When I first registered here as DUXe many years ago I chose a burning candle as an avatar pic for obvious resons. More recently, I updated my account with my name, Ayko, and I wanted to choose a new avater pic with The Devil Master but, the system will not allow it. My Opa wanted to become a member here but he cannot because the clicks and sections are so complex with no explanation I must presume whoever designed this Site wanted to make sure only certain people come so far. Of course, I realize this is not the doing of Stzephen King so, no worries. However, I am keeping a blank avatar pic from now on to protest until somebody can explain how I may load my Devil Master buddy in as avatar pic. Do not start with mobbing words that I need only click on avatar edit, we tried that. Also, why is the Site sooo user unfriendly. My Opa would also like to register...
We use software from vBulletin. It was what worked for us when we were searching for message board software that allowed moderation and our Beta testers found it easy to use. Perhaps taking a few minutes to read through the FAQ might answer some of your questions about how the Board operates.
From the FAQ in the section for Signatures, Avatars and Profile Pictures:
Avatars are small images that people use to identify or distinguish themselves to other forum members. We provide some stock avatars people can use, but we do not allow members to upload their own custom avatars from their own computers. The avatar you select will be displayed as part of the user info in your posts, as well as in your public profile.
I'm fully aware of that. The question was "How do people have custom avatars?" My response in context was answering that question, not how do they post without one. Since the OP has been doing so without an avatar, I'm sure he is aware of that, too.