Your avatar is the image which accompanies your profile and messages. You can set up your avatar on this page
of your account.
Once you have set one up, readers of AVForums will start to recognise you and your messages by your avatar.
For this reason, we encourage you to use a high quality avatar which you are happy to 'represent' you. You may use either a JPG or PNG. We do not allow animated GIFs as we feel they can be distracting when trying to read the forums.
We support the Gravatar
service which is convenient for managing a single avatar across many of your social websites.
When we migrated from previous forum software in October 2013, members' smaller avatars were transferred. Since we now support larger avatars, the older, smaller ones usually look somewhat pixelated or blurred.
See this example of an older avatar.
So we encourage you to upload a larger avatar, at least 200 pixels square.
This is an example of a new, higher quality avatar.