Questions tagged [profile-picture]

For questions about the profile picture option, which allows users to upload a custom photo as their avatar. Not for questions about Gravatar.

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How is the default user avatar generated?

Is there a name for the default avatars that are generated for users who do not assign one themselves? Not the avatar of the blank user, but the one made up of shards, shapes, and colours: ...
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How do I change my profile picture, or avatar?

Where does the image come from? How do I change my profile picture, or avatar? How do I change my profile picture on all SE sites at once? How can I use different avatars on different SE sites? How do ...
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Off-site avatar images are a privacy risk

The user avatars that are displayed on every post are not all hosted on SE's imgur account, but on sources outside the control of Stack Exchange. The most prominent ones are Gravatar, Facebook and ...
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Do not load Facebook-based avatars directly from the Facebook CDN

Users who register for their account via Facebook get their Facebook profile photo as their default avatar. However, the avatar is not copied to SE servers or Imgur, and thus the original URL is kept. ...
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Profile picture cannot have transparent background

I never liked that SO/SE relied on the external gravatar service, so I was glad to read that it doesn't any more. However, it turns out that one cannot use as profile picture a PNG file with ...
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Using pictures of kidnapped kid and pretending to be them?

I saw this profile today. Wow I thought. Such a young kid and so accomplished already. I felt bad. But hey, it seems to be a joke. Let's search for his profile picture on Google! Oh.. British ...
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As a moderator, how do I handle a potentially inappropriate profile picture?

There are already at least a couple of questions (1, 2) about how to handle potentially inappropriate profile pictures, but the answer given in both cases (and other duplicates of those) essentially ...
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New top bar should render avatar with a transparent background

With the new top bar, my profile picture displays very ugly:    It has a transparent background, which is transformed into white. This used to be somewhat okay, but now the picture is used in two ...
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Is making yourself appear (at first glance) to be a moderator acceptable behaviour?

Note: I have read What are the rules governing display names and avatars? which was entirely focused on pretending to be a specific real-life person. On a site I use regularly, a user has a profile ...
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Why is there a peeking duck in my profile pic?

In my SO profile, you may see something odd: a peeking duck. I've just recently uploaded this new profile picture of mine. I checked it after the upload and everything's fine. After a few hours, I ...
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Extend profile hiding in chat for suspended users

When a user is suspended, their account is reduced to 1 rep and all of his privileges are stripped. However, they can still join chat rooms. This leads to various forms of possible abuse (all of ...
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Suspended user can still upload an offensive profile picture using the new “Upload Picture” functionality

Normally, moderator actions can't be reversed. This is especially true if a user is suspended. We generally allow people to do whatever they wish with their profiles (within reason), but profile ...
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Support disabling Gravatar on Stack Overflow

I like to use my Gravatar on other websites but not Stack Overflow. How can I turn it off? I'd still like to use the same email address.
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All mods are equal, but some mods are more equal

All mods are equal, right? Except for Kiamlaluno. Real funny... Bug found here. I'm using Chrome 24.0.1312.52
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Offensive profiles - where to draw the line?

I stumbled upon a profile where the profile picture is, from my point of view, islamophobic. After browsing the Terms of Service and searching meta for the search term "offensive" I'm still not quite ...
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Elections are unaware of the uploadable avatar system

The most recent Stack Overflow election nominee, ChrisF, noticed something interesting. His avatar on Stack Overflow is a dog, but on his post on the election page, it shows his face instead. And on ...
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Animated gifs are animating

I think we have a regression. Exhibit A: Consider Animated Gif Profile pic on StackOverflow doesn't animate and the resolution: It doesn't animate because allowing it to do so would be super ...
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Animated avatars in user profile and newsletter

First, to make it clear Stack Exchange does not allow animated avatars, the Can I have an animated profile picture? feature request has been declined by SE staff back in 2016. However, as of today, ...
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Is Swastika really treated as offensive even when it's used for religious purpose in Profile pictures or chat?

I have heard many controversies regarding the use of a swastika in Stack Exchange network. But all the cases I noticed were clearly using a Nazi swastika. To make it clear swastika are of different ...
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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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Don't use Gravatar as the default profile picture for new users

We have received a few complaints recently from folks who signed up on one of the sites to ask a question or post an answer and were surprised that their avatar was automatically pulled from Gravatar. ...
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Animated profile picture on mobile site

As I was looking at this answer on SO mobile site on my iPhone, an animated profile picture caught my attention. Animated gifs are not allowed on profile pictures, but this one managed to show up on ...
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Why was my username changed without notice and can I change it again?

Yesterday, I changed my username and avatar picture to reflect something I find cool and interesting, combat ready rotary-winged aircraft (who didn't love the show Airwolf!). For clarity the ...
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Facebook avatars are broken

What happened to Stack Overflow profile pictures connected by Facebook? Did Facebook change their way of sharing public API / Data?
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Flair avatar wrong size

I was about to link to my flair, when I noticed my avatar doesn't quite fit... This looks like a bug with the new upload-your-own feature; you are not using a Gravatar image, and that's where this ...
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How is ThiefMaster making his avatar so sharp?

Look at the moderator page for SO. Near the bottom is ThiefMaster - if you are looking at the page on a Retina display, you can see that his avatar looks much sharper than anyone else's. How'd he ...
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Profile image incorrectly marked as changed when editing other profile information

I recently decided to remove some information from my profile so rather than make the same edit 42 times I decided to use the relatively new option of only copying the changes rather than copying ...
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Non-gravatar profile pictures in Careers

Now that we've got non-gravatar profile pictures, we should have the same functionality in careers. It still only allows gravatar pictures. There's an old pre-native picture question asking basically ...
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Animated profile picture on stackexchange.com homepage

There's a user on Programming Puzzles and Code Golf named Oliver Ni who has a little almost-white dot on an almost-black background as their profile image. Or so I thought, until glancing at the Stack ...
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Custom avatars are fetched using http instead of https [duplicate]

Stack Overflow seems to work through HTTPS connection, but the custom avatars (uploaded files, not those from gravatar) are even then fetched from http://i.stack.imgur.com/ using standard http ...
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Moderator election ballot: Different default images for candidates [duplicate]

If a moderator candidate has not customized his/her profile picture, the image shown for that candidate on a user's ballot is different than the image shown in the candidate list and elsewhere on the ...
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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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What is this new avatar system with a single character and a uniform background colour?

Lately I have seen quite a few users with a profile picture consisting of a single character with uniform background colour. Usually it's the username's first character that's shown, but there seems ...
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Avatars aren't loading, with a status 301 (permanently moved) response [duplicate]

Some avatars (including my own) aren't loading anymore, and instead I get a transparent box. This occurs particularly after I refresh a page. In my developer tools network tab, every request for an i....
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Some of the gravatars in the Newsletter don't belong to the user

Thanks for the weekly Meta Newsletter. There seems to be something off with the gravatars of some users: Shog9's avatar is If I disassemble the link in the newsletter I find this gravatar ...
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Add a “default image” option to the new avatar selection

The new non-gravatar avatar option has been rolled out across the network. Now users can set their avatar image to any image they want to upload. This minutely complicates matters for handling ...
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Moving a discussion to chat reloads all chatrooms and changes profile picture

Short version Today I had some extensive discussions in comments and was offered to take the discussion to a chatroom¹. When I clicked the link, the following happened (in addition the expected ...
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Profile pictures uploaded from computer still (sometimes) get a black background

The black avatar image background bug that "Alan at IMGUR" (via Geoff Dalgas) said was fixed last March isn't. Apparently, however, whether or not it gets triggered depends on the exact method used ...
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Gravatar is changing to my Facebook picture on Stack Overflow

On Stack Overflow, I logged in just now and noticed my gravatar was changed to my Facebook picture (using Firefox). I never changed it myself and thought it was strange, so I changed it back. After ...
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No avatar on Area 51

So I was playing around on Area 51 hoping for further news on the private beta for ebooks, and noticed that my avatar (a hand) was missing. Also the Area 51 has the old toolbar. So I looked at the ...
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Non-Gravatar avatars aren't supported on StackExchange.com global profile

The StackExchange.com global profile still uses Gravatar with the email address from your primary account, even if that account isn't using Gravatar itself. For example, my global profile is synced ...
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Let's see the Top Network Askers better

Noticed in my MSE featured questions filter that the avatars of the Top Network Askers are blurry. Quick check showed it's because SE is requesting the 16x16 thumbnail, while having 30x30 size of the ...
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Profile Images with copyright

What happens if a user uses a copyright image as a profile image on SO or any other site? Is it ok to use such images because according to law it is illegal to use anything which has a copyright? My ...
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Small avatars for ignored chat users break chat's “people in room” display

In chat, the avatars of active and inactive users in each room are displayed in rows at the top right of the window. When users are ignored, their avatars get shrunk to 1/4 size, providing an easy ...
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My avatar automatically changed

A very mysterious thing happened today: my avatar changed to an upload image that I have never seen before. I did not upload this icon, I didn't change my avatar. What is happening? I found this ...
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Why are a few hats still on?

Despite the closing of the Winter Bash last week, there are still a few hats on the profile pictures of some users. Is it a bug?
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Facebook cookies in linked profile pictures

The author's linked picture triggers an update of 6 Facebook cookies when I access the page. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/31801791/migrate-the-system-from-rdbms-to-nosql I don't want to be ...
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Community ♦ user's avatar has changed in question lists [duplicate]

I have noticed that Community ♦ user's avatar had changed yesterday on Gamedev.se. (Not that I mind, but the new avatar is harder to spot because it blends in with other new users' avatars.) Then I ...
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Why does my datascience.stackexchange automatically use someone else's profile? Is this a bug?

First of all, I want to make it clear that my internet connection is through a shared VPN. Many different people get access to internet using a same VPN server. This might be the reason for the ...
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Why is SE suddenly using “identicon” instead of “gravatar”?

For a few days now, I have wondered why my small avatar changed to some "colored blob". I've tried with different browsers, all the same. Found some related questions here at Meta: My gravatar icon ...

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