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Old 01-30-06, 01:54 PM   #1
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People who use actual pics of themselves as avatars.....

Why? Clearly you're not being hunted by the FBI or anything so is it the best avatar that fits you? Is it hassle free because it's representative of your life philosophy? Is it because this is an insular community? Do you use your pics everywhere? Come on, I'm curious.
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Old 01-30-06, 02:04 PM   #2
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Why not? There's no harm in letting everyone know that I look just like a head of Napa cabbage.
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How did you know the FBI is after me? AS long as they don't connect this bumper to my userid I'm Golden...
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Because some of us feel that we have nothing to hide.

I've been like that a bit as well....actually, I've said plenty enough in the past that anyone with half a point of IQ could locate me within a mile of where I live.

My take...if they want to meet up with me for a ride sometime or just to chat it up, cool. As for bad things...oh well. I learned a while back that if you constantly worry about protecting yourself from "mean people", that you actually end up letting that worry imprison yourself....only worry about the big things, and set yourself free.
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Old 01-30-06, 02:36 PM   #5
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Because some of us feel that we have nothing to hide.

I've been like that a bit as well....actually, I've said plenty enough in the past that anyone with half a point of IQ could locate me within a mile of where I live.

My take...if they want to meet up with me for a ride sometime or just to chat it up, cool. As for bad things...oh well. I learned a while back that if you constantly worry about protecting yourself from "mean people", that you actually end up letting that worry imprison yourself....only worry about the big things, and set yourself free.
I was in the hospital after having my daughter when I got a phone call. Didn't recognize the voice and the person finally said, "You don't know who this is, do you?" I said I didn't and she said, " Oh, it's so and so from that site you visit." The site where I had never used my full name.....had mentioned the city (which has two major hospitals) in which I live....but pretty much nothing else beyond that I was pregnant, was expecting a girl and very near to giving birth. THAT person ought to work for the FBI. LOL
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hehe, kinda why I said half an IQ point for me, since I spelled out my exact work commute, and my bike when combined with my riding attire is pretty unique (road bike, fully tricked out, and I'm riding in baggy jeans and t-shirts...right pant leg rolled up to just under the knee).

As for your bit...I bet you may have used your first name and posted an email address giving your last name during that time...pretty common. There's lots of ways to figure out who's who online.

What's really funny is when you just start talking to a random person, and about 15 mins later, recognize each other from a board you both go to.
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what do you mean? this is a pic of my brother..I swaer.. no pics of me anywhere..
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hehe, kinda why I said half an IQ point for me, since I spelled out my exact work commute, and my bike when combined with my riding attire is pretty unique (road bike, fully tricked out, and I'm riding in baggy jeans and t-shirts...right pant leg rolled up to just under the knee).

As for your bit...I bet you may have used your first name and posted an email address giving your last name during that time...pretty common. There's lots of ways to figure out who's who online.

What's really funny is when you just start talking to a random person, and about 15 mins later, recognize each other from a board you both go to.

The world is a small, small, place.
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I don't mind people using themselves as their avatars. Actually I think its pretty cool to see who people are. Like me a bike with snowflakes YEP THATS ME.
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I don't mind people using themselves as their avatars. Actually I think its pretty cool to see who people are. Like me a bike with snowflakes YEP THATS ME.

I don't mind either. I think it's kind of fun to see what the people we've been talking with look like to see if they match up with the visual pictures built. I'm just not sure I'd ever do it. Don't get me wrong, I like me....it's just so out there.....you know what I mean? Once you put it out there it's like you can never pull it back in.
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I don't mind either. I think it's kind of fun to see what the people we've been talking with look like to see if they match up with the visual pictures built. I'm just not sure I'd ever do it. Don't get me wrong, I like me....it's just so out there.....you know what I mean? Once you put it out there it's like you can never pull it back in.
I got nothing to worry about, Ill just send my two chihuahuas after them, see how they like them apples..hehe
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Yeah Lex, I hear ya on that one. Plus there are a ton of pics of me on this board you just have to search if your really are that interested.

I like my avatar someone here made it for me and it represents me pretty well. For right now I'm keeping mine.
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Yeah Lex, I hear ya on that one. Plus there are a ton of pics of me on this board you just have to search if your really are that interested.

I like my avatar someone here made it for me and it represents me pretty well. For right now I'm keeping mine.
I like your avatar too. Very nice and simple.
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You assume a lot. Those pictures could be of anyone. I still haven't figured out if Chipcom's is of himself or some slightly familiar celebrity doofus I can't quite place. I think he once posted a picture of himself that didn't match the avatar.

I put my picture in my avatar, but small enough that it is hardly recognizeable, since I thought a combination of patriotism, politics and a self-mocking Krusty reference would be a good mix.

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You assume a lot. Those pictures could be of anyone. I still haven't figured out if Chipcom's is of himself or some slightly familiar celebrity doofus I can't quite place. I think he once posted a picture of himself that didn't match the avatar.

I put my picture in my avatar, but small enough that it is hardly recognizeable, since I thought a combination of patriotism, politics and a self-mocking Krusty reference would be a good mix.

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Some of them (like Mandy and Mirona....sorry to use you as examples) are clearly them though because of the sheer number of pics they post. Also, Kaldar....really....who else could that be?
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You assume a lot. Those pictures could be of anyone. I still haven't figured out if Chipcom's is of himself or some slightly familiar celebrity doofus I can't quite place. I think he once posted a picture of himself that didn't match the avatar.

I put my picture in my avatar, but small enough that it is hardly recognizeable, since I thought a combination of patriotism, politics and a self-mocking Krusty reference would be a good mix.

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I couldnt agree more about chipcom, I have said 100 times to myself, "where do I know this guy from"? and just for the record.. even if it was me on the pic and not my brother, do you know what reducing your pic to 84 by 84 pixel will do to your face? I never knew I had such thin lips..well, I dont.. if you want to hunt me down and recognise me, Id advice you to squint a lot to match my face! but as I said before, this is really my brother
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Plus, I'm not posting pics of myself for I don't want all the attention it seems to bring.
WELL UNLESS your HOT, RICH, SINGLE and willing to treat me like a princess.

Kidding, Kidding. I have a wonderful boyfriend.
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Plus, I'm not posting pics of myself for I don't want all the attention it seems to bring.
WELL UNLESS your HOT, RICH, SINGLE and willing to treat me like a princess.

Kidding, Kidding. I have a wonderful boyfriend.
But is your boyfriend HOT? What about RICH? And he's clearly not SINGLE if he's dating someone (you)! So if you're looking for HOT, RICH, SINGLE, maybe you should post a pic.
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^^^^^ HA HA HA, not falling for that one.
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I couldnt agree more about chipcom, I have said 100 times to myself, "where do I know this guy from"? and just for the record.. even if it was me on the pic and not my brother, do you know what reducing your pic to 84 by 84 pixel will do to your face? I never knew I had such thin lips..well, I dont.. if you want to hunt me down and recognise me, Id advice you to squint a lot to match my face! but as I said before, this is really my brother
What does the text say right next to your brother's picture?
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Disgusting, ain't it? I just can't stand it when people use pix of themselves in their avatars............
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i dont use my pic as an avatar but i have never hestitated to post in any post your pics threads. like catatonic said, between bike forums and myspace everything about me could be found on the internet if you looked hard enough.
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I was in the hospital after having my daughter when I got a phone call. Didn't recognize the voice and the person finally said, "You don't know who this is, do you?" I said I didn't and she said, " Oh, it's so and so from that site you visit." The site where I had never used my full name.....had mentioned the city (which has two major hospitals) in which I live....but pretty much nothing else beyond that I was pregnant, was expecting a girl and very near to giving birth. THAT person ought to work for the FBI. LOL
Were they congratulating you on the baby?
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What does the text say right next to your brother's picture?
I told him to stop stealing my identity! MOM!??!!!!???
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