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No offense to Nick, but I don't care for pedobear and find it offensive. Is there a way to report that, or future icons that may be worse?

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closed as off topic by Greg Hewgill, random, perbert, fretje, Marc Gravell Dec 24 '09 at 19:59

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Why don't you have a seat right over here... – random Dec 22 '09 at 23:38
I edited in a link in my answer to the Gravatar abuse reporting webpage. – Lance Roberts Dec 23 '09 at 0:11
I'm deeply offended by pug dogs. I insist you replace your avatar immediately. – womble Dec 23 '09 at 2:09
I had no idea it was offensive. Thank you for making me stare at that thing long enough to get it. Now my brain is ruined. – user27414 Dec 23 '09 at 2:42
Duplicate:… – Greg Hewgill Dec 23 '09 at 4:11
Either you know who or what pedobear is or you are offended by it. Those options are mutually exclusive. If they aren't for you, I suggest you stop using the internet now. – innaM Dec 23 '09 at 9:08
I agree with Manni. I think people being offended by things on the internet is a bit silly, but I guess trolls need to be fed by somebody. Perhaps we need a tollkeeper badge for people who flag posts as offensive too often. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Dec 23 '09 at 12:16
@Mark: If you don't care, how can you then be offended? – fretje Dec 23 '09 at 13:35
gosh , i've changed it already – Christina Brooks Dec 24 '09 at 18:12
up vote 4 down vote accepted

I just googled that, and I agree. You can complain to Gravatar directly also.

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You typed "Pedo..." In to Google?... Careful!... But +1, good answer. – William Hilsum Dec 22 '09 at 23:40
I figured that the word 'pedobear' in the text search would be ok, but I was nervous doing it from work. – Lance Roberts Dec 22 '09 at 23:47
@Lance Roberts - That is what your smart phone is for. – Michael Kniskern Dec 23 '09 at 0:49
Just looking into getting one, pretty pricey in Alaska ($70/mo). – Lance Roberts Dec 23 '09 at 0:57

Perhaps you should consider changing your home page from Nick's profile to something else so you don't have to look at it that often?

I'm sure that 99% of people (myself included) had no idea where Nick's avatar came from until this thread. And now that I do I still don't care; the picture by itself is not offensive in any way.

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Sure, but the point still stands. What if the picture WAS something far more offensive? – Mark Henderson Dec 23 '09 at 1:09
@Farseeker - See Æther's answer for why that's probably not possible. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Dec 23 '09 at 1:55
I guess it's the difference between this being a site used by professionals, and not. I don't want my coworkers or boss to see that icon on my screen when I'm looking something up at work. Sorry if my being offended by a "humorous" pedophile icon bothers you. – Mark Allen Dec 29 '09 at 0:53

I'd use the "Contact us" link at the bottom of every page.

But I think you are being too touchy in this case.

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@dmckee - I would have to agree with you. I do not know who pedobear was until I googled it. – Michael Kniskern Dec 22 '09 at 23:32
@Michael - I find it interesting that you're referring to pedobear as a "who." – Super Long Names are Hilarious Dec 23 '09 at 1:56

Yes, reporting it here usually works. On this specfic occasion, I'm inclined to agree with @ChssPly76 and @dmckee, rather than jump in and remove it (which we have done before).

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Gravatar already has a reporting mechanism, and SO only accepts G- or PG-rated images.

As for an image that would be possibly "offensive" to SO while still a PG-acceptable image: the only case I can recall is the parody of Jeff Atwood's avatar a few months back. (Some Nazi symbolism came up recently too, but if I recall that was dealt with via Gravatar directly.)

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The same user (as the parody) used to have a gravatar of Jesus flipping the bird - which he was asked to change. – user27414 Dec 23 '09 at 2:44
@Jon B - That's just Rich B. This is unrelated to him and his shenanigans. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Dec 23 '09 at 2:52

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