretty face, to all us shallow ATSers.
Then to the points and bars. The more points, the bigger the bar, shows how much more relevent they are.
The date of membership is like an aged wine. The older, the better. But I guess some of us are destined to be cork sniffers. *sigh*
Last is the classification. Mods are like your boss, you may want to tread lightly.
Originally posted by Nerdling
I believe its neccessary for a newbie, its how i remembered who people were, "oh yeah, you have THAT avatar"
I don't do it as much now, i've learnt to respect other peoples opinions.
I generally judge on the persons grammar. Take note.