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In my SO profile, you may see something odd: a peeking duck.

Peeking duck

I've just recently uploaded this new profile picture of mine. I checked it after the upload and everything's fine. After a few hours, I opened my profile and there it is, the duck has somehow become afraid of the people viewing it.

Is this a bug, a feature, or is it just the duck?

I am about to re-upload my profile pic, but I've decided to drop first this topic to meta.

And if you're curious, here is the original picture.


ADDITIONAL: I've used the non-gravatar way to upload the picture.

ADDITIONAL 2: The problem only shows in the profile view. No problem in chat, less info profile view, and in the questions and answers.

UPDATE: Re-uploaded picture. Status normal (for now, at least).

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I've heard of something similar before. Did you use gravatar or the custom upload feature? –  ɥʇǝS Feb 7 '13 at 5:15
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@Seth Oh, the custom upload feature. –  Mark Garcia Feb 7 '13 at 5:16
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Could you try using Gravatar instead and see if that fixes it? (Of course this would just be a workaround, not a fix). –  ɥʇǝS Feb 7 '13 at 5:16
    
and if you remove the parameters i.stack.imgur.com/Tfaz3.jpg –  Aristos Feb 7 '13 at 5:17
    
@Aristos So maybe it's a rendering problem? –  Mark Garcia Feb 7 '13 at 5:18
    
@Seth That could ruin the demonstration. Sorry. –  Mark Garcia Feb 7 '13 at 5:18
    
What do you mean? –  ɥʇǝS Feb 7 '13 at 5:19
    
@Seth The workaround may somehow fix the problem, but some may want the actual thing. –  Mark Garcia Feb 7 '13 at 5:21
    
Right. I just wanted to see if that fixed it. Then we'd know if it was a bug for sure. –  ɥʇǝS Feb 7 '13 at 5:21
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We are looking into this - I should have an answer soon. –  Geoff Dalgas Feb 7 '13 at 6:39
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Looks like a bug in imgur resize algorithm. Doubt Stack Exchange dev team can do anything (except ask imgur dev team), but curious to see. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 7 '13 at 8:13
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My profile picture shows the same thing (recently updated on Gravatar) but in my case it's a single grey line at the bottom. –  Graham Borland Feb 7 '13 at 9:32
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I have pinged imgur and they are still digging. –  Geoff Dalgas Feb 18 '13 at 18:03
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@Geoff another test case if you like. (original report here) –  Shadow Wizard Mar 4 '13 at 20:33

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IMGUR has deployed a fix for this. Please let me know if you find any other images that have this artifact.

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Here is one. When resized to 128 it's fine. –  Shadow Wizard Apr 17 '13 at 12:59
    
Thanks much, and I will do report gladly any problems. –  Mark Garcia Apr 19 '13 at 6:18
    
Geoff, found other image with that problem. This is the profile. Resized image and full image. Maybe user need to reupload for their fix to catch? –  Shadow Wizard May 16 '13 at 23:18
    
Another broken profile: kunhdapahd, resized image is broken, original is fine. –  Martijn Pieters Sep 21 '13 at 13:50
    
@MartijnPieters thanks - I have reuploaded this and reported this to imgur. –  Geoff Dalgas Sep 23 '13 at 4:27
    
Another one i.stack.imgur.com/Nib0k.jpg?s=128&g=1 –  Shadow Wizard Nov 7 '13 at 11:14
    
As per your request; this is happening again: User profile picture not rendering correctly –  Richard Tingle Feb 25 at 0:54
    
Another one: Why is David's profile image corrupted? –  Martijn Pieters Sep 1 at 17:15
    

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