Why i need a username to login there? If the Mail adresses are linked, i dont see a reason to provide another username for an avatar.
At the end, i guess this system is a true security risk for mail, usernames and password.
The only risk, with the hash of your email adress being send out, is that once decrypted, people can have a valid email adress.
BEWARE !!! You risk spam...
Most users use the same password there and on forums etc, and i dont know how these are stored there. If some scriptkiddies may hack the gravatar server, they got mail, user and pw for many users at many sites.
Well most users are doing wrong. And if you REALLY cared as much about security as you claimed, you'd have a different user name, a different email adress and a different password for any account you ever registered over the internet.
Who really has different passwords for private reasons
You'd ever have to carry a list with you, to login anywhere else but home.
Well, I do for one, and I'm not the only one.
About carrying passwords around, well I use a software named KeePass (I can't remember if I heard about it on scirra.com or toribash) which is really a convenient and secured tool. You can put it on an usb key, remember only the master password, and here you go.
To be honest, it's really not hard to set up/use, especially on your main computer (the one you work and access internet the most with)
It is what u guess. just dont want to see my avatar on all sites, i am registered at, faked or something.
btw the forum here on scirra is the first site in the net, where i am forced to register on another site just to upload an own pic for fast identification. sorry, but i really dont see a reason to handle this restraint for every user. maybe mail verification is inactive, but handling serious users from the outset as spammers seems strange to me.
So what are you complaining about ? You know no other site that uses gravatar.
i cant find it. where on scirra.com can i choose to use an external site to upload an avatar without registering at gravatar?
and of course, i could use no own avatar, but it is a typical forum feature to get a symbol or picture for fast user reference. if u mean it is an option to upload an avatar, i guess you dont fully understand the sense of a discussion board.
That was quite patronizing.
You have bad user passwords habits and now will go and rant about the effectiveness and comprehension of concept of Tom ?
Like soldjah I wasn't appealed to register to gravatar first either. But in the end I did (with another password as mentionned above, etc...)
But after having registered and used it, well, it ain't that bad. I'd even consider it for my own website, since the main advantage of that technology is : website doesn't need to store megabytes of pictures now. It's handled by gravatar, and you can use that ressources for the very service your website is providing.
From a dev perspective, it's an interesting option. (not mentioning the size handling and image manipulations of the avatar itself)
Of course, you could debate about some globalization factor (registered accounts on sites go search for your email automaticly and gets an avatar in return, one avatar for all websites. You'll "look the same" on every websites). I'd even agree, but that kind of discussion should be lead into gravatar's forums, not scirra's.
The option is that if you don't want to register gravatar, you're not forced to. You just have one of the hidious default avatars with no personality.
In the end you have a right to rant about gravatar, but imo, you're ranting for all the wrong reasons.
And if script kiddies frighten you, go change your passwords right now, 'cause now they know that getting access to one of your accounts on the net will allow them to access them all.
Script kiddies surely love users like you.