The Community user on each site could use a customized Gravatar.

It shows up enough on /questions?sort=active and edit histories that it's not an 'invisible' change, and may even make a difference in helping new users to understand, at a glance, what the heck it is.


Maybe something like this:


From a quick glance around, it looks like there's only two Gravatar accounts this needs to be changed on to take effect across all sites; (a007be5a61f6aa8f3e85ae2fc18dd66e), and (734ca5fe9860e11a8b58aa2c20442781).

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Poor @community - Doesn't it deserve a little love for all of its hard work? Maybe a beer? Perhaps a Moist Delicious Cake of some kind? –  voretaq7 Jan 19 '12 at 2:01
Your MSPaint skills are amazeballs –  Holocryptic Jan 19 '12 at 2:07
Let's allow each site to elect it's own Community Gravator through a vote on each site's respective Meta. –  Jay Riggs Jan 19 '12 at 4:16
@JayRiggs That would be nice. Unfortunately, since the address is in use for that account on the vast majority of sites, it would require a change to the Community user's email address to a distinct one per-site to do different ones. I'm not sure how practical that would be; it may turn this into a much more involved change. –  Shane Madden Jan 19 '12 at 4:20
How about just using the site's logo? @Shane it would be easy to just use That's how all of the sites' contact emails are shown now anyhow. You can manage multiple emails from a single Gravatar account, too. –  nhinkle Jan 19 '12 at 5:23
@nhinkle Yes, I like that idea, but again I'm not sure how impactful of a change it would be to change the email address that all of the existing Community accounts are bound to. I'm shooting for the easy change; if they decide that they'd like to take on the bigger change, then that's cool with me. –  Shane Madden Jan 19 '12 at 5:54
I bet they could automate the switch pretty easily... UPDATE users SET email="team+{sitename}" WHERE userID=-1 –  nhinkle Jan 19 '12 at 6:12
That is a Gravatar, just not a custom one. –  Grant Thomas Jan 19 '12 at 8:47
As Mr. Disappointment says above, they're all gravatars. </pedantic> –  tombull89 Jan 19 '12 at 8:58
+1 for great idea, really surprised nobody thought of this before! –  Shadow Wizard Jan 19 '12 at 15:30
@JayRiggs, –  msh210 Jan 27 '12 at 9:18
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Well...why not? The community user will now have the Stack Exchange logo as its gravatar, enjoy!

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Can it be the google-y eyed version instead? COMMUNITY IS WATCHING YOU. –  Aarthi Jan 30 '12 at 22:07
It took you guys 11 days to remember the password to the community user's Gravatar account, didn't it? =) –  jadarnel27 Jan 31 '12 at 3:24
@jadarnel27 - well, it had no gravatar account, just never came up...however, it may have taken a while to remember to password to the team email... –  Nick Craver Jan 31 '12 at 11:21
Is this implemented for each site? Because I'm still seeing the old generic one on SF –  Holocryptic Feb 1 '12 at 3:54
@Holocryptic - SF had the wrong email, thanks for the heads up - fixed now. –  Nick Craver Feb 1 '12 at 11:21
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