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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 2003, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Will we have avatars back?!?

Every forum has avatars, menstennisforums.com too

I wonder why haven't we this feature


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Custom avatars and profile picture also isn't bad idea


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I'm sorry but we just have too many members to allow avatars. If you see a board with 20.000 members that have avatars please let us know so we can contact them on how they handle the load on their servers.

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Yes but the problem is that out of those 20000, how many actually posts?

There are SO MANY people with 0 posts, can't you just delete them?

I go to a board with about 3000 members, all fairly active. It has avatars, but they're small, there's a limit to the size, and they also have signatures that enable graphic links. So I think it's a similar comparison.

Anyway, I can live without avatars, I have and others can too, but I just don't see the problem with having them.

Also you could make it so that you can't upload any avatars, just have them link to other sites, or you use up their bandwidth, not this site's.
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You're right, Sam L - most of those 20,000 never post.

However, deleting their accounts would mean they can't see half of the threads; lots of people register just to look around, I suppose.
Many may never come back after a few times... but the same goes for people who HAVE posted: some suddenly decide to quit, and vanish into thin air.

Anyway, I don't see why they should be deleted: it's not them who are going to use up computer-resources with avatars .


But this discussion is meaningless, since it was not because of too many members that avatars were discontinued. It worked quite well after the upgrade, after all. If I'm not mistaken it was copyright trouble; people submitting avatars they took from other websites without permission... you can't expect from the webmaster here to check for copyrights for every picture.

But like you I can live without them; I'd rather have a smooth working no-fringes board than a slow, flashy one anyway .
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Yes but the problem is that out of those 20000, how many actually posts?
lots, but of course not 20.000

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There are SO MANY people with 0 posts, can't you just delete them?
because you have to be logged in to see several parts of this forum, so not all people want to participate in our daily flame wars but do want to read them

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I go to a board with about 3000 members, all fairly active. It has avatars, but they're small, there's a limit to the size, and they also have signatures that enable graphic links. So I think it's a similar comparison.
Yeah, i also post on boards where they allow avatars 80*80 or smaller but those thingies i wouldn't call that avatars, you hardly can make out what's on them anyway.

About the sigs. Lots of our members don't even know what's reasonable with only text allowed, so imagine if we'd give them the option to use graphics.

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Anyway, I can live without avatars, I have and others can too, but I just don't see the problem with having them.

Also you could make it so that you can't upload any avatars, just have them link to other sites, or you use up their bandwidth, not this site's.
Linking to other sites and using their bandwidth would even increase the problems we have with copyrights and other legal issues. If people would start using bandwidth of other sites we'd sure get complaints from them.

If we could force everyone to use personal webspace then this could be an option. But then you're stuck to the speed of all those different sites and loading a page could take ages, including people with high speed connection.


Avatars are cool and fun, but they have no immediate use but to personalise your posts. So one advantage over several disadvantages...

Well, it isn't me who decides anyway, it's all in the hands of poe and wtn_amanda, i'm just giving a different view.

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I'm sorry but we just have too many members to allow avatars. If you see a board with 20.000 members that have avatars please let us know so we can contact them on how they handle the load on their servers.
the official Michelle Branch message board has more members than this board and it has avatars Just a thought, i really don't mind whether we have avatars here or not

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if members ova-do it on the sigs (as threads in this very forum have discussed), why the hell don't you, Poe, Amanda, et al impose "what's reasonable" by limiting bytes, characters, whatever in sigs?
there is a character limit of me thinks 500, but of course people can make their sig size as big as they want, implementing a better system seems difficult to make, but people do report oversized sigs and then they're taking care off


stacey, yeah, ive already been contacted by other members who also came to me with big sites of musicstars. hehe, /me wonders how they do it

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For 13 months there must be some technological progress


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the official Michelle Branch message board has more members than this board and it has avatars Just a thought, i really don't mind whether we have avatars here or not



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Actually we have profile pictures that we can customize. Why can't those be "moved out front" to be our avatars ?

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oooooo my favorite poster in on.




















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