Snow Angel of AQW GD/Q&A/Guides
The avatar issue is pretty well addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions:
quote:Being used to denote status (forum staff, titled, etc.) is definitely part of it, but not the sole part. I don't disagree that it would be fun to allow people to use their characters as avatars, but there are practical reasons for disallowing it.
3) "Why can't everybody have a custom avatar?"
First, practically speaking, storage space can be tight sometimes. We have a lot of posts in the database, and a lot of members.
Second, speaking on policy, custom avatars are a privilege used to denote status. They are given either to those who are helpful or creative or to those who volunteer their time.
Third, aesthetically speaking, we have made the decision that all of our publicly-available avatars would be based on the Artix Entertainment games. This is an Artix Entertainment forum. If you're not satisfied with the choices, submit your own AE-related avatars or earn the privilege to upload your own.
That being said, there's also something of an answer to the issue of a forum overhaul in the FAQ:
quote:They may be outdated and difficult to use on mobile devices, yes, but overhauling it would require a large amount of work and there may not be the time and manpower to do it. Could an entirely software allow a more modern forum that still allows the same control we currently have with little to no modification? Probably. But who is going to work on it and implement it?
As the bottom of every page informs us, we are currently running on ASPPlayground.NET version 2.4.2 SP2. We know that is not the most recent version. However, our forum coders have modified the code and added enough custom features that our software bears little to no resemblance to the official published version. They would have to redo all of those modifications in any new versions. With that said, making the case to upgrade is a tricky proposition. It's really unnecessary.