I'd like to hotlink a different image in my profile, instead of having to upload it to gravatar.

Could we have an option between gravatar (that would remain as default) and a link to an image?

If you must know, I'd like to add my unicorn avatar directly, he's really handsome:

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  • this is a dupe with either status-planned or status-deferred... I'll be searching (edit: no dupe) – balpha Mar 22 '10 at 19:53
  • There's one to allow upload of images for using in questions and answers, but I couldn't find this – juan Mar 22 '10 at 19:54
  • Aah, I get it (I missed the "hotlink" part). Makes more sense anyway, considering our previous conversation on that other thread... Yeah, it's late... – balpha Mar 22 '10 at 19:55
  • You're aware though that you'd give me full control over your avatar, right? goes to think of hilarious exploits... – balpha Mar 22 '10 at 19:59
  • I trust you completely @bal, how can someone that created something so beautiful be evil? – juan Mar 22 '10 at 20:00
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    Muuuuhahahahaha! – balpha Mar 22 '10 at 20:05
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    Just use the link to your unitar image and upload it to gravatar.com, then associate it with a different email address. Use that email address on meta. – tvanfosson Mar 22 '10 at 20:16
  • ran out of votes.. :/ – Thomas Bonini Mar 22 '10 at 20:17
  • I am aware of that workaround @tvan (I explicitly say so in my post). But I want to link it directly in case a new version makes my unicorn prettier, to avoid the 24 hour delay, and because I don't want to do it manually – juan Mar 22 '10 at 20:18
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    @Downvoter this would cause pretty grave privacy and/or load issues. Privacy/security because every SO user seeing a post of yours would be accessing your (or anybody else's who uses their own URL) server directly; Load for the same reason. I think that's the reason why services like Gravatar exist (besides the obvious advantage of having the image in one place.) – Pekka Mar 22 '10 at 20:23
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    They access it right now when they see a question or answer that contains an image @pek – juan Mar 22 '10 at 20:25
  • @Downvoter true, good point. – Pekka Mar 22 '10 at 20:27
  • @Downvoter - your unicorn will never be pretty, not with those googly eyes. – tvanfosson Mar 22 '10 at 21:23

Just use the "plus in email" trick:






The email still goes to the same place, and you can set up a custom gravatar for it.

edit: the "website" field on your profile serves this function; I don't see us adding another URL field just for the gravatar.

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    Well, I knew how to do that, but I wanted to directly link to an image as I do on posts. – juan Mar 23 '10 at 0:28

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