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Forum avatar bug??? - [SOLVED]
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Mike Walsh


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Location: King's Lynn, UK.

PostPosted: Today, at 19:53    Post subject:  Forum avatar bug??? - [SOLVED]
Subject description: Forum software won't accept avatars in any way, shape or form!
 

@ Flash:-

Would you have any idea why the forum is not currently allowing uploads of, or off-site URL links for avatars in any form at the moment? Is it a 'bug' in the forum software?

I decided (perhaps foolishly!) to change my avatar this evening. Every attempt I made - and I tried every single option from three different image hosting sites - resulted in 'The specified URL is not valid'.

The bit that's niggling me is the fact that I can't even put my old avatar back! Once again; 'The specified URL is not valid'. I can't even upload small ones from my machine, which are within the parameters given. 'You haven't chosen an avatar'.

I rather suspect others have had this same problem in recent months. Many long-term users who've had the same avatar for a long while now don't seem to have one. I guess they've tried to change, and found the same problem as me...

Anybody else had this problem recently? It really does need looking into. Does John Murga have any insights into this one?


Mike. Confused

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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Today, at 20:18    Post subject:
Subject description: Problem fixed!
 

As you can see, the 'problem' appears to be 'sorted'! It was a strange workaround, however...

I suspected it would be troublesome getting a GIF image URL link established, despite the fact I prefer this method, because it puts less load on John's servers. Sure enough, every attempt to link with a .gif suffix resulted in the 'specified URL is invalid'. Normally I use Imgur for this, but this time I decided to try MediaFire instead, since I have an a/c with them.

Initially, I had the same problem with this, too. Then I decided to try viewing the file, followed by copying the URL from that. Upon pasting the copied URL into the box in the Profile/Avatar Control Panel, I noticed, somewhat to my surprise, that the suffix had been changed to .jpg instead. 'Hmm. Odd. Well, let's see what happens when I 'Submit' it', I thought.

You could have knocked me down with a feather when the GIF image appeared..... Very Happy

I just thought I'd mention all this in case anybody else has ever tried to use a GIF for an avatar, and run into the same problems. In essence, when you paste your URL link into the box, make sure you change the .gif suffix to a .jpg suffix. Trust me; it'll work, and still show as an animated GIF image. Smile

Hope this helps some of you.


Mike. Wink

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