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Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:20 pm UTC
by Aleril
Based off of viewtopic.php?f=2&t=19093 , I was wondering if the signature of a person has any effect on how you percieve that person at all.

I have always seen it as a sort of small meter on what that person likes, their type of humour, etcetc.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:33 pm UTC
by I Am Raven
Barely, if not at all.
Sorry if this isnt the respind you wanted to hear...

EDIT: I think this is officially the most boring post ever, unless you count things as "Hi..." and/or "Not really." On the contrary "No." (just simply, pure and not off-topic) is a pretty interesting one. Also if you take in account that the answer itself could unleash a discussion of great matters and such. But hey, that's just my opinion.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:38 pm UTC
by Felstaff
Self indulgent signatures are a pet hate of mine.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
by Kithplana
Funny quote? Eh.
Funny quote about yourself? Eh.
Self-quote? Lame.
Funny picture? Eh.
Sig, especially an image sig, dedicated only to advertising something else? Lame.

I don't really know what would make a good sig, but I do know that being lame in your sig has an effect on how I parse the rest of your posts.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:48 pm UTC
by Aleril
Kithplana wrote:Self-quote? Lame.


Agreed. I think that the ultimate in egotisical actions is quoting not a famous person but yourself.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:58 pm UTC
by MFHodge
I've been sending out PMs to people with large signatures this week, so maybe everyone could take this opportunity to have a look at their signature and trim it down if it is over 100 pixels tall.

Personally, I make judgements about people based on the number of unneccessary linebreaks in their sig.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:25 pm UTC
by El Senor Fruit Swing
I actually PM'd VT about my sig.earlier this week and today. I thought about [][/] stabbing my sig for shats and gaggles.. but I think the mods would not be to pleased. :P :lol:

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:11 pm UTC
by Amnesiasoft
Not really. I barely even read people's signatures. Mine's just there to confuse people.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:23 pm UTC
by Alisto
If you have a large, obnoxious sig, I will judge you harshly. Graphic sigs may have been useful in the olden days before avatars, but now they're just billboards for an inflated sense of self-worth.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:40 pm UTC
by lowbart
I agree with Alisto, although not so extremely. I think it's better to have a good avatar than a good signature. Graphical sigs tend to be distracting, and particularly break the flow of the thread if some people have big flashy ones and others just have a like of text.

Still, I like the idea of a little banner thing that identifies you. On one of the forums I used to go to (and is now dying), there was a big deal about making your own 30x500 strip.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:51 pm UTC
by hack124x768
Alisto wrote:If you have a large, obnoxious sig, I will judge you harshly. Graphic sigs may have been useful in the olden days before avatars, but now they're just billboards for an inflated sense of self-worth.

Behold my amazing self worth!

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:53 pm UTC
by semicolon
I turned sigs off when we got phpbb3.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:57 pm UTC
by El Senor Fruit Swing
semicolon wrote:I turned sigs off when we got phpbb3.

Oh babe but you turned something else on ;) lol
kidding...

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:28 pm UTC
by 22/7
To be honest, a large graphical sig or a sig with too much crap in it means far less to me than the regular content of someone's posts.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:57 pm UTC
by Cheese
I generally skip past sigs that I know, although if there's one I don't recognise I'll probably read it.
Mine did have a huge collection of quotes about me (well, I could fit 4), but I've ditched most of them. Hermaj's stays, though. It's MY spot.
I don't particularly judge people on signatures, the exception being if their sig is huge for no good reason (for example, a spoilerable image, or a messy quote (with several spaces, like this:
Yes, this,

with a reply like this.

Maybe another one like this, too.

Instead of this,
and this
(and this, too).
)).

EDIT: I submitted this before I'd finished typing it... so fix'd to make sense.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:09 pm UTC
by Goatboy
I don't read the names of posters usually, I tend to go by avatars, but in Aleril's case, changing avatars kind of frequently, I recognize posts by sig.

Not having a sig is much more forgivable than not having an avatar, though. Makes the next post down show up sooner. That's nice, eh?

And, because I have to:
Optimus Rhyme wrote:My sig's kinda big, but it's tasteful. Might blink a bit, 80k, ain't no way that I'd be wasteful.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:19 pm UTC
by 22/7
Ehh, I don't mind people not having avatars or sigs. Names usually aren't too similar to be an issue.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:29 pm UTC
by silverwmoon
lol It's good to read this, my home forum (well my first forum I should say, the one I lost my internet virgnity/innocence too ;_;) didn't allow regular memebers to have an avatar, so Signatures what what I got used to looking at or recognizing. The graphical ones became kinda like a display for artistic talent or a showcase graphic of your fav. character or person.

I think I'll have to re-evaluate my Avatar now though, looking at the responses. Though I still kinda like the signatures.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:27 pm UTC
by podbaydoor
I don't like graphical sigs. At all. Past a small, tasteful size, they break up the flow of the thread.
But then, I'm pretty visual-oriented, and the way I 'hear' dialogue in my head is in some part dependent on how it appears on the page.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:35 am UTC
by Seven
@ podbaydoor - I like your signature. A lot. :D

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:43 am UTC
by '; DROP DATABASE;--
I ignore sigs most of the time. Sometimes I notice them, but I don't associate them with the person.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:49 am UTC
by notzeb
Signatures change too often for them to color my perception of you. The only ones I really recognize on sight are Mighty Jalapeno's, Rodan's and Toe Of Doom's signatures. Oh, and that one in all those sizes and colors about someone who got really stoned last night or something.

Actually, I think signatures and avatars serve completely opposite purposes - avatars give me specific info about the poster, signatures give me general information about the culture of xkcd, notable quotes, gender hints, etc. How else would I know not to take Cheese's spot?

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:50 am UTC
by Torvaun
It depends. Gharbad has a great image sig.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:54 am UTC
by Master Gunner
This reminds me, I really should get a signature here sometime.
In any case, I only use signatures in combination with avatars to tell who is who, and so long as it isn't obnoxious, I don't really pay any attention to it.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:58 am UTC
by Seven
notzeb....... holy crap, did you just now translate your sig from binary? I still don't understand it.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:01 am UTC
by Pandercolour
I usually turn off signatures when I can.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:02 am UTC
by TheTankengine
Image
Seriously, folks; it's true.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:06 am UTC
by Sissi
Only signature that has altered the way I think of somebody has been Tankengine's. I remember seeing it maybe around the time he had that tantrum about newbies not reading the rules or something. "Wait, what? Is that a mod's signature?"

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:08 am UTC
by notzeb
Seven wrote:notzeb....... holy crap, did you just now translate your sig from binary? I still don't understand it.

I also made it longer. I figured a lot of people disliked linebreaks, so why not compress it a little?

Of course, it is now slightly meaningless, but the fact that there are exactly 9 distinct characters in it might give people an extra clue...

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:25 am UTC
by '; DROP DATABASE;--
TheTankengine wrote:Image
Seriously, folks; it's true.
I say this often when loud cars go by. "Remember, the louder your muffler/engine/etc is, the bigger your penis is!"

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:28 am UTC
by Seven
'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:
TheTankengine wrote:Image
Seriously, folks; it's true.
I say this often when loud cars go by. "Remember, the louder your muffler/engine/etc is, the bigger your penis is!"

add woofers to that list.........

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:44 pm UTC
by Cheese
Sissi wrote:Only signature that has altered the way I think of somebody has been Tankengine's. I remember seeing it maybe around the time he had that tantrum about newbies not reading the rules or something. "Wait, what? Is that a mod's signature?"
I'm not sure if TheTankEngine's sig changed my perception of them at all... the avar change did, though. I liked Santa under Thomas... the Hoff just can't compare, sorry.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:58 pm UTC
by parkaboy
i just wanted my sig to match my avatar. and the quote applies to me. sometimes i do very bad things. sometimes i do good things. the good an bad, however, is left to individual assessment, so i don't know. you know.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:38 pm UTC
by d3adf001
Seven wrote:
'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:
TheTankengine wrote:Image
Seriously, folks; it's true.
I say this often when loud cars go by. "Remember, the louder your muffler/engine/etc is, the bigger your penis is!"

add woofers to that list.........


also the lower it is if its a civic or the higher it is if its a jeep. or the crappier the body kid for any car. ive seen a bronco with a "riced" body kit

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:56 pm UTC
by Robin S
I usually keep my signatures short and irrelevant. I would hope that if people try to infer things about my personality online, they would base their judgments on the content of my posts, rather than my signature.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:18 pm UTC
by tiny
Signatures that have more than five lines are evil. Pictures in signatures are the antichrist. And I don't like it when people have fora quotes somehow referring to themselfs in their signature.
To me this seems like they want to show off how they were the cause for humor on the fora; as if that would validate them as members. I'm probably interpreting a lot here and I try to avoid judging people based on their signature.

In the other forum that I frequent I use my sig as a place to show random quotes I stumbled across on the web and liked for some reason or other. I never have more than one quote there, though.
My sig here is my favourite quote ever.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:20 pm UTC
by Ishindri
I tend not to judge people by their signatures, although isn't that their point? To have a signature, a mark that signifies you?

I've never really understood some people's vendetta against signatures, although large pictures are really quite annoying. Nevertheless, if it makes me smile, I (usually) don't care. As I used to have in my signature, I am easily amused. (My sig, for the record, both describes me and is a joke I stole from Zero Punctuation.)

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:34 pm UTC
by wery67564
I like all sigs, they are peoples little memo boards.

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:23 pm UTC
by Sandry
I think the single biggest signature annoyance is when you notice a poster consistently posts less content in his or her post than there is available for repeated viewing in his or her signature.

Also, my first BB had an extreme anti-images-in-signatures vibe. My second seemed to embrace huge, image-laden sigs wholeheartedly, and was also a less interesting and less intelligent forum. I think due to that, I have a tendency to assume that the flashier your images are, the less interesting you are.

Oh, but lowbart, I must say your sig is awesome and makes me happy. :D

Re: Signatures and Perception.

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:37 pm UTC
by Ian Ex Machina
Hmm, I was considering getting/making a new sig for myself, after being reminded of the 100 pixel rule.

I usually read the text in sigs once then blank them, if they are pictures i'll look at them everytime (if I like them) though.