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#1 2014-03-13 21:33:30

kruncher
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Registered: 2014-03-04
Posts: 11

Why not just Gravatar?

Hey guys

Along the same lines as using external image hosting services, and utilising regular E-mail instead of private messages, why not just utilise the Gravatar service instead of uploading avatar images?

This is what WordPress does and it works fantastically well.

On my installation I have removed all of the avatar management options and simply replaced the avatar generation function with one that generates the Gravatar image. Users can still disable this in the normal way.

Just a thought wink

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#2 2014-03-14 08:19:14

Otomatic
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From: Paris - France
Registered: 2010-01-26
Posts: 571
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Re: Why not just Gravatar?

Hi,

I do not want my forum depend on third parties.
This should not be part of the core, but possibly be a plugin or a mod.


Ce n'est pas parce que l'erreur se propage qu'elle devient vérité. Ghandi
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#3 2014-03-14 14:44:50

kruncher
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Registered: 2014-03-04
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Re: Why not just Gravatar?

I do not want my forum depend on third parties.

We already do depend upon third parties for image embedding...

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#4 2014-03-14 16:03:03

Different55
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Registered: 2011-11-18
Posts: 178

Re: Why not just Gravatar?

What do you mean? The only images FluxBB uses (besides user-posted images) are locally hosted, aren't they?

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#5 2014-03-14 16:19:33

kruncher
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Registered: 2014-03-04
Posts: 11

Re: Why not just Gravatar?

Different55 wrote:

What do you mean? The only images FluxBB uses (besides user-posted images) are locally hosted, aren't they?

The BBCode "img" tag requires posters to use a third-party hosting provider for the embedded image. Ideally, this would be hosted on your own servers, but this seems to be against the goals of FluxBB.

I do not see how using an external avatar service would be any different...

Last edited by kruncher (2014-03-14 16:21:53)

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#6 2014-03-14 17:04:56

Studio384
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2012-04-11
Posts: 681
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Re: Why not just Gravatar?

When you name them right, you know the difference: the IMG-tag depends on third party SOURCES (and even then, you can also have data from first party), when that goes down, your post is broken, nothing else. The system you request here depends on a third party SERVICE, when that goes down, the forum systems avatar system will turn useless and will break the forum until a patch is launched. FluxBB doesn't want to relay on third parties, img nor email are a third party.

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#7 2014-03-14 21:49:49

Askelon
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From: Bretagne − France
Registered: 2010-06-09
Posts: 202
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Re: Why not just Gravatar?

As for the argument of WordPress using Gravatar, there's also a pretty good reason to that: Gravatar belongs to Automattic, the company founded by Matt Mullenweg to develop WordPress.

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