# First Post from New Member

1. Jan 30, 2006

### William Thompson

Hello Forum.

This looks like a great website. I look forward to lots of interesting and challenging discussions.

How long do you have to be here and how many posts before you get an avatar?

-- William Thompson

Last edited: Jan 30, 2006
2. Jan 30, 2006

### ComputerGeek

You can get one now... just pay 25 bucks (US) or what ever the euro or pound equiv is. you get a 1 year contributorship and you get to have an avatar... among other things.

3. Jan 30, 2006

### William Thompson

I was just poking around and I noticed that too. That is a pretty good idea to make money for webmasters. I might borrow that myself in the future.

4. Jan 30, 2006

### honestrosewater

Welcome to PF, <enter username here>!!!!!!!!!!!11

That's a long name you have there, William Thompson. Do you like Willie T? I think it's catchy.

5. Jan 30, 2006

### arildno

What about Thumpy or willie thump, HRW?

6. Jan 30, 2006

### William Thompson

Since I stand by what I say, I like to use my real name and not hide behind a username or nick name or handle. I am not suggesting that that is what people do. I am just saying that I like to use my real name because it keeps me honest and I hope it makes people take me more seriously and think twice before disagreeing with me. It hasn't happened yet, it seems. But hope is eternal.

Back in college, I used to use "Replicant" because I was a big Blade Runner fan.

7. Jan 30, 2006

### Lisa!

Although I'm not forum, but anyway

Hello and welcome!

8. Jan 30, 2006

### arildno

I'm sure HRW only said what she did out of a desire for replication.
Don't take her seriously, I'm the only one around here to do so.

9. Jan 30, 2006

### fargoth

if you didnt have the p in thompson you'd have the name of lord kelvin

anyway, i dont think people will take you less Seriously because you use nicknames...
atleast i dont, i base my judgement on what you say regardless of who you are, or who you claim to be.

10. Jan 30, 2006

### Cyrus

For $25 bucks an avtar and contributor medal, for$100 bucks you get a homework helper medal, for $200 a science advisor, for$500 a pF mentor, for \$1000 bucks a PF guru badge.

11. Jan 30, 2006

### arildno

And, not the least, for £2000, you get Cyrus.

12. Jan 30, 2006

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Oh, we'll give him away free if someone is willing to take him. :tongue:

Welcome to PF William! I wouldn't recommend becoming a contributor JUST to get an avatar. Folks who contribute here usually do it because they believe in the goals of the site and think it provides a valuable educational resource. The avatar and signature are just perks...a way of saying thank-you to those who contribute.

As for not hiding behind a nickname, that's a lot easier when you have such a common name, isn't it? Around here, we don't take anyone very seriously in General Discussion :tongue2:, but everyone is taken seriously in the science discussions (even if it means we think they're seriously wrong ).

13. Jan 30, 2006

### Cyrus

Im willing to pay for someone to take me....

14. Jan 30, 2006

### honestrosewater

Oh, I'm sure whoever takes you will pay, in a manner of speaking.

15. Jan 30, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

How much will you pay? :tongue2:

16. Jan 30, 2006

### Lisa!

Could you please tell me what cyruc means?