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Photos as avatars: A cautionary tale.

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But when you say something in person it's not "there forever" for everyone to see like a internet comment is.

I wish it was, then I wouldn't have to repeat myself so much.

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I've not seen it here, but it's worse when a person uses their children as their avatar. Makes my skin crawl.

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So Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the estates of George Harrison and John Lennon may sue me?

Thank goodness Spiderman is my son!! I wouldn't want to get sued! :wideyed:

(I do agree in not using your real photos here as avatars. I did it when I first joined. I was a newbie/neophyte.)

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I mostly use pictures of our doggies, but have also used photos of the dogs as puppies with their littermates. I also have used one of a neighbor's three shar pei. Unless you recognize a specific collar pattern or ID tag, you wouldn't know whose shar pei they are without some research.

A picture of me or my husband or a relative as an avatar on any computer forum? no way!

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Some of us do not say anything online that we would not or do not say in person.

People! Can I HEAR an "Amen!"?

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Well. . . obviously. . . I use real photo of myself (and of some woman, too. . . I think I'll keep her!), and don't have a problem with it. As for using real names, I'm guilty of that as well.

Like many here, I belong to a number of bulletin boards. One bulletin board in particular REQUIRES that members use their real name. So, there's no real anonymity. The thinking behind it is to keep the bull-crap down. And you know what? It does. It's a bulletin board for videographers and lots of great knowledge can be found there. If you want to gain some knowledge from the professionals as I do, you have to use your real name. I have no problem following that bulletin board's "Terms of Service". It's also nice to see people act respectfully towards each other. The environment found at that particular web-site is, for lack of a better term, "professional" as well as relatively friendly.

I will add, though, that having an anonymous userID for a bulletin board like Allnurses is probably a good idea. People come here to vent about work-related issues which is nice. Becaue I do use my real name, I find myself less likely to vent HERE about work stuff for fear of managment finding out. (But there's nothing to vent about. Really. Everything is perfect where I work.:bag:)

But I'm keeping my UserID as is, and I'm not changing my photo. If I'm in a serious debate here, I work to choose my words carefully (sometimes unsuccessfully) and you can be confident that I stand by those words. If I'm acting crazy-silly here like I often do, rest assured that I act that way in real-life too! LOL

Edited by Ted

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On the internet no one knows if you are a cat.

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I'm herring that it is not good to use a picture of myself, but I choose to do so because I look fintastic!

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Some of us do not say anything online that we would not or do not say in person.

::Shrug::

I'm not saying that this applies to you, but sometimes you say something online or in person, and you don't really realize how ignorant it is. Hours or minutes -- or months or years -- later, you slap yourself on the forehead and say "I can't believe I said that!" I'm just glad that no one I know in real life can search back through some of my posts and throw them up at me!

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I don't discuss politics or religion at work. i do here.

It could be problematic if some knew who I am.

Especially what I post about corporate healthcare.

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Oh...I hope Wonder Woman doesn't stop by with her lasso of truth and the rest of the Justice League :nailbiting:

Either way, I hope she is flattered. :cheeky:

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maybe I should upgrade my bag to this one...

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