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Avatars

cthelight (Homepage) - April 7, 2007 - 8:58pm

I vote [YES] To having Avatars with out posts!
That would be so cool!


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Oookay,

I guess that would be, ummm..., coolish. It's really nothing important to me.

Kevin Porter
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"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." - Rick Cook

Yes

and Ryan would get a kangaroo... Laughing out loud
"There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you 'play' with them!" - Richard P. Feynman

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Good one. Kevin Porter To us

Good one.

Kevin Porter
To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.
--Thomas Carlyle

-Please search before posting

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." - Rick Cook

Actually

We have a few in our backyard. Laughing out loud
Seriously, I was thinking about doing what Spread Firefox does.
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So all that Airbus-delay trouble over here in Europe is because of YOU!
Simeon.

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate."

Mine

would be....well...I'll just sum it up with one word:

"Snikt!"

"I don't hate cats...as long as they stay on the freeway, where they belong."
- Brad Stine

FOR

+1
Is it possible with Drupal?

"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." Asimov

.

You shouldn't bump topics.
And yes it is. You have to create extra tables within the database and write a custom forum module though.
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Simeon.

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate."

dam, that would be so cool!

dam, that would be so cool! but not everything and work with drupal. (I could not even create a sub page in it, on my server)

Ryan, are those kangaroos rabid?

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Nah

Just inquisitive Eye-wink
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So all that Airbus-delay trouble over here in Europe is because of YOU!
Simeon.

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate."

NO

I HATE Avatars.

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So don't use them

So don't use them Sticking out tongue

"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." Asimov

You know

You know darn well he means he hates lookin at em. I do, too, as they distract from the actual content. I can't imagine anyone enabling them without an easy way for users to turn them off.

All that said, I'm working on a way to get them in here but without having them be too distracting. I think Digg has a solid balance on it with their 16x16 personal icons.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

What about

the way Spread Firefox does it?

Oh and if you do have 16x16, I can guess what yours'll be Eye-wink
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So all that Airbus-delay trouble over here in Europe is because of YOU!
Simeon.

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate."

Different

Spread Firefox just has it for specific names (the mods, etc). This would be a user-uploadable icon that shows up for all comments ala Digg.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

I meant

how it replaces their usernames.
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Simeon.

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate."

Unrelated

I know what you mean, but we're talking about avatars here. That's an unreleased add-on for Drupal. Closed source. And it's not user-uploadable. It's for mods only. It's not an avatar.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Mfft

I still like them. Smiling
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So all that Airbus-delay trouble over here in Europe is because of YOU!
Simeon.

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate."

In my opinion avatars that

In my opinion avatars that have 16x16 pixels hardly make sence Sad
Maybe a picture in account info then? It's not avatar, but it's in no way distracting...and better than nothing.

"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." Asimov

See Digg

See Digg for what I mean. The full size is in the profile. The 16x16 shows up with the comments right next to their name. It allows personalization without the ridiculous animated blinking avatars that are ever-present in most forums. Those avatars make it harder to read the text (it's harder to read when there is unrelated motion in your field of vision) which is something we definitely don't want here. Even un-animated avatars, if they are large, make it more difficult to follow along a page. But most forums have them in the same locations, along with lots of extra buttons and links and text because most forums have them in the same locations, along with lots of extra buttons and links and text.

I just haven't figured out an easy way to make em be both yet in Drupal. It will require a custom module. So, I may let people upload 32s or 48s and just show them as 16s on the forum pages. It will probably be JPG only to prevent those annoying animated GIFs. I may try a couple different things and let people test them as I don't want to increase the load time on the forum pages either.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Please don't do avatars

I know this is a community forum with a dictator, but lets not use avatars. I usually shy away from forums that have them. Are you supposed to think more or less of someone because of what their avatar looks like? I thought most of us here enjoyed posting because this was a very action oriented, focused group. As many of you have discovered recently we have many young members that do great work. I know that many of the people who don't pay much attention to the forums regularly would not know that. I don't think they would care. I think you might risk the respect that people have for your advice or even the validity of it if you have a silly bear, ninja, superhero, etc next to your user id.

John it's kinda like keeping the guns or alcohol out of the house. You know nothing bad will happen if you do. Moderators would have one more thing to keep track of also. John and the other mods have many more important things to worry about and work on.

PLEASE. No Avatars!
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Life is about the journey not the destination!

My site * My Blog

The Kazoo Spartan

Life is about the journey not the destination!

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I completely.

Agree with Bill. (I believe that's your name)

I love there forums just how they are.

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I felt so different without a signature.

That's why they're small

That's why they'd be small. Only 16x16. It's going to be an experiment -- a trial -- when I get the time to play with it. And we'll see if people like it or not. I think it will be enough to add just a hint of personality without being distracting. But we'll know when we try it. I won't do standard forum avatars here. I think they're a distraction. So, again, take a peak at Digg for an example of what I mean. I think it strikes a good balance.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Okay.

I guess a trial sounds fine.

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I felt so different without a signature.

Like I said

Community with a dictator. You are the boss. Still don't like the Digg ones, even though they are small. Kinda like being a little pregnant.

Would there me a default one if you don't set one?

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Life is about the journey not the destination!

My site * My Blog

The Kazoo Spartan

Life is about the journey not the destination!

The Kazoo Spartan

Hmm

If they are all kept under, say, /uploads/community/avatars/ then we could use AdBlock Plus to block them.

Anyway, I'm just gonna use a cube. Nice and un-distracting. Except those spinning ones.
Or maybe a piece of chalk. Hehe.
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So all that Airbus-delay trouble over here in Europe is because of YOU!
Simeon.

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate."

Trial is fine. But I would

Trial is fine. But I would not use one.

Kevin Porter
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I saw Digg. Ang I don't like

I saw Digg. Ang I don't like it. I think that these 16x16 avatars are just to be, probably some graphics designers are able to make a good 16x16 avatar, but most people aren't. And 48x48...big enough to do something with it, but why not something bigger?

"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." Asimov

Dont like em

I dont like avatars either, but the 16x16 are not that bad, but if votes are being take, I vote for not having them.
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I think

try avatars wouldn't hurt anyone.

"There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you 'play' with them!" - Richard P. Feynman

"What about Love?" - "Overrated. Biochemically no different than eating large quantities of chocolate." - Al Pacino in The Devils Advocate