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By farmersrice, history, 6 months ago, In English

Codeforces has tens of thousands of dollars in funding from the users and from telegram. Yet our forum avatars remain at 80 by 80 for commenting. They are literally 2 kilobytes in size. We see the same old grainy grainy pictures when we post. Anything other than an up-close face pic becomes a pixelated blob. It's so bad that it looks like how I see the world when I take off my glasses. CF has finally left beta, but it's left our forum avatars behind in the pre-alpha stage.

It's not 2010 anymore -- an upgrade is long due! I propose a new limit of 320 by 320. Given that CF servers can afford to give our programs 256 megabytes on the regular, sending a few 32 kilobyte pictures over the internet is no sweat. Imagine the sharpness! Looking at the comments to see your shiny new profile picture popping out in glorious clarity! This is what Codeforces should be like.

MikeMirzayanov, I think it's time to give Codeforces a long-deserved upgrade. (Plus, it would make you look even more handsome than you already are.) Let's make the greatest competitive programming site in the world even greater!

 
 
 
 
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just use crunchyroll if you want to see high quality anime pictures

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You want them to be 16x larger?

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    Not really, I was thinking something closer to dynamic scaling, so you'd check the resolution of the target monitor as well as the zoom level and send an pre-scaled image of the appropriate resolution. In the current case my monitor displays the profile pic in a 180 by 180 space while the pic is only 80 by 80, so we have an atrocious amount of upscaling. In the ideal case CF could send an image of size 160 or 320 to my browser so it would look much sharper when scaled exactly.

    Although I would not be opposed to having them 16x larger.

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      Ah, I see. Yes, increasing transfer size is a good idea.

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5 years later: animated profile pic please

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    It would become like discord then

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      Donate for animated profile pics... clever!

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        codeforces nitro is on the way :3

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          The ultimate fundraising strategy. Maybe add a subscription icon like lichess wings as well (currently the donation badges vanish from the comment appearances after a period of time). MikeMirzayanov, ready to make some cash?

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          I'm waiting for it passionately