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    UPDATE: Due to many complaints that this new rule is too harsh, I have comprimised. Instead of no pics, you will be allowed 1 image (maximum 100 x 100 pixels / avatar size). You will be allowed 6 lines of text max 540 characters (1080 including bbcode). The max letter size of 3 still applies. I hope this new comprimise will be more acceptable to those of you who objected to the new rule, as I don't want to ruin anybody's fun but I do think we need to put some sensible limits in place regards signatures. Thank you.


    Hi,

    Signatures serve to identify or distinguish a person by use of a phrase, slogan, quote, short message, piece of poetry or lyrics from a song etc.

    To date we have allowed users of this site to have large signatures, with big text, photos etc.

    However, many users of this site find these big signatures annoying and unnecessary. They also slow the message boards down as pages take longer to load with all these big signatures.

    I have decided after considering all the issues (special thanks to Carlos who has been working hard behind the scenes getting feedback etc on this) that we should limit signatures to 5 lines of text / 450 characters and that we shoud allow the text to be no bigger than size 3. I have also decided it isn't necessary to have pictures in signatures. Remember you can have an avatar, a profile pic, a gallery etc, plus you can include an image in any post if they want to. Do you really also need an image in your signature? On reflection I think not.

    So these are the changes:

    - No pictures
    - Maximun 5 lines of text / 450 characters
    - Biggest text size 3

    These rules are being applied with immediate effect.

    Everyone will have to keep to them... If you try to edit your signature and don't keep within these rules, you will get an error and your signature will not update. Because our systems will enforce these new rules, there is no need to add them to our rules page or have them enforced by moderators or admins.

    Regards previously created signatures which violate these new rules. In one week on 15th December 2009, all signatures on this site will be automatically re-built and if your signature violates these new rules it may be edited or deleted. We are not re-building the signatures for one week in order to give all users the chance to edit their signature themselves instead of have our systems do it, which will not necessarily do it in a pretty fashion!

    These new signature rules will not apply to staff or site helpers, who may still use bigger text or images in their signature to promote important site news like Escort of the Month or competitions. However I will ask all staff and site helpers to keep to the signature rules that apply to other users unless they are promoting something of benefit to this site, i.e. not to deviate from them for personal reasons.

    One final point is that all users will still be able to use smilies in their signatures if you wish to add a bit of colour and imagery.

    Feedback welcome of course.

    Thank you,

    Patricia

    P.S. I know this is not the only rule update needed but one thing at a time please!

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    Let me see if I understand this correctly. I can no longer have a small picture of a cute cartoon cat in my signature because one of the users of this site is too stupid to find the setting

    User Control Panel -> Edit Options -> Thread Display Options -> Show Signatures

    and uncheck it? Is this really necessary?

    “I wish you wouldn’t keep appearing and vanishing so suddenly; you make one quite giddy!”
    “All right,” said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Gordo View Post
    Let me see if I understand this correctly. I can no longer have a small picture of a cute cartoon cat in my signature because one of the users of this site is too stupid to find the setting

    User Control Panel -> Edit Options -> Thread Display Options -> Show Signatures

    and uncheck it? Is this really necessary?
    Yes.

    You can have the cat as your avitar or profile pic, or add an individual pic to any post you make if you wish, but the new rules say no images in signatures.

    You are absolutely correct that users can turn signatures off if they don't want them. But many users don't realise things like this so cannot benefit from them. And more importantly it should make the site faster and easier to read for everyone if we get rid of images in signatures.

    Also, yes people can turn signatures off, but most people like signatures, they don't want to turn them off, they want to be entertained and recognise people by their funny or wise signatures BUT they want limits and saying no images, and keep it short and not huge text means we can all enjoy signatures without them being an annoyance in some cases.

    The speed thing is a big issue for me too. I find this message boards a bit slow sometimes and that is annoying. And it isn't the servers, we have dozens of top of the range servers lined up, it is just the sheer number of options and images etc we have going. If you look a vbulletin installs that load faster, one of the key tricks seems to be to keeping signatures small.

    Pat x

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    Long live the freedom of the pussy

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    no interferring with pussies

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Gordo View Post
    Let me see if I understand this correctly. I can no longer have a small picture of a cute cartoon cat in my signature because one of the users of this site is too stupid to find the setting User Control Panel -> Edit Options -> Thread Display Options -> Show Signatures and uncheck it? Is this really necessary?
    I agree. Anyone who's annoyed by sigs can just say so and someone will tell them how to turn them off. I don't know who Carlos got his info from, but this is another silly rule that's only going to cause more rolled eyes before we all just get on with it.

    So I'll do just that.



    And now I'll get on with it.

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    Cats and mice united against oppression!

    “I wish you wouldn’t keep appearing and vanishing so suddenly; you make one quite giddy!”
    “All right,” said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymouse View Post
    I agree. Anyone who's annoyed by sigs can just say so and someone will tell them how to turn them off. I don't know who Carlos got his info from, but this is another silly rule that's only going to cause more rolled eyes before we all just get on with it.

    So I'll do just that.



    And now I'll get on with it.
    Don't blame Carlos please. It is wasn't his decision, it was mine. I was just thanking him as he has done a lot of work behind the scenes recently re rule changes to improve the site inluding signature rule changes. Also, it was completely me who decided images should go from sigs, that wasn't even a suggestion Carlos put out there. Carlos only looked at the issue of the amount of text and text size in signatures. So if he comes along here and sees he is being accused of killing a cat he will rightly be saying WTF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia View Post
    So if he comes along here and sees he is being accused of killing a cat he will rightly be saying WTF?
    Yes yes, not trying to imply that at all, only suggesting that the feedback might be askew

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    I will always listen to you guys, but please don't you agree at all that there should be some limits re signatures? Of course if everyone disagrees with me here I will listen to that.

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