Thanks Andy! We’re just getting started with the changes, and we’re very excited by what’s coming, especially for enhancing the community aspects of Creative COW (where the C does in fact stand for Community!).
Yes, the colored circle with a letter refers to the first letter of the first name of the person who is most recent on the thread. If they have a user photo, that would be there instead.
Richard, in the old forum, if somebody didn’t upload a new image, we supplied generic images of vintage ads for milk, baby cows, stuff like that. Here, we’re hoping that people will upload new user images. We’ve also built a social media integration such that if people log in with their social media IDs, and haven’t already uploaded a user image, we suck in whatever they’ve placed in their Gravatars, LinkedIn, etc.
We’re just on our second full day with the system up and running. Give it a little time to get the faces loaded up into the cache, and it will all make more sense.