My faceless Gravatar
Help, I’ve been overtaken by Gravatar. I didn’t want it, didn’t need it, but I can’t get rid of it.
When I first joined WordPress, I used to enjoy clicking on an avatar and seeing a wonderful, exciting Home page. This one avatar click would bring me directly to the avatar owner’s website. From there I could view all they had to say. It was simple, and a wonderful experience. How lovely to see such variety in the way people communicate, with just one click on a photo.
All that changed with the introduction of Gravatar. Now, when I want to see what a blog is about before replying to a comment, most times, all I get is a boring blue screen with a stupid blank head. A bit like a cheap chess piece. Often, it is difficult to go anywhere from this screen, and so I end up not communicating with the gravatar owner. I hated the Gravatar screen when I fist saw it, and I still hate it now. I certainly wouldn’t want it on my website.
Harrumph! It doesn’t seem to matter what I want; I seem to have acquired it. I didn’t even get a confirmation email either, so it was without my permission. I know I definitely wouldn’t have responded to one of those because of my dislike of the Gravatar screen. Gravatar mysteriously appeared on my website yesterday. Not only that, but it seems to have taken it over. I say mysteriously, but I fear I might have played a small part in its appearance. Yesterday, I was changing my WordPress avatar photo to the one above. Midway through the process, I was shocked to see the words ‘Gravatar image’ on the screen. I immediately clicked on ‘Don’t show this image’ thinking I was removing it from Gravatar, and it would just revert back to my previous Wordpress image. How wrong could I be?
When I next posted my reply to a comment someone had made, my avatar showed as a green abstract square. I tried to insert my photo again, but Gravatar wouldn’t allow me to do that. Ever since then, I’ve been trying in vain to remove Gravatar, and get my website back to what it was. Apparently, it cannot be done. I followed all the instructions about removing information from the profile page and deleting all photos. However, when I then closed it down and rebooted my wordpress website again, I noticed my avatar had the chess piece head. Oh! I got rid of the photo, I thought, I’ll have to upload it again to WordPress. So I did, and guess what? I’ve apparently uploaded it to Gravatar again. Grrravatar!
Can anyone help?
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