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Old 12-02-06, 10:30 PM   #1
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Suggestions about custom avatars

I am fairly new to this forum, so forgive me if this is something that has been brough up before. Why is it that the avatars are so small? Sometimes it is not only hard but impossible to see what the pictures are because they are so tiny. That is due to the 64x64 restriction. Why not make it like 120x120. I run a forum myself for another of my hobbies and that is what we use. The resolution at that size seems pretty good and it is still small enough that it does not use a lot of space.

Just a suggestion!!

PS: aside from the avatar issue, I really like the site.
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Old 12-03-06, 12:45 AM   #2
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How many active members on your site?

Large avatars are like big signatures. Annoying and overplayed. If you want a site with great pics...cool. But if content is the name of the game you need a balance between the useless, the white space and the content. For my liking, Joe has it played out well. Big sigs, especially with freaking ugly pics and flashing mods, and big avatars, automatically make me close the browser and leave. Its right on par with black backgrounds. The early days of the web, and advanced days of ansi coding in bbs's, was sickening enough. Like the 80's, I was happy to see it go
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How many active members on your site?

Large avatars are like big signatures. Annoying and overplayed. If you want a site with great pics...cool. But if content is the name of the game you need a balance between the useless, the white space and the content. For my liking, Joe has it played out well. Big sigs, especially with freaking ugly pics and flashing mods, and big avatars, automatically make me close the browser and leave. Its right on par with black backgrounds. The early days of the web, and advanced days of ansi coding in bbs's, was sickening enough. Like the 80's, I was happy to see it go
I think you either did not read what I posted completely or misunderstood it. For example, My current avatar to the left here is only 99x100. I was asking and suggesting 120x120 pixels, which is not that much more space wise or comes out as intrussive, but visually it makes a huge difference.

I do agree with you about the large signature, pictures, for sale ads, and useless advertisement/propaganda in signatures. I feel if people has the need for so much to show everytime they post they should maybe get some web space of their own. It is not that expensive, so I did it myself to host my pictures and other things. As for the rest, I don't what to say other than it is a matter of taste.


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How many active members on your site?
It is not my site, and I don't see how that has any relevance here. I would post the number, but I find that tacky and unnecessary.
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Old 12-03-06, 11:50 AM   #4
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Maelstrom's point about active members on the site you referred to is very relevant. BF has thousands of active members, more than any other forum to which I belong. Probably more than all of them combined. Increasing the pixel dimensions will most likely lead to a call to increase file size. Once you get thousands of members causing the server to process all of these larger avatars, you'll then run into server issues, which only recently have been resolved.

I have no problem with my 64 x 64 avatar. It has plenty of detail and shows what I want it to show.
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Maelstrom's point about active members on the site you referred to is very relevant. BF has thousands of active members, more than any other forum to which I belong. Probably more than all of them combined. Increasing the pixel dimensions will most likely lead to a call to increase file size. Once you get thousands of members causing the server to process all of these larger avatars, you'll then run into server issues, which only recently have been resolved.

I have no problem with my 64 x 64 avatar. It has plenty of detail and shows what I want it to show.

OK. Since you also find it relevant, here it is. I am copy/pasting from the forum as of this AM:

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I am glad you are happy with your avatar size. I cannot for the life of me tell what the heck it is, but if you are happy that is all that matters. I guess at this point we can just agree to disagree since we are not finding a common ground in your opinion and mine.
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I am glad you are happy with your avatar size. I cannot for the life of me tell what the heck it is, but if you are happy that is all that matters. I guess at this point we can just agree to disagree since we are not finding a common ground in your opinion and mine.
I have a hard time telling what yours is, but that's because the image is so dark.

What resolution are you running your monitor at that you're having a hard time seeing the 64x64 avatars?

As for the membership aspect, total members is different than active members.
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How many active members on your site?

Large avatars are like big signatures. Annoying and overplayed. If you want a site with great pics...cool. But if content is the name of the game you need a balance between the useless, the white space and the content. For my liking, Joe has it played out well. Big sigs, especially with freaking ugly pics and flashing mods, and big avatars, automatically make me close the browser and leave. Its right on par with black backgrounds. The early days of the web, and advanced days of ansi coding in bbs's, was sickening enough. Like the 80's, I was happy to see it go
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The first thing I do when I reg for a forum is to turn off all sigs. Seriously, what's the point of seeing someones sig 5 times in a thread.
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I am fairly new to this forum, so forgive me if this is something that has been brough up before. Why is it that the avatars are so small? Sometimes it is not only hard but impossible to see what the pictures are because they are so tiny. That is due to the 64x64 restriction. Why not make it like 120x120. I run a forum myself for another of my hobbies and that is what we use. The resolution at that size seems pretty good and it is still small enough that it does not use a lot of space.

Just a suggestion!!

PS: aside from the avatar issue, I really like the site.
I notice that some members have very nice looking avatars that get through that apparently meet the 64 x 64 pixel restriction. I have a lot of little thumbnails that I could use but for the life of me cannot figure out how to convert it (compress it down? or crop it?) to the size where it doesn't get rejected. And oftentimes the images that I am attempting to upload appear even smaller than what others are using.
Thanks for any help anyone can give.
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I notice that some members have very nice looking avatars that get through that apparently meet the 64 x 64 pixel restriction. I have a lot of little thumbnails that I could use but for the life of me cannot figure out how to convert it (compress it down? or crop it?) to the size where it doesn't get rejected. And oftentimes the images that I am attempting to upload appear even smaller than what others are using.
Thanks for any help anyone can give.
If you have PhotoShop, use the Save For Web feature. You can make all kinds of adjustments to it before it is saved and get it to almost the exact file size you need.
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