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Signature Rules

Signature Rules

Your signature block is intended as a opportunity for you to tell people about yourself using a few words, and optionally, an image. Things such as your name, location, a favorite quote, a small picture of your pet, your business logo, or a link to your web store are all perfectly appropriate. Signatures should be tasteful and not overpower post content.

Quick Summary of Signature Rules – Detailed Explanations Below
  • Content is subject to the Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy
  • Limited commercial content is permitted as described below
  • Limited to 600 characters of text including BB Code formatting
  • Maximum text size is BB Code size 4
  • One static uploaded image; 125w x 125h or 468w x 60h pixels maximum
  • Three links are permitted; one can be your signature image
General Signature Content

Content is subject to the Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy.

Limited commercial content is allowed in signatures, but do not use the signature block as a classified advertisement. Feel free to use your logo, describe in general what you sell, and link to your site, but do not advertise current sales, special offers, new arrivals, etc.. If there is any commercial content in your signature you must have your full name and location in your profile.

We do not encourage the use of religious content in signatures. However, we recognize that a person's religious convictions or lack thereof are important aspects of their personality. Sharing such information can dissolve some of the anonymity of the Internet and help to build relationships and a sense of community. Therefore, brief statements which contain religious ideas are permitted in signatures. Do not use your signature as a "bully pulpit", or as a means to belittle or offend other members. Don't demean other points of view.

Political statements are not permitted in signatures.

Signature Text Formatting

Limited to 600 characters of text including BB Code formatting
Maximum text size is BB Code size 4

"BB Code" is the text formatting such as [b]My Text[/b] for bold.
Most BB Code is automatically applied by your choices in the editor window.
Use the editors in Standard (not WYSIWYG) Mode to see the BB Code.

Text formatting (sizing, colors, bold, etc.) adds to the character count. When you add a color for instance, the codes [color="Red"]some text[/color] are added to your text. These count against your total character count. So, you can have the maximum amount of text (600 characters) and no formatting, or you can have less text and include some formatting. It's up to you how you spend your character budget.

Images

One static uploaded image; 125h x 125h or 468w x 60h pixels maximum

Images in signatures must be uploaded as signature pictures (sigpics)
Inline linked images (i.e. URLs within IMG tags pointing off-site) are not allowed.
Smileys do not count as images.

Upload your signature image through your User Control Panel
Place the BBCode [sigpic][/sigpic] where you want the image to display

Two standard static web images sizes are permitted:
  • 125 x 125 pixels (aka, a “square button”)
  • 468w x 60h pixels (aka, a “full banner”)
Your image does not have to be these exact dimensions, it has to fit within one of those limits. So, if your image is 125px wide or less, it may be up to 125px tall. If your image is over 125px wide, it is limited to 60px tall.

Links

Three links are permitted; one can be your signature image

BB Code for links: [URL="http://www.mycoolsite.com"]My Cool Site[/URL]
Link your image: [URL="http://www.somesite.com"][sigpic][/sigpic][/URL]

You may link to:
  • Your non-commercial site related to a hobby, interest, etc.
  • Your commercial site selling items related to pens, pen supplies, or pen making
  • An eBay store operated by you selling pen-related items
  • Your section of a shared pen store or pen-artists site
  • Your album on a photo-sharing site such as Flickr or Photobucket
  • Your profile on a social networking site such as Facebook
Obscured links such as TinyURL pointers, spelled-out URLs, etc., are not permitted. You are strongly encouraged to wrap your link in BB Code URL tags to give it a descriptive title.
 
Height Limit

Signatures will be hard limited by software to 150px high. This is plenty of real estate for you to get your message across. Use the max image or big text as you wish, but pushing everything to the limit will result in a chopped off signature block.
This document was updated August 15, 2012

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