I'd kind of like to see if HubPages could/would put a small Flag or somehow Identify where everyone is from on their Icon window/avatar...
What do you think?
although it might be nice to get a quick glance of where someone is from, I think some of the posters here are correct in the prejudice that is already displayed in these forums.
some don't even say where they're from on their profile. our choice.
that'd be cool it would be broad enough by country that noone could place where you were ... not that i'm worried about being stalked... but some might.. they could just post a smaller icon below user name also or in the corner of the avatar window like hubpage staff has
This is actually one I can see them implementing quickly and easily... who knows you may have just made your mark;changed a small part of hub community with that cool suggestion
Not necessary. We are here to write and not to be patriotic and boast about our origins. Think of this place as world without national borders. First it was timezone which divided people on internet and now flags under our avatars ? Next what religious inclination under avatar ? Let's all be under one flag Internet Junkie users that's much better.
As opposed to the viewpoint that we're all floating around in cyberspace I still Sit here in my house In MIchigan. Its only to get a quick glimpse where others are typing from.. the virtual case in point part is just a figment of the imagination. I dont think of the flags as boasting . In fact when I go to Analytics I see hits from other countries and suddenly find myself googling about that country and learning about the culture on Wikipedia.
Well the reason i don't like flag is that people start to make prejudiced comments in forums based on people's views/faith/avatars and "flag and origin" will add more fuel to that (remember those "mormon" comments ? or comments against "infidels" etc based on profile/faith). If this feature made strictly then this will be just another place in world with more discrimination. We can make that feature but let's make it optional. I want to put myself on internet where people are not discriminated based on region. Why need for flag ?
I suppose with the arab bashing going on I can see your point ..or muslim bashing I should say...valid point , especially if someone was from Iraq or Iran ( although I would not myself since I beleive goverments cause the wars not the individuals) not all individuals beleive in the wars there goverments pursue but sometimes take the blunt of criticism
I agree with skyfire. It has caused prejudice in Internet forums. People who don't speak English as a first language have been head bashed pretty good because of maybe ONE spelling error.
I think it's a stupid idea.
What would be the actual point besides adding visual clutter?
Nah, sorry Mikel, don't see any benefit, and see a lot of downside...
It would be beneficial -- the other day I almost commented on a hub about an Internet service I was very interested in learning more about, until I realized that the 'author' was from Nigeria, and that the hub specifically said "I really like the way this program operates..." and "Only available in the USA and Canada."
Yep, pure C&P. I think the flag would be nice, for those not nice enough to give their location, or claiming to be from one place, when they aren't.
At the same time, I can see Skyfire's concerns.
Well Im gonna fly my countries flag for a few days or until I get bored with it
By the way its New Zealand ( red stars), Aussie have white stars
I like the idea. I would love to know the different places people are writing from. Of course, I suck at geography so I probably would be looking up each map to see...
We can put our locations in our profiles...
I like this forum because it is free of graphics all over the place like many forums I have perused before.
I really don't think that that is necessary and I also like the clean nature of HP. We can share what we want in our profiles. Or not share.
There are also issues if flags of political territorial entities are used. For example, some people living in Scotland or Wales might not wish to have a Union Jack by their avatar, some in Catalunya might not wish to have the Spanish flag...
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