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Opened 10 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#5758 closed enhancement (fixed)

Rename "Avatar" to "Profile Photo"

Reported by: sooskriszta's profile sooskriszta Owned by: sooskriszta's profile sooskriszta
Milestone: 2.1 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: I18N Keywords: has-patch commit
Cc: sooskriszta, ubernaut, naton


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 context).
  • 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 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 profile photos/pictures/images and avatars They are by no means alone in this regard. Compare Live profile images and Xbox avatars.
  • 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): Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+/Blogger/Youtube, Meetup, etc.

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5758#.patch (21.8 KB) - added by sooskriszta 10 years ago.
Changes "Avatar" to "Profile Photo"

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Change History (13)

#1 @DJPaul
10 years ago

Sure, sounds good. If you're able to work on a patch, we could get the change into 2.1.

#2 @DJPaul
10 years ago

  • Cc imath johnjamesjacoby djpaul boonebgorges removed
  • Owner set to DJPaul
  • Status changed from new to assigned

Also, please don't CC anyone from the core team into your tickets. We really do read every ticket, anyway. :)

#3 @DJPaul
10 years ago

  • Owner DJPaul deleted

#4 @sooskriszta
10 years ago

  • Owner set to sooskriszta

Sorry about that. I just cc'd the folks that discussed this in devchat a few weeks ago.

Will have to look up how to submit patches again, but this seems easy enough...

10 years ago

Changes "Avatar" to "Profile Photo"

#5 @sooskriszta
10 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added

#6 @DJPaul
10 years ago

Thanks for working on a patch. We'll take a look at changes soon, hopefully over the next few days.

#7 @sooskriszta
10 years ago

  • Status changed from assigned to accepted

#8 @DJPaul
10 years ago

  • Keywords commit added

There's a couple of places where we should tweak the capitalisation, but apart from that, this is fine.

#9 @djpaul
10 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from accepted to closed

In 8677:

Rename "Avatar" to "Profile Photo".

"Profile photo" is probably more easily understood by most people (and translators), and better describes what BuddyPress' member and group avatar features actually are; that we're asking for a person's photograph. Sometimes, avatar can mean "graphic" or "illustration".

This subtle change in phrasing also makes BuddyPress more consistent with the significant majority of other online platform services (Twitter, Facebook, etc).

Fixes #5758, props sooskriszta

#10 @djpaul
10 years ago

In 8678:

More "Avatar" to "Profile Photo" renaming.

See #5758 and r8677

#11 @johnjamesjacoby
9 years ago

In 9397:

Replace "avatar" with "profile photo" in admin area. Fixes #6151. See #5758.

#12 @DJPaul
8 years ago

  • Component changed from Locale - Text Changes to I18N
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