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David has a profile picture of a smiling face:

David's face

However, in questions or answers, the smaller version of this image shows up with a strange grey corruption at the bottom, blocking the smile:

David's user card

The image returned for the thumbnail is

David's thumbnail

Why is this? Is there an error in the thumbnail creation process?*

* If there is a bug, I suppose the problem is with Imgur, but perhaps ye could pass it onto them?

marked as duplicate by Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard, Martijn Pieters, CRABOLO, ale, nicael Sep 27 '14 at 5:21

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Yes, images are cropped and resized by imgur.com for use in user-cards. That process can sometimes fail.

Re-uploading the avatar would fix this.

See Why is there a peeking duck in my profile pic?

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