dfeed/gravatar issue

Vladimir Panteleev vladimir at thecybershadow.net
Sun Dec 11 13:14:24 PST 2011

On Sunday, 11 December 2011 at 21:03:31 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu 
> I'm finding myself unable to set up my own Gravatar picture 
> with dfeed. This is because I post on this newsgroup as 
> SeeWebsiteForEmail at erdani.org, which is a non-existent email 
> address. Gravatar, however, requires the email to point to an 
> attended mailbox because they send you the activation link to 
> it.
> I already have a Gravatar account set up with my actual email 
> address. What steps could I take to associate my newsgroup post 
> email with my actual Gravatar account?

One of the following:

1) Temporarily make SeeWebsiteForEmail at erdani.org a valid e-mail 
address, and validate it on Gravatar. This will allow you to set 
up a picture for it. However, Gravatar profile links only work 
with the "primary" e-mail address on your Gravatar account.

2) Post with a valid e-mail address? I use a working e-mail 
address, which redirects to Gmail. Uncaught spam is a very rare 
occurrence (less than once a month). It is possible to use Gmail 
as a spam filter, since it can both download e-mail from another 
POP/IMAP server, and redirect it after it's been filtered.

3) It would be possible to add some kind of feature on DFeed 
which would allow you to specify your real e-mail address, which 
would be sent (obfuscated) as an extra header. DFeed would 
recognize this header and use it for Gravatar display. It is 
probably not worth complicating the UI for this, though.

3b) We could decide on an e-mail munging scheme that DFeed can 
recognize for Gravatar displays.

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