As a community person, you will pose for photos with many, many players. After awhile, you grow weary of a simple smile. You think, hey, I’ll spice this up with a gesture.
Peace sign, fine.
The sign for “I love you” is also fine. A little girly, but fine.
Devil horns are okay if you’re on a PVP game.
Heck, if you can pull it off, go for that Hawaiian pinky and thumb thing. Mind you, that works better on video; in a still frame it looks like you’re saying “Call me, baby.” But hey, knock yourself out.
In general it helps to remember that the picture will be taken out of context. Once I made a W for a picture while hugging a player flashing an E. Gang signs? No. I was from the west end of a white bread suburb, and the player was from the east end. One of those funny coincidences, that’s all. But anyone just seeing the image might not realize the people in the picture had the same hometown. A silly, harmless picture? Sure. But community managers aren’t private citizens when they’re at a player event, and need to remember that the context, mood, and tone of the photo won’t be visible to third parties.
I’m still sad that I have to say this next part. When you are posing for pictures, do not under any circumstances use your thumb to hold down your ring finger, or you will be in every sig file known to mankind with bitter captions like “What [Company] Really Wants To Do To Us.” You will be mocked and you will deserve it. Jeez. There’s forgetting that the context will evaporate, and there’s just too stupid to live.
If you’re not pre-broken by a life spent online, you might not know what this sign means. I sincerely apologize for implying you’re too stupid to live when you’re actually in an enviable state of innocence.
So, seriously, if you don’t know what a sign means, don’t do it.