Mylot is a place for expressing your thoughts and opinions so why the blank face

the default - we have this as our default avatar for mylot
Singapore
July 26, 2010 1:53am CST
I wonder why some people do not upload an avatar and simply leave it as the default one given by mylot. I like to see people's avatars, be it their own person or any picture they like because it's interesting to see what people attach to their identity. You can see from mine that it is something close to my username. So, what do you think about your own avatar or why do you not upload one? Do you want to remain annonymous and "faceless"?
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17 responses
@allknowing (65135)
• India
26 Jul 10
My hobby is photography and I capture images from my own garden. I do flower arrangements of which I have several pictures taken. I keep changing my avatar by uploading from my own image collections.
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• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Oh wow, that's so interesting to know. I would not have guessed about the origin of your avatar, so I'm glad you told us here. Keep up with your photography, taking good pictures can give one great pleasure. Looking forward to seeing your next floral arrangement!
@allknowing (65135)
• India
27 Jul 10
See. I changed it already for you!
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
owwww....that's so sweet. and a very nice floral arrangement (I had to expand it to see clearly) I like the others in your profile too!
@Sreekala (22959)
• India
26 Jul 10
Hi bluemoon, Actually our avatar picture is an identity of us, so giving an avatar can get recognition from members easily. I am noticing the avatar picture of a member when interacting with that person. Most probably I am not noticing the user name the reason is most of the people are opting a user name than their own name so it is difficult for me to remember the username if it is long. So I prefer to remember the avatar picture is an identity of that person. I am not sure why some people are not putting a picture as their avatar.
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Hi Sreekala, You reflect my sentiments exactly. In my mind, I need to have a combined image of both the username and the avatar to identify a person If a person changes his/her avatar often, all the better because I get to see more sides of him/her and sometimes I get very pleasant surprises.
@oldchem1 (8144)
26 Jul 10
I don't really have a problem with people not loading an avatar but it does help when you recognise the avatar as somebody who you like to share discussions with. I tend to change my avatar every so often so probably end up confusing people!!
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• Singapore
26 Jul 10
Luckily your username is easy to remember. I find some to be very long and difficult to remember so I would rely on their avatars. I have even seen some people changed their usernames too and I didn't know it was actually the same person until I saw someone mentioning his/her previous name.
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@T_Diamond (965)
• New Zealand
26 Jul 10
Yes, it is nicer to see the person has taken the time to upload an avatar. It's also how you get recognized on myLot. You don't see many penguins around myLot these days, do you?
@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
26 Jul 10
ROFLMAO!
• Singapore
26 Jul 10
I love PENGUINS!
@oldchem1 (8144)
26 Jul 10
And what a lovely chubby little penguin you are too!!
@voldrox (7205)
• India
26 Jul 10
Hi bluemoonpavilion, i am not actually particular about users not uploading avatars of their choice but yes you have a point here, it certainly is better if they did coz it shows what they would like to relate to when we want to address them. I like my avatar coz i do play drums. And i am never going to change that, i like it that much. .. And if anybody wants to actually see me, i have uploaded my personal pic as well, they only need to bother checking my profile :) .. good day.
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Hi voldrox, I'm not criticizing those who did not upload any avatar but rather I'm curious as to why they didn't do that. Your avatar is very interesting, we do not get to see so many animated ones here. I also like to keep my avatar constant maybe because I'm just lazy to change it Your profile looks great! I like the backgroud showing a quiet road with trees. Are you an IT expert? How did you manage to do that? I would like to learn that.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
27 Jul 10
And thanks !
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
I didn't know we can change our profile like that. I would research on it more. Thanks for the headstart too!
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@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
26 Jul 10
Hi bluemoonpavilion! I've enjoyed looking at avatars. Sometimes the avatars add to the effective impact of the discussion. I love to think they speak for the person behind. And I love changing mine from time to time.
• Singapore
26 Jul 10
Hi tomi, Yes, I want to commend you for putting up this avatar, our mascot for the Youth Olympics. It is great to see that! Aren't you just proud of our country!
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
26 Jul 10
Hi bluemoonpavilion! That's the least I can do to show my support for the Youth Olympics. Her maiden debut on a great honor here in the Merlion City. Many years from now people would be asking "Where was the first YOG held? Oh is that true, and where is this place called Singapore?" Personally I love them myself. They represent our country and they represent the vivacity of youth. Thanks for the commendation.
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Have you got any souvenirs yet? I'm going to buy some soon, both as a keepsake and as presents to foreign friends.
• Jamaica
26 Jul 10
hi bluemoon i hope you know that newbies can't upload avatars yet we have to reach a certain amount of discusdsion respones first so thats why i don't have a avatar yet.
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Hi Terrencehenry, Newbies can upload avatars at anytime, just go to Preferences customize your profile and upload/update your avatar. Here's a link if you can't find it: www.mylot.com/nr/editcustomize.aspx I hope to see yours up soon. Cheers!
• Jamaica
27 Jul 10
yea thanks alot for the help i just uploaded a avatar :)
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Happy to be of some use here. That's a very interesting one. Kudos!
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
26 Jul 10
LOL, I'm much a "defaulter" and usually I leave my avstar blank unless I decide to be pretty active in a forum. I have noticed that in many forums, the admins give some rewards to stimulate members upload their personal avstar. Maybe some myLotters think that use the time to post and earn is better than to upload an avstar?
• Singapore
26 Jul 10
Does mylot give any reward for uploading our avatar or changing it often? I wish it does, then we can earn a lot So your opinion is that, the time is better spent on posting rather than uploading a picture for our avatar?
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
26 Jul 10
Maybe that's many lotters' thought...and it's difficult to find a avstar which fits username so well. In fact, you and busybee10 is the only two I saw here.
@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
29 Jul 10
Well, my avatar are flowers. My name is a name of a flower that is why I choose flowers as my avatar. I don't understand why some people don't want to download avatar in their profile. Maybe they don't want to be identified or they liked that blank face hehehe...
• Singapore
29 Jul 10
Nice Bebs... Would these people really like having a blank face?
@adamyzle (34)
• Philippines
28 Jul 10
I also hate people doing that. Leaving it blank. Like other social networks. It seems like they are not proud of what they look like or maybe they look scary :D My avatar is not me, that's my business, selling perfumes. If you will see those perfumes / mists you will remember me ... vendors of perfumes ... hahaha
• Singapore
28 Jul 10
Trying to attract some business here eh? Well, thanks for sharing that information on your avatar, I'm also curious about why people choose this or that particular picture to represent themselves. Welcome to mylot!
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
27 Jul 10
Maybe they dont know how to do it. It took me weeks before I uploaded by first photo cause I didnt know how to do it. Maybe for some they just wanted to keep their privacy by not showing their faces. It doesnt say here in mylot that we are required to post our pictures anyway.
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
If they make it obligatory, we would find it a chore and that would defeat the whole purpose. The fun part is when we didn't know what to expect and people just come up with all the different kinds of avatars. It's interesting to see that.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Jul 10
hi bluemoonpavilion I do not have a camera so no pic of my self so instead I chose one of the many graphics I have made, as that might show my slight talent for making my own grahics, I just play around and have a lot of fun doing it.
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Hi Hatley, I have seen several of your avatars. What I didn't know was that you created them yourself, nice! Continue to impress us pleazzz....
• Romania
26 Jul 10
I think many peple are more iscretly about theyr live...but i like to see the face... so i put my picture too....
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
It's great to see your picture here! Not many who does that, like myself, I like to keep that a little secret and thanks for your participation...
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
26 Jul 10
Yes, I prefer to see any pictures than the face without eyes. I guess, they want to be annnoymous... up anonymous.
• Singapore
27 Jul 10
Hi jennyze, Definitely we should respect individuals' choices...cheers...
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
26 Jul 10
For me yes so that they don't know me who I am because we are in the international friendship.
• Singapore
26 Jul 10
Do you enjoy being annonymous? Do you do that for other forums or sites that you belong to? I'm just curious as to why do you want to do that. Is it fear of revealing yourself too much or you are actually generating more interest that way?
@youless (91532)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Jul 10
You are quite right. I don't like people who have the default avatar as their own avatar. Some new members may not know how to make it, this can be understanding. However, some old members seem to keep on this default avatar and this is strange. It is not that difficult to upload your own avatar. It will be impressive for people to know who you are according to your avatar. I love China
• Singapore
26 Jul 10
Yes, the new members are given full understanding as they may not be familiar with the works yet. I find it strange that there are many who have posted quite many (I mean those with 100 posts) and still remain faceless. I'm curious to know their rationale, why they are unwilling to reveal this bit about themselves.
@camomile07 (1422)
• Germany
26 Jul 10
Starting discussions and answering to any conversation, anything you write already contains something about you. Behind your response you already show to people who and how you are. Your thoughts, way of live, your character and habits are hidden behind your answers. So once you start using mylot, you're not annonymous any more. But regarding "faceless", you are right. It is nicer to see any avatar or picture, any photo gives more live to the conversation, makes it more interesting and easier to handle with the conversation. Also the photo or avatare you choose says a lot about yourself.
• Singapore
26 Jul 10
You are quite right, that what you wrote already tells something about yourself. I just thought that I could attach some significance to the avatar people uploaded, something to represent themselves and showcase to the world.