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My avatar in comments

I was asked how to add an avatar, a small photo of yourself, to your comment on this site. If you glance at comments on this site you will notice some people have a photo of themselves with their comment. I do. Others do not.

The culture of this site is to be yourself here. And to be conscious that, even when we disagree with each other, we are talking to a real person on the other side of the screen. I think we can all be proud of that culture in the community that gathers around this site.

Having a photo of yourself in the comment IMO enhances this. So I encourage you to try this.

Now back to: how?

Well, those of you who do this already – how do you do this?

[This site runs on WordPress with the Headway theme, so whatever works for WordPress sites should work here, and vice versa.]

One person suggested using Gravatar (click for link and follow instructions). Try it. Do you also have other suggestions?

I have also looked at adding a WordPress plugin to do this simply, but have so far not seen one that fulfils requirements. In time I also want to integrate social media (facebook, twitter,…) and commenting on this site better.

ps. wait there’s more: the word “avatar” comes from the Sanskrit avatāraḥ descent, from avatarati he descends, from ava– away + tarati he crosses over. First Known Use: 1784. So it is used for the incarnation of a Hindu deity (as Vishnu. Or an incarnation in human form. Hence, my discussion (connected to the film of that name): Is Christ God’s avatar?. And the earlier fascinating discussion of the relationship of your avatar to you, and, hence, the sacramental possibilities in the virtual world.

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