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How do i put an Image in my sig?

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Images in sigs may be restored when we have time at some future point (though perhaps only for GDNet+ members who already have free reign with avatars).

The main problem was that people abused images in their signature with huge or animated (or huge *and* animated) images. These where often the same people who posted 5 word responses and didn't understand why they where being asked to reduce their signature size. Frankly this is *not* a kiddie board, we prefer content over page tall signatures and huge amounts of useless triva beside each post as seen on some php* boards. (you know things are wrong when you have to go searching the screen for the actual one line message posted)

Some people have suggested magical signature readers to determine image size and properties, but that's just not really practical (besides basic logistics, there is the matter of image servers that could changed the result based on who requests them, so that the GDNet server always gets a small non-animated version and thinks it's alright).

One method we might use (perhaps people would like to give feedback in this thread) is to require image tags to have hardcoded width and height values in thr tag. This makes things a little harder (you need to manually check the size of the image you want to use, and you can't dynamically change it as easily), but it would let us at least take care of the oversized signature problem (animated signatures would still be a concern).

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It's not storage size and bandwidth, it's *screen size*. As stated, this is not a kiddie board, we don't like seeing screen high eye sore signatures of animated dragon ball z characters all for a post that's probably only 1 line. At the moment we do send warnings to people who create signatures that are too large (screenwise), however they are few because of the fact that they only have text to work with.

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It's not only a matter of screensize, it's also a matter of image size. Some people use Dial Up, or other slow connections.
Personally I think you should allow images for everyone, but make an option for the users not to view the images in signatures.
Or, to get rid of animations, allow only JPG images (I know, some images look and compress better as gif, but this might be a necesary tradeoff).

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Again that runs into the ultimately unwinnable attempt to determine details about an image. Getting the image size requires getting the file (same problem as above), and checking extensions for "JPG" isn't very helpful either (servers can report images as GIF even if the extension says JPG, and Mozilla/Firefox treat all images as one type and then examine the file header to determine the exact decoder anyway)

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I think this is one of the best improvements of gamedev. Especially when compared with the idiotic days of resist banners.

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Please don't put an image in your signature. I don't want this forum to turn into a forum full of wasted bandwidth on crappy image signatures that take up half the screen.

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Michalson, your avatar might have a bigger filesize than all other images on this page combined. [rolleyes]

Anyway, if you've been to a forum with signatures bigger than the post, you'll know why it's not allowed. I'm glad GameDev also has a fixed avatar size, and avatars only for people that pay. I don't know how much bandwith it runs, but GameDev seems like a very well maintained community.

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I think it's great the way it is, with no images in the signatures. GDNet is after all a technical forum, or at least that is that is the way most people view and use it. I, for one, visit gamedev to learn something, not to just hang out. SigImg's wouldn't provide much to the quality of this community, since avatars are already around to help identify users at a glance.

Perhaps SigImg's could be allowed in the Lounge. I don't really care; I never visit the lounge [wink].

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Original post by staaf
Perhaps SigImg's could be allowed in the Lounge.

I agree. Since the lounge is an "anything goes" forum in terms of topic, I wouldn't mind allowing people to have images in their signatures there. Of course, then we would have the problem of some idiotic people putting inappropriate images in their signatures. Maybe then we could rename the lounge "The Ghetto of GameDev.net"? (actually, that wouldn't be a bad idea now).

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