peterwarr - could you clarify to which GIFs you are referring? I had not noticed a significant level of animated GIFs in the user images that Nimer mentions. Or are you referring to advertisements?
Our hope is that most members and others will post real photographs; this is a membership organisation, and the idea is to allow members to connect with each other, which is helped by being able to put a face to a name. However, we realise that not all users will want to do that.
Of course, you may find my photograph annoying
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