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So I finished with the ponymote thing. If you would like to give them a whirl, you should check out the new Ponymote tab in the site options. All you have to do is enable them and select the ones you like the most to add them to your posting options. Just click on the little face and it'll put a little code thingy into your post that looks like :pony:. That will be translated into the ponymote once the post is submitted. And that is really all there is too it!
Also some people probably won't care much for these, and that is okay too. I put in an option into the ponymote tab to hide ponymotes globally. It will be as though they aren't even there.
For this first set, I wanted to have the main cast characters represented pretty well so I made 6 for each of them with a variety of expressions. But, there is plenty of room for more characters and more motes per character. I had made a call for some user submitted ponymotes a while ago but I hadn't really figured out what I wanted from them yet. But I think I do now, so if you want try and make some and submit, here are a few guidelines:
1. Make the backgrounds transparent.
2. Make them approximately 50px high which will be shrunk to 27px by the site (width will auto adjust, so make them proportional).
3. The width can vary, but don't make it too much wider or thinner than the height.
4. Make sure the details are good enough that you can see what the expression is at such a small size.
Special thanks to Agiri for making some a while ago, but I have to ask that you remake them to fit the above guidelines to keep a consistent style and quality. Thanks for understanding.
As always, especially with mobile devices, make sure to clear your cache if you aren't seeing the new options.
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All right, here they come.
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Betcha didn't see this one coming
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More space-efficient version of >>1974
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you're realla amazing Thorax
(and or hidden dev)
you can build a starlight arsenal too:
download png (transparent background)/ vectors
Crop a square window around the face
resize to about 50x50
I considered it before I put everything in place, but honestly I spent more time than I care for thinking about just the abbreviated names for the characters without even considering the emotion in it. I don't want to deal with having to name faces like:
That's too much bother for me. Also, it wouldn't be impossible to make a change now, but it would be a little bit of a pain because I'd either need to support both names (which the system isn't designed for) or do a migration which is a lot of hassle.
So, unless you make a very compelling case for how the usability is impacted by the numbering scheme, I'm basically not gonna get around to making a change.
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 E.g., something like '
'. For for QuickReply, it's already handled by AJAX, so just stick in there somewhere.
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boop time to sticky and arch!