Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:33 PM
Yes, you can go to your options and turn off signatures when reading topics... But should people have to?
So, as with most other decisions made in this community of ours, I'd like people to vote on what they want as well as a healthy discussion about why or why not. Your vote will count in this so please speak your mind and cast your vote!
Should we allow videos to be included in signatures?
Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:58 PM
Posted 02 February 2011 - 01:40 PM
There is a character limit in signatures. I thought this was to make sure they do not get too long.
Videos + Text can take up a large portion of the screen. I have seen one or two signature that cover 60% of my 40in w/resolution "1920x1080".
I would assume that someone with a slightly older computer and smaller screen would have to do ALOT of scrolling after wait for loading.
Maybe a Better Idea:: If users want the community to watch a video, there should be an option on the profile?
Edited by phnx0313, 02 February 2011 - 01:43 PM.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 01:49 PM
Isn't it easier to just post the link in your siggy?
Posted 02 February 2011 - 02:07 PM
I think it would be nice to still have signatures, but to those abusing the coding and trying to side step the BBCoding... Its really unfair. I know there is a way to block certain BBCodes but I'm not that familiar with a video/music player codes. (Not too much anyway) I'm more into HTML design....
I have a pretty good internet behind me but once people put in a video/music code... It starts to slow down. It gets onto downloading from the site linked. (youtube for instance) It takes the time to download the other linked videos, the embedding codes and related videos as well... Before you even hit play. It drives me insane if I'm not on youtube myself.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 03:08 PM
I have a decent computer and broadband internet, and I lag.
I also have a much older computer that can only go up to 800x600 resolution. The scrolling coupled with the lag gets to be rather annoying.
ShutUpAndSmile brings up a good point, too. I know I don't even watch the embedded videos in signatures. If we wanted to watch it, a link would have been just fine.
I believe that users should not have to turn all signatures off just so they won't lag when browsing TamaTalk.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 03:42 PM
Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:11 AM
Yes, they should stay.
EDIT: Wait, what about the ability to just turn off videos from your profile? If you don't want to see them then you don't. Could that work?
Edited by The Rollington Express, 03 February 2011 - 12:14 AM.
Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:48 AM
It takes up lots of space and slows me down when I'm scrolling and want to see a topic. Also, when my cursor hits the very large square video, I can't use the arrow keys to scroll down. Even the pictures shown at the start can be inappropriate for young children. I don't want to turn the signature showing off because I quite like reading most people's signatures.
Posted 03 February 2011 - 07:49 PM
It will make your computer lag. People will be annoyed.
A better idea is to put it on your 'About Me' page.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 08:27 AM
Edited by tama v9, 04 February 2011 - 08:31 AM.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:42 AM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 10:09 AM
We other users should be able to turn off vids in sigs
Also maybe have a section for our profile for vids
If we do have vids in our signatures, can we make it so the vids don't automatically turn on, because I want to read in peace at certain times. I've been on sites where people's vids are sigs and they blare and you have to scroll down to shut it off.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:42 PM
I won't type it all out though because It's already been said, but I've seen a user with a video in their signature. No, I won't complain about lag, screen scrolling, etc, etc, etc, but I will say something.
I have never ever bothered to watch those videos. And, if the people aren't going to watch them, it's just wasting their screen space and possibly broadband/internet for no reason. So they could, maybe, but it on their about me, where there's plenty of room. Then, they could put in their signature 'This video has moved to my About Me page' or something (:
Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:53 PM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:06 PM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:19 PM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:28 PM
Posted 05 February 2011 - 06:03 AM
Posted 05 February 2011 - 09:52 AM
1) For someone with a small screen, it would take a lot of scrolling to get past the video they probably don't even care about, just to get to the next comment. I used to get very agitated when I had to do that for one person, never mind possibly having to do it for a whole thread.
2) If someone does have a slow connection, that's wasting their time on a video they probably won't even watch. Again, when I had slower connection, I used to stay away from forums that allowed media in the signatures (or free-for-all media in the post), because it would take FOREVER to load. And by the time it got there, I was so upset that I just lost all interest.
3) We probably don't care about the video. I apologize if that sounds rude, but, I don't care enough about any video to have it take up most of my screen and slow my computer down.
4) Why can't a link suffice? A simple link to the video, and a few words saying what it is, should capture my attention enough to get me to watch the video. If it doesn't, it doesn't. But it won't irritate me like having the actual video will. Or, better yet, create a small section (SMALL) on the profile page for one video that the user wants the community to see. (With limitations, of course. Like the auto-scaling of the video, image quality, etc.)
Anyone of those suggestions will do. Or, better yet, let's not have it at all? However, I just really, REALLY don't think that videos should be allowed in the signature. At all.