Pages in topic:   [1 2] >
Offensive profile images
Thread poster: Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:21
Member (2004)
English to Italian
Mar 30, 2002

Do you think my icon is offensive or distasteful? I have received positive and negative comments about it (somebody said it was \"disgusting\"). If the majority thinks it\'s to be removed, I will remove it!



Gilda Manara  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:21
German to Italian
+ ...
I feel it just a little bit tiring Mar 30, 2002

to see these blinking things while one is trying to concentrate on the text to be read - but the same applies also to other icons, since these flashes have widespread all over the site...

Anyway personally I am against every type of censure, when it is not self-imposed; it is up to you to decide whether to avoid hurting people who said to be troubled by your icon or to ignore them - Easter is coming, it would probably be better to show an act of peace and good will, don\'t you think so?

Happy Easter to everybody - including the small red devils ! icon_smile.gif



Mario Abbiccì
Local time: 01:21
Do You Think It's Alright Mar 30, 2002

I think it\'s alright, yes I think it\'s alright.




Patricia Gifford  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:21
English to German
+ ...
I absolutely love it!!! Mar 30, 2002

Hi Giovanni,

I think your icon is soooo cool and creative!! I love it. It is perfect for a translater/brain-worker. I don\'t see an allusion to the devil, to me, it looks like a very hard working person (the rolling eyes, the smoke coming out of the brain, ...)Besides, it will definitely attract people\'s attention, and who knows, that might result in some good business deals, and if not, if will definitely make people smile.

Keep it please and happy Easter!



Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:21
Member (2000)
German to Swedish
+ ...

It's detracting Mar 30, 2002

Dear Giovanni,

You asked for it, so I\'ll answer:

I think it\'s detracting our interest from the important part: Your messages.

I thought we all had left the \'blinky-beep\' age behind us.

Happy Easter!



Japanese to Italian
+ ...
Careful with that icon, Eugene... Mar 30, 2002

Or was that an axe in the song? icon_smile.gif

Well, an icon is not an axe, but it sure could fell prospective clients...

Actually, one of the notions underlying the use of an icon is that, besides being a symbol or graphic representation, an icon is a sign which has a characteristic in common with the thing it signifies. It is up to the viewer to grasp that.

Interestingly enough, the term \'icon\' in the sense \'simile\' comes from the Greek eikon \'likeness, image\'.

Surely, any professional will do his/her very best to find an adequate personal icon.

Iconically yrs.




BTW, my Proz icon depicts the ideogram \'Tanuki\' ’K inscribed within a circle. Very iconical, but then ideograms are like that...handy... icon_smile.gif


CLS Lexi-tech
Local time: 19:21
Member (2004)
English to Italian
+ ...
agree with colleagues Mar 30, 2002

since you asked, I don\'t find it distasteful or offensive, maybe just a tad juvenile, that\'s all.


paola l m


Henry Dotterer
Local time: 19:21
Your profile image contributes to our reputation as a group Mar 30, 2002

A client arriving at the site may assume that the first image they see is representative of all translators.

Many people recognize this fact, and some write to us to complain about unprofessional images. In several cases, we have requested that inappropriate images be removed, or removed them ourselves.

Please remember that your image is not just a reflection on you, but on the entire community.


FrancescoP  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:21
English to Italian
+ ...
Please keep it! Mar 30, 2002

Your devilish icon it\'s very funny indeed, Giovanni! You\'re a great chap! I also love your profile too. So different from the usual boring pictures you see around... Who said translators are boring persons?

You have talent, Giovanni!



Werner George Patels, M.A., C.Tran.(ATIO)
Local time: 19:21
German to English
+ ...
No, I don't find it distracting Mar 30, 2002

I don\'t find it distracting at all!

Hey, unless someone starts using pictures or icons of body parts or pornographic material, it\'s alright.

I don\'t find the use of different icons, clipart images, etc. unprofessional, nor do I consider such harmless fun childish.

It\'s about advertising, right? And in advertising, you try to attract people\'s attention (within certain limits; see above), right?

So, get with it!

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-03-30 23:46 ]


John Kinory
Local time: 00:21
English to Hebrew
+ ...
[Giovanni's logo has been changed since this was posted] Mar 30, 2002

No longer relevant

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-05-08 00:13 ]


John Kinory
Local time: 00:21
English to Hebrew
+ ...
- Mar 30, 2002


[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-05-08 00:14 ]


Maya Jurt  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:21
Member (2002)
French to German
+ ...
Personal, creative, fun, professional - lacking style Mar 30, 2002


Your icon is uncommon, attracting attention and all what I said above. Which means quite a bit.

No, it is not likeable, but funny. It atttracts attention, positively and negatively.

I can\'t say I like it, but I do like the idea behind it, probably the person who has created it.

Creative clients won\'t mind that at all.

It lacks style because the underlying techniques are simply mass ware.

Smoke, not fire, should emerge from your creative brain. Leave the icon as it is or give it another try by merging fun and a natural touch.

Congratulations anyway.



Jane Lamb-Ruiz  Identity Verified
French to English
+ ...
Icon should reflect what you are marketing or yourself? Mar 30, 2002

I do not find Giovanni\'s icon offensive but rather feel that it is not at the same great level as his profile which is amusing, creative and informative. The icon, to use a technical term, is not well collocated with the profile. It would be if his specialty was translating only comic books.



xxxPaul Roige
Local time: 01:21
English to Spanish
+ ...
Freaky Mar 30, 2002

Is that Bill Gates on fire??? If so, I think Giovanni is not doing himself a favour. Buckets, quick!

icon_smile.gif One Mac user

Pages in topic:   [1 2] >

To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Offensive profile images

Advanced search

Wordfast Pro
Translation Memory Software for Any Platform

Exclusive discount for users! Save over 13% when purchasing Wordfast Pro through Wordfast is the world's #1 provider of platform-independent Translation Memory software. Consistently ranked the most user-friendly and highest value

More info »
BaccS – Business Accounting Software
Modern desktop project management for freelance translators

BaccS makes it easy for translators to manage their projects, schedule tasks, create invoices, and view highly customizable reports. User-friendly, integration, community-driven development – a few reasons BaccS is trusted by translators!

More info »

  • All of
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search