The user icons In my opinion should never exceed the height of the .bigusername and that's where I think the problem lies with these. Although the animation Jacqui displayed (looks really good) animation does distract, could even be annoying to some people (although I will say Jacqui's variations are subtle). The problem is that they're far to big, but that neither here or there. I think before animated variants are even considered that the size of them should be put up for discussion and discussed about re-sizing them down a little. 25px x 25px is a good size. Would then bring it to the alignment of the .bigusername text, or very close to it. Regardless of that, if they are to remain, so be it. It doesn't bother me that much as I can distinguish the online from the offline (I mean you would need to be blind not to) the online icons are the first thing I tend to focus on when entering the postbit which is another problem in itself. Online icons should never be the focus point in any post viewing area.