And the titular Schlock Mercenary character was first so named (in comic) June 30th, 2000, less than 3 weeks in to the comics run (although he appears in the first strip and is named in the transcript, but that may have been added retrospectively).
I hadn’t been around SDMB on vBulletin for about 2 years before the cutover. Last I knew vBulletin as configured for the SDMB didn’t support avatars at all. So I believed / assumed his avatar was a recent addition.
Per Discourse’s user page on @Der_Trihs, he has been lurking as recently as 2 days ago but still hasn’t posted since the cutover. Assuming I correctly read these user statistics; the more I look at them the less I think that’s a correct interpretation.
Speaking of avatars, it’s a shame real palm trees don’t grow as your (@BigT’s) avatar suggests. That’s make for some cool landscaping. Though they do grow in big Ws.
Yeah, Tuba enabled them after Ed left, as an option. But, even before that, you could set your “account picture” that would only show up on your profile. Sp when avatars were turned on, they defaulted to a smaller version of the profile pic.
Though I’m not sure if the “profile image” option was exclusive to members–two different posters gifted me memberships at different times, and I may have added the image then.
Well, aren’t we happy you came back. @LSLGuy
You’re one of the posters I remember when I first got here.
You seemed a bit saner that others. Who, I now know are sane, but at first y’all seemed scary crazy.
(I still think you chewed me out about something or another. I was kinda annoying…)