Wow, so I guess posting any external image in a forum is a security risk too.
Sorry Matt but I'm afraid you're speaking for yourself on this. "No other site allows this for a good reason." I can show you a lot of communities that DO allow remote avatars, including mine. Security risk? Is it a massive security risk that you had to remove it? Was any 3.1 or 2.x boards hacked because of remote avatars?
All I want is the return of allowing us to host my avatar externally (without the system saving it like it does with Facebook photos I noticed) and avatar galleries and I'll be happy. That's all I want.