It seems that with some profiles the Gravatar image is broken. I am not sure if this is an issue with SE or Gravatar, or both, so posting here.

As an example, this user profile shows an error on the image, which shows a HTTP 500 on Gravatar.

Profile image on SO:

profile image on SO

Image on Gravatar:


Switching to the MSE profile of the user, the image is working (but has a different hash).

Is this a bug on the SE side? Can anything be done to make Gravatar fix this?

Update 2016-10-04:

It happened to me again two times today. The last user profile was this one. Calling the service two or three times fixes the issue.

  • Also, is this related to that other Gravatar issue of different Gravatars? – M.A.R. Sep 30 '16 at 10:06
  • What other Gravatar issue? – Patrick Hofman Sep 30 '16 at 10:07
  • I get no error on the profile/image you posted – Cai Sep 30 '16 at 10:30
  • Indeed. It seems to have been fixed. I will wait a short moment, maybe Oded or someone else fixed this. If not, I can delete it. – Patrick Hofman Sep 30 '16 at 10:31
  • @Cai It's back. – Patrick Hofman Oct 4 '16 at 11:39
  • hmmm... again, not for me :) – Cai Oct 4 '16 at 11:39
  • Calling the service two or three times fixes the issue. So I guess the cache is set now on their end and it works. – Patrick Hofman Oct 4 '16 at 11:40
  • Yeh, seems it's a Gravatar caching issue. – Cai Oct 4 '16 at 11:46
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    Actually, just happened to me when I checked your original Gravatar link. – Cai Oct 4 '16 at 11:47
  • Still happening – Patrick Hofman Oct 11 '16 at 8:21
  • Gravatar is broken and they will not fix that. Anyone who still using it, well, should just switch to something that works. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Oct 11 '16 at 8:38
  • @ShadowWizard Is it being quietly killed? – Stijn Dec 21 '16 at 9:45
  • @Stijn you mean by SE? I surely hope so. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 21 '16 at 9:50
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    @Stijn oh. Don't think so, more likely they simply don't care. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Dec 21 '16 at 10:15

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