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I am using a gravatar linked to my account in openID, and for the last two months I've noticed a bug with Safari's (4.0.5) cache when handling the avatar image.

This:

http://i51.tinypic.com/1zvc07s.png

I know this is related to Safari's cache, because as soon as I empty it it shows the avatar again, but can this have some bug on SO side?

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We literally render a <img> element pointing at gravatar there...it could be some crazy bug of ours I'm unaware of with the structure of the page, but it'd definitely be a new one on me. –  Nick Craver Oct 18 '11 at 10:42
    
Why just don't switch to Safari 5? –  shabunc Oct 18 '11 at 15:09
    
@shabunc: It still happens with Safari 5. –  Donal Fellows Oct 19 '11 at 7:03

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I've seen this before, and it's definitely just an issue with Safari caching the response served up by Gravatar. For some reason, and only on rare occasions, Gravatar seems to serve up something that Safari doesn't like and it caches that response. Why? I don't know. I guess that Gravatar have a minor intermittent issue which means they serve up the wrong message (maybe related to their system load?) and Safari has a minor bug in its cache management. Two minor things in combination become an occasional frustration for a few people.

What this definitely isn't is a bug with StackOverflow (or any other SE site) as they just serve up the correct link inside an <img> tag. Nor is it anything that they can do anything about.

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I emphasize that I do not know that this is what's going on. I do know that clearing the cache is the only fix. You've found that already. –  Donal Fellows Oct 18 '11 at 13:09

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