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I'm just curious:

Now that profile pictures can also be uploaded independently then from Gravatar, this questions has come to mind:

Is there any way that moderators can change somebody's profile picture if it's NSFW?

Or can any regular user with a certain amount of reputation or something "report as inappropriate" for a profile picture? Something of the sort?

Just curious, as StackOverflow is open to anyone, virtually. :)

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Yes, AFAIK, moderators can edit any part of a user's profile. – Mysticial Jan 18 '13 at 4:57
@Mysticial wow okay! :) BTW are you a moderator (just asking. :D) – user208528 Jan 18 '13 at 4:58
No, but I hang out here too often to not know. :) – Mysticial Jan 18 '13 at 4:59
@Mysticial Ah okay. :) – user208528 Jan 18 '13 at 4:59
Can we flag for moderator attention that the profile image is NSFW? – Krishnabhadra Jan 18 '13 at 5:04
@Krishnabhadra yeah that's my question basically. :) – user208528 Jan 18 '13 at 5:06
I already had to do this today for a profile image that was about as NSFW as you can get without being illegal. – Won't Jan 18 '13 at 17:51
@Won't oh wow. :) good thing me have moderators! :) – user208528 Jan 18 '13 at 18:02
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Yes, moderators can change your profile picture if we need to. Before the recent feature change that allowed users to upload a picture directly, we could edit a user's email address to temporarily force Gravatar to generate a default image. Now that users can directly upload a picture, moderators have the ability to change this setting on other user's profile as well. If you see a NSFW picture being used as an avatar, flag one of their posts for moderator attention and we'll take a look. I mean to change it, not just to look at NSFW pics.

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+1 for "not just to look at NSFW pics." – Mysticial Jan 18 '13 at 5:11
Did we miss a smiley at the end, with one eye closed? – Krishnabhadra Jan 18 '13 at 5:17
haha I like the humor at the end ;) Marked as correct. and it answers my question. :) – user208528 Jan 18 '13 at 5:32
how can i flag profile pictures? – Jehof Jan 18 '13 at 16:19
@Jehof You can't flag a profile, so you just have to flag one of their posts and select the "other" flag reason with a description like "NSFW profile pic." – Bill the Lizard Jan 18 '13 at 16:38
Or usernames. I once saw a user with a name of "fluffmyboner" - the username was changed shortly thereafter – Adam Rackis Jan 18 '13 at 16:41

Yes, we can revert inappropriate user images to a default gravatar, and we've been able to do this for a while.

However, we tend to be pretty lenient with what people have in their username and photo. If it's not clearly objectionable, we tend to leave these images alone, even if they were flagged. You can read here about a debate around forcing a user to change their display name, for example.

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Hmm.. Thanks Moderator.. – Krishnabhadra Jan 18 '13 at 5:07
To add to my example, here was a case where a user image was changed in response to flags:… – Brad Larson Jan 18 '13 at 5:09

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