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  1. Mar 23, 2007 #1
    Physics forums has always been my favorite forum, and I have been a member for more than a year.

    I noticed that some members have avatars while the others not. May I know what types of members may have avatars, and who can't?
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  3. Mar 23, 2007 #2

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    You just need a membership upgrade.

    We will also slap you with a fish as part of the welcome ritual, but that's free. :biggrin: I think avatars are also granted as a perk to homework helpers and science advisors.
  4. Mar 24, 2007 #3


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    That is correct. Basically, it's for members who make a contribution (donation) to the site through upgraded membership. We decided a while back that those who contribute a lot of time and effort into being helpful here (i.e., those we've awarded science advisor and homework helper status) would be given avatars and signatures as a perk to thank them for their contribution in time and effort rather than money. So, you can either get an avatar by upgrading your membership, which helps keep the site running, or by being very helpful and posting consistently high quality information or homework help, which also helps keep the site running. :smile:
  5. Mar 24, 2007 #4


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    Note that, when becoming a PF contributor, you can set up your own avatar, while when you're a SA or HH you can only select one from a list of avatars.
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