View Full Version : *Please Read - New Signature Guidelines*

10-15-2007, 01:58 AM
From Webmaster Alex

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 recieve 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 innapropriate sites, etc etc

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

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

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, 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!


10-15-2007, 01:59 AM
makes sense to me :thumbsup2

10-15-2007, 03:25 AM
Sounds fine to me:thumbsup2

10-15-2007, 03:38 AM
Sounds fine, but 25 images and smilies?! that seems an awful lot, will have to wait to see for myself how this works before i get excited and go looking for more lol

10-15-2007, 03:39 AM
Sounds okay to me :)

10-15-2007, 04:01 AM
Hmmm, does this mean I can have my Captain Jack signature back ;)

10-15-2007, 04:04 AM
Sounds good :)

10-15-2007, 08:38 AM
sounds good will save all the Mods a lot of work

florida sun
10-15-2007, 01:26 PM
This is great news:thumbsup2

10-15-2007, 04:14 PM
Great Ideas. Thanks :)

10-16-2007, 04:21 AM
25 pics seems like a lot? will they be allowed to be the same size as we are allowed now?

10-16-2007, 04:05 PM
If I understand this thread correctly then you can have a lot of images but they do need to be more kind of squashed in.


My signature for instance is probably too wide and too long. I think:confused3


10-18-2007, 02:16 AM
I had lost the bottom bit have now fixed it. I noticed a lot of signatures have been cut off in their prime!!!


10-18-2007, 02:26 AM
Anything which is typed as one line (like yours and Nat's, Sue) will wrap to fit onto any screen and therefore won't be too wide (although if it's too long, it won't fit into the height parameters). Those who have lists broken by the "enter" key at the end of each item may find they have some missing. A good way of fixing this is to put everything on one line and differentiate by using a different colour for each item.

10-18-2007, 03:23 AM
I will have to change mine I guess, seem to have lost half of Josh on my pictures.
It's either keep the holiday history or keep Josh it seems.

Will have a play with it later.

I respect the reasons etc - but I do sponsor the site and it would be nice to get some perks for this.
I would prefer more signature space than a cap and badge :rolleyes:

10-18-2007, 06:50 AM
well i have gone back and forth, but have had to lose my piccie to get the rest in, ah well, like Ursula says:
"Lifes full of tough choices in'it?":lmao:

10-18-2007, 08:20 AM
As far as the signatures go your monitor screen resolution plays a part in what you can see, I have a 19" monitor and with settings at 1280/1024 pixels can fit 4 photos in.
But if I change to 1152/864 can only see 3 and a bit of them

10-18-2007, 10:18 AM
Remember that the width restriction is one which can't be handled automatically by the software. The 600 pixel restriction is to ensure that no-one (regardless of screen resolution) has to scroll side to side to read posts. These posts on the DVC forum should help in getting your heads around it:



10-18-2007, 10:21 AM
I'm copying Caskbill's green box here. Unless your entire signature fits within this box, it's illegal. The software will automatically correct for height, but not width.


10-18-2007, 03:23 PM
my head hurts:sad2: so even though i thought mine was ok, its actually not width ways. ok scrapping signature and starting again.

10-18-2007, 03:34 PM
I think I've cracked it, thanks for the extra info Deb, the green box was the only thing that made sense lol:thumbsup2

10-18-2007, 04:14 PM
Loving the new photos of Josh, Johnny! :goodvibes

10-18-2007, 05:27 PM
I respect the reasons etc - but I do sponsor the site and it would be nice to get some perks for this.
I would prefer more signature space than a cap and badge :rolleyes:
Really dumb question, but how do you sponsor the site? Do you have to be invited? I've wondered about this for ages.

florida sun
10-18-2007, 05:47 PM
Really dumb question, but how do you sponsor the site? Do you have to be invited? I've wondered about this for ages.

You can find all the info on sponsoring the boards here Frances:


10-19-2007, 01:13 AM
Loving the new photos of Josh, Johnny! :goodvibes

Thanks Deb, have had to play around with them a little and lose my holiday history and a few other bits but so many comment on Josh's photos and I appreciate that. :hug:

10-19-2007, 01:16 AM
Really dumb question, but how do you sponsor the site? Do you have to be invited? I've wondered about this for ages.

Sue's link should be enough info. Frances.

I have sponsored the site for a few years, to be honest apart from the cool logo the benefits could be better.
I think many should be encouraged to sponsor the DIS and new members are a good thing but it would be nice if we could get some 'perks', such as more signature space for example (room for BIGGER pictures!), bearing in mind this site is free for most.

Good luck with what you decide to do. ;)

10-19-2007, 02:10 AM
The new thing cut off my ice buddy :sad1: . I've fixed it now all my own :woohoo:
I hate changes to anything