I also like the option to turn off all that rubbish - some sigs end up being bigger than the posts!
Having said that though, now I've got the option to turn them off I haven't done so yet, as I'm still used to letting my eyes skip over them.
I don't think that I'll be switching off the avatars though, as it's a handy way of remembering people (that reminds me, must find a new avatar!).
On another note, has anyone noticed the "ingnore user" option? I remember a couple of people in the past that I wish that I could do that to!
The internet is a series of toobs...