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The image on my profile always gets truncated. I tried different images and different sizes, but they all get truncated.

I could not find any image size information in the Stack Overflow help file.

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Make the image taller than wider. Or have a 1 : 1 aspect ratio. –  Oded Jul 18 '13 at 16:30
Your current profile image deserves to be truncated, IMHO. –  George Cummins Jul 18 '13 at 16:31
@GeorgeCummins - I tend to agree, seeing as many newer users will not be able to distinguish a real mod from someone who has that on their avatar. I'd suggest to the OP to rethink that particular image. –  Oded Jul 18 '13 at 16:33
"A moderator should not be impersonated by anyone as people rely on them more than others." What caused you to change your mind on this? –  Brad Larson Jul 18 '13 at 16:54
Therefore my Icon should be accepted. –  Joe Tatavaran Jul 18 '13 at 17:11
And please do not contradict yourself , if you disagree with my Icon , give me upvote on "A moderator should not be impersonated by anyone as people rely on them more than others." post –  Joe Tatavaran Jul 18 '13 at 17:12
The people that answered your previous question were explaining the current policy. SE has no rule that prohibits you from using that image, and those answers accurately reflected that. However the fact that no policy exists does not make it right. You know that your image can mislead others, and that makes it wrong. –  George Cummins Jul 18 '13 at 17:12
@ George Cummins : then why you are contradicting yourself? First you say my image is bad and now you say it is ok. Did you give me upvote on other question? I bet answer is no. –  Joe Tatavaran Jul 18 '13 at 17:15
There is no contradiction. Your image is bad for the reasons you stated in your previous question. There is no policy that prohibits it. Some things should be handled by common sense. I suspect that there will be a rule eventually, but it would be nice if well-meaning people would just do what is right regardless of whether a rule exists. –  George Cummins Jul 18 '13 at 17:16
OK. I think we are getting somewhere. If you agree with my reason in another post, did you give me upvote on that? I guess not! –  Joe Tatavaran Jul 18 '13 at 17:17
I bet now they go to other linked question and give you more downvotes without even reading it! –  S Nash Jul 18 '13 at 17:21
I neither upvoted nor downvoted your question. I do think that people shouldn't do it, but I don't think a rule is needed yet because I am counting on common sense to prevail in most cases. I may be forced to change my opinion at some point when abuse becomes an common issue. It would be a shame if that happened. –  George Cummins Jul 18 '13 at 17:24
@ George Cummins Sadly I find it "REALLY" hard to beleive. –  Joe Tatavaran Jul 18 '13 at 17:26
Moderators haven't had stars by our names in over 4 years. You can keep the avatar if you give me access to the time machine you arrived in. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 18 '13 at 20:19
@SNash Downvotes are a bit different on Meta. In particular, he originally tagged the question [bug], and this is not a bug. People probably downvoted because they do not agree that it is a bug. Moreover, the presentation of your question is important. He's managed to ask the question and respond to comments in the most offensive and hostile way possible. That earns you a fair amount of downvotes here. –  Cody Gray Jul 19 '13 at 7:17

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It doesn't look to me like it's being truncated. Rather, it looks like it's getting compressed (or squished, if you prefer).

Truncated would mean that some portion of it was getting cut off…like this:

Instead, it's being automatically compressed to fit into the space available for profile pictures:

You can generate the same effect yourself in any image editing program by reducing the horizontal dimension without reducing the vertical dimension. In Microsoft Paint, click "Resize", uncheck "Maintain aspect ratio", and make the horizontal size smaller.

This is a hint—the aspect ratio of your original image does not match that used for profile pics. In other words, it's a rectangle, but profile pictures are squares.

The size of the large image displayed on your profile page is something like 128x128 pixels, but the actual size of the original image is not particularly important. The image is resized automatically in different parts of the UI, depending on the space available and the focus of the content. If you upload a square image, it will look right.

And like others have suggested, now is a good time to consider changing your profile picture to something a bit more appropriate. Look for images that are approximately square. Like this one:

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I plan to keep my image. You can't both agree and disagree with something. If you disagree with my picture then logically you should give me an upvote at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/188555/… –  Joe Tatavaran Jul 19 '13 at 10:49
@Joe So you've set your profile pic just to troll for upvotes on a question that has already been marked as a duplicate? Lame. Anyway, one certainly can simultaneously think you should change your profile pic and disagree that we should create a policy that explicitly bans this. We can't have policies for everything. Some things just have to be based on common sense. There's no policy that says people who attempt to hack into the site will be banned, but you can bet on it happening when you try. –  Cody Gray Jul 19 '13 at 11:05
.I just wanted to prove how voting in Meta is dysfunctional and I firmly believe anyone who read this post honestly will agree with me. –  Joe Tatavaran Jul 22 '13 at 2:04
@Joe Which part is dysfunctional? The fact that rants from abrasive users who just want to cause trouble get heavily downvoted? No, I think that's working as designed. –  Cody Gray Jul 22 '13 at 4:09

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