We're continually trying to improve the reader experience on Autoblog, and today we've taken another step forward with the addition of commenter profiles and avatars for the vocal ones among us.
To access your profile, simply click on your name that appears at the top of any comment you've ever left on Autoblog. You'll be taken to your profile page on Blogsmith, which is the publishing platform we use, where you can log in with your password. Your password is the same one you use to leave a comment. If you don't know what your password is, leave a comment on this post under the "New User" column using your name and email address. A confirmation email for your comment will be sent to you, at the bottom of which will be your randomly generated password.

Once logged into your profile, you can now change your password, a much requested feature for heavy commenters, as well as upload a new avatar image.

This new system has been in effect on Joystiq, the resident video game blog in our Weblogs, Inc. Network, for some time now, and as you can see here, Joystiq readers have had a lot of fun messing with their default Mario avatars. We built our default avatar from a pic taken by Dan Roth for his In the Autoblog Garage review of the 2007 Infiniti G35. Where will you get your avatar? Try foraging for one in our galleries (yes, we're working on a better way to organize those, too). They're best at 64x64 pixels.

Let us know what you think of our new toys in the comments.

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