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I noticed you can't really customize the 'flair' image for StackOverflow

With CSS or a variety of their defaults. Don't get me wrong I think they're fine but I was asked if you could create your own?

If I was to go about doing this I would parse out the information from a users page ex.

jQuery or another language would look for the hlinks-user id
then it would parse out the different badges and reputation


So lets say I use the API (parsing seems a little hacky anyways) by just taking the user data and displaying it on say someones blog wouldn't be a violation?

Their might be another way etc but this is the one that was fresh on my mind. So is it a violation?

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Let's just talk to @RebeccaChernoff about revamping the flair system. ^_^ Oh Ms. Rebecca! – animuson Sep 19 '12 at 0:40
@animuson Is it sad I don't know who that is? – Nate-Wilkins Sep 19 '12 at 0:48
A violation of what? Trademark, copyright, terms of service? You can't violate a website. – Yi Jiang Sep 19 '12 at 0:59
Did you take a look at the API? Scraping and parsing the user's page doesn't seem right. – bfavaretto Sep 19 '12 at 1:00
@TimYiJiang I was trying to include any of them. :P And yes I have seen the API. – Nate-Wilkins Sep 19 '12 at 1:29
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Penalties for committing this grave transgression range from complete indifference to employment:

In addition to writing a whole bunch of useful userscripts for Stack Exchange sites and chat, Rebecca also worked extensively with the Stack Exchange API to build StackFlair.

Proceed at your own risk.

You should use the API to get the information you need though, since that's kind of what it's there for.

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So lets say I use the API (parsing seems a little hacky anyways) by just taking the user data and displaying it on say someones blog wouldn't be a violation? – Nate-Wilkins Sep 19 '12 at 1:28
Should be fine, @Nate. Obviously, you should be respectful - both of us, and the folks you're creating flair for. But otherwise, this is sort of why the API exists - so that folks can make use of the data elsewhere. – Shog9 Sep 19 '12 at 1:29
Of course, I wouldn't want to take away any accomplishment or work credited to someone else. Thanks for your help, I appreciate it! – Nate-Wilkins Sep 19 '12 at 1:31
So you're saying the only real penalty is rchern's wrath? BRING IT! – casperOne Sep 19 '12 at 1:33
Oh no, @casper... The real penalty is becoming rchern! Battle not with rchern, lest ye become rchern, and if you gaze into the API, the API gazes also into you... – Shog9 Sep 19 '12 at 1:34
Just out of curiosity @Shog9 Why does the link have a tooltip of "...and she was never heard from again..." – Nate-Wilkins Sep 19 '12 at 1:39
All good punishments end that way, @Nate. Abruptly. – Shog9 Sep 19 '12 at 1:42
@Shog9 Uh I see. Well thanks again! – Nate-Wilkins Sep 19 '12 at 1:44
Stackflair link is down – ppumkin Jul 25 '14 at 8:29

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