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Too much animation?
« on: December 11, 2008, 03:26:11 pm »
Hi all,

So we have a pretty creative bunch here and a lot of us have animated signatures and/or avatars.  Sometimes, when there are a bunch in a row it can become distracting.  Did you know that you can press the ESC and the animation will stop?  Works in both Firefox and IE.  You do have to press it each time you change the page.  I'd say try it here, but I don't have any animation on mine.  :)  Still I'm sure you'll find a thread where you can use it!!

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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #1 on: December 11, 2008, 03:42:35 pm »
    Go ahead, click ESC.

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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #2 on: December 11, 2008, 03:45:05 pm »
    Great tip.

    I don't know if this is true or not.  I once read on another board, that too much animation can slow a board down.  While its not an issue now it could be in the future.  Does anyone know if this is correct?

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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #3 on: December 11, 2008, 03:45:39 pm »
    Yay! Nice tip you guys. Thanks!  :D


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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #4 on: December 11, 2008, 03:56:35 pm »
    From my experience, there are a few variables that can have an effect on page loading.
    For example, if you upload an image that is very large and the program (or your browser, outside this board) has to "force" resize it, that can slow things down and even lock up a thread. If the animations are hosted on sites where there are server issues, that can also cause some issues.
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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #5 on: December 11, 2008, 03:57:35 pm »
    Great tip.

    I don't know if this is true or not.  I once read on another board, that too much animation can slow a board down.  While its not an issue now it could be in the future.  Does anyone know if this is correct?

    If the animations were hosted by the board, it would be a problem. This board only displays links from other sites, so it should not be a problem.
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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #6 on: December 11, 2008, 04:00:12 pm »
    If the animations were hosted by the board, it would be a problem. This board only displays links from other sites, so it should not be a problem.

    From my experience, there are a few variables that can have an effect on page loading.
    For example, if you upload an image that is very large and the program (or your browser, outside this board) has to "force" resize it, that can slow things down and even lock up a thread. If the animations are hosted on sites where there are server issues, that can also cause some issues.

    Thanks.  I've always wondered.  It was stressed to the point that anytime I see animation, I almost panic. :D

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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #7 on: December 11, 2008, 06:09:13 pm »
    So we have a pretty creative bunch here and a lot of us have animated signatures and/or avatars.  Sometimes, when there are a bunch in a row it can become distracting.  Did you know that you can press the ESC and the animation will stop?  Works in both Firefox and IE.

    BLESS YOU!!! The animation makes it hard for me to concentrate enough sometimes to read the text comfortably. This is GREAT!!! THANK YOU!!!
     

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    « Reply #8 on: December 11, 2008, 06:31:44 pm »
    BLESS YOU!!! The animation makes it hard for me to concentrate enough sometimes to read the text comfortably. This is GREAT!!! THANK YOU!!!
    are you talking about animation like THIS:

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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #9 on: December 11, 2008, 06:36:12 pm »
    are you talking about animation like THIS:

    I think I just had a seizure.   :P

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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #10 on: December 11, 2008, 06:38:09 pm »
    *sigh*

    I thought I'd never have to see that animation again when I left AdventureGamers.
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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #11 on: December 11, 2008, 08:24:00 pm »
    Not that anyone I know would ever do this but, you can choose not to see Avatars or Signatures in your Profile.

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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #12 on: December 11, 2008, 08:28:31 pm »
    True, but then you lose ALL the avatars, not just the animated ones.  Some have found the animated ones distracting, the ESC key is a good suggestion.  There's a few that I can only take for a few seconds myself, so I'm glad to learn of the ESC option!

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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #13 on: December 12, 2008, 04:17:24 am »
    Great tip, Ann! Thanks!
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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #14 on: December 12, 2008, 08:11:10 am »
    This is a great thing to know.  Now, if I could just figure out a way to stop those marquee things from parading across the screen all the time, I would be set. ;D
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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #15 on: December 12, 2008, 08:20:42 am »
    True, but then you lose ALL the avatars, not just the animated ones.  Some have found the animated ones distracting, the ESC key is a good suggestion.  There's a few that I can only take for a few seconds myself, so I'm glad to learn of the ESC option!

    Adding my thanks to all the rest! It's one thing to have an avatar that is animated, but what is REALLY distracting is when people have animation in or below their signature lines (especially if it is unusually large). Because that is right above/below messages and your eyes absolutely can't avoid it.

    Mods---would it be possible to take a poll and see how many of us have a problem with so much animation? It seems like a good compromise might be to say it's ok with the avatars but maybe not in signature lines. Could we at least vote on this???

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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #16 on: December 12, 2008, 10:11:53 am »
    Love this tip Ann, seizure preventative.  ;)

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    Re: Too much animation?
    « Reply #17 on: December 12, 2008, 12:08:57 pm »
    Thanks for the tip! There are some places I've wished I could turn off the animation. I have to say, I am one of those people that love all the animation and creativity but also like the tip that I can esc when I need too!

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