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SECTION 5: FORUM AVATARS AND SIGNATURES

Avatars



Now for the fun part; you may of noticed several forum members with little pictures beside their names in their posts on the forum -- these are their personal avatars! There are no rules specific to avatars except that they must be appropriate for the forum (any avatars that may be subjective are generally noticed by the Moderators/Administrators, and are removed if they are not appropriate) and follow the forum rules outlined in the first section of this guide. Avatars must be a maximum of 80x80 pixels in size (they can be smaller) as the forum doesn't allow users to upload avatars larger then this.

Profile Pictures



Similar to avatars, only that profile pictures appear under your name on the left hand side of your forum profile. The difference however is that they can be a maximum 100x100 pixels in size and that profile pictures do not show in your posts at all, unlike your forum avatar. Your profile picture, can be anything; but it must conform to the forum rules outlined in the first section of this guide. Like with avatars, any profile pictures that may be suggestive are generally noticed by the forum staff and are removed if they are inappropriate.

Signatures



The text and/or image that you see at the bottom of peoples posts is content placed within their signature space (see red outline above)--unlike avatars, signatures have a set of guidelines that accompany their use, and of course; they mustn't be in violation of the usual forum rules, outlined in the first section of this guide. Don't stress about the size limits though! There is plenty of creativity to be had with the limited space, and the forum and member's posts look more slick with the smaller images as opposed to larger signature images. Page load times are also kept at a minimum with smaller images.

Signature rules

The signature rules can be found here: http://forum.playdom.com/showthread....ignature-Rules

  • - Signatures for registered members may contain up to two lines of text (of small or normal size) and/or one image, valid combination's include; a single image of no more than 60px high, 468px wide. Animated images are not allowed.
  • - Text sizes should be between small and normal (size 1-3). Text in signatures are subject to the same conditions as posts. i.e. The Forum Rules and Code of Conduct must be followed.
This means that signatures may only contain up to two lines of small or normal sized text (anything size 3 or under.) as well as an image that is no larger then 60 pixels high by 468 pixels wide. There are absolutely no exceptions to this, and signatures even one pixel too wide, or one pixel too high; are removed regardless of the size of the base image.

Links in signatures are permitted to a maximum of four unique pages or sites. Community Moderators are allowed additional links to aid in rendering support for Playdom. You may not include links in a way which suggests you offer official support, software, etc. for Playdom. You may not link to warez, illegal cheat codes/sites, porn, racist or other similar hate sites. Links are included in signature size limits.
This rule states that you may only link to a MAXIMUM of four unique websites or pages. The pages or websites linked in your signature may in no way suggest you offer official support or software or other, for Playdom. Warez, pornography, illegal cheat codes, etc, the usual that violate the forum rules are also not permitted in signatures. Forum moderators are exempt from the linking limit, but as you can see from my signature; you can get by and be of help to the rest of the community with no more then four links in your signature.

As a general rule of thumb, here is what a signature template may look like, including an image of 60px x 468px and two lines of normal sized text:



Uploading Avatars, Profile Pictures and Signatures



Chances are, uploading your signature, profile picture or avatar image to the forums is not possible due to the file size constraints. There is a way around the signature size constraints, though! You can upload your image at many image hosting websites, most of which are free, some don't even require registration. Here are a few image hosting websites that you may use to upload your images:
The image hosting website will normally give you the code to use in order to embed the image straight into your signature space using the forum BBCode. For more information on the BBCode, click here.


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