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Ben Delacob
Member #6,141
August 2005
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From time to time I wonder from where people have gotten their avatars. It usually doesn't seem like a big enough deal to PM them over but sometimes I like the art or otherwise want to know more. If a bit of text were added (perhaps as the image's title attribute or buried in the profile if that would be too distracting), I'd be pleased. The images are all used in "fair use", of course, but it would also seem more respectful to attribute them.

So what do others (obv. esp. ML) think? Are you ever curious to know where avatars came from and do you like the idea?

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Matthew Leverton
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January 1999
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Trezker
Member #1,739
December 2001
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I made mine myself all on my own.

Yodhe23
Member #8,726
June 2007

Mine uses the power of your imagination.

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l j
Member #10,584
January 2009
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Mine comes from the lack of imagination.

Thomas Fjellstrom
Member #476
June 2000
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Mine was originally by Archon, and then modified by Mark Oates iirc.

p.s. Yes I am one of those people that would leave christmas lights up all year. If I put them up to start with. I don't. So I don't have to even think about taking them down ;)

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weapon_S
Member #7,859
October 2006
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I wonder about the origins of people's avatars (here) a lot too. That's when I decided to put that info into my profile. So if people by chance, hovered the profile icon to perhaps get information about the avatar (,like I sometimes do,) they would actually get that information.
(Looking at my profile, I didn't do a very good job... Fixing...)
I can't say I have the most interesting of avatars... And one could argue that not knowing where it's from is one of the charms of (certain) avatars. I personally like the ones that look 'home made'.
You shouldn't force people to give a (nonsensical) description of their avatar, I think. Although I do like the idea of putting an alt-text as part of the user profile, it would get messy probably. On a text-only browser it would get confusing, and people would of-course make 'creative' use of it.
By the way, Ben, how could you post something like this and not tell about your own avatar?
This turned out longer than I thought... and more boring. Spoiler tag FTW.

Short version: look at my profile.

AMCerasoli
Member #11,955
May 2010
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Mine was created by Elias and selected as the new official Allegro logo.

Edgar Reynaldo
Member #8,592
May 2007
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My avatars are from Doctor Who off of the bbc website. The current one is a CyberMan.

MiquelFire
Member #3,110
January 2003
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I don't think I need to explain mine...

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Neil Black
Member #7,867
October 2006
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Mine is the Master Chief, slowly modified over several years into the Holiday Master Chief.

He will finish the fight. And the milk and cookies.

Mark Oates
Member #1,146
March 2001
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Mine was originally by Archon, and then modified by Mark Oates iirc.

Yea, I put the danglies and the presents on there. Back in the day... ;D

Mine is a photo of myself I took about 3-4 years ago. I've decided to keep it and use it on other forums and profiles. I modify it on here from time to time, but not too much. I don't want to confuse anyone. :P

Neil, for some reason I thought yours was from Transformers or something.

Elias
Member #358
May 2000

Mine was created by Elias and selected as the new official Allegro logo.

I created it? It's a good choice then :)

Pasting in my avatar there gives me this so I'd say google is next to useless for it.

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BAF
Member #2,981
December 2002
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Yes I am one of those people that would leave christmas lights up all year.

Haha, I'm about the same I suppose. My avatar was the face of some bum, I stole it from a picture captioned "it's friday, bitch!!!!!" Then, I hacked a skull face onto it for halloween. Then, I tossed on a santa suit for Christmas, and it's been that way since.

furinkan
Member #10,271
October 2008
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Mine is a not so obscure internet meme. I changed it to this because, I figured you guys would get tired of looking at my ugly mug. ;D

Ben Delacob
Member #6,141
August 2005
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Whoops! When did Google get reverse image search? That was retorical: I'd Google if I really cared to know. I thought the best reverse image search was TinEye, which is a direct search only, last I checked. Google's "similar images" feature can fetch scaled images very well (most avatars) but is also good for finding an image that fits a particular visual theme.

My Avatar is based on official art for the Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for the original GameBoy or GameBoy Color as the "DX" version. I had a Christmas version which I took down somewhat late into the year.

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Mark Oates
Member #1,146
March 2001
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I like how Google just flipped on their little reverse-image-search switch somewhere and destroyed TinEye. :-/

[edit]here I made a picture:
{"name":"604888","src":"\/\/djungxnpq2nug.cloudfront.net\/image\/cache\/d\/3\/d326acbab5abf6cd21d646ed52f448d7.png","w":822,"h":245,"tn":"\/\/djungxnpq2nug.cloudfront.net\/image\/cache\/d\/3\/d326acbab5abf6cd21d646ed52f448d7"}604888

weapon_S
Member #7,859
October 2006
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23yrold3yrold
Member #1,134
March 2001
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Hand made.

Anyone remember the year of goateed avatars from 2002-2003?

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Thomas Fjellstrom
Member #476
June 2000
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Anyone remember the year of goateed avatars from 2002-2003?

And the Last First Name fad.

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Timorg
Member #2,028
March 2002

Mine came with my Arch Linux install, I was poking around in the /dev directory, looking for what on earth the portable hard disk was calling itself, and came across a cool image: {"name":"null","src":"\/\/djungxnpq2nug.cloudfront.net\/image\/cache\/a\/c\/acfd3f3a189cc471bf6f5570bca493bb.jpg","w":1024,"h":553,"tn":"\/\/djungxnpq2nug.cloudfront.net\/image\/cache\/a\/c\/acfd3f3a189cc471bf6f5570bca493bb"}null

Edit:
why does <img src="/dev/null" /> give a minecraft screenshot...?

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Karadoc ~~
Member #2,749
September 2002
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Mine is from an old puzzle game called Xor which I played on my Atari ST.
Here's a review from someone who apparently doesn't know how to play the game. (They liken it to Boulderdash, which is waayyyy off the mark. Apparently the fact that this is a puzzle game completely escaped them. Anyway, I'm just linking to that review because it has a screenshot.)

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Thomas Fjellstrom
Member #476
June 2000
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Timorg said:

why does <img src="/dev/null" /> give a minecraft screenshot...?

Either we know what Matthew thinks of Minecraft, or what he thinks of the people playing it.

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Mark Oates
Member #1,146
March 2001
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{"name":"null","src":"\/\/djungxnpq2nug.cloudfront.net\/image\/cache\/a\/c\/acfd3f3a189cc471bf6f5570bca493bb.jpg","w":1024,"h":553,"tn":"\/\/djungxnpq2nug.cloudfront.net\/image\/cache\/a\/c\/acfd3f3a189cc471bf6f5570bca493bb"}null
Woah, it's the seckrit portal into allegro.cc!!! :o

SiegeLord
Member #7,827
October 2006
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I was given my avatar for my special forum skillz... I dunno where it came from.

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