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In chat, the avatars of active and inactive users in each room are displayed in rows at the top right of the window. When users are ignored, their avatars get shrunk to 1/4 size, providing an easy indication that they're present, but, you know, not really. (This is a great design, by the way. +1 @team.)

However, the reduced-size avatar leads to a bug in positioning of other avatars when it's at the end of a row. Screenshots will illustrate it best. Here's normal alignment:

screenshot of normally aligned avatars

And here's misalignment:

screenshot of misaligned avatars

The only (relevant) difference is that the user with the circular avatar is set to "ignored" in the second screenshot.

And to answer the inevitable question: no, I don't have that user ignored "for real." It's just to demonstrate the bug. I chose him because his avatar was at the end of the row when I was ready to take the screenshot, and it's easy to pick put a circle among a bunch of squares.

EDIT:
After further experimentation, I've found that:

  • The space to the right of a mini-avatar is still clickable, like the avatar itself, but the space below it is not
  • Ignored users still show up in the main site sidebar widget thing (this is not a bug; just documenting)
  • Starred messages from ignored users show up in the sidebar list even if they @-mention the user doing the ignoring (this is almost certainly also not a bug)

EDIT 2:
It seems that if ignored users leave a room for long enough to drop out of the "users in room" list and later come back, their avatars in the "people in room" list return to full size.

EDIT 3:
Looks like ignoring multiple users can cause all sorts of alignment weirdness. Maybe this is actually by design.

screenshot with several users ignored

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    "the user with the circular avatar". So that's how it's going to be. I notice you have a circular avatar too -- prepare to be IGNORED – Michael Mrozek Dec 7 '10 at 19:14
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    @Michael, you're going to ignore me? And, therefore, not be able to reply to me or interact with me in any way? Oh thank god, finally. – Pops Dec 7 '10 at 21:23
  • Hmm.... OK; good spot... – Marc Gravell Dec 9 '10 at 20:57
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You can now safely ignore Michael Mrozek without having to fear for the sanity of the layout, and even when he leaves and re-enters, he will stay small.

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