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csm

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Icon 1 posted December 11, 2002 11:05      Profile for csm   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Behold. I've changed my avatar.

Yes, I'm bored... why do you ask? [Smile]

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NefariousAnthony
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Icon 1 posted December 11, 2002 15:34      Profile for NefariousAnthony   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I thought that one was taken, but can't remember by who . . .
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Icon 1 posted December 11, 2002 16:25      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
TORDONOFFON has that avatar.

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csm

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Icon 1 posted December 11, 2002 21:14      Profile for csm   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
OK... How about this one? Anybody have it?

(I feel like I'm in a dressing room. I liked my old avatar (the clown) because nobody had it (I think people are afraid of clowns), but then I realized it scared me too. [Smile] )

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NefariousAnthony
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Icon 1 posted December 12, 2002 13:59      Profile for NefariousAnthony   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
No one has that one, you're safe . . . I think . . .
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csm

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Icon 1 posted December 13, 2002 10:14      Profile for csm   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Whew... I was worried. [Smile]

Found out who had my original one (Mark Twain). It's embarrasing to show up in the forums wearing the same Avatar as someone else. [Smile]

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NefariousAnthony
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Icon 1 posted December 13, 2002 11:52      Profile for NefariousAnthony   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I know the feeling, reminds me of my first avatar . . . little did I know that it was already taken. I was so embarassed, but luckily I was a newbie at the time and no one noticed . . . today I stick with my trusty orange.
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Allan
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Icon 1 posted December 13, 2002 12:25      Profile for Allan     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I think I'm pretty safe too, do you know of anyone else using mine?
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uilleann
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Icon 3 posted December 14, 2002 22:11            Edit/Delete Post 
Something we can put PB, erp and co. to - instead of reviving dead threads, they can be spreading this desire of using unique avatars to the rest of the forums ;)

- uilleann

[w00t - I get to use the lightbulb icon at last :)]

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Icon 9 posted December 16, 2002 06:57      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I find it a bit ironic (or perhaps unsettling) to see a back-and-forth discussion about avatars from people whose avatars don't appear in a normal[0] web browser. (Well, until uillean and I posted.)

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[0]where "normal" is defined as "no Javascript".

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sosumi
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Icon 1 posted December 16, 2002 07:48      Profile for sosumi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
why is it the forum avatars require javascript and the superfan custom ones do not ? for the record, using mozilla too, but w/ js turned on.
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Icon 3 posted December 16, 2002 09:16      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The custom SuperFan avatars are set via a hack, set-up manually by me, in good ol', home-grown html. [Smile]
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sosumi
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Icon 1 posted December 16, 2002 18:04      Profile for sosumi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
you rock snaggy, but we already knew that [Smile]
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uilleann
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Icon 1 posted December 16, 2002 18:56            Edit/Delete Post 
greycat:
The issue I believe is to do with lessening server load - instead of generating each page for every user, according to their personal settings, a single page is generated once only, is given on each request for that page, and JavaScript is left to take care of settings stored in cookies, such as whether avatars are shown or not.

I have JavaScript on at all times, generally never bothers me, although I did have some form validation code or something lag out the browser the other day. Thus, I wonder, what dark corners of the Web do you visit to find such despicable JavaScript that you do? [Wink]

I do, though, filter out the most annoying usage - pop-up ads [Smile] I also block "fenster nach vorne/hinten stellen", whatever that means (I set it back when I was running an English version), I think it stops windows from being moved to the front or back of the window stack (which I find particularly annoying when sites do that).

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Icon 1 posted December 16, 2002 20:36      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:

The issue I believe is to do with lessening server load - instead of generating each page for every user, according to their personal settings, a single page is generated once only, is given on each request for that page, and JavaScript is left to take care of settings stored in cookies, such as whether avatars are shown or not.
[snip]

Yeah, as you probably have looked at the source, the following definitely does that:

code:
<script language="JavaScript1.1" type="text/javascript">
<!--
var ubber_cookie = getCookie('ubberxxxxxxx.yyyy')
var ubber_cookie_array = new Array(6);
if(ubber_cookie != null) { ubber_cookie_array = ubber_cookie.split("&"); }

function avatar_line (avatarURL) {
if(ubber_cookie_array[6] != 1) {
return "<img src='" + avatarURL + "' alt='Avatar Image' height='48'
width='48' />";
} // end if
} // end function
// -->
</script>

While I don't love it, this is not a bad idea, and I manage a webmail server which does a lot of this for its templates. If you want to see sick code, you should see the original code for the pages before they are parsed - *shudders* - I shall have to be delving into it again this week, there's a new version of the software, along with upgraded templates, which means I must reapply my changes. It would be so much better if perl (or PHP) was used, rather than their own SSI functions. CSS is probably the way to go, but I'm not redoing ~1,000 template files, and I don't know CSS - I do web pages in vi (gvim at work).

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greycat

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Icon 11 posted December 17, 2002 07:09      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~ryantm/nasty/
http://www.slackerhtml.com/javascript/

And, since I was bored and in a naughty mood, I created some Javascript abuse pages of my own. After the first 5, I just couldn't take it any more; I could feel my sanity slipping away.

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sosumi
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Icon 1 posted December 17, 2002 16:36      Profile for sosumi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
oh yeah, lol! especially #3, funny stuff greycat sad it's all too often true.
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uilleann
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Icon 1 posted December 19, 2002 18:25            Edit/Delete Post 
greycat: In addition to Mozilla, you can also remember "Fensterposition und Gröβe ändern" in iCab :)

The last page took me to uk.altavista.com, which made me wonder if you're British, until I looked at the source and saw that AltaVista had themselves redirected. Even still, "greycat"? Americans use "gray", so I'm guessing, Canadian?

dragonman: I'd suggest you do learn CSS - can make life much easier (just don't mention sans-serif body face or I'll be forced to punch you ;) - see Guide to Cascading Style Sheets for some handy information. You won't want to change those 1000 templates, but be sure to use CSS in future.

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Icon 1 posted December 20, 2002 05:58      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
No, I'm in the USA. Born and raised here. I've been to Canada a few times, but certainly wouldn't consider myself Canadian.

I use both "gray" and "grey" in ordinary writing (yes, I'm indecisive), but I use "greycat" for my nick. I'm not quite sure why, although the fact that "Greg" and "greycat" both start the same probably has something to do with it.

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Limac333
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Icon 1 posted December 20, 2002 15:39      Profile for Limac333     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I have a question, If I were going to put up a custom avatar with no real java-script knowledge, how would I go about doing that? someone else already has mine.
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sosumi
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Icon 1 posted December 20, 2002 16:11      Profile for sosumi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
all you need to know is here, scroll down 'til you see custom avatars. [Wink]
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Icon 1 posted December 20, 2002 18:31      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Limac333:
I have a question, If I were going to put up a custom avatar with no real java-script knowledge, how would I go about doing that? someone else already has mine.

Someone else does not already have *yours* - you have *theirs.* However, if you are not a Superfan, the avatar is not really *yours,* it is publicly pickable, so please don't complain unless you are willing to help out Nitrozac and Snaggy help you further enjoy this site.

I still need to do some graphics work before I will have a custom avatar. <me-McCoy>I'm a programmer, not an artist.</me-McCoy> I'm not thrilled that some other people are using the avatar I use, which is reasonbly appropriate to my handle, but I'm not complaining (though I could take skylar's route [Smile] ).

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Icon 1 posted December 21, 2002 18:07      Profile for skylar     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The skylar route is always a good choice - we have nice tinkly lounge music and Martinis to make your journey more pleasant [Smile]

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