New Rules for Avatars and Mini-Profile Backgrounds

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posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 10:59 AM
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With the new ATS.2010 redesign, many members have notice some changes in the mini-profile space devoted to avatars and backgrounds. There have been changes, and here are the new requirements.


Avatars

Maximum pixel dimensions: 170 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

Maximum file size: Remains 75k

Because the layout parameters for page structure is different than the old per-2010 format, overly-tall avatars can make the thread-view a very-tall page.


Mini-Profile Background Images

A common method used by many members to "workaround" the avatar size limitation is to use a mini-profile background image, and a clear-GIF avatar. We will continue to encourage this level of creativity in conjunction with the new avatar limitations.

Pixel Space: The new "visible" space for background images is 180 pixels wide and 400-480 pixels tall (depending on other factors in your mini-profile).

Maximum Pixel Dimensions: Maximum allowable mini-profile backgrounds will be 200 pixels wide by 700 pixels tall. Smaller images are repeated in the background space.

Maximum File Size: Maximum file size for mini-profile backgrounds is 100k if you're using a clear-GIF as your avatar, if not, the combined file size of your avatar and background image cannot exceed 150k.

Animated backgrounds are not allowed.

Background colors and imagery that obscure your member name are not allowed.


Enforcement Timeline

Beginning Monday, October 11th, 2010, the mini-profile code will automatically truncate your avatars to the size mentioned above.

Beginning November 1, 2010, our staff will begin removing avatars and backgrounds -- observed in recent postings, they won't "look back" at old posts -- that don't comply with the new dimensions and file sizes.



Hopefully this gives our members enough time to create or locate new avatars and backgrounds, and see the entire site layout "clean-up" into a more uniform display for members.
edit on 4-10-2010 by SkepticOverlord because: Updated background image area




posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 11:26 AM
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Animated backgrounds are not allowed.

Background colors and imagery that obscure your member name are not allowed.


Thank you SO, I for one won't miss hitting the esc key to stop the animation and it will be great not having to highlight a members information that many times is obscured, good choices.




posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 12:55 PM
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Oh nice, to be in avatar hell again, and have images blurred and spend ages trying to not ruin a good picture, then the background that is resized doesnt want to center on the picture. It should automatically recentre, I don't do math well, have no spatial, have so its a hopeless venture.

Its going to take days to figure this one out.

Also really value individuality and variation. I am so glad we moved and the kids are wearing jeans again instead of uniforms. I told all the staff there in the meetings what I thought about it.




edit on 3-10-2010 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 12:59 PM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord

Beginning Monday, September 11th, 2010, the mini-profile code will automatically truncate your avatars to the size mentioned above.



I thought Sep 11 was a saturday
Did you mean October 11th?


Thanks for the notice



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 01:07 PM
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Originally posted by EvilBat

Originally posted by SkepticOverlord

Beginning Monday, September 11th, 2010, the mini-profile code will automatically truncate your avatars to the size mentioned above.



I thought Sep 11 was a saturday
Did you mean October 11th?


Thanks for the notice


not to mention, in the past.



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 01:08 PM
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Originally posted by Unity_99
Its going to take days to figure this one out.

After looking at your current settings, it appears there's no need for you to make any changes.



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 01:12 PM
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I know, I just spent 30 minutes or more, downloading and resizing over and over again until I went batty, but the background is now off to the side, not centered, and I can't seem to make it centred. Sorry for complaining, but I can't figure out what to do. I had to make the avatar narrower to get it crisp, should the background just be the same width as the avatar to work?

edit on 3-10-2010 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 01:46 PM
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If you make your avatar 170x240 instead of the 120x240, it will center and span the width of your background color/picture. If you need some help, let me know, I will give it a shot.




posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 02:19 PM
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Simple question

"p" is for posts
"s" is for stars....

what is the "w"?



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 02:19 PM
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The "w" is for WATS.


ETA: The more stars and flags you have, the higher the WATS rating.



edit on 3-10-2010 by Rising Against because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 02:19 PM
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So...i adjusted my avatar/background. i am currently using a background set to 180X550. It is cutting it off at the bottom, and the avatar banner isn't matching in size to the post _ is this going to be corrected once the new guidelines are made policy? or do i need to fiddle with it some more to get it right?



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 02:31 PM
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Thank you very much

BTW, I'm enjoying all these changes, mods. Looking good



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 03:16 PM
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I have to recheck my avi size, I thinks its ok tho. I never choose a background, I like what ATS has to offer - I hope you stay with the black, very cool!



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 06:17 PM
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These changes have moved my avatar slightly left of center, a move to the far left would have been more accurate.


Seriously, everyone looks great now.


I see we have a place for our mood, any suggestions?




posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 06:19 PM
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Avatars & especially stoopid overly elaborate avatars are all based on ego & hubris ...
i sure ain't impressed or awed by the wasted effort to impress... blank minds all

lets put more effort into upgrading the content of posts and threads...
the crud that is mindless but reactionarily compelling on a visceral level...is just another
form of BS avatar (art) --- the term 'art' is being extremely generous


as much as i'm complaining--- i will continue to be a thorn-in-the-side, as thats my way of denying ignorance !



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 06:21 PM
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Well I just had my Avatar redone by the King, and he was nice enough to make it in the new requirements.

If anybody wants to see what a new one should look like, well just glance to your left


~Keeper



posted on Oct, 3 2010 @ 06:26 PM
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Originally posted by St Udio

Avatars & especially stoopid overly elaborate avatars are all based on ego & hubris ...
i sure ain't impressed or awed by the wasted effort to impress... blank minds all

lets put more effort into upgrading the content of posts and threads...
the crud that is mindless but reactionarily compelling on a visceral level...is just another
form of BS avatar (art) --- the term 'art' is being extremely generous


as much as i'm complaining--- i will continue to be a thorn-in-the-side, as thats my way of denying ignorance !




Well....art is a matter of personal taste.

One might argue that the above quoted post lacks in the substance which it calls for, choosing instead to presume that the authors own personal interests make up all that is worthwhile to pursue in ones life.



posted on Oct, 4 2010 @ 09:44 AM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
A common method used by many members to "workaround" the avatar size limitation is to use a mini-profile background image, and a clear-GIF avatar. We will continue to encourage this level of creativity in conjunction with the new avatar limitations.


Can someone share how this is done? Let me see if I'm close.

Create a picture of the proper background dimensions (180 by 550 pixels) and upload it to my Pictures area
Copy someone's (Skeptic Overlord's) "clear gif avatar image" to my Pictures area
Add urls for both to the appropriate areas in my Account settings

Is that right?

Thank you!



posted on Oct, 4 2010 @ 09:53 AM
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Yes. Except that, you could simply use the URL of my "clear GIF" avatar, which is set to the 170x240 size... you don't need to copy it to your picture albums.



posted on Oct, 4 2010 @ 10:57 AM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
 


Yes. Except that, you could simply use the URL of my "clear GIF" avatar, which is set to the 170x240 size... you don't need to copy it to your picture albums.


when i use your clear gif, it cuts off more of my background.

my background is set to the required sizes (180X550). But it keeps cutting part of it off.

Any idea why?





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