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post #1 of 29
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...any chance of having this option?
post #2 of 29
[quote]Originally posted by Patchouli:
<strong>...any chance of having this option? </strong><hr></blockquote>

I second the request.

 

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post #3 of 29
I vote against.

Keep AI attractive!
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post #4 of 29
I agree with groverat, no avatars. The avatars people will choose are the reason I have GIF animations disabled.

Also, it will cut down on bandwidth requirements Remember, we have modem users here, as wrong as they might be, and every little kilobyte counts for them
post #5 of 29
No avatars, but perhaps a **small** graphics sig? I dunno if this is already allowed or not actually, I didn't check the prefs page thoroughly, but I haven't seen anyone else use them so I assume that they aren't.
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post #6 of 29
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Well, I was thinking more of a fixed size avatar option? Not the out of control avatars that stretch the screen or take forever to download. Usually, there is a size limit you can set to them. I don't think it will take up that much bandwidth if they are small. I guess I am spoiled but, how many people use dialup these days?
post #7 of 29
8K and there has to be a border of 5 pixels of one of the two Greys used here... the size is (at max 60 x 100)
post #8 of 29
[quote]Originally posted by Patchouli:
<strong>how many people use dialup these days?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Last I checked a good 60% of the country did...
post #9 of 29
[quote]Originally posted by M3D Jack:
<strong> Remember, we have modem users here, as wrong as they might be, and every little kilobyte counts for them </strong><hr></blockquote>


Your boss is on dial-up.
post #10 of 29
Sir, yes, sir. No disrespect to the Captain, sir.
post #11 of 29
I vote against them.
post #12 of 29
[quote]Originally posted by groverat:
<strong>I vote against.

Keep AI attractive! </strong><hr></blockquote>

I agree 100%
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post #13 of 29
[quote]Originally posted by groverat:
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Keep AI attractive! </strong><hr></blockquote>

Errr, have you seen <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=10&t=002037" target="_blank">this</a>?

J :cool:
post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 
I am a bit surprised over the rejection over avatars. The reasons not to have this option seem questionable.

I am not sure what keeping AI attractive and bandwidth issues has to do with the use of avatars if they are restricted to a set size, etc. I just thought that a little color and image would not only add to a member's personality, but would also add a little life to the monotonous dull gray look of the board. I've seen many forums that were very nicely laid out and also used avatars.

As for those who are on dialup, I didn't think the number was so high. Is broadband still not available is most areas? I can't see any other reason not to have it since it's not that more expensive than most dialup ISPs.

Oh well, it was a thought.
post #15 of 29
I can find unlimited dial-up for about $12/mo. Broadband here in Boston runs about $30/mo. on average. $20/mo. is a lot, especially when you're poor

There are 50 posts on a given page before the thread adds a page... say each was from a unique person, and each, on average, was 5k. So that's 250k worth of additional data for the end user to downlaod.

Also, does UBB even have the option for Avatars? If not, you'd have to modify the source, which is probably more trouble than it is worth. I say KISS.
post #16 of 29
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Yes, I see your points. That would not be worth it at all. Those damn dial-up users! Ruining it for everyone! j/k
post #17 of 29
1.

the day you see avatars on this board is the day i resign.

no amount of popular opinion will sway me on this. it's fugly. go to spymac if you want avatars and that kind of crap.

yes, i'm a minimalist. so shoot me.

2. ubb doesn't do avatars. oops.
post #18 of 29
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[quote]Originally posted by Jonathan:
<strong>1.

the day you see avatars on this board is the day i resign.

no amount of popular opinion will sway me on this. it's fugly. go to spymac if you want avatars and that kind of crap.

yes, i'm a minimalist. so shoot me.

2. ubb doesn't do avatars. oops.</strong><hr></blockquote>1. Now, now - no need to get all bitchy (or arrogant and cocky for that matter).

2. Not all forums that use avatars are fugly - that's just your opinion. There is a way to do things tastefully in a minimalist fashion. If you don't want them fine, but...

3. Since UBB doesn't do avatars - this suggestion could have been answered from the very start without out any further discussion.
post #19 of 29
[quote]Originally posted by M3D Jack:
<strong>I can find unlimited dial-up for about $12/mo. Broadband here in Boston runs about $30/mo. on average. $20/mo. is a lot, especially when you're poor

There are 50 posts on a given page before the thread adds a page... say each was from a unique person, and each, on average, was 5k. So that's 250k worth of additional data for the end user to downlaod.

Also, does UBB even have the option for Avatars? If not, you'd have to modify the source, which is probably more trouble than it is worth. I say KISS.</strong><hr></blockquote>

The reason I don't have broadband is that it is too restrictive as far as what I can do. There is no reaosn at all why I shouldn't be able to run a web, ftp, etc. server on my computer. Also, Earthlink broadband isn't available where I am (I would want Earthlink for easy transition and dialup access away from home).

[ 08-05-2002: Message edited by: graphiteman ]</p>
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post #20 of 29
[quote] I guess I am spoiled but, how many people use dialup these days? <hr></blockquote>

Patchouli, look at your location for a moment. Have you ever been in the country? Here in Vermont, it's a modem, or DirecPC. Yes I hear they're working on Mac compatibility but for $60 a month I think. :eek:

I'd vote for Avatars if it wasn't for bandwith if they were small and inconspicuous. Jonathan I believe in you And your ability to implement things stylishly Just letting you know!
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post #21 of 29
[quote]Originally posted by Jonathan:
<strong>1.

the day you see avatars on this board is the day i resign.
</strong><hr></blockquote>

Here's to you resigning soon?

 

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post #22 of 29
Here's another vote against them.

Even with size restrictions, there can be speed problems with loading them in a page. What if someone's host server for their image is down or really slow some days? That'll slow the load time for every page that person posts in. Also, consider that with 40 posts per page, your browser will have to go out and contacts as many as 40 different servers to grab everything. Assume that more than just one of those 40 servers is slow or down and it will add up to a much longer load time.

Also, I agree that in most cases avitars uglify the forums.

[ 08-09-2002: Message edited by: Brad ]</p>
post #23 of 29
I stabs the avatar in the head.
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post #24 of 29
..you guys dont know what you're missin'..

ha!

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post #25 of 29
Er, whats an Avatar? :o

I'm guessing some form of animated graphic but I'd be interested to know for sure. Anyhow, they seem mighty controversial.
post #26 of 29
An avatar is a little picture that goes underneath your nickname when you post a message. They're supposed to summarize your personality, etc. etc.

Personality, I hate them, and I have a modem. Even if I had broadband, I still wouldn't want them.

Aren't signatures enough for you people?
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post #27 of 29
I have to agree with Jonathan completely.

I will stop posting here if they incorporate avatars.

They clutter up the clean, zen-like state of the board. I'm on dialup. The pages already load slow enough. I don't need them to load any slower.

And I freaking HATE vBulletin. UBB is your God.
post #28 of 29
vBulletin sucksucksucksucksucksucksucksucksucks...but avatars are worse....
post #29 of 29
Spart. MacAgent.

Could you please explain why you hate vBulletin?

If we can assure you that it will retain the vast majority of AI's current "style" then what else do you have to complain about?
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