Being new to this forum but relatively old to the world -- born into the age of telegrams, letters, dial phones and face to face contact, I have a question that might seem laughable to many, but which I don't know the answer to. The graphic thingees that people use next to their names, with designs of anchors or eagles or whatever, are those call Avatars? They seem pretty cool. Since we are all essentially anonymous, and using pen-names,it seems like attaching one is a way to personalize our posts. But, my questions are, first, what are they called and second, how, technically, do we add them to our posts, next to our name? I did google "avatar" and found these weird things where people take on imaginery identities. I got freaked out and exited really quickly. So, I am even not sure if avatar is the name of the graphics that I am asking about. But, whatever these things are called, is there anyone who can give me a little help and insight? Thanks in advance.