All my emails now have a broken image. :(

Is it possible to restore the old urls for people who had them and allow us to use the new one from now on?

My old flair looked like:

old flair


My new flair looks like:

new flair


  • Well that makes it much easier to get someone's flair, you just need their user ID. Change makes sense, but breaking links sucks :( – Matthew Read Jan 19 '12 at 21:17
  • 9
    Serves you right for using html signatures in your email! :) – Marvin Pinto Jan 19 '12 at 21:19
  • 1
    Did you have any accounts merged? – Arjan Jan 19 '12 at 21:55
  • @jadarnel27 I did, but don't want my old emails broken. – Nick Larsen Jan 19 '12 at 21:57

Guid-based flair urls are supposed to still work: they should redirect to the new url. But in certain unfortunate circumstances, users' guids can change – one of the reasons we've mostly moved away from our guid-based association system. In this case, your guid changed, which broke your old (deprecated) guid-based flair url.

However, for situations such as these, we've introduced a mapping of old-to-new guids, which we'll update whenever users specifically request that old flair urls be restored. So, http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/f2f937b2b1d34d5a83e8649a1a8cd196.png works again now.

  • 1
    I see, so Stack Exchange employees get special treatment.. SO UNFAIR – Jeff Atwood Jan 26 '12 at 23:14
  • @Jeff, I hope there's some nicer employee benefits than a flair! ;-) That said, Emmett, just curious: is the old GUID really mapped to another GUID, and then redirected to the current short numbers? Isn't it just a mapping from GUID to short number directly? – Arjan Jan 26 '12 at 23:46

Given the URL you posted, I assume your old profile URL (without /flair but with dashes) then was http://stackexchange.com/users/f2f937b2-b1d3-4d5a-83e8-649a1a8cd196. But that doesn't work either (anymore?).

My old profile URL was http://stackexchange.com/users/c7405720-530d-49ac-baa9-f5145a2ced58 which redirects to the short URL just fine right now. Though I never used any flair: when I manually create a flair URL from that, using the format of the URL you posted, then that works just fine too: http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/c7405720530d49acbaa9f5145a2ced58.png.

The same for some other old URLs I know: profile/flair and profile/flair.

So, it might only apply to you, or some users?

  • Ahh good find, it's probably because my guid changed at some point and I just didn't notice it until now. – Nick Larsen Jan 19 '12 at 21:57
  • 2
    Okay, let's hope a developer can (and is willing to) add another mapping from old to new, for the GUID that is no longer is use? (Sometimes a ♦ needs some extra care! ;-)) – Arjan Jan 19 '12 at 22:08
  • 1
    Ha, @Nick, so it was fixed indeed! :-) – Arjan Jan 26 '12 at 23:41

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .