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Old 01-22-2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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Idea: Morphing Karmic Avatars

Inspired by the little dragon sig game I've been playing, I was thinking about a service that would allow one to register for a "morphing" avatar. The idea would be that you'd register and get a link to a gif, and the more views the gif got, the more the image would grow and change. For example, you might start with a seed, which would sprout, then put out a few leaves... and eventually you'd have a forest with trees, and perhaps a few unicorns or something. There could be a number of different base images, and a certain amount of randomization in which elements would get added, so hopefully everyone's avatars would each be at least somewhat different. You could use this remote avatar on any online forum or blog that allows remote avatars.

The "karma" part comes in this way: ideally someone could click on the avatar, and add karma to it, just as we do here at MR, but I don't think most forum software will allow us to make the avatars clickable (or allow any other fancy scripting). So there would be a link to put in your sig line like "Click here to help my avatar grow", and clicking it would take a viewer to a page where they could add karma to that user, possibly in different categories. Visitor karma would make an avatar grow more than just repeated views. But the cool thing is that anyone visiting from any site could add karma, and it would display wherever your avatar displays.

It was just a little mental doodle I was thinking about as I was dozing off last night, but if anyone else likes the idea, I might pursue it....
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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Inspired by the little dragon sig game I've been playing, I was thinking about a service that would allow one to register for a "morphing" avatar. The idea would be that you'd register and get a link to a gif, and the more views the gif got, the more the image would grow and change. For example, you might start with a seed, which would sprout, then put out a few leaves... and eventually you'd have a forest with trees, and perhaps a few unicorns or something. There could be a number of different base images, and a certain amount of randomization in which elements would get added, so hopefully everyone's avatars would each be at least somewhat different. You could use this remote avatar on any online forum or blog that allows remote avatars.

The "karma" part comes in this way: ideally someone could click on the avatar, and add karma to it, just as we do here at MR, but I don't think most forum software will allow us to make the avatars clickable (or allow any other fancy scripting). So there would be a link to put in your sig line like "Click here to help my avatar grow", and clicking it would take a viewer to a page where they could add karma to that user, possibly in different categories. Visitor karma would make an avatar grow more than just repeated views. But the cool thing is that anyone visiting from any site could add karma, and it would display wherever your avatar displays.

It was just a little mental doodle I was thinking about as I was dozing off last night, but if anyone else likes the idea, I might pursue it....
That sounds cool! certainly more elevating than what you are putting up with in the Dragoon Cave!
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:06 PM   #3
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just as long as there is no soft-shell sickness involved, it would be really annoying to see everybody's avatar hidden by fog...
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:30 PM   #4
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just as long as there is no soft-shell sickness involved, it would be really annoying to see everybody's avatar hidden by fog...
Inspired by Zelda´s avatars I would suggest that everybody starts naked; by adding karma to a person he or she will put on left and right socks. The more socks you wear the higher your karma.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:33 PM   #5
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Inspired by Zelda´s avatars I would suggest that everybody starts naked; by adding karma to a person he or she will put on left and right socks. The more socks you wear the higher your karma.
I would think that quite the oposite direction would be more popular around here...

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Old 01-22-2009, 04:35 PM   #6
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Inspired by Zelda´s avatars I would suggest that everybody starts naked; by adding karma to a person he or she will put on left and right socks. The more socks you wear the higher your karma.
i like it. also we could have tall socks and short socks ; start with short socks which get taller as karma rises, then a second pair of short socks on top, they would grow taller as well, then a third pair... etc.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:45 PM   #7
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At first all avatars show people (naked or not, pshrynk may decide). After certain amounts of time you spent in the lounge your avatar will mutate into a llama. Very slowly, of course (first you´ll get llama ears, then llama teeth, a llama nose, llama eyes and so on).
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:49 PM   #8
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At first all avatars show people (naked or not, pshrynk may decide). After certain amounts of time you spent in the lounge your avatar will mutate into a llama. Very slowly, of course (first you´ll get llama ears, then llama teeth, a llama nose, llama eyes and so on).
best idea yet ! (just don't forget the ffedora. after all, what is a llounge llama without a ffedora ?)
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:16 PM   #9
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best idea yet ! (just don't forget the ffedora. after all, what is a llounge llama without a ffedora ?)
Yes, but headdresses should be variable.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:11 PM   #10
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I thought we morphed into cyborg pandas?

Definitely a variety of socks and headgear.
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Hmm... Mighty Morphin' Karmic Avatars. I like it! Someone get Hasbro on the line.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:05 PM   #12
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Oh, and definitely no "soft shell disease" nonsense.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:38 AM   #13
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Oh, and definitely no "soft shell disease" nonsense.
the more i hear the better it sounds.

(i think there should be morphing into llamas *and* cyborg pandas !! it could be random, like the headwear.)
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the more i hear the better it sounds.

(i think there should be morphing into llamas *and* cyborg pandas !! it could be random, like the headwear.)
You could have genetic engineering so you have the possibility of mutating into a cyborg llanda...
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Some kind of random silliness, definitely. I need to think about how to code the image manipulation so the parts all fit together well enough but everyone can end up with a different result.
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