Before you create your personal signature
for this forum (see next post below for instructions),
please make sure that it complies with these rules/guidelines.
If your signature (or sig file) fails to comply, it may be blocked until it complies, or your entire posts may be deleted.SIGNATURE FILES — what's acceptable and what's not
A signature file is the quid pro quo
(fair exchange) for contributing to the discussion. The forum owners offer you the chance to promote yourself -- but the emphasis is on FAIR exchange. One line posts, like "I agree" or "there is a lot of useful information here" are generally seen as lame excuses for posting your signature file to get backlinks, and are considered to be a form of forum spamming.
As a general guide, please keep this in mind: your signature is NOT the most important element in a post for viewers. Its priority is always secondary to the content of your post, or it's really just forum spam. Signature files are clearly identified by a short footnote rule (line) that keeps them separate from the main post, otherwise it's obviously a "faux" signature (which WILL be deleted — see below).
In terms of font size and style, colour, etc, your signature should appear similar in style to the main post. It should not
be indented, starred, or otherwise treated to make it visually dominant. The following guidelines should be observed when creating your signature file. Variations in style, weight, size and colour should be used to highlight important elements of your signature, not
for the entire signature.Bottom Line: if you're going to post a signature file, at least contribute something worthwhile to the discussion or risk your post being moderated or deleted or your signature blocked on that post.
"Thank you" posts are always welcome — but please don't expect to see your signature displayed unless the post contains something of substance as well.WARNING: No faux or pseudo signature files allowed!
These are additions to the main body
of a post that are meant to look like genuine signatures.
Sometimes they're posted by inexperienced newcomers who don't know how to create a proper signature. If that's you, read the post below to learn how to do it properly.
Most, however, are sneaky attempts to change the poster's backlinks according to the current topic
without having to post a global signature (which needs to be more general because it appears on every post by that person).Faux or pseudo signatures WILL be deleted on sight and repeat offenders banned.Maximum of 255 characters
, including spaces, punctuation and code tags.No large font sizes.
Be polite... don't shout! Maximum size: 12 pt/px (size = 100).No ALL CAPITALS.
Again, be polite. Don't shout!No repeated exclamation (!) or question (?) marks.
One is enough. More than one screams "amateur"!Use color for highlighting ONLY.
No signature files with large slabs of bright, garish colors. Use it sparingly.Affiliate links and commercial site links are allowed in signature files
are allowed.No links to other forums
-- it's very
bad manners.No telephone numbers or email addresses
may be included in signatures. They will
be removed. Repeat offenders will be banned.No images are permitted in signatures.
None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Your signature file WILL be blocked on sight and you'll be warned. If you persist, you'll be banned — permanently.>>> Maximum of FOUR (4) lines, including blank lines, in signature files. <<<A final thought on your signature file
For most people posting on these forums, the real
value in having back-links displayed in a signature is NOT receiving lots of click-throughs by forum readers. (Yes, that's highly-desirable if it happens, but the volume of clicks is typically fairly low on any forum.)
value lies in the "link juice"
you can gain from having back-links to your site from a site that enjoys a Google page rank
of 5 or higher.What does this mean for YOU in terms of creating your signature?
- Bending the rules on font size, colors, etc is pretty pointless. The search egine spiders and crawlers take no notice of them... they're only interested in the back-links, nothing else.
- Pushing the envelope in this way is very likely to get your signature blocked and you banned from these forums — which means NO back-links or "link juice" for you. (Kind of defeats the original purpose of creating your signature in the first place, doesn't it?)