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  1. #1
    Guerilla Urbanist Brendan's Avatar
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    Default How do you normally identify posts' authors?

    Do you tend to look for the name, or identify by a familiar avatar?

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    Doesn't Read Your Posts Haight's Avatar
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    For me it's the entire post profile. I have a visual snap-shot that says, "this person has a post history of X." So I usually spell usernames incorrectly and I probably couldn't recreate mosts members avatars without looking right at them.

    It's the overall package, I guess.

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    The whole package, but probably the avatar picture is the easiest/quickest "key-in."

    Of course, some folks change avatars faster than Scooby-Doo villains pull off their masks, so I'm forced to resort to other means (name and/or post "shape/form").
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    avatar I would say although I just look to the side and whatever I see first I see first. Sometimes it's the signature that clues me in

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    Avatar first, then username, then content. My hacking skills are underdeveloped.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    I like Haight's 'visual snapshot' - to be honest I don't really read most things so much as skim (unless the post is very deep), so I just take details in subconsciously as my eyes flick around. Avatars probably help this process at some level...I'm guessing.

    I do ocassionally identify by signature if I'm reading a thread backwards, which I find to be a common occurence when you join a new forum and want to do some catching up (or maybe it's just me)...probably doesn't apply over here just now since there's bugger all to read

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    bugger all!!

    we say that in my family when referring to a relatively empty fridge.

    what's for dinner?
    bugger all.

    lol. i've never heard it before outside my family or on the internet. it's an english thing for sure.

    ANYWAY...

    i go by the avatar assuming it's a stable one.

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    I generally have to look at the user's name - a lot of people rotate avatars (sometimes daily, it seems). I'll agree that a number of posters have distinct enough writing styles that they can be easily identified by content alone, but especially in long threads with low signal to noise ratios) I'm looking at the user name to decide whether or not to bother reading the post in the first place, so trying to guess identity on the basis of content would reverse the process.

    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    I have a visual snap-shot that says, "this person has a post history of X."
    Post History X was that movie about the skinhead website where the hero gets banned to Purgatory and eventually decides to change his life, right?

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    hahaha

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    HilbertSpace, I will definitely remember you by your avatar. That is the best one ever.
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