Tango, The Wild Dream (rebelsheart) wrote in suggestions,
Tango, The Wild Dream

Gravatar Support

Gravatar Support

Short, concise description of the idea
Setup support for Gravatars in commenting, notably for OpenID users.

Full description of the idea
A gravatar is a "globally recognized avatar", as is explained on their website at http://www.gravatar.com. A user creates an account there and links it with a specific email address. LiveJournal can then take an email address associated with an OpenID account and check to see if a Gravatar is available for that email address. The Gravatar can then be used as the OpenID account's userpic

An ordered list of benefits
  • Fewer images to host
  • Someone else's bandwidth, to a degree.
  • Follows along with the ideals behind OpenID, which LiveJournal has always supported.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Not particularly useful for people who have LiveJournal accounts already
  • Coding, coding, coding.
  • If Gravatar's website goes down, icons don't show.
Tags: external services, external services: other sites, openid, userpics, § no status
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