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Should The Same Avatar Be Used By 2+ Members


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Should The Same Exact Avatar Be Used By More Than One User On This Forum?

  1. Yes (2 votes [7.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.14%

  2. No (9 votes [32.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.14%

  3. It shouldn't matter (17 votes [60.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 60.71%

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#1 Walkman

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 02:44 PM

I'm doing a poll on opinions on what you think about having 2 or more of the same exact avatars on the same forum board.

The reason I'm doing this poll is because I just saw a member here that is using the one that I'm using, and I just think that no person should use the same one as another, on the same forum.

The avatar is sorta like your signature while you're here. If your avatar is used elsewhere, then... Oh Well, that means you shouldn't use it where ever you see it. But the avatar should be respected as a personal trait for that person.

I believe that that avatars help people in identifying people, much easier.. in a way. But the avatar is our unique way of identifying, and expressing ourselves. If we were to all use any avatar we see on the same forums, then we would create a dis-need in having avatars in the 1st place.

No matter who has what avatar, unless it's yours, or copyrighted with your rights to it, then any avatar is fair game. I can live with that, and that's not my issue,... my issue is with having more than 1 person using the same exact avatar on the same forum.

I guess I should compile all the avatars here, and just let them rotate, that way I'll have them all. And I know many of you think that wouldn't be fair at all... and trust me... I wouldn't stoop to that level.... but that is exactly my point.

What do you think?

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#2 KoanYorel

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 03:07 PM

Unless copyrighted.. fair game.
And how would we know that?
My Avatar is from the USN.
Many have earned such.
I have a copyrighted Avatar I no longer choose to use, as another here
provided me with other.

//Edit: You should vote in your own poll.

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#3 Walkman

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 03:21 PM

//Edit: You should vote in your own poll.

You're absolutely right. Of all things, I never thought to do that much.

Done deal.

I'm laughing at your edit, because it just didn't hit me for at least a minute, then it clicked in.

Thanks.

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 03:22 PM

imitation is the highest form of flattery
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 11:17 PM

So what do you think when you see mine? ha ha

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 11:44 PM

I created mine using Gimp for windows so if any1 rips it off its got my name stamped on it. lol

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 12:05 AM

Doesn't bother me.
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Posted 06 February 2007 - 12:19 AM

Really Walkman,What's the big deal?Any Avatar you shoose from the library are not yours,only yours to use.We have 100,000+ members and a pathetic lot of Avatars to choose from,so more than 1 member is going to use the same Avatar,if they like one.The post is more important than an Avatar IMO.
The Avatar like the Sig is only icing on the cake,as they say.A lot of members cannot design there own Avatar.Often I have seen the same one used by a number of our members,so what.Click onto birthdays daily and you often see the same Avatars which members have ,but no longer post.
Personally designed Avatars and your Sig are Private and there is no excuse to even contemplate useing someone elses.Library Avatars are fair game. :thumbsup:















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Posted 06 February 2007 - 12:44 AM

I don't think there should be a rule against it, but if someone is just going right-click, save-as, and pasting your avatar as theirs, it's kind of a dickish and/or creepy thing to do.

Unless it's done like a bandwagon kind of thing, then it can get interesting. On the off-topic discussion board I frequent there have been a few different avatar bandwagons. On the day they switched to a new domain name they had to change over the database, during the changeover various members got "taken over by the Matrix" and had their avatars changed into Agents. For the Matrix Revolutions movie a bunch of us turned into various Agent Smiths. There were other themes like classic gaming, and a big one right now is on the Marvel Civil War comic.
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Posted 06 February 2007 - 01:08 AM

If I found out that I was using the same Avatar as a fellow poster,I would remove mine, and look for another one.Or PM the member and ask if they had any objections,to me useing the same one.I would think that they would be flattered to think someone else liked their choice.















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Posted 06 February 2007 - 05:38 AM

Doesn't really bother me. I think Koan said it best:

Unless copyrighted.. fair game.


If it was something I personally designed, I would make a big stink about it. :thumbsup:
But I've got tons of pics to choose from, so, for me, it isn't a big deal. :flowers:

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 06:46 AM

The internet is one big large photo album, based on the concept of misappropiated content. I am with Koan Yorel in this case.

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 12:29 PM

I agree with DSTM and buddy215 that "imitation is the highest form of flattery".

Hey,did you notice that there is another member here in BC with the same name as mine??
Different capitalizations,but I certainly don't think that should be allowed!

If it really bothers you Walkman, why don't you change your Avatar to something really cool!
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Posted 06 February 2007 - 03:13 PM

It doesn't bother me. I change mine. I've seen mine used by others... no difference to me. If it makes you feel good today use it.
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Posted 06 February 2007 - 03:36 PM

I agree, if it's an 'open to public to use' one, it shouldn't really matter if more than one member here has chosen to use it. I love graphics but it's not the first thing I look for in a post by any means.

It must be fun to create a very unique one, though - in which case, it would be tacky indeed to someone to 'borrow' it.
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