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marcusunlimited says

Hello Aj’ers,

I notice now that Animated Gifs are an option for file Avatars and such here. My concern, is that what should make a site like Aj work is a reputation for the highest quality and value of stock music, rather than, “Hey, who has the most in the face, gimmicky, animated gif?”

I have to admit I am thinking about putting some time into some serious attention getting Gifs, but, in a way, I kind of wish only static PNGs or JPGs should be allowable so that the focus is on music quality.

Your thoughts?

~Marcus:)

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Kurlykovs says

As far as I know, it is no longer allowed, only the old users who had it before can keep theirs. But I might be entirely wrong.

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jhunger says

I think Kurly is right about that. But in any case, the general consensus is that Animated GIF in 2013 == bad.

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marcusunlimited says

Jh, agreed! :)


I think Kurly is right about that. But in any case, the general consensus is that Animated GIF in 2013 == bad.
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Coriiander says

Isn’t it so that animated avatars have a higher probability of getting more attention from the eye than non-animated? Then in what light is it fair that some users are allowed to use it, while other users are forbidden to use it? I cannot imagine Envato would allow this type of different treatment between users. Allowing one person to have the advantage, while disallowing other persons not to have the advantage. That would be unfair, if not corrupt. Last time I checked this marketplace is all about equal chances, equal fairness. I for example don’t see an option to upgrade to a payed account or somehing for animated avatars.

Yeh I know the drill: “these are old avatars. There is no way to go check all thousands of avatars to be animated or not. <insert the usual stuff bladiblah>”. Right? Wrong. One takes an utter-noob coder in whatever language and he can make a super simple tool to scan all image files on having multiple frames or not. That’s super easily identified by just reading the first bytes of the file; the binary GIF-file header. I’m pretty sure I would have such a tool done within an hour; even working on multiple platforms ranging from Windows, to Solaris, to Linux, to IOS, Android, Mac’s., to whatever really. The cost of such a tool would be free; nothing but 100% free opensource APIs. The actual execution of this process for checking millions of avatars would take farrrr less than one hour. Heck, if the avatars would need to be automatically replaced by a still-image (first frame for example) it would even be less than an hour for millions of images. Probably something like 15 minutes really. In this light I don’t understand why, if this is indeed the case that some do have animated GIFs while others cant, this is allowed for some while disallowed to others.

I am however pretty new here and thus I haven’t seen so much yet. I can’t recall having seen any animated avatars (not to say there aren’t any, I just can’t recall any). But if there are, I would not find it very fair towards other users. I guess what I want to say is: if there’s indeed an exception for some users to have advantages over others, then I’m pretty sure Envato has solid and good reasons to do so.

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bodorobodo says

If your concern is that animated Gif’s will steal your sales, I guess you’re wrong. Check for the top authors. None has animated avatar. Strange coincidence though, their songs sound pretty well… If your concern is that they look bad, I might agree, but who wants to be perfect. I don’t.

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marcusunlimited says

Coriiander, I agree. Bodorobodo, great point as well. :)

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