Avatars are a little image, just like the one next to my name on each post, which users can define from clicking: User CP > Edit Avatar > Choose your avatar and click "save changes" Now the forum has is black, white, grey with a little colour added in. More and more avatars will be uploaded as I find time to do so, as I am editing each one to a small size of 50 x 50 so they don't detract the overall look and feel of the forum, instead just add that little bit of colour. How to turn avatars off if you don't want to view them? User CP > Edit Options > Scroll down to "visible post elements" and uncheck "show avatars" > scroll to bottom and click "save changes" and you only will no longer view avatars next to peoples names, including yourself. Added: If you can't see the avatar picture next to my name, then you need to do the above "turn avatars off" in reverse, ie. follow the directions and tick the box, then click "save changes".