Craven: Why Gravatar?

Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 09:40 pm
Hello Craven,

I was wondering why only Gravatar was picked to be the chosen way to load an avatar up to this site.

I, myself, would have preferred Photobucket as a third party site to do this. My reason is that it seems to work a lot smoother and quicker.

Will additional sites, other than Gravatar, be made available to load avatars in future?
Robert Gentel
Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 10:28 pm
Photobucket has none of the integration tools that made it easy. We'd have to allow for a url to the image to be input by the user and they could make it a huge picture, or a url to something bad etc.

Gravatars does the policing of the avatars with the ratings you use, allows us to define sizes easily and is already widely used by people meaning new users sometimes already have an avatar when they join (e.g. this guy already had an avatar before we even opened the new site).

Plus as an added bonus are the default unique avatars. Avatars serve a usability purpose by helping distinguish users more easily, and users with no avatars can still display a unique avatar that is generated by a hash of their email. That's why even if you don't have an avatar you have a unique image on the site.

Originally, gravatars were intended as a temporary solution, until a better on-site solution was made but that may change as they work quite well.

Reply Thu 21 Aug, 2008 08:00 am
@Robert Gentel,
Thank you for the detailed and thorough explanation. I can see why this is now. I was wondering about those default images, too.
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