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
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 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
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 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 2019.

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.
ladysharlyne
 subscriber, 2491 posts
 you have to risk the
 dark to see the light
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 2019.

bigbadron
 moderator, 15767 posts
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 but mostly he's Ron.
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
 28+ years RP experience
 I'll forget again later
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 2019.

Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 277 posts
 28+ years RP experience
 I'll forget again later
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
 OSX10.14; iOS12.4 & 10.3
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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
 28+ years RP experience
 I'll forget again later
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
 member, 113 posts
 OSX10.14; iOS12.4 & 10.3
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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
 28+ years RP experience
 I'll forget again later
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.