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PokeGym members with less than 30 infraction points in the last 6 months can participate in our occasional custom avatar days, during which members can upload a custom avatar (sorry, recently established accounts are not eligible). At the end of the upload period, staff will delete the avatars that don't meet these guidelines.
Please read the rationale behind PokeGym custom avatar guidelines:
Since it is the decoration for our forum, your custom avatar should look good artistically, in the judgment of the staff and owners. Yes, this is both subjective and final, just like an art contest.
Please read the following guidelines; your avatar will be deleted if they are not followed.
Lettering - Writing/lettering on the Avatars is not permitted, except as follows:
Of course, even then, it has to be legible & not hurt our eyes. A logo consists of lettering and graphics in the style belonging to its owner, like the Team Galactic G -- most Gs are not a Team Galactic Logo - it has to be the right shape, style and color.
Lettering problems are the most common reason for avatar deletion. If your avatar says Team Bozo and your screen name is not Team Bozo, it will be deleted. If you put a lone G on your logo, but its not the Team Galactic G, it will be deleted, etc.
Art - The art must be clearly and primarily Pokemon-themed.
Fake Pokemon do not count. Pictures of people or lightly altered/costumed pictures of people are not allowed. In general, animation is a staff privilege and rarely allowed for custom avatar uploads. Read the custom avatar upload announcement to see if animation will be allowed or not; if it is, see the other FAQ items about animation.
Art problems that may cause the deletion of avatars include: pixelation; fake, furry or anthropomorphic Pokemon; pictures of people; primary theme of the avatar is some other theme, with a Pokemon splashed in; using art that is a recognizable logo or mark for another website.
Size - The maximum size of your custom image is 100 by 100 pixels and 24.5 KB.
Pre-approval - Staff will not give answers on whether your Avatar meets these criteria in advance, so please don't ask.
Approval is a group vote so no one person on staff can give you an answer before the day after.
Inappropriate art or lettering - If your art or lettering is an infraction, it is an infraction.
Just like a post that earns an infraction, an avatar that earns an infraction will be deleted asap.
Final decision - PokéGym senior staff judgment will be the final decision of which avatars meet these criteria and which do not.
Sorry, you may leave your account disused, but we won't delete it. You may wish to provide a really long password and then forget it - that's about the best you can do towards getting away from your account.