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We've re-enabled signatures by default

Posted by Fuzz , 06 February 2013 · 1,467 views

In December of last year I decided to disable signatures by default for all members plus any members that registered. I felt this change would be a net positive for the forum, and while I still believe that, it's clear that those who care most about signatures felt differently. After some thinking I realized it was unfair for me to make this change without broad support from the forum. As of today I've re-enabled signatures across the forum.
 
If you'd prefer to hide them again, you can do so your "Ignore Preferences" by checking the box near the top of that page that says "Ignore all signatures when reading topics and personal messages".
 
Because we've re-enabled them site-wide, we've decided we will be enforcing the sig rules more strictly. Here are those rules:
  • Only one animated gif per signature. 
  • Sigs are limited to 700px (width) x 250px (height) total (which means any text + images you have must be smaller than 250px tall). Click the spoiler below for a sample of that size
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  • Nothing NSFW (not safe for work) in signatures and avatars. Don't forget users often visit GDC at school and work. We don't need anyone getting in trouble because someone thought the whole world should see Billie Joe's dick in their sig.
 
If you're breaking any of these rules, expect a moderator to send you a PM. If anyone has a signature that's obnoxiously large we will likely just delete it ourselves then let you know why we did. If you guys see a signature you think is way too big, please use the Report This Member link on the bottom right of a users profile so the mods can take care of it.
 
Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions below. 

  • justcause, Kaddi., Jaymee!! and 20 others like this


:yay: good decision, Andres :)

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Unabling them right now.

Life was easier, faster and less messier without signatures :P

    • The Snark, BeachBum, Tubbie Head and 4 others like this
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Good call, Fuzzicle :happy:
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Turned the godawful things back off. :)
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It's Splash Time
Feb 06 2013 10:03 AM

Thank fuck you saw sense. :happy:

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kewl. long live the 'zoo.

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Tubbie Head
Feb 06 2013 10:31 AM

Will turn them off. It was much better without them =) But good for people who liked them.

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Bastard of 1967
Feb 06 2013 10:35 AM

Agree on all counts, including clarifying and enforcing the rules so people can express their personality without turning the board into a graffiti wall.  Good call.

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Supa Hot Fire
Feb 06 2013 10:46 AM

Fuck Yeah!!!

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:dance:
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OMG Ceadog's signature is not going to be cool anymore

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OMG Ceadog's signature is not going to be cool anymore

I blocked that abomination straight after I re-enabled sigs :P
Yours was second.
    • Hermione, Florence, Little Girl Little One and 3 others like this
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Lady Nightlife
Feb 06 2013 11:49 AM

I think it's good you're enabling sigs by default. And, I also think it's great you guys are going to enforce the sig rules. The main reason sigs get annoying anyway is when they have 5000 gifs in them or are enormous.

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Florence will be very happy.

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Maria Gloria
Feb 06 2013 12:26 PM
Yay, I think this is a really good decision. :)
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:dance: YAY!

 

Florence will be very happy.

of course :wub:

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I love you. I swear I do. 

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Dr. Queen Schultz
Feb 06 2013 03:20 PM

This is great news! I think it's much more inviting for new members to be creative and individual. If they don't feel like that, they cans still turn them off...so this is a good decision!

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Just Another Joe
Feb 06 2013 04:32 PM

I like these new rules.

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November's Storms
Feb 06 2013 05:43 PM

I preferred the previous option, anyone who really cares should be able to enable them, otherwise leave them out. I'll be hiding them again now.

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