I suppose so, but it's also just another distraction in the user interface. I'm looking around the new version that was installed and I can't figure out where to disable avatar display. Some of us like simple, pared down interfaces that load and run smoothly. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of appeal for that on the Internet. Devices are getting more capable and people want to pile on the features. Whenever I get around to making forum software, it'll be very simple and clean. </rant>
EDIT: 100th post.
EDIT2: Also, come on. Sporks. That's memorable. >_>