The traditional avatar system used on most Internet forums is a small (80x80 to 100x100 pixels, for example) square-shaped area close to the user's forum post, where the avatar is placed in order for other users to easily identify who has written the post without having to read their username.
Some forums allow the user to upload an avatar image that may have been designed by the user or acquired from elsewhere.
An icon or figure representing a particular person in a video game, Internet forum, etc.
It may take either a three-dimensional form, The word avatar originates in Hinduism, where it stands for the "descent" of a deity in a terrestrial form (deities in Hinduism are popularly thought to be formless and capable of manifesting themselves in any form).
The earliest use of the word avatar in a computer game was the 1979 PLATO role-playing game Avatar.
The use of the term avatar for the on-screen representation of the user was coined in 1985 by Richard Garriott for the computer game Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar.
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