Who me? March 11, 2012 11:23 PM   Subscribe

Please make profile pictures bigger when clicked.

Just the above really.

I see someone doing something interesting at 140 by 140 and I think, "What the hell is The Whelk doing to that sloth‽" Then I am all, I know how to get an interobang!

Where metafilter lacks is a profile that has some user options.
posted by cjorgensen to Feature Requests at 11:23 PM (115 comments total)

Bowing out now due to poor formatting. Short: I want more options in the account profile. Long: hit me up later.

Seriously, let's make the user profile be the playground of the person ponying up the cash for the account. All else relies on the person signing in.
posted by cjorgensen at 11:29 PM on March 11, 2012


You only get 140^2 for $5.
posted by lee at 11:30 PM on March 11, 2012


I'm not quite clear what you're asking for, but you might be interested in this historical MeTa where mathowie added user customization for profiles, and very quickly disabled it due to security holes.

Here is a thread about how to modify your profile using the style tag, although I can't find any discussion of when or why that stopped.
posted by jacalata at 12:07 AM on March 12, 2012


Pixels cost tubes to ship.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:21 AM on March 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


IIRC, for awhile, ThePinkSuperhero had her own uniquely formatted page as a legacy thing from before profiles were filtered. I think she was unique in having this after the filtering started, though I could be misremembering. Maybe it wasn't even TPS, I'm not sure.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 12:21 AM on March 12, 2012


Everyone who had customized profiles was grandfathered as long as they didn't make any changes. TPS was a long time hold out but there are at least a few more including, IIRC, gator.
posted by Mitheral at 12:25 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ever seen how those pixels run around whenever a picture comes up? Poor suckers.
posted by Splunge at 12:36 AM on March 12, 2012


Mitheral: "TPS was a long time hold out"

What do you mean, was? Her profile's still pink!
posted by IndigoRain at 12:41 AM on March 12, 2012


But I have this huge zit on my nose!
posted by arcticseal at 12:50 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I would love it if there were a safe way for us to add our own custom CSS to our user profiles, saved local to the site itself. I'd spend hours cruising profiles, and more hours tweaking mine, probably.

I'm sure it's doable, but I do recall it being said in the past that it probably wasn't going to happen (or happen again, anyway).
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:54 AM on March 12, 2012


Please make profile pictures bigger when clicked.

This is not a good pony for Decani.
posted by Decani at 1:54 AM on March 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


"What the hell is The Whelk doing to that sloth‽"

To answer your question, I believe he is debauching it. That seems to be what people do with their sloths around these parts.
posted by scalefree at 3:38 AM on March 12, 2012 [8 favorites]


This is not a good pony for Decani.

No worries, man. Ain't nobody gonna click on your picture anyway.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:20 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Aw come ON I just bauched all the sloths around here yesterday!
posted by Salvor Hardin at 4:22 AM on March 12, 2012 [13 favorites]


It'd be neat to find a way to bring back some more formatting flexibility to the user pages, yeah. Like jacalata notes, this is something we did do at one point; the big problem is with finding a way to simultaneously let people go nuts with their custom stylization while also absolutely preventing userpages from becoming potential sources of malicious cross-site scripting or other exploits. Details of that are a bit beyond my own experience, but the short version is that the reason there's not more flexibility currently is because it's a pain to provide that correctly.

I'm neither here nor there on larger profile photos, personally, though I think that between the also-on stuff and the free-form text of the profile page it's pretty easy to provide direct access to a larger photo or photos if someone wants that to be what people find on their page.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:27 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's actually quite a pain to keep styles both full of deliciousness and free of maliciousness. It seems like with HTML and CSS, everywhere an external file can be referenced, javascript can be injected inline, which is poop.
posted by Jpfed at 5:46 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


TPS was a long time hold out but there are at least a few more including, IIRC, gator.

Yes, gator!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:17 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Please make profile pictures bigger when clicked.

I would be satisfied if clicking added a layer of sultriness to my pictures. Or, perhaps, gravitas. Or sultry gravitas!
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:44 AM on March 12, 2012 [7 favorites]


It seems like with HTML and CSS, everywhere an external file can be referenced, javascript can be injected inline, which is poop.

Can I just put my whole profile inside a blink tag?
posted by shakespeherian at 7:00 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Being able to post Flash images to our profile pic would be great!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:01 AM on March 12, 2012


These sloth rumors are totally unfounded, you'll hear from my lawyer.
posted by The Whelk at 7:11 AM on March 12, 2012


...sloth lawyer?
posted by shakespeherian at 7:34 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


sloth lawyer
posted by The Whelk at 7:44 AM on March 12, 2012


...sloth lawyer?

Best not, because then you will get tried in the sloth judiciary, and sloth judges are hanging judges.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:44 AM on March 12, 2012 [22 favorites]


Something something wheels of justice turn slowly.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:47 AM on March 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


better than getting the Wrath or Lust lawyer.
posted by The Whelk at 7:49 AM on March 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


I kind of liked customizing my picture of me to fit the profile page! It's all metafilter colors! I guess you could say I'm a real Team Player! I guess if I had one weakness, it's that I'm TOO reasonable! I suppose you could say I'm somewhat focused on innovative solutions in a proactive setting! I guess you could say that I'
posted by Greg Nog at 8:06 AM on March 12, 2012 [7 favorites]


m shakespeherian's sockpuppet.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:17 AM on March 12, 2012


No I'm your sock puppet.
posted by The Whelk at 8:21 AM on March 12, 2012


You're Greg Nog's sockpuppet, and he's mine.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:24 AM on March 12, 2012


And we are all together.
posted by The Whelk at 8:27 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


griphus is his own sockpuppet. He doesn't actually exist.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:31 AM on March 12, 2012


Best to think of it more like facets of the whole.
posted by The Whelk at 8:33 AM on March 12, 2012


Gentlemen please. If you could just form a single, orderly line and march yourselves back into the splintered recesses of my psyche, we can get this day going.
posted by griphus at 8:50 AM on March 12, 2012 [5 favorites]


Can't you just zoom and enhance like they do on TV?
posted by Karmakaze at 8:56 AM on March 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


I would like a Lust Lawyer.
posted by middleclasstool at 9:21 AM on March 12, 2012


You sir have broken the laws of lust and must be tried by a jury of your lustful peers.
posted by The Whelk at 9:27 AM on March 12, 2012


Hey baby what say you and me go break the laws of lust.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:46 AM on March 12, 2012


Lustful Peers' first gig was in '82, opening for Soft Cell in Newcastle. You'd think a crowd of effete and heavily made-up New Romantic kids wouldn't have thrown that many bottles full of urine, but, alas, the Lustful Peers never played again. The only trace they have left behind was a split EP with Lipstick 'n' Leather which peaked at #674 on the Hot Dance Tracks chart.
posted by griphus at 9:57 AM on March 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


I would like it that when you click on my profile picture it starts a youtube of Tubes White Punks on Dope.
posted by bukvich at 10:17 AM on March 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


I really like the idea of a mefite sitting in a bubble deep within the Marianas Trench. I mean, it could be true. S/he could be an evil mastermind, working on an evil lair deep beneath the sea, just whiling away the set up time before total world domination by finding out if that chicken tikka from last week is still good to eat. OK, granted, they would probably just feed it to a minion, but maybe our mefite evil overlord has already exceeded his minion budget and is holding back.
posted by mygothlaundry at 10:25 AM on March 12, 2012


Given that TPS is the second best of the Day One $5 n00bs, that she is universally known and loved on this site, I think it is only fair and right that her profile page be hardcoded to whatever shade of pink she desires, such that she may update and modify preferences without losing the specialness.

pb, you know it's the right thing to do.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:29 AM on March 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


But modifying the code to preserve the color also takes away the specialness.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:43 AM on March 12, 2012


I'm cool with that :D
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:47 AM on March 12, 2012


On the other hand, I'd probably be too scared to change it even if you swore up and down you had hardcoded it.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:48 AM on March 12, 2012


Forget T-Shirts, guys, I think the next thing for the shop should be the children's book Whose Little Mouse Sockpuppet Are You?

Most kids can withstand brief exposure to griphus, shakespeherian, and The Whelk, and it could be a tender learning experience for everyone.

I think.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:56 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


EMBRACE ME
posted by shakespeherian at 11:01 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


exposing children to Greg Nog however, is irresponsible and dangerous.
posted by The Whelk at 11:03 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


He's radioactive. They may get awesome super powers which is totally unfair.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:04 AM on March 12, 2012


ask your doctor if MetaTalk is right for you.
posted by The Whelk at 11:06 AM on March 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wait, you guys are talking about color coding?

THAT'S RACIST!
posted by P.o.B. at 11:19 AM on March 12, 2012


I doubt anyone can handle being exposed to my briefs.
posted by griphus at 11:20 AM on March 12, 2012


But modifying the code to preserve the color also takes away the specialness.

You're supposed to use your fingers to write code.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:22 AM on March 12, 2012


Here's something fun. Not a bug, per se, but an interesting observation:

If memory serves, the mods have said that when an account gets closed, all of the profile information is preserved so it can be restored if the event is reopened.

Well check it: If you've got a disabled account as a contact, the picture, name, and location are shown on the "Full" view of your contacts. (Scroll to the bottom.)
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:25 AM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait when did that page get pictures?
posted by shakespeherian at 11:30 AM on March 12, 2012


You've been asleep for ....a little while.
posted by The Whelk at 11:33 AM on March 12, 2012


Oh never mind I didn't even realize there was a 'full' view. I blame The Whelk.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:34 AM on March 12, 2012


If you've got a disabled account as a contact, the picture, name, and location are shown on the "Full" view of your contacts. (Scroll to the bottom.)

And you can actually be linked by people that have disabled their account, which doesn't seem right either, since they can no longer remove that link.
posted by smackfu at 11:36 AM on March 12, 2012


I don't think anyone else can see those ghostly linkages, though.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:38 AM on March 12, 2012


They say banned users walk the code at night.

Waiting.
posted by The Whelk at 11:47 AM on March 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


On dark nights like tonight you can still hear Lovecraft In Brooklyn's chains rattling...

Beware... beware Australia!
posted by shakespeherian at 11:55 AM on March 12, 2012


I thought he disabled his account due to all the MeFightyness going on behind his back,
posted by P.o.B. at 11:59 AM on March 12, 2012


Good points SpiffyRob and smackfu, I just cleaned those up.
posted by pb (staff) at 12:01 PM on March 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


When I paid my $5, I was promised 19,600 pixels and a mule. WHEN WILL MULES BE IMPLEMENTED
posted by cmoj at 12:07 PM on March 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Good points SpiffyRob and smackfu, I just cleaned those up.

Good deal. I think this count still needs to be fixed to exclude deleted users:

Linked by: 51 users
posted by smackfu at 12:15 PM on March 12, 2012


I would be satisfied if clicking added a layer of sultriness to my pictures. Or, perhaps, gravitas. Or sultry gravitas!

As long as it doesn't add a sultry gravidness, I'm good.
posted by mollymayhem at 12:28 PM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Sultritas" should be a word.
posted by Iridic at 12:39 PM on March 12, 2012


I'm pretty sure that's a 60s-era Marvel villain, Iridic
posted by The Whelk at 12:41 PM on March 12, 2012


"If we don't apply a round of antibiotics immediately, the sultritas will spread to his lungs and kidneys. After that, the brain. God help us all."
posted by griphus at 12:41 PM on March 12, 2012


shakespeherian: "Oh never mind I didn't even realize there was a 'full' view. I blame The Whelk."

Whoa. I've never seen that view. It's a little weird.
posted by zarq at 12:42 PM on March 12, 2012


Yeah, I was mostly thinking of something like twitter where you have a small picture, but if you click it you'll get a bigger one.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:50 PM on March 12, 2012


a 60s-era Marvel villain

Oh, of course. Fantastic Four Annual #6, "Doom Takes a Bride!"
posted by Iridic at 12:50 PM on March 12, 2012


"Sultritas" should be a word.

I am pretty sure I've had these at the infused tequila bar down the road. Definitely felt more sultry after a few of those.
posted by *s at 12:53 PM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't think it's fair that pb can make changes to MetaFilter without having to go through several mind numbing meetings.

It's pretty awesome, but it does make me envious.
posted by Packed Lunch at 12:56 PM on March 12, 2012


Thanks again, smackfu! Adjusted those counts.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:03 PM on March 12, 2012


oh nooooo i just lost important Reputation Stats!
posted by shakespeherian at 1:04 PM on March 12, 2012


Wow, pb can do anything!

Hey pb, can you please change the number after my favorites from whatever it's at to '∞' so that I can, once and forever, win this infernal game? Thanks!
posted by Grither at 1:11 PM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


oh nooooo i just lost important Reputation Stats!

Me too :(
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:13 PM on March 12, 2012


That was straight-up graverobbing, pb. I used to look at that list and think back to all those wonderful flameouts.
posted by griphus at 1:15 PM on March 12, 2012


Wow. My "linked by" just went down by 11!
posted by zarq at 1:16 PM on March 12, 2012


Question: Did the code just get cleaned up so that those connections don't show, or are the connections severed? If, say, IRFH resurrects his account, will he still have all of his contacts contacted?
posted by shakespeherian at 1:18 PM on March 12, 2012


People with disabled accounts don't have the ability to change their connection status so I'm not sure it's fair to list them in the linked-by section. I'm sorry about the "Linked by" user counts on profile pages changing, but I do think it makes sense to remove these links when someone is banned or chooses to leave.

If, say, IRFH resurrects his account, will he still have all of his contacts contacted?

Yes, he will still have all of his contacts.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:21 PM on March 12, 2012


On the 'Linked by' page, it still says "disabled accounts are highlighted", even though they're not there anymore.
posted by daniel_charms at 1:21 PM on March 12, 2012


I wonder what it says about me that I have so many disabled accounts as contacts.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:22 PM on March 12, 2012


I wonder what it says about me that I have so many disabled accounts as contacts.

That we have almost isolated the contagion?
posted by never used baby shoes at 1:45 PM on March 12, 2012 [9 favorites]


shakespeherian: "I wonder what it says about me that I have so many disabled accounts as contacts."

We are friends with people who are prone to disposable sockpuppets flameouts?
posted by zarq at 1:47 PM on March 12, 2012


pb: " Yes, he will still have all of his contacts."

And when he returns, everyone he's linked to will see their "Linked by" count rise by one?
posted by zarq at 1:49 PM on March 12, 2012


Metafilter: missing the 'big' picture
posted by mazola at 1:49 PM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


And when he returns, everyone he's linked to will see their "Linked by" count rise by one?

Yep.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:49 PM on March 12, 2012


That we have almost isolated the contagion?

Goddammit, shakes, you said that was a birthmark. How am I going to explain to my parents that I caught sultritas at the drive-in?
posted by griphus at 1:54 PM on March 12, 2012


oh, and on the topic of the thread, it's not very likely that we'll do more with images than we're already doing. As we've mentioned quite a bit in the past—we don't want to be in the image hosting business. So even hosting larger images than we do already is something we're not excited about.

If you need to link to a larger image somewhere online, that's fine. You can do that in the About section.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:56 PM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wonder what it says about me that I have so many disabled accounts as contacts.

That you like hanging out with ghosts?
posted by daniel_charms at 1:58 PM on March 12, 2012


This is not a good pony for Decani.

No worries, man. Ain't nobody gonna click on your picture anyway.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:20 AM on March 12 [+] [!]


I disagree with you both ;).
posted by thinkpiece at 2:17 PM on March 12, 2012


Goddammit, shakes, you said that was a birthmark. How am I going to explain to my parents that I caught sultritas at the drive-in?

'Sultritas at the Drive-In' is a forgotten B-side by Echo & the Bunnymen.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:47 PM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


So even hosting larger images than we do already is something we're not excited about.

What if we took ya'll to dinner and a show?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:59 PM on March 12, 2012


'Sultritas at the Drive-In' is a forgotten B-side by Echo & the Bunnymen.

Perhaps, but real fans adore it as the background track to Truffaut's little known film The Gravitas of Narcissus.
posted by P.o.B. at 3:11 PM on March 12, 2012


No worries, man. Ain't nobody gonna click on your picture anyway.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:20 PM on March 12


I dunno. There are some very sick people out there, you know.
posted by Decani at 3:27 PM on March 12, 2012


By the way, there's a "notable profiles" page on the wiki, which notes mystyk's custom page.

The others tend to be informative profile pages, or mods.
posted by Pronoiac at 3:29 PM on March 12, 2012


I would like a smaller picture.

Also, only pictures of cats should be allowed. If you don't have a picture of a cat, put your cat on your scanner and scan it.
posted by fuq at 4:45 PM on March 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have no idea how the hell The Whelk got that sloth wedged into his scanner, or why.
posted by jeffburdges at 5:16 PM on March 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Would anyone mind if I changed my profile picture to a sloth in pyjamas?

No? Awesome.
posted by running order squabble fest at 6:35 PM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can hardly see it. Could it be made bigger?
posted by mazola at 7:27 PM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can hardly see it. Could it be made bigger?

That's what she said!
posted by scalefree at 7:47 PM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Do you know what this meta needs? That's right, the SorryKristenBell tag.
posted by jeffburdges at 7:53 PM on March 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


I dunno. There are some very sick people out there, you know.

I went to look just to see!

Decani does not look like I had imagined. I'd pictured Basil Rathbone with a grimace and a hardhat patterned in hounds-tooth, but alack! Instead it is a picture of a genial-looking person to whom I would have no qualms entrusting a kitten.
posted by winna at 8:10 PM on March 12, 2012


Why do you hate kittens?
posted by hippybear at 8:13 PM on March 12, 2012


Instead it is a picture of a genial-looking person to whom I would have no qualms entrusting a kitten.
posted by winna at 4:10 AM on March 13


I am a very genial person, and I simply adore cats, kittens and all things feline. I like giving puppies a good kicking, mind. Nobody's perfect.
posted by Decani at 4:06 AM on March 13, 2012


The Wampug Strikes Back   But will it scan?
posted by jeffburdges at 10:08 AM on March 13, 2012


As we've mentioned quite a bit in the past—we don't want to be in the image hosting business.

I get this, but at the same time upping the size or allowing a larger photo to be shown when clicked wouldn't increase bandwidth overhead or storage costs by anything significant. Many people wouldn't take advantage of the option, and I can't imagine there are many people who do a serious amount of profile spelunking.

Maybe enable the image tag in profile pages only and allow people to host their own?
posted by cjorgensen at 11:03 AM on March 13, 2012


Maybe enable the image tag in profile pages only and allow people to host their own?

No, anytime you can put an image inline there's the possibility of Doing Bad Things. We're still cleaning up old threads with inline images that turn into problems as hosts change hands.

People can link to images if they need to. I know it's more fun to have them inline, but we don't want to get into the hassles involved.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:08 AM on March 13, 2012


Ah, that's fair. I do that punitively to people that hotlink my stuff. I've never considered doing that for new domains I start up.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:55 PM on March 13, 2012


IRFH is gone?! When did that happen?
posted by Jpfed at 9:12 PM on March 13, 2012


He checks in and out at semi- regular intervals, it seems.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:19 AM on March 14, 2012


He can check out anytime he likes, but he can never leave.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:59 AM on March 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


:GUITAR SOLO:
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:53 AM on March 18, 2012


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