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They say the profile is the window to the soul...
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Posted 5/5/15
Well you can only get the basics from mine, other than that you will not know anything else. I rarely ever update a profile, especially things like Facebook.
Posted 5/5/15
Maybe, like you said it's an extension of the person however it's not the person but the person's profile. Going strictly of the title, a person's profile is more like a fragment of the window and probably only for a period of time in ones life, over time I think it becomes less relevant to the entirety of the person.
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neither do i. i'm a lost sole aright
Posted 5/5/15
Not really. You only see what that person wishes you to see. A more useful indicator is their forum posts and talking on gb, pm, skype, etc.
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ok so i'm not a lost sole. i am me a nd me is a cool person
Posted 5/5/15

S4869hu wrote:

I kind of wonder about this. Sometimes it is sometimes it isn't. I have a friend with an incredibly elaborate facebook acc depicting her as a carefree, happy-go-lucky girl who likes fashion and cute things. But in reality she is more of a moody judgmental social outcast that nobody likes who rarely has any free time because she works six days a week...


People act differently a lot of the time on the net, its just a place where you can express a different side of yourself, either good or bad.
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Amaya- wrote:

Not really. You only see what that person wishes you to see. A more useful indicator is their forum posts and talking on gb, pm, skype, etc.


^This
Not everyone is going to mention everything about themselves. They will probably only mention the trivial things or their good qualities on their profile while avoiding the rest. However like Amaya said you can learn the things not mentioned through indicators like gbs, pms, etc. I for the most part have done my best to make my profile contain everything about me, but I know there are something things I did not mention. I did not mention that I can be somewhat relentless about certain things and I procrastinate a lot. However friends of mine have come to learn this about me through conversation. I also don't mention things I find to be too personal, but my friends have learned about me over the time I've known them.
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Posted 5/5/15 , edited 5/5/15

Nishizumi wrote:

You can tell a lot about a person only if they're honest on their profile and don't change it.

Basically it's the same concept as how do you act on the internet vs how you act in real life, type.

I never did get why some people never change their profiles around, if you're only here for anime thats one thing but those people that regularly play the forum games or chat i would think they would change it every so often even if it's only like 2-3x a year or some such.


I've been here a couple years now, participating in forum discussion and not bothering with my profile, and speaking for myself, the reason for this is twofold.

First, I don't see my personal details as very important to chatting here. I'm here to toss around ideas and get other ideas in return, and I like those ideas to speak for themselves rather than being part of something "bigger", like a person. I don't really want people to get any real impression of "me", because it might influence how they react to what I say, which is what really matters to me. Having a boring profile and no avatar picture makes me nice and forgettable.

Secondly, I just really like the aesthetic of "plainness". Even on games and whatnot, where I don't exchange ideas with people, I tend to leave my avatar blank because I like going with the default. Solid colors and minimalistic design are pleasing to me, and "overdecorating" is liable to make me cringe. I'm not too in touch with my surroundings, so it's much more pleasant for me to have them be simple and easy to take in.


As for the topic itself, I think that a person's profile will give an accurate impression of what that person wants people to think about them. A profile is part of someone's public mask, which makes it, in most ways, a fairly honest idea of who they are, insofar as they would likely be the same person if you were to casually interact with them in some other context.

That said, that mask is only one of many that we all like to wear around different people, so I wouldn't say a profile will be a complete reflection of who someone is, though it will usually be an accurate one. A person's profile on one site might be far different than on another, for example, because it's a different community to which they might apply a different mask. A profile probably won't display how, for example, someone acts around their significant other, children, or parents, how they act around their boss or employees, or how they act while on vacation, while stuck in traffic, or in a dangerous situation. Generally, a profile shows the most common mask a person wears - their social default, if you will - so as long as they're being honest, then so is the profile. That doesn't, however, make it all-encompassing by any means.
Posted 5/5/15

Bavalt wrote:

I've been here a couple years now, participating in forum discussion and not bothering wit my profile, and speaking for myself, the reason for this is twofold.

First, I don't see my personal details as very important to chatting here. I'm here to toss around ideas and get other ideas in return, and I like those ideas to speak for themselves rather than being part of something "bigger", like a person. I don't really want people to get any real impression of "me", because it might influence how they react to what I say, which is what really matters to me. Having a boring profile and no avatar picture makes me nice and forgettable.

Secondly, I just really like the aesthetic of "plainness". Even on games and whatnot, where I don't exchange ideas with people, I tend to leave my avatar blank because I like going with the default. Solid colors and minimalistic design are pleasing to me, and "overdecorating" is liable to make me cringe. I'm not too in touch with my surroundings, so it's much more pleasant for me to have them be simple and easy to take in.


That i can understand, some people tend to go way too overboard with graphics and all that but if done right it can be good.

As for profile info, thats a different subject entirely, thats more on the level of giving out personal info to some degree, depending on what you put down.
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My soul is empty
Posted 5/5/15

Bavalt wrote:

I've been here a couple years now, participating in forum discussion and not bothering with my profile, and speaking for myself, the reason for this is twofold.

First, I don't see my personal details as very important to chatting here. I'm here to toss around ideas and get other ideas in return, and I like those ideas to speak for themselves rather than being part of something "bigger", like a person. I don't really want people to get any real impression of "me", because it might influence how they react to what I say, which is what really matters to me. Having a boring profile and no avatar picture makes me nice and forgettable.

Secondly, I just really like the aesthetic of "plainness". Even on games and whatnot, where I don't exchange ideas with people, I tend to leave my avatar blank because I like going with the default. Solid colors and minimalistic design are pleasing to me, and "overdecorating" is liable to make me cringe. I'm not too in touch with my surroundings, so it's much more pleasant for me to have them be simple and easy to take in.


As for the topic itself, I think that a person's profile will give an accurate impression of what that person wants people to think about them. A profile is part of someone's public mask, which makes it, in most ways, a fairly honest idea of who they are, insofar as they would likely be the same person if you were to casually interact with them in some other context.

That said, that mask is only one of many that we all like to wear around different people, so I wouldn't say a profile will be a complete reflection of who someone is, though it will usually be an accurate one. A person's profile on one site might be far different than on another, for example, because it's a different community to which they might apply a different mask. A profile probably won't display how, for example, someone acts around their significant other, children, or parents, how they act around their boss or employees, or how they act while on vacation, while stuck in traffic, or in a dangerous situation. Generally, a profile shows the most common mask a person wears - their social default, if you will - so as long as they're being honest, then so is the profile. That doesn't, however, make it all-encompassing by any means.


Very insightful, thank you for the read.
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Posted 5/5/15
Profiles are usually just a manifestation for seeking a degree of anonymity .
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Posted 5/5/15 , edited 5/5/15
Utter nonsense!

If you look at my Facebook-profile all you'll see is weed, comedy and boobs...

Ok maybe you've got a point...

(EDIT forgot to add the facebook part of profile..)
Posted 5/5/15

S4869hu wrote:

I kind of wonder about this. Sometimes it is sometimes it isn't. I have a friend with an incredibly elaborate facebook acc depicting her as a carefree, happy-go-lucky girl who likes fashion and cute things. But in reality she is more of a moody judgmental social outcast that nobody likes who rarely has any free time because she works six days a week...


Laughed my ass off.
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Posted 5/5/15
I think I went a little overboard on my CR and Steam profiles ........
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If people ask, I'd answer (within reason). Otherwise, I leave all my profiles blank--CR and elsewhere.
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