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Postby tm, » Mon Aug 28, 2006 4:53 am

I think that the rules on avatars need to limit the file size. Personally, I'd like to see animated gifs banned outright. Does anyone here realize that a single forum page containing several 200+ KB avatar images can take up to 10 minutes to load on a dialup connection?

Although there are defenses against these huge animated avatars, such as banning each in Firefox or turning off images entirely (which can corrupt the webpage) it would be far better not to have them to begin with.

I thought that Slyck made a wise choice in 2004 by banning tagline signature images. (for a time it seemed like the larger ones kept growing to ridiculous sizes)

These big-filesize animated gifs might not be noticeable to people using 20-Megabit connections, but it's pure Hell on those with 20Kbit connections.
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Postby yaveznodo » Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:41 am

tm, wrote:I think that the rules on avatars need to limit the file size. Personally, I'd like to see animated gifs banned outright. Does anyone here realize that a single forum page containing several 200+ KB avatar images can take up to 10 minutes to load on a dialup connection?

Although there are defenses against these huge animated avatars, such as banning each in Firefox or turning off images entirely (which can corrupt the webpage) it would be far better not to have them to begin with.

I thought that Slyck made a wise choice in 2004 by banning tagline signature images. (for a time it seemed like the larger ones kept growing to ridiculous sizes)

These big-filesize animated gifs might not be noticeable to people using 20-Megabit connections, but it's pure Hell on those with 20Kbit connections.


I thought they were limited to 6kb? Isn't that what it says in the profile/upload AVA section?

Displays a small graphic image below your details in posts. Only one image can be displayed at a time, its width can be no greater than 80 pixels, the height no greater than 80 pixels, and the file size no more than 6 KB.
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Postby LaX » Mon Aug 28, 2006 8:46 am

It's probably impossible to keep every section of a forum up to date. The real rules are
4) Avatars:

a) Avatars shall not be larger than 100x100 pixels. Although 80x80 is preferred, we will tolerate up to this size.
b) Avatars shall not have any pornographic images or foul/offensive language.
c) Avatars shall not exceed a data size of 200 kilobytes.

So for people on dial-up, it's a pain.
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Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:34 am

yavez: what you are reading is an excellent source of confusion. i will assume those are the rules for uploading avatars to be stored here. however, this feature is disabled.
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Postby yaveznodo » Mon Aug 28, 2006 10:12 am

Damn, you're right there :oops: I should really read things more clearly in the future (not going to happen :) )
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Postby HouseCrowd » Mon Aug 28, 2006 1:54 pm

That's right, this note seen when adding avatars to your profile:

Displays a small graphic image below your details in posts. Only one image can be displayed at a time, its width can be no greater than 80 pixels, the height no greater than 80 pixels, and the file size no more than 6 KB.


... is the default phpBB note which refers to the uploading of avatars to the server, an option which (as Mr Fred points out) is disabled on Slyck.
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Postby pattiluce » Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:08 pm

Are there still people who are using dial-up?

And if so, how many do we have here?
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Postby SlyckScratch » Fri Sep 01, 2006 3:18 am

I wondered that Patti - maybe we should have a poll? ;)
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Postby pattiluce » Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:14 am

Sounds like a plan Scratch :wink:
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Postby bmh67wa » Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:54 pm

I know of several here who are still on dialup. Broadband isn't avaliable everywhere you know. :wink:
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