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    OK, by popular demand were going to try custom avatars again.

    Here are the rules.

    1) Your image must be 32 x 32 pixels, do not use a larger picture and just re-size it, EDIT IT DOWN TO 32 by 32 BEFORE you use it!


    2) Your Image MUST be hosted privately, do not link to any other commercial website or private website and use it as the source for your avatar without their written and express permission. If someone comes after us for this, we will point to this post, and then point to you. YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE.


    3) Your Image Must be YOURS, do not use copyrighted material, this includes, but is not exclusive to, corporate logos, comic or cartoon charachters, exclusive art work, proprietary images, so on and so forth. Corporate Logos are a no-no... in other words, there are many sources for free art out there, or you can make, or have someone make your own, but don't plagarzie someone elses property. IF they come after us, we send them after you, as before, YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE.

    4) We would like for you to keep your Avatars under 15K in size. We still have a lot of users that are on dial up connections, and having to download ten 100k avatars in a thread really slows them down.

    5) This one is pretty common sense. Keep it clean, keep it tasteful, no porn, no un-cuth language, so on and so forth.

    If you violate any of these rules, your avatar will be removed by an Administrator, since there are only Two, me and Phil, that means me. I will get grumpy if I have to remove to many, so please don't make me. When I remove an avatar, I will set it to 'no avatar' and send you a PM stating why it has been removed. You can correct the problem and put up a new or modified custom avatar that fits the rules.

    IF you ignore my PM and just slap a custom avatar back up that I have removed, then I am going to ban you. Plain and simple, copyright infringement and other things that caused us to take down avatars in the past will simply not be tolerated. Don't worry, I will talk to people before something that drastic happens, it won't be a shot in the dark scenario.

    Finally, since were going to have avatars, no more huge pictures in the signature files. I am going to get really strict on this over the coming weeks. Every time I see one, I will PM you, as the weeks pass, if you have not corrected the issue, I will go in and do it for you. (Which will of course, make me grumpy! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] )

    The end result being, there should be little or no pictures in your signature file from now on. I am not outright outlawing pictures in your signature, but I am saying that I want signatures to not be screen long scrolling affairs, they should be one or two quick simple lines, and a 32 x 32 image or less. Smileys are ok, but please, don't go overboard on them.

    Remember, that some people are not gifted with broadband as many of us are, so in all things, bandwidth, and file size are an issue.

    Remember that if 20 of you post in a topic with a picture in your sig, that pic has to be downloaded by some people (who don't have it cached allready) 20 times...

    so, simplify the sigs, that goes for everyone, simplify your sigs for SURE if you want a custom avatar, that is not an option.

    OK... Rules are boring and depressing, but they have to be done.

    That all being said, go out and get your custom avatars, setem up (obey the rules.) We'll give y ou three weeks to get everything in order. At the end of that, maybe the first or second week in July, the mods will choose the top of our favorite avatars, and put them up for you all to vote on.

    Have fun!
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    thanks ram, this is great! I think I know how to re-size images, lets see if my image is small enough
    hey, could you make it 50x 50 pixels so i can get this in?:
    [img]http://home.**********.com/paculover88/badassbuddy_com-ilovecandy.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    And nary a breath had been taken before something went up!

    Quick lesson on re-sizing photos...

    If you have XP or any of the new office suties you should have Microsoft Photo Editor.

    Simply open up your image in that, go to IMAGE, and click on RESIZE.

    Set the measurements to Pixels, and set your length and width to 32 and 32 (you may have to force photo distortion.) (You can crop it down square and avoid this problem.)

    save teh file as a JPG, JPEG (same thing), or a GIF, as they are compressed file formats and you will probably end up at or around 15K, maybe less.

    To check your file size, right click on the file in windows explorer and click on properties, the size should be right there.

    PlantAKiss, can we prevail upon your Mac genius to share the Half Eaten Apple way of doing things?

    (Seriously though.. who wants an apple someone took a bite out of&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    (And not to get off topic, but 10 pts to whoever knows what Apple Computer was named after (Besides the fruit.)
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    Hey, need help from a techie!

    I have an image I would like to use. It's MY logo (emphasis on the MY). However, it is way too big. How do I reduce the size for this site without reducing it on my website.

    Any help would be appreciated! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Quote (schloaty @ June 10 2003,11:17)
    Hey, need help from a techie!

    I have an image I would like to use. It's MY logo (emphasis on the MY). However, it is way too big. How do I reduce the size for this site without reducing it on my website.

    Any help would be appreciated! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img][/QUOTE]
    PM it to me and I will re-size it for you [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Or check out the quickie tip I just posted right ahead of you! We probably hit the add reply button almost simultaneously!
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    and spec, no, 32 x 32, thats the limit. Bandwith.

    Everyones Avatar will be 32 x 32, no exceptions.
    \"Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: \"Mankind\". Basically, it\'s made up of two separate words - \"mank\" and \"ind\". What do these words mean ? It\'s a mystery, and that\'s why so is mankind.\" ~ Jack Handey

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    Quote (RamPuppy @ June 10 2003,11:24)
    and spec, no, 32 x 32, thats the limit. Bandwith.

    Everyones Avatar will be 32 x 32, no exceptions.[/QUOTE]
    how did travis get his to 62x62? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
    EDIT: I think i'm gonna use this for my aviator,

    or I might pass it on to mike king so he can use it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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