Change to Libravatar for default user avatars?

By default, the DIscourse software that powers this site uses Gravatar as a source for user pictures (getting the one linked to your email address as provided in the Fedora Account System. Gravatar is provided by open-source company Wordpress, but isn’t open source.

Many Fedora services instead use Libravatar, an open-source service which does the same thing — and even runs in Fedora Infrastructure.

I think we should change to this for Fedora Discussion and Ask Fedora, but it will cause anyone who hasn’t set an avatar here locally to get a new one, which may be surprising. Additionally, new users without a open source / free software background are much less likely to have an avatar set up with Libravatar, so we might want to do something different on each site.

What do you think?

Should we switch to Libravatar on Ask Fedora?

  • Yes, but only if Discussion switches too
  • Yes, even if Discussion stays with Gravatar
  • No, as I will explain below

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Note that I’ve asked this separately over at Change to Libravatar for default user avatars? - #2 by mattdm - Site Feedback - Fedora Discussion

Libravtar sounds good—what work is needed to make this tweak though? Is it something simple in the admin panel or something more involved?

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As simple as, just keep the Pool active for some days and will see What the community suggest:

https://ask.fedoraproject.org/admin/site_settings/category/all_results?filter=gravatar

Regards.,

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If it’s only a minor change in the settings, I’m all for it. :+1:

Yes, I think that is the case. I’m actually not 100% sure what will happen with existing users. It may be that they keep the current avatars, which would be fine.

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I’ve had the answer for this, it’s explaining in this picture:

Captura de pantalla de 2021-04-13 17-25-31

Regards.,

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Yeah, so I think it’ll stay as initially set, unless you hit the :recycle: button.

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Okay, since feedback was overwhelmingly positive, I don’t see any reason to wait and I’ve implemented this for both Ask and Discuss. Please test!

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works really well thx you

Regards.,

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