I understand the profile picture has to be released but what about the avater - it's not showing up.
It looks like you have your preferences set to not show avatars...
Go to Preferences then Edit Options. Down in the "Thread Display Options," you'll see a checkbox for "Show Avatars." Make sure that's checked to see everyone's avatar icons.
Relatedly, if you check "Show Images," you'll start seeing nifty little thumbnail images for attached images, too.
Let me know if that doesn't work for you.