Chewy Delt, you make a point, which is very valid, however, in this context, pictures are the norm.
Imagine going to the game, Chewey. Most folks play by the regular rules (pictures and profiles) but there's a few who are parasitic in nature. They want to look at all the pretty pictures, and read all wonderful profiles, but, they don't want to contribute. They take, take, take, take, take, and are very self-involved. Poor me, I'm different, I'm discreet, I'm not out. I can't play the game by the rules, because, I'm special. I'm a parasite. In real life, you'd throw those folks out of the game, and, in fact, some boards do require pictures. That an outgrowth of the fact that The Internet now has more bandwidth to support that multimedia. Chewy, I was on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) before you were likely born. I've been on The Internet since 1988, and I've made a buttload of money off of it.
While your point, as I said earlier, about avatars is valid, it's not valid in this context. This service is based upon pictures,profiles, and so on, and is not a text-only board.
I'd venture a guess that a good many of the men here are here to look at the pictures, and read the profiles, wouldn't you? One should not support the ones who would mooch from the populous because they are weak or timid. You get them to walk into, through, and beyond their comfort zone, and into a better place of being. Acting as an enabler only lowers the bar, and really does the weak a huge disservice, because, from a logical perspective, you allow them to remain weak, or become even weaker, and your reinforce their bad behavior. By putting up with them, you make them worse. Welfare is a classic example. While it's compassionate, caring an the like, it's created situation where we had 3-rd generation recipients. If you let people walk the path of least resistance, many times they will. Do your part in helping the pictureless step up, Chewey, instead of letting them remain weak.
You felt doing your profile and having pictures was worth your time, and I'm sure many have enjoyed viewing your stuff, and reading what you had to tell us about yourself. You felt it was worth doing well, and it shows. Leadership by example is a good thing. Now, you just need to extend that further in setting up standards.
By showing the weak that they are capable of having a picture, or doing a profile, you take them to a new level.
Folks like The Army do this all the time. They take timid young guys, and turn them into men that realize they control much of their destiny than they thought and with planning, determination, discipline, and focus, you can accomplish so much.
Most "real jocks" get that, intuitively. They've trained through pain and pushed their limits, and...they've seen the rewards. A lot of folks here really aren't "real jocks" or even jocks at all. They're here for (LOL) the pictures.
To coddle a pictureless, in this context, truly does them a disservice.