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Are Pro Badges on profile images optional?

(Sorry if I've usurped the First Post with something that is not of concern to anybody else.) The only reason that I haven't whipped out my PayPal account and "turned pro" yet is that I'd feel unconfortable with the "Pro" badge on my profile image (or avatar, or whatever one calls it). Please note that I don't feel that this applies to anyone but me, but having the "pro" badge on my image would make me feel as if I were sort of lording it over all the non-pro members, kind of an "I put my money where my 1's & 0's are, and you didn't, so nyah-nyah-na-nyah-nyah..." thing. Again, this is not how I feel about others who already have "Pro" badges on their images (in fact, I think Kiteman's badge makes him look extra-cute :), just how I - me, myself, Gorfram - would feel about having it on my - mine, my own, Gorfram's - image. And I fully expect that I am the only person anywhere who feels this way. But would it maybe be possible to become a sort of "stealth Pro" and not have the badge on my image? Thanks.

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bobzjr4 years ago
I also try to be very careful with my presence. I would prefer to error on humble if possible.

However, I see the "PRO" designation as simply a designation of account status.
As I understand, that means the the person has a Paid or Gifted account.
I don't believe it means anything else. I don't read anything else into the designation.


"having the "pro" badge on my image would make me feel as if I were sort of lording it over all the non-pro members, kind of an "I put my money where my 1's & 0's are, and you didn't, so nyah-nyah-na-nyah-nyah..." thing. Again, this is not how I feel about others who already have "Pro" badges on their images" -That's how I feel about so called "PRO" users.
All of them? Based on what? Kinda tarring a lot of people with the same brush, aren't you?
Generally. Not every single PRO user, but definitely the majority.
Do you know how many pros there actually are, and how many people you are blindly insulting just because you want to keep on getting something for nothing?
Of course I do. But it's not about free features anymore. It's about making other people feel inferior.
So, you are quite happy to assume the core personality traits of hundreds, possibly thousands of people, simply because you don't like the tone of a couple of comments by a couple of people?

Tell me, have you ever used the phrase "I don't like {insert group here}, they're all..."?
You're right. I don't like {PRO users}, they all make me feel bad.
James doesn't like me because of an objectively neutral attribute of mine that he ascribes negative connotations to. :( Well, I'm off to go sob into pillow until I fall asleep...
 I'll be here to comfort you.

*cuddles till she goes to bed*
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