Request #36939

From:marahmarie: my initials (MM) (everything else, marahmarie)[personal profile] marahmarie
Account Type:Free Account
Dreamwidth:Account Name: [personal profile] marahmarie
Style: (S2) core: public, i18n: none, i18nc: none, layout: public, theme: custom, user: custom,
Email confirmed? Yes
cluster: 9; data version : 9
scheme: tropo-red
Media storage used: 24.551 MB (4.9%)
Support category:General/Unknown [Previous|Next]
Time posted:Thu, 15 Jun 2017 01:06:07 GMT (17 weeks ago)
Status:closed (10 points to [personal profile] kaberett)
Summary:User icon images all have the same file name, on a per-user basis
Original Request:
Hi all, I'm not sure if this is a bug but I want to check in on it, just in case.

I noticed maybe less than two weeks ago that all of my user icon images save to my computer with the same file name, so if you go to my Icons page( and right-click any icon image seen there to either View or Save As, the same file name is shown for every icon. For example, the file name for all of my user icon images is 44057.

Because I wasn't sure if this just happens on my journal or also happens on others, I just checked another user's, in this case conuly's (, and the file name for all of her user icon images is 19038 (and if she runs across this I hope she forgives me for borrowing her DW for this experiment, but she was the first DW I ran across on my Reading Page, just now).

So my question is, is this normal, for all the icon images to have the same file name for each user? I can't recall ever noticing such a thing before, not on DW nor on LJ. While the browser doesn't seem to mix up images despite them all having the same file names, the images can't be individually downloaded and saved to one's computer without renaming each one before saving so the last one downloaded and saved doesn't get overwritten.
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kaberett[personal profile] kaberett - kaberett
Answer (#97377)
Posted: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:44:07 GMT (16 weeks ago)

Hi marahmarie,

Both LiveJournal and Dreamwidth use the URL schema for icons. If you look at your profile you will notice that 44057 is your account number. Typical browser behaviour uses the last section of the URL as the default filename, so all icons you save in this fashion will have a default filename of your Dreamwidth account number.

You might wish to consider making a suggestion ( regarding a tool for bulk downloading usericons, in order to make the process of saving icons easier.


marahmarie[personal profile] marahmarie - MM Writes
Comment (#97399)
Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:20:54 GMT (15 weeks ago)

Extremely neat! Thanks so much for explaining it, as I never knew all that before, and don't recall running into this on LJ (though in fact things must have worked exactly the same way over there as you say). I'm happy to know there's an actual logical reason for it and it's not just some random number the server assigns, per user!

Which just kind of made my night. Thanks (closing ticket as soon as I submit this reply). :)

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