In looking at people's signatures (you know, the automatic tag line at the end of a person's post) on the forum, I've noticed they break down into the following categories:
- no sig
- sig with poorly formed links
- really long sigs and really tall sigs
- perfectly delightful and lovely sigs
In there interests of pushing more people into the last category, I thought a brief tutorial would be helpful. So here are some thoughts.
First, for those who don't know how to do a sig, it's relatively easy. At the top right of this and every page on the forum is a link to your User Control Panel. This takes you to a page full of whimsical wonderful magical crap. Navigate your a$$ to the Profile | Edit Signature in the Options panel (see the pic below).
Ok, now whatever you put in the box on the right will be your sig. But it helps if you know how to use BBCode, or at least how to click a button, since all the code you need can be added using the buttons above the box (just like a regular post on the forum). For example, here is the code for my sig:
[urlx=http://soundclick.com/zoetrope]soundclick[/urlx] | [urlx=http://Folkhop.com]FolkHop[/urlx] | [urlx=http://www.last.fm/music/Zoetrope/Reel+to+Reel]Last.FM[/urlx] | [urlx=http://music.podshow.com/music/listeners/artistdetails.php?BandHash=c2bd02d0cc1de50ea2f952def9cbc78d]PodSafe[/urlx] | [urlx=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUl55kfCp68]video[/urlx] | [urlx=http://twitter.com/ZoomForum]Twitter[/urlx] | [urlx=http://www.thesixtyone.com/#/zoetrope/]TheSixtyOne[/urlx] | [urlx=http://zoetrope.bandcamp.com/]BandCamp[/urlx]
You could easily just copy that, then edit the links and the text to create your own sig. Or start from scratch.
Ok, so let's talk about the problems I see in some sigs. First, go easy on the fonts. Use one size, preferably the default size, and one color, preferably one that does not burn my eyeballs. Black works well. (Links automatically turn blue)
Second, use link text. Why? because this looks ugly:http://music.podshow.com/music/listener ... def9cbc78d
But this looks better:PodSafe
Believe me, you're far more likely to get a click on the second, cleaner version of that link.
Third, you've got horizontal space. Use it. If you stack your information vertically like a rickety skyscraper, you force everyone to scroll more as they read the thread.
I could go on for about another 10 hours, but I have to go yell at some kids to get off my lawn. So for now I'll just add a slight incentive to anyone thinking of cleaning up their sig. If you update your signature, please make a post to this thread to let us know what you changed. This will become a gallery of beautiful (I hope) sigs to inspire the world.