I just changed my profile pic on SO using gravatar. It just uses a random generated one, but I have already uploaded my own. The preview shows it correctly, but why is the "main" one not right?


Gravatar preview is right, main is not


First time, the problem was fixed by hard-refreshing the page. After that, I slightly altered my avatar and uploaded another one there, and disabled the first one.

That time, hard-refreshing didn't help. I had to permanently remove the old one to see the change. That is a bug, in my opinion.

closed as too localized by animuson, ɥʇǝS, Rory, Hugo Dozois, Martijn Pieters May 19 '13 at 21:12

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    Have you tried clearing the cache? – Antony May 19 '13 at 17:13
  • Good question, shouldn't this be tagged status-bydesign? – StackExchange User May 19 '13 at 17:16
  • @Antony first time round, that was the problem. Now I made a slight change and changed it again, but it's the same problem and ctrl+shift+R doesn't solve it. – MarioDS May 19 '13 at 17:21
  • I permanently deleted the old one from gravatar, hard refreshed again, and it's solved. But imo that should not be necessary. – MarioDS May 19 '13 at 17:24
  • As a wise user once told me, it's always about the cache. – hjpotter92 May 19 '13 at 17:45
  • @MDeSchaepmeester: Yes, yes it should. No one wants users re-downloading avatars constantly because someone is making minor changes. They're heavily cached for a reason. – animuson May 19 '13 at 17:59
  • We cache gravatars locally on the servers, for something like a week, as they don't change all that often. – Oded May 19 '13 at 18:13

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