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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

20 pixels

So this is the story:
1. I got this Private Message yesterday from one of the Moderators (name removed) on the Scouting Ireland Chat Forum:

Hey Ablaze

Sorry to inform you that your signature can only have 1 image in it at a time. Can you please change it at your earliest convenience.

Thank you

Mod Squad Very Happy
Here is the signature they were talking about.

My usual signature is the ABLAZE that changes each letter on a new page load, and because of the Jamboree I added a countdown timer to the Big Day. (It's going to be great... apparently!)
2. So I replied:
Hi <--->,
From the Site rules:

# Maximum image width: 400 pixels
# Maximum image height: 200 pixels

Note: The maximum image file size, width and height are determined from the combined number of images in the signature.

The two images in my signature are 420 x 134. I know that it is 20 pixels too wide, but after a bit of looking at a few of the other members signatures, I thought that wouldn't be a problem. Plus 20 pixels is a very small size.

Let me know if you still have a problem.

Yours in Scouting,
3. I got this reply back later back (including a misspelling of my name):
Hi Darren

Thanks for the correction, I must admit I didnt look into before I pm'd you, we are currently asking all members to correct their sigs if they are not within the limits so if you could please make it so it fits within the rules.

4. They admit they didn't even know the rules until I looked them up! They were asking me to correct my signature without knowing what to correct it to! So I replied again:
You really want me to change it because it is 20 pixels too wide?
20 pixels is this wide:

5. And I got this:

Rules are rules im afraid, I know it may only look tiny but if you wouldnt mind.

6. At this point I'm getting kinda annoyed. This was never mentioned before, and it was not as easy as just resizing the images, I couldn't! I sent this off:
Hi <--->,

I actually would mind. I cannot change the image as both pictures are generated on page load on another website. The countdown timer wouldn't work otherwise.

I kinda like it. In just over 4 months it will be gone!

7. I got this reply today:

Your signature is in breach of forum rules, I have spoken to other moderators regarding this issue and we have all agreed that your signature should be changed to comply with Site Rules. Please see below quotes from the site rules regarding signatures and moderators decisions. If you do not comply with these rules the Admin team can change your signature so it does comply. If you have any issues with this you can contact any of the Mod Squad or Admin Team.

2) Images, Links and Signatures
[[Text from Site rules already quoted above]]

Thanks again
Mod Squad
I am kinda pissed now, this moderator reminds me far too much of Meitheal Staff.
They already know my name, as they have called me by it before.
They also know I know the site rules, I have quoted them already for their benefit (which they admitted they didn't look at before they questioned me)

So now I've just decided to make a new signature. 400 by 200 pixels! Hope they are Happy.

Maybe that's how you've found this website? Am I over-reacting? Why not leave a comment?


  1. hahahahahah you're a legend! hahaha A1! so is your new sig within the rules?

    glenn3ie.. or just Glenn :P

  2. Yup! 400x200 and the version that is online is under 50K!

    It looks horrible and big :-)

    I can also put 3 lines of text in there too, but Haven't resorted to that yet!

  3. Anonymous15/4/08 20:12

    The mods are on a complete feckin' power trip! Don't get me wrong, they do a good job and we need rules in order to engage in meaningful debate, but this is absolutely ridiculous.

    As if banning a certain left wing councillor wasn't stupid enough!

  4. Classic example of the fact that anybody in a position of power in Scouting has not got enough power in their day job.

    I have decided if I come back into it to not get involved above troop level.

  5. Don't get me started on the Meitheal...

    I got a similar message and I've cut my sig from 5 to three lines.


  6. @robinb - That's great news! Altho getting involved at troop level would be kinda hard from your location. Are ya going to re-design the website?

    @Bogger - I think the Meitheal are in a league of their own!

  7. Anonymous17/4/08 01:54

    A scource tells me some of team not happy as they only got full story after seeing this. Fair play to you for posting it, goes to show you, what point of being a mod if you dont know the rules

  8. I think the new sig looks even bigger than the old one. Weird. Complete power trip on their part if I do say so myself.

  9. Anonymous24/4/08 14:17

    i see there some talk on scouts.ie forum. Has this particular Mod partaken in conversation? or are they letting others do it for them?

  10. I can't be saying that! It would be just like me telling you who the Moderator was!

    I can say that I think it is being handled terribly by most of the Moderators. They aren't working as a team and it seems like there is no communication between them all.

  11. Anonymous17/5/08 13:12

    hey guy, just thought i would point out why these edge limits are put in place and why you probably wouldn't see a problem since you use a proper standards compliant browser.

    Its to do with CSS and width declarations and more precisely how they are delt with in IE. Have a read off this page and see. Wrpspire.com

    of course the question is do the mods know this problem or are they just stringently following the rules. To be honest you should lighten up, just go in and edit the parameters in the sig and if you cant then learn to write the script yourself so you can make changes

  12. @Conor If your able to post an image with a width of 600px in the post there is no logical reason why you can't in the signature without causing the same problems!

    @Robin I totally mis-read your comment, so my reply must seem a bit weird. What I thought you said: "I have decided to come back", what you did say: "I have decided if I come back" LOL!

  13. Love you Darran kick there ass!! :D:D Guess who :O