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Old November 3rd, 2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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Default New Signature Guidelines

I just deleted a 32-line, multiple-color, skate shop advertisement one of our forum visitors was using as their signature. Why do people keep doing things like this? Incredible that anybody would think that is OK in any forum.

Our limit on signature lengths must have been wiped out when one of our forum software upgrades was installed. Off to reset the maximum signature length parameter.

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Old November 3rd, 2009, 10:37 PM   #2
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Is there a way to keep replies from showing images? It seems like that eats a lot of bandwidth. I like seeing the original image, who doesn't? But we don't need for each reply to show every image, and some people refuse to trim the photos out when they quote a previous post.

3 to 5 lines seems like plenty for a signature. But that's just my opinion.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 01:25 AM   #3
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i would think u wouldnt need more then 2 to 3 words for a signature.
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Old November 6th, 2009, 02:40 AM   #4
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LOL i think the problem is...some ppl don't really know how much you need to run this little ol' thing!
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Old November 6th, 2009, 10:52 PM   #5
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I thought the 5 line rule was fine. So no signatures now? I noticed all of them are gone.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #6
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Signatures are (probably temporarily) turned off because so many people have been using unbelievably long signatures. It was really getting to be too much. Our forum visitors don't enjoy seeing the same huge signature advertisements repeated over and over in the forum. I think the forum posts are easier to read without all of those signatures, but I would be willing to bring them back if people will limit them to 2 or 3 lines. I think we also need a new policy... no advertising in signature lines, either for your own business or somebody else's. The name of your business would be OK, and your Web site's URL (Web site address) would be OK but no promotional language.

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Old November 7th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #7
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2 or 3 lines would be a good standard....I miss my puggle title....lol
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Old November 7th, 2009, 12:38 PM   #8
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2 or 3 lines would be a good standard....I miss my puggle title....lol
me too...

I agree that they should be edited down (I actually did this a few days ago) more than 5 lines is too much
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Old November 7th, 2009, 01:40 PM   #9
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I think we also need a new policy... no advertising in signature lines, either for your own business or somebody else's. The name of your business would be OK, and your Web site's URL (Web site address) would be OK but no promotional language.
Works for me. If it takes too much effort to police, I'm okay with no signatures... I have been on boards before where I couldn't tell what was a signature and what was a post. That was annoying...
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Old November 7th, 2009, 04:15 PM   #10
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I'm a member of a board where only one post per thread is allowed to have the posters signature attached. So their 1st post will have their sig, then each following post will not be able to have it.

But still limit the sig length, I could never get over 5 lines but 5 lines was enough for me to have my Name, 3 pair of skate descriptions, & show some support for my track-day organization.

I could go for 5 lines w/o advertisements.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 04:25 PM   #11
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yeah a few lines is enough. font size might be another issue.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 06:33 PM   #12
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I think three lines is good. I don't really have any idea of what it takes time or money wise to run a forum BUT I would be up for a supporting member thing so we could have more options or just to help keep the site up and running. I know alot of other forums I am on have supporting members and you can contribute a certain amount. Some forums even have a supporting member sub forum that only contributing members can view. It's just a thought.
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2-3 lines is fine.
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I'm with Mutt on the supporting member idea. I'd be 100% down with donating some funds to keep Skatelog and to help make the board better for all.

Honestly a lot of us make some good money from the For Sale and WTB threads so throwing back a small piece to keep it going is just a no-brainer.

So I'm gonna say that $15/yr is a nice donation, I usually make that in 1 transaction.
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Is there a way to keep replies from showing images? It seems like that eats a lot of bandwidth. I like seeing the original image, who doesn't? But we don't need for each reply to show every image, and some people refuse to trim the photos out when they quote a previous post.

3 to 5 lines seems like plenty for a signature. But that's just my opinion.
As annoying as quoted images are, your computer should cache them, so they're actually only downloaded once (or at least, once per browser session). So, from an efficiency point-of-view, quoting images isn't a problem.

Also, the images usually aren't stored on Kathy's site, so from her point of view, there is no extra load on her servers. Images are normally linked to via a site like tinypic, photobucket, personal webspace, etc...

I must agree, however, that people that quote images are annoying - especially when they quote a 6-8 image post and then add one line of text saying "cool".
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I must agree, however, that people that quote images are annoying - especially when they quote a 6-8 image post and then add one line of text saying "cool".
I must say, this is my primary motivation. I was trying to wrap it on the whole "bandwidth" thing to see if maybe it was some kind of setting on the bb software. You blew my cover. Thank you for the technical information.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 01:25 AM   #17
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I'm with Mutt on the supporting member idea. I'd be 100% down with donating some funds to keep Skatelog and to help make the board better for all.

Honestly a lot of us make some good money from the For Sale and WTB threads so throwing back a small piece to keep it going is just a no-brainer.

So I'm gonna say that $15/yr is a nice donation, I usually make that in 1 transaction.
Why not have $1.00 from every transaction in the for sale section go to the up keep of the forum.
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Why not have $1.00 from every transaction in the for sale section go to the up keep of the forum.
Very hard to police when the board does not want to monitor transactions and there is no way to say you did the deal on skatelog. That is a good idea, but not for this forum, it should just be a supporting member status. When you support you can post in the "Buy and Sell Skating Products Here" area, but if you are not a supporting member you can't post.

This is an easy and very rewarding system- when you support you get full access to the board's features/areas. If you don't you get restricted access.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 03:16 AM   #19
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I'd suggest a limit of 3 lines & no images in the signatures.

If people wanna use the 3 lines to reference their own website or support a favorite site that is not theirs, I don't see that as a problem.

I DO really miss the signatures though!!
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I would be willing to bring them back if people will limit them to 2 or 3 lines. I think we also need a new policy... no advertising in signature lines, either for your own business or somebody else's. The name of your business would be OK, and your Web site's URL (Web site address) would be OK but no promotional language.

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