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Topher Cantler avatar 5:56 PM on 07.31.2009  (server time)
The importance of having a f*cking avatar

Wow. That shit's hard to look at, isn't it? So imagine then how we editors feel when we go to track our comments and see a sea of default avatars staring back at us.

Jim has already put this out there before, but since many people are either new here or have some serious problems with reading comprehension, I'll say it again:

Get a fucking avatar.

It's not hard. In fact, you can use just about any picture you want, provided it's work-safe, and in some cases it seems like even that's up for debate. I'm not sure why this is so difficult for you people. Destructoid is a nice place to hang out and discuss a lot of different topics, but it's hard to do that if nobody can tell you apart from this asshole:

Are you here to comment on my post, or are you here to sell me Air Jordans? If your avatar looks like that guy's, I have no way of knowing for sure. You've got a username, but do you have any idea how many of those I have to keep track of? 41,745 and counting. We get a lot of comments around here, and that's good because it means our little community is growing and we've got cool new people to talk to. But it gets to be a lot to read, and as I've said at least once or twice on Twitter,

If you didn't bother to take ten seconds to upload an avatar, I probably didn't take ten seconds to bother reading whatever it was you had to say.

It's simple, and it doesn't matter who you are. If you're here to hang out and make some friends by participating in the awesome community we have going, get an avatar so it's easier for us to recognize you when you come around. You're probably a pretty cool person, and if that's the case, we'd like you to stick around for a while. It would help everyone get to know you a lot faster if you had a face.

If you're here to casually participate in some thoughtful debate and discussion, or just let us know what you think of a post, get an avatar so the person who wrote said post will be more likely to pay attention. Even if Dtoid is nothing more to you than something to browse at work to pass the time, your thoughts and opinions are still valuable to us. Just because you're not here to stay doesn't mean we don't care what you think.

You wanna know whose opinion we don't care about?

Nobody gives a fuck what that guy thinks. He was well-spoken and had something really nice to say a few days ago, but then I saw him fanboying it up in some flamewar a few minutes later and typing like he had mittens on. The day after that, he posted 7 comments in a row linking to some company in indonesia that makes bathtubs. The guy's schizophrenic, you never know what the fuck he's gonna say. I stopped listening about 3 years ago.

So unless you want the rest of us (editors and staff especially) to completely ignore what you're trying to tell us, maybe you should get one of these little pictures that everyone has next to their name. Maybe a cute bunny, or a videogame character, or a pretty Korean girl, I dunno. Those are just things that I like, you can make it whatever you want. But for fuck's sake, make it something.

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