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A Terms of Service update restricting companies that scrape your profile information without your permission

Update (April 19, 2016): This change is now live. You can view the updated Terms of Service here, or read about them below. tl;dr: We’re planning to make some changes to our Terms of Service to stop ...
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Can we use non-gravatar avatars?

Alternative to Gravatar has been rolled out. It would be nice to have the option to just upload an avatar rather than have to use some external service like gravatar. While gravatar may be ...
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Is using Gravatar a security risk?

This has been discussed on Stack Overflow. It is unfortunate the accepted answer is so far from reality. There are some facts: Gravatar's MD5 hash is an unsalted MD5 hash of an email address. A ...
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Someone contacted me by email but my email is not public

Last week I got an email to my email address saying "I saw on Stack Overflow that you were interested in.." and the content of the question I asked. The email suggested I'll star a bug \ feature ...
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Revealing avatars in anonymous accounts [duplicate]

When one creates a post anonymously on a StackExchange site that allows it and supplies their e-mail address, the site leaks the Gravatar associated with given e-mail. I believe this is a minor ...
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Unexpectedly changing identicon

I was interested if I can use a different flavor of gravatar instead of identicon. When you click on the change picture text on your profile picture it has the Identicon and Upload options. I clicked ...
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2answers
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I changed my Stack Overflow account email address. Suddenly, my username and photo changed too

I was recently laid off from my company. I changed my Stack Overflow account's email address from my work email to my personal email. Upon doing this, my username, which was "Umbrella_Programmer," ...
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1answer
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Use the user ID instead of IP address for anonymous user Gravatars

As I discovered yesterday, if you don't configure an email address your Gravatar is based on your IP address. Specifically, SE calculates the MD5 hash of your IP address in dotted-decimal notation. ...
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Is unicornify a privacy risk?

I ran across the comment below. I'm peculiarly curious of MetaSO's opinions on points 4 and 6, though the others of interest too. Are these concerns delicious, and if so, what flavors do you think are ...
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Include email address hash in the data dump files

Hi all, I am working on what I think will prove to be a very exciting project with the SO data dump data and would like to use user avatars but alas I need each user's email address, well their email ...
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How does SO calculate email hash?

I'm not sure how sensitive this piece of information is considered (don't throw stones), but I was wondering how SO calculates the email hash. We want to check if certain people for which we have the ...
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If a user signs in with Facebook, their avatar comes from graph.facebook.com which may be blocked by privacy protection tools [duplicate]

It appears that some privacy protection tools (I use Privacy Badger in Chrome) block the domain on Stack Exchange sites. That means that the avatar doesn't load. It seems like this issue on the ...
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Who can see the e-mail address that I entered in my user info? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make e-mail invisible on Stack Exchange profile When I enter an e-mail address in my user info, where will it show up? Will other people be able to see it or is it used ...
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Why am I not seeing user avatars, but only a red-x no-image indicator?

For some time now I am not seeing user avatars in IE8, but only the red-x no-image indicator. This is actually occurring to me on all stack exchange sites. Is there some setting I am unaware of? ...
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What can/should be done (if anything) about spam addresses to my Stack Exchange address?

I have received two unsolicited advertisements to an address that has never been given to anyone except Stack Exchange (SE), and they are not from SE. The address hasn't even been used to log into SE ...

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