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    Default Where to find an avatar that doesn't end up broken?

    Hi,

    I've had several attempts at finding an Avatar (other than the OotS pictures that is), but all seem to deteriorate or something before long and I end up with an avatar showing the icon of a broken picture or something.

    Could someone point me at a direction where would be a good website to look for such an Avatar that the forum accepts and doesn't fall apart? Feel free to send me a PM, because I probably won't remember to check on this post as often as I should

    Thanks!

    PS. if all else fails, I guess I could after all this time petition for a unique avatar in the OotS Style
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    Default Re: Where to find an avatar that doesn't end up broken?

    You could try grabbing the desired avatar and uploading it somewhere safe and under your control. I have an ImgBB account for that purpose, for instance; it served me well enough so far.

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    Default Re: Where to find an avatar that doesn't end up broken?

    Quote Originally Posted by Metastachydium View Post
    You could try grabbing the desired avatar and uploading it somewhere safe and under your control. I have an ImgBB account for that purpose, for instance; it served me well enough so far.
    An ImgBB account is not under your control: it's under ImgBB's control. They could decide at any time to prohibit you from using an image on their site as an avatar, and then you'd have to move it somewhere else

    Ultimately, unless you own your own your own website, there's no way to guarantee that whatever site is hosting your avatar won't shut down or change their policy to prohibit using it as an avatar host.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 137beth View Post
    An ImgBB account is not under your control: it's under ImgBB's control. They could decide at any time to prohibit you from using an image on their site as an avatar, and then you'd have to move it somewhere else
    Well yes, but that's splitting hairs. Because compared to "something I found through a google search somewhere"? It very much is.

    Ultimately, unless you own your own your own website, there's no way to guarantee that whatever site is hosting your avatar won't shut down or change their policy to prohibit using it as an avatar host.
    I mean, with the same breath, you could say someone-someone could just decide to alter the pricing on the domain you use; or do something about the sever orů You get the point. Yes, an account on a reliable image hosting site is not the Perfect Solution Forever. But it demonstrably provides a long-term solution.

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    Default Re: Where to find an avatar that doesn't end up broken?

    Okay, that's a fair point.

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    Default Re: Where to find an avatar that doesn't end up broken?

    Quote Originally Posted by Metastachydium View Post
    I have an ImgBB account for that purpose, for instance; it served me well enough so far.
    Same here, except without an account. If I was doing something remotely serious it'd be another story, but this is fine for one avatar on one large forum.
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    Default Re: Where to find an avatar that doesn't end up broken?

    As others mentioned: it's nothing to do with the avatar itself. It's about image hosting. Find an image-hosting website. That could be DeviantArt or some other art website. Or it could be something like the aforementioned ImgBB. They've been hosting my avatar for years.

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