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Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by MintBean » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:36 am

Okay, in case anyone lacks a sense of humour, the title is meant 'tongue firmly in cheek.'

So the idea here is to encourage people to add an avatar to their profile. I think it brightens the forum up a bit and maybe makes it a bit more 'personal' and welcoming for newbies.

Drop a post if you decide to add an avatar.

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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by Pierre » Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:18 am

or even - - Your Country's Flag:
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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by killer de bug » Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:30 am

But please use an https avatar !

This applies to you MintBean. Please change the link of your avatar to use https. Thanks.
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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by The Old Timer » Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:33 am

or a character that matches your personality. :wink:

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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by Shabby » Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:46 am

killer de bug wrote:But please use an https avatar !
The Old Timer wrote:or a character that matches your personality. :wink:
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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by Moem » Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:04 pm

The Old Timer wrote:or a character that matches your personality. :wink:
'A character that matches your personality' is a pretty good definition of 'avatar', so there is no 'or' here.
But whatever you call it, please make it HTTPS. Yours isn't yet.
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If your issue is solved, kindly indicate that by editing the first post in the topic, and adding [SOLVED] to the title. Thanks!

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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by Habitual » Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:49 pm

Role model?
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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by MintBean » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:01 pm

As requested I've removed it. Not sure how to search for images with https protocol, so gave up for now.

I'm no expert, but what is the actual risk here?

1) Is there any result worse than someone intercepts the traffic and changes my avatar? A lot of effort on the part of the hacker to change one avatar.
2) Does the board really pull down the full screen HD source picture from the link every time someone accesses a thread, or does it rescale once and store a single max 6kb image locally, never again accessing the source image?
3) If there is a real security threat here, shouldn't the board be modified to enforce the https only rule, rather than word of mouth? I bet there are a ton of people on here with plain old http avatars.

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Post by Fred Barclay » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:10 pm

Habitual wrote:Role model?M0em.png
You really do like being upside down, don't you?
Must be the Ohio air... :lol:
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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by Fred Barclay » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:11 pm

MintBean wrote:As requested I've removed it. Not sure how to search for images with https protocol, so gave up for now.

I'm no expert, but what is the actual risk here?

1) Is there any result worse than someone intercepts the traffic and changes my avatar? A lot of effort on the part of the hacker to change one avatar.
2) Does the board really pull down the full screen HD source picture from the link every time someone accesses a thread, or does it rescale once and store a single max 6kb image locally, never again accessing the source image?
3) If there is a real security threat here, shouldn't the board be modified to enforce the https only rule, rather than word of mouth? I bet there are a ton of people on here with plain old http avatars.
This might help you:
viewtopic.php?f=58&t=226149
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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by MintBean » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:19 pm

Thanks, Fred.

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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by Moem » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:06 pm

Habitual wrote:Role model?
Ah, that's from back when I'd caught the Habitual virus. That was a pretty confusing time. I kept hitting my head on the treshold when going through a door.
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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by Cosmo. » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:32 pm

MintBean wrote:3) If there is a real security threat here, shouldn't the board be modified to enforce the https only rule, rather than word of mouth? I bet there are a ton of people on here with plain old http avatars.
Not a security risk, but a privacy / tracking risk. I made the suggestion to block avatars from not secured connections already half a year ago. Not only would it solve the risk, it would also show those users, who still http-connect their avatar, that they missed something.

In case, that the major browsers should by default also block the mixed passive content I guarantee, that a big crying about allegedly broken web sites will be started by those, who connect their avatar still via http.

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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by GreenLynx » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:08 pm

I used the postimage.org one that was mentioned upthread and it was pretty simple. No registering or anything. Just put the link to the image in the box and they ask you if you want it resized (which you do - to avatar size) and then there ya go.

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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by MintBean » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:28 pm

Thanks to everyone who has chimed in with info and advice, and especially Killer de Bug... a real trooper. 8)

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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by GreenLynx » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:54 pm

Well...no one wants to be boring do they.... :)

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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by The Old Timer » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:42 am

Moem wrote:
The Old Timer wrote:or a character that matches your personality. :wink:
'A character that matches your personality' is a pretty good definition of 'avatar', so there is no 'or' here.
But whatever you call it, please make it HTTPS. Yours isn't yet.
OK. 8)

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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by The Old Timer » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:45 am

GreenLynx wrote:Well...no one wants to be boring do they.... :)
Boring is cool and can be a good thing sometimes. 8)

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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by pdhunter1987 » Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:53 am

Pierre wrote:or even - - Your Country's Flag:
Aussie Aussie Aussie!
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Re: Don't be boring - add an avatar!

Post by lexon » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:17 pm

I have a real life outside of Mint. MInt is only a tool. Don't need an avatar.
Wish I could figure out how to stop a avatar from running. Reminds me of many sites now trying to get my attention with Gifs, videos, pop ups.

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