I would appreciate any tips to remove the ubiquitous connects to gravatar.com without disabling all avatars. I want to allow users to upload avatars but I explicitly discourage use of gravatars for privacy reasons.
I found code that allows removal of other functions by way of custom.php (for example removing items from the user profile).
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to go about removing the calls to gravatar.com or even replacing them with calls to a local directory or alternative url.
There has to be some way to stop the arbitrary transmission of users email addresses to a service they do not use, doesn't there? It seems so basic a privacy thing. I actually think it breaks Privacy Laws in most jurisdictions to have these transmissions occurring without first having the consent of the user and I know it's a breach of Canadian Privacy Law. I think it would be a real downer to tell a user they must consent to the transmission of their email address to a service of which they may never have heard and which the site involved does not use.