Dynamic Avatars via Dramatar.
Not so much of a question as more of a general statement. I wanted to bring to light a project I'd done some time ago called Dramatars. It's a dynamic avatar system which works via passing a hashed seed via an image call and creates a custom avatar for forum and blogs users.
It works right along side Gravatar as well and can be used as the default for it.
Here are a few samples of the types we offer, which include Blockies, Anime, Rag Dolls, Spirograph, Abstract, Arc and Boxy.
Making calls to create avatars is simple. Just use the following format:
TYPES are blockies, anime, ragdoll, spirograph, abstract, arc and boxy. I've also got a few others I'm working on and will release later.
SEED is the MD5 value of the members email address. If you don't want to use an email address, you could simply MD5 the sites domain name and user_id and pass that as a unique identifier. So long as it's MD5 encrypted, that's all the seed needs to be.
So, as an example: http://dramatar.com/a/blockies_150_eff450e17299d1a7af3e76a60d4b4f1d.png
I've used Vanilla in the past for a few projects and loved it, though at this moment I don't have my hands into any forum projects at all. Also not much time to develop plugins for various software.
Subsequently, I thought I'd simply post a heads up and see if any developer out there wants to slap together a plugin for this awesome forum software. If you do, feel free. Just ask that you link to the site somehow so that Dramatars are credited as the avatar provider.
If you'd like to see how a Dramatar would look with your info, simply go to the following and enter your email.
Speaking of sites, yes, it's a tad dated. I'm stripping it down to a simplicity site later with developer info and a rundown of the Dramatars offered. Simply not enough changes to warrant using Wordpress and having it run as a blog.
Any questions, let me know. If I posted this in an awful area, sorry! Feel free to move it.