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Halloween Icon Pruning -- Review complete! Thanks, everyone!!

Discussion in 'Fan Design - Sites and Graphics' started by NYCitygurl, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2002
    Hello! For those of you who don't know me, I'm Nat, the Icon Manager.

    The idea of the icon pruning is to take Halloween icons from being 1500 in number to being . . . well, less. I don't have a specific goal in mind because I want to keep good ones that people use, but I do want to get rid of the ones that are bad, duplicates, or aren't used. That way icons are easier to find, and it doesn't take me three weeks to get them up every year 8-}

    So that's where you guys come in. I want your opinions. Did yuo see someone use the icon? Did you use it? Do you really like it? Does it look pixillated? Do we have another icon that's really similar?

    This is open to anyone - you don't have to be an icon maker to participate (in fact, the more the better). I'm going to post the icons in chunks, and i'd like you to go through and give your opinions on as many as possible. In addition, I'm going to post what I named them based off of personal knowledge or what they were saved as; I could use some help figuring some of those out. I'll post a new chunk every few days, ideally, though I'll wait longer if people are still discussing.

    Anyway, come in, post comments (e.g. #2 is awesome, #5 is a duplicate, etc.) on as many as possible, even whether you like it or not. I'm not going to take away icons that people use if I can help it, so the more eyes, the less chance of that happening.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask here or PM me :)
  2. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2002
    Here's the first set. As you'll notice, they're out of order - I'm going alphabetically backward from what they're named on the server (these names will end up changing, but for now it's too complicated to go through them until we're done with each set - I'll change them as we decide which ones to keep, then post a final list of the keepers at the end).

    If you prefer 5 side-by-side instead of a long vertical list, let me know :)

    1. <img src=""> Zorin
    2. <img src=""> Zombie Vader
    3. <img src=""> Zombie Vader
    4. <img src=""> Zombie
    5. <img src=""> Zombie Sue Storm

    6. <img src=""> Zombie Luke
    7. <img src=""> Zombie Leia
    8. <img src=""> Zombie Han
    9. <img src=""> Zombie baby
    10. <img src=""> Zombie

    11. <img src=""> Zombie
    12. <img src=""> Zoidberg
    13. <img src=""> Zoe
    14. <img src=""> Zoe
    15. <img src=""> Zoe

    16. <img src=""> Zod
    17. <img src=""> Zero
    18. <img src=""> Zero
    19. <img src=""> ??
    20. <img src=""> Yoda vampire

    21. <img src=""> Yoda pumpkin
    22. <img src=""> Yoda pumpkin
    23. <img src=""> Boo
    24. <img src=""> X-Men
    25. <img src=""> Wolverine

    26. <img src=""> Toad
    27. <img src=""> Stryker
    28. <img src=""> Storm
    29. <img src=""> Sabertooth
    30. <img src=""> Rogue

    31. <img src=""> Jean Grey
    32. <img src=""> Deathstrike
    33. <img src=""> Cyclops
    34. <img src="
  3. Kahn_Iceay

    Kahn_Iceay Jedi Master star 5

    Mar 5, 2006
    Though I've never used them, i've always liked the Star Wars Zombies (and what with Death Troopers I'm sure they'll become more popular). The Wonder woman Icon, 46, seems a bit squished.
  4. Ludo_Kressh

    Ludo_Kressh Jedi Knight star 5

    Jun 30, 2005
    Well, the thing I noticed is that we have Halloween icons of characters in shows that aren't very...Halloween-y,IMO. When I think of Halloween, zombies and vampires and werewolves; monsters of that ilk come to mind, plus horror films. And do we send you our votes like we do when we vote on regular icons or should we post our choices right here in the thread?
  5. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2002
    Just post them here :) And not so much a vote as a lit:

    #1: It looks squished.
    #2-4: I like the xombies
    #5: I saw someone using it.

    That sort of thing :)
  6. HL&S

    HL&S Magistrate Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 30, 2001
    I'll give my thoughts on this batch, but first I'd like to discuss some things. Is there nobody within the administration who can help around this time of the year when it comes to uploading? Seems like there should be more people with the power to chip in once a year. Personally I love the idea of having so many choices. The problem comes from you having to bear the load of uploading them by yourself, and perhaps the lack of time to use them. 1500 is excessive for a 1 to 2 week period. Could we possibly expand the use of them for all of October or the entire fall?

    I wouldn't vote against a comical icon just because of Halloween. While I love disturbing icons more, this is the only time of year people on this board get to use such icons unless they have a santa hat on or a heart. I also won't say "I saw more people using this one" because I have no way of knowing which forums favored which icons without spending all day looking it up, and even then... But when it comes to pruning, duplicates are an easy target.

    When it comes to this batch, I would prune...

    #13 Zoe - She's almost the same in every shot and #15 is the best of the 3
    #14 Zoe - Because #15 is the best
    #18 Zero - I like #17 the best as long as someone who likes zero can have 1 icon of him...
    #46 Wonder Woman - It is squishy and #45 is better.
  7. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2002
    The "I saw someone wearing it" is just so I know that it should stay, not to say that others would necessarily be deleted if no one uses them (though that might be the case if we have a bunch of icons of the same character - I'd take out the ones people don't use first).

    I like having them up for a long time, and having them up all of October was my plan - until my computer crashed, and when I got it back a bit into October, I realized that our total amount of icons were kinda ridiculous. And these icons are from the past several years combined - last year, it appears that only 200 went up (based on the numbe in the 2008 folder on the server). 500 went up the previous year. And among all the really old ones are duplicates, ones that are similar enough to go, and ones that were made badly. Plus, yeah, it took forever - and do we really need that many icons? That seems overmuch, so if we can shave off a few hundred with bad quality or those that have similarities, it would help a ton. Especially since in previous Halloweens, they weren't all put up anyway, so this year is really the odd one out.

    As to the other, one or two of the admins have server access and know-how, but they have their own duties, so I don't really want to foist 700 icons off on one of them as ask for them to be up within a week.
  8. HL&S

    HL&S Magistrate Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 30, 2001
    I wasn't too impressed with the variety last year. [face_shhh]

    If there really isn't anywhere you can get help from then I guess pruning is the only option. Knocking off a few hundred sounds good, but if the icon makers make a few hundred next year, aren't we back in the same boat? :p

    I'm judging these icons on quality and quantity of the character in the icon first. We can have variety if so many spots aren't given to one character. Sometimes (like with Wolverine) that character is popular enough to warrant a couple of icons, but others...
  9. HanSolo29

    HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Apr 13, 2001
    Just from going through the Halloween icons this year, I think the biggest problem is that half of them have nothing to do with the actual Halloween season. I really have no idea what some of them have to do with Halloween, so my comments are going to be based strongly on that. I know that when some of them were uploaded, people were allowed to submit whatever they wanted and it got uploaded, but that's the reason why we have the insane number that we do.

    #9-10: We seem to have plenty of zombie icons and these two aren't of the best quality. You can't really make them out, so I can see them going.

    #13-15: A lot of Zoes there. I don't think we need that many and I would get rid of the others and stick with #15.

    #24-34: TONS of X-men icons. And I know this is only a small sampling of what we have altogether. Out of this bunch of would personally get rid of 24, 25, 26 and 29.

    #36: Not really sure what that is. Looks pixelated and not very clear.

    #46: The image is squashed and the quality itself isn't the best.
  10. HL&S

    HL&S Magistrate Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 30, 2001

    But this is the only time of year people have a chance to use some of these icons unless they put a santa hat or a heart around them. I wouldn't deny someone a character icon just because it wasn't scary enough. Unless we make a costume party month based on non-scary icons 6 months before Halloween, its not really fair to lock out so many clever ideas because its not dead.

    Oh and I agree with you about #36. I just didn't want to crap on someones Xerxes parade. I could also agree with getting rid of #9 and #10 if there really are better non-star wars zombie icons.

    If there are more X-Men icons of these same characters, then we'd have to pick the best. However I think it's better to have a representative of each character than to have 10 wolverines. So with these and other franchise favorites I think we should keep a close eye on to make sure we don't have multiple of a certain character but no Rogue, Toad, or Sabretooth.
  11. darthhelinith

    darthhelinith Jedi Master star 5

    Feb 10, 2009
    In my opinion...

    #s 2,3 6,7 & 8 should stay. One word: Darth Troopers. Not that I've read it, but I'm sure others have.

    #12 should stay. I've seen at least two, if not three people using it.

    #17&18 Not sure what these are, and I never saw anyone use them.

    #22 This Yoda Pumpkin really doesn't look that good.

    #23 is cute. Keep.

    #26 looks kinda pixilated and of poor quality.

    #36 as someone else has mentioned...who or what is that?

    #37-41 never saw anyone use these.

    #43- Was used by more than one user.

    #46- poor quality.

    Hope that helps Nat.
  12. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2002
    Which is what I'm trying to correct :D And yeah, I'm not opposed to multiple popular ones, I just don't see the need for 15 Harry Potters :p
  13. Daft-Vader

    Daft-Vader Jedi Grand Master star 8

    Aug 6, 2008
    I agree No. 12 should Stay...

    I don't know why... [face_whistling]
  14. Rogue...Jedi

    Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jan 12, 2000
    I know #30 was in use.

    For the X-men icons, we should make sure not to eliminate all of any one character, and some characters (Wolverine) probably do deserve more than one. But Wolverine had 4 just in that set (25,47-9) and probably more elsewhere, and we don't need all of them.
  15. Ludo_Kressh

    Ludo_Kressh Jedi Knight star 5

    Jun 30, 2005
    Okay, I sort of agree with HanSolo29 here and I understand that perhaps this may be the only time of the year that people can get their favorite stuff up, but IMO it's not that Halloweenish(yes, I hate using that word:p )

    37-41: I like Willy Wonka, but having icons of each of the characters is a bit much IMO.

    36 and 46: pixelated and hard to make out.

    13 and 14: too dark.(15 is much brighter and shows her features more.)

    19: I don't why this is a Halloween icon(except maybe for the red hue)

    24 and 30: look similiar(I like 30 better than 24).
  16. Obi Anne

    Obi Anne FF manager Celebrations star 8 Manager

    Nov 4, 1998
    I don't recognise a lot of these icons. I also think that we should try to limit the number of icons per character. This makes it hard to judge this particular batch, since there will be a lot more X-men icons for example. Maybe when we've gone through them it would be possible to judge all the icons of every character against each other.

    Anyway of the ones posted I think

    2 - hard to see the other Vader Zombie is better
    14 - two of the same character and this icon looks better
    23 - to me it's a bit pixelated in the edges. I'm also pretty sure that this was a mod request many, many years ago.
  17. ZombieFactor

    ZombieFactor Jedi Youngling

    Oct 30, 2009
    I like the Star Wars zombies. :)
  18. padawanlissa

    padawanlissa Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 31, 2005
    #2-8 I'm sure some people like these, but they have no appeal to me.
    #19 Looks more like a regular icon than a Halloween one.
    #21 I like
    #22 Doesn't look very good to me.
    #23 Cute. I like it.

    Most of the rest are of characters I know nothing about, so I don't really have any opinion on them.
  19. HanSolo29

    HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Apr 13, 2001
    I completely understand what you mean. I'm lenient on most of them, because really, what do the X-men and Willy Wonka have to do with Halloween? Not much. But on the other hand, I've come across icons that just seem like they're coming out of left field and no one is really using them. Two examples of this are the Wild Thing from Major League and an image of a PSP. I can understand wanting characters from popular franchises, but I'm just not sure about some of them. I guess the vote will decide.
  20. Manisphere

    Manisphere Jedi Master star 5

    Aug 25, 2007
    I'm privileged to put my two cents in. While I wouldn't really wear any of the given icons, save Zod, I think all SW related Halloween icons should stay up. So, 2, 3, 6, 7 &8 should probably stay up. I also like 21, the Yoda pumpkin.

    I'm not really into X Men so I'd stick with the main characters. 25, 28, 30, 31 and 33.

    Oh and a definite yes for 16, General Zod and 45, Wonderwoman.

    Thanks for letting me take part.[face_peace]
  21. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2002
    You're very welcome, and I appreciate your comments :)
  22. HL&S

    HL&S Magistrate Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 30, 2001
    NYCitygurl, in the end will you compile all of the icons which may get axed so we can all take one last look to make sure we've made the right decisions?
  23. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2002
    Oh yeah, absolutely! Ones that get axed and ones that stay :)
  24. HL&S

    HL&S Magistrate Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 30, 2001
  25. HL&S

    HL&S Magistrate Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Oct 30, 2001
    My eyes are bleeding and my knuckles want to fall off....but... here you go. This is all of the Halloween icons categorized to some degree. Some I didn't know where to put and some are out of order, but for the most part I did this to help us see which icons are definetly in excess.

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    H1096: Hal
    H1139: Hal


    H1138: Jack Bauer
    H1368: Jack Bauer
    H809: Jack Bauer
    H809: Jack Bauer

    Addams Family

    H1420: Addams Family (Fester)
    H1421: Addams Family (Wednesday)
    H1422: Addams Family (Pugsley)
    H1423: Addams Family (Thing)
    H1424: Addams Family (Morticia)
    H1425: Addams Family (Gomez)
    H161: Morticia
    H162: Morticia

    Aliens & Predator

    H310: Alien
    H1209: Aliens (face hugger attack)
    H1412: Aliens
    H833: Aliens
    H446: Alien egg
    H881: Chestburster
    H873: Halloween (Predator)
    H832: Halloween (Ripley)
    H912: Halloween (Alien and Predator)
    H914: Halloween (alien)
    H911: Palien (alien?)
    H587: Predator
    H913: Predator
    H588: Predator
    H589: Predator

    American Psycho

    H149: Bateman
    H1389: Halloween (Patrick Bateman)
    H1390: Halloween (Patrick Bateman)
    H1391: Halloween (Patrick Bateman)
    H249: Patrick Bateman
    H250: Patrick Bateman

    Anime (not sure from what though or if I'm right on some of them)

    H367: Aang
    H1447: Asuka
    H1448: Asuka
    H1446: Bat Girl
    H291: Inuyasha
    H286: Jaster
    H279: Kairi
    H277: Kisala
    H1482: Mustang (Full Metal Alchemist?)
    H264: Namine
    H262: Naruto
    H263: Naruto
    H1445: Nono
    H1444: Osaka
    H1443: Qubeley
    H1442: Qubeley
    H1441: Qubeley
    H1461: Ramza
    H1440: Rei
    H235: Roxas
    H1439: Saber
    H1438: Shinji


    H381: Al-Ghul
    H1415: Alfred
    H364: Bale
    H1135: Batman
    H1369: Batman
    H1371: Batman
    H1372: Batman
    H1373: Batman
    H363: Batman
    H1370: Bat Signal
    H1326: Bruce Wayne
    H1133: Catwoman
    H871: Catwoman
    H872: Catwoman
    H1287: Commissioner Gordon
    H1009: Harley Quinn
    H1002: Harvey Dent (jokerized)
    H1003: Harvey Dent
    H342: Harvey Dent
    H1134: Joker
    H280: Joker
    H281: Joker
    H282: Joker
    H283: Joker
    H781: Joker
    H782: Joker
    H783: Joker
    H224: The Joker
    H225: The Joker
    H735: Lucius Fox
    H240: Riddler
    H1432: Two Face
    H196: Two Face
    H119: Ultimate Batman

    Battlestar Galactica

    H1132: Cylon
    H849: Cylon


    H41: Bewitched
    H1260: Darren
    H1261: Darren & Samantha
    H527: Samantha
    H528: Samantha
    H534: Samantha

    Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

    H1358: Bill and Ted
    H1359: Bill
    H388: Ted

    Blade Runner

    H1251: Deckard

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    H1323: Buffy
    H1324: Buffy

    Bush (George W.)

    H1141: Bush
    H1142: Bush
    H1143: Bush
    H1144: Bush
    H1145: Bush
    H1321: Bush


    H1318: Caddyshack Dangerfield
    H1317: Caddyshack Gopher

    Cannot Identify for the most part or got lazy and stuck them here

    H1426: Adama
    H757: Lee Adama
    H758: Lee Adama
    H1417: Acolyte
    H1416: Alan Moore
    H311: Alice
    H312: Alice
    H1410: Allison Mack
    H1411: Allison Mack
    H379: Altair
    H380: Ali G
    H372: Andy
    H1402: Anna (Lost?)
    H88: Anna
    H370: Ansem
    H1063: Art Nouveau
    H1064: Art Nouveau
    H1137: Angel Puppet
    H1405: Angel
    H1406: Angel
    H1407: Angel
    H371: Angel
    H419: Angel
    H1404: Angel and Spike
    H1408: Amylee
    H1400: Arbiter
    H368: Assassin
    H1387: Bagboy
    H1381: Baltar
    H1377: Barnabus
    H1378: Barnabus
    H1357: Bionic Woman
    H1346: Bob Dole
    H1344: Bob Saget
    H1337: Boosh
    H1338: Boosh
    H1339: Boomer
    H358: Bowie (David Bowie)
    H1483: Brook
    H1327: Brotherhoof (d) of the Wolf
    H1328: Brotherhood of the Wolf
    H1325: Bucky
    H356: Buttermaker
    H1318: Caboose (Halo?)
    H1316: Candice Orwell
    H87: Carl
    H385: Celeste Morne
    H222: Cheat
    H1300: Church (Halo?)
    H349: Clank
    H348: Clouseau
    H1296: Clouds
    H1285: Cortana
    H1286: Cortana
    H1276: Crypt Friend
    H1272: Cynric
    H343: Dafyyd
    H1270: Dalek
    H1269: Dante
    H1474: Dante
    H1475: Dante
    H1476: Dante
    H1477: Dante
    H1478: Dante
    H1267: Dark Ranger
    H1266: Dark Overlord
    H1262: Dark Willow
    H1257: Dean
    H851: Dean Supernatural
    H1255: Death Dealer
    H981: Deathdealer
    H1252: Death Hogfather
    H1256: Death Knight
    H341: Despero (this cou