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    Cultus Gopherus MacAllister Medievalist's Avatar
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    FAQ: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Avatars and User Titles

    Members often want to have a custom avatar, the image that appears to the left of a post.

    There are some things you need to know about avatars. First, the size of the avatar as a file, and in terms of the image size, is limited by software.

    Avatar Sizes

    Registered users with less than fifty posts:
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    Super Members (50 posts+)
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    175 x 240
    75K

    Kind Benefactors (people who have subscribed)
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    200 x 250
    75k

    • Mac often silently increases the avatar image allocations as server space etc. improves.
    • In general, members may not upload or link to animated gifs as avatars. Mac may at her whim make an exception, but it's rare.
    • And then there are the people on whom Mac spontaneously bestows avatars. All bets are off on those . . .


    There are free image editors, like Google's Picasa, and Flickr and Photobucket that have image editing, cropping and re-sizing abilities.

    I'd suggest uploading an image from your computer rather than trying to upload from a URL/Web site. vBulletin will usually give you an error message if you try to upload from a Web site.

    Check the vBulletin FAQ about your Profile and avatars.

    Make sure that you're not confusing a Profile picture, which only appears on your User Profile, with an Avatar, which appears in every post.

    To change your Avatar:

    1. Click Settings on the top right of any AW Forum window.
    2. Scroll down to the section labeled My Settings on the left.
    3. Click Edit Avatar
    4. Scroll down to the section labeled Custom Avatar; click the radio button to the left of Custom Avatar
    5. Use Option 2, and upload an avatar the (following the image and file size limitations) from your computer.
      Option 1 has been disabled.
    6. Remember to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button.
    7. If you don't see your new avatar when you check a post, and you're sure you clicked Save Changes, try emptying your browser cache and refreshing the page. You might have a local copy of the previous version still stored by your Web browser.


    If you're truly stuck, PM me as AW Admin, and I'll take a look.

    To change your Profile Picture:

    1. Click Settings on the top right of any AW Forum window.
    2. Scroll down to the section labeled My Settings on the left.
    3. Under the My Profile heading, Click Edit Profile Picture
    4. Scroll down to the section labeled Custom Profile Picture; click the radio button to the left of Custom Avatar.
    5. Use Option 2, and upload an avatar (following the image and file size limitations) from your computer.
      Option 1 has been disabled.
    6. Remember to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button.
    7. If you don't see your new Profile Picture when you check your Profile, and you're sure you clicked Save Changes, try emptying your browser cache and refreshing the page. You might have a local copy of the previous version still stored by your Web browser.


    If you're truly stuck, PM me as AW Admin, and I'll take a look.


    User Titles

    The string of text under your member name is your User Title.
    Initially they are based on the number of post you have; it starts with New User Learning About Thick Skin.

    At 50 Posts you become a Super Member.

    How To Edit your User Title

    1. Go to your Settings.
    2. Click Edit Profile under the Your Profile heading.
    3. Scroll down to the second panel in the center labeled "Optional Information - All information will be viewable by other forum members."
    4. Enter text in the field under "Custom User Title." There is a character limit.
    5. Remember to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button.


    The check box/ticky box "Reset" will restore your User title to the default (i.e. Registered Users, Super Members, etc. ) as set by by the forum software. You can still edit it after.

    There are special user titles that are conferred by MacAllister based on community service, etc. Absolute Sage, and Poet Laureate are examples of those titles.

    Make sure you click the Save Changes button.

    If your avatar or profile picture isn't showing, empty your browser's cache and refresh the page; you're likely seeing an old version of your profile, stored locally by your browser.

    If You Want to Change Your User Name (i.e. your login id)

    See this: FAQ: How Do I Change My User Name
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    Just the thread I was looking for. Howsomever, I did not find everything I wanted to know about Avatars. I'd like to change mine but need the HowTos. Is there a page that will give me that information?

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    Click on the User CP link in the header of each page

    From the menu on the left side, find "Change Avatar" link. Click on that.

    Follow the instructions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeleyanLee View Post
    Click on the User CP link in the header of each page

    From the menu on the left side, find "Change Avatar" link. Click on that.

    Follow the instructions.
    I guess it's never too late to say thank you. Thank you. I appreciate the answer.

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    Thanks for posting. I was wondering why 80x80 looked so much bigger for some people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medievalist View Post
    And then there are the people on whom Mac spontaneously bestows avatars. All bets are off on those . . .
    You do not want to ask for one of these. Just a word to the wise.
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    The art of callsigns.

    Quote Originally Posted by alleycat View Post
    You do not want to ask for one of these. Just a word to the wise.
    This I know something about, but the best explaination is in 'bogies and Bandits' by Gahnt (?) on the bestowing of callsigns in military aviation.

    Tom Cruise was 'Maverick' in 'Top gun', though if you watch the credits, you'll see what real aviator callsigns are like. Then there's nose art...are you paying attention, Enola Gay?

    I'm 'Hotlips' thanks to a rich widow with a large Alsation dog, a black Mercedes and a shed full of warplanes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by They called me Bruce View Post
    This I know something about, but the best explaination is in 'bogies and Bandits' by Gahnt (?) on the bestowing of callsigns in military aviation.
    Bruce? You don't have an avatar. That's so sad . . .

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    I beg to differ.

    *hugs sparkly pony*

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraP View Post
    I beg to differ.

    *hugs sparkly pony*

    Yeah, but yours didn't come from Mac . . .

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    HA!

    I knew it!

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    FAQ: Everything you Always Wanted to Know About Avatars

    Hello Midievalist.
    I've checked this post and the bulletin board with regard to changing the spiel under my avatar, but alas, no prize. Hope I'm not becoming prematurely senile but I appear to be missing the point. I'm not a pro but I like to think that I'm no longer a rookie.
    Any thoughts on how to change this. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telford View Post
    Hello Midievalist.
    I've checked this post and the bulletin board with regard to changing the spiel under my avatar, but alas, no prize. Hope I'm not becoming prematurely senile but I appear to be missing the point. I'm not a pro but I like to think that I'm no longer a rookie.
    Any thoughts on how to change this. Cheers.
    UserCP-->Under Your Profile heading "Edit Your Options"-->Enter text in "Edit your User Title"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medievalist View Post
    UserCP-->Under Your Profile heading "Edit Your Options"-->Enter text in "Edit your User Title"
    I am wanting to edit the information that appears with my avatar pic. Followed the directions above but "Edit Your User Title" does not appear on my Edit Your Options page. What am I doing wrong?

    Never mind, I found it! It's under Edit Your Details. Which I looked at originally but I must have had blinders on or something.
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    FAQ: Everything you Always Wanted to Know About Avatars

    Thank you Medievilist. Easy when you know how.

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    Must I log out and back in before my avatar actually appears in my replies? (And eventually my threads)

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    Never-mind - there he is...

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    I understand about the Avatar size but I would prefer mine to be about half the size it is here. I tried making it smaller but can't do it. Please help.
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    Gail, how did you try to resize it?
    Lady Sparkles, SparklePony, The SparklePony of DOOOOOM, Sparkles, Sparkles McModderson, The Sparkler, Sparklegee, The Sparkling Portuguee... I think I see a pattern here. Oh, and Horny McPoarny.


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    Gail

    Is it OK now or too small?

    You had difficulty re-sizing it because the resolution -- the number of dots/pixels per inch was higher that the Web needs, so it was roughly twice the size it said it was.

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    Oh, this is perfect now. Thank you.

    I tried to make it smaller in 'My Pictures' so I could upload a smaller version of it but that didn't work. Then I tried left-clicking and right-clicking it in User CP to see if that would do anything but nada. So I called for help.

    Secret: I'm a bit of a techno-dinosaur. It takes me ages to figure out how most software works. Sometimes I feel like a real 'idjit'.

    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GailD View Post
    Oh, this is perfect now. Thank you.

    I tried to make it smaller in 'My Pictures' so I could upload a smaller version of it but that didn't work. Then I tried left-clicking and right-clicking it in User CP to see if that would do anything but nada. So I called for help.

    Secret: I'm a bit of a techno-dinosaur. It takes me ages to figure out how most software works. Sometimes I feel like a real 'idjit'.

    Thanks again.
    This was a sneaky issue; so don't feel bad.

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    How do you write a tag line under your name above your avatar? Thanks!

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    Go into your Control Panel
    Under the Your Profile section (1st one) click on Edit Your Details
    Go to the Optional Information section
    Type what pleases you in the Custom User Title
    Done

    (Now after looking at the date of the previous post and the title change, I see you've figured that out yourself).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJL View Post
    Go into your Control Panel
    Under the Your Profile section (1st one) click on Edit Your Details
    Go to the Optional Information section
    Type what pleases you in the Custom User Title
    Done

    (Now after looking at the date of the previous post and the title change, I see you've figured that out yourself).
    That didn't work for me. My change was derailed. At least I got rid of the "New Kid" identity.

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