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#1: Initial revision
## Don't touch my avatar! This was already brought up in a comment, but I want to put it in something that can be voted on in its own right. Let people choose their avatars themselves, including whether they want them to appear as circular, oval, square, rectangular, triangular, trapezoid, with sharp or rounded corners, **or whatever other shape happens to strike their particular fancy.** (Including using transparency to create the appearance of arbitrary shapes.) Also, as a minor aside but very much related to the issue of avatar shape, please do test with [non-square-ish avatars](https://meta.codidact.com/posts/278377) as well and make sure that those render correctly in all places where avatars are displayed. Just to be clear: if at some point we want to offer the *possibility* of on-site cropping of an arbitrary avatar to, say, a circular shape, that's different, and not something I am arguing against here, because that's a *choice*. But short of outright offensive shapes, which probably can't be reliably detected in software anyway without significant work, **please don't force any particular avatar shape on users.** It's bad enough that big-name social media sites seem to go out of their way to do that already.