I wonder why the profileimageurl in the data dump of almost all Stack Exchange websites are blank.

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    Why so many downvotes? It's important to check the dump. Commented Jul 7, 2023 at 4:24

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As best I can tell, this was a part of the security improvements with We're regenerating all Gravatar identicons. I was using queries that used that field months before that post and noticed that the field was empty a while after that.

Similarly, there is also an email hash field which was made blank for security reasons well before my time.

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    You're correct. Gravatar identicons were removed from the data dump intentionally as part of that work.
    – AMtwo
    Commented Jul 5, 2023 at 17:30

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