Shoutbox Avatars

This is a poll to decide if Eclipse will use avatars in shouts. Someone complained to Wing about it and had them removed.

I personally think it’s a great idea. Especially when someone decides to change their name or if two names are similar. This way nobody gets confused.

Are we talking separate from your forum avatar?

Nope. I’ll provide a few reasons, too…

Personal reasons

  • Too damn small to actually see. I use a 12 inch display with a resolution of 2160x1440, and even with 150% display scaling, it was still too small. I’m not the only member to state that they’re tiny.
  • It’s just an extra series of (full-sized, mind!) images for my browser to load only to be scaled down. My internet is already slow enough, thanks!

Simply objective (or technical, if you like) reasons.

  • Provides no actual function. If users want to see a profile, they can just click their name as they would have done before.
  • Adds quite a bit of queries for Eclipse to make, and for a site this size, efficiency helps.
  • Waste of text space as a result of serving no function.

Are we talking separate from your forum avatar?

No.

We can make the avatars bigger.

We can make the avatars bigger.

But surely at that point it just increases the (already pretty much perfect) line height and wastes even more space?

But surely at that point it just increases the (already pretty much perfect) line height and wastes even more space?

Hover over can make a popup displaying the full size avatar.

Hover over can make a popup displaying the full size avatar.

Hovering over a name already displays a concise profile postbit with the users avatar.

I stand by the point of putting the avatars on the shoutbox ultimately adding in no function (or practicality), and not actually enhancing the aesthetics of anything.

EDIT: This links up to this quote, too:

I personally think it’s a great idea. Especially when someone decides to change their name or if two names are similar. This way nobody gets confused.

If somebody changes their name but appears familiar…hover over their name!

If somebody changes their name but appears familiar…hover over their name!

The user profile card is much slower than just displaying a bigger version of the image. I have to wait almost 2 seconds. I can see the avatar just fine that tiny anyway.

The user profile card is much slower than just displaying a bigger version of the image. I have to wait almost 2 seconds. I can see the avatar just fine that tiny anyway.

The card thingy displays their group, posts, when they were last active, what topic they’re on, and quick buttons to find posts they’ve made, send them a message or add them as a friend. Given the actual, you know, use, the 2 second wait is actually worth it and prevents it from popping up if you’re just scrolling over it. I’m pretty sure the wait time can be changed from your end.

What’s the point of adding an image next to it where its only function is that it simply zooms in that image? Why would you even need to go that far to display an image?

It’s functionally offering nothing.

It’s functionally offering nothing.

Why not just go to their profile every time. The user profile card is a waste, too in your definition. The thing that putting avatars in the shoutbox is to save time, just as the user profile card does. I can recognize the avatars immediately even if they are that small. If I have trouble, I can hover over it.

Why not just go to their profile every time. The user profile card is a waste of space. The thing that putting avatars in the shoutbox is to save time, just as the user profile card does. I can recognize the avatars immediately even if they are that small. If I have trouble, I can hover over it.

Except it’s not a waste of space, because it’s completely out of your way unless if you actually intend to use it.

maybe if they were bigger but at the current size  nah man no point

When did we have shoutbox avatars?

When did we have shoutbox avatars?

It was when I was messing with the shoutbox.

Except it’s not a waste of space, because it’s completely out of your way unless if you actually intend to use it.

It’s an annoying popup though! You don’t take sarcasm very good, do you? It’s really, the same basis. It’s functionality built-in to save time. Small shoutbox avatars may look fugly to you, but when they save time, it is of little concern. They look fine. We can increase the font of the shoutbox/line size if need be to make them a little bigger.

im fine with it either way to be honest its a nice little addition but not 100% necessary.

I approve, it might increase my profile views.

It’s an annoying popup though! You don’t take sarcasm very good, do you? It’s really, the same basis. It’s functionality built-in to save time. Small shoutbox avatars may look fugly to you, but when they save time, it is of little concern. They look fine. We can increase the font of the shoutbox/line size if need be to make them a little bigger.

  1. It’s not annoying because it takes 2 seconds to actually appear. The purpose of this is to prevent you accidentally using it. Having an zoomed in image pop up by merely scrolling over on the other hand IS annoying.

  2. What sarcasm? It’s bloody text.

  3. The same basis is my exact point. It adds nothing new.

  4. The line height of the shoutbox is perfect as it is. Increasing the font would make it inconsistent with the rest of the site, and increasing the line height would take away more visibility of the shoutbox.

I don’t even get why you’re asking Eclipsians for their opinion on what to do next, it’s not like that tactic has ever worked well in the past. ¬_¬

I don’t even get why you’re asking Eclipsians for their opinion on what to do next, it’s not like that tactic has ever worked well in the past. ¬_¬

I was told to poll it. I didn’t even mention bringing it back, I just brought it up asking why it was removed. It wasn’t me who was like I must have it back. You don’t know what people like to be honest. The majority rules the minority, this isn’t a dictatorship anymore, Carim.

  1. What sarcasm? It’s bloody text.

its all in the way you type in man you’d always be able to tell if you heard him type it

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