Remove Profile Backgrounds
Posted Dec 30, 2012 - 11:56 PM
I know this may not be a popular opinion among this community, who seems to be very prideful and adamant about being able to express themselves through art. However, I think it is imperative that the Blade & Soul Dojo team addresses the current status of profile backgrounds. I think there are a few issues with this feature, particularly the lack of cohesion and consistency with the art assets, and the potential for abuse.
The current addition of being able to provide profile background customization, in my opinion, damages the sense of art cohesion across the website. I know that profiles are a personal location for each particular user and are not part of the main website, but I believe that providing that sense of togetherness through a consistent background image is key in maintaining the website's sense of style. I think the Dojo has a great art style with lovely color choices, and I really fail to see what benefit the background customization brings to the website. If anything I find it quite reminiscent of old MySpace pages with very tacky designs; I mean that without prejudice, I am merely stating that the current theme of the website is hard to match with a user-chosen background.
My second issue is that it leads to abuse that can go on without notice for days. When I noticed the feature I decided to play with it, and I realized that I could tile GIF images as my background. So, I went ahead and did the most obnoxious thing I could think of. So, here is my profile (Warning: Epileptics beware). I tiled a looping GIF which is quite an irritating sight, and in my opinion displays a fault with the currently implemented system. As a side note for the moderators, please feel free to reset my background if you care, I will not be offended in the slightest.
I think one of the first things that needs to be addressed is tiled GIF backgrounds. I think simply removing the GIF file type as an acceptable upload for profile backgrounds should happen, as I do not believe there is any legitimate background choice that would utilize this file type. Past that, I would personally rather see the whole feature abolished for the reasons covered above. If that is not desired by the team, then I completely understand, I was merely arguing it from a personal opinion standpoint.
At the very least, I hope the GIF file type is disabled. I will remove my current profile background upon request, or a moderator may do it at their leisure. Thank you for your time.
Posted Dec 31, 2012 - 12:38 AM
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