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Topic # 8018 28-May-2006 19:34
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What do people think about the MASSIVE signatures that some people have set?

I give as evidence this thread.

Do we really need to see flashing maps and flash RSS updating feeds? To see a post that is one line long, followed by 9 lines of signature seems rather idiotic. It's becoming rather hard to read these forums for all the updating feedburner images etc.

If I really want to see someone's blog, or who around the world is reading it, I'll subscribe to it via my RSS reader.

I'd like to see the sigs limited to maybe 2-3 lines, or maybe 20px high for images. People could put a link to their profile that would have all the RSS/maps that they wish, I think that's the proper place for it.

I don't mean to single anyone out, that's not my point. I'm just hoping that some sane limits could be put in place, it seems to be getting a little out of hand.



edit: I've just realised I can adblock these images, having done that makes things a lot nicer to view. I just wonder if others feel the same way though?

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Reply # 36922 28-May-2006 20:10
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Ad-free zones?

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Reply # 36923 28-May-2006 20:16
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I'm probably the biggest offender in this case with a map and FB image in my sig. Both of which were referred to in this thread.

I'll remove them. Personally thought they weren't as bad as some other forums where it is not uncommon for massive (both in file size and screen real estate (hated those and adblocked them too)) sigs.

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Reply # 36924 28-May-2006 20:18
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Ad block is very good did this a while ago

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Reply # 36926 28-May-2006 20:23
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@cokemaster: I really wasn't trying to single you out, or anyone. It's something GZ allows so you're not doing anything wrong. And you're right, they're certainly not as bad as some other forums are (car forums that I read are *terrible* for it)

I do know of a forum recently that introduced a "3 lines or you get a scroll bar" policy, that works really well. The people who want to keep their signature get to do so, but to read it you must manually view it.

It just seems silly to me to see a post that contains 1 line of content relevant to the thread, then many lines of other stuff. It's even worse if it's an active thread and someone with a large sig like that posts multiple times.

@JAMMAN2110: I don't have a problem with the content of the sigs, advertisements are fine with me. Well, as long as they're not blinking and flashing and taking up a lot of screen space. See my sig!

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Reply # 36931 28-May-2006 20:38
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@muppet: lol sorry hadn't noticed that one, I tend to ignore everyones signatures anyway

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Reply # 36934 28-May-2006 20:44
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Some very good points made, and as GZ Forums is a growing community, such limits may have to be considered in the future, but for now, things are pretty good, self moderation seems to be working well. It is nice to have a clutter free zone, and peoples sig-behaviour now could well shape sig-guidelines for the future.


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