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Greetings all!

I have been hoarding MB and find it hard to have to choose from all of them only five to show with my avatar.
I understand it may present some problems in terms of space in the pages and in changing the user management software but I'd really like to show off some of my MB!!!
Anyone feels the same? Admins, is there anything that can be done to increase the number of visible MB from five?

That's it!

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This has been requested many times in the past, and the reason we can't is that loading microbadges is already a big performance issue with the servers.
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Bail Organa made a microbadge randomizer, to rotate your display of microbadges. It's available on his profile.

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To avoid bringing up this issue over and over, perhaps the Administrators should mention on the Microbadge page the reason why there is a limit of 5.
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As another workaround suggestion, which I have seen done, is buying an uber-badge and then using a graphics program to create an image of five of your favorite MBs in a row to upload to it.
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It's still a good suggestion.

I would further suggest that they could make a second row available for 100GG and a 3rd row available for 500GG or something like that. We need more GG sinks.
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Like idea of GG sink. How about an uberavatar as wide as the uberbadge? Have to buy std avatar, then pay upgrade for larger one.
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Thanks for the info and suggestions!

I think some kind of "improved" or "extended" MB lines for extra GG would be nice.
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Another idea: can MB be inserted in Overtext? I'm saving to buy a couple of these, it would be a way to show lots of MB without changing the status quo.
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Bail Organa made a microbadge randomizer, to rotate your display of microbadges. It's available on his profile.

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Using the MB Randomizer ..

Very nice!!

Thanks ...

PS: or should I say "Obrigada!" ??


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Well it would be nice to have but as I understand it indeed costs to much off the servers to just give everyone 5 mb's in their profile. Dumping the GG to get more doesn't really seem a good solution since the GG doesn't make them buy more servers.

Maybe you should have a talk with:

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how he does is, he's the only one with a mb
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Barad_the_dwarf wrote:
how he does is, he's the only one with a mb


For now.
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skelebone wrote:
Barad_the_dwarf wrote:
how he does is, he's the only one with a mb


For now.


Yup, that's the spirit!
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Barad_the_dwarf wrote:
Well it would be nice to have but as I understand it indeed costs too much off the servers to just give everyone 5 mb's in their profile.

Too much for what? Obvsiously we do have 5 MBs, so I'm not sure what "costs too much" means.

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Dumping the GG to get more doesn't really seem a good solution since the GG doesn't make them buy more servers.

It does, actually. GG is the currency of BGG. People get it when they monetarily support the site, or when they make good contributions, which also increases the value of the site. But if people sit of piles of GG with nothing to spend it on, then there's not much incentive to support the site with either money or content to get more of it.
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curtc wrote:
GG is the currency of BGG. People get it when they monetarily support the site, or when they make good contributions


I thought they got it when they dumped sets of bad and redundant images.
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Kaffedrake wrote:
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GG is the currency of BGG. People get it when they monetarily support the site, or when they make good contributions


I thought they got it when they dumped sets of bad and redundant images.


Nah, I do that a lot and still can't afford a GeekBadge...
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Kaffedrake wrote:
curtc wrote:
GG is the currency of BGG. People get it when they monetarily support the site, or when they make good contributions

I thought they got it when they dumped sets of bad and redundant images.

Don't get me started on the amount of useless images we have. But obviously some images are highly valuable, and it's reasonable to reward with GG.
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I've been member to many different forums and this is the first that has this feature. Maybe there are others and I'm just a reclusive monkey. I'm pretty happy with the way it is though I can see why some would want more.

Between the GG, the MBs, pictures, videos, reviews, marketplace, and on and on....

This is by far the coolest and most awesomest online community that I've come across!!!!

Thanks BGG server gods!!! I will eat your digital manna.
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Here's the relevant link to the BGG Suggestions Index. Scroll down to "Displaying more microbadges" to find a number of thread links.

Actually in a 2010 thread Aldie was not dismissive of adding a 6th slot. Only the site redesign (which will happen any minute now) will tell.
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No thanks on the "std" avatar

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Like idea of GG sink. How about an uberavatar as wide as the uberbadge? Have to buy std avatar, then pay upgrade for larger one.
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curtc wrote:
It's still a good suggestion.

I would further suggest that they could make a second row available for 100GG and a 3rd row available for 500GG or something like that. We need more GG sinks.


My suggestion is (to enable this and ALSO lessen the database access time) that each user has a personal "MB image file", that is updated each time that user changes his MB display. That saves all five MBs into one single image file, that's loaded for each individual user.

Will still have problems, as some MBs can be animated and that you can't really mix gifs together due to the colour info. But maybe the info can be packed in some way so that the database access doesn't have to be that bad.
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Yeah, that's a great idea. And if you allow a 2nd row (or even more), it can still be baked into a single image. Of course the pre-baked image file should be an implementation detail, not a visible "feature" to users.
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How do you handle mouseovers, microbadge page links, and microbadges with customizable links? Script magic?
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Kaffedrake wrote:
How do you handle mouseovers, microbadge page links, and microbadges with customizable links? Script magic?

I'm not an image wizard, so I don't know. Mouseovers and page links I know can be solved (unless I'm fooled). It's not impossible anyhow.

I think the sheer image melding is a larger problem. Combining the colour info will make for a very large gif, and combining two animated gifs with different cycles would be an unsolveable nightmare.

However, I think there might be a way to still have all the info for all 5 MB in one "database access/dataload" instead of in 5 each.
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html supports regions within an image for click/mouseover.

I suspect the benefits of merged imags would outweigh the cost of color pallette merging.

If animated gifs proved troublesome, I'd be happy to give animated MBs.

Here I am defending your own suggestion!
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