I have just enabled the option to upload your own avatars from your computers. You just have to go to the User Control Panel to do that. But don't abuse this feature by uploading ofensive images or you will have this privilege disabled. Of course there is no problem using naval, military related avatars, or a photo of yourself.
Regarding polls, I'm considering allowing certain senior users (with more that 250 posts) the ability to post polls here in the forum. Contact me or write your request here if you are interested, and I will enable that option for you. Again, don't abuse the poll feature with nonsense questions. Polls have to be well thought.
That's all for now.