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For the third time since I started using stack overflow, my gravatar appears to have stopped working. Right now I'm just seeing the funky IP address based image:

..when I go to my gravatar settings it says the link should be:

So what's happened? Is it just some weird caching thing here at work? I'm fairly sure I didn't change anything..

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Browser cache problem? That usually solves it. – alex Dec 15 '09 at 12:44
That avatar totally looks like a swastika. – random Dec 15 '09 at 12:45
It is a swastika. Nazi! (although I can't really see avatars from work, I trust random, so I'll take his word for it) – alex Dec 15 '09 at 13:13
Weird.. it seems to be working again now. For the record thuogh, the black and white swastica-like image was generated by Gravatar! – Jon Cage Dec 15 '09 at 14:01

To provide closure to those who may be currently experiencing this intermittent issue (see Broken gravatars in chat and on main site), broken Gravatar avatars are many times the result of server issues on Gravatar's end.

Gravatar serves approximately ~20 billion images per day across their user's accounts. If each avatar file size is 5 KB, Gravatar expends to the upwards of 95 TB of data transfer daily, not accounting for new avatar uploads or other server operations. Bottom line - issues are bound to occur. Luckily, their server engineers are typically quick to resolve these issues.

Should you be currently experiencing an issue with Gravatar-generated avatars on Stack Overflow, your best option is to contact them via their support website. Otherwise, just wait it out until it's been resolved.

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