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Circles vs Squares: The Most Pressing Migration Concern

Should avatars on MacRumors be circular or square?

  • Circular

    Votes: 73 46.5%
  • Square

    Votes: 84 53.5%

  • Total voters
    157

AngerDanger

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Welcome. I'm glad to see you on the other side of the forum migration. Now that we're here, we mustn't forget what's really important: circles and their sharper quadrilateral counterparts, squares. Which of the two is more worthy of avatar inscription? Cast your vote, and your vote will be cast.

If you do prefer square avatars, a minor workaround for desktop exists.
 
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Scepticalscribe

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Jul 29, 2008
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Here is a quick collage of circular and square avatars. Remember, information is power. Arm yourself.

[url=http://i.imgur.com/WxSqUz0.jpg]Image[/url]

Er, odd though it may sound, - and not, I suspect the majority view here - but I have to say that I rather like the circles………..

Now, it could partly be down to the fact that my own avatar as it currently displays, would probably be enhanced, rather than diminished, by a circular framing.

Even so, I rather like the circular framing….juts as I have come to the realisation that I prefer round tables to square ones….
 
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AngerDanger

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Now, it could partly be down to the fact that my own avatar as it currently displays, would probably be enhanced, rather than diminished, by a circular framing.

It would look quite a bit like this prior to uploading a version of higher resolution:



Perhaps it could use some repositioning. I'm particularly envious of wrldwzrd89's forward-thinking choice of avatar.
 
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na1577

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Jan 20, 2008
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There are certain images that work better as a circle, but I think that the square is more versatile overall.

Also I'm not sure if it's just my blocky MacBook Air display but the circular avatars have some severely jagged edges on the preview site.
 
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ardchoille50

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Feb 6, 2014
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I like square avatars, but I'll be happy with whatever is decided.
"I'm just jazzed about being on the show, man." - Guy, Galaxy Quest
 
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Scepticalscribe

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Jul 29, 2008
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It would look quite a bit like this prior to uploading a version of higher resolution:

Image

Perhaps it could use some repositioning. I'm particularly envious of wrldwzrd89's forward-thinking choice of avatar.

Thanks for posting the nice comparison my avatar as a square and a circle; Ah, and as for re-positioning - do you think so, and if so, how so?

Agree re wrldwzrd89's avatar, it is nicely conceived, clever and well placed to take positive and full advantage of the coming changes.

By the way, the poll looks most odd; all those long lines, ominously reminiscent of the sort of work the kind of deranged artist from the early twentieth century - the sort who supped on absinthe - might produce while under the influence of the muse….
 
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redheeler

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Oct 17, 2014
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With the numerous database and formatting issues cropping up before the impending migration, it's extremely easy to get caught up in frivolity and forget what's really important: circles and their sharper, quadrilateral counterparts, squares. Which of the two is more worthy of avatar inscription? Cast your vote, and your vote will be cast.

That formatting is simply stunning right now.

Thanks for making this a poll, I was contemplating starting one myself.

I voted square, for several reasons. Square means more usable space for the avatar, and matches the rest of the forum better. It also means better compatibility with many avatars, while those who prefer their avatar to be circular shaped can still make it so.
 
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AngerDanger

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Thanks for posting the nice comparison my avatar as a square and a circle; Ah, and as for re-positioning - do you think so, and if so, how so?

Hmm, I found the original image and came up with the cropping on the right (I'm not entirely content with it):



Agree re wrldwzrd89's avatar, it is nicely conceived, clever and well placed to take positive and full advantage of the coming changes.

By the way, the poll looks most odd; all those long lines, ominously reminiscent of the sort of work the kind of deranged artist from the early twentieth century - the sort who supped on absinthe - might produce while under the influence of the muse….

Yes, the poll is a bit wonky as others have noticed. I think the current forum software knows it's about to be dumped and is compensating by making itself deserving of abandonment.

Thanks for making this a poll, I was contemplating starting one myself.

I voted square, for several reasons. Square means more usable space for the avatar, and matches the rest of the forum better. It also means better compatibility with many avatars, while those who prefer their avatar to be circular shaped can still make it so.

I was wondering whether to make the thread here or on xenforums.macrumors.com and decided anybody on xen would be here, too. Also, I must agree with your justification for square avatars.
 
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Scepticalscribe

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Jul 29, 2008
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Hmm, I found the original image and came up with the cropping on the right (I'm not entirely content with it):

Image



Yes, the poll is a bit wonky as others have noticed. I think the current forum software knows it's about to be dumped and is compensating by making itself deserving of abandonment.



I was wondering whether to make the thread here or on xenforums.macrumors.com and decided anybody on xen would be here, too. Also, I must agree with your justification for square avatars.

Well, you have done well, and I confess that I am more than a little impressed….
 
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redheeler

macrumors 604
Oct 17, 2014
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"Information is power. Arm yourself."

Here is a quick collage of circular and square avatars. Remember, information is power. Arm yourself.

[url=http://i.imgur.com/WxSqUz0.jpg]Image[/url]

I quite like the comparison that arn posted, so I will post it here for those who haven't seen:

https://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=556509

In addition, if you would like to browse the Xenforums with square avatars to see them for yourself, add the following code to your user stylesheet (Preferences > Advanced in Safari):

Code:
.avatar img, .avatar .img, .avatarCropper{
	border-radius: 2px !important;
}

This has been a permanent addition to my user stylesheet for some time now, by the way ;)
 
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grahamperrin

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Jun 8, 2007
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Some remarkably ill-fitting avatars for notable members

Four screenshots, three of which list notable members.

If the circular approach persists, then:
  • we can expect staff (the third list) to recreate their own avatars sooner rather than later
  • other notable members (the first and second lists) might be in no rush to make their avatars a noticeably good fit within the circles
  • notable celebrations e.g. birthdays (fourth screenshot – six columns) are likely to appear predominantly grey, not personal, for the foreseeable future.
 

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grahamperrin

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Jun 8, 2007
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… I voted square …

Your current spinning wait cursor rainbow avatar is too circular, comrade. A spinning square might be easier on the eye. Joking aside …

An open mind

… seriously, some of the images below remind me that circular can be exceedingly cool.

Will circular stand the test of time; will the novelty wear off? Probably. But short term cool could be fun.

Anyway. Food for thought, about roundness in general. Few written credits, but do please click on any image to view it in context. None of what's below exemplifies an avatar, so it's potentially off-topic, however the intention (on-topic) is for some of the images to 'loosen' prejudiced aversions to rounded avatars.

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From Out of the Unknown:

https://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=557145

https://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=557146

https://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=557147

A nice idea, but not well-balanced:



Not nice; change (round) for the sake of change; the round is not a good fit for the naturally rectangular objects, and square check fabric spoils a potentially nice chair:



Lush, novel … ultimately abandoned:

…


Craftsmanship with enduring appeal:



From the first commercial television with a cost below $100:



In my early teens (Essex, late 1970s) as a schoolchild I worked part-time in a wonderful home electrical sales and repairs shop – Sound and Vision – where the not-for-sale gems included a magnifier similar to this, but with a Bush set (the icon TV12 or TV22 series):



Someone's vision of the future:



Flat (like, an Apple vision of the present):



Miscellany:





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Sweet dreams xx although I must say, some of what's above is nightmarish. That thing with the palm tree, FFS …
 

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Porco

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Mar 28, 2005
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For me it's about choice, and the square allows the choice to be circular if you wish (via any image editing app), but the circle doesn't (unless you settle for a smaller square, like I have).
 
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Michael Goff

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Jul 5, 2012
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I used this time to take a new picture of my cat and use THAT as my avatar. It works better round then square.
 
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MacTech68

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Mar 16, 2008
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Circular is so last century - like, 50+ years old. Get a TARDIS and go back in time if you like it. ;)

I feel like I'm looking at people via ********* in the snow. :eek:

/jk
 
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maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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When the test forums were up, I wasn't liking the round, but as I suspected, it has grown on me. Circles in designs is in vogue, just look at how other platforms are using circles (windows) and then there apple with the apple watch.

My point is the UI is new and a bit jarring for many people but as the dust settles I think some things will grow on you.
 
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