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If Fluther required your photo, instead of an avatar, would you oblige?

Asked by john65pennington (29248points) February 10th, 2012

I am seeing more and more photos of the good people on Fluther and the question hit me headon.

Question: if Fluther required everyone to change their avatar to a self-photo shot, would you oblige or resist the change and why?

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mrentropy's avatar

I would resist. Just to be a pain.

deni's avatar

I’m not paranoid about stuff like that, as you can see my avatar is myself (or is it Ben Franklin? You decide…) But yeah. I think a lot of people would refuse. Some people won’t even say their birthday, which I find hilarious.

wilma's avatar

No I would not oblige.
I prefer anonymity.

SpatzieLover's avatar

yes but @WillWorkForChocolate would it be of your face? or your boobs?

I suppose I’d comply just because @john65pennington. But, I would do it begrudgingly.

john65pennington's avatar

Is this kind of like some people who hide under a P.O. Box number?

King_Pariah's avatar

Self photo, :/ not a fan of losing anonymity…

john65pennington's avatar

I would make the change. After all, my face is plastered all over Facebook with my name, so not a problem here.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@john65pennington I’m not fond of having my photo taken and I’m usually the one taking the photos.

Brian1946's avatar

I might use a photo of some random male, because how would Fluther know whether it was me, if it never saw my photo before I joined?

Blackberry's avatar

Here you go.

ucme's avatar

I don’t have many pics of myself, loads of the kids & you ain’t getting them.

TexasDude's avatar

@Blackberry, handsome devil…

My avatar is a photo of me.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@SpatzieLover Hmmm, I guess I might switch back and forth, LOL.

rebbel's avatar

Currently I am using a photo of a well known Russian Olympic javelin throw medallist, but it would not be a big deal to post a pic of myself.
The requirement would be a deal breaker.

Blackberry's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Thanks, good sir. You’re a handsome devil as well (I’ve seen your real photo).

YoBob's avatar

Yes, but I can guarantee the photo I would supply wound not be of my face… ;)

FutureMemory's avatar

Hell no.

I have used childhood pics before, but never adult pics.

Judi's avatar

Hummm…... Let me think….. ~~~~~~~~

syz's avatar


ucme's avatar

<<<<<< Yours truly, i’m the tit on the left ;¬}

flutherother's avatar

I might do a Wundayatta.

YoBob's avatar

@syz – Nice kitty!

DominicX's avatar

Been doing it for a while. ;)

MilkyWay's avatar

Uh, I don’t think so.

HungryGuy's avatar

I might create a persona with my real photo and my real name, but Hungry Guy would be persona non gratis here if they made such a rule.

tedibear's avatar

Only if I could pick what part of me is in the photo. My feet or hands, sure. My face or anywhere else, no.

And for the record, not everyone who has a PO box is hiding. We were sick of the plows knocking down our mailbox, so we switched to a PO box. We’ve had it for a while and I feel like my mail is safer there than at the end of my driveway all day until one of us gets home.

JilltheTooth's avatar

They’d have to give me a really good reason why before I’d consent. Really good.

YARNLADY's avatar

I have no problem with it, but when they require real names, that bothers me some. I do belong to on that requires real names.

Paradox25's avatar

I hate getting my picture taken and I also hate the way I look in photos (I look much better in person) but I prefer a face with my words. Sometimes I get sick of looking at the same avatar or photo of myself fter a short while so I try to change them when I can.

rooeytoo's avatar

My dog would be very upset because she likes to be the representative but I guess if I had to we would both grudgingly acquiesce.

Coloma's avatar

If you have nothing to hide you hide nothing. I put my face up for a week or so every few months. I LIKE to see faces, after all we are people behind the words. I’ve had my face up for about 6 days, it’ll be replaced again soon. Just a periodic manifestation to give a visual behind the words. I like to see who I’m conversing with.

Buttonstc's avatar

I have nothing particular to hide.

I simply value my privacy.

Nowadays some young people are putting WAY TOO MUCH about themselves on social media sites and finding it comes to bite them in the butt years later (like when job hunting)

I prefer to err on the side of caution. Perhaps I’m too far over on that side. But it’s comfy for me and I know I’ll never live to regret it.

Others may do what works for them. Call me old fashioned but I do what works for me. I can’t imagine it could ever backfire and I can abrogate it for individual exceptions.

But once its out on the public Internet, there’s NO taking it back. Ever. It is the Internet.

Kardamom's avatar

No, it would compromise my relative anonymity, rendering me unable to answer Q’s effectively, truthfully and fully : (

And no I’m not a dude pretending to be a woman that loves to cook LOL

Buttonstc's avatar

Ha ha.

Actually, I think it’s far more likely you’re a vegetable pretending to be a human who can cook.

You have a Butternut avi but I’m thinking you’re one of those humongous gigantic overgrown green squash found in gardens at the end of the season hiding your shame behind a more winsome veggie.


Berserker's avatar

What if I took a picture of myself with a bag over my head? That counts, it’s still a photo.

But I guess so, if that was the only way to use the site. What the hell’s someone gonna do, run around Canada until they randomly find me, and then murder me or steal my shoes or something?

I would might be pissed that the site would require this and demand it of me though.

Buttonstc's avatar

That’s why they’re smart enough not to do that.

Why piss people off just for a photo album?

Pretty counterproductive.

Sunny2's avatar

I’d prefer not to. I enjoy my anonymity. I feel more free to say whatever I want to, including regarding topics I wouldn’t usually discuss.

auhsojsa's avatar

I wouldn’t mind. I am me.

JustPlainBarb's avatar

No. I don’t think anyone needs to see my face. I prefer to be “me” in my answers, but prefer anonymity beyond that.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I still would want to know why it would be required. Can anyone address that? The idea itself I don’t care so much, but the requirement aspect would bother me.

mazingerz88's avatar

Maybe. But I wouldn’t really prefer having that requirement. Not because I don’t want my photo out there but because I don’t want to see anybody else’s pics either. I love unsolved mysteries.

Right now, I’m contented picturing @john65pennington as someone looking like Clint Eastwood.

Berserker's avatar

@mazingerz88 He probably does look like Clint Eastwood. :D

SavoirFaire's avatar

I’d be difficult and use a picture of my toe. Hey, it’s still a photo of me.

Earthgirl's avatar

Hmmm…SavoirFaire that opens up a lot of interesting possibilities…I wonder how creative we people who treasure our anonymity could be,,,I sense Fluther photo contest potential here….

john65pennington The simple answer to that question is no.

Bellatrix's avatar

I wouldn’t post anything that anyone could identify me from.

downtide's avatar

I wouldn’t use it, not for privacy/security reasons, but because I hate the way I look.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@downtide I can’t GA that because you look fine. I know you weren’t fishing for compliments, but I don’t think you should dislike the way you look.

Jude's avatar

I have in the past. I don’t have a problem with it. Here you get to see my bum. Cheeky monkey.

Kardamom's avatar

@Buttonstc Maybe This is what I really look like LOL

downtide's avatar

@SavoirFaire my avatar is not a photo of me, it’s my Second Life avatar. I am nowhere near that good-looking in “First Life”

SavoirFaire's avatar

@downtide I know. I’ve seen your real picture before.

downtide's avatar

@SavoirFaire the one I posted on Photobucket is 2 years out of date.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@downtide Well, you certainly weren’t ugly then. In any case, I hope you get to a comfortable place soon.

augustlan's avatar

Well, you all already know my real name, and my pictures are in the photobucket group, so I would go ahead and do it, if I had to. The requirement would annoy me, too, so I don’t see that happening. ;)

@downtide You look perfectly good to me!

Kardamom's avatar

@augustlan Thank goodness we don’t have to post a picture of our butts (in clothes people, get your minds out of the gutter). If everybody did, it would shut down the internet! Or at least no women would do it.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@Kardamom Wait a minute… I once posted a picture of my butt clad in a thong. :D

Jude's avatar

Nothing wrong with being Miss New Booty. :)

Kardamom's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate and @Jude I stand corrected : P

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@FutureMemory It was quite a while back, lol.

FutureMemory's avatar

I miss all the good stuff.

anartist's avatar

oblige jokingly to protest. Not a moon shot but maybe a foot or a 1-finger salute. Avatars are more fun.

Luiveton's avatar

@FutureMemory The same exact ‘HELL NO’ was on my mind until I saw your answer. :))

Well, I guess a fraction of me is in the avatar at the moment, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want any more of me showing. Just for the sake of suspicion. :)

tranquilsea's avatar

I’ve had my photo as my avatar for very short periods of time. But I don’t think I’d appreciate being required to have my photo up.

SmartAZ's avatar

<— This is in fact a picture of me. Just not a recent picture.

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