It has been discussed previously that animated avatars are disliked because they cause a distraction from the content. However, currently animated avatars are not treated consistently.
- On desktop, animated avatars are displayed as a still image, both in posts and on the profile page.
- On mobile, animated avatars are displayed as a still image in posts, but animated on the profile page.
I'm tagging this bug because I'm guessing one of these two is unintended. Either avatars should animate on the profile page on both desktop and mobile, or on neither. (I sincerely hope that we are all agreed there should be no animation of avatars in posts.)
Example animated profile
This appears to animate on mobile, and show a still image on desktop (for myself and for other users who have tried).
I'd also like to hear arguments for and against animating only on the profile page, but the main purpose of this post is to clear up the inconsistency.