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R2D21999
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I have relized that people love to put their signatures at the bottom of their posts, so I thought about it and relized that Armorgames should let us have signatures, where we could make our own with limited space. I would say more but I'm really tired and its like 1am here.

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_Spaz_
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Sometimes it gets annoying to read a forum when you see a page long sig...so it should be limited. Take for instance the Dead frontier forum, it was crazy trying to read stuff! Just a thought.

nichodemus
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I don't happen to like the idea. I've been on forums that allowed sigs, and what ends up happening is that the entire forum gets clogged up with images, and then each page ends up being three times as long, making it much more difficult to read through threads. As has been mentioned, your username and armatar already appear next to your post. What good is a signature if all it does is take up space in your post?


Have we really gotten that lazy? It's just scrolling.
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It's just scrolling.


It's also annoying and completely unnecessary to have irrelevant images separating every post.

Wouldn't you get tired of scrolling and seeing this picture over and over again?

http://www.osborneink.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/fire-bag.jpg

Or this picture?

http://img.designswan.com/2009/fun/funnyEgg/20.jpg

Or this picture?

http://shechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/funny-signs-0.jpg?w=500&h=400

Or this picture again?

http://img.designswan.com/2009/fun/funnyEgg/20.jpg

Or this picture again?

http://shechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/funny-signs-0.jpg?w=500&h=400

Or this picture twice?

http://www.osborneink.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/fire-bag.jpg
http://www.osborneink.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/fire-bag.jpg

Or this obnoxiously tall image of the world's tallest tower?

http://www.livbit.com/article/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/burj_dubai.jpg

^ This is what the forums will look like with signatures. You can't tell me that you'd rather have it that way than just have no signature option.
jeol
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Ironically enough, scrolling down through those pictures was the most fun I've had the last half-hour.

You can't tell me that you'd rather have it that way than just have no signature option.

Well, like I've said two times *cough*...

You could always have the signature have it's own scrollbar, sort of like how pictures more than 640 pixels wide have a scrollbar. If the signature is longer than, say, 120 pixels (about an inch in height) you have to scroll to see the rest of the signature, and then you won't have to scroll as much.

Or, like I said before, you could also implement a way to turn off signatures if you don't like them.
Salvidian
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Or, like I said before, you could also implement a way to turn off signatures if you don't like them.


That's really the key statement. As long as the site would have this, no one could complain. If they did, they're moronic. The people who want sigs could have it on, and the people who don't like sigs could turn it off.

Despite even this, the AMW forum would probably clog up into threads requesting sigs and sig competitions for the first few weeks. Oh well.
nichodemus
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Wouldn't you get tired of scrolling and seeing this picture over and over again?


Took me a swipe and two seconds on my phone, so.....no. I didn't mind one bit.
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I think it isn't the amount of time it takes to scroll through the data on the page with signatures that is the problem... the problem is that it becomes WAY more intensive to look through a forum page and read the posts as a lot of forums with signatures become clogged with data pretty quickly.
You end up reading the signatures too as you mistakenly see them as a post and this can become tiresome and to some people even up to the point of being irritated.

Having the option to turn them off would be a demanded term for me when they would allow signatures to be used. I would then turn it off permanently and hope the feature gets broken and stays off indefinitely! LOL

dhillon_99
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signnatures are super cool

ProfessorOak
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The only reason I'd be against signatures in the forum would be that they can make the forum look ugly. One of the features that this community has, is that is looks pretty. It's an unnecessary addition and would take away from the uniformed design of the site.

On the other hand, if they added a feature to disable seeing other's signatures, then I really couldn't care less.

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One of the features that this community has, is that is looks pretty


^This

I've visited a good number of other communities that have signatures and it is just a complete mess. A person will only put 3 words on a topic, but it looks like they put like 3 paragraphs because of their signatures
Patrick2011
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A person will only put 3 words on a topic, but it looks like they put like 3 paragraphs because of their signatures


^ Another reason to allow signatures to be toggled. If such an option is implemented, the mods could prevent abuse as follows:

What the mods can do with signatures off but not on:

-Detect short posts that are spammy

What the mods can do with signatures on but not off:

-Detect filler to hide spam
-Detect inappropriate signatures

How a user can abuse signatures if signatures cannot be turned off:

A user can use a long signature to hide spammy posts because the post will appear long and non-spammy to mods. While the mods might determine such a signature to be off-topic and therefore still spam, it will be easier to detect spam if the mods can turn off signatures.

Conclusion: I do not prefer signatures, but if they are implemented, it is necessary to implement toggling of the signatures. Signatures are annoying to some users and can be abused.
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I've visited a good number of other communities that have signatures and it is just a complete mess. A person will only put 3 words on a topic, but it looks like they put like 3 paragraphs because of their signatures

Unloyal to A.G.! The mods would make a limit of letters.

jeol
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The mods would make a limit of letters.

Perhaps, but that doesn't mean they could post a very large photo. There are a couple of ways to deal with those issues, first and foremost the issue of a 'too-long' sig:

In solving the problem if there is too much in the sig (and if it were a picture, where regulating the amount of text in it wouldn't help), they could always make it so that if the signature exceeds something like 120 pixels in height a scrollbar would appear and instead of the entire sig taking up the page only part of it would (and you could scroll to see the rest). That would also solve the problem if someone tries to put an image that is a few thousand pixels long just to cause users to have to scroll down a while just to see if anyone posted below them.


In solving the problem of not being able to tell where the signature starts or not, they could ways implement a border at the top of the sig, or...

I just got another idea. Maybe perhaps instead of implementing the feature of turning off sigs (which would be good either way), you could always make so that it expands. Take a look at how Gmail does that: They have a little button to show the signature, that on the press reveals all it contains. I guess it may take a little more work for those who want to check the signature and whatnot, but it's still a viable (though more unlikely) option.
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Perhaps, but that doesn't mean they could post a very large photo. There are a couple of ways to deal with those issues, first and foremost the issue of a 'too-long' sig:

What about the letters in the link?

jeol
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What about the letters in the link?

It wouldn't necessarily matter as much if the signature was only a small window, with which you could scroll. I suppose you could limit them, but it wouldn't serve much purpose if it only takes up a small space anyways.
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