Announcement: Signature length limit now enforced automatically

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by Doctor Q, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Signatures are provided as a way to identify or express yourself in a small, friendly way. The rules are designed to keep the area for signatures from being a distraction or annoyance to those reading the forums.

    By Forum Rules, signatures may be no taller than 6 lines and no longer than 150 characters and spaces.

    These limits have been enforced by the moderators when oversized signatures were reported.

    The rules have not changed, but the 150-character rule is now enforced automatically by the forum software when you use the Signature page of your User Control Panel.

    The 150-character limit applies only to visible and space characters, so vB Code tags do not count toward the total. For example, [b]hello there[/b] counts as 11 characters, not 18, because the text it produces is hello there.

    The other signature rules are unchanged as well:
    • Signatures must not be overly distracting to those reading the forums, as judged by the moderators.
    • Signatures must comply with all forum rules, including those against profanity, explicit sexual content, and insults against groups or individuals, and cannot be in other ways offensive.
    • Members will be required to change signatures that are deemed too controversial or that are particularly annoying to other members.
    If you want other forum members to know what computer hardware you use, we suggest that you limit it to model names, without detailed system specs, so it stays under the size limits. You can put other system information in your User Profile.

    If you do not want to see other members' signatures at all, you can disable their display in the Thread Display Options section of your Options page.

    Note that six lines is a maximum, not a recommendation. Please observe the spirit of the rule and keep signatures small. And friendly!

    Thank you for your continued cooperation.
     
  2. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    This actually excites me... a great deal. :eek: Thanks so much!
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Neat. How'd you do that oh masterful god? How'd you make "hello" not bold? It's gone bold in my quote... :cool:
     
  4. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Gasp. You're right! At first I thought you were being a crack head... but then I realized. How did Doctor Q do that?!
     
  5. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    I used the top secret trick of replacing the [ characters that I didn't want to be recognized as part of a tag with the string [ which comes out as a literal [ character.
     
  6. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    You can also use the [plain] tag ;)

    :p
     
  7. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    They are all having you on, mad jew, MR gods have the ability to affect the fabric of space and time down to the sub-atomic and binary levels, the word wasn't enboldened because the mighty Dr.Q willed it that way....:D
     
  8. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Unfortunately, there are selected sigs that just seem to trumpet the arrival of a self-proclaimed VIP. I think three lines is more than adequate, and it is not vital for others to know about all equipment that was purchased in the last 10 years. In the world of sigs, less can be more.
     
  9. dcv macrumors G3

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    Oh this is good news... but what would be even better news would be if the ability to use "
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Doctor Q is Chuck Norris? Way cool. :cool:



    I couldn't agree more.
     
  11. Lau Guest

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    I also agree with this - it makes a one line signature into what seems more obtrusive than a 10 line signature.
     
  12. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000

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    I've been a sig watcher ever since the thread we had this past summer about annoying sigs.

    I'm much happier with the smaller font sig I have now, than the one I had before.
     
  13. treblah macrumors 65816

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    Would it be possible for an option to disable sigs all together?

    As far as I'm concerned it just seems like an online pissing match as to who has the most Apple stuff. :rolleyes:

    But thanks for reigning them in!
     
  14. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Yeesh, as Doctor Q said, you can disable them yourself if you want. I like .sigs, as it's another way of seeing who said what. But if you don't like them, turn them off.
     
  15. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    Perhaps people can do that here and leave the signatures for something more interesting.
     
  16. emw macrumors G4

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    Ah, one of my personal favorites. For a complete list of tags, visit here.
     
  17. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    Very useful - thank you.
     
  18. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    This is great news, I was getting tired of reporting people's sigs! ;) :D

    Great initiative Doctor Q, thanks for this. :cool:
     
  19. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    Thanks! This is what I have been waiting for.
    No more cursing at the screen.
    Good job.

    ::20ROGERSC::
     
  20. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000

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    I would like to apologize to the mods who recieved my message reporting a sig today because it was 7 lines.

    Turns out it was only that long cause I was on my laptop and the sig was stretched onto 7 lines by Safari.

    Sorry!
     
  21. emw macrumors G4

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    Unless you had your Safari window really small then the sig was probably too long anyway... :p
     
  22. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    It's a very fine point, and we try not to quibble about such things, but technically the rule is that "Signatures may not be over 6 lines in total height, as displayed in a forum window." So if you use a sig with one long line that linewraps to 10 lines with a typical forum window width, that's technically too tall. However, the character limit usually takes care of that.
     
  23. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000

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    Well I don't think you changed it, but I just wanted to appologise...

    EDIT turns out you cut his sig down a lot.

    It looks much better, thanks.
     
  24. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000

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    Trimmed accordingly - seems like a decent enough rule. Thx!
     

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