All Members can choose an Avatar to show in their Posts or Profile. Those who join from social networks may already have one. Do you like having your photo displayed on your threads? Do you prefer symbols instead? Is there a category of avatars you would like to see?
Also: How Do I Upload My Photo?
Information About Uploading Your Personal Avatar
You have three choices:
1. Use the International Forum Gallery.
2. Select one from the Avatar library: Edit Avatar
3. Get Admin to custom create one for you through Donations: Compare Membership
Image edited from MorgueFile public domain.
I personally don't like looking at myself everytime I make a post, but from the feedback I have received, it seems that most members do like to see personal photos being used as an avatar. I can see that it adds a personal touch to one's posts. The selection of avatars available right now is very good; I wouldn't mind seeing some sports based symbols.
Sports icons is a good idea. I will have to make a note of that, but they will have to be general since I would end up having hundreds of sports to get pics for.
I would prefer to use another avatar (my favorite is an adaptation of a Linux penguin), and have my photo available in a specific place - maybe even linked on every message. But then, that is just my own opinion.
Another suggestion for a category are the characters from Mortal Kombat. An old game I realize, but a good one (in my opinion). I am sure there are other Mortal Kombat fans out there. Right?
I like having my photo as an avatar. I belong to several forums where you must use their avatars. I like the fact that here it is possible to use a real photo. Of course there are some places I post to that I wouldn't want my real photo, the harassment factor is too high. Here I never worry about negative comments, this is one of the friendliest places to post and I do miss coming here as often as I used to.
I agree with Malexander. Though I like having my photo displayed so that other's can put a face to what I post, it is not my favorite thing to see my picture every time I see a post of mine. Also, though I like to provide a glimpse of what I look like along with my posts, I can't necessarily tell anything about someone else by what they look. I just like seeing everyone's faces along with their posts, and it seems that some people feel that way too. I feel it gives it more of a personal touch, though I do like other avatars as well. I can kind of get a feel for the personality and/or interests of someone who uses symbols and other images for their avatars. I really like all of the avatars I have seen on the forum, but I do like pictures the most.