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Express yourself with an avatar

Gravatar for dcummiskey

An avatar is an image appears beside your name when you do things like comment on the blog or post a notice to the timeline. An avatar helps identify your contributions to this site. Read on to learn how you can change your avatar.

We use Gravatar which means your avatar or gravatar can follow you from site to site. Until you register for a gravatar the site will continue to display an identicon next to your username.



How do I change my gravatar?

Luckily this is a very easy process.

  • Sign up for a free account at
  • Verify your email address by clicking on the link in the email you are sent
  • Choose a nickname and password (only lowercase letters and numbers allowed)
  • Upload a picture to the site from your hard drive or use an online image
  • Crop your picture to suit (slide the slider to the left to shrink your picture)
  • Choose a rating
  • Click on the image to associate it with the email address
  • Before long Your gravatar should show up next to your username on this site.


Get your Gravatar today >>



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How to format your comments

This new site uses Markdown. It is 21st century syntax which converts plain text to HTML format.  It will take you few days to get used to it. But it is extremely simple to use.


Markdown is easy-to-write text formatting syntax which allows you to insert links, phrase emphasis, lists and much more to your comments on this website.

Here are some examples


Links can be created by using square brackets to delimit the text you want to turn into a link and then using parentheses immediately after the link text.

For example:

This is an [example link](


This is an example link.

Optionally, you may include a title attribute in the parentheses:

This is an [example link]( "With a Title").


This is an example link

Phrase Emphasis

Markdown uses asterisks and underscores to indicate spans of emphasis.


Some of these words *are emphasized*.
Some of these words _are emphasized also_.
Use two asterisks for **strong emphasis**.
Or, if you prefer, __use two underscores instead__.


Some of these words are emphasized.
Some of these words are emphasized also.

Use two asterisks for strong emphasis.
Or, if you prefer, use two underscores instead.



Unordered (bulleted) lists use asterisks, pluses, and hyphens (*+, and -) as list markers. These three markers are interchangable; this:

*   Candy.
*   Gum.
*   Booze.


+   Candy.
+   Gum.
+   Booze.

and this:

-   Candy.
-   Gum.
-   Booze.

all produce the same output:

  • Candy.
  • Gum.
  • Booze.

Ordered (numbered) lists use regular numbers, followed by periods, as list markers:

1.  Red
2.  Green
3.  Blue


  1. Red
  2. Green
  3. Blue

If you put blank lines between items, you can create multi-paragraph list items by indenting the paragraphs by 4 spaces or 1 tab:

*   A list item.
    With multiple paragraphs.
*   Another item in the list.


  • A list item.

    With multiple paragraphs.

  • Another item in the list.

You can learn more, by reading the excellent Markdown Syntax Guide at Daring Fireball.