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Normally, moderator actions can't be reversed. This is especially true if a user is suspended. We generally allow people to do whatever they wish with their profiles (within reason), but profile pictures are visible on every post that someone makes, so we are more strict about them.

Ergo, if a user is suspended, they shouldn't be able to change their profile picture. Case in point.

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Aww... but that Gravatar has such a nice smile! ;) –  Andrew's a Unitato Feb 11 '13 at 22:08
    
nice​​​​​​​​​​​ :) –  Mysticial Feb 11 '13 at 22:08
    
Isn't one month a bit harsh? Or is this not the first time? –  Mysticial Feb 11 '13 at 22:10
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@Mysticial: I can't discuss that. –  Robert Harvey Feb 11 '13 at 22:11
    
Ah makes sense. Well Andrew is right. This definitely does not look like the only offense. He probably got mad after being suspended for sock-puppeting and then changed his picture to that. –  Mysticial Feb 11 '13 at 22:12
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Wouldn't you have to tell Gravatar the Website to not change the picture associated with the account? That's a tall order. The alternative would be to freeze the profile picture by saving it on SO's servers or going back into Gravatar's history and getting the 'unchanged' picture. On the whole, it seems like a lot of work just to stop someone from being mad. EDIT: There's also the possibility of giving them a banned icon, but that's just overboard. –  user210920 Feb 11 '13 at 22:13
    
@ThePhD this is about the new internal "upload picture" feature on SO –  Pëkka Feb 11 '13 at 22:14
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But @ThePhD has a point: we cannot block the same behavior for regular gravatars (unless suspended users would get assigned a SE avatar). –  Arjan Feb 11 '13 at 22:15
    
@Pekka웃 Oh, silly me then. –  user210920 Feb 11 '13 at 22:15
    
@ThePhD: Moderators can redact offensive Gravatars by changing the email address to something like originalEmail+gravatarRedacted@somewhere.com –  Robert Harvey Feb 11 '13 at 22:16
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Be careful, @Robert. Such plus-addressing will work for Gmail, but won't work for many other providers. Doing so will disable all email communication with that user? –  Arjan Feb 11 '13 at 22:17
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@Arjan: Well, the only ones who might need that email address are SE corporate, and they can always strip off the redaction. It does break automated notifications, but gee, you did upload that picture, didn't you? –  Robert Harvey Feb 11 '13 at 22:19
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On a related note: shouldn't moderators be able to change the uploaded avatar? –  Arjan Feb 11 '13 at 22:21
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If they're suspended, why not just switch them to the default icon? –  Ben Flynn Feb 11 '13 at 22:50
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@Arjan They can, and there's an additional feature request to make that easier for offensive avatars. –  Anna Lear Feb 11 '13 at 22:55
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Starting in the next build, suspended users will not be allowed to upload a new profile image.

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Personally, I'd vote for extirpating the account in place of the suspension in response. Why would you want to let someone back after that charming gesture?

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I don't know what happens when an account is deleted. It's possible all the bans are released. –  Robert Harvey Feb 12 '13 at 4:32
    
@RobertHarvey: which bans? or are you talking about the IP ban related to a qban? –  Manishearth Feb 12 '13 at 14:56
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