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Can we use non-gravatar avatars?

Changing your profile picture is a hassle on Stack Overflow. It redirects to Gravatar.

Can't it be implemented like on Facebook or Google+, in much easier way?

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marked as duplicate by Jeremy Banks, Mat, nhinkle, slhck, Toon Krijthe Nov 27 '11 at 10:12

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This was asked for a long time ago in Can we use non-gravatar avatars? and it's still status-deferred. The only alternative that's been added is Facebook profile pictures for users using Facebook accounts. – Jeremy Banks Nov 27 '11 at 9:00
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Not the most ideal solution but better than nothing. You could specify different email address tags to your email address to effectively give you different hashes (and therefore different avatars). Of course this assumes your email provider supports this. No need to register a different email address at gravatar, you can just use one.

I do something like this:

My primary gravatar email:
My Stack Overflow email:
My Gaming.SE email:


Then just attach the desired avatars for each and register those emails for the sites. i.e., Set my Stack Overflow email to:, Gaming.SE to, etc.

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