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Why don't people put their pictures up instead of other things?

  1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
    Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago

    Why are people like the Wizzard of Ozz; the man behind the curtain?

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      Brenda Durhamposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'm like you Harvey, I like to put an actual picture with the name.
      But I also understand it when some don't wanna.

      1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Brenda,

        Are they affraid?

    2. twuxedo profile image60
      twuxedoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Because it is safer, no one knows who you are.
      My theory only.

      1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        twux,

        Does anyone really care?

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      Writer Riderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Maybe we want to protect our private and professional lives...

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        Writer Riderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I'd like to clarify that as a former gossip columnist, I have an irrational fear of retribution (though I never really wrote anything all that bad or lied really) so I'd like to be as private as possible.

        1. TheGlassSpider profile image80
          TheGlassSpiderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Besides, those sparkling lips are just awesome!

        2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Writer,

          The dirt begins to trickle.

      2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Writer,

        Who cares who you are?

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          Writer Riderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Ditto

          1. TheGlassSpider profile image80
            TheGlassSpiderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I second Writer's ditto.

            1. PeppermintPaddy profile image79
              PeppermintPaddyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I third Writer's ditto.

              1. Sara Tonyn profile image60
                Sara Tonynposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Put me down for a fourth ditto.

                1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
                  Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Haters,

                  I wanted to see how much hate I could garner. I thank all of you.

              2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
                Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                All haters,

                My mother put a curse on you!

                1. mega1 profile image82
                  mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Ok, I was warned not to do this, but dude, really, I think you could use a little vacation!  I just want to mention that there is this other really groovy thread called "the hubtribe is forming" fondly known as "the tribe" where you can respond to all the nonexistent fantasy birds and buzzards that are hanging out in the trees there by the fire, to your hearts content - and if you don't like it, well, no harm - we'll forget you were even there within the hour, I'm sure.  And if you want, we'll ignore you too!  What do you say?  come on over and check out the wild side!  there's also singing and music and a drum circle - don't knock it if you haven't tried it!  if not, that's ok - have a nice day! smile

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              Writer Riderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Thanks.

            3. Harvey Stelman profile image61
              Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Glass,

              Don't break! If I hit a high note I can break you!

          2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
            Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Writer,

            We're even!

    4. DogSiDaed profile image61
      DogSiDaedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Because that's who I want to be smile

      1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Dog,

        Are you in therapy?

    5. Springboard profile image81
      Springboardposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Writers, and I would suppose that's what the majority of "hubbers" would classify themselves as, tend to be elusive. Stephen King once explained it when he was writing as Richard Bachman that the penname came about because writing way back when was considered a lesser profession, one of the lower ones. So, in order to not undignify themselves, they simply used different names so no one would know who they were.

      I would think that while writing and writers in general are not met with the same disdain as in the days of old, some of the elusive nature of the writer remains.

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      Justine76posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      cuz Im a pussy. lol

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        Poppa Bluesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        And that's what endears you to me! big_smile

      2. Ron Montgomery profile image61
        Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        That could be a cool avatar smile

        1. myownworld profile image80
          myownworldposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          big_smile (except justine, don't try it!!)

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          Justine76posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          lol

    7. Cagsil profile image83
      Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      People have a right to decide how they want to present themselves. If it appears as though they are hiding, it is simply untrue. There are some who are self-conscious about their appearance, therefore avatars eases their mind.

      I personally have shown what I look like and constantly switch between other pictures and that of myself. Why do I do it? No need to explain to anyone other than myself.

      So, I leave it with that. smile

      Have a great day! smile

      1. Sa Toya profile image87
        Sa Toyaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Hey Cags...nice you're back!
        missed ya big_smile

      2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        cag,

        A tough lady that runs away!

    8. Diskobolos profile image59
      Diskobolosposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Would it mean anything to you or anyone else here?

      1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Disk,

        Nice to know if it's a man or woman, at least.

    9. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image76
      JYOTI KOTHARIposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Harvey,
      No, I do not like to hide. I have put my real picture like you. No matter it looks attractive or not. It is real and I like original things and originality.
      Thanks,
      Jyoti Kothari

      1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        JYO,

        Good man!

    10. hublim profile image78
      hublimposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I don’t think it really matters to be honest, don’t judge a book by its cover and all that stuff.
      Some people may feel another graphic represents their essence better.
      In my case... Let’s just say I’ve got a face for radio.

    11. starme77 profile image86
      starme77posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I dunno, I'm not , its just me drivin my truck and my daughter takin pics , she does that to me all the time , then goes and posts goofy pics of me on the net ,

      1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        star,

        Darn kids!

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      SquigglesMcBeeBeeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      you never know who might be lurking in da bushes...

  2. mel22 profile image60
    mel22posted 6 years ago

    Maybe we don't want others to recognize us. Like Spiderman or Batman!.. or the Lone Ranger!

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mel,

      Why would so many have something to hide?

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        Ghost32posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Why NOT, Harvey?  lol

        1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Ghost,

          I guess many have things to hide, I'm proud of myself.

      2. sooner than later profile image59
        sooner than laterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I have a third eye.

        1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Mel,

          You too!

  3. KCC Big Country profile image83
    KCC Big Countryposted 6 years ago

    Most of us will probably say something like "we just want to be known for our writing"....and although that is probably true, for some of us, it's just because we're not that attractive.  Then, for others, like myself, I chose my avatar as a tribute to my daddy (I have a hub about it) and then it just stuck.  It becomes your "trademark" after awhile and you hate to change it.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      KCC,

      You look great like that.

    2. wyanjen profile image87
      wyanjenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      yup
      my mug would drive away my traffic.

      My COFFEE mug, on the other hand, is a welcoming and safe invitation big_smile

  4. mel22 profile image60
    mel22posted 6 years ago

    I would no longer be able to foil crime anonymously leading to unwanted press and Paparazzi

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mel,

      I feel safer now.

  5. PrettyPanther profile image87
    PrettyPantherposted 6 years ago

    Funny, I was just messing around with my avatar and then I see this.  For me, I'm writing about another person's memories so I'd like to maintain some privacy for that person.  I just changed my avatar to a blurry pic of me, but you can sorta see what I look like.  I'm planning to leave it up for awhile then go back to the panther.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      pretty,

      You look just fine!

    2. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      My old avatars all concealed my identity because I was writing about stuff that was personal to other people. I've since deleted most of that stuff.

  6. Ohma profile image78
    Ohmaposted 6 years ago

    I use my  avatar just because I really like the pic. I f I find another I like better I will probably change it. Also it is the same one use on my website.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Ohma,

      But it's so nice to put a picture to a name.

  7. Mitch Rapp profile image61
    Mitch Rappposted 6 years ago

    Who cares

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mitch,

      I'm a video person, I care.

      1. Mitch Rapp profile image61
        Mitch Rappposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Too many times I have seen threads degenerate into this topic. Some people do not want their picture on the internet and that is not a big deal. I know that you haven't done that and I know you are legitimately curious, but to me, it ain't a big deal.

        1. EmpressFelicity profile image84
          EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I agree. I really don't understand why people have a problem with avatars that are non-representative (for want of a better way of putting it).   

          In any case, how do you know that a person isn't using a "real" picture that isn't of themselves, but of someone completely different?  Or of themselves when they were a couple of decades younger and several stone lighter?  It's very easy to lie or mislead on the Internet.

          1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
            Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Empress,

            I don't care for cats.

        2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Mitch,

          You are entitled to your opinion.

        3. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Mitch,

          I reaally don't care much, but there are times it would be nice to know if I am writing to a man or a woman.

  8. Ivorwen profile image84
    Ivorwenposted 6 years ago

    Sometimes, other things speak louder than a picture of the person would.  I had my picture up for a while, but it was just a picture of a person.  It didn't mean anything, at least not to me.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Ivor,

      It may have to others.

  9. Richieb799 profile image61
    Richieb799posted 6 years ago

    I use my photo because I like people to see my true identity, it gives a face to the the person telling the stories.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Richie,

      Why wouldn't anyone think like you.

  10. Ralph Deeds profile image69
    Ralph Deedsposted 6 years ago

    I assume people use noms de plume and avatars on Internet forums because they want to be free to say things without worrying about them coming back to haunt them when applying for a job or running for office. Those reasons don't apply to me and so what you see is what you get. I don't post anything that I don't believe to be the truth or that I'm not willing to stand behind anywhere with anyone.

  11. Bill Manning profile image71
    Bill Manningposted 6 years ago

    I write on other places where it just seems more professional to use your own picture. In fact some of these places require you to use a picture of yourself.

    So I use the same picture of myself on all the places. That way when people click on my links they can follow me and know it's the same person.

    Also since I write mainly to make money it builds trust in the customer as they can see who is the face behind the text. Gives you a bit more honest feeling to the reader. smile

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Bill,

      You make good points.

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    lyricsingrayposted 6 years ago

    Because it's fun and it keeps it interesting. big_smile

    1. Christene profile image83
      Christeneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      <-- That's me.

      1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Chris,

        Ahh, honesty!

    2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      lyric,

      If you don't look like your pic; are you not in essence lying? I would also be diappointed.

      1. TheGlassSpider profile image80
        TheGlassSpiderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Perhaps lyrics does look like that. Perhaps that is what lyrics looks like on the inside. Or what she would like to portray of herself to the entire globe (since that IS who has access, basically).

        She is not here for your entertainment personally, or to make sure you are not disappointed, and neither is anyone else. She is here to express herself.

        There is no obligation to present one's true self here.

        I would contend that, for some, the freedom of NOT having to be yourself here is alluring, fun, and usually harmless (and may even lead to being more of yourself than you realized).

        1. EmpressFelicity profile image84
          EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Yeah.  What (s)he said.  lol

        2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          The Glass,

          She told me she was a singer, I used to be one. There is no feeling like being on stage, the crowd standing and applauding with all eyes on you.

          On stage one may take on a persona they aren't even aware of, but they love to be seen at all times.

  13. mel22 profile image60
    mel22posted 6 years ago

    I like kung fu and martial arts so sometimes the picture portrayed does have as much of something useful about the person as the picture of themselves would.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mel,

      Don't both teack you honesty?

  14. Mrvoodoo profile image62
    Mrvoodooposted 6 years ago

    Whilst many claim that photographs look more professional I personally find it very easy to dislike an author based solely upon their face.  I frequently hit the back button without reading a word if I encounter a smug looking 'trust me I'm a marketer' type photo, or even somebody I just don't like the look of, and I'll bet I'm not alone.

    Avatars are (generally) more neutral and don't effect my judgment of the writing itself.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mr. V,

      No offense, your pic makes me NOT want to read what you have written.

      1. K Partin profile image60
        K Partinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Mr V?

        1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          k,

          That was a few pages back. Suddenly Hub doesn't put whom you are adressing.

          1. K Partin profile image60
            K Partinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I gotcha Harv....no problem!

  15. mel22 profile image60
    mel22posted 6 years ago

    Could just be a case of not having a pic of themselves also. For instance all my personal pics are on an old comp that crashed so i'd have to hook up the old drive to my new comp and download. It's just easier to add a pic or avatar I already have on hand. I think there's more than a number of reasons for not sharing a personal photo.  And as I stated b4 I would not want to give the Paparazzi a chance to find out my true identity causing a massive uproar and leading criminal cabals to hunt me down for putting their chronies behind bars!

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mel,

      That I understand, I'm a computer idiot.

  16. Cris A profile image61
    Cris Aposted 6 years ago

    yep that's me, for better or for worse cool

    1. Elena. profile image90
      Elena.posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        For better, of coure big_smile

      As Ralph said, one reason to use anything but a photo may be to protect one's privacy, not only to run for office (hehe!) but also to protect one's online image -- job companies now search the internet to find data of you when you apply for a job :-)

      I tested the theory of whether a real image of myself would attract more views/interest than an avatar: not in my case, which means the theory is crap or that I'm just not Angelina Jolie enough big_smile

      1. Cris A profile image61
        Cris Aposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        But Angelina is but lips becoming a person, I'd rather get lost in your sea mi amiga cool

        1. Elena. profile image90
          Elena.posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Flatterer!  Flattery will get you everywhere, you know wink

        2. TheGlassSpider profile image80
          TheGlassSpiderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          lol That is THE funniest thing I've heard anyone "say" about Angelina Jolie. I laughed until ears came out of my eyes!

      2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Elena,

        Sorry, but your work should stand on its own.

    2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Chris,

      That has to be worse.

  17. Dao Hoa profile image61
    Dao Hoaposted 6 years ago

    I am with Elena. Hahaha!

    I think the cherry blossoms above the water are more pleasant to the eyes!

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Dao,

      Maybe people like your eyes.

  18. marcel285 profile image82
    marcel285posted 6 years ago

    I write personal stuff, and my avatar is me. I would feel weird using a avatar than wasn't me, like phoney. More people should reveal their identity, it makes ppl seem more real if you can see them!

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Marcel,

      I'm with you.

  19. Arthur Fontes profile image91
    Arthur Fontesposted 6 years ago

    I do not like labels and feel that people will judge a person not by the words they write but the way they look. Another reason is I do not hold much faith that the avatar pic is the same as the writer.  I have seen many false persona's perpetrated.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Arthur,

      Do they not grade your avatar?

      1. Arthur Fontes profile image91
        Arthur Fontesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Who grades my avatar?  I was never very good with grades.

        1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Arthur,

          I'm great with grades, I know what an F is!

  20. donotfear profile image92
    donotfearposted 6 years ago

    I like to change my pic every 3 months or so. Just get tired of the same ole one. Why the heck not? I guess I could put a pic of my dog, cat or horse? Maybe a possum, skunk or snake? I'll think about it....

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      DNF,

      I like what I see!

  21. mel22 profile image60
    mel22posted 6 years ago

    If I was some well known Professional writer I might show my pic but I don't feel phony for being an amateur and using an avatar and not having a pic on hand to use at the time.

  22. AEvans profile image70
    AEvansposted 6 years ago

    I believe it could be due to a number of reasons,

    Jobs
    Being Famous
    Stalkers
    Ex's
    AMW
    etc. who knows someone could be on here that has been wanted for years or someone could be famous and they are simply using an alias. There are so many reasons, I had a stalker last year and was only brave enough to put me up half way through the year, he was a PSYCHO!

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      AE,

      I've seen you on Post Office Walls and have never said that, until now.

      Are so many here that important? I will back up anything I say. "You have nothing to fear, but yourself." That's my quote.

      You could be stalking me from miles away;please find me.

  23. RedElf profile image83
    RedElfposted 6 years ago

    When I started on the Internet, way back when, it was almost unheard of to use one's real name online. Yes, there were a lot of people who hid behind an online persona to say what they wished without fear of consequences. Also there were major security issues. For me, it became a habit - seeing the Internet as a place where, for personal safety, I did not give out any real personal information.

    When I first started on HubPages, I treated it as a site where I could write about personal things, about anything, and out of long habit, I brought a persona with me from another site. I used an avatar because I would then have no sooner put my picture online than have flown to the moon. As well, the sketch has meaning for me.

    Now though, there are sites where I write professionally and use my name and picture, but it was a big step just to put my name online here wink

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Red ,

      And that would be correct. Is that your pic?

  24. Mike Lickteig profile image91
    Mike Lickteigposted 6 years ago

    I don't mind using my name here--I don't really plan on saying anything that would necessitate anonymity.  And, as far as my picture goes, I used a drawing program's filter to make it illustrative, although it is from a recent photo of me.

    As social media becomes more prevalent and we see literally any facet of someone's life on a facebook or MySpace page, it seemed putting my name or a real picture just wasn't as big a deal as it might have been 10 years ago.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mike,

      No argument.

  25. Mikel G Roberts profile image89
    Mikel G Robertsposted 6 years ago

    <--- That's me, taken this past summer.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mikel,

      The way it should be.

  26. kirstenblog profile image77
    kirstenblogposted 6 years ago

    I chose my avatar mostly because I did not have a pic of myself stored on this computer and found it easier to find a cute picture online instead of digging up a pic. I have thought about changing it now that I have transfered some files, including some pics of myself but the current avatar has actually gotten me attention. I like attention. I think people like cute baby raccoons smile
    With cagsils female hubber hub coming you will be able to find a pic of me on it if you are curious about what I look like in real life big_smile

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      kirst,

      I'll bet you're cuter than the raccoon.

  27. aguasilver profile image87
    aguasilverposted 6 years ago

    I started off using my standard internet ready avatar, because although I write very personal stuff, I have no problem with people knowing who I am.

    Having said that there are some weirdos out there and I think full ID could be tricky with some of them, I've felt the hate down the lines, don't need to have it knocking on my door!

    My profile pic is changing by the season right now, and I will probably change it frequently, though incorporating the 'blue eye' bit which was a photo I found and liked, but not of me.

    I've done graphic design, so making avatars is also a fun thing to do, plus my read factor has improved since I took my ugly mug off the articles.

    Like someone said, people can prejudge someone from a crappy 200 pix square photo cropped from a blurred image!

    Besides which, my real image shows up in some of my hubs...

    http://media.linkedin.com/mpr/mpr/shrink_80_80/p/1/000/00c/108/00e128c.jpg

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      aqua,

      Bottom ones better.

  28. mikelong profile image84
    mikelongposted 6 years ago

    If more people would just use their real pictures I wouldn't have to spy on everyone so much...one less database to keep track of...

    You can only blame yourselves for what I have done.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mike,

      Honesty, atrue stalker!

  29. twuxedo profile image60
    twuxedoposted 6 years ago

    I am no longer using a gorilla pic, but you still don't know which of the three I am.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      twx,

      I know longer care.

  30. keira7 profile image60
    keira7posted 6 years ago

    I had some problem in the pass with very stange man. I am a maried women and have a lot of respect for my husband who, is also my boss and the father of my lovely boy. My private life and my job come first and are very important for me. I only come to HP 20mn a week to read hubs of my followers and other hubbers. I dont even have time to write a hub.smile
    When I first joined HP I was happy to see how much respect hubbers had for each others. I liked very much the level of all this great writters and i learned each time I come here. My English has improve and I am now, more confidente to write. I only come here to read and write. I didn`t need to put my picture to do that.smile I have a lot of admiration for all the hubbers here for all this great hubs that you do. Thanks for that. Respect and Blessing to you all.smile

    Sorry for my grammar.smile

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      keira,

      That is a good reason.

  31. nadiaazhar profile image76
    nadiaazharposted 6 years ago

    i want to share my thoughts with my own identity....want to be known as who i am so use my real pic!!

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      nad,

      I respect your answer also.

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    Home Girlposted 6 years ago

    i am just a face in the crowd battling the elements...
    Always running, chasing the rainbows...
    Human being is not just a pretty face or an ugly one. But how often we are judged just by our looks?!

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Home,

      Don't you get judged by running?

  33. tantrum profile image60
    tantrumposted 6 years ago

    When I first came to the forums I was Marilyn Manson's eye, for I came as a man. Only because I like to fight, and I thought it could be more interesting if men saw me as an equal.
    Later I decided to come just like me. So from then on I change the avatar but with real pics.
    My alter ego is XTASIS ,and she is a winged Medusa by Gustave Moreau.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      tan,

      You wanna fight! I'm from the south-Bronx, and I can take it and dish it out. Meet you outside!

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        Denno66posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Give me your beer first; I'll watch it for you. big_smile

        1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          D,

          Glub!!!!!!!!!!!!

      2. tantrum profile image60
        tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Are you talking to me ????? yikes

        1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          tan,

          Yeah!

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    Denno66posted 6 years ago

    This is me. big_smile

    1. tantrum profile image60
      tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Was.
      I ate you yesterday ! big_smile

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        Denno66posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        And I enjoyed every second of it big_smile

        1. tantrum profile image60
          tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          lol
          And maybe ,I'll eat you today as well. seeing you have reborn ! tongue

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            Denno66posted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Amen!

      2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        deanno-tan,

        Get a room!

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          Denno66posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I meant your beer, but it isn't even a Corona, so I may just drink tan's lol

          1. tantrum profile image60
            tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            lol

    2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Deanno,

      I believe it, bah.

  35. tantrum profile image60
    tantrumposted 6 years ago

    Just wait and see ! big_smile

    We are hijacking this thread ! lol

  36. thranax profile image60
    thranaxposted 6 years ago

    Well, its a cold world out there. Most hubbers won't even talk to each other using a IM system or something outside of the forums. If you can't even talk to someone and get to know them, why would you share your picture?

    Also, sharing a picture allows selectism to occur. Most of the selectism is connected to racism as well.

    ~thranax~

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      thran,

      As a Jew I've faced much racism, this is nothing.

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    Denno66posted 6 years ago

    I'm a sheep; I tolerate Humans. big_smile

    1. thranax profile image60
      thranaxposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Im a dragon, I might eat you...sorry!

      ~thranax~

      1. tantrum profile image60
        tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        that sheep is mine !! mad

        1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          tan,

          Umm, lamb chops!

          1. tantrum profile image60
            tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            lol

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              Denno66posted 6 years ago in reply to this

              You peeps are all savages! big_smile

              1. tantrum profile image60
                tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Don't forget to come to Church!
                It's ready for your sacrifice !
                big_smile

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                  Denno66posted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  So, your Church is just like my Church, that's not original or fun, for me anyhoo big_smile

                  1. tantrum profile image60
                    tantrumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    It's not the same !
                    I'm the only one eating you ! big_smile

      2. twuxedo profile image60
        twuxedoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I was a gorilla but now I am 3 Greek Girls, so I could have eaten you as a Gorilla as a Greek Girl what am I to do?

      3. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        thran.

        You don't look like a dragon!

    2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Deano,

      Baaa-Ba-Baa! You should understand that! Must be hard to type.

  38. ethel smith profile image86
    ethel smithposted 6 years ago

    I use a pen name but the picture is me last year. I was thinking of changing it though to my beoved pooch. Not sure whether to now or not.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Ethel,

      Stay with yourself, nice smile.

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    Denno66posted 6 years ago

    It's alright; Dragons aren't real anyhoo. Talking Sheep, however.... lol

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Deanno,

      Do you have problems on the range?

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    Denno66posted 6 years ago

    Yeah!

  41. dyonder profile image77
    dyonderposted 6 years ago

    Did for a while, got bored & wanted a change. Truly, it's such a minor thing (the pic that is) whereas the words are what should be remembered.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Dyo,

      Can't picture an article with you pic.

  42. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 6 years ago

    The thing that bothers me avatar-wise is the use of kids. Is it designed to disarm people? Is it saying- don't hit me if you hate my hub hit this little one? And mostly those kids look a bit disturbed.

    1. mega1 profile image82
      mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      that comment reveals more about you then about people and their children - I haven't seen any disturbed looking pics of kids.  and it is disturbing to me that you would think people who are just proud of their kids are using them as a shield!

      1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        mega,

        Fair!

    2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Will,

      Those mom's may not like that.

  43. 0
    Denno66posted 6 years ago

    Because they love their kids? Just a thought. Putting them up as a shield? That's a disturbing thought, Will.

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Avatars are an internet persona and often either a shield or a way of influencing the reader. Kids should be left out of it.

      I'm willing to accept the 'I'm proud' explanation but it still smacks of a cheap ploy.

      1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Will,

        She wants to get her claws out, go for it!

    2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Deanno,

      It's like terrorists behind kids, huh!

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        Denno66posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Only the kids are strapped with bombs. big_smile

  44. thranax profile image60
    thranaxposted 6 years ago

    Personally I don't see why people put there kids photos in the public.

    ~thranax~

  45. Wayne Orvisburg profile image76
    Wayne Orvisburgposted 6 years ago

    Privacy. It's much easier to leave inhibitions at the door if you know you are anonymous. No inhibitions = freedom.

    1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Wayne,

      Would you say it's very PC?

  46. mega1 profile image82
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    I don't think you should assume so much!  Like assuming people are hiding something is just silly.  Most of us have a healthy sense of humor and like to put up fantasy pictures for instance because it is fun!  FUN!  Also I get sick of seeing my own face popping up everywhere and I don't have a very large ego that enjoys looking at myself, so there's that!  Also we have conversations about things in the forums and put up pics that relate to the topic sometimes.  I spend a lot of hours in the forums and I like to see people change their pics - people change in real life - why not virtually.  Usually the avatars really do express something of the nature of the person behind them - so I find them revealing, not hiding!

    1. Springboard profile image81
      Springboardposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Of course, we all know that being here on HubPages we'll become famous and then we'll have to stop our daily grind for photo ops, autographs, we'll have to leave our grocery carts behind running from the paparazzi and especially Harvey Levin's camp...

    2. TheGlassSpider profile image80
      TheGlassSpiderposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah! You tell 'em Mega! BTW I love your avatar.

    3. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      mega,

      I know you can say it stronger, wring his neck. You want to be tougher.

      1. mega1 profile image82
        mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        what is there to be tough about?  we're not discussing politics are we? just personal proclivities and the fantasy world!

        1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
          Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          mega,

          Did you say politics? I'll debate that any time. I have a recent Hub about why I am no longer going to run for President in 2012, it includes my Platform.

          I've played around a lothere, but my Platfom would be great for the country.

          1. mega1 profile image82
            mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

            when you catch up with the last 10 or 30 posts you'll see that my intentions in the things I said were good, I mean I was genuinely concerned and not one of the "haters" you were mentioning - possibly you have a computer that likes to mess with time, I don't know.  Sometime maybe you will outline your platform for us in the political forums!

            1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
              Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              mega,

              Check my Hub of, Why I made this decision. My Platform is there.

              I wasn't worried about things said to me. I am confident enough to understand I know better, yeah-sure! It really wouldn't make sense to feel bad about what is said. Besides, I egged people on.

              1. mega1 profile image82
                mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Oh, good, so then you were joking around!  ah, I couldn't tell - you caught me good!  you have no idea how scarey it can be when someone is answering questions no one else hears!  whew!  (big sigh of relief!) big_smile:

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    Denno66posted 6 years ago

    So, there!

    1. mega1 profile image82
      mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      neener neener neener! lol

      1. Harvey Stelman profile image61
        Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        mega,

        I'm gonna cry!

  48. Wayne Orvisburg profile image76
    Wayne Orvisburgposted 6 years ago

    Just speaking for myself.

  49. mega1 profile image82
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    pffft!  this whole thread is about as critical as it gets! come on - enjoy people's imaginations instead of putting them down!

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      There is a difference between imagination and sentimentality. In fact, the two are pretty much enemies.

      1. mega1 profile image82
        mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        you say so.

    2. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      mega,

      You're disappointing me.

      1. mega1 profile image82
        mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        huh? wha?

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    Denno66posted 6 years ago

    I put my little sheepies on an avatar of mine. I was never so proud....

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I wasn't thinking of your sheep in what I just said. And I hope he isn't offended.

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        Denno66posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Nah, he's good.

        1. Will Apse profile image91
          Will Apseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I was looking for a similar expression of pious imbecility when I chose my own avatar.

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            Denno66posted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I'd say you succeeded. lol

    2. mega1 profile image82
      mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, and we were all so happy and proud for you, too, denno.

      1. 0
        Denno66posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        big_smile

    3. Harvey Stelman profile image61
      Harvey Stelmanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Deanno,

      Neither was the guy behind you.

 
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