Over the years our rules on signatures have evolved and changed quite a bit. I have been seeing and hearing about a number of problems with some member signatures that result in major distractions while trying to read topics and stuff. I am talking about things like reading a post that includes a signature which seems to be 10 times as long as each post a member makes or including some things that distract while reading a topic. I think the time has come for some new limits to be placed on signatures.
These are the new limits for signatures:
Number of images: 1 image at 300 x 60 pixels
Number of lines: 9
BBCodes removed: Quote and Spoiler from signatures: Quote and Spoiler
Some explanation for these...
Number of images: This rule remains unchanged form the current. I know many people have asked for being able to put larger images in their sigs but a signature is meant to be more a brief expression of yourself and not a big one... You can express yourself best using the fields in your profile.
Number of lines: The new limit helps to control how much space a signature takes up on a page. Nine lines is about the size of the quick reply box. There is not a limit on font size since each font is different. We do ask that you keep font size reasonable. If your signature is taking up more space than the quick reply box at the bottom of a topic page, then it is probably too big. I know a lot of people like to list out their collections... Which is awesome to see... But not with EVERY post they make. I have added a 'My Collection' area to your profiles. You can add as many lines as you need to show off your collection of virtual pets. Just edit your profile to fill in your collections.
BBCodes removed: These two bbcodes have been used by some and so I am sorry if this disappoints anyone. They are distracting and mostly unneeded in a signature. They can be used in posting and everywhere else like before... Just not in signatures.
One additional signature thing many people have asked about is adding a 'Likes' image like the ones Graficks made for all the TamaTalk Staff. He was kind enough to make images that everyone can use in their signature.
You can insert one of these into your signature by putting the bbcodes above. This only works in signatures. If you use the bbcode to insert it then this image will NOT count against your 1 image limit.
Please understand that changes to rules like this are never taken lightly. The Guides and I have been discussing this for a while. We know new limits can seem cruel but please udnerstand that we are aiming for a smooth reading experience for everyone.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.