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is it possible to switch off Gravatar.com

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by erich37, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    I have used Gravatar.com at one of my websites and I did not like this thing as it had very long loading times and because of Gravatar.com my website took forever to load completely.

    Is there any chance to turn off Gravatar.com when running a XF-website ?

    Many thanks,
    steven s, JulianD, dutchbb and 5 others like this.
  2. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    How about instead of directly linking to images on gravatar, why not pull the avatar the store it here?
  3. Enigma

    Enigma Well-Known Member

    Looks like caching would not comply with the gravatar ToS: (emphasis mine)
    It probably needs an on/off switch though.
  4. Cory Booth

    Cory Booth Well-Known Member

    +1 here
  5. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    just to let you know:

    Gravatar.com is a product of Automattic Inc. (WordPress).

    Even the coders of BuddyPress.org (also a WordPress product) had to build a feature in order to be able to switch OFF Gravatar.com, because webmasters did request from BuddyPress.org to have the ability to disable Gravatar.com

    Many webmasters did not like that Gravatar.com service and preferred to switch it off.
  6. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    If I go to someones full profile and right click on an avatar, would it indicate it was a gravatar?
  7. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

  8. Peter

    Peter Active Member

    An option to turn it off is a big plus since not everyone needs gravatar when you can simply upload one that will be local and load much quicker.
  9. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Anything externally that may slow down the forums we need to be able to disable.
  10. DSF

    DSF Well-Known Member

  11. Gravity

    Gravity Member

    The ideal solution is to cache the gravatar image locally, but that's probably going to require an addon to be developed.
  12. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    And IIRC, against their terms of service.
    Forsaken likes this.
  13. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    how about adding the code that loads the avatars as the user scrolls down? essentially only loading the images that are visible on the user's screen on load.

    disqus has that!
  14. Gravity

    Gravity Member

  15. tlsoft_tib

    tlsoft_tib Member

    Where could i switch it on?
  16. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    Would be good to disable...dont do what I did....just spent half an hour waiting for the vB importer to find gravatars for 20k+ members :p Surprised they didn't block me for abusing the API! (Props for the great vB importer btw!)
  17. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    This seems to be more of a detailed 'how can I' thread, as opposed to a simple 'can it be done' thread.

    Since we have re-arranged the forums a bit, I think the general discussions forum might be a better fit than the presales forum.

    presales -> general discussions.
  18. CFodder

    CFodder Well-Known Member

    Yes, I would like to know how to turn off this s**t awful feature that probably 1% of our users will utilise. I must admit I'm puzzled why the XF developers haven't included, or as I saw mentioned don't plan to implement, a system for us to upload a selection of default avatars.
  19. soloarquitectura

    soloarquitectura Well-Known Member

    Yes, something similar happens with Facebook.
    For example, xenforo.com sometimes takes a long time to load because it is awaiting a response from Facebook.
  20. DSF

    DSF Well-Known Member

    For our forum gravatar.com is a BIG bulls....... We MUST disable it.
    Please implement it in Beta 2

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