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Is the Stackoverflow avatar image stored in the database?

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No. The image is from Gravatar, who stores it. All SOFU does is provide the email hash for the Gravatar.

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As for how it is stored on Gravatar, it is anybody's guess. – o.k.w Mar 9 '10 at 3:36
Pretty sure they use 1's and 0's like everyone else. – Adam Davis Mar 9 '10 at 4:10

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