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    ikonomov got a reaction from Handy6373 in Mysterious Murders in Solitude   
    I've had NPCs chase me through doors that change areas.  Mine and Sah's last deaths were because of this.  As for NPCs randomly dying, I've had once Belethor die without seeing it happen.  He does venture outside Whiterun, so it must have been there.  Normally though, very few NPCs are scripted to run around in Tamriel, usually the ones that do are either essential or protected.  As you can imagine there is logic behind this, but then some NPCs are scripted to not even leave one room, so logic seems an elusive mistress.  Normally NPCs will not simply die randomly in the game, getting killed by other NPCs or deciding to rock climb.  They might if you occupy their active cells and activate enemies.  They will also not fall from the sky unless you are nearby.  So the "realism" in Skyrim is mostly limited to the area that your character is currently occupying.  I haven't noticed NPCs dying in Solitude, so my best guess is that one of your mods or a combination of them is causing this.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Rotzi in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    EDIT below:
    There are a few things to consider if you want your images to be sharp and take less space.
    First you want to use .jpg file format.  Your images are in 24-bit .png file format, which is great for image quality, but with higher .jpg compression quality you can get visually the same results for less than half the file size.
    Second, images posted inside a thread will be resized to 800x600 pixel for their thumbnail.  When downsizing you want your original image to be at least 1.5x and ideally 2x the size to get a good quality result, otherwise your downsized image will look soft.  So if you want the thumbnail to look sharp it is best to post either an image that is not more than 800 wide and 600 high (able to fit inside a 800x600 rectangle) or an image that is at least 1.5x the size of one of the dimensions, so at least 1200 wide or 900 high.
    Some examples:
    If your original image is 1920x1080 you can either:
    resize it to 800x450 resize it to 1280x720 since the original is 1.5x by 1.5x larger, if somebody was to click on the thumbnail they will see a high quality sharp image also because 1280x720 is 1.6x by 1.6x larger than the thumbnail that will be generated inside a post, the thumbnail will also be sharp upload the original size, since it's 2.4x by 2.4x the size of the thumbnail it'll be more than enough for a sharp thumbnail that shows inside a post and whoever views it will also be able to click on it to see the original higher quality image The images should be compressed to a .jpg file format.
    Although not the best tool to do this, Windows Paint is able to both resize images and save to a .jpg file format.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Talyn82 in Bethesda net refugees   
    It's sad how politics have taken such a dominant part of our lives and has sneaked into our language.  Unfortunately the only way to fix this so that we can walk safely on neutral ground is to do exactly what Sigurd suggests and try to be conscious of it.  I know for sure that it has happened to me over the last few years, I often find myself going off into some political topic with my real life friends and although I understand that I'll not fix the world, voicing my opinion seems the right thing to do.  And all it does is add more noise to what feels an already noise polluted world.  Maybe we are headed into a unity, maybe we are destined for tribalism, but whatever the case may be it would be nice if we don't have to have this political environment follow us everywhere making its way into something as innocent as a gaming forum.  With that said, sorry if I've offended anybody.  I re-read what I just wrote couple of times, I cannot see it, but if it's there please let me know.
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    ikonomov reacted to phatbassanchor in Bethesda net refugees   
    I took the liberty of changing my verbiage a bit without changing my intended meaning.  Regardless, I will not be revisiting that particular subject matter again.  Just thinking about it gives me a headache and a heartache.
    The bottom line for me is that I feel safe and comfortable here among friends.  I do not wish to jeopardize that over my choice of verbiage.  So, I edited that comment.  Thanks for treating me like a human being.  That is how I treat others myself.  Thanks again for being so civil.  That was a real rattle snake of a topic for me.  Hope my edit has less poison in the teeth   I removed a good bit.  But, if it still bites too hard just let me know.  I'll chop it's head off before I do anything to make me unwelcomed here.  Humble apologies again for tracking my muddy boots on the carpet.  Hopefully my cleaned up version is better.  Going forward, I'll pass on the politics entirely.  The whole thing just gives me pain.
    Adventure on dear friend, Phat
    PS:  Yes... Devs are cool  It's the corporate mentality in general that rubs me the wrong way with a vengeance.  Creative folks are my favorites.  I just don't get all that PC stuff, never will.  I prefer a kinder, gentler philosophy.  
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    ikonomov got a reaction from phatbassanchor in Bethesda net refugees   
    It's sad how politics have taken such a dominant part of our lives and has sneaked into our language.  Unfortunately the only way to fix this so that we can walk safely on neutral ground is to do exactly what Sigurd suggests and try to be conscious of it.  I know for sure that it has happened to me over the last few years, I often find myself going off into some political topic with my real life friends and although I understand that I'll not fix the world, voicing my opinion seems the right thing to do.  And all it does is add more noise to what feels an already noise polluted world.  Maybe we are headed into a unity, maybe we are destined for tribalism, but whatever the case may be it would be nice if we don't have to have this political environment follow us everywhere making its way into something as innocent as a gaming forum.  With that said, sorry if I've offended anybody.  I re-read what I just wrote couple of times, I cannot see it, but if it's there please let me know.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Uncus in Bethesda net refugees   
    It's sad how politics have taken such a dominant part of our lives and has sneaked into our language.  Unfortunately the only way to fix this so that we can walk safely on neutral ground is to do exactly what Sigurd suggests and try to be conscious of it.  I know for sure that it has happened to me over the last few years, I often find myself going off into some political topic with my real life friends and although I understand that I'll not fix the world, voicing my opinion seems the right thing to do.  And all it does is add more noise to what feels an already noise polluted world.  Maybe we are headed into a unity, maybe we are destined for tribalism, but whatever the case may be it would be nice if we don't have to have this political environment follow us everywhere making its way into something as innocent as a gaming forum.  With that said, sorry if I've offended anybody.  I re-read what I just wrote couple of times, I cannot see it, but if it's there please let me know.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    In Photoshop there's an automation tool that allows you to do that.  I also found a way to convert a batch of files online here https://cloudconvert.com/png-to-jpg.  It even allows you to resize the images and specify the compression quality, but I just tested it and the default quality is great, about the same as what Windows Paint is using.  So you can just select your files and then convert and download all the converted images at once.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    Both gloves on both the .png and .jpg files look about the same on my screen here.  If you are using a non IPS monitor and have both images one above the other when comparing them, the slight difference in the vertical viewing angle can cause a slight shift in color and brightness.  The two images are not identical, at 400% some .jpg artifacts can be spotted if both images are viewed next to each other, but probably most people won't do that 
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    OK, after posting the images above a few observations can be made.  The downsizing algorithm used by the website when doing the thumbnails is doing a fairly good job regardless of the original image size, but the only way to get perfectly sharp images is to upload them at a size smaller than 800x600 to make sure that the thumbnail is the original image.  So if you are happy with an image with the size of 800x600 or smaller then that's the best size to use because the thumbnail inserted into a post will be the sharpest it can be.  If a larger size is desired, it doesn't really matter what size it is.  The thumbnail will look good if a bit soft regardless of the size.
    EDIT:  To sum it up, if you are happy with 800x600 or smaller, use that size, otherwise use whatever size you want and make sure to save the images to .jpg file format.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    EDIT below:
    There are a few things to consider if you want your images to be sharp and take less space.
    First you want to use .jpg file format.  Your images are in 24-bit .png file format, which is great for image quality, but with higher .jpg compression quality you can get visually the same results for less than half the file size.
    Second, images posted inside a thread will be resized to 800x600 pixel for their thumbnail.  When downsizing you want your original image to be at least 1.5x and ideally 2x the size to get a good quality result, otherwise your downsized image will look soft.  So if you want the thumbnail to look sharp it is best to post either an image that is not more than 800 wide and 600 high (able to fit inside a 800x600 rectangle) or an image that is at least 1.5x the size of one of the dimensions, so at least 1200 wide or 900 high.
    Some examples:
    If your original image is 1920x1080 you can either:
    resize it to 800x450 resize it to 1280x720 since the original is 1.5x by 1.5x larger, if somebody was to click on the thumbnail they will see a high quality sharp image also because 1280x720 is 1.6x by 1.6x larger than the thumbnail that will be generated inside a post, the thumbnail will also be sharp upload the original size, since it's 2.4x by 2.4x the size of the thumbnail it'll be more than enough for a sharp thumbnail that shows inside a post and whoever views it will also be able to click on it to see the original higher quality image The images should be compressed to a .jpg file format.
    Although not the best tool to do this, Windows Paint is able to both resize images and save to a .jpg file format.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Adella in Mysterious Murders in Solitude   
    I've had NPCs chase me through doors that change areas.  Mine and Sah's last deaths were because of this.  As for NPCs randomly dying, I've had once Belethor die without seeing it happen.  He does venture outside Whiterun, so it must have been there.  Normally though, very few NPCs are scripted to run around in Tamriel, usually the ones that do are either essential or protected.  As you can imagine there is logic behind this, but then some NPCs are scripted to not even leave one room, so logic seems an elusive mistress.  Normally NPCs will not simply die randomly in the game, getting killed by other NPCs or deciding to rock climb.  They might if you occupy their active cells and activate enemies.  They will also not fall from the sky unless you are nearby.  So the "realism" in Skyrim is mostly limited to the area that your character is currently occupying.  I haven't noticed NPCs dying in Solitude, so my best guess is that one of your mods or a combination of them is causing this.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Rotzi in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    In Photoshop there's an automation tool that allows you to do that.  I also found a way to convert a batch of files online here https://cloudconvert.com/png-to-jpg.  It even allows you to resize the images and specify the compression quality, but I just tested it and the default quality is great, about the same as what Windows Paint is using.  So you can just select your files and then convert and download all the converted images at once.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Handy6373 in Mysterious Murders in Solitude   
    Adella does not want to use mods to resolve the problem.  I've made a mod that addresses this exact issue a few weeks ago:
    Nexus: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/49667/
    Xbox: https://bethesda.net/en/mods/skyrim/mod-detail/4213788/
    And I agree that such mods should not be used and there shouldn't be a need for them, but sadly this is Skyrim.  NPCs occasionally fall from the sky, just like animals do.  There are folks around here who can explain better why this happens, but yes, it happens.  Luckily protected and essential people don't die when it happens to be them, and so you can still finish major quests, but the rest are free to take a flight every now and then and die when they hit the ground.  A while back I saw a Giant that somehow landed on top of a dragon and flew on it while the dragon made a circle.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Fenrus in Mysterious Murders in Solitude   
    Adella does not want to use mods to resolve the problem.  I've made a mod that addresses this exact issue a few weeks ago:
    Nexus: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/49667/
    Xbox: https://bethesda.net/en/mods/skyrim/mod-detail/4213788/
    And I agree that such mods should not be used and there shouldn't be a need for them, but sadly this is Skyrim.  NPCs occasionally fall from the sky, just like animals do.  There are folks around here who can explain better why this happens, but yes, it happens.  Luckily protected and essential people don't die when it happens to be them, and so you can still finish major quests, but the rest are free to take a flight every now and then and die when they hit the ground.  A while back I saw a Giant that somehow landed on top of a dragon and flew on it while the dragon made a circle.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from phatbassanchor in Mysterious Murders in Solitude   
    Adella does not want to use mods to resolve the problem.  I've made a mod that addresses this exact issue a few weeks ago:
    Nexus: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/49667/
    Xbox: https://bethesda.net/en/mods/skyrim/mod-detail/4213788/
    And I agree that such mods should not be used and there shouldn't be a need for them, but sadly this is Skyrim.  NPCs occasionally fall from the sky, just like animals do.  There are folks around here who can explain better why this happens, but yes, it happens.  Luckily protected and essential people don't die when it happens to be them, and so you can still finish major quests, but the rest are free to take a flight every now and then and die when they hit the ground.  A while back I saw a Giant that somehow landed on top of a dragon and flew on it while the dragon made a circle.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Adella in Mysterious Murders in Solitude   
    Adella does not want to use mods to resolve the problem.  I've made a mod that addresses this exact issue a few weeks ago:
    Nexus: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/49667/
    Xbox: https://bethesda.net/en/mods/skyrim/mod-detail/4213788/
    And I agree that such mods should not be used and there shouldn't be a need for them, but sadly this is Skyrim.  NPCs occasionally fall from the sky, just like animals do.  There are folks around here who can explain better why this happens, but yes, it happens.  Luckily protected and essential people don't die when it happens to be them, and so you can still finish major quests, but the rest are free to take a flight every now and then and die when they hit the ground.  A while back I saw a Giant that somehow landed on top of a dragon and flew on it while the dragon made a circle.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    It looks like the thumbnails of images already posted have been resized according to the new setting, but their frame dimension has not been.  The result is that older thumbnails that are now resized to 700x700 can get stretched out a bit fill the old frame of 1000x750.  Hopefully this doesn't butcher too many posts.   Simply editing the post by deleting the previously inserted image but keeping the inserted image file fixes it, as the image gets reinserted into the post with the new correct size.  I think 700x700 was the right decision thought, it looks to be a perfect size both for embedded media and images.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Dragonblood in Bethesda net refugees   
    Agreed, especially mods that don't make sense.  Glowing books, give me a break.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Bethesda net refugees   
    WooHoo! 
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    ikonomov got a reaction from phatbassanchor in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
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    EDIT: Expanding the original post and enlarging the browser window enough should allow you to see both images next to each other.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    If there is a maximum static size setting for thumbnails and it has a width of 1000 pixels, then I think the problem is not the size.  I think the thumbnail gets stretched to the entire width of the text field it is inserted in.  I might be wrong, but I believe that if the pixel size is lowered it will simply reduce the resolution of the thumbnails of images and videos, but they will still be stretched to take up the entire width of the text field.  The only exception should be smaller images with a size lower than the thumbnail.  Probably the only effect reducing that size would be faster page load.
    EDIT: It might be worth a try though, if it's something easy to test...
    EDIT2: Also it probably doesn't matter too much if neither is feasible, reducing the size or making the sidebar always show.  Judging by the threads at bethesda.net, most threads will probably reach a few pages long in no time.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    Ah, yeah, that definitely looks about 1000 pixels and a good size in my opinion.  This means that what I said earlier only applies to embedded videos.  I made the wrong assumption that the thumbnail size applies to both video and images and they get stretched regardless.
    Edit: Actually the screenshots in that thread are not a good example, because they are small to begin with, but looking at larger images in a different thread seems to confirm that images don't get stretched like the way videos do and the thumbnail conforms to the maximum size of 1000x750.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    So that means that changing the thumbnail size will not affect the size of embedded videos.  If there is a way to reduce the size of embedded videos to be the same as the thumbnails of images to 1000x750 pixels it could help navigating threads with lots of videos.  The other possible option is if the sidebar can be made visible regardless of the number of posts in a given thread.  If both can be done even better, so there can be consistency in the size between images and videos and also layouts between threads.
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    Yeah, I think that's actually a good change.  I said earlier that I thought 1000x750 was OK, but that's because almost always I keep the browser window not big enough to allow the images to stretch all the way to 1000 pixels.  Definitely a good decision, imo.  I assume there's no way to do something similar to lower the size of the frame for embedded videos as well, then?
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    ikonomov got a reaction from Sah in Videos and Images take the width of the entire text field   
    Allright then.  Thank you for trying.  There's always the option to just insert a link, which is probably a better way of sharing videos anyways.
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