I think its just somthing to make the forum a little more fun. I mean like Once you get a avitar u feel good about it. And if you just get one as soon as u sign up, it takes the fun out of it.
Very good point. Earning something is always 'better' than just having it handed to you.
And yes, I'm pretty sure you got your avatar 'cause you made the mods laugh.
I don't mean that in a bad way ... you help make the forum more fun. So does urmumsacow ... and he also has an avatar.
You don't have to be 'elite' and demonstrate vast knowledge to get an avatar ... just be a good member of the forum long enough that we get to know you and appreciate your presence. You've done that.
Besides, that flaming cat is fucking hilarious.