Karsten Januszewski and Tim Aidlin: Introducing Incarnate

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    Very Very Very Nice! LOVE old school C9 style!


    But does this give me the reverence to the file? Or the image file exactly? What happens if I change my avatar on Facebook/Youtube? Does it change on the wordpress blog to? That would be a breaktrought!

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    Tim Aidlin

    Yes.  Incarnate references your avatars on Facebook, YouTube, etc ... so if they change it should change the avatar you used when you leave your comment.


    Hope you like Incarnate and use it.  Be sure to let us know at @mixonline if you implement it!

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    <rant/> omg.  Do we have bigger fish to fry then spend valuable gray matter on an avatar sync service?  Lets focus on ODATA (or the like) and let these things solve themselfs in the noise.  </rant>

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    Interesting rant... Not sure I can agree with the sentiment given the purpose of the project and the goal of the work Karsten et al do...


    As we talked about in this conversation, avatars are an implementation detail - there's more to incarnate than meets the eye. You just need to look for it.



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    Very cool plugin for WordPress! It works great with standard stuff but not so great with custom Sad

    I'm using a custom theme which uses jQuery and beacause of that I can't use Incarnate the right way.


    The issue is, that the theme uses jQuery to populate the standard comments form fields with the descriptions that are usualy on the side of the input. You can se how it works here: http://tomaszwisniewski.com/sql-azure-oraz-ssms-jak-polaczyc/#comments


    The thing is now, that when I add Incarnate the jQuery stuff populates it with description of an email address so it automaticaly tries to search for an avatar which is not good behavior.


    It would be great if the new release if the plugin take that into considaration, or mayby someone has a workaround for now?

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    Hi Tomas -- Thanks for reporting this. I've downloaded the mystique theme and am going to debug locally and fix. I'll let you know!





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    I concur, get it on C9.


    Thanks for the vid.

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    Great work with this software and WordPress plugin!


    I am, however, a bit confused how Incarnate solves CKurt's question. From what I could tell looking through the code, the service returns a absolute URI to the image of a user's avatar. If I comment on a site pulling in my avatar from Twitter, then go change my avatar on Twitter, the comment I left won't have my updated avatar since it had an absolute URI to the old avatar. In fact, unless I'm mistaken, it might give a broken link, no?


    The way to solve this would be to have Incarnate host the avatars used so no links ever get broken by 3rd-party services, but then Incarnate would have to do more heavy lifting.


    Also, how is this using microformats? At least from Twitter and Facebook you seem to be parsing the profile pages to get a link to the avatar.

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    sbressler: Right now we just hold the URI. Some social networks have the same URI even after you change your avatar, so that doesn't break things, but others do create new URIs to a changed avatar, in which things do break.


    As you suggest, the solution is to save and return the image instead of the URI.  This is a work item, but currently that isn't how the service works. If someone is interested in implementing that functionality, that'd be great!


    Yes, not all services find the avatar via microformats; I had to do some HTML screenscraping in some cases.

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    karstenj: Cool, thanks so much for the reply and explanation!

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