How do I change my profile picture on my main user on Area 51? I successfully changed it on my discuss user (hovered over my profile picture, clicked link "change picture"), but the "change user" link does not appear on my main user profile page.


  • How do I get the message across that they need to add it?
    – BenjiWiebe
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 18:01
  • By asking about it here, which you've done. As I stated though, I think your chances are slim. Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 18:03
  • @MartijnPieters Why? Wouldn't it be relatively easy to make it work on Area 51 main user? It already works on Area 51 discuss user. The code has already been written, they will not have to start out from scratch.
    – BenjiWiebe
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 18:04
  • The Area 51 Discuss site is a regular SE site (like meta.stackoverflow.com and all the other sites), but the Area51 site itself is not. Porting the code for profile images is going to be, at least, a non-trivial amount of work I suspect. Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 18:06
  • @MartijnPieters Thanks a lot for clarifying that. I guess I will just continue with my (boring) computer-generated avatar. I can wait a couple months for the new Area 51, er, Area 52.
    – BenjiWiebe
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 18:07
  • @BenjiWiebe make it 6-8 years, if at all (couple of months? lol) Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 13:57

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The 'change picture' feature is relatively new; I guess it has not yet been added to the Area51 codebase.

It may well be that it'll never be added as Stack Exchange is planning / building a replacement.

In the meantime, it only supports Gravatar pictures and you'll have to use Gravatar.com to change your profile picture on Area51.

  • Yes, don't plan on the profile picture feature getting there. They haven't even implemented the global notifications system there, and still use Slidey. xP
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 18:51
  • Any progress with setting a genuine “change picture” script at Area51? The same problem. Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 14:57
  • @IncnisMrsi: The Area51 codebase was forked away from the Stack Exchange codebase a long time ago and integrating new features into it is a painful process. It may never happen. Then again, Anna Lear did mention a new login system; perhaps that'd take care of avatars too. Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 15:00
  • No plans for the avatar update right now. (cc @IncnisMrsi)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 16:07
  • @Adam with Gravatar failing for many recently, did you re-consider this? Commented May 14, 2017 at 14:54
  • @ShadowWizard Not really in the context of A51. We talked about replacing Gravatar entirely with something homegrown, but it's not high on the priority list AFAIK. If/when we do something like that, we'll need to figure out what to do about A51... but considering that it's a separate codebase, it honestly wouldn't surprise me if updating it fell out of scope and we retain the Gravatar dependency anyway. No definitive statements/promises either way, though, I'm just thinking out loud.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 18:15
  • Thanks @Adam that's expected, and I'll ping you again here in couple of years for updates... :) Commented May 15, 2017 at 18:50

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