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View Poll Results: Which Plan do You Prefer?
PLAN 1 - I have plenty of extra cash to donate 2 10.00%
PLAN 2 - I guess I could take the time to put my Avatar on PhotoBucket 10 50.00%
PLAN 9 - Jake's not busy, let him handle the problem 0 0%
I dislike avatars, and much prefer the cold anonymity of nametags 0 0%
Whatever Khan says, I'm for that 5 25.00%
I don't care about avatars, why am I even voting in this poll? 4 20.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 20. This poll is closed

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Old 08-29-2007, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default Three Plans to Bring Back AVATARS to the OrangeMane

(Mods I know you gotta move this, but give it it a couple hours to get some traction please?)

I'm sure everybody's happy the OrangeMane has expanded so greatly, that we have our own reporters at camp ... and we're all looking forward to a great season. But the expanded size has its drawbacks, too. Because of the extra-large number of daily visitors, the site slowed down, and Taco John was forced to disable avatars a few weeks ago to keep the site moving at a reasonable speed.

For me, the place was a lot less fun, I was actually getting irritated (took it out on bpc - sorry bro). I realized avatars are like "faces" to me. Without them, it's like going to your club, but everybody has a mask over their head. They have nametags on, sure, but you can't see their faces. No fun anymore. Several others have echoed similar sentiments, so I'm presenting here a couple plans to bring back the Avatars:
PLAN 1 - The moderators give us a dollar figure we need to move the site up to a faster server, with more bandwidth to handle the load, and we do a fundraiser.

PLAN 2 - Pezman says it's theoretically possible to host Avatars offsite (PhotoBucket or ImageShack), and that might permit avatars while maintaining site speed.

PLAN 9 (from Outer Space) - Have Plummer drive his Honda Element over to the server building, and when the site slows down, he can back up to the building, flip them off in the mirror and slam into the building in reverse.
All three Plans sound good to me, but I'm partial to Plan 2.

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Old 08-29-2007, 05:39 PM   #2
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Plan 9 sounds freaking phenomonal. Pluswhich, Jake has plenty of spare time these days, right?

But I'd be down with the other two plans as well.
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:27 PM   #3
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WOO HOO I got Post #4 in this thread!




I do miss Gene though... :^ (
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:54 PM   #4
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There are a few people that keep the same avatar theme, like BroncoBuff and Kaylore. However, a lot of people are like me and change their avatar whenever they get sick of looking at it. Therefore, I'm not sure it accomplishes putting a "face" to the name. However, it does add some personality to the board.
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:54 PM   #5
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or the photobucket thing
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FYI, methinks the return of our online dopplegangers will be soon and perhaps with a twist. Stay tuned
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:45 PM   #7
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Not the old woman....PLEAAAASSSEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:14 AM   #8
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Man ... I've been gone six hours, and ZERO new votes - ZERO new posts.

This "Announcements" room is really deserted ... you can actually see the tumbleweeds rolling by:



t u m b l e w e e d s . . . . . . . . t u m b l e w e e d s . . . . . . . . t u m b l e w e e d s . . . . . . . .


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Old 08-30-2007, 01:50 AM   #9
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Would that twist be a minimum post requirement to get said Avy?
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:14 AM   #10
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Well, minimum NUMBER of posts is no good, because lots of very good people mostly read. Actually, there are some posters here who just post, post, post, the first thing that comes to their mind - they post it. I don't know who they are, but ....

Maybe 1-year minimum time, plus 200 minimum posts or something, I dunno...
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:12 AM   #11
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Forget the avatars...since they don't want them on.....go with the monster sigs at max dimensions instead.
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Forget the avatars...since they don't want them on.....go with the monster sigs at max dimensions instead.
Amen, especially since the posted rules on the signature page are not enforced at all.

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Old 08-30-2007, 12:10 PM   #13
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They are fun sometimes.....I would rather have speed
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"I feel the need for speed"
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my avatars hosted offsite already anyhow, i use the same avatar for all the boards that i go to, and honestly sigs should be offsite aswell, that and all bobs posts, why waste our good badwidth on junk.
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My plan for world domination:

1) Take Europe with a series of quick encircling movements with Feint's thrown in for good measure.
2) Sign non-egression pact with Russia
3) Ally with Japan
4) Infiltrate the Norwegian government causing mass confusion
5) Invade the British Isles and kick limey butt.
6) Occupy India and the call centers of big business
7) Invade Russia after 1st big thaw, Hold Sevastopol
8) Rename Europe Stevesland
9) Require hot chicks to go topless in "Palace of Uber...Steve"
10) Seize the boats from that show "the deadliest catch"
11) Invade Alaska with another series of Blitz....I mean quick encircling movements with heavy Luft...ummm...air support and those deadly catch guys.
12) Screw Canada, they have nothing but old Hippy's that don't want to fight.
13) Feint into Canada and instead invade the tree hugger lands of Washington and Oregon.
14) Trench in around the Oregon front and send a pincher move south on to Cabowabo - send Japs south to Aust and Isles.
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16) Squeeze Cali north into the Oregon front and quell resistance
17) Mass troops along Front Range of Rockies for massive push east
18) Cross the Mississippi with full on eastward push
19) Feint northward and take the southern states
20) Pick off the rest of the north eastern states after prolonged sieges.

Rename America "States of Steve"

Hot Chicks required to go Topless in the "White Steve House".

Reinstate NFL Football, Denver required to go 16 and 0 and win Steve Bowl every year.
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Worry about south america and Africa later.

Outlaw Marco Polo playing, must say Marco Steveolo

All above will be performed with a massive Army of 2" tall Plastic army men bought at dollar store. this way I will not need supply lines to feed them and they cannot question my Authority.

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Sounds like you've really thought this through.
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:38 AM   #18
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PLAN 2 - Pezman says it's theoretically possible to host Avatars offsite (PhotoBucket or ImageShack), and that might permit avatars while maintaining site speed.
Can't see any reason why this wouldn't work.
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Can't see any reason why this wouldn't work.
Im pretty sure Bush came up with this idea...so you must be against it.
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Im pretty sure Bush came up with this idea...so you must be against it.
Look who can't keep his political baggage on the WRP forum.
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You agreed with me somewhere that avatars were like personalities ...
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I have them disabled anyway cause most of them are not really office friendly. So I didn't even notice them being gone. Hosting avatars and sigs offisite would be the best option I guess. No add money needed and easy to implement
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I really see no good reason why avatars are banned. It seems to me that mandatory photobucket linking should be no problem (just like sigs).

Perhaps there is a non technical reason...
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I really see no good reason why avatars are banned. It seems to me that mandatory photobucket linking should be no problem (just like sigs).

Perhaps there is a non technical reason...
Sup, dawg ...

Admittedly the site has had very heavy traffic lately, mid-season type traffic. But I had always heard exactly what you said - that off-site image hosting is NOT a resource-hog. I dunno what TJ's thinking ... he keeps dodging these threads. I wish he'd just give us a number, whatever it is - $600, even $1200, whatever it costs to upgrade the server .. and then we could try to raise the money with a fundraiser.

Or better yet let's ask broncosteven ... he had some involvemnt in hooking us up with a server before, so maybe he has some answers.
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Sup, dawg ...

Admittedly the site has had very heavy traffic lately, mid-season type traffic. But I had always heard exactly what you said - that off-site image hosting is NOT a resource-hog. I dunno what TJ's thinking ... he keeps dodging these threads. I wish he'd just give us a number, whatever it is - $600, even $1200, whatever it costs to upgrade the server .. and then we could try to raise the money with a fundraiser.

Or better yet let's ask broncosteven ... he had some involvemnt in hooking us up with a server before, so maybe he has some answers.
Sadly I can't add anything other than speculation, this is TJ's baby. I think it could be more of an ISP issue.

When I did talk to him a year ago he said the DB was small and the site was more of a memory and Bandwidth hog.

I am guessing he may be near the point where he may need to add multiple servers in a round robin DNS config to balance use at peak times to host all the features of the app. I have never hosted a public site like this, not sure if the App he is using would allow the DB to be distributed to other sites.

Based on the user locations displayed in the posts. I would consider placing a Server in a Denver ISP, CA ISP, and an east coast ISP with all 3 pointing to a central/clustered DB somewhere.

That is a big time outlay and A TON of work. He would need a couple guys to run this type of setup. Not sure he wants to go that big or worth the effort to him now that his family is growing.
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