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Feature Request: Avatars?

edited April 2013 in Need Help
Sven, I don't know if it's possible but would you be able to code the ability to upload avatars to properties that allow them? This might have been asked before but I wasn't sure.


  • +1

    This would make the properties look way more natural, especially if you can spin them.
  • great idea, i second this
  • SvenSven
    in engines you can use URLs with images or in the engine folder you can exchange the profile image with a different one. Might be the easiest solution.
  • in engines you can use URLs with images
    so gsa can upload? any example?
  • AlexRAlexR Cape Town
    @Sven - would it be possible to then have a field in SER "Avatars" and we can use a macro here pulling a random URL from a .txt file? This would be awesome! e.g. "%spinfile-<AVATARS.txt>%

    We'd get so much higher success rate with a custom avatar. It looks so much more natural and is one of the first things I look for when approving a comment or application! 
  • SvenSven
    next version will let you choose that.
  • OzzOzz
    edited April 2013
  • AlexRAlexR Cape Town
    @sven - next version will let you use avatars with a macro to pull a random one from a file!!! YES PLEASE! This is great news!

    Been waiting for this for a while. :-)
  • Wow!! I can't wait. 
  • Great Sven, thanks!
  • lol i guess super mario will be getting everywhere on the internet then :D

  • AlexRAlexR Cape Town
    @sven - will it upload the actual avatars or will it require them to be hosted elsewhere? So the best way to do it would be to have a spinfolder and then in that folder have many avatar images. 

    Also - what are the normal dimensions for an avatar for most platforms?
  • SvenSven
    it will upload it, dimensions...thats the difficult part...if you keep it to around 120x120 as the default it should be ok.
  • AlexRAlexR Cape Town
    should we use jpg or png or anything else? Will start getting some avatars to load into the folder!
  • SvenSven
    I would always use a jpg as some sites might not take a png or gif.
  • edited April 2013
    just decided to try the spinfolder macro for the first time.

    I've grabbed about 200 avatars and put into the /Avatars/ folder.

    put into image profile: %spinfolder-C:\Program Files (x86)\GSA Search Engine Ranker\Avatars\%

    But getting syntax in image profile might be wrong :-/

    Is it my mistake or is this not possible?
  • how to config engine? especially some use js to upload, need to use post data=?
  • SvenSven

    @Zeusy, thats just a warning as it is not a file but the content of a file. Nevertheless the program can handle this as well.

    @awint, just like anything else varname=content. Where content can be a URL, file path or the content of the file.

  • So the following is the correct macro?

  • SvenSven
    no, either %spinfile-<file-with-full path of files or urls>% or %spinfolder-<folder with ready to use image files>%
  • got it, thanks!
  • Sven when I use %spinfolder-<folder with ready to use image files>, there is an error message when I press OK button.

    "The spin syntax in Profile Image might be wrong. It produces content with {} Spins in it."

    I have about 100 jpg files with 120x120 size in the folder.
  • Sven, never mind. I found the answer above. I just hit Ignore button.
  • Sven how do I bypass the warning dialog? I try both Abort and Ignore button. But it never let me move forward unless I hit Cancel button.

  • The program freezes. and I have to use task manager to end the program.
  • SvenSven

    @zuluranger the warning is removed for next release. When exactly is it freezing?

  • edited April 2013
    %spinfolder-C:\Program Files (x86)\GSA Search Engine Ranker\Avatars\% - what ive been using.
    let it run during then night, yet in plone for example, it is not adding any avatars. Checking other posts made, none have avatars in them:-/
  • SvenSven
    Plone is not using the avatars, just some other engines. However I might have to change it for next release.
  • could you list just a few engines which use the avatar, would like to test them

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