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Automattic Stats Plug-in vs. Style.css

  1. Since all I know to do with php is cut and paste, I customized Kubrick's style.css by changing the header, body and footer images knowing this might give me problems later. Alas, I love the stats plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/) but being the control freak that I am, I'd really like to get rid of that annoying smiley that appears on the bottom of what was once my blog. I tried the suggestion on how to do this:

    "don’t use display:none, try this code:
    `img#wpstats{width:0px;height:0px;padding:0px;border:none;overflow:hidden}"

    but if I don't use ‘display:none’ a bunch of horizontal bars show up and my images shift.
    Is there any other way I can get rid of that smiley, besides not using the plugin?
    Thanks in advance for your help.

  2. Since that is the way that the stats plugin keeps track of stats, the short answer is No, you can't do that without bollixing up your stats. You could try changing the colour to the same as your footer colour, though I don't know how you'd do that.

    Finally, a WP.org question I can answer! Also, the smiley is called Angela, for Dr Mike's ex who has a way of always being in your stuff where you don't want her.

  3. If Automattic's suggested alternative code is messing up your blog, I don't know what else to suggest. Unfortunately, as it's an image, you can't change the colour to make it blend in. I foresee a trend for themes with a black blackgound.

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