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Post by Gunneh on Mon May 03, 2010 12:49 am

I'm REALLY hoping that Weiss or Fate sees this because there's no other way any of us can fix it, I believe. The enter page for the site...well... the images aren't there anymore and they've been replaced with very large "This photo has been deleted or moved" notices from Photobucket.

Yeah...that doesn't look good. Fix please?
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Bird of Hermes on Mon May 03, 2010 12:53 am

Eh?

Everything looks fine to me.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Gunneh on Mon May 03, 2010 12:56 am



That's what I'm getting.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Attie on Mon May 03, 2010 1:27 am

Everything looks fine to me, too. O.o
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by The Melancholy Spirit on Mon May 03, 2010 1:38 am

I get the same thing as Gunneh. Though had he not mentioned anything I would never have known since I just bypass that page myself...
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Descent on Mon May 03, 2010 2:58 am

Not only is the front page messed up for me but now the top of the board where the banner used to be is a huge 'THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN MOVED OR DELETED' image, as shown in Gunneh's picture.

All that has happened is the area that the picture has been hosted in has expired and needs to be re-hosted, preferably on a more stable program like Photobucket, unlike the one it was previously hosted on, presumably imageshack.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Weiss on Mon May 03, 2010 4:32 am

I've sent an e-mail to Fate asking for links or hard copies of the images so that I can fix them. I'll work on a temporary fix as soon as I can get Photoshop up and running. Since I had to reformat my PC recently, all of my graphic arts programs were, of course, wiped from my harddrive. Thus, I'll need to redownload and reinstall them before I can do anything about the issue. So, let's hope that Fate responds soon.

Also, I apologize for not being around as much lately. Tomorrow, I'll be moving and, with any luck, will be able to pay more attention to the site. Circumstances just haven't been kind to me lately. I will try to fix this issue as soon as I'm able.

In the meantime, if anyone who can still see the images could screenshot them, I can render those images to use in the case that Fate doesn't get back to me with the links in a timely manner. It'd be a rough fix, but it would be better than the giant broken link at the top of the site or on the welcome page, I'm sure.

For anyone wondering why some users can see the images and some users can't, it's because your computer (namely, your browser) caches images (stores them on a semi-permanent file) to reduce loading time when repeatedly viewing the same image. Thus, when you come back to the site, it simply remembers the last version of that image that you've loaded. Hitting the F5 key will clear the cache and reload the image. So, if you can see the images, please screenshot them before hitting the F5 key. In fact, unless you're insanely curious, just don't hit the F5 key at all...

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help out.

Edit: Oh, and for the record, the broken link image says that it was hosted on Photobucket. So, the likely scenario is that Axiom was the one hosting the images and he decided to delete them. The same thing happened before with some of the icons in the navigation bar, if anyone remembers. That was easy enough to fix, but I can't exactly produce an exact replica of a complex image like the welcome page's main image or the forum's header.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Weiss on Mon May 03, 2010 5:30 am

Alright, I realize they look absolutely horrid, but that's the best I can do with the tools in the Photobucket toolset. Once I have Photoshop up and running, I'll work on something more appealing that won't make you all want to vomit. Hopefully, though, Fate will get back to me with links to the original images and the problem will be gone all together.

Until then, bear with it, yeah?

Edit: Seems it'll be a while before I have Photoshop up and running, and I'm to the flopping point, near-about. So, I'm going to get some sleep and I'll try to create some better graphics for the site when I wake up and before I ship out. Alternatively, Fate might get back to me before I have to make all new images, which would be absolutely fantastic, so let's hope for that!
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Sighlent on Mon May 03, 2010 7:40 am

Oh my. It's...ghastly. XP
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Bird of Hermes on Mon May 03, 2010 10:00 am

Thanks, Weiss.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Attie on Mon May 03, 2010 10:47 am

Hey, and image is better than no image at all. Thanks, Weiss. I'm sure we can live. ;]
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Descent on Mon May 03, 2010 2:15 pm

Well I think you did a fine job on such short notice Weiss! Smile

Thanks!
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Guest on Mon May 03, 2010 2:36 pm

I don't know if this helps you, but I couldn't find a way to easily email it to you, so here goes screenshot:
https://2img.net/h/i784.photobucket.com/albums/yy123/FeliciaFredlund/FOG/FOG.jpg
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Kalon Ordona II on Mon May 03, 2010 4:12 pm

Here's a usable version of MD's screenshot. It's a JPG, so.... but hey, at least it'll load fast. Razz

https://redcdn.net/ihimizer/img130/2972/fogbanner.jpg
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by MoiraofWords on Mon May 03, 2010 4:24 pm

I'm enjoying this one currently ^^
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Weiss on Mon May 03, 2010 11:04 pm

Alright, there's a banner up. Let me know what you guys think. I'll work on the welcome image and the enter button for the site's main page when I have the time.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Shadow Moonseye on Mon May 03, 2010 11:21 pm

Thank you so much, Weiss. The banner looks great!
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Guilty Carrion on Mon May 03, 2010 11:23 pm

It looks bad A. I like it better than the orignal one we had! Let's keep it!
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Kalon Ordona II on Tue May 04, 2010 2:25 am

He's trying to find it, Plague. This is a temporary one if we get it back, or a replacement if we don't.

I like it, Weiss. The fog off of the FOG is A+++
And that's a good foggy-forest image. It's definitely a worthy stand-in, I would say.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Weiss on Tue May 04, 2010 2:37 am

There. I've replaced all three missing images with new versions. Let me know what you guys think. If it gets positive feedback to the effect of, "We should keep this instead of that, but bring this other thing back!" then I'll see about keeping the most liked versions of each image even if the originals become available again.

Personally, I like the old set better. Also, I'm not sure it's fair to judge when users can't really see the old set at the moment. So, perhaps, if the old set becomes available, we'll put them up against one another and see which comes out on top.

For now, though, I hope these images will keep everyone happy, at the very least.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Silvan Arrow on Tue May 04, 2010 10:00 am

Thanks for all your hard work, Weiss! I really like this new set, actually. The upward angle of the photo and the sunlight streaming through the gaps in the canopy, all combined with the grayscale, make a really eerie effect. But I'm fine with whatever if people feel a nostalgic connection with the old set and really want to change it, should it become available.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Guest on Tue May 04, 2010 10:35 am

I like the new images too, beside the font on the text. So for me it's either the old pics or just a new font on the new. I like the sunshine effect that Silvan talked about. Smile
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Tue May 04, 2010 6:22 pm

I prefer the old set-up personally, but this will do until we can get the old ones back.

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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Kalon Ordona II on Tue May 04, 2010 6:46 pm

Yeah you're right, MD, it's "Just my two cents." Sometimes people also say "Just my two bits," or other slight variations.

I agree with Silvan about the font. It's cool, but there could be a cooler one, I'm sure. Maybe we could check places like dafont.com for some with cool effects, or something--like maybe there's some sort of misty one... that'd be cool. ^^

Edit:
After a quick perusal, I've come up with a few suggestions. Very Happy

Hotel Coral Essex
VTKS Downtown
Times New Yorker
Birth of a Hero

Edit:
One thing I really really like about the current banner is the way the wisps accent the curve of the G in FOG. It's so perfect. *we don't have a smiley that fits*


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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Attie on Tue May 04, 2010 6:59 pm

Personally, I also like the new set up, minus the font, just like everyone else. ^^
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Weiss on Tue May 04, 2010 11:56 pm

Kalon Ordona II wrote:Edit:
After a quick perusal, I've come up with a few suggestions. Very Happy

Hotel Coral Essex
VTKS Downtown
Times New Yorker
Birth of a Hero

I really liked Hotel Coral Essex and Birth of a Hero, but neither of them really worked well with the banner. I did some font hunting, though, and came up with a new version of the banner utilizing two new fonts. Let me know what you guys think of this version. If you still don't like it, try to be more specific about what you don't like so I'll know what to aim for and what to avoid.

Edit: It looks like Fate found the original splash image for the FOG main page. Hopefully the rest of the graphics will be restored in short order.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Attie on Wed May 05, 2010 12:07 am

I like the "FOG" part, but not the footsteps of ghosts. Seems too.. I dunno. Not as creepy/edgy as the "FOG".

Just my opinion.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Wed May 05, 2010 12:49 am

I agree with Attie. I also feel that "FOG" shouldn't have such a great distance from "Footsteps of Ghosts." It feels too empty between them.


Are we sticking with this new image? I don't actually like it as much as I like Fate's version. It doesn't have the same ghostly feel to it. To me, this new image feels as if it's more... hopeful than dramatic. The image also doesn't seem as crisp.

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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Silvan Arrow on Wed May 05, 2010 1:01 am

In my opinion, any lack of crispness in the image seems to be an effect of the sun beams coming through the gaps in the forest canopy, not the image itself. I really like the font and mist effects on the "FOG" part, but the font for "footsteps of ghosts" doesn't seem to mesh with it as well. I agree with Kathryn's suggestion about moving the two closer together, but only if the text would still be easily visible against the grayscale background. Of course, I'm not really one to be giving an expert opinion on computer graphics like this, as I have no experience with Photoshop or any program of the sort. In the end, my take on the situation is that it's just an image and a smaller aspect of the entity known as FOG, so I'm fine with whatever becomes the final consensus.
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Re: Missing Images [Fixed]

Post by Guilty Carrion on Wed May 05, 2010 1:26 am

I agree with Silvan that the two don't look similar enough to me, but other than that, I find the new banners to be perfect! I like them so much better! The old ones were great, but these are wicked!
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