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

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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: Caitlin McGrath

              Yes, it's gone for me too.

              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: kpzoo

                  i'm on a mac, with safari.

                  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: rworange

                      mine aren't back yet ;-(.

                      1. re: alkapal

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

                        1. re: Chris VR

                          ack!

                          1. re: Chris VR

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

                        2. 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: alkapal

                      Not back for me.....(p_q)

                      1. re: Gio

                        Not back for me either.

                        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.

                    2. Thanks for your feedback.

                      The avatar disappearing and reappearing is due to some testing that we have been doing the last couple weeks. Do not despair, there are some things that we know can be improved so we appreciate the feedback and always want to hear about the features that users love. Once the testing is over we will incorporate this feedback into the summary of the findings.

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                      1. re: CHOW HQ

                        As long as the feedback is heard as "put them back"!

                        1. re: painperdu

                          right on, right on, painperdu!
                          (btw, mine...gone again).

                        2. re: CHOW HQ

                          I must say that I hardly ever look at the right side of my screen so didn't even notice the avatars were missing.

                        3. Yes, I want them back too! Soon! Please????

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                          1. re: Caroline1

                            YAY! They're back! Thank you, Nice Peoples!!!

                            1. re: Caroline1

                              They are *not* back for me. I'm using Firefox 3.5.5 with Windows XP.

                              1. re: Bob Martinez

                                Yup. They were back just long enough for me to say thank you. Then )))>POOF<((( They were gone! Boooo!

                                1. re: Caroline1

                                  ...and it looks like they're not coming back. Or are they...?

                                  1. re: CindyJ

                                    Lettuce spray! '-)

                          2. please chowhound team, are we going to get these back? they are very helpful. what is the status, please?

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                            1. re: alkapal

                              Ditto

                              In this trhead there was a response two months ago that it was a temporary situation.

                              "The avatar disappearing and reappearing is due to some testing that we have been doing the last couple weeks. Do not despair, there are some things that we know can be improved so we appreciate the feedback and always want to hear about the features that users love. Once the testing is over we will incorporate this feedback into the summary of the findings."

                              Maybe I read that wrong. Maybe it means Chow decided to get rid of them due to lack of poster feedback.

                              The problem with that is not that that active feedback is strongly discouraged on this site. Once a problem is reported and there are a few confirming reports this is a problems, Chowhounds, for the most part, know to sit back and wait ... and wait. .

                            2. I miss them too! I would much rather see the avatars than that "beetle" looking turkey! Or an ad, for that matter.

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                              1. re: danhole

                                The ads can be blocked, you know.

                              2. hey, the avatars are BACK!!! or is this just me, seeing them?!?

                                joy and cartwheels. :)

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                                1. re: soupkitten

                                  Just you. For some unknown reason they occasionally show up.

                                  1. re: rworange

                                    dangit. :(

                                2. this is what the chow team wrote on Nov. 12:

                                  >>>>""""Thanks for your feedback.

                                  The avatar disappearing and reappearing is due to some testing that we have been doing the last couple weeks. Do not despair, there are some things that we know can be improved so we appreciate the feedback and always want to hear about the features that users love. Once the testing is over we will incorporate this feedback into the summary of the findings.""""<<<<
                                  ~~~~~~~
                                  two months later and we still don't have this fixed.

                                  and what the heck does this *mean*?: """Once the testing is over we will incorporate this feedback into the summary of the findings."""

                                  please respond.

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                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    Unfortunately the testing was scheduled to run through January so quickly putting avatars back onto the site wasn't possible.

                                    However the avatars have returned! We value eveyone's feedback and wanted to let you all know that we heard the request - that is what was meant by the earlier comment posted.

                                    We appreciate your patience as we continue to work on improving the site.

                                    Keep the feedback coming - we are listening but sometimes can't get things turned around as quickly as we all wish.

                                    1. re: CHOW HQ

                                      i thank you very much for fixing the avatar problem.

                                      i still wonder how you believe that this sentence of bureaucratese : "Once the testing is over we will incorporate this feedback into the summary of the finding"

                                      communicates a message of: "we heard your request" (and implicity) "not only did we hear it, we're working to fix the problem and return the avatars."

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        Chalk it up to poor communication, hopefully messages like that will be more clearly communicated in the future. ;)

                                        1. re: CHOW HQ

                                          thank you.