11-25-2009 02:56 PM - edited 01-08-2013 03:44 PM
The image next to your name is your avatar and it's an easy way for you to personalize your identity a bit. You automatically get an avatar when you join a community, but you can change it to something you like better.
To change your avatar:
You can change avatars as often as you like. Your current avatar always appears at the top of the Avatar page.
Your signature is text that appears at the bottom of your posts. This is your chance to be creative (within community guidelines, of course).
To create your personal signature:
You can tell other community members as much or as little about yourself as you wish - whatever you're comfortable with. You can enter a short biography, your location, your interests, or anything else (within community guidelines, of course).
To tell other community members about yourself:
You can also enter your name and location and any other information you want to share with the community.
By default, anyone in the community can see the information you enter on this page. If you're not comfortable with that, you can limit display to just the people on your Friends List.
Here's how to show your info only to people on your Friends List:
Your Friends List is a way for you to create your own little community within a community.
Depending on your Privacy settings, the people on your Friends List can see your biography and other personal information or whether you're online. If you send Private Messages, you can choose your friends from a list instead of typing their user names.
Note: Your Friends List is only available if your community allows Private Messages.
To add people to your Friends List:
You can make a lot of changes in the way you look at community pages -- from the time zone and language, to text size, to the way menus behave, the order that messages appear, your privacy settings, kudos leaderboards, and more.
To set your viewing preferences: