I think we have a regression.

Exhibit A: Consider Animated Gif Profile pic on StackOverflow doesn't animate and the resolution:

It doesn't animate because allowing it to do so would be super annoying.

Exhibit B: https://stackoverflow.com/users/4014146/sam-steve

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    The new Google account profile image support at play; Google does allow for animated images. Note the googleusercontent.com domain on that one. Commented Sep 6, 2014 at 9:15
  • ...wondered why my browser was suddenly using HTTPS, but going back in my history brought me to this post ;-)
    – Arjan
    Commented Sep 6, 2014 at 9:22
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    That gif is super annoying. Commented Sep 6, 2014 at 10:53
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    give him 48 hours to remove it or network ban till 2040
    Commented Sep 6, 2014 at 15:21
  • @lostsock Why not just go ahead and change the profile picture, instead of asking him to do it? :-P
    – Doorknob
    Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 16:40
  • @Doorknob Changes profile picture to a gif of a hand turning a doorknob
    – Andrew
    Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 18:26
  • Derp. Yeah. Google profile image support is the cause here. Will fix soon.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 21:14
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    In the meantime, I uploaded a static version of that profile's pic. Commented Sep 7, 2014 at 21:29

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Well then. Sorry about that. I had no idea Google allowed animated profile images. Learn something new every day! (But seriously. Who does that? Come on, Google.)

I'm pushing a fix now that should take care of things. The downside is that Google for some reason decides to paste a "play" icon on thumbnails over a certain size, but there doesn't seem to be much we can do about that:

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The obvious workaround is to upload a photo or use Gravatar.

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    new bug report; the play button doesn't work! ;p Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 6:37
  • I see the user with this avatar now have it hosted in imgur, your doing or did the user himself do it? EDIT: never mind, just read Jarrod's comment now. Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 6:56
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    The play button is good. Users who like animations will be inclined to change to static images just to avoid the play button. Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 17:30
  • @MarcGravell 4 years later... :)
    – Stijn
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 14:16
  • I don't know if there's regression or not, but it seems this account has animated avatar from Google... again? Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 4:39
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    Adam, you might want to check if Google broke your fix recently meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/389316/… Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 4:49

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