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Lately, my avatar picture is not showing up. Instead, I get a grey box. I've even tried making a physically smaller image (256x256) and uploading that in its place, but it's still not showing up. Could the fact that it's in GIF format be the problem? I'm also behind a corporate firewall. Could that be part of the problem?

Here's a screen shot of what I'm seeing:

blank avatar

Update: I'm seeing other avatars, while others besides my own are blank (see screen shot), so it would seem that not all avatars are being hosted on This would seem to suggest that the problem can be solved on the site by not putting any avatars on, where they would get blocked by corporate firewalls. (IMHO, all images should be hosted on a Stack Exchange URL, as not seeing them makes questions/answers that have images next to useless when seen from behind a corporate firewall that blocks

one blank and one non-blank avatar

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closed as too localized by animuson, random May 29 '13 at 4:34

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Cartman flashing his buttocks looks normal enough – random May 29 '13 at 1:37
Seconded. It's showing up for others. – DGund May 29 '13 at 1:39
Are you sure you're pronouncing GIF correctly? Maybe that could be the problem – random May 29 '13 at 1:43
GIF format, eh? – hammar May 29 '13 at 1:54
Can you please post a screenshot, if it's still happening? – Shadow Wizard May 29 '13 at 6:29
Your corporate firewall might indeed be blocking domain or, if you can see other pictures, maybe blocking .gif pictures. – Shadow Wizard May 29 '13 at 16:18
I can't see your avatar, but my corporate firewall blocks everything from imgur, including the non-gravatar profile pictures and any image added to a post. – psubsee2003 May 29 '13 at 16:22
Is it just your own avatar or do you not see anyone else's? – random May 29 '13 at 16:25
I have the same problem in Safari but not Firefox. I'm using Gravatar. – Locutus Feb 13 '14 at 9:54

No. The image is being displayed correctly on mine (and a lot of other users') browsers.

See your browser's image cache setting. Maybe you ran out of HDD space ;). As for the image being GIF, here is a PNG for you:


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So KBD has become the new backtick – random May 29 '13 at 3:29
@random apparently – hjpotter92 May 29 '13 at 3:32
Just uploaded a PNG version of my avatar, and I'm still not seeing it. – RobH Jun 4 '13 at 16:58

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