This is our rule in this forum.
Please update the FAQ with this and other rules and regulations.
Why do we only want this? cause some posts in threads looks smaller than the users signature, not what we want. We are a graphics art forum and want to keep it clean.
An avatar/signature is just to add a bit of personality to yourself. You don’t need a cool animated avatar if you make a cool animation.
You don’t need a long signature if you post a long, helpful tutorial/comment/joke/etc.
Having only 130 or so posts in nearly two years, I attempt to reply and post new threads which contain relevant and meaningful content. I find it regretfull that some of us are saddled with regulations designed for those with less than usefull insight into graphics arts.
What amount of content is relevant and usefull over a similar period when the users post count exceeds say 1000 or even 2000? It is my experience over the past two years, considering the content of many posts and the reported demographics of the posters, that many these members needs would be better served with IRC.
Yet this is the measure of how long a signature should be. I would have found “a longer signature takes up too much space on our hardware” more plausable, but not by much in this day and age of dynamic content.
We don’t allow either Religious or Political content in the signatures, same goes for posts/threads. This is to prevent flamewars and personal attacks, as we have learned that not everyone accept other people beliefs.
This I can understand. In much the same way I will not edit my first signature line to include Arr Matey!!s’ username. It was only meant in humor yet I can clearly see how it may be construed as a personal attack.
What I find a personal attack is when someone wishes to censor and edit a form of expression as personal as a signature. Arr Matey!! in your own words you state:
An avatar/signature is just to add a bit of personality to yourself.
Yet it is this very form of expressing my personality that you wish to censor. No, one or two of these quotes alone are not sufficient to fully express what I intended with three. Would it be acceptable to edit or modify a thumbnail of ones works because someone was offended? How much meaning and understanding of the work would be lost with black bars across “offensive” material? Should links to galleries be deleted simply because one does not like or agree with the content? Perhaps I should append my post titles with WARNING: LONG SIGNATURE in a similar fashion to renders including female nudity.
Finally you must remember that this is the internet and a forum. What real life consequences does the 3 line signature really have? Again, I can see where political/religious content makes an admin/mods life hell. My signature does neither. What it boils down to is an outdated fear of wasting valuable server space and someones belief that just because they are happy with the rules everyone is. Its not that rules are bad and unnecessary yet some are really just guidelines. The 3 line rule demands if not requires an individual consideration when the precieved line is crossed.
In closing I feel that I should be exempted form this rule with respect to my current signature and I ask the administrators and moderators grant this request.