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Question: Should images in signatures allowed?
No, please disallow them. They are annoying.
Yes, I think they are a valuable feature.
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July 06, 2011, 05:29:41 PM
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Most forums that allow images in signatures have a clearly defined size limit.

I think that this would greatly help to clean up the forum and to make it more readable.
I think I've only seen one person with a signature image larger than the two posters above us.  I don't see this as really helping forum readability, personally.  But I think a size limit is a good rule to put in place in case people DO start abusing their sigs.  I just haven't seen much abuse of it myself.
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July 06, 2011, 05:33:20 PM
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I already remove annoying signatures.

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July 06, 2011, 05:40:11 PM
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I already remove annoying signatures.
Can you give a specific definition of what qualifies as "annoying"?  Beyond a certain size?  Animated?

It would be nice to know what the specific rules are on signatures.
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July 06, 2011, 06:14:58 PM
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Anything much longer than the standard banner size is too long and may be removed. I don't generally remove other annoying signatures (animated, bright colors, stupid, etc.) unless I'm sure most people find them annoying (I just AdBlock them for myself).

Anyone caught "cookie stuffing" using embedded images (in signatures and elsewhere) will be permanently banned.

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July 06, 2011, 06:29:15 PM
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By too long, do you mean too tall?  Or too wide?

Would you be against laying out specific guidelines for people to follow?  i.e. larger than 500x60 is not ok, or something like that?
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July 07, 2011, 12:32:26 AM
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Too tall. Too-wide signatures get a scroll bar, so that doesn't really matter.

I'm not going to give an exact number. It depends on the situation. For example, if someone always writes high-quality page-long posts, they can probably get away with a larger signature. If your signature is usually longer than your posts, then it is definitely too long.

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July 07, 2011, 06:06:42 AM
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Fair enough - thanks for the answers.
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July 07, 2011, 10:01:18 PM
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Anyone caught "cookie stuffing" using embedded images (in signatures and elsewhere) will be permanently banned.

You mean like setting your avatar URL to a TradeHill referral link?

http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?action=profile;u=16339
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July 07, 2011, 10:19:03 PM
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Anyone caught "cookie stuffing" using embedded images (in signatures and elsewhere) will be permanently banned.

You mean like setting your avatar URL to a TradeHill referral link?

http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?action=profile;u=16339

That's not cookie stuffing - that's linking an image.
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July 07, 2011, 10:35:52 PM
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Anyone caught "cookie stuffing" using embedded images (in signatures and elsewhere) will be permanently banned.

You mean like setting your avatar URL to a TradeHill referral link?

http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?action=profile;u=16339

That's not cookie stuffing - that's linking an image.

It's not an image.  It's an IMG tag pointing to the TradeHill home page, which is HTML.  So there is no valid avatar image, but viewing a page containing that IMG tag results in a cookie for TradeHill referral code TH-R195.  That pretty clearly meets the description of "cookie stuffing" on wikipedia.
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July 07, 2011, 10:41:23 PM
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Anyone caught "cookie stuffing" using embedded images (in signatures and elsewhere) will be permanently banned.

You mean like setting your avatar URL to a TradeHill referral link?

http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?action=profile;u=16339

That's not cookie stuffing - that's linking an image.

It's not an image.  It's an IMG tag pointing to the TradeHill home page, which is HTML.  So there is no valid avatar image, but viewing a page containing that IMG tag results in a cookie for TradeHill referral code TH-R195.  That pretty clearly meets the description of "cookie stuffing" on wikipedia.
My bad - I glossed over what you were saying.  Wink
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July 07, 2011, 11:01:02 PM
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How about instead of restricting image sizes, automaticly check the size of images, and for the images that are too big the system will automaticly add the appropriate HTML tag parameters to make them fit in the maximum for the dimension that it's over (or both if it's too big both ways) ? This way people using too big images will still get to show them without needing to run their images thru an image editing proggie, but their sig images will load slower and will not look as nice.

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July 07, 2011, 11:27:43 PM
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Folks, I like your image size idea. Restricting images just looked so straight forward. Of course more customization (size, animation, ...) wouldn't be bad. Wink

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July 08, 2011, 12:48:29 AM
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You mean like setting your avatar URL to a TradeHill referral link?

http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?action=profile;u=16339

Exactly. Thanks for the report!

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