Originally Posted by LA Guy
Anyway, it's an ongoing discussion, but I do agree that people should be able to choose "nothing".
This will only help a little with the problem, though.
As long as generic avatars are available, many of the 100.000 users will have identical ones - leading to the current situation where they subtract from the forum experience rather than add to it.
I'm aware that many forums provide generic avatars to choose from, but that doesn't make it a good idea. The thing is, that a graphic presentation of 'who's talking' is a fast way to recognize who's who. With generic avatars it's like watching a bunch of clones talking, forcing you to check their name tag at every turn.