As a lot of people - including me - have initially had some difficulty working out how to set up an icon beside our username, I thought I'd start a new thread solely dedicated to the problems and (perhaps) solutions to this. As a complete novice at this type of thing, I hope you don't think its pompous of me to do this - but I had a lot of help from other Talkback members and I figured if I could muck my way through it, then it can't be rocket science.
Also, if we try not to clog this thread up with off-topic conversation, it might be easier for people to access the information they need straight away rather than scrolling down endless pages. (Bossy, aren't I!) If anybody has any questions to ask re this or has constructive suggestions they can offer those of us less endowed in the technology department of our brains, we would be most grateful for your help.
Option 1. If you already have a website or personal blog with photos, apparently you can download the URL link for the photo from your site into Talkback. I haven't done it so can only go on what we've been told by others that have. For those who don't have a website or blog, try this...
Option 2. Go into Photobucket.com and set up an account for yourself. (Free) From there you use the 'search' facility to find a pic such as, 'flamingo' or 'sailboat' or whatever it is you want. You then download the photo/s or clipart/s into your 'photobucket album'. The next step is to copy the link from that photo - use the one entitled 'Direct Link' - which appears below your chosen photo. You then access your Account in Talkback and paste it into the appropriate spot on the Personal Information tab on your Account page. Pasting your direct URL link into the TB 'Account picture' gives you a pic on your profile page whereas putting it into the 'Icon' section gives you the Avatar beside your name on every comment you make.
3. Talkback has limited space for pictures - icons especially - and will shrink the pics if they are too large, which means you might end up with only a part of the picture. As a general rule, Icons should be no more than 32 x 32 pixels and Account Pictures should be 280 x 200. I think you can cut them down to size if you save the pic and doctor its size in a computer program such as Photoshop or ArcSoft etc. Hope this helps.
4. At the time of starting this thread, Nephilim's Child (out of the goodness of her heart) has offered to assist anyone having trouble with their pictures. Contact her or ask for her help through this thread if you find it's beyond your capabilities. (But see if you can give it a go first.)