how do you use your own photo instead of the avatar given
-Click on the little arrow next to the words "My Stuff" at the top of the screen.
-From the drop down menu, select "Profile".
-Scroll down to the box that says "Select the radio button next to the option you are using to change your image."
-Click on the radio button (the round one) that says "URL to your avatar (Your image must be smaller than 140x140 pixels; .gif, .jpg, .png accepted)".
-Paste the URL for your avatar image into the box.
-Click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.
For the image, I'd recommend using a site like photobucket.com . Upload your image (make sure it is no larger than 140x140) and then copy and paste the URL into the box that I mentioned, earlier.
If you have any issues, feel free to ask here, or you can PM me if you require more in depth assistance.
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