Your ‘rank’ is based on your activities. The more you participate in community discussions (providing replies, providing answers, liking responses from others, etc) the higher your rank.
From now on, when you reach the rank of ‘Dynamo’ and above, you’ll be able to change your avatar to an image you like.
If you’re like me, when you first joined, you picked an avatar that was close to how you look. There’s not a lot to choose from so ‘close’ is a fairly relative way of looking at it. This guy has brown hair and a beard so …
However, when you’ve helped out the community enough that you reach the rank of ‘Ethusiast’ or above, you can upload an image of your choice to use as your avatar. This might be a nice sketch or photo that captures you perfectly. This is a much better image to use than beard-guy above!
There are rules – no obscene or inappropriate images, for example – but generally you can choose anything you like. You might not want to reveal too much about yourself (that is, your likeness) so you might choose something completely different that has meaning for you.
You might not choose this one, but you see what we mean!
We’d love to hear from you! If you have any ideas or suggestions, post your feedback on our bugs and issues discussion group.