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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Profile Picture Meanings!

Hey everyone! Like many of you, I chose a profile picture. I ended up choosing my dog, Coco, because she is way more interesting than the default person outline profile :) I see a lot of profile pictures, and I have no idea how it connects to the person. How does your profile picture have to do with you, or is it just random??? :)

November 15, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

The main feature of all version of my profile picture have been the light blue "Flying Bunny" graciously loaned to me by permission of the artist Tara McPherson. Why a bunny? My username "Usagi" is Japanese for "bunny" or "rabbit". There is a whole background story behind my username, but I'm pretty tired. I've written it out before. If I can find it, I'll add that later.

Over the years, there have been a several different iterations to my profile picture. Sometimes I'll put important dates in the picture to commemorate historical events, or I'll put little charms in it to acknowledge friends.

Eventually, the most common background has been the Genderqueer flag (purple (lavender), white, and green (chartreuse), the Transgender flag (blue, pink, white, pink, and blue), or a combination of both flags. Under the bunny has been a reference to Tara McPherson.

Currently, there is also a light blue X to the left of the Flying Bunny. Very recently my birth state, California, passed a bill so that non-binary will be a legally recognized third gender designation (represented by the letter X). It goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

Oregon's DMV allows people to choose an X for their identity. X simply means "unspecified". It is an alternative to male or female designation. The largest percentage of X designation holders are non-binary, however, like my best friend, some are cisgender. As a non-binary person (agender, specifically), I have an X on my Oregon ID and will be getting an X on my Birth Certificate in 2019.

I also currently have a gold ring around my profile and a globe. It designates me as a gold global ambassador forum moderator (this is the alpha launch of a new program. This ring has changed over the years. When I first joined as a 1st gen mod, I can't recall if there was a ring or not. Then as a legacy mod I think there was a ring. As a global mod there was definitely a ring. Sometime later a shield was added to the green ring. And now I've got a gold ring.

For those interested specifically in the evolution of the Duolingo forum moderator, it goes like this: Forum Moderator (1st generation Duolingo mods) ➡️ Legacy mod (All 1st, some 2nd gen) and Regional mod (some 2nd gen + later gen) ➡️ Global mod (no longer gen based) and Regional mod (no longer gen based) ➡️ Gold Global Ambassador mod (Formerly called Global mods) and Green Global Ambassador mod (formerly called Regional mods). Though, we just say Gold and Green mod for short. I kinda liked the sound of "global mod" myself, though, "global ambassador" sounds cool too. ^_^


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/idkhbtfm

thanks for taking the time to share your story with us! profile pictures sure can have a lot of meaning!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Wow! What a story behind it! Thank you for taking the time to answer! It is amazing how much time is put into making you profile picture special to you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melina.ler

I saw a profile with a green ring and globe, but it says "Insider" when I hover the mouse over it. Would that be a green global ambassador mod?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

No. Mods have "MOD" next to their usernames when they comment in a forum where they mod, or if you hover over our profile pictures regardless if we mod that particular forum or a different one. Insiders are general users who staff recognizes for their ongoing, positive contributions.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ToonieG

Mine is a picture of my little dog Lucy. I wanted her there because she has a neurological disease that will take her life sometime soon, but meanwhile she is one of the happiest creatures I know. So I love having her little face reminding me to love and enjoy all I do in the time I have..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Awww.... she is adorable! Because she has less time on Earth, I am sure she loves to have an owner like you who gives her the love she deserves!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ToonieG

Thanks, Clark. She is such an inspiration to me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woof.

My profile picture? It's random. I just like it :)

Before this picture, it was my dog, which was also random.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Well, at least you were honest! It looks good, though :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/idkhbtfm

Mine is just the German trophy that you get when you finish the tree and I drew on an American flag because I'm American (even though merica sucks rn) and some nice stars and polka dots to make it look pretty. I also customized it by writing my username on the trophy


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

You added on to it! Impressive :) I wish I could be that creative!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

My profile picture is Adygeaball, the Polandball form of Adygea. I chose it out of my love for the Circassian language and culture. (The Adygean flag is actually the flag for all Circassians.) My PFP used to be a cut-portion of the Circassian flag, but I switched to Adygeaball since the whole flag can be seen, plus I enjoy reading Polandball.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

It is always nice to see people who actually give thought into what they choose! Thanks for sharing!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/isabella134768

my pro pic is low-key me two weeks ago ;D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Low key? ;) Well, you look like you are having fun :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zzzzz...

My profile picture combines my love for my country and mother tongue, and my favourite green owl Duo. I am more comfortable using a pencil and paper than creating images digitally, so I took a Swedish Duo and messed with it. Since the profile pics are so small, you probably cannot tell how bad a job I did. I will include an enlarged image in this comment, so that you can appreciate all the specks of Swedish yellowness still clearly visible in the image. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Wow! I just strait up cannot drew XD It looks nice that you put your own spin on a picture!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vic-STE

I am an android app developer, so my profile is a phone emulators background!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Nice! I have an Android by the way!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Addie030507

My profile pic is me. XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Love it! Does that sign say "Do drugs???" :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kenethfors

mines default so sad jk


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Better than nothing :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rosalina362467

mine is of the sea where i lived before!!! and I just like it !


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

It is pretty! I love the beach. We go every 2 years.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kenethfors

cant change and don't want to


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Well I guess it works out :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kenethfors

i like mine its random


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-.Andrew.-

Mine is Ness from Nintendo's Earthbound/Mother 2.

He's just one of my favorite characters and that's why I have him as my pfp, lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

I have heard so much about that game!!! I should play it sometime :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stepintime

I thought I'd choose something motivational and positive, so it was one of those chimney-sweeping frisky little buggers from "Mary Poppins" for me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

You really made it personal. I like how you made it special to you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RedheadedRogue

Mine is an anime picture of Anne Shirley, which besides being pretty is rather appropriate to my username.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

I have a friend that LOVES anime, but I have never watched it :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RedheadedRogue

Oh, neither have I. I love the art style though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LION-OF-JUDAH

mine is of my favorite correcter!! some times. and I want to invent a soot like his.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Iron Man is a cool superhero! I love the Avenger movies, but I do not watch many superhero movies outside of that! I like the picture, though!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LION-OF-JUDAH

sorry I never spelled Character right.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

Don't we all have bad spelling sometimes? You are fine :)


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    This is a cat from my science textbook from fifth grade. It was when we were learning about thermal energy. I also really love cats and science so it was the perfect picture!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

    Wow! It definitely is unique! It looks like a real cat! I could not tell it was just a picture from a book!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Secretly_a_Jedi

    My profile pic is my favorite rapper NF. It is actually the background for my tablet and I was curious to see if it would fit for my profile pic, so I guess it was kinda random lol


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

    Well, it has some connection! I have never really likes rap, but I like how it flows! To be honest, I have never heard of NF, but it sounds like a cool rapper name :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MurasakiAlien

    Well, my profile picture is a girl with headphones on holding a cup. It's kind of like me in real life. Also, she has purple hair. The original picture didn't have purple hair I colored it like that. One of my favorite colors is purple. Oh and if you look closely you'll see the words....,ディスクジョッキー エンジェル モンスター, which means Disc Jockey Angel Monster in Japanese. I have that because of my Youtube channel. So yeah, that explains my picture.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

    Cool! I love YouTube. My favorite you tuber is Lucahjin because she is outright hilarious! I cannot believe you found such a unique picture that fits you perfectly.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MurasakiAlien

    Yeah, I can't believe I found such a unique picture either. I'm always on my headphones so I figured I might as well have a profile picture like that.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dest_edwards347

    my profile is my name and a "definition" it is really awesome!!! this is what is says: 1 Destiny:the way one person in a world with 6 billion others can find the only person with a key to unlock their heart. 2 This beautiful life we are building together and the dreams on the horizon we are yet to achieve!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

    I like it! Is your name actually Destiny???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Katred2

    I really love owls, so I wanted to find a funny Duo picture. I found this one through a Google search, sourced from an archived discussion. The discussion was about how the same phrase in two related languages (I’m not sure what the languages were... possibly Dutch and Afrikaans) could mean “Duo is wearing a dress” and “Duo is wearing a rug”. There was an illustration of Duo in both “outfits”. My pic is of him wearing his rug!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

    I am sure no one else has a picture on an owl wearing a rug :) My old teacher LOVES owls too. It is great you found a picture you liked!!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LION-OF-JUDAH

    Clark I like your pics I love Dogs and yours is cute!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LION-OF-JUDAH

    is anywon doing a XP compitishion for 13 to 15 year old? ps. if so all help,


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/idkhbtfm

    i dont think anyone is or will be doing it because there's so few teens on duolingo, and its impossible to verify someones age and youre not supposed to reveal your age


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clark.Chapman

    I am doing an XP challenge but not that one :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/banana_kate

    i chose a cat bcuz i like cats; this may be the deepest meaning of everyones also what do the gold and green rings mean for some people (and are there more?) is it taking a course in every language on duolingo?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidValla134237

    My profile has a dotted line around it and no color. What does that mean?

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