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The G Dog Fezian18 Jun 2010 2:33 p.m. PST

I vote no. It's a key reason that I avoid more "modern" applications.

aecurtis Fezian18 Jun 2010 2:44 p.m. PST

I have decided that the hip kids are right, and so I have chosen for my sig a brief selection from the script of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", which shall appear appended to every post from now on (unless someone contacts me by some means other than posting on this thread or by PM and suggests otherwise--and I'm not answering the phone, Wyatt).


Scene 1

[clop clop]
ARTHUR: Whoa there!
[clop clop]

GUARD #1: Halt! Who goes there?
ARTHUR: It is I, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, from the castle
of Camelot. King of the Britons, defeator of the Saxons, sovereign
of all England!
GUARD #1: Pull the other one!
ARTHUR: I am. And this my trusty servant Patsy.
We have ridden the length and breadth of the land in search of knights
who will join me in my court of Camelot. I must speak with your lord
and master.
GUARD #1: What, ridden on a horse?
GUARD #1: You're using coconuts!
GUARD #1: You've got two empty halves of coconut and you're bangin'
'em together.
ARTHUR: So? We have ridden since the snows of winter covered this
land, through the kingdom of Mercea, through--
GUARD #1: Where'd you get the coconut?
ARTHUR: We found them.
GUARD #1: Found them? In Mercea? The coconut's tropical!
ARTHUR: What do you mean?
GUARD #1: Well, this is a temperate zone.
ARTHUR: The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin
or the plumber may seek warmer climes in winter yet these are not
strangers to our land.
GUARD #1: Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?
ARTHUR: Not at all, they could be carried.
GUARD #1: What -- a swallow carrying a coconut?
ARTHUR: It could grip it by the husk!
GUARD #1: It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple
question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a 1 pound
ARTHUR: Well, it doesn't matter. Will you go and tell your master
that Arthur from the Court of Camelot is here.
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kyoteblue18 Jun 2010 3:04 p.m. PST


Kaoschallenged18 Jun 2010 3:42 p.m. PST

Wouldn't bother me either way. Robert

Mark Plant18 Jun 2010 3:47 p.m. PST

If anyone made it past Allen's "signature".

Mind you I have been to sites where the signal-to-noise ratio was that low thanks to "amusing" signatures, personal pictures etc.

We all have the ability to add a signature or link to our posts at any time and many do so and will probably continue to unless Bill Armintrout says "no" at some point.

You are constrained by what is polite. As it currently stands anyone with an over-the-top signature will be "made invisible" by the specific function provided to do that. The vast majority of users don't use them, and they act as a brake on the others.

Once the first person does something "amusing" however, the race to the bottom will be on.

Bill allowing one line may not allow much room for idiocy (though seeing other sites I doubt this). But once one line is permitted, you can bet the clamour for more will start. Best to stay at zero. As you say, you can add them anyway under the current system.

John the OFM18 Jun 2010 5:17 p.m. PST

If Bill allows one line, someone will whine for two…

And so it goes.

John the OFM18 Jun 2010 5:18 p.m. PST

And I don't think that being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century is necessarily a Good Thing.

Kaoschallenged18 Jun 2010 5:44 p.m. PST

I think some here will "whine" not matter what the subject or reasons. Robert

aecurtis Fezian18 Jun 2010 5:45 p.m. PST

Explain again what sigs have to do with the c.21st.


Cpt Arexu18 Jun 2010 6:02 p.m. PST

They are keeping it real, just like they was raizd, back in the early 21st century before modern times.


Don't make me open the extra large can of Whoop Butt!
what have I told youse guys about making more work for Bill?

kyoteblue18 Jun 2010 8:54 p.m. PST


Chortle Fezian19 Jun 2010 5:44 a.m. PST

>If Bill allows one line, someone will whine for two…
>And so it goes.

If only you had gone for that 'nuke' button I suggested. It would be the philosopher's stone of all TMP arguments.

shiroyama219 Jun 2010 6:00 a.m. PST

ARTHUR: The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin
or the plumber may seek warmer climes in winter yet these are not
strangers to our land.

I had no idea that plumbers migrated till I read this…I suppose it helps to explain why it's so hard to find one.

Bob Hume19 Jun 2010 6:17 a.m. PST

I'm not sure I got it, but Allen might have made a point.

aecurtis Fezian19 Jun 2010 7:09 a.m. PST

It was an obscure one.


14th Brooklyn19 Jun 2010 7:51 a.m. PST

If Bill allows one line, someone will whine for two…

Well, if I look at some of the posts here and a growing tendency on TMP over the past few years… 80% of TMP´ers seem so view whining as the most important thing in their life.
As such I think signatures that are limited to two or three lines and no graphics would be a good thing. 40% of TMP´ers will whine to get more content in their sigs and and 40% will whine because they were allowed in the first place. And this will make them extremely happy since they have a new reason to whine about.



aecurtis Fezian19 Jun 2010 8:18 a.m. PST

And whining about perceiving whining will be able to continue.


kyoteblue19 Jun 2010 8:42 a.m. PST


hurcheon19 Jun 2010 8:43 a.m. PST


hurcheon <*>
Content to follow as soon as inspiration hits me

Tanuki19 Jun 2010 10:46 a.m. PST

When we asked for a post-edit facility, people said that it would be abused and it wasn't necessary.

Now we can edit posts. I use the function all the time, and the site doesn't seem to have collapsed.

There are a lot of industry folks on here, and a couple of ID lines and a link to a site or blog in a signature lets me identify them and their wares instantly. Most folks do come here to learn about new minis, rules and companies after all.

Sensible limits on the size of the signature, and sane moderation of the content, will prevent the worst excesses.

Besides, how can we have graphics in the signature if we can't even have them in messages???

John the OFM19 Jun 2010 12:35 p.m. PST

I view adding a sig like hitting the [!] button.
There is nothing to stop you from doing things the hard way. Why make it easy to do annoying things?

Type it in, if you must, but do not make it easy or automated.

John the OFM19 Jun 2010 12:35 p.m. PST

Besides, how can we have graphics in the signature if we can't even have them in messages???

Let's keep it that way.

John the OFM19 Jun 2010 12:37 p.m. PST

Many of us on TMP typically close our posts with our name or nickname…

I would add "Far too" in front of "Many".

StarfuryXL519 Jun 2010 9:28 p.m. PST

Type it in, if you must, but do not make it easy or automated.

Or just keep it in a text file, then cut and paste as necessary.

But, but, but, … whine, whine, whine.

TMP link

Scorpio20 Jun 2010 6:55 p.m. PST

Ah, these would be the same kind of "technological advances" that typified progress from the 1970s to the 2000s. From a decade of manned lunar spaceflight, supersonic passenger aircraft and a regular hovercraft service across the English Channel, we have progressed to a world of one-calorie soft drinks, air-cushioned trainers and telephones with an infinite variety of irritating ringtones which are so small that they can be conveniently lost down the back of any chair or sofa.

And internet-ready computers that can be carried in your pocket. And artificial limbs that can respond to a wearer's thoughts. Robots wandering the surface of Mars literally years after they should have gone out of service. A supercollider on Earth that is literally colder than deep space.

Most of you young kids are probably too old to remember what the world was like when you could read news in an ordinary threaded newsreader, and still fit about 20 topics on a single VT52 screen. That, at least, would explain why none of you can spell .sig properly.

I've been online for 18 years now, and yet, none of the internet has been destroyed by sig files.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2010 7:33 p.m. PST

Yes to code

GeoffQRF21 Jun 2010 1:55 a.m. PST

Would Allen's sign amount to a breach of copyright?

ITALWARS27 Jul 2017 6:00 a.m. PST

please not …..this is a hobby forum..everything in our life if related with institutions, public ecc…seem to much invasive..please keep least here

Gwydion31 Jul 2017 2:08 a.m. PST

Working through that old 'To Do' list huh? grin

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