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The most recent Stack Overflow election nominee, ChrisF, noticed something interesting. His avatar on Stack Overflow is a dog, but on his post on the election page, it shows his face instead. And on hover, the avatar slowly transitions from the latter into the former in the hovercard.

BoltClock identified that this appears to be because the dog picture is a self-uploaded image using our new avatar service, while his face is a product of his Gravatar. As such, the nomination page seems to ignore which avatar setting the user is using, opting to always choose Gravatar. Great for those who use Gravatar, not so much otherwise.

This can be confirmed with a couple of the other current candidates. It's somewhat minor in the long scheme of things, but it is disorienting, especially as for some folks it will give them a generic auto-gen Gravatar when in actuality their profile image is a custom pic.

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ChrisF isn't a dog?! – Ben Brocka Feb 28 '13 at 16:49
I knew something wasn't right with so many candidates bearing auto-generated icons... – BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 28 '13 at 16:50
Hmm, and the code changes for the statistics page will need to be deployed to fix this there too. – Tim Stone Feb 28 '13 at 16:57
This is especially comical with Jon Clements avatar choices. :-) – Martijn Pieters Feb 28 '13 at 17:22
Huh, mouseover pops up a box that shows the real icons for everyone except Flexo, for whom it seems to do nothing at all (in Chrome on XP anyway) – Wooble Feb 28 '13 at 18:05
@Wooble He may not have the popup configured. – JNK Feb 28 '13 at 19:00
@Wooble Flexo has a blank "About Me". – Grace Note Feb 28 '13 at 19:02
up vote 10 down vote accepted

Well spotted; this has been rectified and will be deployed momentarily.

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Yay! I'm now my dog – ChrisF Mar 1 '13 at 11:19

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