Suggestion It's been a good number of months now: will we EVER get GIF avatars back?

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by Ace, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Ace
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    Ace GBATemp's Patrick Bateman

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    A lot of users had GIFs for avatars in the previous versions of the Temp. You know, the simple, repeating kind, no screamers or anything like that.
    That all disappeared when the Temp went XenForo-powered, and we never got to know if it's returning.

    So... will it return?
     


  2. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

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    I hope not, I think they are incredibly annoying most of the time.

    The purpose of an avatar is to help members identify each other easily, not draw attention away from the post.
    A still image does the former while animation does more of the latter.

    And lets not forget they increase the file size of the page, making page loads more sluggish.
     
  3. Duo8

    Duo8 I don't like video games

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    Personally, I found GIFs extremely distracting.
     
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  4. Psionic Roshambo

    Psionic Roshambo GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    I liked the animated avatars but I doubt they will come back, something about a security risk?
     
  5. p1ngpong

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    Even though I used gif avas from time to time myself I know a lot of members found them really obnoxious so they were never a high priority.
     
  6. AlanJohn

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    Of course we need animated avatars ffs.
    But I doubt we ever will, since XenForo is a piece of shit.
     
  7. Harsky

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    And to think I spent MINUTES making this avatar.
     
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  8. DinohScene

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    Animated avatars are nice and all, but some are extremely annoying.
    I never used a gif as me avatar tho so I won't exactly miss that feature.
     
  9. Duo8

    Duo8 I don't like video games

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    Well, you could alway click on an avatar to see the gif. :tpi:
     
  10. Costello

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    has anyone tried uploading a .gif that is exactly the same size as current avatars here? maybe they wouldn't get resized, so the .gif wouldn't get broken...
     
  11. Lilith Valentine

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    Between insane and insecure
    I could take them or leave them. They weren't really my thing.
    Personally I would love to see the return of the Gallery system again.
     
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  12. calmwaters

    calmwaters Cat's best friend

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    I've seen people with animated GIFs in their signatures; would that be acceptable? Well at least if the content wasn't offensive? I think that'd be okay.
     
  13. VampireLordAlucard

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    My gif is pretty subtile to not be annoying, but I'm not too heartbroken that it doesn't work.
     
  14. Fishaman P

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    I liked animated avatars, especially considering they're currently animated on profiles, but not on the forums.

    My proposal: bring them back, but make an option for each user that can disable animations for all avatars.
     
  15. GreatZimkogway

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    So...what about animated pngs? :D
     
  16. piratesephiroth

    piratesephiroth I wish I could read

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    Some animated avatars are good, but most are annoying. Perhaps a low file size limit would be a better option then?
    Something like 50kB or so...
     
  17. Black-Ice

    Black-Ice Founder of the Church of Renamon

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    The picture stays still on the forums, but if you click it, it moves in the profile card pop up.

    TBH, i'm fine with the ability to have a moving sig, even though I dont.
     
  18. the_randomizer

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    We had animated gifs as avatars? :blink:
     
  19. Black-Ice

    Black-Ice Founder of the Church of Renamon

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    My favourite and most iconic ava was:
    [​IMG]
     
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  20. Costello

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    it's because you uploaded a picture that isn't exactly the right size for avatars, so it got resized.
    And resizing converts to .JPG (a still image).
    I'm just wondering: if you upload a file of the right size, does XF still try to "resize" the image, or does it display it as is ? (as gif)