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Dio_the_lonely
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posted 02-06-06 00:52 AM EDT (US)         
The Signature Guide
by phatfish, reedited by Dio

After you have registered, you may set your sig(signature). This is a piece of text that you would like to be inserted at the end of all your posts, a little like having headed note paper.

NOTE: HeavenGames does NOT allow pictures in signatures. Therefore, the image tag is disabled. However, you can use smilies in your signature, but don't put more than 5 in them, as these take up a lot of bandwith + loading time for slow connection users. HTML code, javascript, php and the quote tags are disabled as well.

If the administrator has enabled signatures, then you will have the option to include your signature on any posts you make. If you have specified a signature, then the board will automatically append your signature to any messages you post.

You can set your signature by editing your profile and clicking on the "Edit Signature" link.

To adjust your profile go to the editing profile section of the forum. Go to the bottom of that page and insert anything you want as your signature.

Signature Creation

You can create various signatures, with colors or any other features. You can use whatever you like. Mind that most forums don't prefer using racistic, hate, violent or sex related words/pictures/html.

Creating a signature is fairly easy. Here are some examples of what you could use in your signature:

- Colors
- UBBcode
- Quotes
- ASCII art
- Links (you may not use any links that are against the CoC, such as peer2peer or sex related links. Links to scn teams or clan websites are allowed though)

The first thing you should do is decide what do you want do display in your signature. Let's take a quote for example:

"Until Philosophers are kings...cities will never have rest from their troubles"-Plato

Next, we decide what kind of colors we use. We use the default text colour in our quote:

"Until Philosophers are kings...cities will never have rest from their troubles"-Plato

Color tags:

[ c=007700 ][/c] (Note: the spaces should not be there, this goes for the entire guide)

Then, we decide wether we want to add some UBB code. We will use Bold and Italic.

""Until Philosophers are kings...cities will never have rest from their troubles"-Plato

Tags used:

[ c=007700 ][ b ][ i ][/c][/b][/i]

Now we have created a nice sig. But, we can make it even look cooler, we're gonna use fading colors.

Fading colors are two colors combined and fade to each other:

"Until Philosophers are kings...cities will never have rest from their troubles"-Plato

Tags used:

[ c=007700-000077 ][/c]

Mark the stripe between the two color codes, this combines the two colors together, and makes them fade. Now some people have fading-fading (also known as double-fading) colors in the same sentence. "How the heck do they make such sigs?" you ask. Well, it's very easy to do. You have to use the same fading method, but you have to change the color codes.


Tags used:
[ 007700-000077 ][/c][ c=007700-336699 ][/c]

Here's how it looks when using the fading colors:

""Until Philosophers are kings...cities will never have rest from their troubles"-Plato

Image/Picture signatures

Yup, they are possible, in a non-official way. I will just use the post reply button. First of all, HG does NOT allow any porn/warez/cracks images in signatures or links. So don't use it in your sig, or you risk getting banned. Another note: don't make the images huge, keep em small. Don't make them larger than 200x300 pixels (I think this is a reasonable limit).

Creating Image Signatures

First of all, have a host which allows image hotlinking.(Imageshack, Photobucket) Create a nice sig in programs such as MS Paint, Photoshop or whatever you like. Now, use the following picture as the representing "signature line" (also known as the divider). In this example I'll be using FD2's images.

[ img ][ url ]http://bfme2.heavengames.com/forums/reply.gif[/url][/img]

Gives you:

Then, include the link to your own made image:

[ img ][ url ]http://bfme2.heavengames.com/forums/reply.gif[/url][/img]

Gives you:


[ img ][ url ]http://bfme2.heavengames.com/forums/reply.gif[/url][/img]

Gives you:

If you want it like this, turn your original signature off, and copy it under every post you make. Yes, it's annoying to do it everytime, but hey, it's an image sig...

Here are some patterns you can use as well:

_.,-=~+"^'`*`'^"+~=-,._

(¯`•._.•[ ]•._.•´¯)

÷•.•´¯`•)» «(•´¯`•.•÷×

°o.O O.o°

- - --^[ ]^-- - -

••.•´¯`•.••

`•.¸¸.•´´¯`••._.•

¯¨´*•~-.¸¸,.-~*´¨

¨‘°ºO Oº°‘¨

׺°”˜`”°º×

––––•(-• •-)•––––

°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸

-•=»‡«=•-

•÷±‡± ±‡±÷•

..,,--++¬¬ ¬¬++--,,..

.: :.

+*¨^¨*+

_|¯|_|¯|_|¯|


And some weird or unusual signs/characters:

a ð å Å Â ª Ä Á À ã Ã A b ß (3 B c Ç ç © ¢ C d ð Ð D e ë é ê è í € £ Ë É Ê È E f ƒ F g G h µ H | | ï í î ì ¡ ¦ Ï Í Î
Ì I j ¿ J k |{ | < K l £ ¿ L m (v) M n ñ Ñ N o ø Ø º ° ¤ Õ () O p þ Þ P q ¶ Q r ® R s § $ S t ~|~ ¯|¯ T u ü ú û ù µ
|_| Ü Ú Û Ù U v V w W x × y ÿ Y z Z æ Æ Œ ® © ™ ¿ ? ½ ¼ ¾ ¬ ¨ ¯ • « » ¹ ² ³ ‡ � þ Þ ¤ § ± ÷ ¦ • ○ √ ∙� � ♣ ♥ ♦ ♪ ♫ ‰
% * & ^ # @ ! ¿ ¡


All allowed UBBCodes in Signatures:


Color Text:
Add some color the text.
Tags used:[ c=xxxxxx ][/c] (where xxxxxx stands for the 6 digit hexadecimal/color code from the color table, however you can also use terms as "red" or "blue" etc. Scroll down to the color table chart for info about Hexadecimal, in case you don't know.)
[ color=xxxxxx ][/color]
[ colour=xxxxxx ][/colour]
Input: [ c=00008b ]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.[/c]
Effect: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Bold Text:
Makes the text bold.
Tags used: [ b ][/b]
Input: [ b ]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.[/b]
Effect: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Italic Text:
Italize the text.
Tags used:[ i ][/i]
Input: [ i ]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.[/i]
Effect: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Underline Text:
Gives the text an underline.
Tags used: [ u ][/u]
Input: [ u ]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.[/u]
Effect: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Whisper Text:
Makes the text small and in whispering format.
Tags used: [ whisper ][/whisper]
Input: [ whisper ]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.[/whisper]
Effect: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Strike-out Text:
Gives the text a strike-out.
Tags used: [ strike ][/strike]
Input: [ strike ]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.[/strike]
Effect: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Subscript Text:
Subscript.
Tags used: [ sub ][/sub] Input: [ sub ]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.[/sub]
Effect: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Superscript Text:
Superscript.
Tags used: [ sup ][/sup]
Input: The [ sup ]quick[/sup] brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
Effect: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Indent Text:
Indents the text.
Tags used: [ ind ][/ind]
Input: [ ind ]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.[/ind]
Effect:

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

E-mail Link:
Makes a clickable link (mailto) to your e-mail adress.
Tags used: [ email ][/email]
Input: [ email ]monkey@example.com[/email]
Effect: monkey@example.com

Hypertext Link:
Makes a clickable link out of your text.
Tags used: [ url ][/url]
Input:[ url=http://example.com ]My Website[/url]
Effect: My Website

Bullet:
Use bullets for making a good viewable list.
Tags used: [ * ]
Input: [ * ]Monkey 1
[ * ]Monkey 2
Effect:

  • Monkey 1
  • Monkey 2

    List:
    Use numbers for making a good viewable list.
    Tags used: [ ol ][/ol]
    Input: [ ol ]Monkey 1[/ol]
    [ ol ]Monkey 2[/ol]
    Effect:

      Monkey 1

      Monkey 2


    Smily-Codes:

    Note: Spaces are included between the codes, otherwise they could not be displayed as they show up as smilies. So remove the spaces when creating your signature. Don't overuse them, this takes up mutch bandwith and loading time.

    : ) =
    : ( =
    : D =
    : p =
    : o =
    ; ) =
    : { =

    Emoticons:

    * kiss* =
    * barf* =
    * happy* =
    * mischief* =
    * rude* =
    * surprised* =
    * wink* =
    * redfaced* =
    * yawn* =

    The color chart/table:

    HG's color table: http://www.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/forums/display.cgi?action=ct&f=25,319058,,20

    Or you can use this one as well:

    Hexadecimals by Guzzardo23:
    The hex codes work in hexadecimal code. The digits are: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,A,B,C,D,E and F.
    You are given six spaces to put the digits, for RGB (Red, Green and Blue). So two sapces for each color. The max 'number' you can put for a color is FF, what is, in decimal mode, 255. So 0000FF gives you pure blue, FFFF00 Gives you yellow, and so on.

    000000 gives you black because there is no color, and FFFFFF gives you white because all the colors are at their max. 151515, C9C9C9, and other codes where the same two-digits number repeat three times give you different tones of grey.


    Also a very nifty program is Eyedropper, which automically gives the Hexadecimal/Color code with a mouse over. Foexample, if you go over the HG logo with your mouse it would give you blue and yellow color codes. The program can be download here.

    RGB Color system by Ticaios:There are six characters in a color. The first two are for red, the second two are for green and the last two are for blue. Red-Green-Blue=RGB.

    Each color (R, G and B) has a value. The value is not written using decimal system. In decimal system the base number is 10 (eg. 10*10=100). In RGB code the base number is 16 (24=16. A power of two is logical because of using binary system.), hence we need something to represent numbers 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

    This is where the letters come in:

    0=0
    1=1
    2=2
    3=3
    4=4
    5=5
    6=6
    7=7
    8=8
    9=9
    a=10
    b=11
    c=12
    d=13
    e=14
    f=15

    Some examples:
    00 = 0
    01 = 1
    0f = 15
    10 = 16
    ab = 171
    ff = 255

    Each color gets a value between 0 and 255, hence each color has 256 different values. Three colors can each have 256 different values, so the total amount of combinations is 2563=167.777.216.

    If you use the RGB code, browsers round the color to the nearest supported color. That's why numbers work better than words.

    Always remember to add "#" before the color code

    Another set of examples:
    #000000 = Black (Value of every color is 0)
    #ff0000 = Red (Value of red is 255, while green and blue are at 0)
    #aa0000 = Darker red (R=170,G=0,B=0)
    #ffffff = White (All values are at maximum. White is the sum of all colors. (I'm talking about light, since the computer screen generates light with different colors.))

    Go here to see some examples of RGB color codes.

    Some tips:

    1. Italizing quotes looks better
    2. Don't use too bright colors such as yellow, as they may not display correctly on light-themed forums such as AoMH.
    3. Signatures look generally better when the [whisper] tags are used, so you're signature is smaller.
    4. Don't make your signature too long, as it may screw up the page with a nasty horizontal scrollbar for example and it generally looks ugly.


    You can use whatever you want. Keep practicing until you like your sig.

    Read the HG forum FAQ for more info, and you can find all UBB codes there.

    Here are some helpfull links too:

    http://www.geocities.com/thapoofta/javafade/

    http://www.quotationspage.com
    http://www.quoteland.com

    Final note:
    Don't use anything that is against the CoC in your signature or you risk getting banned.

    Thank you for your time.

  • AuthorReplies:
    EnemyofJupitor
    HG Alumnus Superbus
    posted 11-15-06 01:28 PM EDT (US)     101 / 345       
    You know, yours and Flame's look really simmilar

    And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
    MightyFireball
    Dúnadan
    posted 12-05-06 09:55 PM EDT (US)     102 / 345       
    Yeah... I'm trying to get double-fading to work, but I can't do it. Could someone give an example of the code, showing where the desirable faded text would be inserted? Thanks. Cheers.

    MightyFireball.


    Smoke Rings Award Winner
    Chill with me.
    MR ANCALAGON
    Dúnadan
    (id: Ancalagon_4554)
    posted 12-05-06 10:08 PM EDT (US)     103 / 345       
    I hope that this turns out the way you want it. Look at the code.

    Triple coloring!

    Basically, do 2 different tags. I used 3.

    MightyFireball
    Dúnadan
    posted 12-06-06 05:20 PM EDT (US)     104 / 345       
    I see. goes off to edit signature

    Smoke Rings Award Winner
    Chill with me.
    MR ANCALAGON
    Dúnadan
    (id: Ancalagon_4554)
    posted 01-31-07 05:34 PM EDT (US)     105 / 345       
    Like my siggy now? I changed it.
    Smeagolfan24
    WICH Fanfic Moderator
    posted 01-31-07 05:38 PM EDT (US)     106 / 345       
    Too much wisdom! *head explodes*

    .:|Smeagol|:.
    World in Conflict Heaven Cherub
    Battle For Middle-earth II Heaven Replay Reviewer and Ledgend

    Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend somewhere along in the bitterness.
    Oh, I would have stayed up with you all night, had I known how to save a life...
    GandalfDaGraay
    Dúnadan
    posted 01-31-07 05:38 PM EDT (US)     107 / 345       
    Nice quotes.

    Heck to the darkness
    "That's fairly similar to what I thought you sounded like. Deep, gravelly, and wise sounding. Though the gravelly bit could've been mic quality?" -Atzy
    "HeavenGames forbid!" -Smeagolfan24
    MR ANCALAGON
    Dúnadan
    (id: Ancalagon_4554)
    posted 01-31-07 05:52 PM EDT (US)     108 / 345       
    Thanks.
    MightyFireball
    Dúnadan
    posted 01-31-07 06:09 PM EDT (US)     109 / 345       
    I especially like the Gandhi and Mark Twain ones.

    Smoke Rings Award Winner
    Chill with me.
    Slickman_G
    Dúnadan
    posted 02-01-07 11:31 AM EDT (US)     110 / 345       
    They are good, but they are a bit too many, the sig loks to big, maybe just have one per day or something, a little rotation

    (`.`....`.)
    (.`Slick G`.)
    (`.`....`.)
    Murrogh
    Dúnadan
    posted 02-01-07 11:34 AM EDT (US)     111 / 345       
    The best is the first one.
    EnemyofJupitor
    HG Alumnus Superbus
    posted 02-01-07 12:13 PM EDT (US)     112 / 345       
    My suggestion is to take out the Wilde one, but keep the others. Otherwise, good.

    And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
    MightyFireball
    Dúnadan
    posted 02-01-07 03:27 PM EDT (US)     113 / 345       
    If you take out the Wilde one, it'll look more circular and better.

    Smoke Rings Award Winner
    Chill with me.
    Smeagolfan24
    WICH Fanfic Moderator
    posted 02-01-07 09:11 PM EDT (US)     114 / 345       
    I think the mark of a good signature is to have one that people will instantly recognize without seeing your name. EoJ's, for instance, it very original. Lego's is, also. I think I have the only purple sig, too.

    .:|Smeagol|:.
    World in Conflict Heaven Cherub
    Battle For Middle-earth II Heaven Replay Reviewer and Ledgend

    Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend somewhere along in the bitterness.
    Oh, I would have stayed up with you all night, had I known how to save a life...
    MR ANCALAGON
    Dúnadan
    (id: Ancalagon_4554)
    posted 02-01-07 09:23 PM EDT (US)     115 / 345       
    How do you like mine now?

    Edit: Nevermind, it looks worse.
    *goes to change sig*

    [This message has been edited by Ancalagon_4554 (edited 02-01-2007 @ 09:23 PM).]

    MR ANCALAGON
    Dúnadan
    (id: Ancalagon_4554)
    posted 02-01-07 09:46 PM EDT (US)     116 / 345       
    Ah, now. I like this one.
    Smeagolfan24
    WICH Fanfic Moderator
    posted 02-01-07 09:59 PM EDT (US)     117 / 345       
    *Looks around for wisdom*
    *Sees own sig*

    .:|Smeagol|:.
    World in Conflict Heaven Cherub
    Battle For Middle-earth II Heaven Replay Reviewer and Ledgend

    Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend somewhere along in the bitterness.
    Oh, I would have stayed up with you all night, had I known how to save a life...
    GandalfDaGraay
    Dúnadan
    posted 02-01-07 10:02 PM EDT (US)     118 / 345       
    I like Smeagol's. It's very unique and good.

    @Ancalagon:
    Augh, revenge of the sig guy! Funny, though.


    Heck to the darkness
    "That's fairly similar to what I thought you sounded like. Deep, gravelly, and wise sounding. Though the gravelly bit could've been mic quality?" -Atzy
    "HeavenGames forbid!" -Smeagolfan24
    Culverin
    Dúnadan
    (id: Robert_Squared)
    posted 02-02-07 00:39 AM EDT (US)     119 / 345       
    Any thoughts on mine? It's simple, but I like it.

    Just call me Robert.
    My Massgate
    EnemyofJupitor
    HG Alumnus Superbus
    posted 02-02-07 10:39 AM EDT (US)     120 / 345       
    I like it, too- 'not voted anything'. Class.
    I do actually prefer small witty ones to big colourful ones. Yours fits both bills

    Quote:

    I think the mark of a good signature is to have one that people will instantly recognize without seeing your name. EoJ's, for instance, it very original. Lego's is, also. I think I have the only purple sig, too


    Mighty's very distinctive, too.

    And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
    Smeagolfan24
    WICH Fanfic Moderator
    posted 02-02-07 06:36 PM EDT (US)     121 / 345       
    What are you peoples' preferences on signatures? Why is yours the way it is? Mine is purple because no one else has a purple sig, and I wanted to make something people would instantly recognize. Again, why is yours the way it is?
    I'm trying to get a conversation going here.

    .:|Smeagol|:.
    World in Conflict Heaven Cherub
    Battle For Middle-earth II Heaven Replay Reviewer and Ledgend

    Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend somewhere along in the bitterness.
    Oh, I would have stayed up with you all night, had I known how to save a life...
    GandalfDaGraay
    Dúnadan
    posted 02-02-07 07:09 PM EDT (US)     122 / 345       
    I keep a random sort of signature.. whatever comes to mind. Gray for obvious reasons, though.

    Heck to the darkness
    "That's fairly similar to what I thought you sounded like. Deep, gravelly, and wise sounding. Though the gravelly bit could've been mic quality?" -Atzy
    "HeavenGames forbid!" -Smeagolfan24

    [This message has been edited by GandalfDaGraay (edited 02-02-2007 @ 07:09 PM).]

    Culverin
    Dúnadan
    (id: Robert_Squared)
    posted 02-02-07 07:31 PM EDT (US)     123 / 345       
    Mine is dark (but not completely dark) because it shows up well on most forums. I just like it small and bolded because of personal preference. I also prefer the two dashes on both sides of each line because they are decorative but don't go too far, like some signature designs do.

    Just call me Robert.
    My Massgate
    MightyFireball
    Dúnadan
    posted 02-02-07 08:22 PM EDT (US)     124 / 345       

    Quote:

    Mighty's very distinctive, too

    Thanks!


    Smoke Rings Award Winner
    Chill with me.
    Sir Hugh
    BfME2H/SHH Seraph
    posted 02-02-07 10:10 PM EDT (US)     125 / 345       
    Truthfully, I just played with the colors on my sig until it looked good. The filigree around my username was about the only thing I could think of at the time and parodies UFOs.

    I'll probably change my quotes again though. But the username will stay there.


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    \_______\---\\\\ Sir Hugh ////---/_______/
    \_____\--\\| Seraph |//--/_____/
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