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Why was my username changed without notice and can I change it again?

Unless I'm mistaken, this is still the current guidance on what's allowed in user profiles. And while I find myself struggling slightly to suppress my skepticism, I'm willing to assume good faith ...
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Is there any official guidance on the usage of imagery containing the Russian military marking Z?

The topic of “Z” imagery (specifically, whether it should be removed from profiles) has been brought up recently. Examples of the imagery we refer to can be seen here, and here After a lengthy ...
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Why was my username changed without notice and can I change it again?

I used to view freedom as a license to do pretty much anything that wasn't illegal or unethical. If someone else was bothered by it, it was their freedom to be bothered or not bothered by whatever ...
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Why has Community's profile picture changed?

Way back in the day we started salting Gravatar image URLs, but only for new users. Older users do not have a salted Gravatar URL. Today we performed a backfill so we can drop an old column Users....
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Off-site avatar images are a privacy risk

I agree fully and believe Stack Exchange should work towards mitigating this privacy risk, although I would take it further and point out that off-site embedded images of all kinds are an issue. It ...
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Profile picture missing on Super User

I will accept 100% responsibility for this one, acting on my own and inadvertently skirting the boundaries of the well-organized project to transition from Imgur to our own service. TL;DR As part of ...
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What is this new avatar system with a single character and a uniform background colour?

Google started using their images of letters instead of the default silhouette thing they used to return for Google profiles with no profile picture set. If you register your account for the first ...
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Why are a few hats still on?

On the profile you provided1, right clicking on the avatar and selecting "Open image in new tab" returns what seems to be a screenshot: My guess is that every such profile you will encounter will ...
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Off-site avatar images are a privacy risk

I'd love to see Stack do away with foreign sourced avatars and images (and anything else embedded) alltogether. They already have a domain for that, namely i.sstatic.net. The most consistent and user ...
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Should support of any invasion be considered intimidation and harassment?

I think there was some discussions along these lines. tldr: It's less about 'invasion' and more being a symbol of oppression and aggression. I think the critical part of the post about the Z used in ...
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Why was my username changed without notice and can I change it again?

I originally wrote this as a comment, but think that it might be worth extending it to an answer. Not being a native English speaker, I write this at the risk of having missed a nuance of the language,...
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Is there any official encouragement toward actual profile self-photos?

This isn't Facebook, LinkedIn, or some other social networking site (though even they don't require an image be of you). There's no reason that there should be any push for user images to be anything ...
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May the photo of a nonfamous person be used as an avatar?

I'd see this a very grey area. You are not claiming to be someone else, but at first glance you could be confused with them and while the confusion could be quickly cleared up it's unnecessary in ...
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Inconsistent Identicon between main and meta sites

Well this is fun, metas typically inherit their parent site's details, but a profile image backfill ran for each site independently which means the calculation for a Gravatar works on the data in each ...
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Is swastika really treated as offensive even when it's used for religious purposes in profile pictures or chat?

This is indeed a very delicate subject, and there is no clear cut yes or no. I think we have to consider a few things: we don't want people to feel deeply offended by something they see. The Nazi ...
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Respect aspect ratio of profile picture

I like this idea in principle, but not either of the specific implementations suggested. I did a bit of research to see about this CSS trick, as I'd never heard of it, and thought it would be best to ...
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Is this avatar appropriate or offensive?

To get an idea of what we expect, users who use Gravatar for their avatars can only use images rated G or PG. We don't allow adult-only avatars. The way I'm seeing it, this avatar is NSFW and ...
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Avatar reverted back after uploading a new one

You might have forgotten to save it using the buttons at the bottom of the page. One is for saving it for the site you uploaded it on, one is for copying it to all your communities. I've been there :...
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How does Stack Exchange use Imgur for profile photos?

Yes, as explained in this blog post Stack Exchange is a Imgur customer: Alan Schaaf, the man behind Imgur, generously provided us a network-wide “pro” account that keeps any images hosted through ...
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Community ♦ user's avatar has changed in question lists

For some really weird reason, they're hosting that avatar on Gravatar, which is broken for many months now, changing images randomly. (including even Jeff Atwood avatar.) There are many auto-...
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Tiny profile icons in comments

How does it look without pics? Cleaner. I'd rather not see it. The first reason I can think of is, it's quite distracting to have a long comments thread with many small images. Unlike the longer ...
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Official position on use of images on avatars

I am the moderator who wiped impersonating information and suspended the user. First, this issue has nothing to do with using images on avatars. It is all about impersonation. So please don't get ...
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Why are the profileimageurl in the data dump of almost all Stack Exchange websites blank?

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 ...
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'Save and Copy to all communities' resets profile picture if it's set to Gravatar

We've (finally) fixed this bug, so you should be able to make changes to your profile picture and successfully propagate those changes to other communities. It turns out that null and "" are ...
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Official position on use of images on avatars

Moderator who banned @СашаЧерных (not me) refered to this paragraph from Terms of Service. Under no circumstances will Subscriber use the Network or the Service to (a) send unsolicited e-mails, bulk ...
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Inconsistency in display of animated avatars

This appears to be a bug on imgur's side, quite the same as the one reported in the famous Why is there a peeking duck in my profile pic? bug report. The thing is, when a user uploads a picture to ...
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Is it ok to use a QR code as an avatar?

You can, of course. There's absolutely no problem in advertising your site on your profile page - there're even special text fields in the profile editor for this. Considering that you won't even be ...
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