I have noticed that my avatar beside my user name has been modified, not by me. Has anyone noticed this (their own avatar, not mine!)? I had a generic blue and white patterned tile, now it is grey and white and a slightly different pattern.

I'm not really bothered by the avatar but has my profile been changed without me knowing it/approving it?

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    this has been going on for some time now, and has been the topic of a vigorous discussion on the chat. this post, on the "main" meta site, seems to be the canonical source of information: Why is my profile image different?. it is possible to change it yourself, which will make it permanent. Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 12:45
  • Just as a reference, this has also been noticed on physics.SE.
    – auden
    Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 13:29
  • @heather It's cross-network: really one for the central meta
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 14:09
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    If this bothers you: You can upload your own avatar image. As far as I know this does not change
    – user31729
    Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 16:04
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    As long as it's not due to someone trying to mess with my head, I'm not too bothered! And just because I am paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me ;)
    – Leeser
    Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 17:47


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