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Hi guys.

 

I'm suggesting, if it is possible with this forum package, that we allow a choice between a round or a square avatar.

 

Further, I am suggesting a higher file size limit, possibly the current one for regular members and larger for premium members, as well as allowing larger dimension avatars.

 

Finally, I am wondering if we could possibly have animated gif avatars too.

 

Thanks for the consideration.

 

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isn't animated part of the premium package?

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Is it? Let me check.

 

Screenshot_20231214-172131.thumb.png.7a3cac80942de3112bce18687925ef51.png

 

That's in the thread. Says nothing about it. I could test and try uploading an animated gif, but with the filesize limit and size being so small, I doubt it will work.

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Yeah, I can use an animated one. Should probably be added to the list of features. I would propose allowing animated gif avatars for everyone, not just the people who can afford $250 to the site. That's enough to buy a decent used last gen GPU.

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2 hours ago, Cerberus said:

isn't animated part of the premium package?

 

should be somewhat obvious given your current avatar... 😉

 

that said, more info here (about avatars in the Invision platform;  a mixed bag)

 

lastly, the round vs. square avatar thing is a function of the theme in use. in the following example, I have commented out the rounding of the avatar image in the theme's stylesheet:

 

2023-12-14_20-37-20.thumb.jpg.a4a2eb6d6c2fd13392c94836076bf05b.jpg

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8 hours ago, iamjanco said:

 

should be somewhat obvious given your current avatar... 😉

 

that said, more info here (about avatars in the Invision platform;  a mixed bag)

 

lastly, the round vs. square avatar thing is a function of the theme in use. in the following example, I have commented out the rounding of the avatar image in the theme's stylesheet:

 

2023-12-14_20-37-20.thumb.jpg.a4a2eb6d6c2fd13392c94836076bf05b.jpg

yup, agree.

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11 hours ago, neurotix said:

Hi guys.

 

I'm suggesting, if it is possible with this forum package, that we allow a choice between a round or a square avatar.

 

Further, I am suggesting a higher file size limit, possibly the current one for regular members and larger for premium members, as well as allowing larger dimension avatars.

 

Finally, I am wondering if we could possibly have animated gif avatars too.

 

Thanks for the consideration.

 

~neuro

 

Hey, 

 

Thanks for the suggestion. I would likely only change avatars to square only, as opposed to giving users the choice as having a mix of different avatar shapes will serve to give the theme an inconsistent look. I will put it up to a vote as to how many people would like to have square avatars. 

 

Animated avatars have been available for all members, since I can last remember and I have double checked permissions and everyone is able to use animated.

 

As for the avatar file size, I am hesitant to up the size.  Remember that image file size has a detrimental impact on site performance, even with web compression technologies. Have you tried compressing your image prior to upload ?

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Me, fwiw, I'm okay with avatars the way they currently are here and see no need for change; but I also realize a number of things about avatar design and their use, as well as how the plethora of user types out there might feel about them in general.

 

Anyway, that said, if you want to have some fun with a special type of avatar called identicons, also see (e.g.) Dicebear's identicon generator. An example follows using it (no attributions are implied by the following example):

 

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What is the max filesize for an avatar, and is there any way to get the site to resize them without having to manually do it?

 

And yes, for pretty much every avatar I've used, I've had to shrink it manually using Simple Image Resizer (a website).

 

My vote would obviously be for square avatars, just because they would show more.

 

Also, jan I like what you just posted (identicons)- they look like Atari VCS aka 2600 sprites XD

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19 minutes ago, neurotix said:

What is the max filesize for an avatar, and is there any way to get the site to resize them without having to manually do it?

 

And yes, for pretty much every avatar I've used, I've had to shrink it manually using Simple Image Resizer (a website).

 

My vote would obviously be for square avatars, just because they would show more.

 

Also, jan I like what you just posted (identicons)- they look like Atari VCS aka 2600 sprites XD

 

Upload limit is 5mb.

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Okay, nevermind on:

 

File size limit

Animated gifs

 

However, I agree about putting it to a community vote on round vs square avatars, and can also understand why you wouldn't want to mix the two (which might not even be possible and would require custom coding if the setting is in a style sheet.)

 

Personally I like square better as it shows more. If there's any chance of having the dimensions increased, that'd be cool too.

 

Thanks E and everyone else.

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