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edesignuk
Sep 26, 2004, 07:05 AM
Avatars

Hay guys, I'm a n00b, how to I get an avatar?

To be entitled to use an avatar you must have >500 posts. To see how many posts you have, find a thread you have made a post in and click on your username, then select "View Public Profile" from the drop down.

http://upc.edesignuk.com/uploads/forums/mr_view_profile.jpg

Your post count can be seen here:

http://upc.edesignuk.com/uploads/forums/mr_profile.jpg

Hay hommies, I've been around a while now and have >500 posts http://upload.yo-momma.net/uploads/smilies/spam.gif, how do I set my avatar?

Go in to your "UserCP" (http://forums.macrumors.com/usercp.php?) by clicking on the link in the navigation menu.

http://upc.edesignuk.com/uploads/forums/mr_usercp_link.jpg

Select "Edit Avatar" (http://forums.macrumors.com/profile.php?do=editavatar) from the menu on the left. Now you can either enter the URL to an image you want to use, or click "Choose file" to locate the image you want stored on your computer for upload.

Teh 'tar rulz n00b!
Avatars must be 75x75 pixels or less, and can be up to 19.5KB 29.3KB in size. See announcement of increased size.

http://upc.edesignuk.com/uploads/forums/mr_upload_tar.jpg

Either enter the URL or choose the file, then just hit "Save Changes" to upload your new avatar to your profile.

I just reached 500 posts (OMG, Yay!), but I still can't set my avatar, what gives home boys?

If you have just reached 500 posts and are having trouble uploading a 'tar, try logging out an logging back in again. If that doesn't work try to give it a few hours. If after that you still have problems PM one of the mods or ask for help in the feedback (http://forums.macrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=66) forum.

Profile Pictures

I want an avatar dammit, but it's gonna be ages until I have 500 posts!

Well, so far as avatars go that's just too bad :p
....but, all is not lost! You can have a "Profile Picture" no matter how many posts you have. This image will be seen when people look at your profile.

http://upc.edesignuk.com/uploads/forums/mr_profile_picture.jpg

To add your profile picture go to the "UserCP" (http://forums.macrumors.com/usercp.php?), and select "Edit Profile Picture" (http://forums.macrumors.com/profile.php?do=editprofilepic) from the left hand menu. Procedure to add this is exactly the same as for an avatar. You can either enter a URL to get the image from, or browse you computer for the image to upload. Profile Pictures can be up to 150x150 pixels, and up to 97.7KB.

http://upc.edesignuk.com/uploads/forums/mr_edit_profile_pic.jpg

All done! w00t!!! :p

Side note: The picture in my profile picture is not me, so don't ask n00b! :p

Chaszmyr
Sep 26, 2004, 07:14 AM
If they didn't read the other FAQ, what makes you think they'll read this? :rolleyes:

edesignuk
Sep 26, 2004, 07:17 AM
If they didn't read the other FAQ, what makes you think they'll read this? :rolleyes:I can't imagine they will, but at least the only response those threads asking this question will need is a link to this thread.

I'd go so far as to say copy/paste this in to your reply to those threads :D
http://upload.yo-momma.net/uploads/macros/faq.gif (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=90468)Resulting in this :D :p

http://upload.yo-momma.net/uploads/macros/faq.gif (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=90468)

edesignuk
Sep 26, 2004, 09:14 AM
Can someone "sticky" this?

Abstract
Sep 26, 2004, 10:18 AM
Why? Its just like the other FAQ, but much sweeter. :p

edesignuk
Sep 26, 2004, 10:23 AM
Why? Its just like the other FAQ, but much sweeter. :pThe other FAQ only says that you need 500 posts. When I've told people to read the damn FAQ before posting in the past, some smart a$$ has always popped up to say the FAQ doesn't explain how to add one. Now there's no excuse ;) :D

Savage Henry
Sep 26, 2004, 11:02 AM
This clear and detailed FAQ regarding the avatar is all very well, but I've been trawling the forums and Apple affiliated sites for over three years now, and nowhere, and I mean nowhere can I find any guidance as to how to use my one button mouse, without after five minutes of attempts it ending up in the Ralph-Wiggumesque situation of hanging out my mouth. Fortunately when this happens a neigbour is often disturbed by the loud choking noises coming from my ward and is able to contact the nurse on duty. The nurse doesn't know how to get an avatar either, so she'll be grateful of this FAQ. Thank you.


That said, I've not seen any threads than normal recently that ask about 'tars, to have invoked such grade-A top-drawer gold-standard patronising. Perhaps Mr edesignuk is in a bit of a grumpy mood. ;)

edesignuk
Sep 26, 2004, 11:09 AM
This clear and detailed FAQ regarding the avatar is all very well, but I've been trawling the forums and Apple affiliated sites for over three years now, and nowhere, and I mean nowhere can I find any guidance as to how to use my one button mouse, without after five minutes of attempts it ending up in the Ralph-Wiggumesque situation of hanging out my mouth. Fortunately when this happens a neigbour is often disturbed by the loud choking noises coming from my ward and is able to contact the nurse on duty. The nurse doesn't know how to get an avatar either, so she'll be grateful of this FAQ. Thank you.Look, personally I don't think figuring out how to add a 'tar, and when you can add one is rocket science. But for some people it is. This thread should be able to answer all their avatar/profile pic questions in one place. Why do you think I'm taking the pi$$? I'm trying to help. It seems it is you that is mocking me, rather than me mocking our new members :rolleyes:
That said, I've not seen any threads than normal recently that ask about 'tars, to have invoked such grade-A top-drawer gold-standard patronising. Perhaps Mr edesignuk is in a bit of a grumpy mood. ;)They're there, believe me. One was just locked this morning, which is actually what prompted me to do this.
So I'm being "patronising" by writing this up in detail? Well excuse me! Why do you think I am in a grumpy mood for writing this up? It's a common question. And this is an idiot proof guide to the answer. That's all.

m4rc
Sep 26, 2004, 11:17 AM
This clear and detailed FAQ regarding the avatar is all very well, but I've been trawling the forums and Apple affiliated sites for over three years now, and nowhere, and I mean nowhere can I find any guidance as to how to use my one button mouse, without after five minutes of attempts it ending up in the Ralph-Wiggumesque situation of hanging out my mouth. Fortunately when this happens a neigbour is often disturbed by the loud choking noises coming from my ward and is able to contact the nurse on duty. The nurse doesn't know how to get an avatar either, so she'll be grateful of this FAQ. Thank you.


That said, I've not seen any threads than normal recently that ask about 'tars, to have invoked such grade-A top-drawer gold-standard patronising. Perhaps Mr edesignuk is in a bit of a grumpy mood. ;)

Patronising - not really. For those who don't know it's useful, for those who do, why are you reading it or taking the time to try and post an unwitty reply? Some of the aleged humour in the posts on this site is just so very unfunny.

I think edesignuk may be a little bored, but I don't see why he is grumpy? Some people really need to get out more though rather than spend hours working out how to be funny - and failing.

Koodauw
Sep 26, 2004, 12:14 PM
Great Work edesignuk!

If I ever need someone to write an instructin manual I know who to call.

I Think if you wrote some more of the FAQs for this site (serious ones) it would really help alot of people.

edesignuk
Sep 26, 2004, 12:24 PM
Great Work edesignuk!
Thanks :)
I Think if you wrote some more of the FAQs for this site (serious ones) it would really help alot of people.So this isn't serious?

Savage Henry
Sep 26, 2004, 02:36 PM
So I'm being "patronising" by writing this up in detail? Well excuse me! Why do you think I am in a grumpy mood for writing this up? It's a common question. And this is an idiot proof guide to the answer. That's all.

The 'patrionising' and 'grumpy' pitches were taken because I just don't think you should let it bother you. The 'tar question is really no big deal and it just surpised me that you spent a lot of effort to answer this, when you probably know deep down that any n00b wanting to know the answer will always find it easier to post a new thread than use the search menu or UCP.

But it is definately a good step by step and those n00b with the intellectual depth to use the search tool will get a lot out of it.

edesignuk
Sep 26, 2004, 02:43 PM
The 'patrionising' and 'grumpy' pitches were taken because I just don't think you should let it bother you.It doesn't really bother me, though it might seem like it does sometimes :eek:
The 'tar question is really no big deal and it just surpised me that you spent a lot of effort to answer thisHonestly it took 10 minutes, a few screen caps, and a little text.
when you probably know deep down that any n00b wanting to know the answer will always find it easier to post a new thread than use the search menu or UCP.I know they'll never read it, but now all anyone has to do when the question comes up is give the link to this thread.
But it is definately a good step by step and those n00b with the intellectual depth to use the search tool will get a lot out of it.Thanks :D

cb911
Sep 26, 2004, 06:41 PM
wow. :eek: was there really that much need for a 'tar 'how-to' guide? don't people get it yet? :confused:

well, i'm sure teh n00bs will like this, a very clear explaination of it all.

also for teh n00bs, a link. (http://www.trials-shack.co.uk/posting.html) some others here might have seen it already, but it's so good i'm posting this every chance i get. :D

makisushi
Sep 26, 2004, 09:36 PM
Isn't it spelled "avitor"?

Nermal
Sep 26, 2004, 10:29 PM
I've been trawling the forums and Apple affiliated sites for over three years now, and nowhere, and I mean nowhere can I find any guidance as to how to use my one button mouse

Here's a nice, short, simple answer: Get A Real Mouse :p

Isn't it spelled "avitor"?

No.

also for teh n00bs, a link. (http://www.trials-shack.co.uk/posting.html) some others here might have seen it already, but it's so good i'm posting this every chance i get. :D

Wow, that was brilliant! :D

Vector
Sep 26, 2004, 10:34 PM
Nice FAQ edesign.

I like the fact that you made it with a patronising tone.



BTW, i am glad to see that you are listing your real occupation under your profile now. Its about time you stopped pretending to be an IT guy. :D

edesignuk
Sep 27, 2004, 03:05 AM
Well, it looks like they're not gonna sticky it (REALLY GLAD I BOTHERED, THANKS), so just keep this link bookmarked folks, ready to post at a moments notice next time someone starts asking questions about avatars :rolleyes: :D

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=90468

Diatribe
Sep 27, 2004, 03:34 AM
hehe, nice work. This is turning into a "who's got the prettier woman as their tar thread" though. :D

edesignuk
Sep 27, 2004, 03:49 AM
hehe, nice work. This is turning into a "who's got the prettier woman as their tar thread" though. :Derm....no it's not. There's been no talk about that at all :confused:

Wyvernspirit
Sep 27, 2004, 09:09 AM
Maybe someone could add it to their signature sotme thing like this:


_________________________________
For that Info, Read the:

http://upload.yo-momma.net/uploads/macros/faq.gif (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=90468)

stoid
Sep 27, 2004, 09:18 AM
Maybe someone could add it to their signature sotme thing like this:


_________________________________
For that Info, Read the:

http://upload.yo-momma.net/uploads/macros/faq.gif (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=90468)

But alas, there can be no pictures in sigs, for which I am grateful as it distracts from trying to read the threads.

edesignuk
Sep 27, 2004, 09:21 AM
But alas, there can be no pictures in sigs, for which I am grateful as it distracts from trying to read the threads.Yeah, images in sigs always end up looking a mess :rolleyes:

Wyvernspirit
Sep 27, 2004, 09:39 AM
Maybe you could make it an avatar. ;)

krimson
Sep 27, 2004, 09:46 AM
Im curious if you Brits actually yell "HAY" instead of "HEY" like we do. :)

Diatribe
Sep 28, 2004, 03:46 AM
erm....no it's not. There's been no talk about that at all :confused:

Geez, I was just making a reference to Vector's tar and just trying to be funny... don't be offended, didn't want to "spoil" your thread. :p :D

Mr. Anderson
Sep 28, 2004, 07:39 AM
also for teh n00bs, a link. (http://www.trials-shack.co.uk/posting.html) some others here might have seen it already, but it's so good i'm posting this every chance i get. :D

that is so friggin awesome....

I'd love to rework that for MacRumors, there are plenty long time members who would do well to see that and heed it :D

D

edesignuk
Sep 28, 2004, 07:43 AM
Geez, I was just making a reference to Vector's tar and just trying to be funny... don't be offended, didn't want to "spoil" your thread. :p :D
I'm not offended in the slightest, and you didn't spoil the thread. I just didn't see the relevance in this thread to your comment, that's all :)

Doctor Q
Nov 12, 2004, 01:54 PM
A few people have reported that they couldn't set an avatar after they reached 500 posts, only to say "never mind - now it works" shortly afterward. Is it necessary to log out and log back into the forums before trying to set an avatar for the first time? If so, this ought to be in this GUIDE. If nobody knows for sure, maybe it should be mentioned as a troubleshooting step in case the procedure doesn't work the first time.

mkrishnan
Nov 12, 2004, 02:47 PM
A few people have reported that they couldn't set an avatar after they reached 500 posts, only to say "never mind - now it works" shortly afterward. Is it necessary to log out and log back into the forums before trying to set an avatar for the first time? If so, this ought to be in this GUIDE. If nobody knows for sure, maybe it should be mentioned as a troubleshooting step in case the procedure doesn't work the first time.

It seems to me more like it might be some kind of system lag, like a file being updated or something. My memory is that I tried logging out and back in, and that wasn't enough, but that I was able to add my avatar after an hour or two.

Doctor Q
Nov 12, 2004, 04:29 PM
It seems to me more like it might be some kind of system lag, like a file being updated or something. My memory is that I tried logging out and back in, and that wasn't enough, but that I was able to add my avatar after an hour or two.Then I suggest that that advice (i.e., wait a few hours and try again) be added as a troubleshooting tip until/unless we know better.

edesignuk
Nov 12, 2004, 04:39 PM
Then I suggest that that advice (i.e., wait a few hours and try again) be added as a troubleshooting tip until/unless we know better.
Done :)

cluthz
Nov 12, 2004, 04:44 PM
Then I suggest that that advice (i.e., wait a few hours and try again) be added as a troubleshooting tip until/unless we know better.

I reached 500 posts about a week ago, I couldn't add it before the next day.
(I tried to log in and out, no luck)
It takes some time to get the avatar, so I guess a few hours extra won't make much difference.. :rolleyes:

mkrishnan
Nov 12, 2004, 11:52 PM
I reached 500 posts about a week ago, I couldn't add it before the next day.
(I tried to log in and out, no luck)
It takes some time to get the avatar, so I guess a few hours extra won't make much difference.. :rolleyes:

Yeah, patience seems to be the dominant curative. We could just put into the faq:

Q: OMG, I'VE BEEN A N00B 4 10 MNTHS NOW, AND I FINALLY MADE 500 POSTS. I PWNED MACRUMORS NOW111! Y CAN'T I GET AN AVATAR?

A: Wait a day, try again. Use the time in between to TURN OFF YOUR @#$@ CAPS LOCK KEY, and sign up for many, many free iPod offers. Because they're all true. And if that doesn't work, PM me. I promise to Paypal you $0.25 so you can call someone who really cares.

sushi
Nov 13, 2004, 11:09 AM
A few people have reported that they couldn't set an avatar after they reached 500 posts, only to say "never mind - now it works" shortly afterward. Is it necessary to log out and log back into the forums before trying to set an avatar for the first time? If so, this ought to be in this GUIDE. If nobody knows for sure, maybe it should be mentioned as a troubleshooting step in case the procedure doesn't work the first time.
Then again, there is some of us (well at least one of us) with well over 500 posts who have no idea what to use for an avatar.

...I am hoping to become enlighted around 800! :D

Sushi

mkrishnan
Nov 13, 2004, 02:44 PM
Then again, there is some of us (well at least one of us) with well over 500 posts who have no idea what to use for an avatar.

...I am hoping to become enlighted around 800! :D

Sushi

We could start a find Sushi a 'tar thread! :D

My nomination:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/mkrishnan/webcache/sushi.jpg

Mechcozmo
Nov 13, 2004, 02:50 PM
I promise to Paypal you $0.25 so you can call someone who really cares.

"If I gave you a penny for that thought, then I overpaid."
--eAbuse, the best donationware program for Palm

:)


Oh and my avatar came around because it comes in handy for a thread like, "MAC vs. Windows and my Windows won!!! Stupid Mac users!!!!"

Just read the 'tar...

Mechcozmo
Nov 13, 2004, 02:53 PM
We could start a find Sushi a 'tar thread! :D


http://www.maths.soton.ac.uk/staff/Dewynne/BUTTONS/find_the_fish.jpg

That's my nomination...

edesignuk
Nov 13, 2004, 02:55 PM
have no idea what to use for an avatar.

That's not a problem I suffer :D

<-- New one ;)

mkrishnan
Nov 13, 2004, 03:04 PM
That's not a problem I suffer :D

*sighs* yes, so many beautiful women, so little time.... ;)

edesignuk
Nov 13, 2004, 03:06 PM
*sighs* yes, so many beautiful women, so little time.... ;)
For those of us that are not so creative (me!) it's an easy theme to follow and there is an endless source pics of anyone all over the net :)

mkrishnan
Nov 13, 2004, 03:22 PM
For those of us that are not so creative (me!) it's an easy theme to follow and there is an endless source pics of anyone all over the net :)

I'm not really certain that you qualify for the non-creative list...then again, I grew up in Detroit, where people somehow simultaneously receive welfare payments and drive big Benzes with 23" rims.... :confused:

Mechcozmo
Nov 13, 2004, 03:47 PM
I made my own. :D Photoshop, what did we do without you?

sushi
Nov 14, 2004, 06:14 AM
We could start a find Sushi a 'tar thread! :D

My nomination:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/mkrishnan/webcache/sushi.jpg
Hey, I appreciate the suggestions.

Here is my first one.

Sushi

mkrishnan
Nov 14, 2004, 10:07 AM
Hey, I appreciate the suggestions.

Here is my first one.

Sushi

*claps* Bravo! :)

sushi
Nov 15, 2004, 01:36 AM
*claps* Bravo! :)
Thanks!

...and a personal and public thanks to edesignuk for leading the way! :D

Sushi

MacDawg
Nov 15, 2004, 06:13 AM
Very nice Sushi!
Very nice indeed!

MattG
Nov 17, 2004, 01:02 PM
Nice :)

Littleodie914
Dec 23, 2004, 07:50 AM
Yeah, images in sigs always end up looking a mess :rolleyes:Hear hear! :)

Platform
Feb 11, 2005, 04:30 AM
Not totally sure if this is the place to post it

But I have seen so many nice animated/changing avatar's
How can you creat one that has let say 3 pic's in it to change like every sec :confused:

Diatribe
Feb 11, 2005, 04:39 AM
Not totally sure if this is the place to post it

But I have seen so many nice animated/changing avatar's
How can you creat one that has let say 3 pic's in it to change like every sec :confused:

Those pics are gifs. Just get a gif creator and create your own.

Platform
Feb 11, 2005, 08:41 AM
Those pics are gifs. Just get a gif creator and create your own.


Thanks for that
Now I have a pic to put as my tar once I get there :D

ravenvii
Feb 12, 2005, 07:08 PM
Well, whatever others may say, this FAQ actually answered my question before I made a thread about it (I searched! Yay! Take that, n00bs!)

<-- A brand new macrumors 6502! :D

edesignuk
Feb 13, 2005, 05:43 AM
Well, whatever others may say, this FAQ actually answered my question before I made a thread about it (I searched! Yay! Take that, n00bs!)Yay! I feel so proud :o

;) :D

Santaduck
Feb 18, 2005, 03:32 PM
Yay! I feel so proud :o

;) :D


Now you should (at least temporarily) update your avatar to also animate with the bugeyes and tongue :)

Mudbug
Feb 18, 2005, 03:48 PM
what?

miloblithe
Feb 18, 2005, 03:54 PM
That is really disturbing. I'm going to have nightmares now.

Platform
Feb 19, 2005, 12:17 AM
what?


Maby that was a bit too much :p
Well now she has at least blinking eye's :rolleyes:

Santaduck
Feb 20, 2005, 06:46 PM
Nice Mudbug :cool:

For some reason edesignuk isn't taking it though =9

Baron58
Feb 22, 2005, 07:54 AM
Im curious if you Brits actually yell "HAY" instead of "HEY" like we do. :)


"y'like dags?"

840quadra
Apr 1, 2005, 08:37 AM
Good detail on this thread!

I should do something like this on the forums i run (not the same software).

I will remember to look this thread up in 5 years when I reachh over 500 posts :eek:

crap freakboy
Apr 4, 2005, 08:05 AM
Well, it looks like they're not gonna sticky it (REALLY GLAD I BOTHERED, THANKS), so just keep this link bookmarked folks, ready to post at a moments notice next time someone starts asking questions about avatars :rolleyes: :D

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=90468

I'm pretty sure you'd beat us to it, I'm still certain you've had a modem installed in your head so you can be the fastest poster in the west!

GroundLoop
Aug 8, 2005, 12:00 PM
I just wish that the avatar filesize could be a little bigger. It can't be that much of a burden to raise the limit to 50kb.

Hickman

Melkor
Nov 7, 2005, 06:59 PM
Excellent instructions. I remember trying to figure out how to get an avatar on another forum about a year ago and no one had explaied it properly.

This is crystal clear. Good stuff.

pknz
Nov 7, 2005, 10:59 PM
Yea go the 'tar. Only 270 off posts still I can get one wooo-wooo. And at my current rate of around 1 post per day it will only take 270 odd days, wooo-wooo!

killuminati
Nov 8, 2005, 12:31 AM
Wow seeing the first post in this thread really made me miss the Keira pictures :(.

amacgenius
Nov 20, 2005, 11:42 AM
How long do you usually have to wait before PMing somebody, I reached 500 posts about a half hour ago.

Blue Velvet
Nov 20, 2005, 11:44 AM
How long do you usually have to wait before PMing somebody, I reached 500 posts about a half hour ago.

Log out. Log on.

If that fails, wait for a few more hours... an avatar is surely not that important. :confused:

edesignuk
Nov 20, 2005, 11:45 AM
How long do you usually have to wait before PMing somebody, I reached 500 posts about a half hour ago.If you have just reached 500 posts and are having trouble uploading a 'tar, try logging out an logging back in again. If that doesn't work try to give it a few hours.;)

amacgenius
Nov 20, 2005, 11:54 AM
Got it (as you can see), just had to log out and in, sorry for the interruption.

Photorun
Nov 20, 2005, 02:59 PM
The correct answer to this thread is "very carefully."

toezter
Dec 9, 2005, 11:46 AM
since i skimmed the thread quickly, i might have skipped it.

why do you have to have 500 posts? seems kinda...worthless.

Counterfit
Dec 9, 2005, 04:15 PM
Well, maybe you should read the entire thing then, and not expect us to spoon-feed you.

jmufellow
Dec 9, 2005, 08:09 PM
since i skimmed the thread quickly, i might have skipped it.

why do you have to have 500 posts? seems kinda...worthless.
Because they want the long-term users to be able to be noticed with some sort of visual. If they let just any newbie have one, it would be harder to tell who's really "serious" on the forums and who's just a passer-by. I, obviously am not there yet, and may never be:o

OR, you could just get an awesome sig

toezter
Dec 9, 2005, 10:42 PM
Well, maybe you should read the entire thing then, and not expect us to spoon-feed you.

you should also, its not there. if you found it, good job.

500 posts just to get recognized? thats ridiculous. granted that i've never come up to a forum with this 'process' (only ones where donators may have an avatar i understand), seems like not-so-friendly way to attract 'newcomers'.

"you must have a hierarchy to have an avatar here!"

whatever. this rant adds onto my useless goal to 500 posts.

~Shard~
Dec 9, 2005, 10:54 PM
500 posts just to get recognized? thats ridiculous. granted that i've never come up to a forum with this 'process' (only ones where donators may have an avatar i understand), seems like not-so-friendly way to attract 'newcomers'.

Who says you need an avatar to be recognized? Contribute to the discussions, offer valuable opinions, help people out - that's how you truly get recognized by your peers - by being an active member on the Forum.

whatever. this rant adds onto my useless goal to 500 posts.

It's not good to have useless goals in life. All your goals should have meaning. Also, be careful not to spam, or post useless posts, as that is considered spam and will not be tolerated. Just some friendly advice.

In conclusion on this whole avatar matter, if people put such a high priority on having a little picture under their name perhaps they are here for the wrong reasons... :cool:

Sun Baked
Dec 9, 2005, 11:02 PM
I'm sort of surprised he was able to find this thread, usually people whining about the avatars start a new thread.

I want a tar now = beating a dead horse (http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6621&stc=1)

eva01
Dec 9, 2005, 11:11 PM
you should also, its not there. if you found it, good job.

500 posts just to get recognized? thats ridiculous. granted that i've never come up to a forum with this 'process' (only ones where donators may have an avatar i understand), seems like not-so-friendly way to attract 'newcomers'.

"you must have a hierarchy to have an avatar here!"

whatever. this rant adds onto my useless goal to 500 posts.

holy high frack o_O is an avatar really that important???

I know a bunch of people that got recognized before having an avatar (myself included because i am so loved ^_^)

Counterfit
Dec 10, 2005, 12:00 AM
you should also, its not there. if you found it, good job.
Well, maybe you should have read the thread BEFORE asking a stupid question, rather than just skimming it. As for me, I have an avatar, and have had it for some time (that was over 3500 posts ago).
since i skimmed the thread quickly, i might have skipped it.


If getting to 500 posts (outside Politics, not in wastelanded threads, and none deleted) seems to be a challenge for you, you're free to go to a forum where they allow 25MB 1024x768 5 minute long animated gifs to new members.

xsedrinam
Dec 10, 2005, 12:29 AM
Glad to see something like this got "stickied". Maybe it'll keep posting the same question down some, even if "Hey" is misspelled. :rolleyes:

MacDawg
Dec 10, 2005, 07:25 AM
Glad to see something like this got "stickied". Maybe it'll keep posting the same question down some, even if "Hey" is misspelled. :rolleyes:

Its been 'stickied' for over a year and we still get the same insane rants about 500 posts and 'help, I can't get my avatar to work'. But, who knows how many it has stopped. No way to tell.

I never cease to be amazed at how important an avatar is to one's self worth.

Woof, Woof - Dawg http://homepage.mac.com/k.j.vinson/pawprint.gif

edesignuk
Dec 10, 2005, 07:35 AM
even if "Hey" is misspelled. :rolleyes:That is intentional, supposed to add to the stupidity of it all ;)

Blue Velvet
Dec 10, 2005, 07:37 AM
...even if "Hey" is misspelled. :rolleyes:


<whine>

Why can't I have an avatar? This is the last straw...

</whine>

MacDawg
Dec 10, 2005, 08:00 AM
We've spoiled our kids with instant gratification and giving them everything they want, when they want it, especially if the pitch a fit about it. Even young couples today go into deep debt so that they can have immediately everything that their parents spent a lifetime accumulating.

Wonder what the average age of the avatar complainer is?
Bet it is under 25, probably under 20
Bet nobody over 35 ever complains about not having an avatar

It's just a 75X75 picture folks! Get a grip.
If not having one keeps you from participating here, you were here for the wrong reason anyway.

Woof, Woof - Dawg http://homepage.mac.com/k.j.vinson/pawprint.gif

Seasought
Dec 10, 2005, 10:24 AM
Contributing to MacRumors (by means of money) elevates one's status to a god or goddess (I think); does that bypass the whole '500 post == avatar' issue?

Correct me if I'm wrong about that. I figured instead of complaining sending money might help stop stuff like this. :D

PlaceofDis
Dec 10, 2005, 10:26 AM
Contributing to MacRumors (by means of money) elevates one's status to a god or goddess (I think); does that bypass the whole '500 post == avatar' issue?

Correct me if I'm wrong about that. I figured instead of complaining sending money might help stop stuff like this. :D

nope you still need to reach 500 posts to get a 'tar even if you pay up.

Seasought
Dec 10, 2005, 10:35 AM
nope you still need to reach 500 posts to get a 'tar even if you pay up.

Do you think allowing that would be a good thing?

Maybe it's irrelevant...it is after all, just a picture.

~Shard~
Dec 10, 2005, 10:43 AM
Do you think allowing that would be a good thing?

Maybe it's irrelevant...it is after all, just a picture.

As I said above, it is just a picture. I say leave it at 500 posts. And ban anyone who tries to spam in order to reach it quickly. :cool:

Seasought
Dec 10, 2005, 10:49 AM
As I said above, it is just a picture. I say leave it at 500 posts. And ban anyone who tries to spam in order to reach it quickly. :cool:

I was thinking of it from a more expoloitative side: those who are obsessed with getting a tiny picture on the forums get to help fund the site.

Just an idea is all...though I doubt anyone who would complain about this would go through with shelling out cash.

~Shard~
Dec 10, 2005, 10:51 AM
I was thinking of it from a more expoloitative side: those who are obsessed with getting a tiny picture on the forums get to help fund the site.

Just an idea is all...though I doubt anyone who would complain about this would go through with shelling out cash.

We don't want people like that here though. MacRumors isn't about avatars, donations and exploitation. :cool:

Seasought
Dec 10, 2005, 11:05 AM
MacRumors isn't about avatars, donations and exploitation.

True dat. :D

MacDawg
Dec 10, 2005, 04:05 PM
We don't want people like that here though. MacRumors isn't about avatars, donations and exploitation. :cool:


Well, maybe the exploitation part

Woof, Woof - Dawg http://homepage.mac.com/k.j.vinson/pawprint.gif

toezter
Dec 10, 2005, 08:14 PM
there are many of you that i want to reply to, but i'm so backed up with flames, please forgive me.

xoxo

Sun Baked
Dec 10, 2005, 08:26 PM
there are many of you that i want to reply to, but i'm so backed up with flames, please forgive me.

xoxoSounds like you need the "senior special" -- Metamucil and Prune Juice with a dose of Preparation H to make it all flow better.

goodwill
Jan 3, 2006, 02:25 PM
Sounds like you need the "senior special" -- Metamucil and Prune Juice with a dose of Preparation H to make it all flow better.


haha - thats classic. oh wait, im not a senior and use that remedy. i guess because im in texas you could call it the senor special!

2nyRiggz
Jan 25, 2006, 12:14 AM
"I cant have a avatar!! boo hoo hoo....people dont like me..."

Damn just enjoy MR and add to the convo and you will make it....500post is nothing if u are active in the boards....i see it as u earned your stripes now enjoy.


Bless

Dalriada
Jan 25, 2006, 09:58 AM
Coming from an avatarless member who has nevertheless been around a while, I think it's still a good way to recognize active MR members from others and to maybe pay more attention to posts from tar'ed members :eek: Personally I'm more interested in a MR mug than a tar... :D

- Dal

~Shard~
Jan 25, 2006, 10:23 AM
Coming from an avatarless member who has nevertheless been around a while, I think it's still a good way to recognize active MR members from others and to maybe pay more attention to posts from tar'ed members :eek: Personally I'm more interested in a MR mug than a tar... :D

- Dal

I also would like a MacRumors mug - I don't think they are offered anymore, not for the past few years I believe. I think someone posted a link once to MacRumors shitrs, but that was about it. Does anyone have any further information on this, because I'd be all over a MR mug like white on rice. :cool:

mkrishnan
Jan 25, 2006, 12:21 PM
I also would like a MacRumors mug - I don't think they are offered anymore, not for the past few years I believe. I think someone posted a link once to MacRumors shitrs, but that was about it. Does anyone have any further information on this, because I'd be all over a MR mug like white on rice. :cool:

You could drink apple cider out of it, and enjoy it with your sandwidges. :)

~Shard~
Jan 25, 2006, 02:27 PM
You could drink apple cider out of it, and enjoy it with your sandwidges. :)

Nice one, I love it! :) I especially love the fact that probably no one else here gets that awesome joke... :cool:

reberto
Feb 5, 2006, 01:04 PM
If they didn't read the other FAQ, what makes you think they'll read this? :rolleyes:
If they don't, we kill them

-hh
Feb 6, 2006, 02:35 PM
Coming from an avatarless member who has nevertheless been around a while...

Just be patient and make good posts. In time, it will eventually come. I finally got my 'Tar, and I might be the MR record-holder for "Longest Regular before finally cracking 500":

Join date: 7-17-01
'Tar eligible: 2-1-06

Yup, 4 years, 6 months (and a coupla days).



-hh

~Shard~
Feb 6, 2006, 02:37 PM
Just be patient and make good posts. In time, it will eventually come. I finally got my 'Tar, and I might be the MR record-holder for "Longest Regular before finally cracking 500":

Join date: 7-17-01
'Tar eligible: 2-1-06

Yup, 4 years, 6 months (and a coupla days).


Well, I for one am happy that your patience has finally paid off! Congrats and nice avatar! :cool:

Doctor Q
Feb 6, 2006, 04:00 PM
I might be the MR record-holder for "Longest Regular before finally cracking 500"Wow! Look at that member number!

Like golf scores, the lower the number, the more impressive it is, and you are member 1937.

~Shard~
Feb 6, 2006, 04:16 PM
Wow! Look at that member number!

Like golf scores, the lower the number, the more impressive it is, and you are member 1937.

Where do you find a member's member #? Never seen that before, not that I've ever bothered to look... ;)

MacNut
Feb 6, 2006, 04:24 PM
Where do you find a member's member #? Never seen that before, not that I've ever bothered to look... ;)Hover over your screen name and you will see a number. Mine says 3249

PlaceofDis
Feb 6, 2006, 04:26 PM
Where do you find a member's member #? Never seen that before, not that I've ever bothered to look... ;)

open up a person's profile page, in the URL, the last digits are the member's number.

~Shard~
Feb 6, 2006, 04:29 PM
Hover over your screen name and you will see a number. Mine says 3249
open up a person's profile page, in the URL, the last digits are the member's number.

Cool, thanks guys, never knew that! Looks like I'm 17437 - not too shabby... :cool:

MacNut
Feb 6, 2006, 04:31 PM
What does that number mean actually, is that in order of when you sign up or is it a random number.

Mitthrawnuruodo
Feb 6, 2006, 04:34 PM
What does that number mean actually, is that in order of when you sign up or is it a random number.Hint: Check out Arn's number... ;)

MacNut
Feb 6, 2006, 04:38 PM
So Blakespot is the first member listed and the number is 10. So what happened to 1-9

~Shard~
Feb 6, 2006, 04:40 PM
So Blakespot is the first member listed and the number is 10. So what happened to 1-9

Perhaps a MacRumors God can help answer that question... ;)

vniow
Feb 6, 2006, 04:43 PM
So Blakespot is the first member listed and the number is 10. So what happened to 1-9

Blakespot (http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=9) is 9 and arn (http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=1) is 1 here, how are you viewing it?

MacNut
Feb 6, 2006, 04:47 PM
Blakespot (http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=9) is 9 and arn (http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=1) is 1 here, how are you viewing it?My mistake he is 9
Im viewing by join date in ascending order.

Mitthrawnuruodo
Feb 6, 2006, 04:54 PM
And MacRumors is #3, according to the Gods & Mods list (http://forums.macrumors.com/showgroups.php)... :)

Doctor Q
Feb 6, 2006, 07:32 PM
Member numbers are assigned sequentially by the forum software. They are rarely deleted, although a few did end up deleted when these forums were first created. Member numbers are never reused.

I am to blame for a particularly dopey thread about member numbers.

roland.g
Feb 10, 2006, 04:37 PM
I think that was a great and well screenshot explanation for how to post your avatar. And not having reached 500 posts I had no reason to look into yet so I had no idea about the pixel and size limitations. But everything else seems pretty straightforward.

So then it naturally begs the question, if you have enough posts to have one, but can't figure out how to use the User CP and edit your own data, do you really deserve to have one. How'd you get online in the first place. Tell me these n00bs know what an ethernet cable is.

Blue Velvet
Feb 10, 2006, 05:06 PM
So then it naturally begs the question, if you have enough posts to have one, but can't figure out how to use the User CP and edit your own data, do you really deserve to have one. How'd you get online in the first place. Tell me these n00bs know what an ethernet cable is.

And there was I prepared to give you the benefit of doubt... perhaps those two ladies were right after all.

jadekitty24
Feb 23, 2006, 07:04 AM
I just received my copy of Photoshop and was playing around with it, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to scale a picture down to 75x75 pixels, or if that's even possible. I did a search on how to make an avatar and just came up with threads about people bitching that they can't get an avatar, which is full of people bitching about people who bitch about not being able to use an avatar. If someone knows anything or can direct me, I would greatly appreciate it.

Mr. Anderson
Feb 23, 2006, 07:19 AM
In photoshop, go to the image drop down menu and select image size. Put 75 in the first field and make sure that you have the constrain proportions option set (should be a toggle button).

That should give you what you need. And if you need to crop it before you resize it, try image->canvas size or the crop tool.

Good luck,

D

jadekitty24
Feb 23, 2006, 08:06 AM
Thank you very much...that did the trick. :D 3 hours with this software and I couldn't even figure that out...

Mr. Anderson
Feb 23, 2006, 08:13 AM
Thank you very much...that did the trick. :D 3 hours with this software and I couldn't even figure that out...

You should get a book and spend some time going through it - you'll be surprised what you'll be able to do.

Good luck,

D

Anonymous Freak
Mar 9, 2006, 01:34 PM
W00t! W00t! Just noticed that I just passed the 500 post mark. Time to figure out what I want my 'tar to be. (And wait for it to get enabled.)

Oh, dear... Did I really just type 'W00t'?

MacNut
Mar 9, 2006, 01:47 PM
Im seeing a lot of new people with tars lately, what are we feeding these people.:)
Oh, dear... Did I really just type 'W00t'?Meh it happens.

Silencio
Mar 9, 2006, 06:13 PM
Just be patient and make good posts. In time, it will eventually come. I finally got my 'Tar, and I might be the MR record-holder for "Longest Regular before finally cracking 500":

Join date: 7-17-01
'Tar eligible: 2-1-06

Yup, 4 years, 6 months (and a coupla days).

I'm at about 2.5 years of membership with just over 200 posts. I'll easily beat your record at my current glacial pace! :p

Anonymous Freak
Mar 10, 2006, 01:44 PM
I'm at about 2.5 years of membership with just over 200 posts. I'll easily beat your record at my current glacial pace! :p

Yeah, I used to have a different account (that I forgot I had,) that I started on 12/12/02, then started this account on 9/15/03, so it has taken me a little over 3 years to hit the mark. (I somehow had one old Mac logged in on the old account, and created a new account on a newer Mac, and didn't even realize that I was posting under two names. A mod pointed it out, and folded the other account's posts into this one, then got rid of the other account.)

netdog
Jun 4, 2006, 02:43 PM
I'd feel a whole lot better about the "how to" description in message 1 of this thread if I actually had an "Edit Avatar" in my CP menu. :rolleyes:

So what do I do?

Jaffa Cake
Jun 4, 2006, 02:47 PM
If you've only just made 500 posts, then the forum might not have 'caught up' yet, as it were. It's common for it to take a while to register the fact that you're 'tar worthy.

Give it an hour or so and you shouldn't have any problems. :)

fistful
Jun 4, 2006, 02:56 PM
psh! Don't listen to them. You don't really need 500 posts to get an avatar, edesignuk's pulling your leg and everyone is running with it.

Check out my post count and see for yourself. :cool:

~Shard~
Jun 4, 2006, 03:23 PM
psh! Don't listen to them. You don't really need 500 posts to get an avatar, edesignuk's pulling your leg and everyone is running with it.

Check out my post count and see for yourself. :cool:

Wow, you sure must like posting in a lot of useless threads... :p :cool:

ImNoSuperMan
Jun 4, 2006, 03:51 PM
psh! Don't listen to them. You don't really need 500 posts to get an avatar, edesignuk's pulling your leg and everyone is running with it.

Check out my post count and see for yourself. :cool:

Hey.... Thats cheating. How can he have an Avatar. His post counts are less than 500 and he doesnt look like a contributor either. Howz dat possible?:confused:

Blue Velvet
Jun 4, 2006, 03:53 PM
Hey.... Thats cheating. How can he have an Avatar. His post counts are less than 500 and he doesnt look like a contributor either. Howz dat possible?:confused:

He won one of the avatar competitions a wee while back.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=169601

devilot
Jun 4, 2006, 03:55 PM
He won one of the avatar competitions a wee while back.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=169601Dang it. You beat me to it. I noticed you also looking through the contest forum ;) Great minds, eh?

~Shard~
Jun 4, 2006, 05:51 PM
He won one of the avatar competitions a wee while back.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=169601

Ah, that would do it too. I've seen other members achieve avatar status and then fall below 500 posts, as several threads they were posting in were wastelanded (and thus their posts in those threads were negated.)

CommonMan
Oct 6, 2006, 12:54 PM
I clicked on a hyperlink that lead me to this thread. Now, I realize, I've got to have 500 posts. I don't get this criteria...will this not lead to fivolous posts?

bartelby
Oct 6, 2006, 12:55 PM
I clicked on a hyperlink that lead me to this thread. Now, I realize, I've got to have 500 posts. I don't get this criteria...will this not lead to fivolous posts?


Apparently it does...

Doctor Q
Oct 6, 2006, 01:09 PM
Some people stick to useful posts no matter what the rules are, and some people make frivolous ones no matter what the rules are. It's true that some people post more than they would otherwise to eventually qualify for an avatar, but the moderators are there to remove frivolous posts.

The main reason for post-count minimums is to make sure that other forum members have a chance to get to know you before you can participate in certain forums or be given the privilege to use an avatar. If people post based on their post count rather than when they have something useful to say, other members (and the moderators) will have plenty of chances to spot the lack of quality, so again the rule serves its purpose.

CommonMan
Oct 6, 2006, 01:10 PM
Hmmm. The PC forum does not require 500 posts to get an Avatar. But then, their Avatars are not as cool or creative as these here. :D

Doctor Q
Oct 6, 2006, 06:15 PM
We've had a couple of people ask about the avatar rules again today.

Perhaps this will help: We've expanded the explanations (yet again) on the Edit Profile Picture (http://forums.macrumors.com/profile.php?do=editprofilepic) and Edit Avatar (http://forums.macrumors.com/profile.php?do=editavatar) pages in the Control Panel so that more people have a chance to understand the difference.

However, if people still ask, please continue to give them the answer or point them to this thread or the FAQ.

WildCowboy
Oct 6, 2006, 06:19 PM
Thanks as always for your help, Q. If the threads continue, the next step should be flashing text...bold pink Comic Sans.

840quadra
Oct 6, 2006, 06:26 PM
Actually,

I have adopted this policy on my forums as well. We switched from Invision board, to vBulletin as recently as this week. Along with the Avatar limit, we do not allow new users to post attachments until they reach a specific post count.

Since attachments and Avatars take up server space, and bandwidth, we want to only grant those privileges to those that are interested in our site, and have contributed to the culture of our forums.

mad jew
Oct 8, 2006, 02:32 AM
Is there any way to limit newbies posting links? If their links were somehow disabled (obviously still visible though), then this might reduce our SPAM slightly.

Mammoth
Dec 30, 2006, 02:20 AM
Hmm.. I have 501 posts, but no Edit Avatar option. Do I have to wait so long or something? :confused:

Wow that's ironic. The FAQ explained that but I failed to see it. Never mind! :D

Edit x2: I'll go to bed now and when I wake up I might magically have an Edit Avatar option sitting in my CP.

mustang_dvs
May 14, 2007, 03:07 PM
Vaguely on topic (I hope): is there a guide to the various user ranks and what criteria they're set at?

MacNut
May 14, 2007, 03:14 PM
Vaguely on topic (I hope): is there a guide to the various user ranks and what criteria they're set at?http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:MacRumors_FAQ#How_do_user_titles_work.3F

debranne
Jan 5, 2008, 01:46 AM
I'm pretty new at the computer world, but around enough. So why can't we have an avatar, unless you have 500 posts? Just seems little silly to me...

MacNut
Jan 5, 2008, 01:48 AM
I'm pretty new at the computer world, but around enough. So why can't we have an avatar, unless you have 500 posts? Just seems little silly to me...You need to earn respect, we don't just give out avatars to anyone around here.:)

iPhil
Jan 5, 2008, 01:50 AM
I'm pretty new at the computer world, but around enough. So why can't we have an avatar, unless you have 500 posts? Just seems little silly to me...


http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:MacRumors_FAQ#How_do_user_titles_work.3F


Have gone thru the F.A.Q. to answer your Questions?

Mindflux
Feb 1, 2008, 01:53 PM
I set an avatar but it doesn't show it? It shows a hyperlink TO my avatar?

PlaceofDis
Feb 1, 2008, 01:54 PM
I set an avatar but it doesn't show it? It shows a hyperlink TO my avatar?

takes awhile for the servers to sync

MacNut
Feb 1, 2008, 01:55 PM
Might be a broken link. If it is showing in your profile you just need to wait for the servers. Give it an hour or so.

Mindflux
Feb 1, 2008, 01:57 PM
Might be a broken link. If it is showing in your profile you just need to wait for the servers. Give it an hour or so.

Yeah it shows in my profile.

Thanks.
:D

Lord Zedd
Apr 1, 2008, 01:00 AM
I agree with all the other ranters, 500 is a stupidly high number. 100 or even 250 would be far more reasonable.

PMB
Apr 13, 2008, 04:52 PM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

Stupid question, but why 500? To preserve bandwith?

not argueing, since I am well on my way, but why?

Edit: 100 more to go :D

Gray-Wolf
Jun 21, 2008, 09:18 PM
As a reward for contributing more to the community? A possibility.

Oppsy, didn't realize the oldness of the thread. My bad :p

Manzana
Sep 7, 2008, 11:23 PM
yes! I finally did it, I will finally get an avatar after four years of being part of macrumors (an one year of lurking prior to that!)

It is certainly a milestone in my mac geekery, a badge of honor if you will. Now give me my San Diego Chargers avatar!!!

r.j.s
Sep 7, 2008, 11:25 PM
yes! I finally did it, I will finally get an avatar after four years of being part of macrumors (an one year of lurking prior to that!)

It is certainly a milestone in my mac geekery, a badge of honor if you will. Now give me my San Diego Chargers avatar!!!

Congrats. There is one member here trying to earn theirs tonight by reviving every thread in the system. :)

gusious
Sep 16, 2008, 02:32 AM
So here's my n00b question.

Is the size of the image that we are uploading going to change? For example, mine is only 19kb. Is it going to get bigger because i thing the OP in his post at the beginning had more.

And something else. gif images are ok to use? Because when i tried uploading a gif it didn't move although i waited for a couple of hours... It was just the first frame...

Thx!:D

Lau
Sep 16, 2008, 03:11 AM
So here's my n00b question.

Is the size of the image that we are uploading going to change? For example, mine is only 19kb. Is it going to get bigger because i thing the OP in his post at the beginning had more.

And something else. gif images are ok to use? Because when i tried uploading a gif it didn't move although i waited for a couple of hours... It was just the first frame...

Thx!:D

The reason the OP has a larger one is because moderators get a larger allowance, so you're stuck with 19kb like the rest of us peasants, I'm afraid.

Gifs are fine to use, but they have to be both 75x75px or less and under 19kb. If they're larger than this, just the first frame will show up, so yours was perhaps too big. You can check it's uploaded correctly by looking at your profile – if it looks right there it'll look right next to your posts when the servers catch up.

gusious
Sep 16, 2008, 10:28 AM
The reason the OP has a larger one is because moderators get a larger allowance, so you're stuck with 19kb like the rest of us peasants, I'm afraid.

Gifs are fine to use, but they have to be both 75x75px or less and under 19kb. If they're larger than this, just the first frame will show up, so yours was perhaps too big. You can check it's uploaded correctly by looking at your profile – if it looks right there it'll look right next to your posts when the servers catch up.


Thanks for your reply.

So when an image says name.jpg and underneath it says 75X75 these are the pixels?so it must be 75x75 right?

edesignuk
Sep 16, 2008, 10:29 AM
So when an image says name.jpg and underneath it says 75X75 these are the pixels?so it must be 75x75 right?It can be up to 75x75 pixels, yes.

gusious
Sep 16, 2008, 10:39 AM
It can be up to 75x75 pixels, yes.

Thanks a lot!:)

Cheffy Dave
Sep 16, 2008, 10:48 AM
thanks for the info,well done

Samarium
Oct 13, 2008, 12:26 PM
Is there any rules about what or what cannot be in your avatar? Thanks.

bigandy
Oct 13, 2008, 12:29 PM
I think the best rule is to remember the minimum age for being a member here is 13 - so ensure you pick your avatar accordingly.

...

edesignuk
Oct 13, 2008, 12:30 PM
Is there any rules about what or what cannot be in your avatar? Thanks.I don't think there are any specifically, just be sensible. This is a forum for all ages, just keep that in mind. Most stuff is fine and there are very infrequently problems with people over avatar choices.

Samarium
Oct 13, 2008, 01:26 PM
I think the best rule is to remember the minimum age for being a member here is 13 - so ensure you pick your avatar accordingly.

...

I don't think there are any specifically, just be sensible. This is a forum for all ages, just keep that in mind. Most stuff is fine and there are very infrequently problems with people over avatar choices.

Okay! Thanks Andy and E.

Doctor Q
Oct 13, 2008, 03:29 PM
Is there any rules about what or what cannot be in your avatar? Thanks.
In addition to the pixel-size and bytesize limits on avatars, and the common-sense rule that avatars must not contain inappropriate content (the same rules as for forum posts), we prefer that animated avatars not have motion so rapid that they make it hard to read the forums!

dernhelm
Jun 22, 2009, 07:35 AM
In addition to the pixel-size and bytesize limits on avatars, and the common-sense rule that avatars must not contain inappropriate content (the same rules as for forum posts), we prefer that animated avatars not have motion so rapid that they make it hard to read the forums!

You mean like edesignuk's avatar? That one is right on the edge of being annoying. But I suppose I can simply disable avatars and not have to deal with it....

;)

edesignuk
Jun 22, 2009, 07:40 AM
You mean like edesignuk's avatar?You trying to cause trouble, punk?

:p

dernhelm
Jun 23, 2009, 01:32 PM
You trying to cause trouble, punk?

:p

What'ya gonna do? Slobber on me?

:p

ProwlingTiger
Jul 1, 2009, 01:36 PM
Well, I'm a bit perplexed on what I need to do to get an avatar here. I've just surpassed 500 posts.

Apparently the limit is now 75x75 and less than 20KB. Anyone know what resolution in Photoshop works best? I mean, I'm a photographer, but I'm not accustomed to making low res peephole images. I've done avatars before, but I must say never within these constraints.

I've had it set to 72px/in with 75x75px size. And saved through Photoshop using first .PNG (tried first) then I went back and saved as a JPEG with quality [6] and then tried quality [4].

I'm thinking I'm doing something wrong. Thanks for any help!

-PT

dmmcintyre3
Jul 1, 2009, 02:15 PM
Gif's work best

canamera
Jan 3, 2010, 12:42 PM
I'm not sure where to post this question... I was editing my profile and stuff, but I can't find the section to add a picture to my Avatar. Am I overlooking it, or is it that I'm not alowed to add a pic or something?

bartelby
Jan 3, 2010, 12:44 PM
It's all in here:
http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:MacRumors_FAQ

kainjow
Jan 3, 2010, 12:44 PM
See here:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=90468

You need 500 posts.

canamera
Jan 3, 2010, 12:52 PM
Wow, Thanks for the quick reponse guys...that sure answered my question.

500??? Geee...Why so many?

BBC B 32k
Jan 3, 2010, 12:56 PM
Sure takes some time, look how long I have been a member for :eek: Think I am on about 300 posts. I do spend way too much time here though but mostly keep my thoughts to myself.

canamera
Jan 3, 2010, 01:13 PM
Sure takes some time, look how long I have been a member for :eek: Think I am on about 300 posts. I do spend way too much time here though but mostly keep my thoughts to myself.

That's my point...
Now, I don't want to question the rules here or anything...especially 'cause I'm new here....but, I think the amount of posts you have is irrelevant to how much you help others in discussions.

Like I always say...."when you don't have anything good to say...don't say anything".

Some people probably get to 500 posts by just rambling on without anything helpful to add.

I hope I'm not upsetting anyone...not my intention, I was just wondering...

Psycdude
Jan 3, 2010, 01:16 PM
Yea, I know what you mean. I was a newbie for like a year. I'm hoping to get to Avatar status before 2020! I guess more posts like this one will help, as I normally would have just thought this to myself.

dukebound85
Jan 3, 2010, 01:17 PM
you know its sad when my first thought was about the movie

rdowns
Jan 3, 2010, 01:20 PM
you know its sad when my first thought was about the movie


Nope. I knew it was a noob asking about a 'tar. :D

TuffLuffJimmy
Jan 3, 2010, 01:23 PM
you know its sad when my first thought was about the movie
I thought so too, and was very close to posting "Search the forum --there's already a thread on this!"

bartelby
Jan 3, 2010, 01:24 PM
I thought so too, and was very close to posting "Search the forum --there's already a thread on this!"

It would still have been a valid post.

stridemat
Jan 3, 2010, 01:24 PM
That's my point...
Now, I don't want to question the rules here or anything...especially 'cause I'm new here....but, I think the amount of posts you have is irrelevant to how much you help others in discussions.


So how does a 'tar prove how much you help others in a discussion? I know people who have been here for years and still not got one and some of these people are the most helpful on MacRumors.

canamera
Jan 3, 2010, 01:25 PM
I guess they just want to make sure you are going to be here for a long time before they waist any valueable bandwith on you... or something like that.

I guess I need to win a contest then, 'cause at the rate I post...computers will be old school by then. LOL

dukebound85
Jan 3, 2010, 01:27 PM
i like the current system as avatars let me quickly spot common posters. if everyone had them, it wouldnt be as effective in that aspect

plus it keeps the clutter down

TuffLuffJimmy
Jan 3, 2010, 01:37 PM
plus it keeps the clutter down
As a Mac forum we're all about that.

Krafty
Jan 3, 2010, 01:41 PM
Wow, Thanks for the quick reponse guys...that sure answered my question.

500??? Geee...Why so many?
500 meaningful post isn't hard to do.




















For some.

canamera
Jan 3, 2010, 04:25 PM
Wow, I like coming on forums to chat about things I have in common with others, and sometimes to get some help with something. I like to sit down, and see what everyone is talking about, and maybe put in my two cents...when I have two cents to put in, that is.

I originally started this thread, because I thought I was doing something wrong, maybe I hadn't seen it or something. Most other forums don't have a problem letting you post a stamp size picture by your name. I've been a member of other forums before, from Phones, to FTA, to even Nirto RC Cars...and they all let you add a picture. All it is, is a way to customize your profile...That's all!!!

Since I am new here, I don't want to over step my bounds or anything, or even upset anyone... Every site has their own rules, and I will completely follow them without question. Like I had said before, I thought I had just missed it or something...sorry for the confusion.

canamera
Jan 3, 2010, 08:46 PM
i like the current system as avatars let me quickly spot common posters. if everyone had them, it wouldnt be as effective in that aspect

plus it keeps the clutter down

Isn't that what the "title" under your name is for????
For example, I'm a "macrumors newbie"....
I'm also not sure I understand what you mean by "Keeps the clutter down"?

Archon Gold
Jan 3, 2010, 09:03 PM
Isn't that what the "title" under your name is for????
For example, I'm a "macrumors newbie"....
I'm also not sure I understand what you mean by "Keeps the clutter down"?

It gives users time to mature before giving access to avatars, so they can learn the rules.etc. Same goes for the Marketplace, while I am unhappy that I can't access either for a while, I DO agree that it is fair though.

as for less clutter, it makes everything easier on the eyes than avatar after avatar after avatar, IMO most threads are cluttered enough as it is.

rdowns
Jan 4, 2010, 08:35 AM
as for less clutter, it makes everything easier on the eyes than avatar after avatar after avatar, IMO most threads are cluttered enough as it is.

IMO, long signatures add more clutter than avatars. :D

iBlue
Jan 4, 2010, 08:39 AM
It is a little strange but as far as I know, it's pretty much always been the way on this site. I think every one of us has thought the same thing when we were pre-500 posts. You'll get there. :)


P.S. I thought of the movie too. :o

Eraserhead
Jan 4, 2010, 08:39 AM
IMO, long signatures add more clutter than avatars. :D

Did you remove your sig just before making that post :p.

rdowns
Jan 4, 2010, 08:52 AM
Did you remove your sig just before making that post :p.

When I have a sig it is always small, uses size 1 font and a light color.

With regard to people who put all their "gear" in their sig, no one cares.

Eraserhead
Jan 4, 2010, 09:57 AM
When I have a sig it is always small, uses size 1 font and a light color.

Except for Seasons Greetings that is true :p.

RobertVJ
Feb 25, 2010, 10:44 AM
What does this mean?

To qualify for an avatar, you need a forum title of 6502a or higher (a 500 post minimum in qualifying forums)

I'm a moderator on mozillazine with 3910 posts. Is that a qualifying forum?

Thanks

Bennieboy©
Feb 25, 2010, 10:45 AM
qualifying forum on this board, so the mac rumors board, not another forum lol

MacDawg
Feb 25, 2010, 10:45 AM
The qualifying forums are here on MR but exclude the PRSI Forum, the Marketplace, etc.

From the FAQ (http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:MacRumors_FAQ)

Posts made to the Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum, the Console Games forum, the Code Sharing forum, and the Marketplace forum are not counted.

PrinceAvalon
Feb 25, 2010, 10:56 AM
I don't get why it's so high. Most forums I'm a member of it's like 10, 50 some 100. So why is it so high here?

Bennieboy©
Feb 25, 2010, 10:58 AM
I don't get why it's so high. Most forums I'm a member of it's like 10, 50 some 100. So why is it so high here?

because of the number of people especially the new people that are only here for 5 minutes and the amount of board resources that it would use if everyone had an avatar

MacDawg
Feb 25, 2010, 10:58 AM
I don't get why it's so high. Most forums I'm a member of it's like 10, 50 some 100. So why is it so high here?

They want it to be meaningful and a reward for contributing to the community
There have been many threads discussing it, but MR has held to its rules
It seems to work well

Gav2k
Feb 25, 2010, 10:58 AM
I like that's it's out of reach cos it stops stupid pictures having to load !

PrinceAvalon
Feb 25, 2010, 11:05 AM
I see... just wasn't sure why.... that's all no need to "attack" lol

But given the size of these icons.. it's not like one forum I'm a member of that allows up to 300x500 images or GIFs those will strain servers more than a tiny 80x100 or whatever this forum is limited too.

MacDawg
Feb 25, 2010, 11:10 AM
I see... just wasn't sure why.... that's all no need to "attack" lol

But given the size of these icons.. it's not like one forum I'm a member of that allows up to 300x500 images or GIFs those will strain servers more than a tiny 80x100 or whatever this forum is limited too.

I don't think anyone is trying to attack, just answering your question

I don't think the servers is the primary motivation, but it is secondary
Rewarding for contribution to the community is very important around here
If someone is more concerned about an avatar than the community, they usual don't last

rdowns
Feb 25, 2010, 11:17 AM
I don't get why it's so high. Most forums I'm a member of it's like 10, 50 some 100. So why is it so high here?

Apple users are elitist. :D

PrinceAvalon
Feb 25, 2010, 11:40 AM
Sorry guys that was more a joke hence attack being "attack" not attack, the quotes tend to infer something different than w/o them right lol.

I don't care more about an avatar; was just curious/unsure why this forum was different from others but honestly 10/50 in hindsight seems too low if you ask me, but 100 is fine. I could maybe understand 50 but 10 it's like... well that's not hard at all 10 posts lol.

Doctor Q
Feb 25, 2010, 05:33 PM
It's annoying that sites like MacRumors are called forums, the discussion categories they have are called forums, and the lower-level sub-sections are called forums (or sub-forums).
The "Site and Forum Feedback" forum is in the "Mac Community" forum at the MacRumors forums website.
Maybe we should go back to calling a forum website a BBS.

Compile 'em all
Feb 25, 2010, 06:30 PM
because of the number of people especially the new people that are only here for 5 minutes and the amount of board resources that it would use if everyone had an avatar

Resources?

Even in the ****tiest forums on the web, not only do newbie members get avatars but a lot bigger than those here.

The fact is no one here wants to spend even 1 nickel or invest an extra second into improving anything on the forums. Macrumors forums have been the same since the beginning for the internet and will probably stay so till the end of time.

Bennieboy©
Feb 25, 2010, 06:32 PM
Resources?

Even in the ****tiest forums on the web, not only do newbie members get avatars but a lot bigger than those here.

The fact is no one here wants to spend even 1 nickel or invest an extra second into improving anything on the forums. Macrumors forums have been the same since the beginning for the internet and will probably stay so till the end of time.

yeesh, alright, thats the only reason i could find, and it's happened before on some forums i've frequented over the years, so, with mac rumors being quite a lot larger then those i thought it would of applied ;)

MacDawg
Feb 25, 2010, 06:34 PM
Resources?

Even in the ****tiest forums on the web, not only do newbie members get avatars but a lot bigger than those here.

The fact is no one here wants to spend even 1 nickel or invest an extra second into improving anything on the forums. Macrumors forums have been the same since the beginning for the internet and will probably stay so till the end of time.

The just added a new server (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=867815)

There is a possible new design forthcoming (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=869272)

instaxgirl
Feb 27, 2010, 06:34 AM
Macrumors forums have been the same since the beginning for the internet and will probably stay so till the end of time.

I like it like this :p

Why do people get quite so het up over avatars? I read the rules, posted when I had something to say and waited. Now I have the heady power of being able to put up an avatar if I want.

I like the avatar system 'cause with so many posters here it makes frequent posters more recognisable. If everyone had an avatar I'd never remember who said what. And if everyone had a massive intrusive avatar I'd sigh with disappointment.

Doctor Q
Feb 27, 2010, 11:54 PM
Here's a chance to remind people about a misunderstanding about avatars that sometimes occurs:

• Avatars are based only on forum participation.

• Paid membership (http://forums.macrumors.com/payments.php) to MacRumors, to support the site, give you the benefits of an ad-free front page, access to the private forum, and a special user title.

• Paid membership does not give you have an avatar or full access to the Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum or the Marketplace forum (if you don't otherwise qualify). Those three privileges are free and depend only on your post count.

Even though letting users have avatars or access to those forums as a thank-you for paid membership would probably produce more memberships, we don't think it would be fair to users who earn them by participation.

jmann
Feb 28, 2010, 12:02 AM
I like having the requirement to be higher than most other forums, because it feels more rewarding when you finally earn one, and it makes people that post a lot more distinguishable.

AppleMatt
Feb 28, 2010, 03:53 PM
Even in the ****tiest forums on the web, not only do newbie members get avatars but a lot bigger than those here.

Which is one of the reasons I like it here. I especially hate forums where people are allowed massive pictures in their signatures. I find it really hard to follow the discussion.

Discussion forums are for discussing, not showing off your animated gif skills IMO.

AppleMatt

greygray
Mar 1, 2010, 05:50 AM
Which is one of the reasons I like it here. I especially hate forums where people are allowed massive pictures in their signatures. I find it really hard to follow the discussion.

Discussion forums are for discussing, not showing off your animated gif skills IMO.

AppleMatt

Or even worst, those who put images as their signatures.

dXTC
Mar 1, 2010, 03:09 PM
Or even worst, those who put images as their signatures.

Especially when the image is a 480x360 aniGIF of Penn Jillette mouthing the words "Shut.. The *******... UP!" over and over again.

If I wanna see that kind of nonsense, I'll head over to Fark.com and lurk. The other 99% of the time, I'll be here. :)

gwynne
Apr 9, 2010, 08:04 AM
I've read the first and last pages of this thread and also the main FAQ, but I don't see this covered:

Why does my avatar space show a link that says "gwynne's Avatar" rather than just displaying the avatar itself?

Is it because of this?

"Changes to your avatar may take up to 2 hours to appear on certain forum pages."

Thanks in advance.

SilentPanda
Apr 9, 2010, 08:16 AM
That's most likely the issue. Good investigation! If it's still broke tomorrow let us know and we can look into it.

gwynne
Apr 9, 2010, 02:27 PM
It looks like the link was indeed a placeholder during the 'transitional' period. Thought I'd mention it for posterity. Thanks!

swish2351
May 11, 2010, 04:02 PM
posts to you need to be able to have a picture icon next to your name? I REALLY want one

spinnerlys
May 11, 2010, 04:03 PM
500

http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:MacRumors_FAQ#How_do_user_titles_work.3F

Maybe also take a read here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=205018

-aggie-
May 11, 2010, 04:07 PM
You'll get one sooner if you make better titles (like, "How many posts for an avatar?").

rdowns
May 11, 2010, 04:10 PM
posts to you need to be able to have a picture icon next to your name? I REALLY want one


The process goes much faster if you use less color in your signature and posts.

zen.state
Jun 2, 2010, 04:11 PM
I just uploaded an avatar yet it only shows in my profile. In my posts it only shows a link where the image should be. Am I missing something?

edit: works now! :)

J Radical
Aug 5, 2010, 02:10 PM
500 post rule is ridiculous. I love macrumors but the forums are bland and lacking in personality. Avatars would give users identity, the is no reason why it should be confined to 'elites' with >500 posts.

>10 or 20 posts should be the standard.

GGJstudios
Aug 5, 2010, 02:12 PM
500 post rule is ridiculous. I love macrumors but the forums are bland and lacking in personality. Avatars would give users identity, the is no reason why it should be confined to 'elites' with >500 posts.

>10 or 20 posts should be the standard.

That's one opinion. Of course, you can always start your own forum and establish any rules you like.

belvdr
Aug 5, 2010, 02:12 PM
500 post rule is ridiculous. I love macrumors but the forums are bland and lacking in personality. Avatars would give users identity, the is no reason why it should be confined to 'elites' with >500 posts.

>10 or 20 posts should be the standard.

Because many people post a few times and then leave. Giving them an avatar option just wastes space/bandwidth on users that don't really need them.

Besides, if you're in it for the long haul, 500 posts isn't much. I personally disable avatars because it's distracting and wastes bandwidth when I'm on the MiFi.

VulchR
Sep 4, 2010, 07:03 AM
Erm... let's suppose a person posts once every other day (about my rate). It will take more than two and a half years (2.73 to be exact) for a person like me to earn their avatar. Obviously the rules are purely at the discretion of those that run the site - I get that - but it does seem a little arbitrary. If bandwidth is an issue, then why not simply forgo avatars all together? If it is about recognizing contributions, then there are others ways of judging this, and right now the 500 criterion encourages even greater bandwidth waste with frivolous posts.

Like this one. :p (that's 212, 288 to go...)

stridemat
Sep 4, 2010, 07:08 AM
Increase your post count and that will decrease rapidly. If you really want an avatar it won't take that long (just make sure not to spam :p)

PNutts
Nov 23, 2010, 10:13 AM
I personally disable avatars because it's distracting and wastes bandwidth when I'm on the MiFi.

I didn't know that is an option. Thank you! (Odd, coming from the member who just added an avatar but I've always wanted to try one.)

TorontoLRT
Nov 30, 2010, 05:55 PM
I like avatars. They're a way to give yourself a bit of identity.

mward333
Dec 15, 2010, 05:01 PM
I didn't know where to ask this.... but how come many of the moderators and demi-gods and demi-goddesses have black and white avatars lately? I haven't been on Macrumors much this week (I'm a professor, and it is final exam week), so I must have missed the reason for it. Just curious! Thank you for any information about this. I looked around but couldn't see why.....

GGJstudios
Dec 15, 2010, 05:04 PM
I didn't know where to ask this.... but how come many of the moderators and demi-gods and demi-goddesses have black and white avatars lately?
It's a secret. If we told you, we'd have to kill you. :cool:

mward333
Dec 15, 2010, 05:07 PM
It's a secret. If we told you, we'd have to kill you. :cool:

OK, GGJstudios, I don't want to die just to know this.... but I definitely see lots and lots of folks with this special kind of avatar. I looked on MRoogle too, but I don't see anything about it..... I didn't even really know what to search for, except black and white avatars???? It is very strange indeed.

eng42ine
Dec 15, 2010, 05:47 PM
What are you on about?

simsaladimbamba
Dec 15, 2010, 05:52 PM
It seems to be an epidemic, I even saw one over at TrekBBS (a message board for future technology not even Apple could devise, like the Flux Jeffries microbes for example).

mward333
Dec 15, 2010, 06:12 PM
OK, my wife said that these reveal some kind of secret if you scan them with your cell phone.

You all won't believe this, but despite my huge Mac Pro in my sig, I don't own a cell phone. I don't own a car either. So I'm a bit unaware of what is happening with cell phone technology. Pretty crazy.

Do the square black and white avatars have something to do with that?

(Wow I sound so naive!!!!!!)

angelwatt
Dec 15, 2010, 06:14 PM
Do the square black and white avatars have something to do with that?

They are QR codes. (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/QR_Code)
A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.

Common in Japan, where it was created by Toyota subsidiary Denso-Wave in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. QR is the abbreviation for Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.

184550
Dec 15, 2010, 06:20 PM
I didn't know where to ask this.... but how come many of the moderators and demi-gods and demi-goddesses have black and white avatars lately? I haven't been on Macrumors much this week (I'm a professor, and it is final exam week), so I must have missed the reason for it. Just curious! Thank you for any information about this. I looked around but couldn't see why.....

They seem to be doing a 12 Days of Christmas countdown, subbing the original lyrics for MR inspired ones.

It's a secret. If we told you, we'd have to kill you. :cool:

Kill me. :p

mward333
Dec 15, 2010, 07:16 PM
They are QR codes. (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/QR_Code)

Thank you, angelwatt, that was very helpful indeed!! I appreciate you letting me know. Have a great day.

littleman23408
Dec 16, 2010, 03:20 PM
They are QR codes. (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/QR_Code)

So how do you scan them with a iphone? I tried pointing it at it and nothing, and then...lol...i took a pic of it, and nothing.

My stepbrother has his profile pic of it on his facebook:confused:

MacDawg
Dec 16, 2010, 03:23 PM
So how do you scan them with a iphone? I tried pointing it at it and nothing, and then...lol...i took a pic of it, and nothing.

My stepbrother has his profile pic of it on his facebook:confused:

Try getting a bar code reader app like Red Laser for the iPhone

184550
Dec 16, 2010, 03:25 PM
Try getting a bar code reader app like Red Laser for the iPhone

I'd recommend Red Laser as well. Great little app to have.

littleman23408
Dec 16, 2010, 03:26 PM
Try getting a bar code reader app like Red Laser for the iPhone

Thanks MacDawg

ghostlyorb
Dec 17, 2010, 07:49 AM
Thanks! Very informative!

What are you on about?

I love how you update the QR code every day ;)

eng42ine
Dec 17, 2010, 12:01 PM
Thanks! Very informative!



I love how you update the QR code every day ;)

huh?

dXTC
Dec 17, 2010, 02:23 PM
They are QR codes. (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/QR_Code)

Oh, okay, I was wondering about those myself.

So... this is a bit like the "Sig That Doesn't End" meme from a while ago. Neat. Adds flavor to the community.

R94N
Feb 16, 2011, 02:22 AM
I know this is quite an old thread but I felt it was better than creating a whole new thread again just for one, related question. Why is there a file size/dimensional limit on new avatars? Is it to stop people choosing stupidly sized avatars that take up space on threads? Or is to do with server space? Just wondering.