SunRuanEr
 subscriber, 89 posts
Sun 16 Jun 2019
at 23:43
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
We've made a few 100x100 portraits for NPCs that needed things that weren't available in the current gallery, and just right-align them into every post those characters make. It's almost as good as having an actual portrait, as long as you have somewhere to host the image.

I know it's not ideal, tibiotarsus, but it might work for what you need in the time being.
tibiotarsus
 member, 49 posts
 Hopepunk with a shovel
Mon 17 Jun 2019
at 08:33
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
That is a very good stopgap, though unfortunately not one that works with my brain (I view the site with portraits off because a static best-fit image doesn't fit with my highly visual imagination and is irritating to me, but I have a player with hypophantasia - where you don't really "see" pictures when you read, making a lack of portraits a hindrance to distinguishing NPCs if anyone shares a voice colour). Also, as RosstoFalstaff mentions, if we can't upload new persons or creatures then it discourages diversity through difficulty of access, which lowers the quality of the gaming environment in general. I'm not going to make a profile for my half-Evenki PC's mother until there's a prospect of her getting her own picture, but it makes me sad that his father's had one for a long time now, as though he's less of a background NPC/more important.

In short: I really was posting in hopes of an update on what steps are being taken to fix this when, e.g. "we need to get the servers stable and will look at this after that in a few months, maybe remind us", rather than advice - even good advice - on what to do while it's not fixed.
jase
 admin, 3623 posts
 Cogito, ergo procuro.
 Carpe stultus!
Mon 17 Jun 2019
at 09:42
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
The uploading and tagging operations should now be operational for the portrait team so I believe they can resume operations.  Give them a little while to get back into the swing of things but hopefully we can resume some semblance of normalcy.

FYI we've currently got about 5,410 portraits tagged out of the 13,950.
callen
 member, 47 posts
Mon 17 Jun 2019
at 14:53
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to jase (msg # 155):

Thank you all so much for your efforts. You're all awesome!
tibiotarsus
 member, 50 posts
 Hopepunk with a shovel
Mon 17 Jun 2019
at 21:29
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
Awesome! Thank you so much, that's great!
Warrax
 subscriber, 222 posts
Wed 19 Jun 2019
at 19:43
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
Further to jase's remarks, yes, the portrait team is now back in business thanks to jase's efforts. We're working to deal with some backlog and in the (hopefully) reasonably near future, portrait submissions should be open once again.
Ymdar
 member, 2 posts
Wed 19 Jun 2019
at 19:51
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
I still don't know how to submit pictures and the wiki isn't really clear on naming convention in my opinion.
bigbadron
 moderator, 15748 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Wed 19 Jun 2019
at 19:57
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to Ymdar (msg # 159):

Instructions for submitting portraits can be found here: /help/?t=faqs&page=portraitsfaq

As for naming conventions... that is something only the portrait editors need to be concerned with, as they are the ones who attach names to the images.
Visceri22
 member, 470 posts
Wed 19 Jun 2019
at 22:58
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to Warrax (msg # 158):

I know that you and the rest of the team had a lot to see to when you first took on the job before things broke down a bit, and likely were more focused on getting the work done above all else, but I was curious if you had any plans on announcing portrait updates this time around at some point? Maybe not as in-depth as Shannara used to with breakdowns of each category, but even something akin to "# of portraits uploaded to gallery" in this thread or some other notification that would give us cause to check if ours had been added.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 279 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 13:46
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
Question - the portraits for women and neutral characters have been down for weeks.  Any idea when they will become visible again?  Every one of my characters and DM personas have question marks for faces.
Dream Sequence
 member, 42 posts
Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 13:48
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to Isida KepTukari (msg # 162):

I haven't experienced this; all of my existing portraits are working just fine.
12th Doctor
 member, 105 posts
 Laugh Hard. Run Fast.
 Be kind.
Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 15:33
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
I can also see everything; when is the last time you cleared your browser's history, temp files, cache, etc?  That may be the issue.

This message was last edited by the user at 15:34, Fri 28 June.

Ekorren
 member, 131 posts
Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 15:46
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
They're down for me in Chrome but works fine in other browsers. Clearing cache doesn't work.
SunRuanEr
 subscriber, 90 posts
Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 16:07
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
I'm using Chrome, and everything's been working fine.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 280 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 16:09
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
The portraits work in IE, but not in Chrome.  I just cleared by cache, etc. and still can't see the portraits.  :(
bigbadron
 moderator, 15752 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Fri 28 Jun 2019
at 16:34
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
I just took a look at your games, and I could see all of the portraits.  What you seem to be describing is an issue that can occur sometimes when one of the chain of links between your device and a portrait server goes down, cutting you off from the server.

Unfortunately when that happens (and it seems to be the case here, since we aren't getting hundreds of complaints about a broken server) there isn't anything we can do about it.  Your only option is to wait for the owner of that link to fix it, or try a different browser (which might use a different route to connect to the server).
Mahatatain
 member, 208 posts
Wed 10 Jul 2019
at 10:27
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
Warrax:
Further to jase's remarks, yes, the portrait team is now back in business thanks to jase's efforts. We're working to deal with some backlog and in the (hopefully) reasonably near future, portrait submissions should be open once again.

This is fantastic news and thank you in advance for all of your efforts.

Presumably there will be an announcement when you are accepting new portrait submissions?

Thanks.
praguepride
 member, 1453 posts
 "Hugs for the Hugs God!"
 - Warhammer Fluffy-K
Thu 11 Jul 2019
at 17:26
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
hot diggity that is great news!
lilbug
 member, 75 posts
Sat 13 Jul 2019
at 12:20
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
That would be wonderful!  I definitely have some portraits I would like to submit, and also I do think there may be some old portraits on there that are not utilized or no longer utilized, so maybe there might be a way to clean it up some to keep the relevant portraits in there?

Anyway, no matter what I've missed them and I would be extremely glad to see them return.
Gaffer
 member, 1571 posts
 Ocoee FL
 40 yrs of RPGs
Sat 13 Jul 2019
at 12:24
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to lilbug (msg # 171):

How can you tell whether a particular portrait is being used by someone?
bigbadron
 moderator, 15764 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Sat 13 Jul 2019
at 13:23
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to Gaffer (msg # 172):

You can't.
bigbadron
 moderator, 15765 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Sat 13 Jul 2019
at 13:29
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to lilbug (msg # 171):

Just because a portrait is old, does not mean it isn't being used.  A particular portrait may have been added by a player to represent their character in an older (but still active game).  Or it might be exactly the look that somebody wants for a newer character.

Also note that, even if the portrait is not currently being used, removing it from the galleries would also remove it from any previous game posts where it was used, leaving those posts with blank portraits (or, in the case of portraits being replaced, with new portraits which the character's owner might not like).

Older portraits will not be removed or replaced.

This message was last edited by the user at 14:00, Sat 13 July.

facemaker329
 member, 7098 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Sun 14 Jul 2019
at 05:49
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
Yeah, I don't see the value of removing old portraits...the very function of a portrait gallery, I thought, was so players had a 'first place' to look for portraits for their characters.  I've never felt the need to submit a portrait, because I was always able to find something acceptable out of the existing galleries...might not have been perfect, but it spared me additional hours of effort tracking down a portrait and getting it gallery-ready, then playing the waiting game with that submission...didn't take me all that long to browse a few galleries and find a good choice.

Removing old portraits seems akin, to me, to editing words out of the dictionary because nobody uses them anymore...they're there for reference and you can no longer refer to them when they're gone...
Elohvey
 member, 81 posts
 This is awfully small.
 Preposterous!
Mon 15 Jul 2019
at 18:25
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
Are portrait submissions still on hold? I wanted to send a few in. :)
Mahatatain
 member, 209 posts
Fri 19 Jul 2019
at 15:38
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to Elohvey (msg # 176):

Warrax:
Further to jase's remarks, yes, the portrait team is now back in business thanks to jase's efforts. We're working to deal with some backlog and in the (hopefully) reasonably near future, portrait submissions should be open once again.

It seems to be getting organised but we're not able to submit any yet.

Presuming that the submission rules work as before then you're only allowed to submit one portrait per "cycle". A cycle was roughly a month long previously but might well be different now.