People often ask us how to get a picture next to their name when they comment on the site.

Here are the instructions:

If you want an avatar next to your name, you go to www.gravatar.com and follow the instructions for uploading your pic.  You use an email address with the pic then when you visit sites with avatars enabled, you simply enter that email address and *poof* your avatar appears, but your email address does not.  You can put any name in the Name box.  If you run into any issues, let us know.

Why have an avatar?

It's fun and it represents you. Also, we get quite a bit of spam comments (we delete them before you see them) and if there is an avatar next to the name, it is highly likely not spam and we retrive it from the spam box and approve it accordingly.