Sillyman, where is your shirt?
Coupla questions: 1. I am wondering if ChinesePod vets avatars at all? (No doubt they are just happy to have them working again.) The reason I ask is that 'new user' Sillman seems, from his avator, to rarely take off his shirt. Question 2. But he has done so for his ChinesePod avator, I wonder why? (Maybe Sillyman would like to share? Maybe it has some relevance to learning Chinese.) I love the human body (as a principle and also in some discrete cases), but not Sillyman's specifically. Nor do I advocate censorship.
PS. I am of course making the assumption that the avatar portrays Sillyman himself, and not for example his best friend.
zhenlijiangAugust 19, 2010, 07:32 AM
Bodawei I am assuming that's a bearded lady (his mom, probably). It has been so damn hot here!
zhenlijiangAugust 20, 2010, 03:50 AM
Bodawei re your question #1, guess not!
(No complaints from anyone today?)
TalAugust 20, 2010, 04:14 AM
I'm still hoping sillyman himself will speak out on this issue.
@changye - shame I can't read Japanese!
johnbAugust 20, 2010, 05:34 AM
We don't check every new user's avatar (there are too many new users every day to make that possible), but we do have standards, and if we discover, or are alerted to, an avatar that violates those standards, we'll take action (and, incidentally, have several times over the last day or so, as a result of new accounts created by what appears to be the same person that created the Sillyman account).
We're pretty liberal around here, and not into censorship either, so you have to go pretty far to exceed our standards. I think a good rule of thumb would be "if it's something that would get your thrown out of a public park, then it's not OK." Sillyman's avatar doesn't fall into that category (at least not in most locales).
Changye, you should have caught silly_mouse before she got censored. I would have given her a pass on creativity, but I suppose that would be a slippery slope, and we would next be seeing all sorts of decorated body parts.
hamshankAugust 20, 2010, 06:11 AM
I doubt anyone would be bothered if it was someone with a ripped body and cheeky smile....It's perhaps a good job this account looks like it was joke account or there might be some poor chubby guy crying himself to sleep at night. :)
OK. You'd have done the same for the avatar I was referring to yesterday (not sillyman's, but silly_mouse's) I'm sure. Given it a paddington hard stare that is.
(which I can't seem to approximate with Japanese emoticons.)
sillymouseAugust 22, 2010, 03:45 AM
I am silly mouse! (I am not sillyman! No way!) My new account was deleted, not just my photo! But we silly mice don't lie down and die, we get up and wonder why, yes! There is room in the world for silly mice, that's what I say, yes!