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How To Add A Secure Avatar To Your Forum Messages


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#1 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 07:54 AM

Do you admire the photos next to people's messages in the forum, and wish you could have one of your own?

The photos by messages are called "Avatars", as opposed to "Profile Photos" that only appear on your forum profile page.

You may upload a photo of yourself, or use one of our lovely avatar photos or drawings.

Before using an identifiable photo of yourself, please read our Forum Guidelines, particularly:

Safety and Privacy Our forum messages can be read by everyone, including our spouses, children, doctors, employers, disability examiners, friends, neighbors, credit agencies, landlords, schools, insurance examiners, lawyers, thieves, cyber-criminals, police, courts, stalkers, pedophiles, ex-mates, and potential employers...even many years later. Always guard your privacy, safety and decorum on the internet. Select a unique, unrevealing nickname and username, in keeping with our neutral zone policy. Spammers also frequent our board to harvest email addresses, so we do not permit email addresses within messages. Members will still be able to reach you privately by accessing your profile page.

If you would like, our ISN artists can retouch your photo to make it personal but still unidentifiable, such as by adding an eye mask or humorous element. Simply email your photo to [email protected] with your request or any special instructions and we will create your avatar and upload it for you. We will also gladly do this upon request for anyone who already has an identifiable avatar posted.

We also have a lovely collection of avatars that were designed by ISN Artists. There are hundreds to choose from in many categories, including Animals, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, People, etc. To pick out your avatar:

1. Go to My Controls, which is linked near the upper right hand corner of each page.

2. Down in the left-hand column you will see Personal Profile. Click on Avatar Settings.

3. On the avatar page, you will see a dropdown list of categories, starting with Animals. Select a category from the list and click the GO button.

4. Click the radio button by the photo (avatar) of your choice and then click the Use Selected Avatar button. That's it! All your forum messages will now display with your lovely new avatar.

5. You may need to hit REFRESH in your browser to see the changes on the forum pages.

You may also upload an image from your computer for use as an avatar. They must be under 50KB in formats of GIF, JPG, JPEG, or PNG. The final size we actually use is 90 pixels wide, and usually about 4KB in size. You will get best results if you shrink your photo down to that size before uploading. A good free online graphics shrinking program is: http://www.shrinkpictures.com/ .

If you don't know what that stuff means, just pick one of ours. You may change your avatar at any time.

What are you waiting for? Today is a great day to play with avatars and to add some color and interest to your Sclero Forum posts. We dare dare double-dare you to get an avatar right now. ;)
Warm Hugs,

Shelley Ensz
Founder and President
International Scleroderma Network (ISN)
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