Automated Signatures?

I agree that automated signatures don’t really add anything to the discussion and only make scanning the text harder as there is a lot of automatically inserted stuff that’s totally unrelated to the discussion

I would love to see a mouseover effect for profiles and @ mentions though where your signature/bio could be shown.

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I don’t know. Signatures (text only of course) as I’ve seen them on forums elsewhere don’t seem to be used for information that would fit in an “about me” section. People tend to use them to memorialize an interesting exchange or when someone (important/famous) compliments them. With reasonable restrictions (no more than 2-3 lines, or one quote tag) I find them rather useful at times, and not enough of a bother to remove.

I think the real value of Discourse is that it boils down the page content to what you need to see to follow the discussion. How does a signature add to that? Allowing opt-out doesn’t help either; a random web user landing on a forum page as part of a Google search is still going to find that forum page cluttered with animated gifs, highlighted text and so on.

I applaud a cleaner, more minimalist format, with any additional information about a user kept in their user page, and this would be a great compromise, IMO.

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not enough of a bother to remove but are they enough of a bother to implement or can they be left unimplemented?

I don’t understand how you can get away with not enjoying irrelevant information being injected into the middle of conversations.


mootinator - Over 9000 Cheevos!

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jco - MASTER cheevos expert. I have all the cheevos. Be cool like me, be a cheevos god.

Yeah, can you just come in on Saturday, that would be great [[[LooksLikeSomeoneMondays.JPNG]]]

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If you have the user’s profile linked, why do you need a signature?

Signatures exist in email / NNTP for because of not having very much context in the headers.

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Because if we didn’t have signatures however would you know about my cheevos?

I mean, seriously.


jco - MASTER cheevos expert. I have all the cheevos. Be cool like me, be a cheevos god.

Yeah, can you just come in on Saturday, that would be great [[[LooksLikeSomeoneMondays.JPNG]]]

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PS: the sarcastic bit here is that we completely agree with you and we (moot and I) want to demonstrate how obnoxious most signatures are to most people. Obviously I can write a userscript that looks for this box to be shown on screen and then appends my signature text immediately, and uses localstorage to keep it across my browser sessions.


jco - MASTER cheevos expert. I have all the cheevos. Be cool like me, be a cheevos god.

Yeah, can you just come in on Saturday, that would be great [[[LooksLikeSomeoneMondays.JPNG]]]

Also, like with most forums, the current behavior I’m exhibiting is “don’t edit your posts, put a new one. Duh.” :wink:

This is also a highly effective reason to not have the “same features as other forum software”.


jco - MASTER cheevos expert. I have all the cheevos. Be cool like me, be a cheevos god.

Yeah, can you just come in on Saturday, that would be great [[[LooksLikeSomeoneMondays.JPNG]]]

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I wish we had signatures so you could learn moar about my cheevos and be as totally cool and awesome as I am.


jco - MASTER cheevos expert. I have all the cheevos. Be cool like me, be a cheevos god.

Yeah, can you just come in on Saturday, that would be great [[[LooksLikeSomeoneMondays.JPNG]]]

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What do you want to put in your signature that you can’t put on http://meta.discourse.org/users/chronodekar ?

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Of course we agree with you. There’s actually academic research to suggest that forum signatures are counterproductive.


@moot Meddle not in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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oh dear lord, I’ve been had by a cad :wink:

I do love this new forum software, and how we didn’t change any of our behavior.


jco - MASTER cheevos expert. I have all the cheevos. Be cool like me, be a cheevos god.

Yeah, can you just come in on Saturday, that would be great [[[LooksLikeSomeoneMondays.JPNG]]]

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Please tell me you don’t mean like this signature. I think it’s amazing.

PS: yes, only this thread. No, I do not condone them.


jco - MASTER cheevos expert. I have all the cheevos. Be cool like me, be a cheevos god.

Yeah, can you just come in on Saturday, that would be great [[[LooksLikeSomeoneMondays.JPNG]]]

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YOINK!


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a binary clock!!! I love it!!!


jco - MASTER cheevos expert. I have all the cheevos. Be cool like me, be a cheevos god.

Yeah, can you just come in on Saturday, that would be great [[[LooksLikeSomeoneMondays.JPNG]]]

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I have missed Polly :wink:


jco - MASTER cheevos expert. I have all the cheevos. Be cool like me, be a cheevos god.

Yeah, can you just come in on Saturday, that would be great [[[LooksLikeSomeoneMondays.JPNG]]]

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Looks more base-4 to me.


@moot Meddle not in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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You’re just a hater :wink:

who forgets line breaks and must therefore post a new post and not suffer the edit button


jco - MASTER cheevos expert. I have all the cheevos. Be cool like me, be a cheevos god.

Yeah, can you just come in on Saturday, that would be great [[[LooksLikeSomeoneMondays.JPNG]]]