tibiotarsus
 member, 196 posts
 Hopepunk with a shovel
Thu 1 Oct 2020
at 20:19
Re: Portrait Submission
Absoloutely understood (longterm plotting is longterm, yes), and again, thank you for being patient, approachable, and doing a sterling job with enthusiasm. It's deeply appreciated and I'll get off your update thread now.
El Taco Taco
 member, 1 post
Thu 8 Oct 2020
at 18:14
Re: Portrait Submission
Really glad that portrait submissions are back up and running. :) The lack of custom portraits was my biggest pain point in running games here, so having these submissions open again is greatly appreciated.

Would there be any way we could get a confirmation reply that the portrait has been received or if it's been rejected? Given that we can only submit one a month, it's a little disappointing to submit a portrait, see it not go up, and then have to spend another month submitting it again. I know I try to triple check that I've done it right, but this has happened to me multiple times now, even when I'm dead certain I didn't mess up.

I've got a folder of several portraits I'm working through, and at this rate, it'll be well over a year before I can get them uploaded ):

I can imagine it's just as frustrating for y'all to get the same portrait or the same mistake over and over too. I feel like this would go a long way for improving both sides of the process, even if it's just a 'hey, this is after the submission date for this month so it's going up next month' or 'sorry, it's being rejected because XYZ'.

Thanks for the consideration!
RosstoFalstaff
 member, 195 posts
Thu 8 Oct 2020
at 19:07
Re: Portrait Submission
In reply to El Taco Taco (msg # 384):

Imagine having to write a short answer line for hundreds of pictures, on top of the work the uploaders already are doing.

It might seem like a small amount of effort for you, but that's partially because you WANT this outcome.
El Taco Taco
 member, 2 posts
Thu 8 Oct 2020
at 19:59
Re: Portrait Submission
I mean, yeah, I have no idea how much is going on behind the scenes or how it's done \_(ツ)_/ All I have to go on numbers wise is the number of portraits reported as uploaded, which has seemed to be about a dozen a shot lately.

If it's more work than it's worth, then I have no problem with that not being implemented. But as it is an outcome that I would, in fact, like to see, I figured I'd ask to see if it could accommodated.
Warrax
 subscriber, 290 posts
Thu 8 Oct 2020
at 19:59
Re: Portrait Submission
No harm in asking.  We will discuss it and see what's what.
Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 317 posts
 29+ years RP experience
 I'll forget again later
Fri 9 Oct 2020
at 17:25
Re: Portrait Submission
@El Taco Taco your portrait actually was uploaded, it's #930 in male/modern/casual.
Varsovian
 member, 1517 posts
Sun 11 Oct 2020
at 22:18
Re: Portrait Submission
Hey guys, a question: if I submit a portrait tomorrow or on Tuesday, when - more or less - will it appear in the gallery?
Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 318 posts
 29+ years RP experience
 I'll forget again later
Sun 11 Oct 2020
at 22:23
Re: Portrait Submission
In reply to Varsovian (msg # 389):

Today's the 11th, so it would go in the next batch that's scheduled to be uploaded before the end of this month, which means if all goes well it would be available no later than October 31st.

This coming Wednesday, the 14th, is the cutoff date for the current cycle, so anything received by then will be included in the current batch, and anything received starting at 12:01am Thursday will be part of the next.
Varsovian
 member, 1518 posts
Sun 11 Oct 2020
at 23:19
Re: Portrait Submission
Thanks! Should the portrait be submitted in 100x100 size, or do you do the resizing yourself? Do you do any retouching etc. to the images to make them more clear, or do you upload them as submitted?
Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 319 posts
 29+ years RP experience
 I'll forget again later
Sun 11 Oct 2020
at 23:31
Re: Portrait Submission
You're welcome to just send in the image you want and I'll cut it down and polish it for the gallery upload.

If you want to do the editing yourself, then the final product needs to be a 100x100 pixel JPEG file less than 5kb in size, and it should look as clear and high-quality as you can make it. In cases where users submit already-altered files, I do sometimes try to brighten or sharpen them a bit if they look fuzzy, if I can, but otherwise it's whatever you send us.
El Taco Taco
 member, 3 posts
Thu 15 Oct 2020
at 17:51
Re: Portrait Submission
In reply to Morgan Coldsoul (msg # 388):

I did see that, thanks!

My pain point was when I checked the thread for the update of which portraits had been uploaded the following month, it wasn't listed as included in that batch. I didn't actually ever see it included in the list of uploads the following month, either. I only happened to stumble across the fact it was uploaded by chance.

I was fairly sure I had submitted it in time for the month's batch. (This was months ago, so I could absolutely be wrong about the timing, I have no idea what day is what anymore.)

It's been the same experience with every portrait I've submitted, and while it could absolutely be a matter of timing, the lack of response and 2 month long delay does leave me feeling a bit like I'm just shouting into the void.
Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 320 posts
 29+ years RP experience
 I'll forget again later
Thu 15 Oct 2020
at 18:53
Re: Portrait Submission
The submission in question was received and processed in August and uploaded in September, after the delay caused by the server migration. There was an announcement that includes 1 male rugged portrait which is what it was originally tagged as in processing, but somehow it wound up in casual at the end. My guess is that was simply an oversight in the announcement, and a male rugged entry was listed rather than the male casual to which it was changed. Seems like probably just a bookkeeping error, which is bound to happen from time to time.

I can't speak to similar experiences you may have had, just encourage everyone to always double-check that you included your username, that the file is an embed or attachment, and that you only submit one per cycle if you want to be sure that one is the one to go through.
Doji Hoturi
 member, 39 posts
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 18:30
Re: Portrait Submission
Did you already put up the submissions from late September/ early October been posted?
Warrax
 subscriber, 291 posts
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 18:59
Re: Portrait Submission
Anything that was approved before October has been posted.

The October profiles are in a pending state right, but I've definitely submitted them. As soon as jase gets back to me, I'll get them sorted into the gallery.
Doji Hoturi
 member, 40 posts
Tue 3 Nov 2020
at 04:29
Re: Portrait Submission
Ah, okay. Sweet. Thank you!
Warrax
 subscriber, 292 posts
Fri 6 Nov 2020
at 17:10
Re: Portrait Submission
Okay, October portraits are now in the gallery!

2x Male 19th Century
1x Male Casual
1x Male Business

1x Neutral Demihuman

1x Female Monster
2x Female Demihuman
3x Female Warrior
2x Female Casual
1x Female Sci-fi Human

EDIT: Whoops, forgot to list the Male Business portrait because I can't count.  Hurr hurr.  It's definitely there, though.

This message was last edited by the user at 11:44, Sun 08 Nov.

Boogs
 member, 7 posts
 I do boogie consistently.
 Consistently boogie I do.
Sat 7 Nov 2020
at 17:54
Re: Portrait Submission
SO I'm a little confused about the portrait submission process.

I definitely play POCs, to better represent people that look like me, and had submitted a relatively high-quality, 100x100 picture back in September. It's been two rounds of portrait submissions, and I don't see them. I followed the submission rules, and was hoping to take that time every month to submit a portrait for one of my active characters. Why else would they not have been submitted in this round of submissions?
Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 321 posts
 29+ years RP experience
 I'll forget again later
Sun 8 Nov 2020
at 02:19
Re: Portrait Submission
In reply to Boogs (msg # 399):

Obviously don't know for certain which image might be the one in question, but looking back at the three most recent uploads, it seems to me (at a glance) that all the valid submissions which might fall into that category were uploaded. If you want to describe or appropriately link the pic so I know exactly what I'm looking for, I can at least verify whether or not it was in any of those batches.

It's possible that it may have simply ended up in a gallery you weren't expecting. If it was attached or embedded, the email had your RPoL username in it somewhere, and the image wasn't a duplicate or didn't violate any other rules, then I don't know why it wouldn't have made it in unless it got caught in the spam folder and I didn't see it in time. That seems unlikely to have happened two or three months in a row, however, since I may not check it every time I log in, but it is checked. We also don't have any holds in the inbox, so even if it was delayed, it ought to be in so long as it met the criteria.
Starchaser
 member, 762 posts
Sun 8 Nov 2020
at 10:33
Re: Portrait Submission
A long time ago I uploaded a female image and they got classified as male (presumably because they had short hair) so it does happen that portraits can go into the categories that you least expect them to be in.
Jarodemo
 member, 880 posts
 My hovercraft
 is full of eels
Sun 8 Nov 2020
at 16:47
Re: Portrait Submission
In reply to Starchaser (msg # 401):

Yes. The person doing the coding will select what they see as the best fit, so a rogue might be a warrior, or a female might be a male. Sometimes you just need to do a bit of a search to find it.
Boogs
 member, 8 posts
 I do boogie consistently.
 Consistently boogie I do.
Mon 9 Nov 2020
at 14:16
Re: Portrait Submission
I appreciate the flood of responses.

I searched through each of the categories twice just to be sure. Perhaps I'm simply blind, but I don't see it. Here's a link to what I'm using now, keeping in mind that what I had sent in was a headshot.

https://i.imgur.com/SIYW4a3.jpg?1
Warrax
 subscriber, 293 posts
Mon 9 Nov 2020
at 14:42
Re: Portrait Submission
I don't see that portrait going back to uploads from October of 2019.

Maybe it got filtered because it's too much of a body shot and not face? Normally we just crop those pretty tight and they end up looking kind of like garbage, but Morgan can speak more to that. But yeah, I don't see anything like that going back like a year. As far as what I've uploaded, I mean.

This message was last edited by the user at 14:43, Mon 09 Nov.

Boogs
 member, 9 posts
 I do boogie consistently.
 Consistently boogie I do.
Mon 9 Nov 2020
at 15:14
Re: Portrait Submission
In reply to Warrax (msg # 404):

As I thought. Appreciate you looking in to that.
ike I said before, I had sent a headshot. I will send it again.
Warrax
 subscriber, 294 posts
Mon 9 Nov 2020
at 15:18
Re: Portrait Submission
Awesome!
Morgan Coldsoul
 member, 322 posts
 29+ years RP experience
 I'll forget again later
Tue 10 Nov 2020
at 23:45
Re: Portrait Submission
In reply to Boogs (msg # 403):

Yeah, it's not one I remember seeing, either. I also just checked the inbox and don't see an email from you or any emails including that image, just FYI.