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Many people like avatars because they add visual interest to discussion topics and aid in becoming familiar with individual members and their posts. But some members for whatever reasons do not choose to have any avatars. In some respects this detracts from the aesthetic appearance of the forum, and it also causes the user data in the "post bit" area (to the left of posts) to become jumbled. As it turns out, the avatar has a role in organizing the "post bit" area and in making the data easier to absorb.
The Generic Avatars modification is intended to make your forum look more uniform and aesthetically appealing by supplying generic avatars where members have selected none. It has the following functions:
Generic avatars for guests: Guests of course do not have their own avatars, so this mode supplies a generic guest avatar that appears on guest posts. This function is independent from generic avatars for members.
Generic avatars for members: Supplies a generic member avatar for members who have not selected their own. This function is independent from generic avatars for guests.
Gender based avatars for members: Supplies a generic male or female avatar for members who have not selected their own AND who have stated their gender orientation. This function requires that generic avatars for members must also be enabled.
Generic avatars for banned members: Banned members without avatars get a banned member avatar that you provide. This function requires that generic avatars for members must also be enabled.
Included avatar images: You can use your own images and just enter the URLs into the Generic Avatars control panel. Or use the five images provided with this mod package. When you install the package these images are saved in your /avatars directory.
Two sets of five images each are provided with this modification, or you can use images of your own. One set is 100x100 pixels and the other set is 65x65 pixels, for those who prefer smaller avatars. Of each set, four of the images are generic avatars and the fifth is a neutral background placeholder image chosen to match Beta 4 background colors. The latter image is for forums who want to organize the "post bit" area but do not want to impose avatars on members who don't want them.
One suggestion would be to use the pale avatar for guests, neutral for members, and male and female for members who have indicated their gender. You may use the included avatars or you can configure your own choices to any images that you prefer.
Generic Avatars configuration settings are located in Admin -> Configuration -> Modifications -> Generic Avatars (SMF 2.x), or in Admin -> Configuration -> Features and Options -> Generic Avatars (SMF 1.x). The following settings are provided:
- Enable guest generic avatars
default = on
- Guest avatar image URL
default = pale_avatar.png
- Enable member generic avatars
default = on
- Neutral avatar image URL
default = neutral_avatar.png
- Enable gender based selection
default = on
- Female avatar image URL
default = female_avatar.png
- Male avatar image URL
default = male_avatar.png
- Enable banned generic avatars
default = off
- Banned avatar image URL
Version 1.1 (Nov. 24, 2008) Added 65x65 pixel images to complement the larger 100x100 pixel image set. Added British and British-UTF8 language strings.
Version 1.02 (Nov. 17, 2008) Bigger change in 1.x install script to avoid interference from other mods.
Version 1.01 (Nov. 14, 2008) Slight change in 1.x install script to avoid interference from other mods.
Version 1.0 (Nov. 4, 2008) Original release.