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Author Topic: Forum Signature Spam: Let's discuss how to handle..  (Read 16871 times)
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« Reply #50 on: September 27, 2007, 07:23:58 AM »

Just to throw my two cents in. I don't care what people put in their signature. If you don't want to read them, turn them off. A signature is just that - it tells you something about the person.
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« Reply #51 on: September 27, 2007, 07:41:54 AM »

How about removing all the issues once and for all by being radical and just don't allow signatures if they upset people? Everyone can provide a URL link under their name (a little green globe) on the left. Why not say that if you want to link some where do it there. If you have more than one link you want to share you can set up a webpage with all your links in one place and give that pages as your one URL. There are plenty of free web hosting services out there with easy build pages.

An alternative and simple solution is to set up new user with the default setting of signatures turned off - it is then up to individuals if they want to view signatures?
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« Reply #52 on: September 27, 2007, 07:43:26 AM »

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i think it's better if any links in the sig is about DonationCoder.com only

i think you were kidding but in case you werent, i'll just say clearly that no we wouldn't do that, we want people to be able to link to their websites and interests.
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« Reply #53 on: September 27, 2007, 07:51:09 AM »

i don't think we want to turn off signatures en masse, i think they add some nice flavor, and like tinjaw says, anyone who doesnt want to see any signatures can easily turn them all off.

this isn't a big deal, just something we might be able to improve a little with some suggested guidelines.

and you know we can't help tinkering with things here and discussing the "best" solution to any given problem smiley

the other alternate solution that i think might be a nice little forum modification that let users enable and disable specific user's signatures in an easy way, with the ability to mark certain users signatures as disabled by default.  like just a little + or - button to the left of a signature that collapses it to 1 line hight, and the setting would be remembered forever, so once you collapse someones signature it will remain collapsed *for you* on every post they make until you expand it again, and vice versa.  i just don't know if that's not overkill.
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« Reply #54 on: September 27, 2007, 08:44:30 AM »

I have a problem with affiliate links, period. But links to other sites than DC doesn't bother me, depending on content... I don't think mrainey's links, for instance, are bad (although as soon as somebody links to a commercial product, it should be very clear how they're affiliated with it).
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« Reply #55 on: September 27, 2007, 09:13:31 AM »

I stand with f0dder, affiliate links make no sense and significantly reduces the quality of the forum, but i think that has been discussed in other threads and has been declared as banned. What intrigues me is why IQlover still uses that sign, showing an absolute disrespect for the rules of the forum.

As for links for other sites, please don't ban those, i like to visit other member's sites, and find some of them are very interesting!
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« Reply #56 on: September 27, 2007, 09:16:23 AM »

Also while spam certainly is annoying and spammers are not really "nice people" I think it is more important to welcome new (potentially nice) members instead of chasing a few (definitely bad) spammers. I mean, certain measures against spam are ok, but we shouldn't put too much effort (time, nerves, attention) to it - the rest of the community would feel the lack of attention.

How do we detect those "affiliate sites" the easy, simple, maybe effortless way?

I think I might like the idea of minimum number of posts. Very few "bad people" will still "break" this limit, but I think DC community is able to deal with that.

In the meantime I have disabled all the sigs, so no matter what the outcome I can easily accept it cheesy
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« Reply #57 on: September 27, 2007, 09:00:34 PM »

i think you were kidding but in case you werent, i'll just say clearly that no we wouldn't do that, we want people to be able to link to their websites and interests.

mouser, you missed the winky at the end of my sentence.. smiley anyway, we can leave the signature option on by default for new users and remind them that there is an option to turn it off.. also for users who unaware of the rules (nobody reads every line) and sport ten-foot high banners display inappropriate links in their sig, the mods can always send a gentle hint..
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« Reply #58 on: September 27, 2007, 09:32:04 PM »

I personally didn't notice any signature spam, but I am only on DC for short bursts of time. undecided

cody says ban all signatures unless he's in them. and make the minimum allowed size be 1000 px tall.
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I am guilty of the large picture-in-sig thing, but I am not the only one around  Wink

Well, going against myself, i think that tall signatures with big images might become anoying. (i do love mine, though tongue) But people around here tend to be polite, and i probably have the biggest sign in the forum.
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« Reply #59 on: September 29, 2007, 04:51:55 AM »

Finally i disabled showing the signatures of other users. The last straw was a signature with an animated image. In my opinion a signature should be an addon to a posting but never should detach the attraction from the content to the signature. The content of a posting is the important part and the signature should be small and unintrusive. It's a pity to disable the signatures because i liked many of them, especially when they contain links to interesting sites, but the current signature rules offer too much room for "abuse".
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