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Avatar upload during registration

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    Henry
    Participant

    @henrywright-1

    Are there any security implications of having members upload their avatar at registration (e.g before account activation)? I’d like to have them upload a photo when they’re choosing their name, username and password. As it stands quite a lot of my site members have the mystery man as their avatar photo which i’d like to avoid and member’s with photos add a richness to your site.

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    Paul Gibbs
    Keymaster

    @djpaul

    Avatar of Henry
    Henry
    Participant

    @henrywright-1

    Thanks for the background info @djpaul, appreciated!

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    missnorthking
    Participant

    @missnorthking

    I just saw something similar to this if you go to Settings –> Discussions and scroll down you will see you can choose from different style “Generated” avatars, much better then mystery man at least! And super easy! @henrywright-1

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    Henry
    Participant

    @henrywright-1

    Thanks for the tip @missnorthking, I did notice the options under settings.

    I’ve been looking for a good way of encouraging users to add an avatar. My thoughts so far are these:

    Option 1. Add an avatar upload button to the registration page. The problem with this solution is very well pointed out by @djpaul in trac ticket 2741. Images are uploaded to the server by non-registered users – not a very palatable approach for most developers.

    Option 2. Break the registration process into steps. The first step is user registration and activation with the second and final step being an avatar upload (optional) screen. This would ensure images are submitted by genuine site users who have already registered with a valid email address.

    Option 3. Do nothing. Have lots of mystery men photos display across the site.

    I’d welcome alternative ideas from anyone?

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    missnorthking
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    @missnorthking

    Option 2 sounds viable, depending on your audience I hear there are “points” type plug ins where members gain points if they do things like upload an avatar, follow you on twitter etc…there is also a plug in I saw that gives a profile completed status type bar, as you complete the different profile fields, the bar fills up…does that make sense?

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