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a1Jim

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02-21-2012 06:41 PM

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I rarely post non woodworking post, but after years of looking at avatar’s or Icon’s on Ljs I realized that a person’s Icon gives me an impression as to what a person’s all about, am I alone in this thought or do others think the same way.As an example someone who displays a kitten you might think their a kinder gentler person compared to a flaming skull you might think they like hard rock or could be a biker (not that there’s anything wrong with that) I also wonder if other members have thought the same thing or have a type of icon they like or individuals icons they like or dislike.
I know this is kind of a silly post LOL

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture


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Wood_smith

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 06:49 PM

Not silly at all.. and at least here I don’t get growled at (like I did in one forum) for shamelessly promoting my wares with my avatar… at least I hope I won’t get growled at!

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 06:57 PM

You got a point Jim. But when I see a kitten I don’t think kinder person I think female. Probably wrong half the time but that’s my first impression. I like the ones that are of a couple. Makes you think that the woodworker has support. I could put my wife in that category. I think the political avatars are dumb. My first impression is ‘get a life’. Then that’s just me.

As you can see if you look at mine I’m in a pose of contemplation, or maybe getting ready to pick my nose.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 07:00 PM

Need to update mine.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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HorizontalMike

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 07:02 PM

Well, believe it or not, I used a cap/hat and sunglasses in my Icon/Avatar because that is what Martin was wearing in HIS Icon picture. ;-)

My hat is off to those who at least put their OWN face in their Icon image. Something about truth in advertising…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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hhhopks

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 07:13 PM

I am always kind busy. Well, at least that is my execuse. I have to find something and there a picture of my backyard.

I guess in someway it is a reflection of us.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 07:17 PM

Wood_smith: LOL… when I first looked at your avatar thought it was a bed with three large pillows at the head!
... you must like to Sleep… I thought…
Then, I read your profile statement… You make a Bag! That could go over a Bed… for 4×8 sheets of material to protect them from the elements!
Good idea… But, it still looks like a bed… at first glance… LOL

I really think an avatar should help depict something about the person… like a picture of the person, etc. which is very common… (if they’re for real! LOL )

Sometimes, they are very misleading…

Some are prettier that others…

Some are quite puzzling…

I tend to agree that the avatar, in general, does give an impression about the person…
... some I like more than others… but, does not effect me much… I tend to tune’em out…

Unless, it’s a pretty face… then, it’s quite NICE! (for a change) LOL…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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revanson11

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 07:20 PM

Unfortunately the avatar size cropped the wine glass out of the picture.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 07:21 PM

When I see a drill chuck, I think of “boring”. Uh-oh

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 07:21 PM

I just went to the Jocks section and looked at the first 2 pages (70 jocks) ranked by the most posts. It looks like about 45 of the 70 (approximately 2/3rds) have an icon that is a reasonable picture of themselves, myself included. I like that.

My icon may not be pretty (most of them are not) but it is me. I think a picture of myself, in my shop, is the best way to present yourself in this forum. I wish everyone would voluntarily do that.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 07:23 PM

Jim, my first impression of people who use their actual faces for their avatar is that they are smart, confident, and good-looking. Those who don’t probably have something to hide. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 02-21-2012 07:28 PM

“Jim, my first impression of people who use their actual faces for their avatar is that they are smart, confident, and good-looking. “

We’re all good looking postage stamp size! LOL.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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HorizontalMike

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#12 posted 02-21-2012 07:29 PM

Charlie: ”my first impression of people who use their actual faces for their avatar is that they are smart, confident, and good-looking.”

Hey Charlie, I think LJs should have an “Icon Beauty Contest”! The best looking one wins!

;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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KnickKnack

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#13 posted 02-21-2012 07:31 PM

But let us not forget that sagest of internet cartoons…

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#14 posted 02-21-2012 07:32 PM

I agree that the names and avatars generally reflect who they are or what they are proud of. My avatar, for example… I love nature… pretty much ALL of nature including bugs (I could live without mosquitoes). I think it sometimes also reflects the mood they are in when selecting a picture.

I tend to be very shy, so the likelihood of ever seeing a photo of me is slim at best. The fact that I post on LJs at all is a BIG step out of my shell from where I was say 10 years ago. Maybe, according to Joe, I’m not real; that might explain a few things. :-)

As for what Dragonsrite means … no idea. If you have an idea, please let me know.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#15 posted 02-21-2012 07:33 PM

I think for the most part it’s better to show yourself since it’s hard to take someone seriously unless they’re actually filling that minds eye of who the person is. On the flip side I can understand how some people try to limit their exposure to the Internet but unless this site changes to “BookMATCH.com” I wouldn’t worry too much about someone trying to pick anyone up based on their Avatar.

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