Kabin The Dwarf
 member, 13 posts
 Long Live the Thane!
Tue 15 Oct 2002
at 22:26
Re: Portraits
Can ya do a Dwarf holding a battle hammer?
Brandon
 member, 9 posts
Tue 15 Oct 2002
at 22:48
Re: Portraits
Anyone can do that. Just draw a short, ugly human... ;-)
Namshaske
 member, 2 posts
Wed 16 Oct 2002
at 06:16
Re: Portraits
Kabin? Just for that, I'm tempted to snick an Unreal Tournament model, squash the picture down a bit, and sketch in a beard 'n hammer in  MS Paint.
Kabin The Dwarf
 member, 14 posts
 Long Live the Thane!
Wed 16 Oct 2002
at 07:25
Re: Portraits
I just wanted to know if you could..
Namshaske
 member, 3 posts
Sun 10 Nov 2002
at 22:12
FAQ volunteer?
FAQs;

If RPOL still needs a basic Newbie FAQ, I can write one in fairly short order, if anyone would want it, and possibly simplify/expand some of the other FAQs while I'm at it. I have gobsmacks of time, and knowledge of HTML.
elSpike
 GM, 19 posts
Mon 11 Nov 2002
at 00:24
Re: FAQ volunteer?
Actually all you need for FAQing is to do the following

Q)Why did the chicken cross the road?
A)To get to the other side

Q)How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuch could chuckwood?
A)About as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood!


As long as questions are prefixed with Q)
and answers with A)

the parsing script will do the rest. Feel free to e-mail them to woof or myself once done.
JohnB
 GM, 45 posts
Mon 11 Nov 2002
at 11:24
Re: FAQ volunteer?
Cool -  all sorted  before I got here  :)
cruinne
 member, 1 post
Mon 11 Nov 2002
at 15:57
Re: FAQ volunteer?
I was gonna volunteer for working on FAQs but it looks like Nams snatched it up.  Coises! Foiled again ;-)

Anyhow, as it turns out, I'm gonna work on portraits for a bit with dollsie, but after that I'm interested in fleshing out the help files.  Mmmm, fun.
JohnB
 GM, 46 posts
Mon 11 Nov 2002
at 23:31
Re: FAQ volunteer?
I started on FAQs  some time ago  -  and  ran out of  time and  steam - But I  guess there  might  be  more  scope for  FAQ  writing than those  shown -  maybe  conversion FAQs  for people from other sites?

As to the help system -  we  will have to  ask Woof he feels feels  about that  -  he has the final say on anything that is  site related.
Namshaske
 member, 4 posts
Tue 12 Nov 2002
at 01:25
Re: FAQ volunteer?
JohnB;

Or perhaps just a general explanation of the system, as opposed to a per-site 'conversion FAQ'. A general overlay of the site and how it tends to work.
Kabin The Dwarf
 member, 15 posts
 Long Live the Thane!
Tue 12 Nov 2002
at 21:34
Re: FAQ volunteer?
My PBW to RPOL conversion faq is something like that..  But it needs to be updated..someone moved Community Chat from the Contemporary section and made it so you didn't have to request to join..
JohnB
 GM, 47 posts
Tue 12 Nov 2002
at 23:58
Re: FAQ volunteer?
Nams -  I agree there is plenty of  scope for  general FAQs, I  was just  suggesting some extras that  might be of  value.  One of the things I noticed during the exodus from PBw  (and in some discussion with people who stayed at PBW)  was that it was initially difficult for people to  come to grips wih a new interface.  Just  seems a good way of  welcoming people  :)
dollsteak
 member, 13 posts
Tue 17 Dec 2002
at 11:49
FAQ for portraits
I think I'll be making one of them fancy-dangle FAQs for portrait submissions.  I'm getting tired of repeating myself.
dollsteak
 member, 16 posts
Mon 23 Dec 2002
at 05:56
Re: FAQ for portraits
Woof,

Here is a FAQ for portrait use.  I think I have everything covered.

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Q) I hear all this talk about portraits, but I don't see any in the messagebases.
A) Under your User Preferences, you need to turn the portrait viewing on.  Some people prefer not to use portraits, so it defaults to off.  There are no portraits in the public forums such as General, Wanted - Players or Wanted - GMs.

Q) What is the standard portrait dimension and size?
A) When all is said and done in the editing department, portraits are submitted at 100 pixels high by 100 pixels wide (100x100) and less than 5 kilabytes in size.

Q) 100x100?  But they look much smaller in the messagebases.
A) In the messagebases, portraits in use are shrunk to 50x50 for space considerations.  To view the portrait in it's full size, click on it.

Q) Ah, there they are.  How do I go about selecting a portrait for my character?
A) click on the hyperlink at the top of the page that says "Character Details".  Then you'll see a hyperlink to 'change portrait'.  Click on that and it will take you to the gallery.  Wander through the gallery until you find the right image for your character, and click on it.

Q) What's with all the dorky pictures in the gallery?  Why don't you get rid of them?
A) Evenutally, we may ditch portraits that are not in use and of low quality.  We can't do that until we establish a way to determine which portraits are in use.

Q) There are no portraits that fit my character, can I submit one?
A) Yes.  The Portrait Gallery is constantly growing.  Please only submit portraits you intend on using for a character.  Our file space is limited.

Q) What if I can't edit the portrait to 100x100 and 5k in size?
A) If you send a portrait larger than 100x100 pixels and/or >5k in size, I can edit it down to fit the gallery requirements.

Q) What if I send you something smaller than 100x100?
A) Don't.  Smaller pictures, when enlarged, become too fuzzy to be quality pictures.  Then if I am expected to edit it to satisfactory quality, it could take me an hour or more touching up the picture and sharpening up the features, and sometimes It's beyond my capabilities.  Sometimes the portrait might end up looking like someone else when I'm all done with it.  It's just better all around if you find another larger picture and send that.

Q) What about a file that's less thank 5 kilabytes?
A) The smaller the file, the less quality is involved.  So long as the quality of the image is satisfactory, the size of the file is negotiable... but it won't exceed 5k when I'm done with it.  That's the server space cap we put on our portraits to allow for so many submissions.

Q) What type of image file do you accept?
A) Just about anything ... but try to avoid .gif files.  I have to find alternative software to convert .gif files to some format I can edit.  I prefer .jpg if there is a choice.  That's what they all end up being in the end.

Q) Can we submit pictures with animation?
A) No.  .jpg files do not support animation, so any animation in the file you send will be lost in the end result.

Q) Who decides what goes in?
A) dollsteak is the head editor for the portrait submissions.  As such, he has say over what images are approved and which are not.

Q) Why wasn't my picture used?
A) Images may be rejected if they are too small, duplicate, too blurry to make out the details, show nudity, or have words on the image.

Q) Why can't my portrait submission have my character's name on it?
A) Portraits will not be approved if they are associated with just one name.  This is too limiting for our needs at RPOL.

Q) Is there anything else I need to consider before submitting a portrait?
A) Yes.  We cannot accept copyrighted portraits.  It is assumed that anyone submitting a portrait has checked with the artist/owner of the image to make sure it's ok to use in our gallery.  If the artist/owner comes to RPOL and complains about the unauthorized use of his or her picture, we will be forced to remove it from the gallery without any forewarning.

Q) Anything else?
A) Yes.  The image is going to be cropped to a square shape.  If you submit an image of a face that is closely cropped, the image normally comes out to be rectangular shaped.  In order to make it 100x100, I either have to cut part of the head away, or add an ugly border on the sides.  Please try to send me a portrait that is/can be square.  I hate borders.  They detract from the picture's appearance.

Q) Where and how do I submit a portrait?
A) Attach your picture to an E-mail message and send it to and it will likely be added shortly.

Q) I sent my picture two minutes/hours/days ago, why hasn't it been used yet?
A) The portrait submissions are taken care of bi-weekly.  If 14 days has gone by and you still don't have your portrait in the gallery, then you might want to send another E-mail to portraits@rpol asking on the status.

Q) Why bi-weekly?
A) Portrait submissions are checked for quality, size constrictions, and edited as necessary before they are uploaded to the server.  Even for the small portraits we use, it takes a considerable ammount of time to edit all the submissions.  Because of the time requirements, and the fact that I can only edit portraits on my home computer, I am limited to performing these duties on my 'weekend'.  My work schedule is such that my 'weekend' is actually a bi-weekly break.

Q) Is there anything I can do to get my portrait uploaded sooner?
A) I take bribes.  Otherwise... I don't even treat my own submissions any more special than everyone else's.

Q) Where in the gallery is the picture I sent you?
A) If you included in your E-mail a specific gallery where you felt it should be located, then it might be there.  If it's determined better fitting in another category, you will be advised.

Q) I submitted a full-body shot, but all there is in the gallery is a smaller, close up version.  Why is it not the full body?
A) When a large image is shrunk down, details are lost in the conversion.  The image loses quality the more you have to shrink it.  By getting a close-up of the head, I don't have to shrink the image so much, and much of the detail remains.
woof
 GM, 14 posts
Mon 23 Dec 2002
at 06:07
Re: FAQ for portraits
Thanks dollsteak, so easy to put up too!  I just had to fix a few spelling mistakes and it was 100%!  (c:
dollsteak
 member, 17 posts
Mon 23 Dec 2002
at 06:13
Re: FAQ for portraits
I aim to please.
Blue Alyrinth
 member, 1 post
Tue 25 Feb 2003
at 04:52
Portrait Library
I was thinking... (oh no).. that maybe I could start looking through pictures and writing down the ones that were being used.

Perhaps we could lessen the amount of pictures in the library..

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cartman
 member, 4 posts
Tue 25 Feb 2003
at 20:06
Re: Portrait Library
 Hey blue. That might be impossible. Because you need to be in every game to do that. Besides you never know if a new person to RPol might want to use it. So I think It could not work. But hey thats just my opinion. But if.....
JohnB
 GM, 56 posts
Tue 25 Feb 2003
at 20:20
Re: Portrait Library
Hi Blue -  as  cartman  says,  you  can't check out the images  used  manually,  or  you  can't  do it  quickly  enough to  have a reliable overview, because by the tine you get to the end, on eof the people you  checked at the beginning  may have changed their portrait.

the information is stored in the RPoL databases though, and  Jase  could  write a routine to  list  those currently in use, IF  he  felt the  need to  do that.

When the server space gets full, Jase  will have to  decide  whether to clean out the pics that  aren't in use, or  to  find a way to get  more  diskspace.

However,  its  not  an immediate issue  :)
Blue Alyrinth
 member, 2 posts
Tue 25 Feb 2003
at 21:52
Re: Portrait Library
Then give me something painful and time-consuming to do. ;)

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cruinne
 member, 4 posts
Tue 25 Feb 2003
at 22:04
Re: Portrait Library
How about brokering peace in the Middle East?  That should keep you busy.  ;-)
Blue Alyrinth
 member, 3 posts
Tue 25 Feb 2003
at 22:06
Re: Portrait Library
Woo~ I'm on it.

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JohnB
 GM, 57 posts
Tue 25 Feb 2003
at 22:59
Re: Portrait Library
Sorry mate  :)  Not  something thats in my  gift :)  Jase is the final arbiter of  who can help  :)

My best  guess would be to volunteer to  check over the FAQs and Help files  for  typos, errors that slipped through  etc  :)
elSpike
 GM, 22 posts
Thu 27 Feb 2003
at 01:26
Re: Portrait Library
And the winged-monkeys enjoy a good back scratch every now and again!
Shannara
 GM, 34 posts
 Treasurer
 
Thu 27 Feb 2003
at 02:44
ooooh :)
*scratches elSpike's back*

*scritch* *scritch* *scritch*