I’m going to say no because I don’t think it’s an acceptable conclusion. It is a bug per-se. I can’t submit a bug report without an acceptable solution or in depth review of the problem, though.
The rules state no images allowed. We do not want images. We have no room. But we want avatars. I’m quite certain we can’t just pull it from gravatar because every American morning their servers will die from avatar cache requests. We should cache them ourselves. The traffic then becomes balanced. Thats how it should be.
We need more room, really… I’m struggling for a solution right now.