I mentioned this in the haiku thread, but I don’t want to constrain people to feeling they have to express their vote in haiku! I changed the default avatars to “MonsterID,” just to see how it looked — I felt like maybe it would fit the tone of the blog better than those geometric patterns, which admittedly are classy and very lovely. Like the patterns, the monster is generated based on your email address (I don’t understand why they don’t do it based on IP, actually, because that’s possible and would be more useful in spotting trolls, but whatever. Around here we generally ban trolls — by IP — anyway, so we don’t have to worry about them coming back in a different hat).
Personally I love the monsters, and they make me a little jealous, because I have to stick with my avatar for post-identification purposes. (But I’ll get a monster if I forget to log into WordPress.) It’s up to you guys, though — what do you like better?
(Edit: Your monster shows up under “recent comments,” in the lefthand sidebar of the main page. Though maybe I need to figure out how to make them show up in comments threads! I find them endlessly entertaining.)