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You will be margo!

Post: # 48153Post Andy Hamilton
Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:02 pm

Since the first days of this forum back in 2004 we have had 'The good life' avatars next to members posts. The more you post the higher up the good life ranking you go, this is a breakdown of the rankings.

margo - newbie 0 - 24
Jerry - Bit higher than newbie 25-49
Tom Good 50-99
Barbara Good 100-199
Living the good life (all 4 of them) 200-500

A selfsufficientish Regular 500 + Your own choice of avatar

This can cause confusion as at time everyone looks like they have the same avatar, so we encourage you to upload your own to use alongside this avatar or pick one from our selection.

There has been much discussion about getting rid of them all together. The truth is that I like them so they are staying, although if there ends up being a mass revolt about them then I will listen to reason.
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Post: # 48160Post wulf
Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:15 pm

How about making the Good Life pictures a bit smaller, so they look more like forum-related "chrome" rather than an avatar someone has chosen for themselves? I could do a couple of examples if you would like.

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Post: # 48167Post Andy Hamilton
Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:31 pm

wulf wrote:How about making the Good Life pictures a bit smaller, so they look more like forum-related "chrome" rather than an avatar someone has chosen for themselves? I could do a couple of examples if you would like.

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hmm, interesting idea a couple of examples would be good.
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Re: You will be margo!

Post: # 48170Post Muddypause
Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:36 pm

Andy Hamilton wrote:..if there ends up being a mass revolt about them then I will listen to reason.
I'd just like to point out that I'm revolting.
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Post: # 48171Post Shirley
Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:49 pm

Rolls eyes at Muddy :lol:

How about putting the individual's avatar at the top rather than the good life one at the top - and if it's smaller too, like Wulf suggested, then it will be less confusing.
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Post: # 48308Post Andy Hamilton
Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:13 am

Can they be swapped?
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Post: # 48313Post Shirley
Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:46 am

Dunno :lol:
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Post: # 48332Post Millymollymandy
Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:25 pm

The Good Life avatars are very small already - don't think you can make them smaller! You can have an avatar about 4 times bigger. Look at the size of Andy's! (so to speak :oops: ) :lol:

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Post: # 48356Post wulf
Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:53 pm

The first draft idea is here:

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It might be nice with a bit of extra "slickness" (eg. curved corners or a drop shadow) and would probably help starting off with a bigger original image and then working on sharpening it enough so that it looks good when made tiny.

However, it is small enough to not be too obtrusive and, with the 'ish logo is clearly part of the site rather than a personal avatar of the person it is attached to.

Worth pursuing?

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Post: # 48358Post Shirley
Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:04 pm

I like it!! LOTS!
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Post: # 48658Post wulf
Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:37 pm

Anyone else?

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Post: # 48659Post Tay
Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:52 pm

Looks good, Wulf. Like Muddy, I'd rather not have the Good Life images at all, but I do see a benefit to having them; it encourages people to post so that they don't stay as Margo! So, if they must stay, Wulf's idea ought to be pursued.

I second the comment about rounded edges.
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Post: # 48660Post Muddypause
Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:53 pm

That's very good Wulf. Reckon that could be a good approach.

Can these little avatars be tooltipped (mouse-over) to a short description of who Margo etc. is, and what she represents in terms of posts, eg. "Margo Ledbetter - a complete newbie to selfsufficiency. 25 posts or less". Maybe linked (click) to a fuller description, too.
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Post: # 48669Post wulf
Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:18 pm

That would work. At the moment, there is a "tooltip" with the name of the character, which I am sure could be made a little bit more descriptive.

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Post: # 48671Post Thomzo
Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:21 pm

Hi Wulf
I really like your proposal for the avitar. Looks very professional.
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