Hi to all,
A couple things re this thread (which has wandered quite a way from where it started and which I started out of honest confusion, and some reluctance to create what I'm calling a 'traveling' avatar).
First, no one answered one of my questions from Aug 12 (perhaps it can't be answered), but how many and what kinds of sites might enable gravatar? Just curious as to the thinking about this...
Second, in reply to your question, Sacredpath, from Aug 12, re why it is "so different to have one's wordpress avatar remain limited to wordpress? Is it any safer here?", this is what I'd like to say. It's not so much a safety issue, of course. I've enough knowledge of the web to know that 'any and all' can and do move about it...It's more about having options, and control (or, at least, an illusion of control!).
I'd like to have the choice to create on WordPress an old-fashioned, stick-to-Wordpress avatar image OR to create a gravatar image, and let it blow in the winds of the web.
This also goes to issues of my identity here on WordPress, and on other web sites--the self that I bring to my blog, compared to the self that I bring to my email, or to a social networking site. Don't worry, these selves are all one of a whole, but they are--to some degree or other--different, and that is a good deal of what makes the net fun and different.
This issue really isn't worth getting into an on-going bruhaha over... I would just like, as I think some others would too, the option of a 'non-traveling' avatar.