Your post about being infected with log-o-rhea
is funny, a bit crude but very funny.
Originally Posted by Thomas Parkman
..I just do not understand this business of avatars what on earth is that.
The Avatar is that little 80 by 80 pixels GIF or JPG image next to our user names. There is another section that explains them
and members take the time to create them according to their favorite themes. For me is just like the gadgets and toys we all keep around our office desk that have no meaning to anyone but ourselves. But it does bring life to the forum, otherwise this place would be just a sea of letters and numbers. And it also reflects personal taste, a particular royal or royal moment or object we are interested in at the moment or just the fun to have a picture associated with a name. The reasons are endless.
Wikipedia also has a good series of articles to describe the purpose of forums
and Forum Avatars
but the best quick short definition I've found is this one:
your avatar is the visual "handle" or display appearance you use to represent yourself.
From Look Up Tech Terms
Give Avatars a try, you might like them.