f**k the gravatar. i wanna upload my own. I don't want any services for that.
Avatars can be uploaded from Flowdock preferences.
Benjamin Staffin commented
Since you support federated login with google apps, it would be nice if you could use Google profile images (and link to users google profiles, for organizations that make use of them)
Benjamin Stein commented
+1 for this. Gravatar is great for me and my team, but not great for all the emails that flow into Team Inbox. We have no control over their appearance.
Court Kizer commented
You can use whatever service you want to AUTOMATICALLY TRY AND GET ME AN ICON… but when you FORCE me to go to a 3rd party website to upload a user photo, or register for the terrible gravatar account… this is awful…
This is my complaint. I notice the people who are all for gravtar are the engineers because instead of thinking what's best for humans, they realize how nifty gravatar fits into their API minds…
Really you want me to have to write a PDF on "How to signup for a gravatar account" for our 38 employees in different offices everywhere? Send out the memo and force them to do it? Half these people have basic computer problems. But they can chat/facebook/ just fine. ALLOW people to upload a user photo… It's simple… there is so much API code that you can use to do this for free already… you obviously handled file uploads just fine…
I'm really frustrated here… I feel like the engineers are being super lazy instead of spending four dedicated days fixing this problem. As some one who's tackled this problem personally in our web apps I know it sucks…
FIX it today…
Court Kizer commented
Can we please get rid of gravatar? It never works. They have caching issues since they day they were created. Everytime some geeks get together at a startup they look for a solution for user profile photos, and Gravatar sounds like a fantastic idea. In truth it never works. My photo hasn't changed on flowdock, it hasn't change on any of my other gravtar using accounts…
GitHub dropped them for a reason along with the rest of the world…
Unless you plan to tell me how i can get my user icon working, because gravatar won't show anything in your app…
Chad Tolkien commented
As another commented mentioned, when you don't have control over the email address that a 3rd party uses (or it's generated automatically), gravatar doesn't work. Need a way to override the gravatar system (preferably on an email and per domain basis).
I'm fine with using Gravatar for real people, but it's a pain to manage when you're getting email from services that either don't have public addresses (private services emailing the flow) or when you don't control the address yourself.
Being able to upload a picture for these addresses manually would be really useful.
Bent Stamnes commented
When do you plan to do this? I see that the datestamp for the planned change was the 24th of November, last year. We have around 12 people on our team, and making all of them go to an external site to register for an avatar they only want to use internally in the company is both highly inefficient and an overall odd design-choice.
I'd really like to be able to set icons for email coming from addresses that I don't control. This would require an alternative to gravatar.
Agreed with Guy. I could support using Gravatar with the option to override by uploading to Flowdock. Please oh please never remove Gravatar completely!
Guy Fraser commented
I like gravatar but I think there should also be an option to upload profile pics directly to flowdock profile.
If no profile pic uploaded to flowdock, then it should try gravatar, otherwise use the uploaded pic.
The reason I'd encourage the option to upload a pic direct to flowdock is that gravatar confused the heck out of our admin team and it's a PITA to have to walk them through setting up gravatar every time a new member joins.
Back to gravatar, it seems to take ages to update some people's profile pics - eg. I set up my gravatar and others could see my pic appearing before I could, and some people still don't see my pic. There's some unreliability or delay at play that can be very frustrating for new users.
As for Otto's comment, gravatar does indeed work in many places, but so too would a profile pic uploaded direct to flowdock. If flowdock knows my email address (which it does), it can work out my user account and pull the uploaded profile pic or, if no pic uploaded, go look for one on gravatar.
Richard Johansson commented
No please, Gravatar is a great feature!
But allowing us to override the default Gravatar would be nice.
Not everyone in our company uses or would use gravatar, so allowing for an avatar upload for someone like our CEO who just isn't going to use gravatar but does use the system would be nice.
I totally disagree. Gravatars are the way to go, and any service that chooses to use something home-grown is wasting everyone's time.
AdminOtto Hilska (Admin, Flowdock) commented
I understand your point about Gravatars. However, just wanted to bring up one of the upsides:
Flowdock automatically tries to use avatars in many places. For example, when you send an e-mail to Influx, it will have your avatar instead of the e-mail icon. With Gravatars this functionality works "automatically", with no extra work.