in response to this:
onions wrote:this will NEVER happen. i'd rather have no avatars than have a bunch of crappy looking ones of hand drawn images, photos, or animated gifs of varying sizes that are painful to look at. even when we had rules and guidelines on the previous boards and let people use their own avatars, people just conveniently ignored them.
i can only say, as the administrator of my own PHPBB 3.x board, i know for a fact that you can set minimum and maximum dimensions for avatars - set them at the same value and it HAS to conform to that value. it also has file size limits - make it 5kb and it would reduce the amount of animation you could put in a gif file, if any. when members ignore guidelines as to content/decency THEN is the time to dole out punishments, not to blanket punish everyone preemptively. innocent before proven guilty and all that. i guess it's your forum and you can run it how you like, but it will seriously impact the enjoyment users garner from their time here. avatars have become a sort of staple of forum/community interaction. the above comes off as rather childish and anal-retentive.
Draykov wrote:vynsane wrote:...why don't you allow users to design avatars for consideration as additions to the avatar gallery? they could be vetted by staff and let the gallery grow organically. but that's just my $.02.
to answer your sort-of question, maybe 'allow' isn't the proper term. more like 'invite' - so invite members of the site to submit avatars they've designed to a specified email address or via PM and the moderators/admins of the site can then approve or deny their addition to the avatar gallery. you won't rely on one person who may or may not be able to fulfill their promise, as has apparently happened, and you can still have power over which avatars are available. it will also give a little more sense of community and ownership to the members of the board. we're not all mindless peons who use MSPaint to create a barely legible scrawl of a classic space logo, or slap together the most hideously seizure-inducing animated gif... some of us happen to be highly trained graphic designers/web designers, or autoCAD programmers or artists: utilize the strengths of your community.
that said, the rather abhorrent and gruff attitude shown toward discussing something as innocuous as forum avatar settings really kinda turns me off. as a relative newcomer to the site i represent a few more impressions on the ads than you used to receive. FWIW, this kind of attitude, however, will seriously affect those impressions in the future as i go to other sites for my news and online interactions in regards to LEGO products.