Avatars (not the blue people)

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Should we have avatars?

yes
11
92%
no
1
8%
 
Total votes: 12

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Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by bystander » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:41 pm

One of our regular <?> members asked the question, "Any particular reason avatars are disabled?" Nobody seems to know the answer. So here is a poll:

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by RJN » Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:02 pm

I don't understand what phpBB avatars are. Are they just online cartoon versions of ourselves? If so, how are they selected? Is there a link you can provide that gives example phpBB avatars for people on other boards? The answers to these questions might sway my vote.

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by rstevenson » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:05 pm

An avatar on most boards is simply an image the member provides for themselves. On one board I use this one, and will likely do so here if allowed. ...

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by geckzilla » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:07 pm

It's just a picture of yourself or something you choose to represent yourself. One selects one's own avatar. Here is a link to a thread on another forum I frequent with users who have avatars. One of them even has his own drawing of a blue guy for his avatar. :)

http://www.sirmikeofmitchell.com/apedog ... start=1000
Just call me "geck" because "zilla" is like a last name.

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by neufer » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:24 pm

rstevenson wrote:An avatar on most boards is simply an image the member provides for themselves. On one board I use this one, and will likely do so here if allowed. ...

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Would this be more appropriate? :
http://asterisk.apod.com/vie ... 77#p115777
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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by rstevenson » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:35 pm

neufer wrote:Would this be more appropriate? :
http://asterisk.apod.com/vie ... 77#p115777
Homer's cool, in a philosophical way, but I made the donut I use as an avatar -- at my now closed donut shop, called The Donut Machine, here in Dartmouth. Organic flour, eggs and milk, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, deep-fried and served warm with a variety of toppings. All I have now is the picture, and my waistline thanks me for that.

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by geckzilla » Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:10 pm

Organic donuts. :lol:
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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by Orca » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:16 am

Most forums I've been involved with allow avatars. I think they just add a bit of personality, as folks can use what ever images they want. Like Geckzilla suggested, as long as the maximum file sizes are kept reasonable, performance shouldn't be too much of an issue.

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by Chris Peterson » Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:59 am

Avatars are nice. They make it a little quicker to tell who is posting, and add a personal touch. I use the same one on all the boards I participate in (this is the only phpBB forum I've seen that doesn't have them enabled). They're only a few thousand bytes- I don't think they significantly affect page load times even with slow connections.

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by RJN » Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:55 pm

OK. Avatars have now been enabled. Have at it.

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by neufer » Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:28 pm

RJN wrote:OK. Avatars have now been enabled. Have at it.
Wow! It works retroactively.
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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by makc » Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:15 pm

great, now where's that goatse receiver pic?

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by Amir » Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:19 pm

written in my User Control Panel: The avatar functionality is currently disabled.
why it's disabled for me?

geckzilla, your avatar is so interesting & creative!

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by bystander » Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:52 pm

Amir wrote:why it's disabled for me?
You have to get promoted to Ensign first.

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by geckzilla » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:40 pm

Amir wrote:geckzilla, your avatar is so interesting & creative!
Hehe, thanks, I'm flattered. I made it with this fun flash app:
http://www.myoats.com/
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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by rstevenson » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:45 pm

I wonder what this thread used to be about?

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by makc » Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:48 am

rstevenson wrote:I wonder what this thread used to be about?
What do you mean?

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Re: Avatars (not the blue people)

Post by rstevenson » Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:52 pm

I was referring to the off-topic posts that have magically disappeared from here and reappeared in their own thread.

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