I have a mask for my avatar on the Stack Overflow website. However, when I go through Stack Overflow back and forth, for example, go home from the Questions tab, my mask does not appear on my avatar right away - first, my avatar without a mask appears, and then, after 1-3 seconds, the mask appears.

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    Short of making it load faster?
    – Ollie
    Dec 21, 2020 at 17:15
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    Paste the hat into your avatar image. That way you will actually wear a mask 100% of the time, even after Winter Bash 2020 ends. Dec 21, 2020 at 17:32
  • I have even seen people pasting "RepHunter" images into their profile pics. Sad.
    – Mr. T
    Dec 21, 2020 at 18:51

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Short of making it load faster, no, AFAIK. One way to get around that however, is to do what Mithical did and screenshot your avatar wearing a choice hat, then upload that as your profile pic.


Wearing a COVID19 mask isn't a trivial task.

You need to prepare.

You need to make sure it's placed correctly.

Those actions take time.

Three seconds are very quick, be glad it works without a squeak. :-D


In the HTML, it shows that the hat and the profile image are separate objects, so sometimes the hats load slower, maybe a cache problem, I think it's fine just blink your eye and it's there :-)

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