No offense to Nick, but I don't care for pedobear and find it offensive. Is there a way to report that, or future icons that may be worse?

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    Why don't you have a seat right over here...
    – random
    Commented Dec 22, 2009 at 23:38
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    I edited in a link in my answer to the Gravatar abuse reporting webpage. Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 0:11
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    I'm deeply offended by pug dogs. I insist you replace your avatar immediately.
    – womble
    Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 2:09
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    I had no idea it was offensive. Thank you for making me stare at that thing long enough to get it. Now my brain is ruined.
    – user27414
    Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 2:42
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    Duplicate: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/12018/… Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 4:11
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    Either you know who or what pedobear is or you are offended by it. Those options are mutually exclusive. If they aren't for you, I suggest you stop using the internet now.
    – innaM
    Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 9:08
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    I agree with Manni. I think people being offended by things on the internet is a bit silly, but I guess trolls need to be fed by somebody. Perhaps we need a tollkeeper badge for people who flag posts as offensive too often. Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 12:16
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    @Mark: If you don't care, how can you then be offended?
    – fretje
    Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 13:35
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    gosh , i've changed it already
    – Kristina
    Commented Dec 24, 2009 at 18:12
  • 2019 update: I love love LOVE how this is somehow off topic for meta stack exchange. That is so terribly Stack Overflow of you.
    – Mark Allen
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 0:29

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I just googled that, and I agree. You can complain to Gravatar directly also.

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    You typed "Pedo..." In to Google?... Careful!... But +1, good answer. Commented Dec 22, 2009 at 23:40
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    I figured that the word 'pedobear' in the text search would be ok, but I was nervous doing it from work. Commented Dec 22, 2009 at 23:47
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    @Lance Roberts - That is what your smart phone is for. Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 0:49
  • Just looking into getting one, pretty pricey in Alaska ($70/mo). Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 0:57

Perhaps you should consider changing your home page from Nick's profile to something else so you don't have to look at it that often?

I'm sure that 99% of people (myself included) had no idea where Nick's avatar came from until this thread. And now that I do I still don't care; the picture by itself is not offensive in any way.

  • Sure, but the point still stands. What if the picture WAS something far more offensive? Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 1:09
  • @Farseeker - See Æther's answer for why that's probably not possible. Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 1:55
  • I guess it's the difference between this being a site used by professionals, and not. I don't want my coworkers or boss to see that icon on my screen when I'm looking something up at work. Sorry if my being offended by a "humorous" pedophile icon bothers you.
    – Mark Allen
    Commented Dec 29, 2009 at 0:53

I'd use the "Contact us" link at the bottom of every page.

But I think you are being too touchy in this case.

  • @dmckee - I would have to agree with you. I do not know who pedobear was until I googled it. Commented Dec 22, 2009 at 23:32
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    @Michael - I find it interesting that you're referring to pedobear as a "who." Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 1:56

Yes, reporting it here usually works. On this specfic occasion, I'm inclined to agree with @ChssPly76 and @dmckee, rather than jump in and remove it (which we have done before).


Gravatar already has a reporting mechanism, and SO only accepts G- or PG-rated images.

As for an image that would be possibly "offensive" to SO while still a PG-acceptable image: the only case I can recall is the parody of Jeff Atwood's avatar a few months back. (Some Nazi symbolism came up recently too, but if I recall that was dealt with via Gravatar directly.)

  • The same user (as the parody) used to have a gravatar of Jesus flipping the bird - which he was asked to change.
    – user27414
    Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 2:44
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    @Jon B - That's just Rich B. This is unrelated to him and his shenanigans. Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 2:52

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