Remember the other day when the Gravatar icons that normally show up in the comments here all suddenly changed to a simple graphic saying that they’d be back soon? Did you wonder what the hell that was all about? Yeah, me too. Now Brent over at UTI fills us on on what the story is. Seems Tom Werner, the fellow who came up with the idea of a “Globally Recognized Avatar,” had his Dreamhost account closed down because he’s currently serving 23,880,863 gravatars and it’s eating up all the processing time on the server he was hosted on.
So the call has gone out looking for folks to donate a few bucks toward helping buy a dedicated server for the gravatar service. As Brent points out, if he can get just 10% of the folks using his free service to toss a few bucks his way he’d have more than enough funding to set up shop on a dedicated server. Gravatar is a great service Tom is providing free of charge so a little lovin’ from us is the least we can do to help out.