[CONTEST CLOSED] Update your avatar, win Meraki swag!

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UDPATE: this contest has ended. Huge thanks to everyone who updated and submitted their new avatars — we thoroughly enjoyed all of your interesting submissions! Congrats to our randomly selected sock winners: @Michael_Venema and @SMontgomery


This week, we challenge you to update your community profile picture (a.k.a. “avatar”)! While we love our space-themed default avatars, they can’t compare to your own images when it comes to building a diverse community. Whether you go with your LinkedIn profile picture (good for consistency) or a sassy picture of your cat (if privacy is preferred), adding your own image as your profile avatar is a great way to distinguish your contributions and personalize your interactions here in the community.


Once you’ve updated your avatar pic, you can simply post a comment on this blog post stating “I have a new avatar” (accompanied by some entertaining commentary about your new avatar, if you like!). Next week, we’ll randomly select two winners to receive a pair of Meraki socks:


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How to update your profile avatar

To update your profile avatar, simply open your profile page and click the tiny pencil next to your current avatar:



Next, select your image. You can upload it from your computer, use an image you've already uploaded to the community (the "From my albums" tab), or import an image via URL (the "From another site" tab):




Once you have selected your new image, you'll be prompted to crop it — TWICE. You'll crop it once for your main profile avatar and once for your mini-avatar that appears next to your name on posts ("Message Avatar"):

First crop: Profile avatarFirst crop: Profile avatar

Second crop: Message avatarSecond crop: Message avatar

That’s it! You’ll be redirected to your profile page, which will show this message:Success!Success!


How to win

Anyone who has customized their avatar can post “I have a new avatar!” (even if it’s not that new) in a comment on this blog post before 11 a.m. PDT on Wednesday (July 7th, 2021).


Once submissions have ended, we will be randomly selecting 2 winners to receive Meraki socks!


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