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I'd like to hotlink a different image in my profile, instead of having to upload it to gravatar.

Could we have an option between gravatar (that would remain as default) and a link to an image?


If you must know, I'd like to add my unicorn avatar directly, he's really handsome:

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this is a dupe with either status-planned or status-deferred... I'll be searching (edit: no dupe) –  balpha Mar 22 '10 at 19:53
    
There's one to allow upload of images for using in questions and answers, but I couldn't find this –  jmfsg Mar 22 '10 at 19:54
    
Aah, I get it (I missed the "hotlink" part). Makes more sense anyway, considering our previous conversation on that other thread... Yeah, it's late... –  balpha Mar 22 '10 at 19:55
    
You're aware though that you'd give me full control over your avatar, right? goes to think of hilarious exploits... –  balpha Mar 22 '10 at 19:59
    
I trust you completely @bal, how can someone that created something so beautiful be evil? –  jmfsg Mar 22 '10 at 20:00
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Muuuuhahahahaha! –  balpha Mar 22 '10 at 20:05
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Just use the link to your unitar image and upload it to gravatar.com, then associate it with a different email address. Use that email address on meta. –  tvanfosson Mar 22 '10 at 20:16
    
ran out of votes.. :/ –  Andreas Bonini Mar 22 '10 at 20:17
    
I am aware of that workaround @tvan (I explicitly say so in my post). But I want to link it directly in case a new version makes my unicorn prettier, to avoid the 24 hour delay, and because I don't want to do it manually –  jmfsg Mar 22 '10 at 20:18
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@Downvoter this would cause pretty grave privacy and/or load issues. Privacy/security because every SO user seeing a post of yours would be accessing your (or anybody else's who uses their own URL) server directly; Load for the same reason. I think that's the reason why services like Gravatar exist (besides the obvious advantage of having the image in one place.) –  Pëkka Mar 22 '10 at 20:23
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They access it right now when they see a question or answer that contains an image @pek –  jmfsg Mar 22 '10 at 20:25
    
@Downvoter true, good point. –  Pëkka Mar 22 '10 at 20:27
    
@Downvoter - your unicorn will never be pretty, not with those googly eyes. –  tvanfosson Mar 22 '10 at 21:23

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Just use the "plus in email" trick:

http://www.faqs.org/faqs/mail/addressing/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-mail_address#Sub-addressing

so

yourname@example.com

becomes

yourname+sitename@example.com

The email still goes to the same place, and you can set up a custom gravatar for it.

edit: the "website" field on your profile serves this function; I don't see us adding another URL field just for the gravatar.

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Well, I knew how to do that, but I wanted to directly link to an image as I do on posts. –  jmfsg Mar 23 '10 at 0:28

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