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DoorToNothing Heartless Emblem.png — I dreamed last night... I got on the boat to Heaven!

And by some chance, I had brought my dice along! — 02:20, December 12, 2010 (UTC)

Keyblade-Blk.png As I have discovered from reviewing the results and forum-condemned brackets of the Kingdom Hearts Wiki's "The Keyblade War" tournament, I am noticing a difficulty in checking signatures to make sure they are non-anon (by signature), as well as with reading the votes and signatures. Many signatures are extremely elaborate, with flashing colors and graphics, use incredibly large images that actually force the line of text to be larger, which looks terrible and breaks continuity in writing/conversation, and/or does not display the name of the user directly or at all, instead forcing the reader to leave the page in order to see who the user is.

As we continue to develop in our creativity and... elegancy brutality of graphics in our signatures, which has done nothing but become very overbearing and disruptive over the last few months, I am proposing a signature policy for the Kingdom Hearts Wiki. Now, before I begin, this wiki is going to become a practical fansite, so this may not apply to the contributors or viewers that solely read and do not contribute to discussion or editing of the wiki productively... which sadly is an actual percentage of the wiki that cannot be ignored. However, this policy, if agreed upon, will be taken to the new Kingdom Hearts Wiki and carried out there.

This policy almost directly mirrors the Final Fantasy Wiki's policy on signatures. The reason? Compare how clean their tournament brackets are to ours in terms of the signatures' brutality, nuisance-like qualities, ability to tell who the author is, and the numbers of breaks in lines due to obtrusive images:

FFWiki:

KHWiki:

Please leave your comments and proposals that may be required to make this policy an agreeable one. Personally, I am absolutely tired of having to click on a user's signature, which sometimes forces you have to even go through the annoying and unnecessary trouble of finding the link in the signature, to see who wrote the corresponding message. Seeing pictures and characters that are tall, large, and aren't needed to simply say "I WROTE THIS" is aesthetically unpleasing and do not settle well with me either.

Lastly, I already discussed this with several KHWiki IRC-goers, and we all found this to be an acceptable policy we can benefit from. We all importantly agreed that while signatures are a form of user expression, expression does not require being obtrusive and disruptive with what you use to display yourself.

Proposed Policy[edit]

  • All signatures must clearly display the username of the posting user. Since this is the English Kingdom Hearts Wiki, all signatures must also use a Latin script (A, B, C... X, Y, Z) to display the user name.
    • For those of you with creative Japanese signatures, these will still be allowed, so long as your usual user name has already been written out in Latin characters.
    • Abridging is fine, so long as the author of the comment is still obvious.
  • All signatures must be followed or include a timestamp. This is not a large issue since this is already being done for the most part, but without a timestamp, we cannot tell when a discussion has taken place, and therefore its relevance/acknowledgment of other related discussions.
  • NO MORE UNNECESSARILY AND OBNOXIOUSLY LARGE IMAGES. I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. Images must fit within the size parameters of the text, which is 15px. This shall be the limit for image size.
  • All signatures must link to at least the central user page of the posting user, i.e. not their "Userpage+" or user sub-page. Those can be linked to as well, of course, but the central user page is a necessity.

Comments[edit]

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SilverCrono Well, I can tell who you are. "Looks like you're prepared."

"What is with you and picking up stray puppies?" — 02:26, December 12, 2010 (UTC)

Isa_bbs.png As Doorsey said, this policy already happened at the FFwiki. I approved of it there, and I approve of it here. Obnoxious sigs are obnoxious, and annoyed Crono is annoyed.
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Chitalian8 Say... — Only by allowing strangers in can we find new ways to be ourselves.

Life's little crossroads are often as simple as the pull of a trigger. — 02:30, December 12, 2010 (UTC)

20px-Pin_000.png I approve of this policy. Also, certain signatures have are missing tags, this one comes to mind. It turns all of the following text into that font.

I'm for this policy, and I think you covered probably the most important points. It reminds me of the HRWiki signature policy, which seems a reasonable guideline for signatures. --Neumannz, The Dark Falcon 02:31, December 12, 2010 (UTC)

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KrytenKoro - "It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living."
TALK -
Images need to be in-line, yeah that makes sense. Timestamp is automatic, as long as you use all four tildes.

However, that the signature most contain your username. Even on the ffwiki, I'm seeing a lot of people just signing with initials, or some other thing. Also, as long as your signature links to your talk page (something I can agree on), you just have to mouseover the link, or if you are editing, the name is there.

I can agree with the changes made to prevent disrupting the page, and to make sure you are accessible, but I can't agree with telling everyone "Your signature has to be "username timestamp".

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maggosh The steel is forged... "Souls as far as the eye can see..."

"If you want light to rule over all, then you must rid the world of everything else."

Neither can I. I side with Kryten on this. Plus I'm surprised, DTN, that you don't know about the mouseover trick.


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Soxra - The only blind person at Christmastime is he who has not Christmas in his heart.
Christmas talk! - Soxxeh 02:33, December 12, 2010
Agreed 100%, particularly about the super-high images. I've also noticed the few signatures that are completely generic. It borders on an unsigned vote, in the case of TKW. (Except images can be up to 17px high, unless the line is affected by <small> or another text-size change.)

Chitalian, usually that isn't an issue if the CORRECT tags are left open. Signatures almost always have a newline after them, which cuts off all the formatting from bleeding into other posts. But I do think there should be a policy against this as most people aren't sure what the CORRECT tags are.

Also, I agree with Kryten's points. As long as there's a link to the user page, initials or nicknames should be okay.


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Chitalian8 Say... — Only by allowing strangers in can we find new ways to be ourselves.

Life's little crossroads are often as simple as the pull of a trigger. — 02:34, December 12, 2010 (UTC)

20px-Pin_000.png The problem is, Soxra, in things like TKW, there are no new lines, just votes one line after another.

EDIT: Also, what is it you mean by "generic?" Are you talking about a signature that is just the username, then timestamp?

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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 02:39, December 12, 2010
@Newlines, yes, but I thought the bullets cut off the formatting. I might be wrong.

@Generic: I mean ones that are just an image (there's one that is just Sephiroth's face; I'd tell you whose it was, except I don't know). Generic as in unidentifiable.


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17master Jingle! — Santa Claus is coming to town!

Snow! Lights! Snowmans! Bells! Hot chocolate! Presents!

okay I've changed my signature to meet the criteria of the policy. Now, can timestamps made automatic or do we have to type ~~~~~ besides our signature?
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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 05:03, December 12, 2010
~~~ -> Signature. ~~~~ -> Signature, Timestamp. ~~~~~ -> Timestamp. So just use ~~~~.


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Neumannz — Looks like I'm gonna have to jump...!
TALK — I work alone! Except when I work with Xion...which is all the time.
— 05:06, December 12, 2010 (UTC)
 
Depends on how you do it. If you have your signature set under Preferences, then it should be automatic. Otherwise, you'll have to use the five tildes.

I would like to bring up another point about signatures, though. Now everyone has started putting their signatures into the Template namespace in order to make easy changes, especially re: pictures. But for the sake of keeping the number of templates set aside for user use to a minimum, I would like to suggest moving them back to the userspaces. There are ways to do this and still get around the SUBST thing the auto-signature function does.


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JFHavoc Talk to Me! — There's no way a man that fat could fit down a chimney.

He's probably diabetic after eating all those cookies. — 05:08, December 12, 2010 (UTC)

Talk_Bubble_Legend_zpsa9c4698c.png Seems reasonable to me.


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17master Jingle! — Santa Claus is coming to town!

Snow! Lights! Snowmans! Bells! Hot chocolate! Presents!

@Soxra: no, I'm talking about customized signature's timestamp. @neumannzz: preferences? what's that?
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Neumannz — Looks like I'm gonna have to jump...!
TALK — I work alone! Except when I work with Xion...which is all the time.
— 05:23, December 12, 2010 (UTC)
 
...I... what?

You get to Preferences by clicking on the dropbox with your username in the top-right corner of the screen. Scroll down until you find the options for your signature.

Speaking of, you should check on yours. Your signature is making all the text that follows it to green Times New Roman.

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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 05:26, December 12, 2010
@Neumannz: He's missing a </font> tag at the end of his second link.

@17m: There's a really complex way of making it so you don't have to do the five tildes. But it's WAY easier to just do the five tildes.

Complex? I've never had to use the five tildes, it's always added a timestamp automatically, and I barely did anything to set up my sig... --Neumannz, The Dark Falcon 05:28, December 12, 2010 (UTC)

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Soxra - This party's getting crazy! Let's rock!
It's showtime! - Soxxeh 05:30, December 12, 2010
As far as I can tell, 17m doesn't mean the basic timestamp obtained by the four-tilde signature insert. He wants one in his signature itself, to be able to be colored/fonted/shadowed... like in mine: Soxxeh 05:30, December 12, 2010
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IceCreamRockz Talk to Me! Call me Raven.

In other words, it would be best if you just died. — 05:32, December 12, 2010 (UTC)

I apologize about cutting in your conversation, but I believe that earlier, Chitalian8 mentioned that my signature was bleeding its text to the text after. I've fixed my signature, and I'll decrease the size of my picture to 15 pixels immediately. Thank you, Chitalian, for bringing that up. I approve of this signature policy, and I believe that every user should abide by it.

EDIT CONFLICT: @17master For that, you have to create an autosig page, put your template in that, and them use that autosig in your custom signature in preferences, it gives you an automatic timestamp. Chitalian8 05:33, December 12, 2010 (UTC)


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Soxra - This party's getting crazy! Let's rock!
It's showtime! - Soxxeh 05:34, December 12, 2010
ICR, if you want to edit the height of an image to 15px, you want to do [[File:some_file_name.png|x15px]], including that "x" before the 15. Otherwise, you're setting the width. ;)

PS: Last message in this conversation for today. Just got a glance at the time.

Yep, I've got that. I already fixed it. 快一点 给我 冰淇凌 !!! 05:36, December 12, 2010 (UTC)

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Eternal Nothingness XIII - Terra Master Symbol.png Ven, Aqua... I'll find some way to make things right.
TALK - This light... it's so warm. — 01:07, December 16, 2010 (UTC)
Earthshaker Keychain KHBBS.png I agree with Kryten's standpoint on things. Some of us use the "option" feature on our signatures. The mouseover will remove any uncertainty as to who's who, and as long as your main username using the standard alphabet ("A,B,C,D...") is within the list of possible choices, I don't see how there's anything wrong with doing this.

In terms of image sizes - I've seen Wikis that don't allow images, and I've seen them with size limitations. I think it all just depends on the image you're using. An image like DL Sprite Aqua KHBBS.png is practically unreadable at a smaller size than 90px. Same for DL Sprite Aqua Icon 1 KHBBS.png, which is hardly visible or idtentifiable like the user wants as the images's subject at a size smaller than 50px. Keyblade images are popular in signatures and are only visible at at least 30-35px. Character renders are very hard to fit into signatures, and should not be used AT ALL, since no matter how you size them, they're still a nuisance in things like the Keyblade War or Mirage Arena, taking up too much space. The point I'm trying to make is that people use the images to decorate their signatures. They're just empty and extra space if you can't see them. That's why, for the sake of the community, we should create different pixel limits for each image type (Keyblades, D-Link Images, etc) rather than one applicable for all.


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DoorToNothing Heartless Emblem.png — I dreamed last night... I got on the boat to Heaven!

And by some chance, I had brought my dice along! — 01:38, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

Keyblade-Blk.png ...ENX, you just missed the entire point of image restrictions.

We aren't lowering the requirement to 15px to make images look terrible. Actually, the way an image looks does not matter in this policy. We chose 15px because this is the height of the text, and anything else spaces out the text and makes it look horrible--like in your message. Therefore, making any pixel limit that is about 15px is completely against this policy and idea and does not solve a single thing that we are trying to accomplish.

Similarly, images are optional in a signature, so this is like a restriction on them that only applies if you choose to use them.

The problem I have with that argument is that the idea that the policy should allow for users to choose the pictures they want kind of negates the point of having a policy in the first place. Not that we can't be more lax than x15px in height. After all, x20px is still small enough to fit on a single line with no trouble whatsoever. And I don't think DL Sprite Aqua KHBBS.png and DL Sprite Aqua Icon 1 KHBBS.png are too unrecognizable. --Neumannz, The Dark Falcon 01:36, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

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Eternal Nothingness XIII - This heart belongs again to darkness. All worlds begin in darkness, and all so end. The heart is no different. Darkness sprouts within it—it grows, consumes it. Such is its nature. In the end, every heart returns to the darkness whence it came.
TALK - Your body submits, your heart succumbs—so why does your mind resist? — 01:59, December 16, 2010 (UTC)
No Name Keychain KHBBS.png It seems to me that now we're just making policies for the sake of making them. The issue was brought about because of something as stupid and irrelevant as the Keyblade War. Signatures and the images in them have little to no effect on a talk page, especially since 3/4 of us use talk bubbles anyways, and those of us that don't use talk bubbles 24/7 have signatures that fit the requirements of this little policy you all are trying to create. The only time where this could be a problem would be in another Keyblade War-like situation, the Mirage Arena, which is COMPLETELY FOR FUN and has NO EFFECT on Mainspace. Hence it should NOT be a problem. I don't see why we can't be more leniant and just say "Fine. We can't expect you all to obey." Warning/banning someone because they fail to abide by a signature policy (which it is inevitible that this will be the case eventually) is sort of lame in the grand scheme of things in the long, sad history of things to be warned/banned for. The fact that three quarters of a policy is based on ONE PERSON's OPINION rather than a majority of the community (which I really don't see how their input matters, sometimes) really makes it not worth having. A worthwhile policy is one that the COMMUNITY feels should be enacted. Community support is saying "Yeah, I notice that too. We should develop this, and here's how I think how...". Saying "I approve of this one person's idea, let's do it" is NOT getting the community support needed for a policy. It's simply saying "My opinion doesn't matter. May as well just follow the crowd."

In terms of the actual image sizes, we're STILL enforcing a policy of sorts, granted it's much more lax than "All images must be 15px or DIE!" Some users here have character themes they like to use. And they want to put an image in their signature to enhance/reference that. If you're going to put a 20px image of Aqua in your signature to represent your Aqua theme, you may as well put a blue dot in the image's place, since that's all you see!

In the end, I am not any different than a regular user. But I felt that I should put the two cents in from people who agree with my viewpoint on this for those who wouldn't do it themselves. Now that I have done that, I trust the WIKI AS A WHOLE to make the right decision.

That's not really what you mean. You mean you trust the wiki as a whole to agree with your opinions.

The fact is, I don't really know why we've never had a signature policy of any kind before. As one of those things that are up to users to create and customize, it really only makes sense for there to be a policy so that they're aren't disruptive. On contrary to what you believe, there is no reason to tolerate disruption on talk pages any more than on the Keyblade War pages. --Neumannz, The Dark Falcon 02:16, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

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SilverCrono Well, I can tell who you are. "It wasn't a compliment."

"From where I stood the only thing you drew was a big L on your forehead for "Loser," "Lame," "Laughable"..." — 02:35, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

Isa_bbs.png Alright, here's what I see, ENX.

I don't see why we can't be more leniant and just say "Fine. We can't expect you all to obey."

Because that would make the point of a "policy" completely useless. The point of a policy is to make rules for everyone to follow.

The fact that three quarters of a policy is based on ONE PERSON's OPINION rather than a majority of the community (which I really don't see how their input matters, sometimes) really makes it not worth having.

One person's opinion that was agreed on by a multitude of users. Almost everything is made because of one person's opinion, why is this any different?

A worthwhile policy is one that the COMMUNITY feels should be enacted. Community support is saying "Yeah, I notice that too. We should develop this, and here's how I think how...". Saying "I approve of this one person's idea, let's do it" is NOT getting the community support needed for a policy. It's simply saying "My opinion doesn't matter. May as well just follow the crowd."

The community is talking about it. You're the one busting in making a huge fuss about this. Lots of people have submitted their opinion and ideas for changes, that's the point of this forum. Also, I think that second quote was directed at me. Just because I agree with the policy and I choose to keep it going does not make me a simple sheep or lemming. Having an opinion and approving of a policy =/= following a crowd. In fact, I posted a comment first, so your logic is moot.

In terms of the actual image sizes, we're STILL enforcing a policy of sorts, granted it's much more lax than "All images must be 15px or DIE!"

...Who said that?

Some users here have character themes they like to use. And they want to put an image in their signature to enhance/reference that. If you're going to put a 20px image of Aqua in your signature to represent your Aqua theme, you may as well put a blue dot in the image's place, since that's all you see!

So don't use an Aqua picture, or get another, better one. An image on a signature being resized isn't as serious as you chock it up to be.

In the end, I am not any different than a regular user. But I felt that I should put the two cents in from people who agree with my viewpoint on this for those who wouldn't do it themselves. Now that I have done that, I trust the WIKI AS A WHOLE to make the right decision.

Pretty much what Neumannz said. You have an opinion, and you trust the "community" to join your cause, the "right decision" - now you're the one telling people to follow a crowd.

Please don't make misguided statements like this, man.

My view - it is a pain in the ASS to fix image links when they appear in signatures, and most of our images need to be renamed. At the very least, we should have a policy that if people are using our images in signatures, they should be called through a template, so that only one edit needs to be made to fix the links on every page they appear."We're werewolves, not swearwolves." (KrytenKoro) 02:38, December 16, 2010 (UTC)


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Neumannz — Looks like I'm gonna have to jump...!
TALK — I work alone! Except when I work with Xion...which is all the time.
— 02:44, December 16, 2010 (UTC)
 
Well, it would certainly be too much to expect people to go back and fix every signature they did if it isn't a template or a transclusion from a subpage. I think we can agree on that.
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DoorToNothing Heartless Emblem.png — I dreamed last night... I got on the boat to Heaven!

And by some chance, I had brought my dice along! — 03:20, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

Keyblade-Blk.png WOAH WOAH WOAH. Woah. Let's not turn this into Gray vs. Grey guys. Hooray for alliteration!

Kryten, I totally agree with you there. Perhaps we should change the image clause to be "If you wish to use images in your signature, they must be no more than 15 (or 20, I have to experiment with that myself) pixels high, and should be transcluded through a template."

Also, in regards to what ENX and Crono both mentioned, this is just what I am suggesting. I have seen people mention other ideas, some of which are being taken into this plan--such as the one above. If you have a suggestion, please say so. I don't want this to become "Oh, DTN made a suggestion, I'll vote for it!" That goes completely against the consensus we are trying to get. We are, however, getting much positive feedback, and I am glad to see that we are, for the most part, able to agree that we do at the very least need a policy to mandate signatures.


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JFHavoc Talk to Me! — I once took an IQ test and got a score of over 9000.

You're all morons. — 05:00, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

Talk_Bubble_Legend_zpsa9c4698c.png I had actually noticed this before and thought that the image sizes in some signatures were just ridiculous. I only bring this up because ENX said a consensus was more of something that everyone noticed and thought needed to be fixed.
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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 5:29am, December 16, 2010 (UTC)
The correct height for images in a signature is <=17px. Just use Chrome's "Inspect Element" to try setting different heights. Anything 18px or higher will expand the SPAN tag height.
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FA icon.png No, a thousand times no. A signature is an expression of oneself. If we were to be given a policy regarding an EXPRESSION OF ONESELF, then we'd have nothing left. SER's signature, my signature, Dan's signature- - these are all reflections of our identities. And I'm sure the same can be said for the rest. I am fully against the policy. What I will not be against, however, is when images are imported which contravene KHW's image policy - those have to go. There's always Photobucket.

Give up on yourself and you give up on the world. TroisNyxÉtienne — 21:32, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 9:37pm, December 16, 2010 (UTC)
Putting a fifty-foot wide flag on the bumper of my car is an expression of myself. But you don't see them allowing that. Just because an image has to be small and look respectable doesn't mean you can't express yourself. The Keyblade in my signature doesn't have to be 50px high for people to get that I like Wayward Wind.
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maggosh The steel is forged... "Souls as far as the eye can see..."

"If you want light to rule over all, then you must rid the world of everything else."

...I'll have to go with trois.

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Eternal Nothingness XIII - Terra Master Symbol.png You have to be strong. Strength of heart will carry you through the hardest of trials.
TALK - What I do, I do for friendship. — 21:43, December 16, 2010 (UTC)
TerraCharm.pngAlways love how TNE states exactly what I'm thinking, granted it's in a more laid-back way. I side with her 100%
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FA icon.png To Soxra : I understand where you are coming from. The point is, most of us, if not all, prefer our images small. I have no problem with images. If we were to incorporate the image height thing into our KHW image policy, so be it. I'm fine with it. I am NOT, however, fine with the changes to a sig by creating rules which are bound to contravene what the person is best. And yes, to the naked eye, 15px Aqua is not recognisable.

Give up on yourself and you give up on the world. TroisNyxÉtienne — 21:32, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

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Soxra - Behold! For my very existence refutes the will of the gods! I am a will unto my own, a power that shakes the very foundation of creation!
Talk to me! - Soxxeh 9:51pm, December 16, 2010 (UTC)
Then I semi-agree with you. I think that there should be some form of the person's name in the signature, though (so putting ASDSFADF as my signature would not be okay). And though I do like timestamps, I can live without them.
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maggosh The steel is forged... "Souls as far as the eye can see..."

"If you want light to rule over all, then you must rid the world of everything else."

But you CAN hover your cursor over the link and see where it leads, so I don't see a problem with that.
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FA icon.png To Soxra : TBH, I'm not sure about the timestamps... They were made obligatory last year, on my return from National Service. Prior to that, I didn't use the five tildes in my talkbox, and neither did anyone use it in his sig. But now I do it as a force of habit. I'm on the fence where this is concerned... I do understand, though, why we need those : it's a sort of record for any archive which has taken place : it'd be difficult to check the page history with Oasis as is.

Give up on yourself and you give up on the world. TroisNyxÉtienne — 21:55, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 9:58pm, December 16, 2010 (UTC)
GAH, EDIT CONFLICTS. [/rage]

Yes, Maggosh, but it gets a bit cumbersome when you have to do that every time you want to see someone's name. You also can't do it on an iPod/Mobile Phone.

I actually wasn't aware they're obligatory. Many people don't use them, particularly in talk bubbles (but often in signatures, too, I'm finding). The thing about them is that it means you don't have to go to the history to see how old a forum topic or article talk subsection is.


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Chitalian8 Hey, boss! — The world ends with you. If you want to enjoy life, expand your world. You gotta push your horizons out as far as they'll go.

Enjoy the moment with all your might... whether it's gloomy, whether it's bright! — 22:03, December 16, 2010 (UTC)

20px-Pin_000.png To Soxra: On an iPod, you can hold down the link, and then it displays the link.


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maggosh The steel is forged... "Souls as far as the eye can see..."

"If you want light to rule over all, then you must rid the world of everything else."

And really, who would edit the wiki on a cellphone?
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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 10:08pm, December 16, 2010 (UTC)
Good point, Chitalian, Android does that too.

Maggosh, I have unlimited data and nothing better to do while waiting at the train. I got a smartphone for a reason. =P


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KrytenKoro - Most bears were content to live their lives, mauling and eating one, maybe two humans at most. "Mass-murder," as the bears always said, "is for the sharks." But not Barry. Barry was different. He knew that one day, he would kill ALL of the humans. This is the inspiring, tear-jerking story of one bear and the dream he dared to dream.
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Idea!

Is there anyone here using their full legal name as their user account?

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Didn't think so.

So, how do we recognize each other? By the name we give to our actions. Well, that's pretty much what a personalized signature is, right? As long as someone isn't changing their signature fifty times over the course of one discussion, we can keep in our head, "Okay, person A says this, this, and then this."

That's the point of signatures, after all - just to provide accountability to who is saying what, and to prevent the sockpuppeting nonsense. Being able to access the person's account is really irrelevant to the point of the signature - there's nothing on their user page that would help the discussion to end responsibly ('cause it would require that we be using ad hominem attacks for that to be useful, see?), and it's not like we sign the main articles when we edit them - if you're checking the edit history to see who's editing what (if you for some reason need to say "you edited something while we were still discussing it, blah blah blah!"), then you can just as easily check the talk page history.

Then, the issue of what text you're allowed to have...

...honestly, we don't have any rules that your user account must contain your legal name in it. It's a bit of hyperbole, but I think it's the same principle here.

Basically, as long as you can consistently recognize that what one person says is coming from one person, that person, then the signature has done it's full job. Everything else is decoration.

As regards that decoration, I reiterate that putting images in signatures makes life hell for the people who have to clean up when the images are renamed or deleted, and that people should damn sure put any sig-images within a template, especially since the images wouldn't show up on other wikis anyway.

Also, for the image height - seriously, it's disruptive to have huge images. From pure functional and aesthetic reasons, they need to be less than 2x the height of the text.

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Neumannz — Looks like I'm gonna have to jump...!
TALK — I work alone! Except when I work with Xion...which is all the time.
— 23:30, December 16, 2010 (UTC)
 
TNE, while I can appreciate the need for people to express themselves creatively and then spread that expression around like a completely inappropriate (or too appropriate, one might say) metaphor, not having a policy of some kind would be irresponsible. Freedom of speech is great and all, but you'll still be arrested for indecent exposure if you go dancing on a street conrner naked. Admittedly, that is an extreme example for an argument regarding SINGATURES ON AN EFFING WIKI, but the point is still there. Rules stave off the threat of anarchy, even on a website about video games.

And if one is not creative enough to work in under 20 to 40 pixels of height, well, then I'm disappointed.

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DoorToNothing Heartless Emblem.png — I dreamed last night... I got on the boat to Heaven!

And by some chance, I had brought my dice along! — 00:13, December 17, 2010 (UTC)

Keyblade-Blk.png To expand on what Neumannz has already stated, most of those are already in effect; most users use timestamps and link to some page in their userspace. Obviously, we are going to strongly consider modifying the rule about display of the username, but the images is the big deal.

Images, images, images. I think you might need to go view the images up at the top again to refresh your memory of just how badly they can parse the text margin, and how distracting they are in conversation on the wiki. Also, whenever I have to fix a piece of formatting or a discussion, you can bet that it usually has to do with a) missing span code or b) an image so large it is actually pushing down other messages.

Saying that everyone is allowed freedom in whatever expression they choose in their signature allowed the extremes--for example, signatures that are directly disrespectful to other users, use extremely profanity for a Kingdom Hearts site, or have obnoxiously large images, say around 1000000px. There are a million and some odd more things that you are allowing when you just say that anything goes. And that's the reason we are bringing this up now--the signatures have gotten to this point of being unmanageable and ridiculous.

That's what you are saying, TNE--that we should allow these kind of extremes so that people don't have to ever so slightly modify their signatures. Also, to say that your right to have a signature with a big picture on a silly wiki about a children's video game series is the only thing you have left is an absolutely ridiculous example of litotes. I mean not to offend you at all, but... this just seems really insane to me to be suggested. My apologies.

...

Also, apparently 17-20 pixels is a bit more correct than 15. I'm all for whatever size is the maximum height of pixels that does not raise a line of text.

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Soxra - It bugs the crap out of me when someone talks more than I do.
What's wrong? - Soxxeh 1:54am, December 17, 2010 (UTC)
[1]

Revised Policy[edit]

  • All signatures must link to a page in the posting user's userspace, preferably their user page or talk page.
  • Stylizing your signature with colors and fonts is absolutely fine, and even encouraged, but all special text must have the codes closed with </span> or </font>.
  • All signatures must be followed by or include a timestamp in some form.
  • ALL IMAGES MUST BE NO MORE THAN x17px, TO PREVENT AFFECTING THE LINE'S HEIGHT.
    • All personal images used must be linked from Photobucket or another image-sharing site; all images being hosted on the wiki are fine to use if sized properly.
    • If you are you going to use an image in your signature, it must be transcluded through a template.

Approval/Disapproval[edit]

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DoorToNothing Heartless Emblem.png — I dreamed last night... I got on the boat to Heaven!

And by some chance, I had brought my dice along! — 21:23, December 17, 2010 (UTC)

Keyblade-Blk.png A simple "yay" or "nay" is all we need. I've taken in all of the discussion and its feedback into revising this, and I think this should work fine. If I missed your contribution to discussion and/or you still feel something needs to be added/fixed/removed, please mention it below.

Anyway, yay, I'm all for this.

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KrytenKoro - "Hey, I want to settle down. And as soon as I find the right small group of girls, the seven or eight women who are right for me, my wandering days are over, buddy."
TALK -
Nay. I can't support the policy unless it requires any image-calls to be done within templates (our images or not).
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DoorToNothing Heartless Emblem.png — I dreamed last night... I got on the boat to Heaven!

And by some chance, I had brought my dice along! — 21:37, December 17, 2010 (UTC)

Keyblade-Blk.png Whoops, missed that bit. Added.

Still yay.

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Soxra - Behold! For my very existence refutes the will of the gods! I am a will unto my own, a power that shakes the very foundation of creation!
Talk to me! - Soxxeh 10:54pm, December 17, 2010 (UTC)
Yay, this policy be the broth of me own stubby shillelagh.

PS: Does this include timestamps on talk templates, too, or is this no derivative of talk bubbles at all?

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KrytenKoro - Pinocchio with his nose attached to the trigger of a rifle, which points at his face as he says, "I want to live!"
TALK -
Yay.
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SilverCrono Well, I can tell who you are. "Looks like you're prepared."

"What is with you and picking up stray puppies?" — 22:58, December 17, 2010 (UTC)

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Keyblade0 - Should I open the Treasure Chest?
TALK - I just obtained a potion! — 23:07, December 17, 2010 (UTC)
Nay. Just let people express themselves. Besides, who cares about changing the line's height? It's not like that extra bit of height would ruin a page.
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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 2:22am, December 18, 2010 (UTC)
I have an addendum (didn't see a section for that outside the Approval/Disapproval). All tags inside the signature should be closed in the signature to prevent this.

PS: Keyblade0, I even hate when the references (you know, [1], [2] and so on) adjust the line height. =P

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DoorToNothing Heartless Emblem.png — I dreamed last night... I got on the boat to Heaven!

And by some chance, I had brought my dice along! — 09:00, December 18, 2010 (UTC)

Keyblade-Blk.png Soxra: Added, I think it's such a slight and needed change nobody will change their "yay" to "Nay".

Also, still yay.


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Erry - Nothing is true ylzMAkY.png Everything is permitted
TALK - I am Ezio Auditore da Firenze, and this is my Brotherhood. ~ 12:53, December 18, 2010 (UTC)
Yay for me.


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Chitalian8 Say... — Only by allowing strangers in can we find new ways to be ourselves.

Life's little crossroads are often as simple as the pull of a trigger. — 14:07, December 18, 2010 (UTC)

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SilverCrono Well, I can tell who you are. "Looks like you're prepared."

"What is with you and picking up stray puppies?"

Isa_bbs.png Just a quick question. Does this -->Ag (Silver) - 47 107.8682 amu ~Crono Vsymbol1.png work for the policy?
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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 7:26pm, December 18, 2010 (UTC)
@DTN: Thanks.

@Crono: The image is 1px too high (18). Other than that, yes.


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maggosh The steel is forged... "Souls as far as the eye can see..."

"If you want light to rule over all, then you must rid the world of everything else."

OH MY GAWD, ONE PIXEL! PANIC! PANIC!!!1one!

Yay, just because I'm sticking with my stock signature and won't trouble myself with making it look pretty.

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SilverCrono Well, I can tell who you are. "Looks like you're prepared."

"What is with you and picking up stray puppies?" — 20:10, December 18, 2010 (UTC)

Isa_bbs.png Soxra, not to be defensive or anything, but is it that serious? Like you said, it's only one pixel, and it didn't seem to change anything in the text... I might have missed this before, but that seems kinda petty to me. Not to mention I don't want to have to do all that editing again to make it one pixel lower >.<

HAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK CO*shot* Fix'd.

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Neumannz — Looks like I'm gonna have to jump...!
TALK — I work alone! Except when I work with Xion...which is all the time.
— 00:45, December 19, 2010 (UTC)
 
I was going to suggest an addendum for sigs to be placed in the userspace, but I guess I'll survive.

So, yay.

Once this is passed, we should somewhere include directions on using the auto-signature to transclude instead of copying the signature over, which would go against Kryten's addendum if there were pictures.


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Yay. @DTN, we know that your vote is yay, you don't have to say it every time you comment.
The Inexistent - Who wants world peace for Christmas? I sure do!
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Soxra - Behold! For my very existence refutes the will of the gods! I am a will unto my own, a power that shakes the very foundation of creation!
Talk to me! - Soxxeh 3:10am, December 19, 2010 (UTC)
@Maggosh: If we allow one, then why not one more than one? And one more than one more than one? And one more than........ you get the idea? There has to be a cutoff point.

@Neumannz: I don't mind putting up a little tutorial in my userspace. Or were you thinking more along the lines of an actual Help directory for it?

Either would be helpful, though it would probably just need a subsection on the New User's Guide than a full Help page. --Neumannz, The Dark Falcon 03:42, December 19, 2010 (UTC)

We should make a section on the sitenotice or a banner on the front page advertising this forum and the new policy, at least for a while. We want maximum attention. --Ag (Silver) - 47 107.8682 amu ~Crono Vsymbol1.png 03:48, December 19, 2010 (UTC)


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IceCreamRockz The darkness celebrates Christmas. You know that, right? — 05:24, December 19, 2010 (UTC)
Yay. The signatures should really fit with the text to make the text more organized and easier to read.


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maggosh ...the flint is struck. "Maybe I should punish you after all."

"Come on! Show a little backbone!"

I'm just sayin' you should be freaking out over one lousy pixel. ONE. LOUSY. PIXEL. Not TWO pixels, not FIVE pixels, just. One. Pixel.
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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 7:50pm, December 20, 2010 (UTC)
Are we allowing use of <big>? Or should font sizes be limited for the same reason as images?

Should be a common sense thing. If the signature exceeds a certain height, for whatever reason, then it disrupts the lines. --Neumannz, The Dark Falcon 20:03, December 20, 2010 (UTC)

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LapisScarab Xemnas (card).png Embrace... nothing! — 02:47, December 23, 2010 (UTC)
Xemnas's Replica Data KHIIFM.png Yay, there's got to be rules. You can still express yourself, you've just got to get creative.

Final Result[edit]

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DoorToNothing Heartless Emblem.png — I dreamed last night... I got on the boat to Heaven!

And by some chance, I had brought my dice along! — 05:15, December 23, 2010 (UTC)

Keyblade-Blk.png Alright, with an overwhelming amount of yay's to only a single "nay", I'm calling this official. I'll link this topic to our notice so that it gets around in the community. Thanks for all of your input guys, and be sure to change your signatures accordingly and reminding others to do the same!

As for users who have disruptive signatures, there's a handy template right here that was created by our old and departed moderator, Urutapu. It's here. Replacing a policy-breaking signature, especially one that breaks the rule of images being transcluded though a template, could be done through this. All you do is make the input the signing user's name.

One last question, how is that guide to a template signature coming along?

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Soxra - Behold! For my very existence refutes the will of the gods! I am a will unto my own, a power that shakes the very foundation of creation!
Talk to me! - Soxxeh 5:23am, December 23, 2010 (UTC)
I've set up a small guide here and it was approved by Neumannz, but Dan has a bigger and better one here. I'm thinking we put the succinct version (mine) in the Help page and link it to Dan's for further explanation.

One question, if we see a user signature that violates the rules, are we allowed to correct it?


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maggosh ...the flint is struck. "Maybe I should punish you after all."

"Come on! Show a little backbone!"

Swap the violating sig with the Unsigned template. Problem, practical, solved. Explained above. Hamalu.


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TALK - That may be... however, what other choice might we have had?
Interdiction KHD.png The first step should always be to let the user know and see if they'll handle it his/herself (assume good faith). If they don't respond (i.e. they ignore the friendly reminder), perhaps then you could change it.
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SilverCrono Well, I can tell who you are. "Looks like you're prepared."

"What is with you and picking up stray puppies?" — 05:31, December 23, 2010 (UTC)

Isa_bbs.png Crono approves of the policy. I hope we don't have any rebels (sorry for such a strong word, but I couldn't think of any better ones...) who refuse to join the policy-wagon. If we do, would punishment be administered? What would it be, delete their signature?

Also, @ Maggosh: WTF nuggets is "Hamalu"?

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Soxra - Surely you must've known that this was going to happen.
Have something to say...? - Soxxeh 5:32am, December 23, 2010 (UTC)
Zah, that's what I was wondering, if we had to issue "warnings"/reminders first, or if we just went ahead and did it.
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maggosh The steel is forged... "Souls as far as the eye can see..."

"If you want light to rule over all, then you must rid the world of everything else."

@Crono; Phonetic Vagineer backwards speak. I still don't know what it means.
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Dan Mobile sprite-sorasanta.png - We can go see Santa! — 12:43, December 23, 2010 (UTC)
Dans-Crowngreen.png I'm a bit late it seems... This policy seems alright to me, I'll be sure to add it to User:Dan da Man36/Signature Guide at some point.

There's also a pretty fool-proof coding for modifying font style, colour and size in the guide.

My sig images are 18x18 pixels! Run away!


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ANX219 - If his memories will not come back, she will never survive it...
TALK - Psst! Over here! I want to tell you something! I like Roxas!!! 19:50, December 24, 2010 (UTC)
The person with the Sephrioth image in Images 1 and 2 his name is Sephrioth something, I can't remember.


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Heartless Emblem.pngoh dear i'm ever so late. And I believe my images are the right size. you take a wiki break and suddenly a president was elected...
CaelumLucisCaliga Talk! - My dragon eats tofu like it's water!

I don't think highly of myself. I think lowly of others. — 20:54, December 28, 2010 (UTC)