The size of user profile image in this forum (programmers.stackexchange.com) is smaller than in other forums (*.stackexchange.com or stackoverflow.com), why?

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In programmers.stackexchange.com, the size of image, frame, and padding is not aesthetically beautiful. It is just my opinion that maybe incorrect. :)


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It's part of the design (assuming you mean the picture on this page - as an example).

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    +1 By design. I understood now. :) May 29, 2011 at 2:36
  • I think the size of the frame, padding and image is not proportional. I don't know whether other users feel the same. May 29, 2011 at 3:07
  • to add what @chrisF answered already, I made the the gravatar smaller because unlike the other SE sites, this site's user picture has a sticky note "frame." As for the padding, I have adjusted the CSS bit to make the sticky note more square, and the padding more even. It will be in the next build.
    – Jin
    May 30, 2011 at 4:04
  • @Jin: Thanks. It is much better now. May 31, 2011 at 16:14

We use http://gravatar.com for avatars.

The native size of the avatar is 128x128 as you can see on individual user pages -- this is also the maximum that Gravatar supports. I think this is quite large and I'm not sure why you would feel otherwise.

edit: as the OP said, for some reason Jin (our designer) decided to resize the avatar on the user page for this particular site. I will let him comment on that.

  • Please kindly see my update. The image size in tex.stackexchange.com is bigger than in programmers.stackexchange.com. May 29, 2011 at 4:36
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    @xport oh, I see -- that makes more sense, thank you! May 29, 2011 at 5:01
  • Actually Gravatar supports up to 512 I think. See gravatar.com/avatar/…
    – Josh K
    May 29, 2011 at 17:46
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    @josh interesting, the last time I checked was in 2008 -- maybe they've increased it. 128x128 seems.. sufficient.. though :) May 31, 2011 at 6:53
  • Yep, more then enough.
    – Josh K
    May 31, 2011 at 12:10

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