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    I have been on the receiving end of a mod's knowledge of my signature being to big. All I got was some infraction points that were labeled "Violation of the Screenshot and/or Signature guidelines" which told me nothing. I would have never even seen it if I hadn't gone into my UserCP to change my avatar.
    I'm not sure if the mods have the authority to do this; but I would be for having them change the violators signature. to either being blank or saying something like this (mods feel free to use it if you want):
    Signature removed due violation of the Code of Conduct.
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    Edit: I should mention that I don't think the mods are doing a bad job or anything. I just think that the way they are doing it is a bit ineffective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerRock View Post
    ....but I would be for having them change the violators signature. to either being blank....
    I would agree to them blanking the offending banner, and maybe even locking the offender out from being able to have a banner.

    Having said that, they would first have to acknowledge certain people being over the limit, and then decide to do something about it, rather than ignoring them.

    Smiley.
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    Default Your right...

    Thanks Red Rattler...I had not thought of that. I do not allow pop-ups on that particular site so when I tested the link I got no pop-ups.

    I wanted to make it a link to help folks find a image host.

    ImageShack thinks so little of the matter they stopped posting the thumbnails, I guess to save band width.

    I'd still like to know how to make an image a link...
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    Default Been there, seen this...

    Yes, the mods will slap a banner out, and give just about the same verse as suggested!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ_Fox View Post
    It may not happen instantly but we mods will deal with it.
    Sure, it may not happen instantly, but I reported a signature a while ago which is 450 wide by 200 high (and more if you combine what suppose to be under it.), yet is still at those dimensions, time to do something. And if I remember, if members do go over the limit (naturally some do it on purpose), then isn't their a way to disable their signature, or isn't their a way to automatically reduce signatures within the set limits?

    Signatures are not suppose to "overpower" the main area of posts.
    Last edited by Red_Rattler; September 14th, 2008 at 12:33 AM.

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    Default Well, yes but...

    Red you have an excellent point but I would not make a public example of someone. That can be take wrong and cause hard feelings.

    I reported a banner this week using the flag next to the post number.

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    Quickly deleted (unfortunately) before you posted Backyard, but I would really like to post the offending signature(s) - and you can't tell me that 450 wide by 200 high wasn't done on purpose.

    EDIT: Besides smaller picture signatures look neater.

    EDIT-2: Oh by the way Backyard, I did use the report button in the post.
    Last edited by Red_Rattler; September 14th, 2008 at 12:46 AM. Reason: EDIT-3: Added the word unfortunately

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    Hey All

    We appreciate the reporting of oversized sig banners. We try not to be heavy handed about it because some members may not be aware, so we send private reminders of the Code of Conduct limitations. In most situations this works well although it may take a few days because the Trainzer hasn't logged back in.

    I will say that the vast majority of Trainzers who are made aware of this limitation reduce their sig sizes when made aware.

    Cheers

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    I wonder what a freudian analysist would make of the issue of 'banner sizes'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigacooke View Post
    I wonder what a freudian analysist would make of the issue of 'banner sizes'.
    Same as whether it's a big car, big house, big TV, (big Monitor, hehe), etc.

    Those that need to have a bigger banner than anyone else are over-compensating, lol, and as such are admitting it to the rest of the world.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Smileyman View Post
    .....But there is one user who has a banner over half a meg, and I've reported it 3 times in the last few months and it's still there.
    One more post, just to point out that I posted that a week ago (post #30 in this thread) in response to Fox saying that all offenders will be dealt with in time.
    One week on and no change.

    I'm not looking for the Mods to be heavy handed, as this wouldn't be tolerated by the public, including me, but I think the people here would just like to see some consistency.

    If the banner limits are no longer a priority then get rid of them and let chaos begin.

    If banner limits are still a priority then enforce them, especially when the community specifically point you to the offenders.
    If a few polite reminders don't work then issue a few days ban, delete the banner from their sig, whatever you like, but don't pretend you're doing something about it when it's clear you're not.

    Now, as I said previously, I'd like to apply for one of these "get out of jail" cards.
    Are they expensive, or is it more to do with "who you know"?

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    The webmaster responsible for this forum can easily add a few lines of code to politely reject oversize banners and replace the with a simple message like: "Signature not being displayed due to size restrictions". The person responsible for the sig will then quickly get the message. The whole thing would then be automatic, and fingers can't be pointed at anyone except the sig owner.

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    Um Smileyman, you do know that your signature is 518 bytes over the limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smileyman
    One week on and no change
    And I've reported the signature of 450 wide by 200 high + a lot earlier than a week ago, and still no change, even though the person posted yesterday (my time) on here.

    Johnk, I know they can do something similar like that, and it is about time they did.

    Now someone above said we shouldn't be showing who has an offending signature, (& I reported a while ago, and again the other day), but I believe we should, as it might just get them to change it. Since this has taken a while, and it seems it was oversize on purpose (200 high, as against 100 limit, now you can't tell me that that wasn't done on purpose), I have a good mind to post the user's usernames that are way over the limit on my website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Rattler View Post
    Um Smileyman, you do know that your signature is 518 bytes over the limit?
    Lol, no it isn't.
    There are 1024 bytes to 1k, not 1000.
    That's as true now as it was 30 years ago, and I thought that it would be common knowledge by now.

    There are organisations who want the term to mean 1000 bytes, and are trying to get the standard changed, but the fact is we're using a binary system (power of 2) and it's clearly 1024 bytes, and unless you're familiar with the works of the IEC and other like-minded organisations, then you probably made the same mistake most people have made.

    Incidentally, if they have their way, we'll lose the word kilobyte and have to say kibibyte (I think) instead, as well as having words to replace megabyte and gigabyte too.
    Don't you just hate it when short, fat, bald men sit around a table and try to fix something that's not broken.

    I digress.
    Back to the point.

    Unless Auran have moved the goalposts again, the limit it 30k and my banner is 29.8k.
    Or, if you like, the limit is 30720 bytes and my banner is 30518 bytes.

    And when I create my banners, I get them as close to 30k as possible.
    It's how I get my kicks.

    I started programming z80 machine code around 1980, and I've been graphic designing for about 15 years, so as you can imagine, byte size and graphic files are sort of my area.

    As for naming people on your website, I think it might be a bit extreme, and possibly unfair to some.
    We don't know that everyone with an oversize banner has been contacted, or that they've read this thread.

    In the first instance, they should be contacted by a Mod and politely told, and then given time to change it.
    We don't know if that's happening or not.

    I'm not convinced that Auran are all that interested in this forum at the moment, and that they couldn't care less what happens here.
    Watch all that change temporarily when the release of TRS2009 gets nearer.

    Smiley.
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    Default ...my new hobby...

    I'm OK with that Red...

    I reported 2 today...so far...

    It's up to the mods...
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