Men Who Use Shirtless Pictures Of Themselves as Avatars

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I can see that more and more male members are using shirtless pictures of themselves as avatars in this and other forums. I have seen complaints about this issue in other forums and am interested in what people think about this here. What I am particularly interested in would be

1. Do ladies feel turn on when they see a male member shirtless here?

2. Would you be more or less inclined to do business with that member?

3. Are there any WF male members you would like to see shirtless?

Derek
#off topic #avatars #men #pictures #shirtless
  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    1. It's not ladies who tend to be turned on by shirtless men. They're probably after another audience.

    2. That depends. Are they in the fitness or muscle building niche? Do they look like they know what they're talking about?

    3. I'll bet Wordpro looks nice shirtless.
  • Profile picture of the author dave830
    Originally Posted by derekwong28 View Post

    3. Are there any WF male members you would like to see shirtless?
    Derek
    Do I sense a "Men of the Warrior Forum" calendar coming out soon....?
    • Profile picture of the author Rich Lowe
      Originally Posted by dave830 View Post

      Do I sense a "Men of the Warrior Forum" calendar coming out soon....?
      Classic!

      RIch
  • Profile picture of the author Mac the Knife
    Well...put it this way...folks do FAVOR or DAMAGE to themselves by how them choose to represent. If they think shirtless is the way to go, I would venture a guess that MOST would find that unprofessional and it would reflect negatively. However, look at me...many think I am stuffy because I have a tie on...SOOOO...I guess the happy medium lies somehwhere in the middle. Another thought is...as a parent, I would NEVER use a picture of my child as an avatar...WAAAAAYYYY too many crazy people on the net and why give them fodder and put their pic out there for them? The point is...I would say this topic is as subjective as any other...personally, I will ONLY go shirtless on my fitness niche site...and that is for MONEY....;-)

    Mac the Knife
  • Profile picture of the author Gregg Montgomery
    Shirtless online, hell I dont like to good shirtless in the bath.
  • Profile picture of the author Sylvia Meier
    See I think the avatar is a personal thing so I really don't sway either way. I mean some may see my avatar with my daughter as being unprofessional and choose not to do business with me because of it. Others may be turned off by the guy in the suit avatar, thinking they are too much of a stiff or something and not do business with that guy. You can't please everyone, and I think the avatar should simply represent you and your business, and no matter what you put up (including no avatar) you are going to win and lose followers and potential buyers/JV ops because of it.

    JMO
    Sylvia
  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    HHmmm,
    I know this isn't related to the original topic,well,then again it might be considered to be topless, but my avatar (which has been shrunk so it may be hard to make out) is a skeleton riding a skeleton of a horse and the caption says"beating a dead horse"
    So I wonder how many would not JV with me because of that.
    • Profile picture of the author Shana_Adam
      Okay if you're really serious about your business you wouldn't be causing distractions, your reputation is at stake. When I want to buy a serious tool no pun intended I'm not looking at somebody's body I want a piece of software that will do the job.

      I guess it depends on how important your reputation is to you for example do you see Richard Branson in his underwear advertising his product no you don't because they have a certain sense of self-respect.

      Okay this is the most important tip I can give you your self are a brand don't jeopardize it
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    I've only seen a couple guys with shirtless avatars. Didnt have much affect on me, but for a truly scientific comparision, we need to have a couple ladies put a shirtless avatar up to see if there is any effect.

    I'll wait.
  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Michael, put your shirt back on.
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    dammit...i was sitting here with my shirt off, 70's porn music in the background (bow chica bow bow)
  • Profile picture of the author BB-Eats
    You know there are hundreds of guys out there who put forth years of effort to have such an avatar. Bonus points if it features mirror and cellphone.
  • Profile picture of the author TiborSzalay
    Avatar should be representative
  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Man O Man, would it have made a difference if the horse had skin??
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    WTF?

    So what do guys think when they see a naked or nearly naked avatar of a female?
    Sure hot - but business worthy? Only in Adult businesses and even then they get the respect of your friendly neighborhood hooker.

    Sure I like to see a great body -- but I like a few brains attached to the corpse, ya know? When some dude is flashing his abs at me yet his business has nothing to do with building great abs or related health issues - I'm not going to bother one twat with whatever it is he's doing. He's just coming off as a dumb, conceited piece of meat at that point -- must not have a real solid business if he has to use abs instead of facts to sell it.

    Later this year I'll be doing a video that will be scantily clad - but what I will be selling is weight control and skin care. You won't see that on my avatar because my base business, hobby, and areas of interest is in rock and gem hunting - so you get a hat and a man's utility shirt. Being female I did dress it up with a string of pearls, lol) - but that is what you get because that is who I basically am. I can't imagine putting a pic of me in a bathing suit on my rockhound site -- it's not a fit. It's not the image that is going to attract rock and gem hunters, archaeologists, treasure hunters, etc - anyone it attracted would just be looking for something not offered on the site. I might end up with matchmaking or porn in the forums.

    Most of us will never meet each other in person so what we know of each other is purely what we find in here. I highly doubt that I'd have met the same respect if I'd have put up an avatar that looks like an ad for sex. Men should start dealing with the same line of thought. You might have a bod that is nice to look at, but I don't want to talk business with a dumb whore.

    Honestly......men have the weirdest ideas sometimes.
    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      I don't want to talk business with a dumb whore.
      Who does? What you really want is to talk business with an intelligent slut. That way, if you can't do business, at least you can have sex... and it won't cost you anything.
    • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      WTF?

      So what do guys think when they see a naked or nearly naked avatar of a female?
      Sure hot - but business worthy? Only in Adult businesses and even then they get the respect of your friendly neighborhood hooker.

      Sure I like to see a great body -- but I like a few brains attached to the corpse, ya know? When some dude is flashing his abs at me yet his business has nothing to do with building great abs or related health issues - I'm not going to bother one twat with whatever it is he's doing. He's just coming off as a dumb, conceited piece of meat at that point -- must not have a real solid business if he has to use abs instead of facts to sell it.

      Later this year I'll be doing a video that will be scantily clad - but what I will be selling is weight control and skin care. You won't see that on my avatar because my base business, hobby, and areas of interest is in rock and gem hunting - so you get a hat and a man's utility shirt. Being female I did dress it up with a string of pearls, lol) - but that is what you get because that is who I basically am. I can't imagine putting a pic of me in a bathing suit on my rockhound site -- it's not a fit. It's not the image that is going to attract rock and gem hunters, archaeologists, treasure hunters, etc - anyone it attracted would just be looking for something not offered on the site. I might end up with matchmaking or porn in the forums.

      Most of us will never meet each other in person so what we know of each other is purely what we find in here. I highly doubt that I'd have met the same respect if I'd have put up an avatar that looks like an ad for sex. Men should start dealing with the same line of thought. You might have a bod that is nice to look at, but I don't want to talk business with a dumb whore.

      Honestly......men have the weirdest ideas sometimes.
      If there are guys in your rockhound site, you can bet that you'll get their attention even more if you're gem hunting in daisy dukes as opposed to a utility shirt.

      guys are guys, no matter what they do. we run on 3 basic ingredients, food, sex, and sports, and not necessarily in that order.

      If you want to sell guys something, attach one of those 3 items to it (preferrably sex) and you're golden.
  • Profile picture of the author haikuangel
    I dont think that any woman with good social standing and upbringing who is here to seek education would be interested in any shirtless man. I think that men who use half naked avatars perhaps do so because it is part of their persona and would like to be known as such; perhaps they are sensual in nature or maybe some of the comments are correct that they are simply trying to reach out to another demographic.. wink!
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    That would be an interesting test

    Just something in the IM field. Do a normal IM page, and then the same page with a half naked female and see if there is actually a difference in response
    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by Michael Motley View Post

      Do a normal IM page, and then the same page with a half naked female and see if there is actually a difference in response
      Hmm.

      Get some banner-rotating software.

      Stick it on a sales page.

      Add one banner that's the company logo.

      Add another that's a half-naked woman.

      Now split-test it.

      The page, not the woman! Pervert.
  • Profile picture of the author jrptr
    I make many Avatar.s and its not only men that like shirtless lol

    I do make a lot for chat rooms though so maybe thats why hehe
  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    I think 'when in Rome'.

    i.e., I think it is tacky in a business forum not to wear a shirt for the avatar picture.

    However considering the number of ads about 'work at home in your underwear', 'work at home in your pajamas' I am glad NOT to see many of those images.

    I wouldn't judge really on their competence because one guy I know who has a shirtless avatar sold his simple website (with backlinks/traffic) for like $36,000 after 4 years. Brilliant shirtless guy.

    At least the ones I have seen are buff. Unlike 'nudists' who are invariably saggy, baggy, flabby and absolutely gross. If you got it flaunt it, if not cover up before I barf.
    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Patrician View Post

      I think 'when in Rome'.

      i.e., I think it is tacky in a business forum not to wear a shirt for the avatar picture.

      However considering the number of ads about 'work at home in your underwear', 'work at home in your pajamas' I am glad NOT to see many of those images.

      I wouldn't judge really on their competence because one guy I know who has a shirtless avatar sold his simple website (with backlinks/traffic) for like $36,000 after 4 years. Brilliant shirtless guy.

      At least the ones I have seen are buff. Unlike 'nudists' who are invariably saggy, baggy, flabby and absolutely gross. If you got it flaunt it, if not cover up before I barf.
      Well, with pajamas, there IS that one commercial with the woman advertising her going to school in her pajamas. I have ANOTHER TRUE story that might get some debate! Several times, at work, a LOT of people came to work in their pajamas! WHY? Diwali, an Indian celebration....

      UmangPhotos/2007 - Diwali/Fashion show - salwar kameez meets kurta pajama

      Steve
    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      Originally Posted by derekwong28 View Post

      Do ladies feel turn on when they see a male member shirtless here?
      I have read about a couple of studies that have said men are much more visually attracted than women, but obviously I can't give a personal opinion. Why, were you thinking of going shirtless?

      Originally Posted by Michael Motley View Post

      for a truly scientific comparison, we need to have a couple ladies put a shirtless avatar up to see if there is any effect.
      This guy is a thinker with a lot of good ideas. I'm going to read everything he types.



      Originally Posted by Michael Motley View Post

      If you want to sell guys something, attach one of those 3 items to it (preferably sex) and you're golden.
      Business is business. I remember someone mentioning in completely another thread, way over in the main forum (far, far away) mentioning businessmen at a convention buying stuff they would never need from the girls in the low cut blouses and carefully watching them while they filled out their part of the forms.


      Edit: That was my second horrendous post in the last while. Thought I'd better clean it up a bit and delete the worst. Sorry about that. There was a bit of a story but itís hardly worth typing out.
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    For the most part I like the WF avatars (exceptions below). It's nice to put a face with the words. The people who use other images make me curious as to why they chose that particular image.

    @ HeySal - I feel the same way about business services and banks using funny and/or scantily clad models to sell their wares.

    Please!

    Convince of your company's merits. Yes, that means you, too, GoDaddy.

    The thing with shirtless male avatars is it makes me think they are vainglorious - and therefore probably not the easiest to work with. After all, any time you would disagree it would be a blow to their inflated ego.

    That's my take on it.

    All the best,
    Michael "You Should Have Seen My Avatar BEFORE I Photoshopped It" Oksa
  • Profile picture of the author John M Kane
    shirtless I can live with, although sometimes a tooth grinder, but pantless....Oooh Boy!
  • Profile picture of the author bbenson19
    I really don't understand why some could be vain. Just my two cents. Maybe it's because some think that girls would DIG it. Having an avatar or pic without shirt must be implying something. my 2 cents.

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