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Nov 9, 2009 05:33 AM

i miss the display of avatars on the right side of the screen

they helped me to do quick identification of who has posted (assuming they have a unique avatar). why did this feature go away? please consider bringing it back. thanks.

(sorry if this topic has been addressed elsewhere; if so, just point me there).

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  1. I second that. It made it easy for me to see if specific posters were participating in a thread.

    1. A third on that...i actually used it quite often. I hope it comes back.

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      1. re: iluvtennis

        They're off, on, off again, on again, and off... I really wish they would bring them back and leave them alone! On really long threads with many contributors, they are so useful for finding out quickly whether you've already contributed and would be repeating yourself. With all of the tecnicacal problems contributers have to constantly contend with, to have this kind of "man made" problem just says to me that no one gives a damn about what kinds of things encourage "regulars" to stay around.

      2. Well... I still see them. In the upper right corner under the heading, "Who's Talking?"
        I have my zoom level set to 150 just so it fits my 19" screen without having to view the right side stuff so I have to slide the bottom scroll bar way over to the right.... but they're there.

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        1. re: Gio

          How bizarre, Gio. I assume the others posting here see the same thing I do, which is that the "Who's Talking?" with the avatars is now gone, replaced by "Photo Gallery," and a rotating feature of Chow content to click on (right now, "The Most Delicious Sandwiches").

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            yep, it's the photo gallery here, too.

            why isn't the chow team weighing in?

              1. re: Chris VR

                Well guess what.... The avatars are gone now from my screen too, replaced by Most Popular...stories and videos. 8 of them.

                Cue the theme from Twilight Zone.

          2. Is this on purpose or a bug? I which someone from chow/chowhound would reply.

            This was one of the few features of this site that was happily praised when the software was first installed. It is very usefule to people who read the posts.

            If this isn't a bug, please bring back the "who's talking' section.

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            1. re: rworange

              I wonder if this a browser-specific glitch. I see them at the top right of my screen in this thread, for example - FF 3.0

              1. re: kpzoo

                I see the same thing (Photo Gallery, as I posted above) using both IE and FF, on two different computers, one PC and one Mac, so who knows.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    They are back. Thank you whoever.

                    Maybe something was being worked on. Earlier, the links were missing as well. I was stewing that posts I liked just had the word 'link' with the actual link gone.

                    Posting about glitches is sort of like talking to God, eh? There's no direct answer but sometimes your prayers get answered.

                      1. re: alkapal

                        They are not back for me. This seems terribly random, which implies bug to me.

                          1. re: Chris VR

                            Yup - they're gone for me now. Definitely either a bug - or Engineering is turning things on and off....?

                        1. re: rworange

                          I don't think anything was done to bring them back, I think you got lucky, rworange. It seems very random. I am actually not especially invested in the feature, but I would much rather have it than more links to Chow magazine content. The avatars are potentially useful to me, the stuff that replaced them is not.

                  2. YAY! theyr'e baaaaaaaack!
                    thanks, chowhound.

                    but...why didn't you ever tell us why this was happening or what you were doing about it? just curious.

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                        1. re: Bob Martinez

                          Well, earlier this morning, on this thread, it was gone...and now it's here again. Go figure....

                          1. re: clamscasino

                            The avatars have been gone from my screen since at least last weekend. They don't come in and go out - they're just *gone." I've checked on two different computers using Firefox and IE - they don't show up on any combination.