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    What width avatar do you prefer?

    I prefer 150 pixels to 100 pixels wide as it works well with the avatar I'd like to put up. The image size in kilobytes is very small, as the avatar I have is shorter.

    The issue raised with 100 pixels is that for those using lower resolutions, the extra 50 pixels causes the post body section to become narrower. I believe this is a moot point - as long as there are users with avatars 150 pixels wide, you will have the entire page with that width, therefore the current position of 100 pixel width isn't really beneficial to those people.

    Once you have a user that has a 150 pixel wide avatar in a thread, the whole thread is resized by that - therefore all users may as well have 150 pixel wide avatars available. It's inconsistent otherwise - if all new avatars have to be 100 pixels wide, then all avatars on the forum should be 100 pixels wide - otherwise the original benefit of having 100 pixel wide avatars is lost. You can see my point in the image below, look at my 100 pixel avatar & Troy O's 150 pixel avatar (not picking on you Troy, you just happened to be the one above my last post )
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    So, vote away! All you 150 pixel avatar users, stick up for em

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    I don't think it's a matter of preference, rather a matter of bandwodth and screen resolution. I got mine in before it went to 100px, however on a screen res of 1024, 100 is fine. At 150 it takes up almost 15% of the screen width, it's also 2.25 times the size of a 100x100px pic.
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    Bear in mind, my avatar is only 0.85kb smaller than yours.

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    where's the "I don't care" option?

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    It's not there to eliminate the fence sitters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pug307
    It's not there to eliminate the fence sitters
    Careful, I'll start a new poll asking about our preferences for fence sitters...

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    Fence sitters wont respond/vote anyhow.

    have a look at the 150pixel avatars on the 800x600.

    And as I posted on another thread I dont get a choice with some of my PC's I use, and whilst the avatars look nice, Im after a content of the messages rather than pictures of what users would like to be remembered by.



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    Maybe there is a way to switch off avatars as a personal preference? Then I wouldnt worry about the 500x500 pixel avatars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tekkie
    have a look at the 150pixel avatars on the 800x600.
    I have - I changed the resolution on the computer. The screenshot here (http://www.bluekey.com.au/~pug307/Avatar1.jpg) is actually done at 800 x 600 pixels.

    Remember - if the limit is 150 pixels width, it doesn't mean you can't have smaller avatars.

    I think the idea of being able to disable avatars is a good idea. I'm not going to have sleepless nights over the issue, but I'd just like the option for 150 pixel wide avatars to be reinstated - the current situation is inconsistent. All it takes is one prolific poster with a 150 pixel wide avatar to post in a thread and then the width saving of 100 pixel avatars is made redundant.

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    I'm on 800 x 600 and my avitar was done at 150 x 150, it really isnt a problem for me. If however it is a bandwidth problem, i'm happy to go smaller.
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    Small avatars are fine. Their purpose is just to provide a visual key to the poster, so you don't need much detail.. it's not really meant to be a place for huge photos.

    As long as the avatar size doesn't exceed the width of a "normal" left column, I don't have any worries ... 100 pixels seems to be good for that.

    (To be brutally honest, I think even 100 pixel avatars are too big. One forum I read occasionally allows the only user-graphic to be a single signature image with a maximum size of 140x40 pixels. It's amazing how much detail and quality can fit in a small space if you put your mind to it. Then again, a lot of people there are graphics pros..)
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    BTW Justin, your avatar really needs some transparency here's a version I touched up in Photoshop that should look golden on both the white/grey and green backgrounds..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pug307
    I have - I changed the resolution on the computer. The screenshot here (http://www.bluekey.com.au/~pug307/Avatar1.jpg) is actually done at 800 x 600 pixels.

    Remember - if the limit is 150 pixels width, it doesn't mean you can't have smaller avatars.
    Justin,
    yup the picture you posted really proves my point about 1/4 screen gone for the graphic representation of someone's callsign. But it seems a tad vain. (and I mean it with greatest respect to all who have gone to the trouble of making their avatars a piece of artwork).
    This isnt much of the problem with smaller posts but if you go to larger posts I end up doing a lot of scrolling. (bring out the violins ).
    I am not dead set against the avatars being larger, but in the end if somone is stuck in a motel room on the 26k modem link (as I tend to be at times with work related travel) the large avatars can be a problem.

    As Rek pointed out, if majority wants the avatars to be 150 I will put up with it and shut up. I CAN live with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pug307
    I have - I changed the resolution on the computer. The screenshot here (http://www.bluekey.com.au/~pug307/Avatar1.jpg) is actually done at 800 x 600 pixels.
    After looking at that screenshot, I'd say I prefer 150 pixels over 100

    Honestly, I don't have any real preference. At home, I am limited to 28.8k and amount of extra loading time does not seem all that significant to me, it's slow either way.

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    I'm happy with either.. i would prefer it to be 150, but if it's making this difficult, then 100 is a goer. On past boards i have used, it was always 100.

    Even if you can up the file size marginly would be good, all the ones i've made for myself would be at the dimension size, but the file size would be too big, even if i made it 0 quality... Damn Photoshop...
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    What's the BIG Fuss ???

    In User options you can turn off Avatars, signatures and images ... so those running smaller resolutions can turn off avatars (and sigs if you want to scroll less) ... images you kinda need for some posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rek
    BTW Justin, your avatar really needs some transparency here's a version I touched up in Photoshop that should look golden on both the white/grey and green backgrounds..
    Thanks for that Peter, it's evolved now thanks to a kind fellow Aussiefrogger

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    Mine is 125 wide. I think it is OK. I am not sure what screen resolution I am using, but I am on a 28.8 modem, so anything is slow. You get used to it.
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