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Sigs - why have them?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Dean, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    In general, sigs seem to be a constant source of grief, what is the point of having sigs?

    This is a general question, nothing to do with xf.com, nor any other specific forum. On our site they collect spam and other unwanted content. Occasionally they add value but no more value than a custom field in someones profile.

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  2. Floris

    Floris Guest

    On my site I reward users for making new threads, by showing only the first post with signature. And not post replies :)
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  3. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    On my site I ditched signatures except for advertisers and even then only permitted one single image (with a link). Otherwise it just messes up the look of the forum. On this site, I have switched them off, so I don't see any of them. Looks nicer.
  4. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    Because vBulletin implemented them and everyone thought it's the new norm.
  5. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    I have them off on this site too, because the software is so blindingly fast, the difference in speed is large.

    vb did that first?

    Overall, for many boards, sigs are incredibly helpful when I visit as a member. But having a blank field called 'signature' where anyone can put whatever they want, is a bit of a headache from an admin point of view. I realize that they can have severe restrictions, and ours are. But people are adept at putting awkward things in a sig which is in every post, indexed by the search engines. On a few forums I see people joining, setting their sig to advertise their company, making some marginal posts then never returning.
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  6. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    I mean in the forum world, vB is [was?] the software being compared against so all the other forums implemented it without restriction.
  7. Floris

    Floris Guest

    vB was not the first.
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  8. Boothby

    Boothby Active Member

    I think news groups in the 80's were the first.
  9. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I allow limited sigs as a reward for posting on my forum.
  10. zappaDPJ

    zappaDPJ Well-Known Member

    I think they give the user more scope for presenting an identity and I always allow them on my forums but with size restrictions and no animation.
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  11. Spenser

    Spenser Active Member

    There are more things that I personally would see on the same level - and sigs are the least annoying.
  12. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    If vBulletin didn't start it who made signatures the new norm?
  13. Kuma

    Kuma Active Member

    Text based BBS's? Its a signature line, most of us have them in emails etc.
  14. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    You have peaked my curiosity. Any examples?

    My plan is to have all members profiles not-viewable by guests/search engines, so the things in profiles would not be as much of an issue.
  15. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    Why not have signatures? It's just a fun thing, I really don't see the big deal about having them or not having them.
  16. Kyle

    Kyle Member

    Personally, I don't have a big problem with sigs, as long as they don't contain images. On my site, we run strict signature limits restricting the # of lines, # of characters, and font sizes. A lot of forums I frequent don't police sigs and I find it very distracting with all of this junk interspersed into the content area.
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  17. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I'm not all that strict with signatures, though I do limit amount of images, size of font, and how many lines (And height) of the overall signature area.
  18. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

  19. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    I use sigs for everybody and advertisers can have a paid ad in it. Could not do without it really.

    What I hope it that XenForo makes it possible for me to:

    • Disallow an Usergroup to create a sig
    • ... but... allow me (the admin) to create a sig for an user in that group and this will be shown as the sig of that user
    This... would be so awesome if you allow advertisers to show the promotional sig but do not want them to create it or change it on their own. I would die (well not for real :p) for an option like this. Really... I will buy 2 XF licenses without a second of doubt then (even if it doesn't provide Blogs and a Dutch language pack yet...).

    [Edit]... some history dug up from the grave (<--- fitting word thinking of vB's current state huh...) : http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/show...-to-change-Signature (I requested this 8 (!) years ago. As you can see... I was desperate ;). And I realize I might be requesting something that no-one else needed at the time and now.
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  20. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    Exactly, that's why I hate the crap out of them. You end up doing the forum version of Where's Waldo - hunting down the one-sentence post amidst all the color-fonted, animated swooping dancing text and images.

    I have mine in a collapse box, thanks to a Mod that someone kindly made for me a long while back.
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