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Post by PanBiker » 08 Oct 2013, 23:57

I have noticed that quite a few members have not selected an Avatar for use with their user profile. In the absence of a user assigned Avatar the site software is set to allocate a randomly selected Avatar from a small pool of cartooned prehistoric characters and creatures. This is fine and dandy but does mean that this randomly assigned image changes with every logon. Users will be a caveman one day and perhaps a TRex the next. Choosing your own unique Avatar and setting it within your user profile gives your posts identity and makes them easier to spot within threads. In effect it becomes your representation on the site and will remain constant when posting on the site.

To assign an Avatar to your profile, go to your User Control Panel and click on the second tab, Profile and then on the Edit Avatar tab at the left hand side.

Here you can browse to an image of your own (although it does have to comply with the size guidelines shown on the page), Upload an image from another URL or, if you click the button at the bottom you can display the gallery of Avatars already built into the site. Simply find one that you like, (preferably not already in use), select the radio button beneath the image, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on select, the Avatar will be added to your profile and appended to all your existing posts and any you make in the future. There are hundreds of Avatars to choose from in the Gallery, you should be able to find something that you like.

Of course it's a matter of choice, you may prefer to have a different visual identity every time you visit the site but it does make it a little more difficult for other users to spot your contributions.
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Re: Avatars

Post by David Whipp » 09 Oct 2013, 07:20

Thanks Ian.

I don't mind being a caveman or dinosaur... but I'll have a look.

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Post by Whyperion » 10 Oct 2013, 01:21

I think the user name is a bit of a giveaway on contributions....

Some sites generate a personal default icon based on an algorithm from letters in username and entered date of birth or similar to chose pixel patternings and colours ( from a selected set of pictures or by a generator program that tessellates I am not certain ) - wonder if they can be reversed engineered to obtain some otherwise not declared user data ?

I found it a bit tricky to reduce a photo down small enough and still get clarity in it , but I am not very good at using art type programmes anyway.

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Post by David Whipp » 10 Oct 2013, 12:18

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Post by Stanley » 11 Oct 2013, 03:45

Doc picked mine and loaded it when the site first started in 2004. Can't think why he chose that one.....
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Post by PanBiker » 11 Dec 2013, 09:42

I have bumped this post as the site behaviour has changes slightly since the recent rework. Worth a revisit though for any new members.

To assign an Avatar to your profile, go to your User Control Panel and click on the second tab, Profile and then on the Edit Avatar tab at the left hand side.

Here you can browse to an image of your own (although it does have to comply with the size guidelines shown on the page), Upload an image from another URL or, if you click the button at the bottom you can display the gallery of Avatars already built into the site. Simply find one that you like, (preferably not already in use), select the radio button beneath the image, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on select, the Avatar will be added to your profile and appended to all your existing posts and any you make in the future. There are hundreds of Avatars to choose from in the Gallery, you should be able to find something that you like.

Of course it's a matter of choice, you are not obliged to have an Avatar but it does make your contributions easier to spot.
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Post by Pluggy » 14 Dec 2013, 13:17

I don't miss the random avatars, they were horrible.
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Post by Stanley » 15 Dec 2013, 05:58

I agree with Plugs.
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Post by PanBiker » 11 May 2017, 09:51

I have bumped this as I see Cathy and Maz are still without their avatars. I would reinstall for them but this is one job that can''t be done via the admin CP. Avatar gallery is fully functional but does take a while to load. I miss Cathy's kitty and the all seeing eye from down under. :extrawink:
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Post by Cathy » 11 May 2017, 13:19

I will try again to get my avatar back when I can , I only have internet on my phone and I'm running low so it will be a week or two. :smile:
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Post by PanBiker » 11 May 2017, 13:22

I don't know how it will load on a phone Cathy but it's worth a try.
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Post by PanBiker » 11 Sep 2017, 20:43

To assign an Avatar to your profile, go to your User Control Panel and click on the second tab, Profile and then on the Edit Avatar tab at the left hand side.

Here you can browse to an image of your own (although it does have to comply with the size guidelines shown on the page), Upload an image from another URL or you can display the gallery of Avatars already built into the site.

Avatar Type

Should be set to : Gallery Avatar

Then in the Category drop down select:

/images/avatars/gallery/Avatar_pack_1

Then click the Go button

This is a large file and may take a while to load, please be patient.

Once loaded:

Simply find one that you like, (preferably not already in use), select the radio button beneath the image, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on select, the Avatar will be added to your profile and appended to all your existing posts and any you make in the future. There are hundreds of Avatars to choose from in the Gallery, you should be able to find something that you like.

Of course it's a matter of choice, you are not obliged to have an Avatar but it does make your contributions easier to find.

I have modified this post as the method has changed slightly.
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Post by Stanley » 12 Sep 2017, 03:18

Thanks for taking the trouble Ian. Thankfully I have never had to do anything, Doc unilaterally assigned my Avatar and it has survived all the vicissitudes the site has gone through. Can't think why he chose that one for me.....
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Post by PanBiker » 12 Sep 2017, 08:03

I don't know how he did it on this platform? I cant see any way in the admin console to set an avatar for a user. I would set Maz's and Cathy's with pleasure if that was the case. I miss the all seeing eye and Cathy's kitty.
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Post by PanBiker » 12 Sep 2017, 08:13

My last post made me think and I just nipped into the ACP to try something..... :dance2: :mexwave:

Found it at last, it's in a small drop down when you admin a user in the ACP (which you never do), never thought of looking there, the method is not documented in any of the manuals.

Maz will be peeping soon. :extrawink:

Cathy should be pleased, she browses the site on her phone and had difficulty loading the Avatar gallery. :smile:
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Post by Wendyf » 12 Sep 2017, 08:31

:goodidea: :thumbsup3: :thumbsup3: :aok:

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Post by Stanley » 13 Sep 2017, 03:01

:laugh5:
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