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simonswiss says

I’ll post my suggestion here again – keep the exact same new avatar but make it light gray, it will blend in much better and remain non-intrusive, silent, to allow focus on content.

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simonswiss says

Can someone point me to the “mother thread” of discussion about the new badges, since both existing (and active) threads were locked a few hours ago?

Or is this the point where no one shall mention these badges anymore and move on?

I personally think that most of the criticism was constructive in there, and i don’t think you will send a message of “We’re in this together” by locking the discussion.

Not trying to be a pain here – just getting a feeling some people may be taking this specific locking with a bit of a sour taste.

I would have at least said thank you to the users who brought positive, structured comments and even took the time to present their own proposal of icon sets – rather than focusing on the “ranting and personal offenses” and close the thread on that call.

I know the job of moderating the forums and deciding when to lock ain’t an easy task at all. I just you can’t just press the mute button on such a hearty topic as the user badges.

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simonswiss says

Honneslty, you should change to a light-gray, as my example below. It took a good 30 seconds to remove saturation and lighten to make it look like a proper “i don’t have a profile photo yet” user avatar.

In the envato UX, that green is the “highlight” color for important things like purchase button, etc.. Is the default avatar really deserving that highlight status?

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Seriously, look at this image and the image posted by GravityDept 3 posts up. Which one is the most appropriate and make the forum more readable?

Can we expect a change, or does the designer love the art direction too much and with time, we hopefully will too? :P

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simonswiss says

Send your t-shirt back – it’s the wrong icon :D

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simonswiss says

So… Icons are made with avatar-like details and depth, and default avatar is made with icon-like simplicity, flat.

Nice one!

That said i like the default avatar, although i would have kept it gray for it to be more silent.. but see, this exact avatar is a better icon than most icons currently under our avatars. Scale it down and it still looks good. It could easily replace the chain link “has refered x members”..

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simonswiss says


only few images there. :(
Hi, we add every day about 2-3 photos :-) so dont care about it. Now there is about 54 photos.

also @dr3772 i believe you meant to say

thank you for sharing this resource for free, even a few images is better than no images :)

:)

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simonswiss says

Awesome series, i get so excited everytime a new episode is out!

Great to finally put a face / voice on kailoon, after getting so much -frustration- help / insight from him in the review process :-)

Congratulations for another wonderful video!

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simonswiss says

There is no need to go to extremes when searching for a solution. Middle ground is obtainable. Atm, Envato seems to only consider either alienating authors by ridiculously long forced support, or buyers, by not doing anything rational about lack of it. I’d drop the two options, and start from scratch. Someone needs to take a step back and look at the whole picture.

Absolutely agree. My example was reflecting one of these extreme situations.

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simonswiss says

@tarikz – not bad at all!

I would rework the logo – it looks poor and gives an impression of “cheap” at first sight of the template.

My initial thought was “this is not going to be good”, but then i was happily surprised with some of the elements.

Take the time to do a nice logo – it will give that pro finish to a template that IMO stands a good chance to be accepted.

The footer might need some more attention too, maybe reduce the padding / margin bottom so the text is aligned vertically.

Also, i noticed there is a CSS issue in the blog listing, the date box in the video post is sitting too high (or pushing the video too low).

Hope it helps!

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Did you get to keep the tablet along with your refund, too?
If you are trying to say that the buyer gets the product and the money, it doesn’t matter, the buyer won’t be able to access the updates, sooner or later the product will become useless for that buyer.

Yeah, my point was that the buyer purchases a digital asset and gets to download it – then he cannot just “return” it as the law within the EU seems to state.

Indeed for themes, templates and plugins, the non-access to updates may render the product obsolete, but there are many items on these marketplaces like audio files, stock photography and illustrations, that never really get updated.

For me a good / service that is intangible (translate ‘cannot physically be returned’) should not lead to a refund.

Rent a movie, watch it, find it boring, expect a refund. —> Nope, not happening.

Same with a pizza, a holiday or any other non-physical goods.

Of course, if the good / service was at fault (DVD didn’t play, too many scratches, pizza with rotten eggs, ...) then a refund starts to make sense, just like it’s fair to issue a refund for an envato item that fails to work as advertised.

But a refund just to stop being harassed is just an open door to more harassment – the cheeky buyers quickly becoming aware that they can buy an item, annoy the hell out of the author until they get a refund and walk away with the item for free.

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