The question was very difficult to word, but what I'm wondering is whether all user avatars, signatures, et cetera should have a link near them (or should be a link) to their area in a settings menu, so that users would be able to feel their way through the UI if they hadn't found the settings link. This seems like a good practice, but I have almost never seen it used. Is there a good reason for this?
(A quick note: SO does this with user profiles, but they are an exception to the rule)
And for the "What have you tried" aspect of stackoverflow, I think that most websites are made with a platform (read: kind of a guess), and that those platforms often lack that feature, hence making it appear that more designers didn't do this.
The policy has been a big one of mine for along time, and I've yet to hear complaint over it, which makes the lack of this practice even more confusing.
Thanks in advance