Suggestion Increase Avatar size limit?

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by Seriel, Oct 31, 2017.

  1. SomeGamer

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    Seriel Worshipper of Skiddos

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    Transparency on avatars works fine (Or it did when I last checked a few months back), so why shouldn't I use it? It looks a lot better than solid colour background, and theres no frame on profile pages.
    I've browsed this site with a limited data plan in the past, and avatars are probably the least of your concerns, most threads have large images (Usually meme ones with no restrictions), and even then theres signatures and stuff which use a surpsingly large amount. Add ads into the equation and avatars being 50-10 KB larger is the least of your concerns.

    Or if that really is a concern, this would work:
    ^this would solve most of these issues, although I admit it would be hard to implement.

    Almost every website around these days accepts my images (usually 100-300KB) without a single complaint, I dont see why I should have to spend at most five minutes in a graphics program to change my avatar because of a resctriction that was probably implemented several years ago when this wasnt a concern
     
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    Transparency is being working in here however.
    There is a frame yeah, but the background of the transparent colour will be the same colour of the theme used here.
     
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    It probably is a mostly legacy thing, however as it should not really bother anybody (it is a minor customisation, not a logo for a company or something and you can still do a image that showcases all the things an avatar typically wants to showcase) and while there may be bigger things in a thread (outside of funny images we do tend to remove the multi meg gifs if it is just a reaction one or something). You also have the option to block external images if you are doing some kind of bandwidth discipline.

    Even if it was on the line (I recall doing a random noise test once and that was only just over) then you would probably be instead invited to learn to computer art and work with restrictions.
     
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    PNG uses lossless compression, unlike jpg.
     
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    Since people change their avatars that often, I don't recognize them anymore. This is a real problem. Half serious.
     
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    Does that mean the always funny joke of everybody swap avatars and signatures will not work as well as it once did?
     
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    If a deeply confused user is funny, then yes. ;)

    At least the furrys never change their avatars that much. :-)
     
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    Sorry for the bump, but if we are working in KiB (which I assume we are) then here is a good reason why the 50 KiB limit should stay:

    As of posting this, there are 376,605 member on GBAtemp. If all of them were to have a profile picture (which I know doesn't happen but hypothetically) then you could have a maximum of 50 KiB * 376,605.
    Resulting in extremely close to 18 GiB. That isn't very small when you think about it.

    Now, imagine if they even only doubled it. That is a max of now 36 GiB. Setting the limit to 200 KiB? 72 GiB. What I am trying to point out is that it is a lot of data for everybody to have a profile picture. If it bothers you that much then use Gravatar.
     
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    A large proportion of users (the trash ones who sign up and don't do anything) do not have avatars, so that logic didn't entirely work
    Also the server is storing an extremely large amount of posts and attachments already which probably exceeds your estimation multiple times
    Besides, if this is indeed the case then it'd be nice to hear it from the staff themselves. If there is s legitimate reason for not increasing the limit then by all means keep it.
    And I've stated in this thread quite a few times why I don't use gravatar for this site but have another one, quite a lot of the time I'm accessing gbatemp from a phone or tablet and not only is it difficult to upload to gravatar from a mobile device but even if I wanted to not use it there's no easy way to slim down an image for use on this site from a phone or tablet (tinypng doesn't work as I've already said)

    In the end this was just a suggestion that the staff can either take onboard and think about, or give a reason why they cant do it and I would understand.
     
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    I am still not sure as to why they would want to do it, regardless of how technically or economically feasible it is.
     
  13. SomeGamer

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    It definitely does work if the png you upload there (and then to GBAtemp) is exactly 192x192.
     
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    That hasn't happened in my personal experience but maybe I did something slightly wrong, I'll check later
    Mainly for convenience, having to trim down images to fit within small limits is kinda out of the way, especially if you are accessing the site from a mobile device most of the time
    It could be though that I'm alone in thinking this through in which case fair enough, I was just making a casual suggestion and seeking opinions
     
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