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Opened 4 years ago

Closed 4 years ago

Last modified 21 months ago

#5758 closed enhancement (fixed)

Rename "Avatar" to "Profile Photo"

Reported by: OC2PS Owned by: OC2PS
Milestone: 2.1 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: I18N Keywords: has-patch commit
Cc: OC2PS, Ben Hansen, 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.

Attachments (1)

5758#.patch (21.8 KB) - added by OC2PS 4 years ago.
Changes "Avatar" to "Profile Photo"

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Change History (13)

#1 @Paul Gibbs
4 years ago

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

#2 @Paul Gibbs
4 years ago

  • Cc imath John James Jacoby djpaul Boone Gorges removed
  • Owner set to Paul Gibbs
  • 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 @Paul Gibbs
4 years ago

  • Owner Paul Gibbs deleted

#4 @OC2PS
4 years ago

  • Owner set to OC2PS

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...

4 years ago

Changes "Avatar" to "Profile Photo"

#5 @OC2PS
4 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added

#6 @Paul Gibbs
4 years ago

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

#7 @OC2PS
4 years ago

  • Status changed from assigned to accepted

#8 @Paul Gibbs
4 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
4 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
4 years ago

In 8678:

More "Avatar" to "Profile Photo" renaming.

See #5758 and r8677

#11 @John James Jacoby
3 years ago

In 9397:

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

#12 @Paul Gibbs
21 months ago

  • Component changed from Locale - Text Changes to I18N
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