Continuing the discussion from Avatar! Or 'av two if ya want!:
I firmly agree with @Kimmo, when y’all change your avatars, I really don’t know who I’m talking with anymore. But I’m not against fun or personal expression, i don’t think limiting a user to a permanent av is a good idea, either. @sam, @codinghorror, can y’all make a thing on people’s profiles that has a little thumbnail gallery of all the users’ past avatars, please? (in the case of what M_M is doing ITT, [rapidly changing avs every few minutes] you could limit the gallery to avatars that lasted more than a couple days at a stretch to prevent flooding.) Is that a realistic request? If I could access it from the user card–maybe like a little scrolling list?–it would eliminate a lot of confusion for me.
I was unaware that we were able to change our usernames, too.
But yes, by all means, make past usernames and avatars viewable in the same widget. [edited because we have decided this is a bad idea, as posters below have pointed out]
I remember users best by avatar. when the avatar changes, the name will still usually ring a bell, but I won’t be able to recall “oh, that’s the guy I was talking about Buckaroo Banzai with” or “This is the person that always talks about electrical engineering.” But I can remember that stuff from their avatar pic. But only if I can see the pic that correlates to my memory of the user.
So when I come to a name I recognize but with an unfamiliar avatar, this is what I would like to be able to do:
“noahdjango… I know i know that guy…”
[click avatar, expand usercard]
view prior avatars or however you’d prefer to word it]
something that might be easier i just thought of: put a
back button in the top-left of the user card and clicking it would load the previous iteration of the entire user card, and I could keep clicking back to see the avs and usernames that way. that would be pretty neat.
I’d prefer to have it viewable inline from the usercard so that I don’t lose my train-of-thought, but if you want to load a whole separate page of the user’s profile, it’s your rodeo. anything would help.
The floor is hereby officially open to any ideas, especially since many here are far more computer/design literate than I am.