Technical Note: I discovered that Photobucket was doing something to my icon files that approximately doubled the file size (probably attaching a bunch of redundant "thumbnail image" data to them). After a bit of experimentation, I discovered that going to each pic and selecting "Edit" and then "Replace Original" would undo whatever it was.
If you saved any of the new icons lately (you have been using your own storage and bandwidth, right?*) recently, you might want to re-download the files.
*EDIT: Less of a concern that it was; Photobucket now seems to have stopped limiting the monthly download bandwidth on free accounts. However, if I end up moving my archives to another hosting site for some reason, don't complain to me if your avatar disappears....
Is this a real holy war, or just a bunch of deluded boopholes croaking each other?