To start, Avatar rules are not changing. Avatars are still 100x100 pixels and 20kb max.
The signature rules are being changed in order to add support for Xbox Live Gamercards in a way that will not also add potential security risks to the forums. We are aware that there is a more complete PHP mod for Gamercards, but the security of what it does or can do has not yet been verified as well as the Gamercards total downloaded content would greatly exceed 50 - 100kb with the interactive content.
Due to the XboxLive Gamercard JPGs through mygamercard.net taking upwards of 28k, we are increasing the allowed signature kb limit for images to 28k. Unless you are using the linked gamercard image straight to mygamercard.net, you are still required to use the pixel restrictions associated with options 1 & 2 below.
In addition, we have clarified some of the other signature options and rules. If you have any questions, look for the sticky thread in General chat.
Some of the rules, while written in strong language, are written mainly for repeat offenders. The 150 characters per line rule, as an example, is mainly to prevent abuse of the general lines of text rule using word wrap to get more lines. 150 characters was deemed enough to fit on most screens or window sizes without word wrap issues. But in general, I wouldn't worry too much about this unless you are writing a small novel in your signature.
Other "new rules" are more of clarifications of existing policies. We have highly discouraged "annoying" signatures. The general text rules are being put into place to help keep this under control.
No more than 1 color other than black used in signature
No Bolding (except in text only signature, see further details below)
No text that is increased or decreased in size.
There are 4 total options for signatures layout.
1 - Normal Signature
480x80 pixel image
28kb data size
1 Line of text, no more than 150 characters
2 - Mixed Signature
480x60 pixel image
20kb in size
2 Lines of text, each no more than 150 characters
480x40 pixel image
20kb in size
3 Lines of text, each no more than 150 characters
480x20 pixel image
20kb in size
4 Lines of text, each no more than 150 characters
3 - Text Only Signature
5 Lines of text, each no more than 150 characters
One line can contain bolded text, but bolded text cannot be colored.
4 - XboxLive Gamercard
Image Link to 197x135 pixel jpg of XboxLive Gamercard through http://www.gamercard.net IE - http://card.mygamercard.net/HiroProtagonist.jpg
1 line of text, no more than 150 characters
- Signature pictures may not be advertisements of any kind.
- Animated pictures can be removed at staff discretion.
- All existing forum rules regarding cursing, flaming, attacking, fanboy terminology, etc... apply to signature text.
- Hyperlinks used in signatures cannot go to offensive content or content that would not be suitable for all ages.
- Hyperlinks must describe accurately what they are linking too, they cannot be misleading.
All decisions regarding signatures made by Administrators or Moderators are final.
Administrators and Moderators reserve the right to remove any and all signatures and associated text/images without prior approval of the forum member.
Repeated failure to comply with these rules can result in permenant loss of signature rights and possibly banning based on the level of the offense(s).
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[LIVE]New 80GB sku dated for Europe
With David Reeves announcing that the new SKU would find its way onto shelves on August 27, it came as a shock when online retailers like Amazon and GAME began listing the item for August 22. While this bumped up release is more than welcomed, it seems likely that Leipzig will be host to some sort of announcement in regards to this change. For those gamers holding out and waiting for this SKU in Europe, it seems the wait has been cut in half.
As most know, this new SKU was announced at E3 2008 as a replacement model for the current standard 40GB unit. The new 80GB will feature the same standards as the 40GB with the exception of a larger HDD.
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