September 4, 2012

Retro Avatars are now Retroactively Available

120904-status-avatarsSay goodbye to the “mystery man” default avatar in comments.  Now they’ll be marked by a random pixelated identifier. And we’re not only doing it live, we’re doing it #retroactively.  Check your old comments; you’ll see you now have a unique retro avatar if you haven’t already set one up via Gravatar.

Insects, robots, monsters, vehicles, and some… you don’t want to say.  It’s a low-res Rorschach test! Feel free to whine about this change or let us know what some of the avatars remind you of.

Comments (17) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 1:06 pm

17 Responses to “Retro Avatars are now Retroactively Available”

  1. Tracy Tea House Says:

    checking my gravitar

  2. Michael Boltonestater Says:

    The ONE thing this site was missing!

  3. nomadic Says:

    Your avatar looks like a reindeer in football pads.

  4. dollarbin Says:

    I feel slightly less anonymous. Bonus points to anyone who can ID my avatar, hint: it is from San Francisco.

  5. the San Jose Alex Says:

    Oh, boy let’s see what I get …

  6. CB Says:

    Mine’s a cowboy about to double draw and pop a cap into your ass.

  7. very amused Says:

    Ant wearing 3D glasses behind a shelf.
    SJ Alex, yours is a koala who took on a big rig. Divasm’s looks like a blind puppy. (in Labor Day thread)

  8. Zak Says:


  9. Crissa Says:

    I wish Gravitar would let me change the rating on my icon. Alas.

  10. Jb Says:


    Another mistakenly non-spam item sent to the spam queue. Sorry about that. –ed.

  11. SEA Says:

    How much is it worth?

  12. * Says:

    i don’t like mine. who chose purple on green? where’s the customer service desk to get my refund!

  13. * Says:

    the new avatar, even though i don’t like it, compels me to post more. your loss!

  14. SEA Says:

    Purple on green is the best!

  15. nomadic Says:

    It isn’t so bad. It looks like a rabbit with an underbite on acid.

  16. madhaus Says:

    If you don’t like your randomly chosen retro avatar, you have two ways to change it.

    1. Create an account with Gravatar and link your email address to any danged avatar you want. Even one that isn’t purple on green.

    2. Use a different email address when you comment here. The random avatar is created using the email field. This also prevents impersonation. The image won’t match because unless a prankster know you outside the site, they don’t know your email addy.

    btw 3 different comments went to moderation this morning, so note additions.

  17. Jobcat Says:

    Just checking the avatar

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