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Removing default Avatars from Blog Listing View

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    @nonegiven

    How to removing the default automatic avatars from ‘Blog Listing’ View?

    How to replace with something else?

    This topic was raise, with screenshot, here:

    http://buddypress.org/forums/topic/change-blog-avatar#post-3444

    I just wondered if there had been any progress, or plugins relating to this?

    I am sorry to say this, guys, but these automatic avatars look terrible. I cannot understand the WP/BP attachment to them. WP/BP is otherwise so modern and cool looking. They are really dissonant to the overall look of any theme and a distraction.

    At the very least, please give us the sitewide option to kill them, or use the ‘mystery man’ one now ( … ditto: the funny little faces as used here).

    DJPaul has them marked for v. 1.4. (date: TBA) but I cannot wait that long!!!

    http://trac.buddypress.org/ticket/192

    Another voice is support of ditching them is here: http://buddypress.org/forums/topic/changing-avatars-for-the-blogs-list#post-22772 with a possible solution I have not work out.

    Just removing them would screw up the look, replacing them with a simple/blank/site default gif would be good enough.

    Thanks

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    They are currently using a gravatar replacement image. In the future these avatars will be more robust, but at the moment if you really dislike them you can change your theme to use whatever you’d like.

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    Yah, it is strange and inconsistent … on ‘home’ the members’ chosen avatar shows nicely.

    On ‘blogs’ it shows the awful gravatar prismatic thing.

    I understand that members and blogs are two different things but, at least, it could default to the members’ avatar.

    Is it possible to use the code from the home page? Or does it not tie the user to their blog?

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    Because blogs can have more than 1 user/author, there’s no way to really know which user avatar to use for a blog. Blog avatars are coming, and maybe sooner than later, but for the moment there’s nothing in the 1.1.2 core that makes it immediately easy to replace the blog avatars, other than a custom theme of some kind.

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    @nonegiven

    I suppose the obvious thing to do then, if offer a choice … or nothing … as a choice, e.g. one could have a single, uploaded, ‘site default’ avatar.

    Choosing the creator/admin of the blog would be the obvious thing to do by default.

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    You can create a custom home theme and replace the blog avatars with a default image of your own if you’d like. And choosing the creator is obvious to you, but might not be what someone else wants. The creator of the root blog is the admin account, but I always create a new user right away and use that new user as my active account.

    When you first install WordPress and see the default theme, is your first response to say “it’s obvious the sidebar should be on the left side.” The default BuddyPress themes are designed to include all of the functions of BuddyPress to guide everyone into how to customize the use of them to do what you want and look how you want it to, just like the included WordPress themes do.

    Sure, people have made ultra elaborate theme frameworks, but don’t expect that to come bundled in the BuddyPress core. You’ve got options if you don’t like what you see, so explore them. :)

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    Well, let’s face it …

    a) it is an UI that is inconsistent at present and needs fixed, and

    b) the automatic gravatars are awful (ain’t seen no one defend them nor customise a theme to suit them!) and they could at least be replaced with a blank.

    And both have been recognised as such.

    I tried dropping a simple <img> tag into to place and with a little css, I suspect that would work just as a spaceholder/blank to keep consistency.

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