I have activated the avatar function. Let's see how it works. On my German forum (www.rilke.de), some people were already annoyed by the emoticons because they distract from poetry. Perhaps anglo-saxons are more open to that, or perhaps John Keats readers are more open.
Yes, I can really relate to this guy - my alter ego, el Zoido is!
Although, it occurred to me now, somehow the image of this slithery exoskeletal ambulatory amphibian nincompoop doesn't quite jibe with my chosen alias. Dang. Might have to work on that...dig up something more....representative.