I couch this request with an acknowledgement that I understand this feature comes at a cost of disk space usage, but...!
I think it would be a neat idea for Cohost to store multiple avatars/pfps/user pics per page, and to give the page user the option of choosing an alternate avatar to post with.
Maybe potentially a cohost plus feature to help offset service space?
Miiverse had an interesting variation on this. Your avatar there was your Mii, and when making a post you got to pick which emotion to associate with it, and then it'd show up with your Mii making an appropriate face (smiling, frowning, etc). Perhaps it'll become a trend to pretend cohost is Miiverse, if this was implemented.
@hikari That sounds hella cute, actually xD
I also realized that because of my fluid identity, a feature like this would also make it possible for me to put an icon showing my current eigenstate whenever I make a post as well, so people could see what I observe myself as at the time of posting.
this is a fun idea
I'm another icon-pattern-recognizer, so completely swapping out avatars would make it very difficult for me to track who anyone is. I would almost certainly think one user with multiple avatars is multiple people, and the first time a new avatar popped up, I would be confused about who they are. (As noted, that already happens if people change their avatar normally, but that tends to happen fairly infrequently.)
Maybe some sort of supplementary, customizable status icons could be used in addition to the regular avatar?
i've got mixed thoughts here, because as mentioned, the way it can be used for plural systems (or the thing where multiple users can post on a single Page) would be really great, and as a brief user of livejournal back in the day, im also a fan of the way it was used to convey mood or used for funny visual gags.
but: the Recognizability aspect is also kinda its Own flavor of Visual Accessibility (maybe that's too strong a term), especially for visuals-oriented brains like mine..
like obviously folks can change avatars at any time, but even then, it's not a Super common occurrence, and when i see their new one enough times, it still helps like, 'ground' the posts as being from the same person..
the way miiverse handled it was honestly really hecking clever, since it retained that Recognizableness while still allowing for a lil extra flavor of Per-Post self-expression, but obviously that would be practically impossible to do without a mii-like system, lmao (and im definitely not gonna suggest implementing that, even if that would be Extremely funny)
still, maybe at least the Mood Conveyance aspect could be handled in a similar way, where you could set an Emoji or something to go Along with your avatar, on a per-post basis (see: attached image for basic mockup example), maybe something like that Combined with the option for multiple avatars for Other uses, could discourage folks from changing avatar's too much to retain Recognizability...?
either that or maybe allow some alternative way for folks to give their posts a Visual Recognizability/Identity, like the little Post Themes folks are already doing manually with css crimes, but built-in?
i've no idea what the ideal solution would be, so im just throwing ideas at the wall here, lmao
Possibly the recognisability could be kept for those who need it by having an option to only show one icon per user? So, someone who used multiple icons would show as multiple icons for most people, but they would still have a "default icon" that would show on all their posts for those who opt in to only seeing one per user.