An update. I went to the other Forum and loaded an image for me under Preferences. The image showed at right top for :“Profile, Bookmarks, Preferences” and my posts too. But no one else’s letters showed. Fine, it was annoying but not the end of the world.
I tried and tried to do an image grab of the image URL, here in Discourse and the other D-forum – but strangely, Chrome did not list in the drop down “Copy image URL”. It only had copy Link Address. That link address went to (ended in) my name, e.g. my profile area.
Not used to FF and could not find their dang browser “URL” window! (Where does FF hide where to enter a URL? Gave screens about browsing–but not the window to do it!)
So I did nothing. In fact, I spent the day on another website. But left the other Forum open and periodically checked it for new posts.
Last night, my Profile picture on the other Forum disappeared, but stayed on my posts. Huh? BUT at the same time, suddenly, everyone else’s Letters appeared! Great, I can live with that too. Life has more important “crises” than a missing avatar, though I kept mentally reviewing anything that could be “wrong” on my computer, or how to figure out The Case of the Missing Avatar Letters.
TODAY… magic wand… My Letter Avatar is back in the Discourse Forum. My Profile Picture Avatar is sitting on the other Forum and on my posts…AND everyone else is now “dressed” in their Letters. It fixed itself (seemingly?).
TODAY, Right-Click over the Letter has “Copy Image URL” which was not there when we last discussed this. It goes to: https://avatars.discourse.org/v2/letter/c/d6d6ee/32.png Note: yesterday the number was 45 and a jpg in Developer Tools on Chrome.
SO Moral of the “The Case of the Missing Avatar Letters” is:
“Stuff happens over which we have no control AND which tries our patience, even when we did not do a thing to cause it and had no power to resolve it. We can blame any one of a number of other entities, but it will always be nothing short of a mystery why it occurred at all. Be steadfast, do not give up hope, but know if you just accept what’s happened, through some mysterious unknown power, it will return to ‘fixed’.”
@Sam and @codinghorror WindowsXPPro and Chrome / Chrome Incognito shows the Discourse avatars fine, always has. XP works for me and it’s frustrating that they quit it. But that’s another mystery over which I have no control.
Is it possible, at all, that the Cloud Discourse uses had a hiccup?
Thanks again for your quick replies and interest in my Avatar problem. For me, The Case of the Missing Avatars is solved-- at least for now.