In an ideal text-based communication platform, each participant is nothing more than their words and the name they choose. This constraint makes it much less likely that people will be judged on things they can’t control, e.g. appearance or ability to create or choose a pleasing avatar. Lobsters, being primarily text-based, is very close to this ideal. All it would take to get us all the way there is to drop user avatars. I don’t think it would be a great loss, and in a small way, it would make us all more equal.