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

Community Manager



UPDATE: Thanks everyone for sharing your stunning new avatars! Our two randomly selected winners are: @Wazz and @JM. Congratulations!


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.


In fact, our gnomes have been investing in their own professional development by posing for some corporate headshots — you may find these will inspire your own photo ideas:


MS looking very professionalMS looking very professional


AP serving us "cool and casual"AP serving us "cool and casual"

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 their own MV or MS Gnome, as featured above!


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 Monday (July 1st, 2019). (Please do just comment here on this blog post; avatar-related comments in other areas boards here on the community will be removed!)


Once submissions have ended, we will be randomly selecting 2 winners to receive those photogenic gnomes!


The Fine Print

Comes here often

Yes, I have a new avatar!

Just browsing

I have a new avatar! Happy 50th for landing on the Moon!

Just browsing
I have a new avatar! GEAUX TIGERS!!
I have a new avatar
Meraki Employee

I have a new avatar! Smiley Very Happy


I have a new avatar!




I have a new avatar!

Here to help

I have a new avatar! Anyone who can guess what kind of animal I am? Smiley Tongue

Comes here often



It's not actually me, it's my cat.

Well not actually my cat, it's Goose from Captain Marvel, but if he was Goose from Top Gun.

I do have a cat that looks just like him though, but his name is Torracat, like the Pokemon.

I also have another cat that looks nothing like either of these two. Her name is Citrix. She sucks.


Did you know that if you work as a Sys Admin at a Naval base supporting student pilots, and then act like you have never heard of Top Gun before, everyone will freak out like you have a third head and start quoting movie lines at you?

Here to help

I have a new avatar #merakiansmile


I have a new avatar


Its me on Splash Mountain.   Wheeeeeeeeee!!

Getting noticed

I have a new avatar! But I'd like to see MDM feature updates more often than marketing campaigns.

Here to help
I have a new avatar!
Here to help

I have a new avatar! (even if it’s not that new)

Comes here often

My new avatar is a pic i snapped of my dog when we were skijoring on a cold winter night in Alaska. It has a very hyno-toad vibe.


I have a new avatar! 


Huge Sword Art Online fan. If you haven't seen it, you should!

Here to help

I have a new Avatar!!!

Here to help

I have a new avatar

Here to help

I have a new avatar!

Kudos if you can figure out from which location this stunning selfie was taken Smiley Happy

Comes here often

I have a new avatar!