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Signature Rules

Discussion in 'Serebii.net Discussion' started by RaZoR LeAf, Sep 5, 2006.

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  1. RaZoR LeAf

    RaZoR LeAf Night Terror


    1. Keep pictures 200x200 pixels or Smaller.


    200 * 200 is a damned big file, you don't need anymore than this, and you are being given TWO of these images. As long as the two edges do not exceed a total of 200*200 the picture is fine, anything exceeding it will be removed.

    You can, use both your image files to make one large image, by using both images right next to each other.



    If you have an image that is too big, and have no way of resizing the image your self use these tags to force it down in size

    [noparse][img200] image link [/img200][/noparse]

    Since this only shrinks one edge, and not both, I suggest you use some kind of screen grab (Print Screen on PC, Shift+Command+3 on a Mac) to check the actual size of the image as it appears.

    On a side bar, the following image (and other similar ones) must use the [IMG200] tag because the exceed the pixel size limit (the following example was posted using the [IMG200] tag):

    2. No more than 3 outside pictures.

    Images that you add from the Serebii.net archive, such as episode guide images, or sprites from the avatar list, will not be counted in this, as they come directly from the site server anyway. These 3 outside links obviously make up your image and banner limit.

    NOTE: Using the same image more than once in a signature counts as using multiple images. The same image twice counts as two images, for example. Simply put, you have as many images in your sig as you have tags.

    [size=3][b]2a. Give credit where it is due[/b][/size]

    Art theft is no longer tolerated on the boards. If you have images in your signature that you are taking from web-sites, that are not made by yourself, you must give credit to whoever created them. This includes any images that have been made for you in the Fan Art forums.

    [size=3][b]3. No more than 6 links. (Does [u]not[/u] includes Serebii.net/Serebii Forums ones)[/b][/size]

    Having too many links wont get your sig deleted, but you will receive a PM warning you to change it. If it's not changed, then it will be edited and random links removed until there are only three. This includes using pictures and banners as links.

    You are allowed [b]6[/b] links, but an unlimited amount of Serebii.net or Serebiiforums links. Just don't go overboard and abuse this.

    [size=3][b]4. No more than 1 banner in a signature, no bigger than 468x100 pixels.[/b][/size]


    As long as the total number of pixels does not exceed 46800 (the multiple sum of both standard edges) the banner is fine, anything exceeding it will be removed. In the case of having no other images (i.e, no 200*200 images, no sprites, etc) you can have another banner. But only one.

    To surmise:
    • 1 banner, 2 images - OR -
    • 2 banners, no other images

    When does an image count as a banner?

    An image counts as a banner when it's over 40000 pixels big (multiply the sum of both edges) and has a ratio of at least 2:1.

    All images under 40000 pixels will not be counted as banners, no matter which ratio they have.

    Excessively long banners, that try to exploit a 'loophole' by having a tiny height and massive length, will be removed under the rule of stacking (horizontal stacking).

    5. No signatures with MORE THAN TWENTY (20) purely capital letters; no text berating any person or any site or anything.

    Insulting a member, group of members, moderators, admins, the webmaster, whatever, will get your sig removed and depending on the severity, a warning.

    Adding to the rule of not having purely capital letters, you may have only uppercase letters as long as the total number of letters is equal to or less than TWENTY (20) characters. What I mean is that if you have uppercase text WITH some lowercase ones, it's fine in terms of the text. However, if you happen to want only purely uppercase letters, it will now be fine up to TWENTY (20) letters. Numbers, symbols, punctuation do not count.

    6. A limit on colour.

    If you can't find a colour that's right for you use this HTML True Type Colour Chart.

    Use a maximum of FIVE colours, and remember that not all colours are visible on all styles. The default colour counts as well.

    7. No ridiculous size of text.

    Size 1 - This is allowed.
    Size 2 - This is allowed.
    Size 3 - This is allowed.
    Size 4 - This is allowed in a very small amount, such as a name at the top of your signature.
    Size 5 and above - This is not allowed.

    8. No more than 8 smilies or forum avatars

    If you want to put smilies or avatars in your signature, you need to find their exact URL and use IMG tags to put them in. You are limited to a total of 8 COMBINED (for example 4 smilies, 4 avatars). If you want to list more than one team, then do it the old fashioned way. Make a banner or write their names down.

    9. No images saved in bitmap (BMP) Format. No large animated GIFs

    Bitmaps are massive files, and on dialup, a killer in loading time. Please save any images you intend to use in your sig as JPEG, PNG or GIF. Programs such as Paint, which save jpegs as low quality, should use PNG format instead.

    Large animated GIFs, approximately 500k or above, will also be removed. This includes those rip-offs from anime which are very common in signatures. This also means that a total amount of animated gifs cannot reach over 500kbs. If you are unsure, find out the file size of each gif and add them together. If it's over 500, then it's too much.

    10. No unnecessary stacking

    By this we mean putting lots of information in your signature, with lots of space and new lines so it spreads out and fills lots of space needlessly. Put small images next to each other one one line, and don't make lists when you can use commas to separate words in a sentence.

    The maximum height allowed is 420 pixels (based on a screen resolution of 1024x768); this should allow plenty of room for whatever you place in your signature. Reference:



    This now also includes horizontal stacking. This basically means lining up long image next to each other one one line, or trying to exploit a banner loophole to create an excessively long banner. Signatures that cause the forum screen to scroll across unnecessarily will be deleted.

    11. Only one spoiler is allowed in your signature

    Also, keep in mind that anything under the spoiler counts as adding to "stacking," so if your signature is over the height limit with the spoiler clicked/opened, it's still against the rules.

    12. If you are unsure, CHECK FIRST

    Use the Signature Check Thread stickied in the Newbie Lounge to get a confirmation of whether your signature is OK or not; that way you can avoid getting it deleted. But if your signature is rule-breaking and you ignore an authorised checker's proposition twice, it will be removed forcefully.

    13. What will happen to your signature when you break these rules

    Strike 1 - Partial signature deletion where the part breaking the rules is deleted, and a warning will be issued.

    Strike 2 - Complete signature deletion, second warning.

    Strike 3 - Complete signature deletion and a week ban.

    Further breaking after the ban will result in longer bans.

    Everybody please make sure you read the rules, and take note of the changes that have been made.
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 31, 2008
  2. Midnight Umbreon

    Midnight Umbreon Do The Hokey Pokey!

    Yes! Mine's all right!
    *does first reply dance*
  3. Cipher 2008

    Cipher 2008 Well-Known Member

    I like your sig, actually...I'll check out the Dark-type skin later on. :) EDIT: Just done so. Very nice. :D

    RaZoR LeAf: Will the previous warnings remain intact?
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2006
  4. Atoyont

    Atoyont Brains for brawn

    I have heard people talk about the 7 line rule, yet I don't really understand what that is. I am asking becasue I wish to add a bit more material to my signature but I do not wish for it to get deleted.
  5. Virtual Headache

    Virtual Headache *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    The thread has just been restarted, because it was deleted when the forums were hacked.
    Nothing changed, the warnings are still there.
  6. Cipher 2008

    Cipher 2008 Well-Known Member

    OK, thanks for that.
  7. Stage On

    Stage On Aura guardian

    Well at least I know I'll always be well with in the rules signature wise since I never bother to have more then one picture anyhow xd
  8. yutss

    yutss Banned

    why dont you make rules about our situation of hacked serebii?
  9. Matt`

    Matt` r u srs?

    Why are signature rules necessary for these forums?
  10. Wig

    Wig Out of a crazy mind.

    ...Have any suggestions? Why? "Don't say anything mean about the hacker."
    Because we don't want 700+ pics on a person's sig. It also affects our bandwith problems. ._.

    Anyway, this will stop the n00bs who will make excuses about the rules not being here. :p

  11. [aka]

    [aka] Well-Known Member

    i have a new sig and i was wondering if it's ok thank your for your time
  12. Stage On

    Stage On Aura guardian

    Becuse gigantic signatures are very obnoxious and take forever to load slowing the site down in general.
  13. Ok, I fixed my signature so I think it's ok now. ^^ (I haven't been on the forums that much so I didn't know what the new sig updates were till now. XD)
  14. Onijon

    Onijon Pocchama Trainer

    Is mine ok?
  15. Bitsy

    Bitsy Sneasel Fanboy

    Ian's PokePet
    Claw the level 43 Weavile!​

    Would it be okay for me to add this to my sig?
    edit-- soryy i didnt see the noob thing
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2006
  16. RaZoR LeAf

    RaZoR LeAf Night Terror

    This is not a Signature Checking topic.
  17. Sory to ask this here but where is the Get your sig checked topic an't find it in the newbie section
  18. Mega Trickster

    Mega Trickster Blargagh blargh

    It got deleted when the forums were hacked, they should make another one soon.
  19. MetalMario

    MetalMario < It's Passion Pink!

    The 7 line rule is a nonsensical rule which isn't written anywhere. When you go to edit your sig and it contains more than 7 "lines", it won't let you. You haven't changed your sig since the forums were "upgraded" (translation: broken), have you? Because your current sig violates that rule.

    Edit: Matt, learn your math. One 400x400 image is the same size as four 200x200 images. What would be fair and equivalent is a 200x400 or 400x200 image which can already be accomplished by placing multiple adjacent images.
  20. MidnightScott

    MidnightScott Super Gamer

    I assume mine is fine right? I checked the height of it.

    BTW, my sig is best viewed in Dark Pokemon Layout, on FireFox Web Browser.

    EDIT: Crappola, wrong topic xD

    Last edited: Sep 11, 2006
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