I have searched for a MUD that encompasses all aspects of MUDding life. Avatar is that MUD. Extremely newbie friendly, an excellent tiering system, helpful staff members (especially the angels who watch from on high), and scores of informative players make this MUD tops in a world full of MU*'s. Personal experience (1650 levels worth on 1 char) has given me a very broad base of judgement and despite the flaming/whining from others I would recommend anyone to try Avatar out. 20+ levels is really needed to get a good overview of how the MUD operates. The pro-group orientation offers scores of chances for socialization just at the lowmort levels and also gives players real insight into the different roles people take in a group. All in all, Avatar gives each and every player a chance, they just have to step up to the challenge and take it.
(my 2 cents for what its worth)