Uploading your avatar

Step 1: Make sure you are logged in

Check the blue user widget on the right hand sidebar. If it shows your name, then you're good to go. If it shows an e-mail and password field, fill that in first and click 'Login.'


Step 2: Go to your Profile Settings page

Prepare an image that you want to be your avatar picture. We will take any square JPEG file, preferably at least 80x80 pixels. When you are ready, click the 'Choose File' button and pick the image you prepared earlier. The browser will upload the file and we will process it. When we are done processing it, the avatar image will be updated to the image you just uploaded.


Step 3: Pick the image you like

If you are adventurous, you can get to the page from your User profile page and click on 'Change picture' link below your current avatar. It is at http://www.dpreview.com/members/settings/profile.


Step 4: Confirm the changes are made

If you like the look of your new avatar, click the 'Save changes' button at the end of the page. This will save any other update on the page as well. Alternative you can click 'No' and repeat the uploading process with a different image.

Before avatar change
After avatar change

Any questions?

Question 1: What happens to Gravatar?

If you have not set up an avatar with us and have a Gravatar account, we will show your Gravatar.

Question 2: What if I want to remove my avatar on dpreview?

Go to your Profile Settings page (Step 2), click the 'Remove your current avatar' link. If you have a Gravatar account, you will also need to remove the avatar associated with your log in e-mail address with us. Otherwise, we will display that avatar.

Any more questions?

If you have more questions, please send us a feedback.

Comments

Total comments: 104
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Louis_Dobson
By Louis_Dobson (Feb 29, 2012)

Good. Gravatar would have been great if it was easy to use and lots of other sites used it. Neither of these held true....

1 upvote
Vlad Didenko
By Vlad Didenko (Feb 29, 2012)

Hm... apparently we visit different lots... :)

0 upvotes
Louis_Dobson
By Louis_Dobson (Feb 29, 2012)

We must do... I've never, ever seen another Gravatar site! Do they tend to a particular genre?

1 upvote
rrr_hhh
By rrr_hhh (Feb 29, 2012)

What I don't like with gravatar is that they use it automatically without asking you. I've been surprised several times by this while commenting on different blogs, where the mere act of entering your email (something often requested to enter a comment) will get the avatar.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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YouDidntDidYou
By YouDidntDidYou (Feb 29, 2012)

43rumors uses both if you don't login but comment with a Gravatar email it will use your Gravatar avatar

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sherwoodpete
By sherwoodpete (Feb 29, 2012)

Gravatar never took me by surprise as I use a unique email address for every site when I register.

That of course means my Dpreview and Gravatar emails differ, and the image didn't show anywhere, ever.

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Vlad Didenko
By Vlad Didenko (Mar 1, 2012)

All Wordpress and Drupal-based sited use Gravatar by default. Those are basic content management technologies and used throughout many industries.

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Vlad Didenko
By Vlad Didenko (Feb 29, 2012)

You know what, I do not like it so much I will remove the avatar from dpreview.

0 upvotes
Vlad Didenko
By Vlad Didenko (Apr 3, 2012)

This is awful. I **DID** remove my avatar - and yet it appears again two months later. Not cool, dpreview. I'll remove it again, we will see...

0 upvotes
Vlad Didenko
By Vlad Didenko (Apr 3, 2012)

OK, so the return of my avatar was, in fact, rolled back use of gravatar. This is actually nice - thank you!

Comment edited 35 seconds after posting
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Vlad Didenko
By Vlad Didenko (Feb 29, 2012)

Don't like the change. Sounds like hoarding of user account resources - while making it a nuisance to update an avatar on one more site. Gravatar is convenient. Besides dpreview's business reasoning I see no win for users. Which should mean it's not good for dpreview's business. what do I miss?

1 upvote
gail
By gail (Feb 29, 2012)

Gravatar must really appreciate the dpreview headline about the change!

3 upvotes
Vlad Didenko
By Vlad Didenko (Mar 1, 2012)

Huh! Dpreview must have read your comment - the headline is different :)

0 upvotes
David Hull
By David Hull (Feb 29, 2012)

Doesn't seem to work for me either.

0 upvotes
Adrian Godong
By Adrian Godong (Feb 29, 2012)

Shoot us a feedback, we'll sort it out for you.

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solsang
By solsang (Feb 29, 2012)

took me long time and many trials to get gravatar to work, it was really feeling like a waste of time, so i applaud the ability to use our own photos on this photo site instead of complex systems outside, thanks dp!

Comment edited 33 seconds after posting
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YouDidntDidYou
By YouDidntDidYou (Feb 29, 2012)

Gravatar is pretty straight forward to use!

3 upvotes
davecamerator
By davecamerator (Feb 29, 2012)

Doesn't work !

0 upvotes
Adrian Godong
By Adrian Godong (Feb 29, 2012)

We're still ironing out some quirks. Thanks!

0 upvotes
hunk
By hunk (Feb 29, 2012)

will it be possible to use animated gifs?

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Klarno
By Klarno (Feb 29, 2012)

god i hope not

11 upvotes
Adrian Godong
By Adrian Godong (Feb 29, 2012)

No.

8 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Feb 29, 2012)

yes. the more spread out and disconnected your information is, the more difficult is it for the FBI and CIA to track you. thats why i dont use things like Facebook or Disqus.. its just a way for you to be tracked online, why would anyone do that.

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Phil Askey
By Phil Askey (Feb 29, 2012)

If you've got nothing to hide?

5 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Feb 29, 2012)

Good to see you Phil! I agree.

0 upvotes
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Feb 29, 2012)

If you're worried about being tracked, get off the internet. Or get smarter about how you use it. If you're worried about the CIA or FBI, you're obviously not technically qualified enough to be posting in public forums online.

0 upvotes
inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Feb 29, 2012)

@phil: oh my god i cant believe that i read such a comment by a guy working in IT ^^

2 upvotes
inFocus
By inFocus (Feb 29, 2012)

It's all about choice. If I had the choice to NOT get my Internet behaviour harvested by Google, Facebook, etc I would not mind. As it is today, I have no choice. I never use Google or Facebook, yet they gather info from me. Google has even photographed my house and published it on the Internet without my consent. So there we have it, the freedom of choice does not exist, not on the internet.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Feb 29, 2012)

Not only does google have a photo of your house, but, if you ever "checked in" using one of the location apps, they know exactly who you are. Now, as of today they are going to connect that info with your gmail, youtube, google searches, browsing history, etc, etc. Of course you already consented to that right? Do you ever wonder why these services ask you to enter an "alternate email".. its so they can make these data linkages.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Feb 29, 2012)

ha ha ha ... hi Phil! Just the kind of comment I expected. Nice to see you! We missed you.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Mar 1, 2012)

@Phil, nice to see you back in business... at least we know you are not just concerned about Zemotoring, even follow DPR.

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Agoston_Horvath
By Agoston_Horvath (Feb 29, 2012)

Same here... gravatar's main use is centrally managing your pic. The fact that individual sites spare some work on not storing/managing profile pics is just an added feature here.

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ijak
By ijak (Feb 29, 2012)

I will miss the Gravatar connection. … One face to rule them all.

3 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Feb 29, 2012)

Not that i use it, but how difficult could it be to implement both 'use Gravatar' and 'upload an image' options to choose from, web coders of dpreview? Make sure not to upset anyone.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Feb 29, 2012)

Jesper - why bother? Whats the problem with uploading your image to any forum you visit? I dont understand the idea behind gravatar at all - except as a help to site managers. The benefit to users seems infinitesimal.

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OnTheWeb
By OnTheWeb (Mar 1, 2012)

Because it's easier to have a single Gravatar that is used at many websites and if you decide to change your look you don't have to change it in 25 different places.

Web comment systems such as, Disqus, use gravatar and it saves a lot of screwing around at each website.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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PaoloBosetti
By PaoloBosetti (Feb 29, 2012)

That's a pity. I actually find Gravatar a useful way to centrally manage my avatars, without having to upload a picture again and again, every time I subscribe to a new site/service/forub etc. This is a step back, IMHO.

2 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Feb 29, 2012)

I don't think you will lose this ability. Gravatar still exists, and as long as you leave your photo there it will still work like it used to.

The only change here is that Dpreview is hosting their own avatars now. The Dpreview avatar will NOT appear elsewhere.... but if you don't close your Gravatar account, then it should still work like it used to.

0 upvotes
Sunshine_boy
By Sunshine_boy (Feb 29, 2012)

Very good idea and implementation. Works as it should.
Cannot see how some people have problems.
Keep innovating!... :)

0 upvotes
Vlad Didenko
By Vlad Didenko (Mar 1, 2012)

boy, I like your sarcasm!

0 upvotes
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