I challenge you to turn off Avatars on this forum for a small amount of time. See what it does for you and your perception of people.
I think that for me it will force me to see who they are as a person by what they write rather than by what their avatar is. This would be preferable to me, and I unconsciously judge by avatar (I'm sure everyone does to some extent).
Go under User CP, then Edit options, and from there under " Thread Display Options " uncheck "display avatars".
So, I challenge you. Try it, see how it goes.