I’ve been experimenting with Avatar Flair which is basically a teeny icon by your avatar that can be hooked to a group.
Essentially I put it on all the people who were in IFComp 2022. My thinking is for competitions I’m going to put the flair on the current or most recent group, but then move it to next-year’s entrants. So you can keep the title, but the flair will move around.
If you don’t like it, you can turn it off or change it just like your title in preferences under Account below your email and your title. Choose none to go back to your naked avatar:
The story on this: I was playing around last night (nobody’s online between 1-4am CT US right??) and was like "Oh, it’d be cool if regulars had an icon. Then as experimental good ideas explode, I went ‘if I can do this, I can give EVERYONE FLAIR’ and it was actually kind of cool because in a thread it gave ideas of how veteran the responses were, and was easy to immediately tell if a poster was brand-new or moderately experienced, or had been here forever. I even figured out how to give Staff an IF icon matching the header.
Then I realized since trust levels are automatically assigned and you can’t leave those groups, it was impossible to remove that flair and select “none”. You could change it and masquerade as a lower trust level or switch to any other flair you previously possessed, but it was impossible to have a naked avatar and I know that would tweak some people.
This is a great setup for a horror movie: guy alone late at night starts experimenting with something online. And then something terrible is supposed to happen: the demon comes through the computer and possesses you, or the flair is some kind of curse and bad things start happening to everyone who has one, etc. Blood must be spilt.
But the way the story panned out is really disappointing, so I think you should tell it right. I sense you covering up your supernatural mistake with this tale of moderator practicality. What REALLY happened late at night with the flair that scared you so badly you need to cover it up?