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Fowler Feb 5, 2013 04:23 PM

Has anyone else had their avatar changed or created for you in the last day or so?

  1. SnackHappy Feb 5, 2013 04:32 PM

    I think this new avatar generator only works on profiles that never had a custom avatar. Mine is still what it's always been.

    I think it's cute.

    1. Breadcrumbs Feb 5, 2013 04:38 PM

      I'm seeing irregularities w avatars. Macbook w Safari btw. In some cases I'm just seeing a lower case letter instead of an avatar. Fowler, there is a lowercase f in a tiny font where your avatar should be.

      In SnackHappy's case below, the avatar is square (vs the newer round shape) and is so large that the text in the post overlaps the avatar.

      On "My Profile" page, the avatars of folks who are reading me are in rows of decreasing size and are a mix of actual avatars and, lower case letters.

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      1. re: Breadcrumbs
        SnackHappy Feb 5, 2013 04:40 PM

        Breadcrumbs, I would try emptying your browser cache. I'm on a Macbook Pro with Safari 6.0.2 and it works fine for me.

        1. re: SnackHappy
          Breadcrumbs Feb 5, 2013 05:29 PM

          Thanks SnackHappy, I cleared my cache but that didn't seem to make a difference.

          Here's what I'm seeing

          1. re: Breadcrumbs
            SnackHappy Feb 5, 2013 05:35 PM

            Oh boy, this is beyond my very limited expertise. How about logging out and logging back in?

            1. re: SnackHappy
              Breadcrumbs Feb 5, 2013 05:46 PM

              Thanks for trying to help me SnackHappy. I tried your suggestion but no luck so I re-booted but that didn't help either. I guess I'll just wait to see if CH has any suggestions.

            2. re: Breadcrumbs
              Engineering Feb 5, 2013 05:58 PM

              Well that's definitely not right. Are you seeing the weird avatars in any other browser, or just that version of Safari?

              1. re: Engineering
                emglow101 Feb 5, 2013 07:05 PM

                The avatar is covering up the first word of the sentence.It's kind of a problem .Is this going to continue?

                1. re: emglow101
                  grayelf Feb 5, 2013 09:41 PM

                  All's well when I log in on one PC, but the other gives me grief -- tiny lower case letter with no box, and custom avatars overlapping the user's screen names so they are more or less unreadable. People I'm Reading etc is FUBARed, just a long vertical row of gibberish. Using IE 8 in the latter case which may be the problem.

                2. re: Engineering
                  Breadcrumbs Feb 5, 2013 07:32 PM

                  I only use Safari. : (

          2. kpzoo Feb 5, 2013 04:56 PM


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            1. re: kpzoo
              Fowler Feb 5, 2013 05:20 PM

              I could be mistaken kpzoo, but it appears from the time stamp that annoucement was made AFTER my question.

              1. re: Fowler
                SnackHappy Feb 5, 2013 05:52 PM

                Nevertheless, it does answer your question.

                1. re: SnackHappy
                  Fowler Feb 5, 2013 07:31 PM

                  How so, SnackHappy? My question was, and I quote:

                  "Has anyone else had their avatar changed or created for you in the last day or so?"

                  1. re: Fowler
                    SnackHappy Feb 5, 2013 07:37 PM

                    Well, it brings some light to the discussion. But I can see where this is going so I'll just drop it and move along.

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              HillJ Feb 5, 2013 08:11 PM

              What's with the capital letter avatars? F M W etc....

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              1. re: HillJ
                TroyTempest Feb 5, 2013 08:21 PM

                They look to be the first letter of the poster's id for those with no avavatar. Why is this better than everyone who doesn't have one having the same one?

                1. re: TroyTempest
                  HillJ Feb 6, 2013 05:06 AM

                  Scratching head over the design ideas that get attention around here....avatar redesigns? why....

                  1. re: HillJ
                    Cheese Boy Feb 6, 2013 11:03 AM

                    HillJ, in my part of the country, taxpayer dollars are being spent to change ALL the existing street signs from uppercase lettering to lowercase lettering. The reasoning behind this we're
                    being told, is that lowercase lettering is just easier to read. Here at Chowhound, the old avatars were just fine. The new "assigned" avatars make threads look too busy IMO. I think that the old scattering of knife and fork avatars were actually necessary to keep things somewhat tame and monochromatic within threads.

                    1. re: Cheese Boy
                      TroyTempest Feb 6, 2013 11:33 AM

                      Right. And it was easy to tell that you needed to get a custom avatar. Now it is like, well chowhound created a custom avatar for you.
                      Scratching my head, too.

                      1. re: Cheese Boy
                        barryg Feb 6, 2013 02:44 PM

                        This is actually a Federal mandate (by the Bush admin, no less). And of course the Feds aren't providing any additional transportation funding to do it.

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                  rasputina Feb 5, 2013 08:35 PM


                  1. Cheese Boy Feb 5, 2013 10:00 PM

                    If using IE, the new avatars look like building blocks displayed in a plethora of colors. (Nested replies look especially ridiculous with all their colors present). It would be nice if they would revert back to the simple knife and fork.

                    1. jrvedivici Feb 6, 2013 12:17 PM

                      I don't think mine has changed but may I say it is of a dam good looking guy!!

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                        HillJ Feb 6, 2013 02:53 PM

                        Jim Leff would joke about the green M&M's...well the new default avatars look like M&M's.

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