I can be rather boring. Ever since I first signed up for this place I've had the same red "flair" gravatar pattern and never bothered to change it. As I type the familiar red one is up in the menu bar.My old flair But the one that was on a post I was just looking at was a different color, and a different pattern.changed flair

I'm used to the old one. I don't want it to change. heck, if I wanted to change it I'd probably come up with some custom image like all the cool kidz do; but I don't. Why did it change?

I also seem to have changed form reaching some large number of people (millions?) to ~447 (in the statistics page.) But for the moment I still seem to have 38.4K rep - I suppose that will vanish tomorrow...

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    The 447 people reached instead of 2.6 million is because you're looking at your profile here on meta not on the main site. See here if you want your rep to vanish. And the icon change has been happening recently; I'll go dig and see what I can find
    – Niall C. Mod
    Aug 23, 2016 at 5:02
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    Most likely: you usually use https, and today you're using http - is that likely? see answer for a lot more context Aug 23, 2016 at 11:17
  • Ah, that makes sense - I certainly don't meta much.
    – Ecnerwal
    Aug 23, 2016 at 13:33

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Gravatar be crazy; here's your 32-pixel image (https://www.gravatar.com/avatar/6bb066028d98ac34985c7f060edac733?s=32&d=identicon&r=PG):

32 pixel

And here's your 64-pixel image (https://www.gravatar.com/avatar/6bb066028d98ac34985c7f060edac733?s=64&d=identicon&r=PG):

32 pixel

Now, in case this is due to caching, here's what I see for this:

enter image description here

If you look at the urls there, the only difference is the 32 vs 64; it should be defined entirely by the hash. So; blame gravatar! However, if you like one of them, I suggest you upload it as a custom image - then we'll use that instead. To do that, go to your profile-edit page and click "Change picture":

enter image description here

The only place I can find the red image is on http 32-pixel; on https in either 32-pixel or 64-pixel, it is pink. So one other possibility is that you usually use https, and today you've used http, hence the difference.

Here they are on http:


32 pixel http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/6bb066028d98ac34985c7f060edac733?s=32&d=identicon&r=PG

And here's your 64-pixel image (http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/6bb066028d98ac34985c7f060edac733?s=64&d=identicon&r=PG):

32 pixel http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/6bb066028d98ac34985c7f060edac733?s=64&d=identicon&r=PG

which for me looks like this:

enter image description here

This sounds like a problem in gravatar, but that is an external service that we can't touch.

  • Gravatar is crazy pants. I'm seeing different results than your screen shots (red for both sizes on HTTPS).
    – Caleb
    Aug 23, 2016 at 12:35
  • No change in my access. Guess I'll just change the darn thing, the new one annoys me.
    – Ecnerwal
    Aug 23, 2016 at 13:32
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    @Ecnerwal I expect gravatar will fix the problem pretty quickly; some of my colleagues report that yours now work correctly for them (but some other ones are broken in similar ways) Aug 23, 2016 at 18:00
  • @Marc this might be an issue with Varnish, I noticed from the headers that Gravatar are also using it. Judging from SE way to handle it, Gravatar only need to kick their cache hard enough. Aug 24, 2016 at 13:27

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