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Funnily enough I find sigs and avatars which dominate a forum to the point where they almost hide the posts to be a real pain. The attached image is purely an example - there are lots of forums where this is allowed and I find it makes the forums look messy. Sometimes big isn't best....
 

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MadPict said:
Funnily enough I find sigs and avatars which dominate a forum to the point where they almost hide the posts to be a real pain. The attached image is purely an example - there are lots of forums where this is allowed and I find it makes the forums look messy. Sometimes big isn't best....
I didn't want to use that forum as an example, and was too lazy to find another, but that's the point I was trying to make ;)

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I actually like the way it is now, with graphic titles for the staff only, and then being allowed, for them, any sig they want......
 

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Bob, if you go to a forum, and aren't used to the sig sizes or something, it won't look as good. I got used to it at iOM, and I think it looks fine. Over here, I think it looks fine too. If the sig sizes got bigger, for example, it may take some time to get used to it, as I am not used to it.
 

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MadPict said:
Funnily enough I find sigs and avatars which dominate a forum to the point where they almost hide the posts to be a real pain. The attached image is purely an example - there are lots of forums where this is allowed and I find it makes the forums look messy. Sometimes big isn't best....
I beg to differ.

Neowin.net is a much much much more populated forum than here, with very liberal signature rules (compared to us). Same with Somethingawful.com and people PAY 10$ to get in and 5$ for an avatar. (Somethingawful.com had a "destroy our Alexa rating" contest, best "review" got 20$)

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?q=&url=Somethingawful.com
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?q=&url=www.neowin.net
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/?url=ilounge.com

And for some reason they still retain their pretty high user ranking. what you need to do is make a small avatar size (75x75) and a keep the sig size the same.

As long as the avatar size doesn't get out of hand, it won't detract from the post.
edit - Neowin's "show off your Avatar/Sig thread" - http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=379027&st=280
 
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Maxman,
It just looks too much IMO - people get carried away. I have visited IOM on several occasions and one think that stops me from joining is the sheer overwhelming sig allowance there (did I hear a sigh of relief from some iOM'kers???) - totally OTT - but it's their call and as long as they are happy...

enjoilax,
I meant big sig isn't always best, not site....


And anyway - they are not avatars. They are merely an alternative usertitle - instead of "Admin", "Moderator" or "Helper".
 
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