Avatar Suggestion

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  1. mac 2005 macrumors 6502a

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    Wonder if this might be a good way to stem the avatar question... The "Edit Avatar" screen itself seems like it can be a bit puzzling to some folks. I wonder if a few words could be added to the right of "Edit Avatar."

    For example...

    "Edit Avatar -- 500 posts required to use this feature"

    I did a forum search on "avatar" and I got 20 pages (i.e., 500 posts). Only 1 link on the first results page was relevant -- and it wasn't a link to the FAQ page or the "sticky" on the Site and Forum Feedback page.

    As a member who lurked before I joined, I knew 'twas better to search before posting -- but I think some people get intimidated by the results and go ahead and post. In cases like the inevitable "Where's my avatar?" query, I wonder if some of the confusion could be avoided by a tweak to the configuration screen itself.
     
  2. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    a sensible suggestion, but i am not sure the forms can be customized in that way
     
  3. mac 2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It looks like it could be, but I've only recently begun learning php.
     

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  4. MacNut macrumors Core

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  5. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    That is a surprisingly good idea. Better than making a new person use the search function (which they won't) but still getting the point across. It should be definately doable...
     
  6. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Not as simple as that. vBulletin is made up of so, so, so many PHP files that all combine in various ways to create each page, not to mention the vast amount of content that is stored in SQL, actually finding where this little bit is would be a serious headache.
     
  7. pubwvj macrumors 68000

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    This is a good idea that would make for less frustration and fewer questions about this on the boards.

    Speaking of which, I thought the trigger level was 400 posts...
     
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    nope always been 500, but as edesign pointed out, it might me more of a headache than its worth
     
  9. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I agree. And further to that, MR would still be inundated with newbies asking "Where's my avatar?" no matter how you spell it out, bold it and highlight it. You can never completely foolproof something. ;)

    Not a bad suggestion, but as edesignuk said (and you echoed), tricky to implement, and as a result, I'm not sure if it's worth it in the end....
     
  10. eva01 macrumors 601

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    Just to let everyone know, it would be pretty easy to make it state that you need 500 posts, all you would need to do is either

    1. change the phrase in the admincp
    2. change the template in the admincp

    Pretty easy stuff, just have to find it ^^

    *goes to find out where it is on own site*
     
  11. Lacero macrumors 604

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    That'll only encourage them to spam to get to 500.

    It took me 12 days to get to avatar status.
     
  12. eva01 macrumors 601

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    found out where it was, pretty easy :p its in the modifyavatar template

    attached is what it could look like
     

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  13. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Wow, you have 1381 private messages? I just got 1. :(
     

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  14. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    So basically you're saying you didn't need any encouragement to make 40 posts/day? :p ;) :cool:

    Joking aside, I remember you didn't even actually have an avatar for the longest time, so it's obvious that wasn't a motivator for you. :)
     
  15. eva01 macrumors 601

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    I would have no problem with helping out with some of the template needs on the site, all they have to do is ask :p
     
  16. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Just PM one of the Mods and make them aware of your offer - edesignuk might be a good place to start. :)
     
  17. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    You'd need to speak to a "god", Arn or Mudbug ;)
     
  18. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Even if have it on the screen in bright neon, shout at them about the 500 post limit until they cry, or tattoo it on their ass -- we will still have newbies complaining that they cannot upload their tar.

    People tend to read the directions last...
     
  19. munkle macrumors 68030

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    So...which files do we need to change to do that? I'm liking the idea of Hal shouting, "No 'tar till you reach 500 posts, now drop and give me 20" until somebody cries...:eek: :p
     
  20. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    So are you ever going to ask to be changed from a "mod mini" to a "god mini"? ;)
     
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  22. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I don't even know what that would mean... :confused: ;)
     
  23. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    I'd remember... :rolleyes:
     
  24. eva01 macrumors 601

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    you'd look at your ass all the time to remember O_O
    *eight posts till harley quinn takes the stand :p*
     
  25. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    You sure would, especially if you are currently suffering from Cranial Rectal Inversion.
     

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