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Isn't It Iconic?

By Rachelle Bowden in News on Oct 8, 2007 2:53PM

pandathing.jpgChicagoist commenters now have avatars! If you have a profile (and if you don't yet, why not register?), just go to "Edit Profile" and upload a 100 x 100 pixel image. Then try commenting (on this post!), and bask in the glory of our ever-improving commenting system.

For now, the default icon for registered users across the Gothamist network is a panda, which is a nod to Executive Editor and Gothamist Co-Founder Jen Chung's well-documented love of pandas. There's still a bug or two in the system, but, hell, avatars! They are quite literally little bundles of joy.

This is another step in the process of moving away from a free-for-all commenting system to a registration-only one. By the end of the month, we'll have no more "guests." It's a contentious issue, to be sure, about which there's been quite a lot of vitriol, but we can't wait to make the switch, and we really, really hope you decide to take part by taking five seconds and registering a profile.

Photo from the Oregon Zoo.