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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby nietzsche on Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:45 am

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nietzsche wrote: I'm sorry, until phpbb comes up with a way to do it without having to save the sigs and it's easy to do it (2-3 minutes) it won't happen.



there is a way to limit sig size with the use of a phpBB add-on.
here it is: http://www.phpbbsmith.com/projects/phpbb3/signature-restrictions.html

i've told the admins about this and it was dismissed because apparently they don't want to get complicated with add-ons and stuff like that.


It's because it's a one-guy operation.

If there was a boss, he would simply tell the programmers to implement something, because it's a good idea. But lack doesn't think in terms of good idea/bad idea anymore, he think's in terms of what he can do easily. He is the boss, and he tells himself to do only things he's comfortable doing.

The YouTube tag, I was bugging and bugging, show them the code and finally they did it, and to be honest it's because having Youtube embedded looks very cool. But I also show them the code for the "Like" option but it was more work and I bet he doesn't want to do it because it will take him longer, like 1 day.

So we gotta make a big deal of the Signature file size for it to be implemented. And I agree with OP, some animated signatures make the threads very difficult to read, lately PS' signatures, but there have been others. What I do is I use adblock to hide em.

The easiest solution I bet would be to allow only jpgs and pngs as signatures. No gifs, but this is not ideal because some animated signatures are not as heavy on the browser. I have a fairly fast computer, but I have 2 or 3 browsers open at a time, and each with more than 5 tabs open, so to scroll down on threads filled with this type of signatures it's noticeable.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby Woodruff on Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:36 am

codierose wrote:didn't realize there was sigs visible whilst your playing games or not his his case


The original post doesn't refer to "whilst playing your games", which is precisely why I directed you to the original post.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby Maugena on Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:11 am

Would someone please do something about this?
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby DiM on Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:23 am

Maugena wrote:Would someone please do something about this?


don't hold your breath ;)
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby Woodruff on Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:52 pm

DiM wrote:
Maugena wrote:Would someone please do something about this?


don't hold your breath ;)


This unfortunately appears to be the case.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby Ishihara on Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:05 pm

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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby IcePack on Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:40 pm

While I dont get affected by the size of sigs and don't really care, I think a reasonable limit can be placed without being to restrictive.

I'd be ok with a limit as long as it was targeted @ a level that just kept out the worst offenders. If a video can be made under a reasonable size it shouldn't be restricted IMHO.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby Woodruff on Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:21 pm

So are the moderators just hoping this goes away and dies quietly?
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby agentcom on Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:10 pm

Woodruff wrote:So are the moderators just hoping this goes away and dies quietly?


STICKIED.

As far as I know, this is still being discussed at levels above my pay grade.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby DiM on Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:18 pm

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Woodruff wrote:So are the moderators just hoping this goes away and dies quietly?


STICKIED.

As far as I know, this is still being discussed at levels above my pay grade.


it has been in discussion for at least 8 months. there was a thread made behind the scenes where several mods asked for this. at some point andy said he's talking to lack about it and then months passed and still we have nothing.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby Woodruff on Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:28 pm

agentcom wrote:
Woodruff wrote:So are the moderators just hoping this goes away and dies quietly?


STICKIED.


Thank you, agentcom. I do sincerely appreciate it.

agentcom wrote:As far as I know, this is still being discussed at levels above my pay grade.


Very good to know.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby thehippo8 on Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:10 am

Just as an aside, there's nothing to stop people hiding a big image in spoiler tags. A half-way-house between having an image as big as you like and not annoying people! Implementing that, you could have it that images greater than, say, 100k will aitomatically snuggle into spoiler tags?
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby SirSebstar on Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:04 am

if it were a post, i would have no problems with it(if its being relevant), but as a sig , even in spoilers? no thank you..
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby Woodruff on Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:48 am

SirSebstar wrote:if it were a post, i would have no problems with it(if its being relevant), but as a sig , even in spoilers? no thank you..


My question would be...does the system still have to load the signature if it's in spoilers? Because the problem I'm seeing (and I'm definitely still seeing it, and it pisses me off) is that when I click to read a message, it takes a fair bit for the page to load because it's loading up all of the blasted signatures. If that would alleviate the problem, then I'm good with it. But if it would still take just as long to load, then it doesn't really help.

In fact, if I use the suggested "hit escape" button to stop the loading of them, I also lose the "post last read" marker. Not an acceptable solution.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby agentcom on Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:37 pm

thehippo8 wrote:Just as an aside, there's nothing to stop people hiding a big image in spoiler tags. A half-way-house between having an image as big as you like and not annoying people! Implementing that, you could have it that images greater than, say, 100k will aitomatically snuggle into spoiler tags?


Hmmm ... I believe that this was discussed, the page still loads the image inside the spoiler, it just doesn't show it. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Also, I'm moving this to SUBMITTED. It's one of the few suggestions that has actually been talked about among the moderators and (at least at one point) there was some serious consideration given to it. Furthermore, this one isn't going to fall off the radar for those that are negatively affected.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby chapcrap on Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:42 pm

agentcom wrote:
thehippo8 wrote:Just as an aside, there's nothing to stop people hiding a big image in spoiler tags. A half-way-house between having an image as big as you like and not annoying people! Implementing that, you could have it that images greater than, say, 100k will aitomatically snuggle into spoiler tags?


Hmmm ... I believe that this was discussed, the page still loads the image inside the spoiler, it just doesn't show it. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

That is correct. This wasn't just about viewing an annoying image. It's about having to wait for said image to load because it's so big (byte-wise, not pixel count).
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby thehippo8 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:58 pm

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thehippo8 wrote:Just as an aside, there's nothing to stop people hiding a big image in spoiler tags. A half-way-house between having an image as big as you like and not annoying people! Implementing that, you could have it that images greater than, say, 100k will aitomatically snuggle into spoiler tags?


Hmmm ... I believe that this was discussed, the page still loads the image inside the spoiler, it just doesn't show it. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

That is correct. This wasn't just about viewing an annoying image. It's about having to wait for said image to load because it's so big (byte-wise, not pixel count).

Okay, well the issues are separate. If the complaints are about the signatures being annoying/distracting then that is one thing (and easily cured by spoiler tags) but if the issue is the load on the website then that is a practical matter which is always at Lack's control. Sure, we can have an input, but I suspect we will be dictated to by reality. As such, I agree that if Lack wants to limit file size then go ahead if it helps keep costs down for CC as a whole and thereby allowing resources to be employed in better places (like bigger XML files). It would be *nice* if any limitations were advised first but that again is a website owner's prerogative!
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby Woodruff on Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:11 pm

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agentcom wrote:
thehippo8 wrote:Just as an aside, there's nothing to stop people hiding a big image in spoiler tags. A half-way-house between having an image as big as you like and not annoying people! Implementing that, you could have it that images greater than, say, 100k will aitomatically snuggle into spoiler tags?


Hmmm ... I believe that this was discussed, the page still loads the image inside the spoiler, it just doesn't show it. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

That is correct. This wasn't just about viewing an annoying image. It's about having to wait for said image to load because it's so big (byte-wise, not pixel count).

Okay, well the issues are separate. If the complaints are about the signatures being annoying/distracting then that is one thing (and easily cured by spoiler tags) but if the issue is the load on the website then that is a practical matter which is always at Lack's control. Sure, we can have an input, but I suspect we will be dictated to by reality. As such, I agree that if Lack wants to limit file size then go ahead if it helps keep costs down for CC as a whole and thereby allowing resources to be employed in better places (like bigger XML files). It would be *nice* if any limitations were advised first but that again is a website owner's prerogative!


That's just it...lackattack doesn't need to do anything technical-wise for this suggestion to be implemented (yet, it has not been implemented). All he has to do is give his approval for it. So either he's not been approached with it yet (which is disappointing, if true) or he has not bothered to approve it (which is even more disappointing, but certainly less surprising).

This suggestion has to do with the standards of what the moderators allow more than it is a technical "programming" issue.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby nietzsche on Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:28 am

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nietzsche wrote: I'm sorry, until phpbb comes up with a way to do it without having to save the sigs and it's easy to do it (2-3 minutes) it won't happen.



there is a way to limit sig size with the use of a phpBB add-on.
here it is: http://www.phpbbsmith.com/projects/phpbb3/signature-restrictions.html

i've told the admins about this and it was dismissed because apparently they don't want to get complicated with add-ons and stuff like that.


For the first time I actually clicked that link (yes I'm a lazy Mexican). That add-on, though very useful, wouldn't be able to limit the size of the file, only its width and height. The filesize is important here because it's what we could use to know if a gif animation is heavy or not on the browser.

One option would be to check the file size of gifs when sigs are modified. One could still change the file leaving the same name but that could be punishable, for it would be clear that the intent to cheat was there. The better option would be to save each siggy on CC's server, but you can forget about that.

Seems like the easiest option, a rule determining a file size limit for animations isn't of their liking because if it were it would've been implemented already.

What other options are there?
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby Woodruff on Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:22 pm

So doesn't this particular suggestion take only the say-so to implement? No actual code is necessary here, is it? Is there a reason it's not being handled?
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby agentcom on Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:25 pm

Woodruff wrote:So doesn't this particular suggestion take only the say-so to implement? No actual code is necessary here, is it? Is there a reason it's not being handled?


You'd think. :)

I did follow up on this a bit. Unfortunately (at least for getting things done in Suggestions) there have been some mods who have been away and some mods who are moving around within the team, plus I've been busy. So, we haven't been able to look at looking into what goes into these changes as much as I would like. I believe that we'll be back on track shortly (although I won't venture to define "shortly" here). I would really like to be able to get back to you with solid answers as to when and whether some of these things are going to get looked into further, but I can't do so right now. Sorry.
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby thenobodies80 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:13 am

The only thing required here is to discuss together and set a rule, write it somewhere and have admins/volunteers to enforce it regularily.
No code changes or phpBB modifications are required or necessary.

Ask to a programmer to work on a way to limit sigs just because some users love to put "all their life" into them (when nobody cares), sorry it's just waste the programmer time. We have plenty things more important to work on.

Personally I would not allow animated and flashing sigs at all, but it's just my personal preference. Instead, if I have say a number :-k ... I think that 100 kb could be a good max size for a signature.

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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby El_Jefe on Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:34 pm

Do we have consensus? How about 100kb limit on signature images?
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Re: Limit Signature Image File Size!

Postby greenoaks on Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:48 pm

El_Jefe wrote:Do we have consensus? How about 100kb limit on signature images?

no we don't.

i dont know what 100kb would allow to be able to say if i think that is too much, too little or spot on.

could someone post some examples of 100 as well as larger.
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