I'm pleased to announce the release of Commentics v4.2.

Avatar Upload

This feature was voted for the most on our roadmap. Previously users had to use Gravatar but now they can also upload directly to Commentics, as well as select from a predefined set. Admins can choose whether they need to approve it and can define if the user needs to have posted a minimum number of comments first.

Character Encoding

The way that text is stored in the database has been improved to allow for all characters, including emojis and full Cyrillic language support. UTF8MB4 is now used for true UTF8 compatibility.

What Else

Other things worth mentioning are PHP 8 compatibility, the ability for admins to add/remove uploaded images, email delivery improvements and a number of bug fixes.