I noticed this:

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As you can see, some users have a dotted border around their profile picture. I recently changed my profile picture, but Renan didn't, as far as I know. This really isn't something on the picture, I checked, it's in the stylesheet of the website (see below).

I can't find a logic in who has the border and who hasn't. It's the same all the time though.

Users with a dotted border have a somewhat malformed profile page: the user's info starts below the image. Have a look at my profile for example.

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This has been fixed. The dotted borders still appear though.

More users: I rakshith, Nick Rosencrantz, Jeremy Tunnell, angelatlarge, Tom L., Brian Drummond (after he changed his avatar, I believe)

This is EE-specific. I can't find any picture on WordPress Answers or TeX with the dotted border.

I took a look at the HTML, and found that the users with dotted border are in a <div> with class gravatar-wrapper-32. The other users are in a <div> with no class at all. The CSS (border: 1px dotted rgb(195, 181, 156);) is linked to the class gravatar-wrapper-32.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Oh, damn, you have found the secret labeling mechanism. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 12:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ User Nick Rosencrantz and User Jeremmy Tunnell \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 12:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ You'll know when you get that knock on your door in the middle of the night. Pack some warm clothes. Siberia is still cold this time of year. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 14:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ You mean you don't really look like that? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 14:55

3 Answers 3


That's why - see the border rule?

.gravatar-wrapper-32 {
    background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #EEEEEE;
    border: 1px dotted #BBBBBB;
    height: 32px;
    overflow: hidden;
    padding: 0;
    text-align: center;
    width: 32px;
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can see that, however, I can't see the logic in which users have .gravatar-wrapper-32 and which not. \$\endgroup\$
    – user17592
    Commented Mar 11, 2013 at 13:51

A temporary solution is to add a UserScript to your browser, like this:

// ==UserScript==
// @name        Remove dotted border on EE.SE
// @namespace   http://*electronics.stackexchange.com/*
// @version     1.0
// @include     http://*electronics.stackexchange.com/*
// ==/UserScript==

// .gravatar-wrapper-32 is for small pictures like under a question / answer
// .gravatar-wrapper-48 is for somewhat bigger pictures like on the users list
// .gravatar-wrapper-128 is for the profile picture
$('.gravatar-wrapper-32, .gravatar-wrapper-48, .gravatar-wrapper-128').css({
    border: '0'
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    \$\begingroup\$ But if we do that, then everyone will be equal. How are we supposed to know the better people from the ones with the dotted borders then? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 19:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop you are mistaken. The people with the dotted borders are better! \$\endgroup\$
    – user17592
    Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 19:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Wow. The "problems" some people have. Isn't there something better that needs solving? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 18:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @angelatlarge it was worse when the profile page wasn't malformed too. And still it's weird. \$\endgroup\$
    – user17592
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 18:52

This is a wild guess. I notice that the pictures with borders seem to have some sharpening applied to the small versions. Since you upload a single larger size picture, SE (or that silly gravater service they use) must be doing the sharpening. My guess is that what appears as a dotted line is a artifact of the sharpening algorithm that has a problem dealing with the edges of pictures. Uploaded pictures can themselves often have a unintended one-pixel border, which together with a sloppily written sharpening algorithm could make a mess.

Could be a feature though, I don't really know. Perhaps they are planning to celebrate SE on postage stamps.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It isn't gravatar, it's in the CSS (stylesheet).. \$\endgroup\$
    – user17592
    Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 18:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Camil: There does seem to be some correllation to images that are sharpened though. Maybe that cause that particular style sheet to get used? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 11, 2013 at 0:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ That might be, but I cannot answer that question. \$\endgroup\$
    – user17592
    Commented Mar 11, 2013 at 5:51

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