I think its fine the way it is, but its a point worth bringing up imo. Especially now that we are going to see a lot of new users getting them, its a good thing to note.
Metaish: Discernment in MGoAvatar choices
If you want an example of how this can get out of control, just go to the scout ND free board...its REEEAAALLLYYY nice...in the appropriate settings
I take offense to this comment. My avatar is very tastefully dressed, even though it is/was a direct attempt to mock another Michigan blog. (They no longer use this image for their made up Q&A)
It pushes sites like that far, far to the wayside, even if they now have proper formatting.
avatar not only OFFEND and punch me in MOUTH, but also carry LARGE sack with poor pad LEVEL.
signed, gnarly beard fetishists everywhere
Bring back negs!!! This joint is like Vietnam without them.
the neg votes or possibility of a negbang.
Not sure if serious... Wasn't that the complaint during the era of the neg bang? That a few posters with insane point totals could squelch legitimate discussion?
I always thought that argument was a bunch of hooey, but I don't see how the board is more of an oligarchy now...
I forgot that the pineapple was a phallic symbol in some cultures. My bad, man.
The ugliness of my avatar has cracked three of my monitors by now, but it's worth it.
I've always wondered where that picture originated. Is it from a real game? It just seems too perfect to be real.
I was told that it's from the 1998 OSU-MSU game. OSU was #1, Sparty was a measly .500 squad.
At least after that game is when it popped up.
The guy in the center is Orlas King, aka the Neutron Man.
He passed away in 2004.
If you have ad-block plus you can block specific images. I agree with your point about using discretion though.
Even better, with Adblock Plus you can block _all_ avatars, making the board significantly more readable.
I too get a little extra excited when seeing pictures of Denard.
I agree with the OP. There are other places to go if you want HAWT CHICKS. Not only can it present NSFW issues but it is just kinda lame.
If people are so worried about things on this site that are NSFW, maybe they shouldn't be on the site at work. Just a thought.
have you actually tried to get through a day of work without Mgoblog? It's brutal
So you want people to avoid the enjoyment of reading mgoblog at work, and subsequently take away $ from Brian due to less page views/hits, just so that some dudes can have some HAWT CHICK avatars?
People can do what they want, I don't judge anyone; and like I said above, you can use ad-block plus to block images, BUT people need to be aware that their actions have consequences and that in this case it might not be wise to use a racey avatar for numerous reasons.
The point is that if one is truly worried that his work environment is so strict that co-workers/bosses will frown upon pictures of women in bathing suits or whatever, then they will also probably frown upon someone spending significant amounts of time on a football message board.
There's nothing that says people should choose scantily clad women as avatars...
...but which is more morally corrupt?
a) picking a scantily clad (but non-nude) woman as an avatar
b) getting paid to sit at work and peruse a message board
I'm not morally perfect and I spend a fair amount of time at work reading MGoBlog, but I also realize that...well...I shouldn't be on here at work.
As one who does the paying I emphatically opine that b) is worse
That depends, are you salary or hourly? Browsing the internet at work is a definite shade of gray in the case of salary, which you could justify browsing a leisure site for a litle bit everyday say around lunch time without much argument; but browsing one with ocassional scantily clad women might push it into the realm of unacceptable no matter what for some employers. If hourly, obviously, you shouldn't be browsing the internet at work.
Like I said, people can do what they want and most browsers have the ability to block specific images with ad-ons. And yet, to me, I don't want to potentially take the ability to read mgoblog away from one of my fellow M fans (and in turn $ from Brian) just so that I can have a HAWT avatar. I respect those that feel differently, that's just my thoughts.
Where are these NSFW avatars? I need to "stay away from them"...
I assume he means this one.
Link, so more of you can use it.
Someone that will remain nameless uses a girl I knew at Michigan for his avatar. I've always been interested in asking her if she feels creeped out by it.
I've never said anything but there's that factor at hand, as well.
Just so I'm clear, I love the hot chick avatars so it's all good with me.
i know her too and she seemed to take it in stride, especially when recognized a long way from home.
i'm an advocate of removing the 'hawt' simply because it's the epitome of RCMB "look how straight we are"ish
I read JakeinVeniceFL for the articles. I also compulsively upvote for the avatar.
NSFW... **good grief**
Classy response Jake. /unimpressed
But what do I know, I'm talking to your breasts.
But I must say, from my perspective her face (in the link) leaves something to be desired.
lol...that can be taken two ways...I hope, after your well-documented anti-sexist postings, that you are not offering a negative critique of this woman's appearance...please tell me that is not the case
alternatively..."her face (in the link) leaves something to be desired"
could mean that you are simply overtly lusting after her...
or, is she just not up to your lofty avatar-demonstrated standards?
However, I always thought good writing could be interpreted in more than one way.
Is half as epic as the Kass one.
This probably doesnt deserve its own thread, but those of you who follow hockey might be pleased with this. I go to Ann Arbor Pioneer high school, and as you may or may not know we host the USA U-18 team, so I get to see those players on a semi-regular basis. I just want to say that Connor Carrick is the absolute man. USAs have a reputation in our school for their douche-ness, but Connor is one of the nicest people I know. On the ice he's intense, but I have a class with him and he's very laid back and funny. He's genuinely one of the most likeable people I have met at pioneer, has a very deep personality, and has quite the conscience (never drank or smoked despite ample opportunity; he told me as a kid he would sometimes yell at his dad for drinking).
Cool story bro, I know, but I just thought people should know that not only is he a great hockey player, but he is legitimately an amazing guy (which isnt true of most players). Definitely a guy to root for once he hits campus.
Sorry you get boners from my naked insectosaurus.
Its the teeth, I just cant help myself.
oops, sorry, didnt mean to get you fired a second ago
Letting us see Lady Godiva naked like that. You mass murderer.
my avatar's cleavage.
I can't help myself.
That's a hot ass.
I apologize for my avatar, and the violence toward children that it undoubtedly causes.
Who cares about child abuse. Your avatar always brings a smile to my face, so please don't go changin' it.
is safe on this one.
Mine reeks of brony. Therefore, it may be the most offensive.
<--------fully (and appropiately) clothed and my kin thank you.
And are we seriously talking about censuring the barely racey (and tiny) photos on this site. Pulease. Isn't it football season or something; there must be something to discuss. Football maybe?
I see this as a preemptive measure. It's good to maintain the dignity of the sight regardless of the season or availability of more on-topic material.
I'm sorry. Would a picture of a kangaroo drinking beer be considered more SFW at your place of business?
Your avatar makes me laugh everytime I see it, even though it's NSFW for the lady roos. Never change it.
Changed mine. I dont think it should be that big of a deal, but then again if its going to cause an issue its not a big deal.
It is ammusing to see attractive girls in Michigan stuff and is only a tiny corner, but whatever.
Edit:And my image hasnt changed yet so some of you are gonna be like....uhh u didnt change it
and then others will be like what? when it finally does)
I like the new one!
Obviously I like it a lot.
if my avatar is too sexy.
you cropped out his short shorts!
Stephen R Kass's thread.
Good thing my avatar isn't peeing on anything. And everything. In an overexposed and over-licensed type of way.
Bill Waterson never licensed the Calvin peeing on stuff bumper stickers that you see on a lot of pick up trucks. I don't think he licensed any merchandise. But he is awesome, like your avatar.
I'm just glad the avatar option works at all now. I waited almost three months until I could add this little guy. Didn't feel right to post without one.
I do tend to question the internet search skills of people who go "hey bro i posvoted you for hawt bewbs avatar!!" I wonder if they know that porn not only comes in bigger sizes, but nakeder too.
than a fully naked porn star not wearing Michigan gear.
I mean if they were given a motion picture rating some might rate PG or might even cross into PG 13. Is that really a problem? Unless you work in a convent or something, I don't see how the avatars would be a problem.
True, and I think they are small enough they really don't matter. However, from the position that this is a more "high brow message board," I don't really think the pictures really have a place. Call me a pansy, but I just kind of feel sad every time I see a Michigan BEWBS picture. I just think we need to avoid the lowest common denominator action and keep this board as far away from scout boards as possible. Plus, didn't Brian post about not liking those kinds of avatars somewhere?
Humbly apologizes for <- image
Ruuuffiiiii...oh. Im sorrry. Dante Basco is one handsome devil.
My new avatar is adorable and my signature says "let's be serious".
Tell me right now you never check TTB at work.
I have and it gets awkward. I just use my phone for nowadays. Kind of wish those photos would default to hidden but click to display.
I wish I could enlarge your avatar.
Touch the Banner, Magnus' site, link http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/search/label/hot%20girls.
Lucy Pinder is the name. Very attractive. Very clearly NSFW/H in full size.
How do you know this? I thought you weren't allowed to know things like this.
<----- actual "race"y avatar is vastly superior to "racy" avatar
Indeed, especially when it's a ninja 250; fun little bike.
I felt like a n00b getting a 250 at first (I'm 5'2" and it was the only thing my feet had a chance of reaching the ground on without lowering links, and I didn't want to put in that much effort for a bike I was just going to use around town for senior year), but it has been super fun, and I spend less on gas than a Prius driver. My dad always asks to take it out whenever he's in town.
If you're a woman who likes rocking revealing Michigan gear, it's probably within your rights to have your own picture as your avatar.
If you're a dude who wants a picture of a woman for your avatar, keep it PG-13.
How is it that no one has OMG Tebow as an avatar by the way???
You think the 1 avatar on here that has a girl in a bathing suit is racy? Thats actually quite laughable...
Uploading my avatar still doesn't work for me. I'm still getting the message that the pictures directory doesn't exist.
Is my avatar NSFW?
I tell you what- this guy's abs could get a night job as a laundromat, amirite?
A few people have gone all peta
on me thinking that I took the picture.
That is a classic picture. I have it on my website (yes, I still have one of those).
I guess I should be worried about the fact that my avatar isn't wearing any clothes.
I haven't been at mgoblog much today, between work and walking my kids around for trick or treating. And then, I see this thread. Referencing my name and mocking my past posts. The nerve! Regarding the post referenced, I will say I deserved to be skewered, and my basic response when reading the thread response to my op last year is perhaps best captured by the vid of "facepalm guy." However, it only takes a second to hit "enter" and put up a post. It takes a lifetime to deal with the shame. I will say, it was an extremely entertaining thread, even if I was the one being roasted. Sometimes, you get what you deserve. I would not be offended if that thread was released by the mods.
Regarding the concern of the OP with avatars and appropriateness of pics used, I really don't care all that much one way or the other. A 1x1 pic is pretty hard to see clearly if I happen to have mgoblog up on the screen, either at work or home.
As to specific avatars used, I personally have absoutely no problem with JakeinVeniceFL. It is tasteful, if attractive and sexist. White Pony Rocks and A2Hawk (Lucy Pinder) are a bit much for me personally, in terms of appropriateness, but like I said, at the size of the avatar, it doesn't matter that much. This is a free country, and a Michigan website, so I guess guys can do what they want. Brian is not the "bad taste" police. Although iirc, he or profitgoblue or mgeauxblue or some other mod did remove a couple of avatars they thought were over the top.
The issue for me has always been large images, especially of full frontal nudity (although full rear nudity or thongs is prob. in the same category.) Let's get real: anyone can go surf a million sites if they want to see boobs and more. But a Michigan sports blog isn't the place, and massive bouncing boobies on a large screen will impress neither my wife nor my admin asst.
Also, to be sure, this is something that Brian and the mods have been real clear about in in the past, and you can actually find what Brian says about it in the menu tabs above the content. Go to "Useful Stuff" and you will find many of Brian's informative posts linked. In particular, some of you newbies should go to the mgoblog HOF. The Link regarding pics: http://mgoblog.com/content/official-mgoblog-pet-peeve-list.
Here is what Brian says, and I agree 100%:
It's a picture of boobies!
Ever open a fifteen-post thread at work and get two different 800x600 pictures of impossibly fake boobs alternating for pages and pages? And then have your boss walk up behind you? Thanks, internet hero, for turning my idle surfing of a sports site into a firing offense! No one needs to see the same set of fake gazongas eighty times accompanied by your three words of deep insight into the team of your choice.
Go to Rivals and click on a thread.
Person is fourteen and has a constant boner. Likely to turn into a guy who says "stud" constantly after being rejected by women for the next ten to eighty years.
An introduction to life's harsh realities, hopefully beginning with a slap upside the head.
Anybody with a site on Rivals.
Arguments about hot chicks are always welcome as long as denoted in the subject title and the specific purpose of a thread. Also exempt are pictures of Scarlett Johansson.
yeah...okay :)...we get it...you have an admin asst
I like your take on boobies. And I love boobies.
I promote smoking among Vulcans, no problem with hot Avatars.
I'm with the OP. I like reading mgoblog on breaks at work and don't need someone's avatar getting the site blocked. I hope mine isn't too violent for the hippies though.
the day i replace my old avatar this comes up, I will change if need be. But mine isnt terrible it just shows the essence of a womans body with great lighting and a wonderful pose. I thought of it more as art then just a picture, sorry for me bad taste gentlemen.
There is nothing wrong with your avatar.
His avatar is the best.
I simply cannot think of a better personification for my avatar than the Davalos twins, who are both Awesome and from Colombia. Will find something more demure if that's what the people want.
Wow, they are identical!