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I've just updated my gravatar to reflect the logo for my new Stack Exchange site (the cache hasn't updated yet). I don't see anywhere that there are rules for what is allowed in the gravatar, but I don't want to put anyone's nose out of joint. It doesn't have anything too blatant in it, just the domain of my site (se my profile if you're interested).

If there are guidelines that I've missed can someone point me to them please?

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Totally unrelated, but +1 for making a Stack Exchange for movies. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Oct 13 '09 at 18:32
thanks Chris, feel free to go and post there – Rich Seller Oct 13 '09 at 18:39
Make sure you logout of – Brad Gilbert Oct 13 '09 at 19:38
i ctrl+f5 refreshed in firefox and that brought up the new gravatar – Kip Oct 13 '09 at 19:42
yes thanks Brad, I saw the discussion on staying logged in. Was expecting it to take a little while though – Rich Seller Oct 13 '09 at 19:46
up vote 10 down vote accepted

The domain of your site should be fine. You could even change your username to promote your site if you wanted to. Your gravatar and username act as your signature on every post you make, so it's really up to you what you want these to say. As long as you don't use anything blatantly offensive, like swearing or, oh... I don't know... an image of Jesus flipping the bird, you should have no problems.

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Stop giving people photoshop ideas! – gnostradamus Oct 13 '09 at 18:46
...never mind. Someone already did it anyway:… – gnostradamus Oct 13 '09 at 18:49
@gnovice: Someone on SO was already asked to stop using that as their gravatar. :) – Bill the Lizard Oct 13 '09 at 19:10
@Bill: Wow, ballsy! I guess it's not really that surprising though. ;) – gnostradamus Oct 13 '09 at 19:18
@gnovice: okay clicking that link just brought up a warning from my company's proxy: "this page blocked. forbidden category: pornography." Hopefully I won't get fired because of that. :) – Kip Oct 13 '09 at 19:30
@Kip: "Pornography"?! Your company has some funny standards. ;) It wasn't hard to find... just google "Jesus middle finger" and you get a bunch. – gnostradamus Oct 13 '09 at 19:42
FYI, ​​​​​​etc. – JSONBog Oct 13 '09 at 19:51
+1 for changing one's username to promote one's site ;-) – Chris W. Rea Dec 15 '09 at 23:16

Why would text in the gravatar be frowned upon? I've seen other people who have had text in their gravatar and never seen any grief from it.

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I thought maybe because it is an advert for my site it would be frowned upon. – Rich Seller Oct 13 '09 at 18:40
I personally wouldn't waste a downvote on someone who was using a site logo or some such as their gravatar. I would only look down on it if you spent in inordinate amount of time hawking your site at the same time. – TheTXI Oct 13 '09 at 18:43

If ClickUpvote's gravatar () is OK, then I don't see why this would be frowned upon.

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But Click Upvote's a troll, so yeah. – JSONBog Oct 13 '09 at 19:53

No, but you can set the family-friendly level with gravatar to limit things. I'm not sure for SE sites if you work directly with gravatar, or if Fog Creek does that.

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The SE sites are apparently all set at PG:… – Rich Seller Oct 13 '09 at 19:27

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