bigbadron
 moderator, 15764 posts
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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
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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
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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
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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.
ladysharlyne
 subscriber, 2491 posts
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Tue 23 Jul 2019
at 19:06
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
I think the cycle was one every two weeks.  The team are working hard on catching up on the submissions from the past and will post here when it is alright again to submit the pics again.  There are a lot of pics already there and if you are looking for someone in particular you could always try this Forum/Game.

link to another game

RPol gallery lists, and these guys there are also remarkable for trying to keep up-to-date with the portraits.

Another tip is that a pic maynot be in the category you are looking for them in and it is good to look through all the categories it could be in.

Cheers

To BBR, one a month, I retract my two week statement.  xx

This message was last edited by the user at 19:32, Tue 23 July.

bigbadron
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Tue 23 Jul 2019
at 19:08
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
ladysharlyne:
I think the cycle was one every two weeks.

Nope, was definitely one every month.
Chartauk
 member, 6 posts
Tue 13 Aug 2019
at 20:11
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to jase (msg # 155):

Great news! Keep us all posted of any and all issues/advances/ect
Mahatatain
 member, 217 posts
Tue 3 Sep 2019
at 21:40
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
Please can I just double check that portrait submissions are now being accepted?

Thanks.
SunRuanEr
 subscriber, 159 posts
Sat 5 Oct 2019
at 17:12
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
Do we have any kind of word on when submissions will be open again, even if that word is 'Not for another few months'? It's been several months of total silence from the team, leading me to wonder if the question is no longer 'when' submissions will be open again, but 'if'.
Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 276 posts
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Sat 5 Oct 2019
at 17:26
Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
The user assigned to uploading the finished submissions is having some difficulties, and since they're handling end-of-the-line processing, we can't get anything new into the galleries while they're out of commission. Unfortunately, there's no way to be certain when they'll be back at 100%.

If you're interested in taking over the volunteer position for that duty, I'd say message Shannara or someone on the mod team to express that and maybe you can join the team and help get things straightened out. Otherwise, we'll continue to try and find a workaround or reorganization that's functional, and one of us will update with good news when we have it.
evileeyore
 member, 246 posts
 GURPS GM and Player
Sat 5 Oct 2019
at 18:06
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
Morgan Coldsoul:
Otherwise, we'll continue to try and find a workaround or reorganization that's functional, and one of us will update with good news when we have it.

Instead of waiting [TIME INTERVAL] until there is good news, how about assigning one person the task of updating once a month with any news, fair or foul?

Heck, tell ya what I'll volunteer for the job of keeping in touch and with the team and interfacing with the board if no one else wants the job.

This message was last edited by a moderator, as it was against the forum rules, at 19:14, Sat 05 Oct.

Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 277 posts
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Sat 5 Oct 2019
at 18:45
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
You're more than welcome to help out in that fashion, if the powers that be have no complaints! More help is generally better than less, in my experience with volunteer duties.
seraphmoon
 member, 112 posts
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Sat 5 Oct 2019
at 19:54
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
What does the end processing involve? I don't have the time or spoons at the moment to do any manipulation or cleaning up of images, but I've got scripts to batch resize and convert.
Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 278 posts
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Sat 5 Oct 2019
at 20:05
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
I'm not 100% certain about the scripting part, but I think it involves an FTP upload. That isn't the part of the job I've been hands-on with, so unfortunately I can't definitively tell you more, but I can ask.
seraphmoon
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Sat 5 Oct 2019
at 21:37
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
Uploadingís easy. Really, anything that isnít cleanup or manipulation beyond cropping Iíve probably already got scripts set up for. Iím kind of lazy that way. :)

Donít worry about asking; I can drop a note to the mods just as easily.
Shadewolfe
 member, 90 posts
Sun 6 Oct 2019
at 05:44
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice

I pre-edit my submissions because it lets me see how they look when cropped and reduced in size.  If they look like crap at that point it's time to find a better or different image.
Mahatatain
 member, 220 posts
Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 18:49
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
A big thank you to the team that have organised the latest portrait update. Greatly appreciated.
Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 279 posts
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Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 19:22
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
You're welcome! We do our best as much as we can.

Uploads are still in progress and submissions for this cycle are still open till the 15th. We'll update with full details on recent developments and progress around the 16th!
tibiotarsus
 member, 74 posts
 Hopepunk with a shovel
Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 21:44
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
AYYY! (sorry, excited)

Is there anywhere where it'll be posted which galleries have been updated?

Thanks so much for the update and hammering things back into functionality again, it's appreciated.
Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 280 posts
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Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 21:51
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
We'll try to post a Shannara-style update toward the end of the month, when updates for the cycle are well over, with the stats for each gallery. Fair warning that the numbers may be just a little bit garbled this month because we wound up dealing with the backlog from this multi-hiatus situation, which included volunteer absences as well as a period that had to do with coding errors. So, I think there were some submissions (for instance) from prior submission cycles that had already been accepted and just couldn't be uploaded at the time, etc.

We'll do the best we can this time around, and then for future cycles it should be easier (assuming no new difficulties crop up).
Morgan Coldsoul
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Sat 12 Oct 2019
at 02:56
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
This may also be a good time to remind everyone (especially newcomers) of submission requirements for portraits, since the gallery hiatus has gone on for a while. The rules are listed in the FAQs at the top-right of every page, under General RPoL Information/Portraits FAQ.

The only update to the existing policies (of which I'm aware) is that submissions are now accepted for the first half of each month. You have until the 14th to send in your submission if you want it added during the current cycle; submissions received after the 14th will be processed during the next cycle. Otherwise, everything listed in the FAQ is still valid, so please be sure to remember the following:

  1. You can make one submission per cycle. If you make more than one, only the first will be considered, and additional submissions will have to wait until the following month.

  2. Please only send in one image. If your email includes more than one image, I'll pick the one I like best to pass on for uploading. If you send more than three images, your submission will be rejected for the cycle.

  3. Do a quick check for duplicates before you submit, so that you aren't sending in something that's already there or that's too close to an existing image!

  4. You don't have to pre-edit your images or send a specific file type (although it's best to avoid .gif files); I'm more than happy to do it for you to the best of my ability. If you choose to pre-edit, portraits need to be 100 x 100 pixels and should be in .jpg format. Try to keep them 5kb or smaller (if you can't, I'll compress them).

  5. Don't send in submissions that include text anywhere on the image.

  6. Try to avoid images that are too closely cropped to the subject's face; portraits need to be square, at the end, so something with a rectangular shape might wind up with ugly borders.

  7. Be sure to insert your submission into your email (acceptable) or attach it as a file (best). Do not send links to images!

  8. Finally (and most importantly), put your RPoL username in your submission email! I cannot stress this one enough. It can be in your subject line or it can be in the body of the email, but it must be there. Submissions without a username attached are automatically rejected, and you'll have to try again next month. If you've already sent a submission in the last couple days, double-check that it includes your username and, if it doesn't, reply to the email chain to add that if you want your portrait processed this cycle!

One other, less important note: It's totally fine to suggest a specific gallery in which you want your submission to appear, but be aware that your portrait isn't guaranteed to show up there. It may get uploaded to a different part of the gallery for several reasons, so be sure to check any and all categories we list as having been updated at the end of the month to make sure you find yours (assuming it's accepted).

This message was last edited by the user at 04:33, Sat 12 Oct.

Elohvey
 member, 93 posts
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Sat 12 Oct 2019
at 14:26
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to Morgan Coldsoul (msg # 194):

Awesome!

So what email do we exactly need to use?
Dream Sequence
 member, 51 posts
Sat 12 Oct 2019
at 14:28
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to Elohvey (msg # 195):

See post #1 of this thread.
Elohvey
 member, 94 posts
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Sat 12 Oct 2019
at 14:56
Re: Portrait Submissions - On Hold Until Further Notice
In reply to Dream Sequence (msg # 196):

Thanks!