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Lack of Interest New Way to Change Avatar

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by kkm323, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    I had the idea in my head, but while broswing Facebook I saw that its been implemented there. I love it and thought it would be great if xf did the same...

    hint: just the link in top right side ;)
    Screen Shot 2011-09-08 at 1.58.22 PM.png V.S. Screen Shot 2011-09-08 at 1.59.17 PM.png
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  2. Syndol

    Syndol Guest

    Why would you want a link within your avatar?
  3. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    its easier for users to change their avatar without going to cpanel or preference
    maybe i should ask why not?:rolleyes:
  4. Syndol

    Syndol Guest

    Perhaps others would like that, but personally I think there are enough links to point you in the right direction. After all, it is not like people change their avatar every day.
  5. Despair

    Despair Active Member

    On the sidebar, I actually edited the link on my forum so that it opens the avatar overlay uploader. Personally I would use it more often than viewing my own member card...
  6. Mark.B

    Mark.B Well-Known Member

    Please....no more Facebook imitations....
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  7. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    There's nothing wrong with implementing an intuitive feature. One-click avatar upload would be welcomed by a lot of people. You knew the direction of this software before you bought it, unlike with vB 4.
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  8. Mark.B

    Mark.B Well-Known Member

    I don't think Kier and Mike's planned direction was ever "pretend to be Facebook" and I don't think it is now either.

    I have no particular issue with one click avatar upload, what I don't want is for the design and implementation of it to mimic Facebook.

    If forums become Facebook imitations they will always be inferior and people will always choose the real thing.

    I tire of reading of how we should have our sites exactly like Facebook, why bother, just use Facebook!

    When forums effectively replaced nntp groups and email discussion lists, they didn't look remotely like those things. So why imitate something else now?
  9. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    I never said that. I'm talking about intuitive UI design. Hovering over one's profile pic on Facebook provides an area where a user can quickly click when they want to change their picture. This would be a great feature to have with XenForo instead of having to hover over the account menu, clicking 'Avatar', and then choosing the file to upload.

    Why? It's very simple and it works well. Hover. Click. Choose file. Upload.

    No they won't. Facebook will never provide what a forum does.

    Because facebook is not a forum.

    We're not imitating facebook, a social network. We're imitating UI intuitiveness that's also used on other sites.
  10. Garamond

    Garamond Well-Known Member

    I agree not to replicate most Facebook-features, but when it comes to such intuitive and easy functions I'd say yeah. Why reinventing the wheel?
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  11. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member


    When you consider the staggering amount of Facebook users as well, if they're used to doing something a certain way and it feels "natural" and easy to the user, it makes sense to then take a similar approach. No need for them to learn a new way of doing the same thing.
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  12. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    wow I never expected these responses about facebook
    c'mon look at the nature of the idea. Do you think is useful?
  13. Floris

    Floris Guest

    A staggering amount of users use Vista
    Let's make things look like Vista
    Saves those users having to get used to something else.
  14. Garamond

    Garamond Well-Known Member

    Easyness and usability should not be confused with things we are "used with". Most often those are two different things.
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  15. Mark.B

    Mark.B Well-Known Member

    One day in years to come when there are no forums left on the internet and everyone is using Facebook, people will realise that what currently appears to be my lone voice in the dark railing against blindly handing control of our sites to Facebook, was right.

    I despair because nobody is listening. It is becoming increasingly difficult to run a forum without it merely being a portal to drive traffic to Facebook.
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  16. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    So, by implementing this feature you are actually driving traffic to facebook. how? :unsure:
  17. Garamond

    Garamond Well-Known Member

    I can't imagine he was talking about this feature.
  18. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    I doubt forums will die off, but that's a discussion for another thread. ;)

    I'm just saying that Facebook has had some implementations of features that are intuitive, though yes there have been others that haven't been as lucky. If you don't have to explain to the user how to use something and they use it, why do you have to create a new way of using the feature? There's nothing wrong with looking around at other large websites and see what they get right and implementing it.

    You may not like Facebook, but there are definitely a handful of examples used within XenForo that's similar and I can't imagine any reason why Kier and Mike would re-think what works easiest without confusion.
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  19. Veer

    Veer Well-Known Member

    +1 for this suggestion.
  20. Garamond

    Garamond Well-Known Member

    Very good post.

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