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CanadianGuy
10-14-2007, 05:58 PM
A message from WebmasterAlex to the DIS Community...
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Our signature rules were written a few years ago. Back then a lot of our posters used dial up connections and the VBulletin software did not have the functionality it does now.

The old rules were difficult to understand and they took a lot of moderator time to enforce. We have developed all new rules that should be much simpler and much easier to enforce automatically.

1. Your signature will be limited in length. The program will do this
automatically and anything over the allowed length will be cut off

Explanation- the biggest complaint we receive is that signatures are too long and it takes too long to scroll through threads. We are going to start with a height of 250 pixels, you'll see what that means when we roll this out. We may add an additional option so that a signature only appears once per page.

2. You will be limited to a total of 25 images and smilies The program
will handle this automatically

Explanation- That should be PLENTY considering the amount of space

3. All content and links must meet DIS board posting guidelines.
Signature have the same content rules as any post on the boards

Explanation- Pretty obvious I hope, this includes commercial link, links to inappropriate sites, etc etc

4. You may not have a signature that is so wide it causes the page to
expand

Explanation- This is something the software can't control. Basically the only way to do this is to have a really really wide picture. If your signature means people with a normal resolution monitor need to scroll from side to side you'll be told to remove the picture causing the issue

5. We reserve the right to remove or modify signatures that cause
issues with the boards or slow page loading. Please make sure any images in
your signature are hosted on a reliable site. Any signature that contains
malicious or harmful code will be removed immediately and the poster
sanctioned

Explanation- Most of this should be pretty obvious. One thing people might not realize is that when people complain about the boards being "slow" it may not be us at all. When the boards load a page, if it can't find an image, it can make the boards appear slow.

We will roll this out in a few days, probably Wednesday. You don't need to take any action now, but you probably will want to check your signature after this goes into effect to see how it was affected.

If you have any questions on this please post on this thread on the tech support board (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1610271), I will monitor those.

The Webmasters believe that these new, simplified rules will make the boards a better place for our posters and moderators.

Thank you for being a DIS boards member!

Webmaster Alex

CanadianGuy
10-14-2007, 07:05 PM
Moving back to the top.

CanadianGuy
10-14-2007, 07:46 PM
bump

Joanna71985
10-14-2007, 07:47 PM
Oh man. I hope this doesn't affect mine.

CanadianGuy
10-14-2007, 07:55 PM
You might have to get creative.. basically you're looking a 'box' like shape of 250 pixels tall by 600 pixels wide.. You can put whatever you want that will fit in that space. The system will manage what's allowed and exceed's the limits.

I'm told images will 'self-adjust' later this week, that might mean you have some fixin to do once those changes are made.

I suspect you'll be able to fit everything you want into your new space.

Knox

WDWguru
10-14-2007, 08:03 PM
Joanna - your Alice image right now is 146 pixels high. That means your entire signature will need to fit in a space that is that high, plus about another 100 pixels (about another 2/3rds of that box). Just eyeballing it, I'd guess you'll get about half of the rest of your signature in there. In your case you could remove or resize the Alice image, or remove some of the text.

Joanna71985
10-14-2007, 08:38 PM
That's not too bad. I am considering taking it out soon anyway.

Corryn
10-14-2007, 09:05 PM
check your signature after this goes into effect to see how it was affected.
Webmaster Alex

As a court reporter, I am very impressed with your proper use of Affect and Effect:thumbsup2

PrincessV
10-15-2007, 07:20 AM
We may add an additional option so that a signature only appears once per page.

Just wanted to give a little feedback... I LOVE this option! :thumbsup2 We had it on another board I used to frequent and it helped a ton on page loading speed.

WillCAD
10-15-2007, 08:16 AM
As a court reporter, I am very impressed with your proper use of Affect and Effect:thumbsup2

Now, if we could just start getting people to start spelling WDW-related stuff correctly, like 'Ohana, Boma, Jiko,The Mara, Kona Cafe...

I'm just teasing, folks, don't go ballistic on me, please!:love:

Blueyed Girl
10-15-2007, 09:22 AM
I think this is a great idea. I just re-created my siggie to fit into a box. I didn't make it the entire 250 pixels high because I wanted my ticker to still fit at the bottom. I guess I will find out Wednesday if I need to modify anything or not.:thumbsup2

bicker
10-15-2007, 11:33 AM
We may add an additional option so that a signature only appears once per page.Could you please forward this to Alex, et. al.? --> If they do apply this option, could they consider perhaps making it so that that once is the LAST instance on the page, not the FIRST? Typically, users click on the link that brings them to point on the page just AFTER the last message that that user read, last time. So, if this option only shows the first instance of the signature, and if someone has a message above that point and below that point, then the signature would be on the earlier message, which the reader won't see.

Shorty82
10-15-2007, 11:35 AM
It looks like I'm going to have to take out my Mickey image to make my signature compliant. I like my Mickey but I like the quotes more and I can only fit one or the other in the new space.

I understand why these new rules are being put in place but it is annoying having to take out stuff you like from your signature.

Zippiteeee
10-15-2007, 11:43 AM
It looks like I'm going to have to take out my Mickey image to make my signature compliant. I like my Mickey but I like the quotes more and I can only fit one or the other in the new space.

I understand why these new rules are being put in place but it is annoying having to take out stuff you like from your signature.

See thats the thing a signature is supposed to be a signature, not a book!

Way to go guys!!! I hate having to scroll through a half paged signature (do people even read them?) to get to a new post

loveDmouse
10-15-2007, 12:28 PM
I don't think mine was a problem but I did move my picture and change it to my avatar. Hopefully this will be ok. We shall see on Wednesday. I do think some are too long. It is like reading a book.

I decided to change it back and see what happens. Then I can arrange my signature.

I really don't understand all this pixel stuff. lol

Tinkerchele
10-15-2007, 12:52 PM
checking mine

Tinkerchele
10-15-2007, 12:55 PM
oh, duh...it didn't go into effect yet...well, i've been wanting to make my picture a bit smaller anyway.

Shorty82
10-15-2007, 01:37 PM
I really don't understand all this pixel stuff. lol

Pixels are the little dots that make up the image on your screen. To check my signature I went into Paint, resized the blank image to 250x600 pixels, and saved it. Open up just the image and you can see what the maximum size is. I pulled it over my signature and it showed me what I would need to do to bring my signature into line with the new rules.

oh, duh...it didn't go into effect yet...well, i've been wanting to make my picture a bit smaller anyway.

The rules aren't in effect yet but will be in a few days. I say it is better to fix your signature now than later.

You'll need to make it a good bit smaller if you want to keep the rest of your signature. The picture alone is 321 pixels high. Currently your signature is over twice the maximum height allowed by the new rules.

labattblue
10-15-2007, 01:43 PM
I turned off avatars and signature long ago. Maybe if others did the same, the board would be a little quicker!:rolleyes1

decomouse
10-15-2007, 02:45 PM
oh, duh...it didn't go into effect yet...well, i've been wanting to make my picture a bit smaller anyway.

Right now your photo in your sig is 321 pixels by 480 pixels. Here it is at 250 pixels high. If you want to keep the other information now in your sig, the picture will need to be further reduced in size.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v667/decolady/people/250pixel.jpg

loveDmouse
10-15-2007, 02:59 PM
Pixels are the little dots that make up the image on your screen. To check my signature I went into Paint, resized the blank image to 250x600 pixels, and saved it. Open up just the image and you can see what the maximum size is. I pulled it over my signature and it showed me what I would need to do to bring my signature into line with the new rules.



Thanks. I will give it a try. :goodvibes

safetymom
10-15-2007, 03:03 PM
I would suggest waiting until the new rules go into effect to make any changes. If you have problems then you should ask for help on the tech board. They will be able to help you.

Tinkerchele
10-15-2007, 03:08 PM
Right now your photo in your sig is 321 pixels by 480 pixels. Here it is at 250 pixels high. If you want to keep the other information now in your sig, the picture will need to be further reduced in size.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v667/decolady/people/250pixel.jpg

Thanks, I removed my pic for now.

SnwflkCts
10-15-2007, 04:16 PM
:woohoo: Needed this for a while now. I've noticed the HUGE change in siggies since I joined under two years ago -- I guess we are getting computer savvy with pictures and tickers and such!

I like to know a little about the poster and when they are going to WDW ... but sometimes it was getting ridiculous.

Now for myself ... I better STOP adopting cats or my siggie will get too big and for some of the rest of you ... better stop having kids! :scared1: (ok ... I am teasing - please adopt pets and have more kids ... but keep those pictures small) :laughing:

PS: I love you moderators - what a great job you do!

sassyat30
10-15-2007, 04:28 PM
See thats the thing a signature is supposed to be a signature, not a book!

Way to go guys!!! I hate having to scroll through a half paged signature (do people even read them?) to get to a new post



LOVE the new rules!! Though I have the siggy's turned off, b/c I can't stand scrolling through all the visual clutter.

Make the board much more enjoyable! :thumbsup2

mickeyluv'r
10-15-2007, 04:42 PM
Thanks! I turned off signatures a long time ago too, but maybe if I can set it so that they only happen once per thread I'll turn them on again, I do get curious sometimes when people comment on them.

I'm very glad to have the no siganture option, too! Thanks!

bytheblood
10-16-2007, 04:14 PM
I like the new rules. I like having a signature (mine is in compliance ;)), but I like faster boards more. :goodvibes:

Shorty82
10-16-2007, 04:28 PM
(mine is in compliance ;))

If my box trick (talked about earlier) is accurate your signature is to long. The bottom part of your ticker and the rest of the signature fall outside of the 250 pixel length limit.

TheRatPack
10-16-2007, 07:07 PM
Okay....if you right click on your picture and go to Properties it should say how large the pixels are...right? I'm going to redo mine, I'm pretty sure it's probably too big.

I like the rules though, I hate when I'm reading and the page keeps skipping down because it's still loading pic/sigs.

edited to add: okay mine says 213 x 319 just for the picture. That doesn't include the little mo-ped smiley :) Maybe I'll just get rid of the pic....I've not had it on there long anyway, maybe I'll change it to my avatar.

Shorty82
10-18-2007, 12:49 AM
Looks like the new rules are here. There are a number of signatures that are cut off right in the middle of a picture.

moviegirl11
10-18-2007, 11:09 AM
Love the new rules! Some sites as big as this one dont even allow signatures at all. I think the size-limit thats been set is perfect (big enough for people to include images, their WDW vacation history and some smileys but not so big that it takes forever for us to scroll through threads). :)

Shasta
10-18-2007, 05:53 PM
I am enjoying these changes. I feel that the space the DIS is allowing is certainly large enough. It makes reading posts much easier. I hope the Mods don't have to work too much overtime on this issue.

Good work! :thumbsup2

SlipKid918
10-19-2007, 08:04 AM
Just a thought, but I noticed that my signature gets slightly cut off at the end, and I was thinking maybe the signature preview should also be limited to the 250 pixels in length so that the user can see exactly how much shorter they need to make their signature instead of trial and error when posting.

mom2mykids
10-20-2007, 05:14 PM
Just a thought, but I noticed that my signature gets slightly cut off at the end, and I was thinking maybe the signature preview should also be limited to the 250 pixels in length so that the user can see exactly how much shorter they need to make their signature instead of trial and error when posting.

I was thinking the samething. I saw mine was cut off also but went to the edit signature and it was all there. I'm not sure how to adjust it to fit when it looks OK on the edit page.

eeyoresnr
10-20-2007, 08:22 PM
looks like mine is ok

athenna
10-21-2007, 06:49 AM
Haven't posted in a little while, so I just wanted to check if mine was ok.

kitkat324
10-21-2007, 12:46 PM
have been to busy to post for the past couple weeks so i am just going to post here to see if my sig looks right and if i need to change anything.

WillCAD
10-21-2007, 07:44 PM
Just a thought, but I noticed that my signature gets slightly cut off at the end, and I was thinking maybe the signature preview should also be limited to the 250 pixels in length so that the user can see exactly how much shorter they need to make their signature instead of trial and error when posting.

There is a simple workaround that will get you the same effect.

Before editing your signature, open a second browser window. In he second window, navigate to any post you have ever made on the DIS and look at the signature.

Switch to the first browser window and edit your signature. Hit save.

Go to the second browser window and hit Refresh. The changes to your signature will appear in the old post. If it's not what you want, go back to the first browser window and edit again.

This whole process works like a preview, except that the preview is in the second window while your editing occurs in the first window.

ggeorgiagirl
10-24-2007, 07:14 AM
I resized my pic in photobucket...but I can't get it to change in DIS...

Shorty82
10-24-2007, 09:51 AM
I resized my pic in photobucket...but I can't get it to change in DIS...

Do you mean the family photo with everyone wearing red scarves? The image is quite small here. You're probably seeing the image your broswer cached, Clear your cache and it should be fine then.

eeyoresnr
10-24-2007, 04:32 PM
I resized my pic in photobucket...but I can't get it to change in DIS...

try edting your signature by removing all spaces between lines and that shout fix the problem

em-o-so'smom
10-25-2007, 12:42 PM
:)

kimsuenew
10-30-2007, 06:01 AM
I think I am OK! :thumbsup2

jenlando
11-03-2007, 09:27 PM
THANK YOU!!! I also have always hated reading someone's reply which is one line long, and having to scroll through half of my screen to get to the next post! We don't need to know every vacation you've ever taken. Short & Sweet people! It'll help us all.

jenlando
11-03-2007, 09:28 PM
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cindyfan
11-11-2007, 07:16 PM
Testing my signature...
Am I okay??

cindyfan
11-11-2007, 07:18 PM
Let's try again.....
testing my signature.... Am I okay?

CanadianGuy
11-11-2007, 07:46 PM
Looks good!

pigltlvr
11-13-2007, 05:18 AM
just checking

bflynn
11-14-2007, 12:17 PM
Well, you guys are making signature seem downright ordinary.... :)

TheIncredibles
11-19-2007, 06:43 PM
Testing the sig...

Britbrie
01-01-2008, 07:50 PM
testing

eeyoresnr
01-01-2008, 07:53 PM
testing my revised signature

Blythep
01-05-2008, 09:34 AM
Do I have to do something special to add color to sig and to put in the smilies? I wanted to do both of those. Help please.

WillCAD
01-05-2008, 09:48 AM
Do I have to do something special to add color to sig and to put in the smilies? I wanted to do both of those. Help please.

When you edit your signature, there is a panel full of smiles to the right of the edit box. Just put your cursor on the place in the sig where you want a smilie, then click the smilie with your mouse, and it will appear in the sig.

Also when you edit your signature, there is a double row of various buttons just above the edit box. These buttons contain options such as typeface, size, Bold/Italic/Underline, and text color; the text color button has the letter A on it, and has a tiny downward-facing arrow next to it. Select some text, then click the arrow, and a group of colored squares will appear. Click a colored square, and the text you have selected will change to that color.

spooky1
01-10-2008, 02:14 PM
Explanation- the biggest complaint we receive is that signatures are too long and it takes too long to scroll through threads.

I agree some signatures are way too big! Also think that there should be a limit to how long a thread can be. 20 pages for a thread is pushing too long let alone 200 pages for one thread - crickets. That old info is outdated and it becomes horribly difficult to browse! Possibly a limit could be imposed on thread lengths as well?

remi201
01-18-2008, 02:38 PM
testing my sig

remi201
01-18-2008, 02:42 PM
trying again

remi201
01-18-2008, 02:45 PM
one more time

remi201
01-18-2008, 02:47 PM
Last time

tink518
01-18-2008, 04:07 PM
test

thumper749
01-21-2008, 11:51 PM
trying

chief19spixi
01-27-2008, 07:05 PM
testing

tiggerfan1
02-02-2008, 06:10 PM
testing my new signature

missmissy
02-08-2008, 07:59 AM
test

mmbutter
02-10-2008, 11:16 AM
I think long .sigs are silly anyway....

mom2zandjsquared
02-12-2008, 11:37 AM
Testing as I see it keeps cutting off at the bottom!!

jm106
04-21-2009, 08:28 AM
They were there last night, and now poof gone!? I miss seeing my 26(?) days count. Help please.
ETA_ never mind, they magically came back

NOLA_Tink
04-09-2010, 09:31 PM
Nevermind!

wellbridal
06-16-2010, 04:16 AM
;):goodvibes:lmao: 1980 - offsite
1996 - offsite, Rt. 192
1998 - Carribean Beach
2000 - Offsite, Grosvenor, Dixie

perrywinkle47
08-30-2010, 05:24 AM
Cant stand it when people have huge pictures on their signatures

Kona65
05-25-2011, 05:17 PM
Bump

kccardsfan
12-27-2011, 01:07 PM
Thanks for the advice!

wishfish
07-28-2012, 10:47 AM
Just checking