Adds options to enhance the privacy when using avatars.
Avatars from gravatar.com are great, but they come with certain privacy implications. You as site admin may already know this, but your visitors and users probably don't. Avatar Privacy can help to improve the privacy situation by making some subtle changes to the way avatars are displayed on your site.
The plugin works without changing your theme files if you use a modern theme, and it does support (simple) multisite installations. It requires at least PHP 5.2.4 and WordPress 3.2. For the plugin to do anything for you, you need to visit the discussion settings page in the WordPress admin area and save the new settings. Please note that the plugin does not provide an options page of its own, it rather adds to the existing discussion settings page.
The plugin's features summed up. See following sections for longer explanations:
The plugin is currently available in these languages:
Contact me if you want to provide translations for other languages.
To display an avatar image, you publish an encrypted version (MD5) of the E-Mail address in the gravatar's image URL. Gravatar.com then decides if there is an avatar image to deliver, otherwise the default image is delivered. The default image's address is also part of the overall gravatar image URL. Normally, both the avatar image and the default image are requested from gravatar.com servers. This process has the following problems:
The plugin offers some measures to deal with these problems. It's not perfect or a complete solution, but some of the above points can be addressed sufficiently:
The plugin is still quite new. Please use it with caution and report any problems. You can use the contact form on my code site or create a forum topic on forum.wordpress.org with the tag [avatar-privacy]. I'll see these pop up in my feed reader and hopefully will reply shortly. ;-) You can contact me in German or English.