Some members have been uploading very large avatars which take ages to load.
Please keep your avatars small in physical size (around 120px by 180px) and small in terms of file size (around 30,000 bytes)
If you want to resize your picture and haven't got a program to do it with, there are lots of free on-line image resizing services.
Here's one you can try: http://mypictr.com/
If any member is found to be using an avatar that's too large (in terms of physical size or file size) it will be replaced with the standard 'No Avatar" image without notice.