*Please Read - New Signature Guidelines*

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  1. mandymouse

    mandymouse <font color=red>If It's Not A Bahama Mama Then I'm

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    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
    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, 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!

    Alex
     
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  3. natalielongstaff

    natalielongstaff <font color=deeppink>I need a cup of tea and a big

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    makes sense to me :thumbsup2
     
  4. Minniespal

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    Sounds fine to me:thumbsup2
     
  5. fizz13

    fizz13 <font color=33cc99>Dreams about being stuck on Spa

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    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
     
  6. Strommie

    Strommie <img src=http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/images DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    Sounds okay to me :)
     
  7. wilma-bride

    wilma-bride <<This space intentionally blank>> Moderator

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    Hmmm, does this mean I can have my Captain Jack signature back ;)
     
  8. wils

    wils <font color=ff6633>Has had Capt. Jack Sparrow on h

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    Sounds good :)
     
  9. jns

    jns <font color=cc3366>Tries hard to get the jelly off

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    sounds good will save all the Mods a lot of work
     
  10. florida sun

    florida sun Mrs Christopher Eccleston wannabe! Moderator

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    This is great news:thumbsup2
     
  11. sharon78

    sharon78 DIS Veteran

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    Great Ideas. Thanks :)
     
  12. T16GEM

    T16GEM <font color=blue>I must have a funnel cake when I'

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    25 pics seems like a lot? will they be allowed to be the same size as we are allowed now?
     
  13. mark&sue

    mark&sue <font color=teal>I keep trying to convert everybod

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    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.

    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1610270

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



    Susan
     
  14. mark&sue

    mark&sue <font color=teal>I keep trying to convert everybod

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    I had lost the bottom bit have now fixed it. I noticed a lot of signatures have been cut off in their prime!!!


    Susan
     
  15. UKDEB

    UKDEB Moderator Emeritus Moderator

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    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.
     
  16. JohnnySharp2

    JohnnySharp2 No man stands as tall as when he stoops to help a

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    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:
     
  17. fizz13

    fizz13 <font color=33cc99>Dreams about being stuck on Spa

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    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:
     
  18. JohnnySharp2

    JohnnySharp2 No man stands as tall as when he stoops to help a

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    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
     
  19. UKDEB

    UKDEB Moderator Emeritus Moderator

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  20. UKDEB

    UKDEB Moderator Emeritus Moderator

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    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.

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  21. fizz13

    fizz13 <font color=33cc99>Dreams about being stuck on Spa

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    my head hurts:sad2: so even though i thought mine was ok, its actually not width ways. ok scrapping signature and starting again.
     

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