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I have tried everything to override the BP Avatar. Found about 5-6 different Google results that basically all point to the same solution:

function override_bp_member_avatar($url) {
    return get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/default_avatar.png';
add_filter('bp_core_fetch_avatar_no_grav', '__return_true'); // http://codex.buddypress.org/extending-buddypress/tips-tricks/
add_filter('bp_core_mysteryman_src', 'override_bp_member_avatar'); // http://www.buddyboss.com/instructions/

Yet it does not work.

Has anyone had success using a default Avatar for members?

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The Simple Facebook Connect plugin replaces avatars with Facebook profile pictures. You might check out that plugin, specifically the sfc-login.php file to see how it's being done. –  developdaly Apr 16 '12 at 21:21

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The filters you cite are only for the default/fallback avatars. If you want to replace BP avatars altogether, the key filters are bp_core_fetch_avatar and bp_core_fetch_avatar_url. The latter filters the entire HTML avatar element, while the latter does just the URL.

How you do the filtering depends on how fancy you want to get. The bp_core_fetch_avatar passes along a lot of useful parameters, if you want to totally rebuild the avatar HTML: https://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org/browser/tags/1.5.5/bp-core/bp-core-avatars.php#L297 Otherwise, for a quick fix, you could just preg_replace() the URL.

 * This function returns your new avatar URL. You can put whatever logic in here you want
function wpse_49216_my_new_avatar_url() {
    return 'http://example.com/avatar.jpg';
add_filter( 'bp_core_fetch_avatar_url', 'wpse_49216_my_new_avatar_url' );

function wpse_49216_filter_bp_avatar( $html ) {
    return preg_replace( '/src=".+?"/', 'src="' . wpse_49216_my_new_avatar_url() . '"', $html );
add_filter( 'bp_core_fetch_avatar', 'wpse_49216_filter_bp_avatar' );

EDIT: The above method will replace all avatars. If you only want to change the default/fallback avatar (for users who have not uploaded their own), try

 * Disable Gravatar throughout BP
add_filter( 'bp_core_fetch_avatar_no_grav', '__return_true' );

 * Provide a global user avatar default
function wpse_49216_my_new_default_avatar_url() {
    return 'http://example.com/avatar.jpg';
add_filter( 'bp_core_default_avatar_user', 'wpse_49216_my_new_default_avatar_url' );
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Thanks @BooneGorges. It got me closer, but it ended up replacing all avatars including the ones that current members uploaded themselves. What I need to do is allow members to upload their own picture as their avatar. However, if someone does not do that, I don't want to use gravatars. I want to use one (1) default avatar that I have stored as get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/default_avatar_blue.png'. Is that possible to do? –  H. Ferrence Apr 17 '12 at 11:36
Here's how I got around the matter: I added add_filter('bp_core_fetch_avatar_no_grav', '__return_true'); to my functions.php file in my theme directory. Then I physically replaced ../wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-core/images/mystery-man.jpg with the standard avatar I want. <more...> –  H. Ferrence Apr 17 '12 at 11:51
I am not a fan of overwriting or tweaking core files (including images) because someone else on staff here may come along and update/upgrade our WP install and blow away my "hard-coded" tweak. Then they may not know how to recover form it (although I have included extensive documentation of my customizations to the install), but I cannot guarantee others will read my doc. –  H. Ferrence Apr 17 '12 at 11:52
Yes, it is possible. When you first said "I have tried everything to override the BP Avatar" I figured you wanted to override all avatars. I have edited my answer with a proper method. As you note, it's a bad idea to change the core files, and in this case there are several filters there that make it unnecessary to do so. –  Boone Gorges Apr 17 '12 at 12:29
Got it. Thanks @BooneGorges –  H. Ferrence Apr 17 '12 at 13:10

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