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jimberry

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Changing avatar for forum posts
Posted: 07-Jan-2021 05:14
 
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I have replaced the avatar in my jAlbum profile page thinking that would also apply to the avatar in my posts and in my forum profile, but of course the forum is Jive software, not jAlbum software, and has its own preferences.

However, the forum's Control Panel "Your Profile" and "Your Forums Settings" don't seem to allow changing the avatar. What am I missing?

Also, the image on the forum profile page is not the avatar used in my posts.
JeffTucker

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Re: Changing avatar for forum posts
Posted: 07-Jan-2021 13:15   in response to: jimberry in response to: jimberry
 
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The avatars on your profile page and here in the forums are now the same. It takes a while for the two systems to get in synch.

The forum profile page is blocked from editing because most of the information is taken from your regular profile page. Mine is using an avatar from quite a few years ago. The catch with that one is that no one else can find it. Take a look at the URL in your post - it's keyed to your numeric user ID, not your username. And from the forum, it's virtually impossible to figure out what someone's user ID is. So, unless you actually give someone the link, they'll never see the old avatar.

ETA: I just took a look, out of curiosity, and even from the forum admin console there doesn't appear to be any way to get at that old avatar. It's also very difficult to track down someone's numeric user ID from there.
jimberry

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Re: Changing avatar for forum posts
Posted: 07-Jan-2021 16:04   in response to: JeffTucker in response to: JeffTucker
 
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Attachment avatar_problems.png (308,1 KB)
JeffTucker wrote:
The avatars on your profile page and here in the forums are now the same.
Not the same here :(
The attached png file shows three different versions of the avatar on the jAlbum profile , the forum profile and this forum post --as seen here in OZ. Do you see the same avatar on the forum post?
JeffTucker

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Re: Changing avatar for forum posts
Posted: 07-Jan-2021 16:37   in response to: jimberry in response to: jimberry
Correct
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I'm seeing the same avatar on the forum posts and your profile page - appropriately enough, the "profile" photo! Sounds like some aggressive browser cache clearing is in order.

But as I said, there doesn't seem to be any way to change the avatar on the forum profile page. But no one else can see it, anyway.
AnCa

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Re: Changing avatar for forum posts
Posted: 07-Jan-2021 18:56   in response to: jimberry in response to: jimberry
 
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Yes, Jeff is correct. The public avatars use the same source, but have a cache time of one year, so a force refresh is needed. The avatar used for jalbum.net (not the forum) is going thru a CDN, so it can't be refreshed with a browser cache cleanout, but when the image is updated, the URL is updated too, so it will automatically be refreshed. The URL for the avatar in the forum is fixed, but doesn't go thru a CDN so a browser refresh is sufficient (but needed).

The avatar you see in the user settings in the forum seems to be something we set up in the early days of the forum for the admins. There are some 18 different avatars to choose from in the forum admin (all picturing admins), but I can't find a way to update the avatar for a user... But, as Jeff says, it's very tricky for anyone but you to see that avatar.
jimberry

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Re: Changing avatar for forum posts
Posted: 07-Jan-2021 21:29   in response to: JeffTucker in response to: JeffTucker
 
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OK.
Another F5 did the trick.
Patience is a virtue ;)
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