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It has been pointed out to the team that some members signatures are too large and distracting.

Can you all please revisit your signatures and fix them if they don't follow the signature guidelines?

I'll also send a pm to everyone that we received notice about. Here are the signature rules:

Thanks to all,
Romad


Keep your signatures reasonable.
We all love our fish. Some members like to do the digital equivalent of shouting it from the rooftops by using large, colorful signatures. Unfortunately, many members find such signatures distracting, especially when they have to see them again and again. Please be courteous to other members by limiting the number of lines and the size of the text in your signature. Please follow these guidelines:

  • No more than 8 lines of text if you don't use an image
  • Text no larger than size 3
  • No more than 1 image with maximum dimensions of 468 x 60
  • No more than 2 lines of text if you do use an image
You are welcome to link to your personal blog from your signature. If you do so, please return the favor by linking to our parent site, Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources. If you do, notify a moderator and you will receive a linking member designation for supporting the community.

Please do not link to a commercial site in your signature unless you become a sponsor, and please do not promote other aquarium forums in your signature since that undermines our efforts to maintain this community.
 

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I don't want to be gruff and uncaring, but what is there to be distracted from? I mean, who goes "Gosh!I can't remember where the "Y" key is because of *member*'s signature!"?
Is "distracting" a euphamisim for annoying?

*I really do not intend offense*
 

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I don't want to be gruff and uncaring, but what is there to be distracted from? I mean, who goes "Gosh!I can't remember where the "Y" key is because of *member*'s signature!"?
Is "distracting" a euphamisim for annoying?

*I really do not intend offense*
you are not being offensive at all ..

in some cases yes we intend to say annoying... large flashy sigs and bright colors that some people find hard to look at ....

in others we see a sig that is way over the limit of lines and for new folks (and some older ones) they read the reply and by the time they are done looking at the signature the member may have gotten confused as to what is the sig and what was the reply.

i personally have chatted with a few members who have expressed that when this happens they dont want to post.

besides this Inconvenience and besides the annoying factor we have a set of rules established that the moderating team and out Administrator work very hard to keep in place so that this site continues to be welcoming and fare regardless of the users level of computer use..

i hope this answers your question if not please contact one of the moderators (myself included) :)
 

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This may be off topic, but I can't seem to figure out how to post a new thread D: I'm a newbie... -_-
once youare in the section you wish to start your thread in at the top of the list of thread will be a button that reads "New thread" click this a new screen will pop up and you can then create a title and then the body of the thread once done click "submit new thread" (located below the box your typed in) and then when members are on and or have helpful information related to your topic they will reply :)
 

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It's not distracting from where keys are on a keyboard, it's distracting in forum threads and discussions, and I find it a little frustrating too if I have to scroll half a page to get past someone's signature because it's massive and 20 lines long. I like the rules stipulating a max size on sigs.
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:thumbsup: agreed ..a place to ask or respond not a billboard! I could never figure out how to do all that fancy stuff LOL.
 

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you are not being offensive at all ..

in some cases yes we intend to say annoying... large flashy sigs and bright colors that some people find hard to look at ....

in others we see a sig that is way over the limit of lines and for new folks (and some older ones) they read the reply and by the time they are done looking at the signature the member may have gotten confused as to what is the sig and what was the reply.

i personally have chatted with a few members who have expressed that when this happens they dont want to post.

besides this Inconvenience and besides the annoying factor we have a set of rules established that the moderating team and out Administrator work very hard to keep in place so that this site continues to be welcoming and fare regardless of the users level of computer use..

i hope this answers your question if not please contact one of the moderators (myself included) :)
Ok. Thanks.
 

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I agree with Fish joey. A sig is not a billboard. On another forum whose name I'm not going to mention, they let members have huge sigs with banners all over the place, they name all their animals and they have brightly colored decorations for whatever the holiday is. Like for Valentine's day, a big red heart with the words "Show me some love!" lol
 

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I wish to know how this will be reinforced, as I still see sigs that are too long, longer than the sigs of some people who were already asked to change. Will people only be asked to change their sigs if they are reported? Or will mods contact people whose sigs are not in compliance and ask them to change as they come across them?
 

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I wish to know how this will be reinforced, as I still see sigs that are too long, longer than the sigs of some people who were already asked to change. Will people only be asked to change their sigs if they are reported? Or will mods contact people whose sigs are not in compliance and ask them to change as they come across them?

Both. Anything that gets reported willl be addressed and speaking for the team, we don't wait for someone to report something if we happen to see it first.

Personally, I haven't seen any out of control sigs. lately but I'm sure they're out there.
 

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There is a "show signature" option where you can hit it and no longer display signatures..

doesn't it seem easier if one individual has a problem with signatures to cut off their display rather than trying to moderate everyone's signatures?
 

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There is a "show signature" option where you can hit it and no longer display signatures..

doesn't it seem easier if one individual has a problem with signatures to cut off their display rather than trying to moderate everyone's signatures?
I don't think you can block viewing other signatures but I'm going to check that in a minute.

I think the show signature is only an option for your own signature - i.e. if I don't want to show my signature in a particular post, that's when I'd deselect the show signature option.

The signature guidelines allow for plenty of lines and pics. - do we really need to see a signature as the focal point instead of the actual post?

I'm all about being creative and unique and there's a way to do that without bright red or pink 20 font with 10 lines and pictures.
 
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