razeasha (razeasha) wrote in pkmncollectors,

Modpost: Image Sizes and More GA/GB Info


This spring, we recently updated our rules about images. For a long time, we have had the rule that images should be no larger than 500 x 500 pixels if they are outside of a cut. This way, they fit easily on the community page. However, we have also added that images cannot be bigger than 1000 x 1000 pixels overall if they are outside of a cut. Some people resize their images to less than 500 x 500 and then upload them, but others upload them and then shrink them to 500 x 500 via HTML. (If your picture is big on your computer and you do not cut it down, when you upload it, it will still be just as big, even if it looks small.) These images might look like they are small, but computers actually have to load the file size of the big image, which can sometimes be around 2MB or more. This can really slow down computers and Internet connections that are already slow and can make the front page hard for members to load.

There are many different ways to resize images. For example, on a Mac, you just open the picture in Preview, go to Tools, and choose Adjust Size. I think you can do something similar to this on a PC as well. You can also upload your picture using http://tinypic.com/ and choose one of their smaller sizes. There are other sites that will allow you to do this as well, such as http://www.online-image-editor.com/. If you are unable to resize a picture or would prefer not to, you can always stick it under a cut.

I also wanted to address our 35 day rule. We strongly suggest that, if you have sent a payment and have not received proof of shipping within 35 days of your payment date that you file a dispute with PayPal. Opening a dispute can get an unresponsive seller’s attention. It also does not immediately take funds from the seller. You have 10 days after opening a dispute to escalate it to a claim. You can always cancel a dispute, but you will no longer be able to file one if it’s been more than 45 days since you sent payment. Here is a tutorial written by entirelycliched about how to file a dispute: http://pkmncollectors.livejournal.com/12441015.html

“It's worth noting that you CAN email/call Paypal with extenuating circumstances. If a GA host peaces out, for example, we have helped people recuperate funds because PayPal got many complaints about one person. It just takes so much more work that way.” -entirelycliched

Also, if you are in a GA or GB and the terms of the GA or GB change, you do not have to stay committed to the item. Examples of something changing would be:

  • The price per item in a GB turns out to be higher than stated

  • During bidding, the condition of an item or items is discovered to be worse than initially described. (This can happen if hosts didn't post all of the pictures or description or if the description was not translated correctly at first.)

Basically, participants cannot be held to commitments automatically that they made with completely different information than what's actually true. Hosts are required to notify all participants of any changes that may come about during a GA or GB.

If you have any questions or concerns, please comment here. :)

Edited to add another link for image resizing courtesy of winter_snowdust. Thank you! :)
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