Slowly, slowly, Typetrigger is figuring out a path forward. For now, the site is stable. The logins are all fixed, so if you were locked out of your account you should be able to get back in again. Direct messaging is up and working again. Triggers can now be longer than ever. Until the site can be given a major overhaul (on the horizon still, but coming into sight), we won’t be changing anything major. There is one minor difference, however, that most regular users probably won’t notice: the Dude has retired.
Dude? Which dude? This one, in the middle. And his pals.
What began as a small inside joke (that really made no sense) when Typetrigger was in development nine years ago became the default avatar of the company. We still appreciate the graphic sensibilities that friend-of-a-friend-of-Typetrigger, talented tattoo artist Jason Minauro, brought to the site. With so little else going on style-wise, we were happy to install the Dude as the default avatar.
Turns out this whole mustache thing became a real trend in 2010 (and still seems to be holding on in the decorative item market AND the facial hair market, as evidenced in the latest season of Queer Eye). We weren’t trying to be part of that and not a one of us had a mustache–or has since. So the inside joke is over, which is one reason to retire the Dude.
The other reason I am retiring him now, before I have even begun to rebuild Typetrigger, is that I don’t look like the Dude and no one who has worked with Typetrigger has looked like the Dude. We’ve all been women and folks of color. I felt like the community would be a bit more welcoming if we didn’t all have to enter the room looking like a critical, dapper white guy. If you do happen to resemble the Dude, that’s great! I’ve got nothing against people who look like him (adore many, in fact). But we writers have lots of different looks and want to present ourselves in myriad ways. While most people are quick to personalize their avatars, I wanted a new community member’s first experience to be more of a blank slate.
For now, the default avatar is an extraordinarily boring Typetrigger T:
That will probably change when the site gets revamped, but for now it holds space for the image and words we share on Typetrigger.
P.S. If you like the dude and his pals and want a t-shirt featuring their handsome faces, drop me a line and I’ll send one to you if I have your size. They dudes are on the front, while the back of the shirt reads: What is Typetrigger.com?