[RFC] Default avatar for users with no avatar

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[RFC] Default avatar for users with no avatar

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Basically, the idea is to include a default avatar image in phpBB that will then be displayed for any users who do not have an avatar specified. This would not overwrite any current avatars, and when a user chooses to add an avatar, this would be replaced by their avatar.

The implementation is quite simple. Just one small edit to functions_display.php in the get_user_avatar() function, and then perhaps a new on/off setting and option to change the default avatar in the ACP. In fact, here is the change required in functions_display.php, though if an ACP setting is added, the URL would use the new config value, rather than being hardcoded.

Other than that, we would just need someone to come up with a satisfactory "default" avatar. In most cases, it is a silhouette of a person using shades of grey, black, and white as the color scheme. As an example, GitHub has this for its default avatar: https://a248.e.akamai.net/assets.github ... ar-140.png For those who don't want to look, it's their logo cat as a light purple-ish blue silhouetted over a light-blue background.

Benefits?
- Makes the viewtopic page more uniform, as all users will have an avatar displayed under their name
- Will potentially encourage users to get themselves their own avatar because they don't want to be known by the default one

Negatives?
- Yet another setting in the ACP (not unreasonable, though, imo)
- Yet another image to make, maintain, and ship with phpBB (not that big of a deal, imo)

So what do you think? A reasonable change, or should it be left as an extension.
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Re: [RFC] Default avatar for users with no avatar

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I like the appearance of my posts just fine the way it is, thank you very much.

Silly avatars in jira in particular are rather annoying. Github default avatars are not as annoying.

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Re: [RFC] Default avatar for users with no avatar

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great idea. possible come to 3.1?

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Re: [RFC] Default avatar for users with no avatar

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-1, default avatars are irritating.
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Re: [RFC] Default avatar for users with no avatar

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callumacrae wrote:-1, default avatars are irritating.
Says the guy with the avatar that looks like a default avatar anyway. :lol:

Anyway, fair enough, just getting the idea out there.
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Re: [RFC] Default avatar for users with no avatar

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imkingdavid wrote:
callumacrae wrote:-1, default avatars are irritating.
Says the guy with the avatar that looks like a default avatar anyway. :lol:
It's the IPB default avatar :-D
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Re: [RFC] Default avatar for users with no avatar

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callumacrae wrote:It's the IPB default avatar :-D
Traiter! :D

-1 also, forcing an avatar on users that don't want them is in my opinion a bad idea.

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Re: [RFC] Default avatar for users with no avatar

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±0.
I believe that a default avatar should be style specific and not forum specific.
Some styles have it, others don't.
That's how I think of it.
The idea behind this is that in some styles it makes sense to force having an avatar. For other styles like the one used by this forum, it does not make sense to force a user to have an avatar.

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brunoais wrote:I believe that a default avatar should be style specific and not forum specific.
Agree.

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Re: [RFC] Default avatar for users with no avatar

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I think this is a great idea. Was even considering to suggest it.
If the users do not want an avatar, as they feel like being forced to have one, or whatever, as Tabita says(think that was her name?), you could just add a border on where the avatar should exist, with the biggest or lowest avatar sizes that are set into the acp.

On my board, i added a div, sized for an 150 avatar, with a border on it. Have a look:
http://www.rising-dead.com/forums/viewt ... =18&t=2084
Its just for existing avatars, and not missing ones, didnt bother to add that too, thought i might.
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