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Trip_Away
 
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Trip
ACCF Town
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2/9 3:03pm
Why not load and use our own avatars instead of AC based avatars?
We can load from our PC or from a URL for more custom profile.
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yankees24cano
 
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Cano
ACNL Town
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9/17 8:26pm
ACC is designed to look very clean and uniform, so custom avatars could cause problems. Right now, they are limited to moderators and admins, and even for us, there are a lot of guidelines for what they can look like and they take a lot of work to make.

With that being said, we are looking into some ideas for more options and customization in avatars such as e++ avatars, keeping holiday avatars around for longer, and special avatars for the bell shop when that is ready.
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Shawnaisus
 
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Shawna
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8/6 6:16pm
I think this is a good idea!  I've always wanted a choice to use my own avatar!
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kikicat
 
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9/17 8:22pm
I think ACC would look cluttered and messy with random avatars, I like the ones that have been made for us. It's cleaner and everyone gets to choose from the same ones but you can still make a combination that you don't see often. Like Cano said, it would be A LOT of work and would take so much time to monitor everyones custom avatar so why fix what isn't broken?
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Dilpyckle
 
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9/8 8:47pm
Hi there, Vicente!

I'm sorry but I have to disagree. As others have mentioned, ACC strives to have a uniform avatar system and custom avatars from users might mess with the theme, create more work for the moderators to monitor, but also it would take up more space on the database. That being said, I definitely want to see more customization with the avatar system, still however sticking with the current theme.
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asho28
 
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Asho
ACWW Town
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1:47am
I think the idea would be open to abuse and would be extremely hard to moderate/keep control of, baring in mind that this is a family-friendly site. How we would decide on what's right and what's wrong with custom avatars we upload?

One change that I think could be made to give users greater versatility for choosing an avatar would be for non-staff members to be able to use special characters, and that all staff members should have their own custom avatar.
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kikicat
 
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9/17 8:22pm
"One change that I think could be made to give users greater versatility for choosing an avatar would be for non-staff members to be able to use special characters, and that all staff members should have their own custom avatar."
This is actually a great idea, Asho. More variety for all users and every staff member gets their own recognizable avatar rather than just the Mods/Admins.  
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GavinGoneGlobal
 
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Gavin
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6:17am
"One change that I think could be made to give users greater versatility for choosing an avatar would be for non-staff members to be able to use special characters"
Would the users be happy with that, though? We've had two threads about avatars pop up recently, this one is asking for an upload form, and this one wants the AC Movie characters added. I'm not sure if adding the Staff avatars would satisfy everyone; there are 220 un-used "AC:NL Custom" avatars (from active users). That number is even higher in some of the other Custom or Landscape variations. It's not so much a lack of versatility/options, but more a lack of "freedom", I suppose.

Since we've had two suggestions about lack of avatar customization so recently, I just want to make sure we don't go through all of the trouble of saying "Let's add the staff avatars", and discussing the logistics of that, while ignoring the reasons users are unhappy with the system.
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kikicat
 
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Eden
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9/17 8:22pm
There are about 66 Special characters in Animal Crossing including the 3 new characters from Pocket Camp; Beppe, Carlo and Giovanni. With about 2-4 variations of each character (all the different games) that would add so much more variety to the list of characters that users could use. I've heard several users say they if they could they would use Tom Nook, K.K., Blathers etc. All we would need to do is add more backgrounds as well, possibly black and white? With all that being done, all staff could have their very own staff avatar like the Mods and Admins do. I think this would be beneficial for everyone.
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Jarikira
 
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Jari
ACNL Town
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9/17 7:54am
Sorry, rather late to the game here but I would like to mention something.

Not everything on the site is decided by the members or Staff and that includes the Mods and Admins. We do have an owner and while he lets us decide many, many things there a few that he does decide on his own. Avatars happen to be one of those.

Jader is the one that has decided that the avatars will not be customized. He really likes the clean and uniform look and I don't see that changing. He also decided who will have custom avatars. Even though they may look very custom he has given us rules we must go by while designing them and still has the final word if they are appropriate.

I just didn't want anyone to think we were ignoring these suggestions.

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"One change that I think could be made to give users greater versatility for choosing an avatar would be for non-staff members to be able to use special characters, and that all staff members should have their own custom avatar."
Is there any word on this?

Also, I prefer the way our current system is. Administrators and Moderators can have their own custom avatar. The rest of the Staff can use special characters. Members can use regular villagers and characters. While the upper staff can have their own custom avatar, there are still guidelines. For example, a Moderator can’t just use a random picture of Pikachu. The avatar has to follow certain guidelines so the custom avatar still looks uniform.

This isn’t to say any Staff members are superior, but the amount of work the Administrators and Moderators do are definitely more than the Scouts and other roles do.

Why fix something that isn’t broken?
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sarab
 
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9/17 5:49pm
Would it be possible to instead allow users to submit photos for their Characters?

I always thought having users create a TPC on their profile would be a cool idea, similar to how one is created in this Tumblr theme feature. They could include a photo of their villager there!
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