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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PNG is... well, okay, not streamlined. Razz However, JPEG/JPG uses a compression technology that actually looks at all of the pixels around each pixel, and brings a pixel's color closer to it's neighbors. You can understand how this results in a massive loss of quality rather quickly. PNG and GIF don't do this.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha. And on the almost-two-year anniversary of the last post in this thread, I resurrect it! Haha!


Anyway, I was curious about something. Does the person's avatar affect the way you imagine that person to look? Like, do people think I'm a tiny, round, squinty-eyed grandmother of indeterminate origin, or some derivative thereof? Do people think I'm self-centered for asking this question?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find that I don't imagine you guys with faces, more as if I were seeing you from a distance. Hair colour, body type, height, that kind of thing. To that end I imagine you as quite tall and slender, with long wavy brown hair, so not much like your avatar!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to feel people more as impressions of warmth or cold and voices when I read them online. If I know what someone looks like then that's what comes to mind when I consciously try to think of what they look like, but other than that I don't think it would really occur to me.

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Thinking about people I know on other forums, I find I can't bring an image of them to mind other than their avatar - but I don't think that's what they look like. It's more like I've got a picture of one of their posts in my mind than anything.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not self-centered at all! ^^

I actually agree with Nem.

You each have a specific "voice" (more of a tone, really), and an impression of a personality.

I don't try to think of what you all might look like. That would be silly, because I don't know what you look like.

That being said, if my brain needs a visual marker, I will think of your avatars. That mostly happens when I'm trying to recall something specific someone's said, or trying to tell a non-forum person about how wonderful you all are. ^^

In that case, it's pretty similar to the way I use landmarks to find my way around (or remember where I parked my car . . . >>; ).

So it's more like a tab on a file--I don't think anyone actually looks like their avatar. Unless it's a picture of them (I know Usa does that sometimes).
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