We have recently rolled out a web content filter. I have noticed on many users www.gravatar.com even though these users are not going to this site, nor have any program loaded that would connect to this site.

Anybody know why this would be showing up. Some google searching has mentioned possibly being attached to emails.

However, at this point, it isn't making sense.


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If your users are frequenting sites who use Gravatar as their avatar provider, like StackOverflow or ServerFault, you'll see a flurry of requests to gravatar.com.

Each question and answer generates a hit for the user profile back to gravatar.

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    Just to clarify, OpenID has nothing to do with Gravatars.
    – user1797
    May 8, 2009 at 16:18
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    thanks David, modified my answer. I created the mental association somehow, and I misspoke.
    – p.campbell
    May 8, 2009 at 20:27

Serverfault and Stackoverflow both use gravatar as their avatar providers.


Weblogs and sites they are reading uses plugins or query with APIs the gravatar.com website. For example, serverfault.com does.

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