What is your opinion on having an actual portrait as avatar? I just recently started it and don’t feel too comfy with it. Besides that, does it also disturb you, as the viewer?

I am in a privileged position of not fearing any repercussions from show my clear-pic. So I’m wondering how this influences the local community as a whole.

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@thgie I personally* hate that the internet became a place where people use their real names and feel like using your real photo in your profile is like having to display your driving licence at any moment in time at any place in the world.

*Others should do what they think is best, I'm not telling you what to do.

@az I feel you. I "grew up" with IRC and handles. During that time being myself afk wasn't that easy. Not having to be myself online was fantastic. Clearname/photo practices enforced by larger platforms are a terrible thing.

On the other hand, I experience the fediverse at times as very safe spaces. And I was wondering if for some of us, it actually is the other way around. That for once, being able to be oneself is actually a very nice thing.

@thgie I'm glad the fediverse can make people feel like that :-)

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