There is an issue with the <img alt in the Stack Overflow Blog - Authors page.

Today when I'm accessing the blog authors page in slow internet connection, I see the image alternate text is displaying as "Avatar for Aarthi Devanathan" for most of the user images.

Slow connection

After inspect the element for all the users div, I can see the following text is set to the <img tag:

<img alt="Avatar for Aarthi Devanathan" ...

img alt issue

As Aarthi is a former Stack Exchange employee, may be their profile is removed from the authors page, but due to some copy & paste, the alternate text is applied to all other users.


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Fixed, thank you. It was pulling the first name from the author list and using it everywhere!

  • Very quick fix, Thank you :)
    – Arulkumar
    Feb 13, 2020 at 10:17
  • Um. Doesn't this mean you're showing screen reader users: "Avatar for Abby T. Mars Abby T. Mars Director of Community Management"? In other words, isn't the correct practice to use <img alt="" here? Should I write a new FR post to ask this?
    – sourcejedi
    Feb 13, 2020 at 10:34
  • Awesome! As a side note, why some of the authors don't have avatars? Because it only support Gravatar and they have imgur hosted avatar only? In that case, any chance to fix it? I like to see face attached to names. :) Feb 13, 2020 at 10:46
  • @Shadow9 perhaps they don't want their face there.
    – Luuklag
    Feb 13, 2020 at 12:00
  • @Luuklag nah, Nick love to show his face. ;) Feb 13, 2020 at 12:11

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