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In particular, several users all have the same gravatar. Yet the have different reputation scores, etc.

I thought the gravatar was an MD5 hash of the users email address. Thus I don't get how there can be all these duplicates?

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Just curious...

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Nice gravatar, by the way. –  Bill the Lizard Aug 14 '09 at 1:11
    
thanks Bill - its borrowed and tweaked with respect from Geico –  scunliffe Aug 14 '09 at 13:04

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The generic gravatars are generated from the user's IP address, not their email address.

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Do all the users come from the same IP? If so, why aren't they merged? –  Kyle Cronin Aug 14 '09 at 0:54
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They aren't necessarily the same person. If you and I work at the same company, or just have the same ISP, we're going to appear to have the same IP address from across the Internet. –  Bill the Lizard Aug 14 '09 at 1:02
    
...but, yes, I did check, and all of those users do have the same IP address. –  Bill the Lizard Aug 14 '09 at 1:02

Interesting. I merged all these users since they are clearly the same entity.

In the future, you can just flag any post by this user for mod attention and let us know -- unless you want it to be a discussion topic in and of itself here on meta.

Probably not a bad idea in this case to have the discussion; we do reserve the right to merge accounts that are obvious duplicates.

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Nothing keeps two people from having the same nickname.

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but the nickname is not the source of the gravatar :) –  warren Mar 6 '10 at 15:32

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