[buddypress-trac] [BuddyPress Trac] #5758: Rename "Avatar" to "Profile Photo"
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Thu Jul 17 08:28:36 UTC 2014
#5758: Rename "Avatar" to "Profile Photo"
Reporter: sooskriszta | Owner:
Type: enhancement | Status: new
Priority: normal | Milestone: 2.1
Component: Text Changes | Version:
Severity: normal | Keywords:
At the moment, we use the term "Avatar" to refer to primary images
uploaded by members. This might partly be due to the fact that BuddyPress
pulls "avatars" from Gravatar.
I propose that we rename this to "Profile Photo"
There is a definite desire to encourage users to upload profile photos
#4132 The gravatar connection is tenuous.
"Profile photo" is better than "Avatar" for several reasons:
- Profile photo is universally understood and translatable. Avatar is not.
- Profile photo does, somewhat boringly, exactly what it says on the can.
Avatar can be a bit ambiguous, childish or nerdy (depending on the
- Profile photo has "photo" in the term. We want to encourage those.
Avatar has the connotation of a graphic or illustration (check out my
avatar on bp.org and contrast it with jjj's profile photo). And no, I'm
not talking out of my a## here. The likes of Yahoo! allow both
photos]/pictures/images and [https://messenger.yahoo.com/features/avatars/
avatars] They are by no means alone in this regard. Compare
picture Live profile images] and [https://live.xbox.com/en-US/avatareditor
- Profile photo is the near-universal terminology and has higher usability
even for people not intimately familiar with the English language. What do
I mean by near-universal? Here are some users of "Profile Photo" (or
similar): [https://www.facebook.com/help/timeline/cover Facebook],
Twitter], [http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5 LinkedIn],
your-profile-photo Meetup], etc.
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