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Comment avatars! (Post and win something today)

Comment avatars! (Post and win something today)

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We’ve added comment avatars on MAKE, so if you register to post comments on MAKE you can now upload a user picture (see above). To encourage you to do so, please register (MoveableType) then click your name, upload a user pic and post a comment in this post – I’ll pick a few winners and send them a MAKE Pocket Ref!

(Update: We have uncovered some problems with the new commenting, working on it now – please keep posting though!)

(Update 2: Things seem to be working now, so please try – if you have (comment/login) issues at all please describe them in the comments, thanks!)

(Update 3: From our IT folks — ..have them recreate the account and or verify their signin/display names in MT system. They may be conflicting their username with their display name when signing in which would give an invalid login. I was able to go through the whole register process and was able to login with the new userID without any problems.)

146 thoughts on “Comment avatars! (Post and win something today)

  1. Phillip Torrone says:

    1st post!

  2. Pavel Ushakov says:

    This is nice :)

  3. Tam says:

    Annonymous Post!

  4. Tam Nguyen says:

    I’ve never really gotten the chance to comment on Make, even though I read it every day.

    I do like this, actually, and I’ll definitely start commenting more often.

  5. mgroves says:

    Did I win?

  6. mgroves says:

    “then click your name, upload a user pic”

    I clicked my name, but there’s no place to upload a pic.

  7. Tam Nguyen says:

    Err, I hate to be a bugger like this, but I can’t seem to upload a user pic. The only clickable text of my name is the one above the comment box which takes me to my MovableType profile page in which I can only change my password; and it makes no mention of pictures.

    Also, when I post, it asks gives me an error complaining about my submission code being incorrect? I’m assuming its referring to the anti-robot code, but since I’m signed in, it doesn’t ask for a security code, so I have to reload the page to get it to work.

    Just full of errors today.

  8. John M says:

    All I see when I do this is an area to change my password, nothing about uploading a picture.

  9. Steve Joblin says:

    I love Make: I love Make: I love Make: I love Make: I love Make: I love Make:
    … did I win? where do I add my avatar?

  10. Phillip Torrone says:

    @Tam Nguyen – you might be hitting “preview” — we’re looking in to these issues and seeing if it’s something on our end too.

  11. Steve Joblin says:

    Same thing happened to me as what happened to Tam… even though I got an error message, it still took.

  12. Jean-François Charles says:

    I cannot add an avatar with Safari 3.1. Visiting won’t help, and is currently down.

  13. Mark "bobtiki" Boszko says:

    Phil: just barely missed the change to meet you at SXSW, but at least I can comment here and say ‘hi’!

  14. Sly says:

    YAY, little pictures!

  15. Mark "bobtiki" Boszko says:

    FYI, No avatar submission for me either. Just password/url/etc changes. Everything but avatar.

  16. cori says:

    it would be nice if it worked with OpenID, but here I am.

    Confirming Tam’s and John’s experiences, I can’t see anywhere to add an avatar…

  17. daenris says:

    Personally I’m finding that I’m unable to log in now. I use the password that I know is correct and it tells me it’s an invalid login. So I tried creating a new account because I figured maybe it had reset accounts, but it tells me a user with that name already exists.

  18. Pavel Ushakov says:

    The errors will be corrected shortly Tam…

  19. daenris says:

    I’m unable to log in. I’m using my login ‘daenris’ and the password that I know is correct and it tells me invalid login. Then I tried to create a new account because I thought maybe they were reset with the change, but it tells me that user already exists.

    Also the first time I tried to submit this comment it just took me to a very sparse error page with something about a smarty error or something.

  20. Rick says:

    Appreciate the effort and I’ll check back later to see if it works!

  21. alcurb (a.k.a. alcurbSF) says:

    In Movable Type I’ve tried my old password and it doesn’t log me in. I used the password recovery feature; received the email, used the new password and it didn’t work. I created a new user; received the email; clicked on the link and tried to log in, and it didn’t work. I think there is something wrong with Movable Type.

  22. Mauricio Diaz says:

    This is great! I already like MAKE, but now I can do a little bit of self promotion here :P

    Couldn’t figure out how to upload the avatar, though. The option doesn’t seem to be available in my profile. I’ll upload later, when the problem is solved.

    (I’d still love to get a Pocket Ref, though ;))

  23. Kent KB says:

    MoevableType?,Movabletype, MoveableType? There is your problem, Spelling ;)
    No, I cannot add avatar yet….

    Posted by Kent KB at March 26, 2008 9:51 AM

  24. Pauly says:

    Don’t seem to see anywhere to add my Avatar from the Moveable Type page….

  25. Comment avatars! (Post and win something today) Becky Stern says:

    I wonder if this will change how people comment.

  26. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    Hi peeps!

  27. Pavel Ushakov says:

    Hello Natalie!

  28. Pauly says:

    Cool. Seems to work now. Did I win?

  29. jkiniston says:

    Woot the profile image works, Now I can Fez with Style.

  30. jkiniston says:

    Now I can rock my Fez on Make. Woohoo!

  31. wy says:

    This avatar was made with a lovely gameboycamera :-)

    (by lo-bat, my better half)

    and… this comment is also a boost for the female make presence.

  32. darus67 says:

    I can’t even log in.
    I clicked on the
    “i’m an idiot and forgot my password” link and the
    system sent me a new password, but that password
    doesn’t work either.

  33. Penfold says:

    Oh, ‘eck! Oh, fiddle! Oh, ca-rumbs!!

  34. Phillip Torrone says:

    looks like the templates had to be rebuilt, please try posting a preview comment now.

  35. Collin Cunningham says:

    This is my face. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

  36. daenris says:

    same as darus67 and alcurb here. Tried resetting my password, got the email, can’t login with the new password either.

  37. daenris says:

    Also, what’s up with the time? I posted my comment after darus, but it’s showing up as 10 minutes before. I’d thought the comments were appearing weirdly and in between other comments, but this is confirmation.

  38. Kent KB says:

    Thanks guys you fixed it!
    you Make: Me Happy!

  39. J_Hodgie says:

    Pictures are always welcome, if I can figure it out.

  40. Phillip Torrone says:

    (Update 3: From our IT folks — ..have them recreate the account and or verify their signin/display names in MT system. They may be conflicting their username with their display name when signing in which would give an invalid login. I was able to go through the whole register process and was able to login with the new userID without any problems.)

  41. daenris says:

    Okay, but the issue is that we’re already registered. I just can’t login with my password, or with the new reset password (which gets correctly sent to my email address when I enter my userid).

    And I can’t “verify [my] signin/display names in MT system” because I can’t log in at all.

  42. Cory says:

    What better avatar than a remake of a different graphic?

  43. says:


  44. Daenris says:

    Appears to be working now. Nice.

  45. Kirk Friggstad says:

    Just what the world needs, more of my ugly mug pasted all over it. Oh well – a small price to pay for a shot at a free Pocket Ref. :-)

  46. Slingshotkid says:

    Testing….Testing,1 2 3. Man I Look Good!

  47. says:

    Hmm, I think you might have something here!

  48. alcurbSF says:

    It appears that user name is not the same thing as the screen name. I’ve been trying to log on using the wrong name all along. I had never encountered this problem before. Perhaps the Username should be something more specific like “log-on name” and make the screen name the “avatar name”.

  49. rmadams says:

    Ok- this is too cool! Thanks, MAKE:folks!

  50. SilasDK says:


  51. Mike Dixon says:

    Just as I suspected: The readers of MAKE are beautiful.

  52. Mauricio Diaz says:

    Hey apparently profile pictures work now, great!

  53. paulrich says:

    I won wow thanks.


  54. alandove says:

    Well, let’s see if this works. Happy (very belated) Hallowe’en.

  55. says:

    So I’m psyched that you guys allow us to show our mugs – I like. My website provides a pavatar, as long as you are hooking us up with openid, what about supporting pavatar so that you automatically get my avatar without me having to go over and upload one to your website?


  56. says:

    I’m logged in with openid – it’d be nice if you picked up my name and details from my openid server, btw.

    You also could save some time by supporting pavatar with openid – I don’t have to login and edit a profile etc you just get the details from my server.

    Hope this helps, and sorry if this is a dupe comment.

  57. JP says:


  58. anachrocomputer says:

    Let’s see if I can set this up with the same ID and avatar as I use on Flickr… If it works, the photo is of me, wearing my finest quadrophonic headphones.

  59. SuperFreq says:

    Profile pictures are cool. I love Make!!! Not just because of the profile pictures. No, I am not kissing ass to win a prize. I love you just the way you are Make… come here make… mmmmmm….

  60. blubrick says:

    I know what password I have always used for the Make: blog – I have not forgotten it. I can’t reset my password because apparently “User has not set password hint”.

    It seems I can’t re-create my account in MT because that name already exists.

    Has someone really taken my login name? Or has someone screwed up somewhere?

    Incidentally, the password hint field is mandatory in the account creation form, so how it is “not set “is something of a mystery

  61. Tordek says:

    Wheeeee, Avatarzors!!!

  62. Ben says:

    My standard avatar is an IR photo taken on a modified camera of me in front of the house Grant Wood used in the painting “American Gothic”. It’s in Iowa, and is considered by some to be the second most recognizable house in the US, after the White House. I’m actually wearing a black T-shirt, but it shows up as white in IR.

    Long-time Make blog reader. Long time maker, before it was called that.

  63. John M says:

    Works now! No more problems.

  64. Spikenzie says:

    I couldn’t get this to work with Safari, but it worked first try with Firefox.

    Hey everybody don’t forget to make plans to get to the Make Faire on May 3 & 4 2008 at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. That is in just over a month!

  65. Phillip Torrone says:

    winners will be posted 11am pst, if you didn’t win don’t worry – we’ll do this again!

    thank you everyone for helping us launch this!

  66. says:

    neat. any thoughts of implementing gravatars or the pavatar as mentioned above?

  67. Dako says:

    Look! I have Eye Protection! :D !

  68. SilasDK says:

    Too late? Or to MAKE…

  69. Michael W. says:

    This is the only picture I have of me….

  70. Dug North says:


  71. says:

    Cool, let’s see if it works with OpenID.

  72. RipL says:

    Cool Feature

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