I’ve kicked off the private Gravatar beta by opening it to the 32 volunteers that helped rate gravatars in the olden days. I’d like to thank them for all the time and effort they put in to help you get your gravatars rated in a timely manner.
In less than a week I will expand the beta to include anyone who has left a comment on this blog’s first post, so if you want in early, make sure to get your comment in. Spread the word!
One of the biggest changes for 2.0 is that you will be responsible for rating your own gravatars. This means no more waiting to get that image live! This was a big decision, but is essential to the growth of Gravatar. I can no longer support the overhead involved in rating every single gravatar that comes in. I’ve placed a prominent “Abuse” link on every page to make it easy to report inappropriately rated content. Having you rate your own gravatars will also allow you to (in the future) use the Gravatar API to update your gravatar at will and from your own programs (can you say “Dynavatars?”)
More details coming soon. I’m starting to get excited!