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Old July 30th, 2004, 15:12   #1
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Due to mounting problems with (and related to) Avatars and signatures, there have been some changes to the requirements As a review here are original tips the original tips.

Avatars:
  • Size is currently 100x55. There is a bug in the program that causes the images to scale to this no matter what size the are, throwing off the aspect ration sometimes. Best practices is to resize to something close to this
  • If the images is hosted off of the pics server, just the thumb nail image. It's a pretty close match and is automatically resized for you when you upload the images. This also makes the images smaller in size. You can get the location by right clicking on the thumbnail image and going to properties (URL will be shown there), or add "-thumb" before .jpg or .gif in your image file name (without quotes of course)
  • If you are using one hosted on your own website, resize it to something small in image size and file size. Not only does it reduce your bandwidth, but also makes it faster to download pages, particularly those on modems. Case in point one member had a 0.5MB avatar without realizing it. 20k or less is the suggested file size.
  • Make sure you have permission to link the image if it is not from your own site. This can cost the website owner where the image comes from.
  • Avatars must now be Diesel, TDI, VW, or similarly related to the forums. (Ie political ones no longer are OK).
Signatures:
  • Images ok, but lets keep them down to 3 or so lines
  • Files size should also be around 20k or less
  • Let's keep it TDI related

Since some of these things are new I'll give everyone a week or so to make the required changes.

Thanks,

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Old August 21st, 2004, 23:06   #2
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When is this going to start?
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Old August 24th, 2004, 17:45   #3
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what's an "avatar" ?

I'm guess it's the waving UK flag on my posts.
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Old August 25th, 2004, 04:28   #4
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Yes. Right on that one.
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Old August 26th, 2004, 09:12   #5
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Fred,

For some reason, my signature hasn't worked in a while. I've sent you PM about this before, but didn't get a response.

Basically, when the message goes into preview, the sig text gets appened to the end of the message directly, with no seperation line. When the message is saved, the sig doesn't appear in the message.


Any solution to this?

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Old August 28th, 2004, 14:36   #6
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Good move!!

you folks wanting a political placcard:

go stick it


on your front lawn
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 18:46   #7
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I don't use avatars, so I can't comment there. But the signature change sucks bigtime. Why the need for this change? Grownup people should be able to express themselves peacefully and not in ways that attack other tdiclub members. Grownups also should be able to accept politically related statements, whether they agree with them or not. Remember reading about democracy in high school?

But then again, perhaps there are not many grownups on these boards.

What gives, Fred?
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 19:11   #8
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Grownups should also be able to suck it up and deal w/ any changes to the forum rules.
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Old September 4th, 2004, 16:12   #9
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Quote:
Why the need for this change? Grownup people should be able to express themselves .....blah, blah, blah....But then again, perhaps there are not many grownups on these boards.

U.S. Out of Iraq. Show Bush the door in 2004:
http://wwx.blackstarsblog.com/bushin41point2.swf

<font color="red"> It's Fred's TDI-CLUB website and he's very correct in keeping politics out of it!
It's all about TDI's and has absolutely nothing to do with Democrats and Republicans.
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Old September 4th, 2004, 20:51   #10
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Hear, hear. Political discussions should take place elsewhere. There is no protected right to free political expression on this website. There are plenty of other websites for political head-banging and affronting.
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Old September 5th, 2004, 09:12   #11
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Hmm. Ok. But Kerry would drive a TDI and Bush would certainly drive a Lincoln Navigator.
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Old September 5th, 2004, 12:41   #12
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Ummm, they prolly don't drive themselves anywhere anymone

Come on... save this for a political forum. It only get's people pissed of at each other.

-Jason
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Old September 5th, 2004, 18:38   #13
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gotta hurry and take a pic of my dog in the TDI.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 00:41   #14
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So I suppose my signature will have to go (or change)?
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Old September 8th, 2004, 19:31   #15
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I am a canuck, born and bred in Montreal....don't start on political association by car types...or us canucks will all be lost....

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