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 imgur.com. This would seem to suggest that the problem can be solved on the site by not putting any avatars on imgur.com, 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 imgur.com.)

one blank and one non-blank avatar

  • 10
    Cartman flashing his buttocks looks normal enough
    – random
    May 29, 2013 at 1:37
  • Seconded. It's showing up for others.
    – dgund
    May 29, 2013 at 1:39
  • 4
    Are you sure you're pronouncing GIF correctly? Maybe that could be the problem
    – random
    May 29, 2013 at 1:43
  • 6
    GIF format, eh?
    – hammar
    May 29, 2013 at 1:54
  • Can you please post a screenshot, if it's still happening? May 29, 2013 at 6:29
  • 2
    Your corporate firewall might indeed be blocking imgur.com domain or, if you can see other pictures, maybe blocking .gif pictures. May 29, 2013 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. May 29, 2013 at 16:22
  • 2
    Is it just your own avatar or do you not see anyone else's?
    – random
    May 29, 2013 at 16:25

1 Answer 1


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:


  • 12
    So KBD has become the new backtick
    – random
    May 29, 2013 at 3:29
  • 1
    @random apparently
    – hjpotter92
    May 29, 2013 at 3:32
  • Just uploaded a PNG version of my avatar, and I'm still not seeing it.
    – RobH
    Jun 4, 2013 at 16:58

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