So, in my quest to identify ways in which to increase the fun and "value" of PerlMonks, I thought of image macros.
(Background: Here's the wikipedia article on image macros, though I don't think it describes it clearly.)
My proposal is simple:
- Image macros would be inserted in a post with shortcut-like markup, e.g. [macro://advicedog|use strict and warnings/RTFM] which would result in an image like this.
- The available images would be strictly controlled by TPTB (gods, maybe pmdev). The ability to upload an image for the purpose, or to link to an off-site image for the purpose, would be explicitly unpossible. Of course, users would be free to suggest new images via PMD, /msg [pmdev], etc.
- Image macros would only work in posts, not in the cb.
There would be a checkbox in one's user settings by which the fuddy-duds could turn off the fun
k. For them, the above could be rendered as advicedog says: use strict and warnings/RTFM maybe. (I know this example is lame. This kind of cleverness is not my strong suit.)
- We could make it so that it would only work if the author of the post was at least a certain level. I'm thinking something relatively low, since the potential for abuse is so small. How about Level 6: Scribe, which currently has no other special powers/privileges?
- The images — which would be hosted here on-site, probably — would be limited in size to something reasonable. (200x200?)
- You would only be able to insert one per node.
- The macro would be rendered with appropriate markup for styling, e.g. <span class="imagemacro advicedog" ... This would enable you to, for example, hide macros altogether, if even the non-image rendering (see #4 above) is too much for you.
By the way — even if this feature does get approved for the pmdev to-do list, its priority is likely to be pretty low. There are too many other enhancements of much greater impact and benefit to be done yet.