Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 97

Thread: Purpose of the signature

  1. #1
    USERNAME
    Guest

    Purpose of the signature

    fellow MOA forum enthusiasts,

    there has been some discussion lately about the signature guidelines we have here on the forums. some folks have been openly critical of having there ability to express themselves in their signature restricted.

    i'd like to hear from you folks what you think the purpose of the signature is. what is your intent and what do you hope to accomplish with it?

    i can tell you my view: it's like a bumper sticker on a car, not my autobiography.

    what are your thoughts?

  2. #2
    rabid reader dbrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Santa Cruz CA
    Posts
    1,746
    I look to a sig line to tell me the poster's name (email from "Mr. Bftfplx" is not very revealing) and locale. This is a BMW list, so I'm interested in what's in the garage. Cute, pithy mottos and quotes are OK, too.

    But to the extent that the sig line is emotionally-charged, expresses a political opinion (or, worse, a polarizing political opinion), or in more than three words advertises the poster's for-profit business, I tend to not read them...and certainly to not respond.
    David Brick
    Santa Cruz CA
    2007 R1200R

  3. #3
    Republic of Texas
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    League City (Houston), Texas
    Posts
    2,356
    Quote Originally Posted by dbrick View Post
    I look to a sig line to tell me the poster's name (email from "Mr. Bftfplx" is not very revealing) and locale. This is a BMW list, so I'm interested in what's in the garage. Cute, pithy mottos and quotes are OK, too.

    But to the extent that the sig line is emotionally-charged, expresses a political opinion (or, worse, a polarizing political opinion), or in more than three words advertises the poster's for-profit business, I tend to not read them...and certainly to not respond.
    That, more or less, sums up my opinion on this.
    Mike White
    MOA Life Time Member #57882
    '13 K1300S "30 Years", '95 R1100RS, '88 K75S, '97 Ducati 916, '95 Ducati 900SS CR. Gone, but not forgotten, '75 R90S

  4. #4
    It is what it is. Bud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Long gone
    Posts
    6,493
    Quote Originally Posted by username View Post
    fellow MOA forum enthusiasts,

    there has been some discussion lately about the signature guidelines we have here on the forums. some folks have been openly critical of having there ability to express themselves in their signature restricted.

    i'd like to hear from you folks what you think the purpose of the signature is. what is your intent and what do you hope to accomplish with it?

    i can tell you my view: it's like a bumper sticker on a car, not my autobiography.

    what are your thoughts?
    It gives a snapshot of the user.

    If the bb software can let me choose to make sig lines invisible, then it is a non issue. Those who don't like seeing them won't have to look.
    I used to post here, but now I don't.

  5. #5
    Raspberry waffles Bob!!! kewlmoose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    SE Wisconsin
    Posts
    759

    yep

    Quote Originally Posted by dbrick View Post
    I look to a sig line to tell me the poster's name (email from "Mr. Bftfplx" is not very revealing) and locale. This is a BMW list, so I'm interested in what's in the garage. Cute, pithy mottos and quotes are OK, too.

    But to the extent that the sig line is emotionally-charged, expresses a political opinion (or, worse, a polarizing political opinion), or in more than three words advertises the poster's for-profit business, I tend to not read them...and certainly to not respond.
    Pretty much sums it up for me too!

  6. #6
    Unfunded content provider tommcgee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Braintree, MA
    Posts
    3,069
    It's a paw print. Helps others get to know you. Woof!
    Salty Fog Rally 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014!

    -Tom (KA1TOX)

  7. #7
    Registered User WildBlue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Boiling Springs, SC
    Posts
    286
    Quote Originally Posted by SIBUD View Post
    It gives a snapshot of the user.

    If the bb software can let me choose to make sig lines invisible, then it is a non issue. Those who don't like seeing them won't have to look.
    You can turn off signatures, AND Avatars if you so please.

  8. #8
    USERNAME
    Guest
    good stuff. keep it coming.


  9. #9
    grossjohann
    Guest

    Smile

    I may have missed the point. So long as the signature does not contain profanity, what does it matter how long it is or what someone puts in it?

    Maybe a limit so that the sigs don't impact the format of the page, or to keep costs under control?

    Allowing nicer format could actually benefit the appearance of the site. Signatures are often just as interesting as the posts.

    If you have a small business, or a connection to a motorcycle related business, why shouldn't you put it into your sig? I plaster my business website all over EVERYTHING related. I prefer to know a person's connections and background. I can filter their posts based on their affiliation... or, I anonymously check out their site to see if I should do business with them.

    A signature is a passive way to give more information about you and what you do. If this is in response to member content, then it is a bit draconian to limit signatures posted on a club forum simply because some members have apparently offended the moderator(s).

    I don't mean any disrespect, but I think someone said it perfectly already, "this is a solution looking for a problem." If I had more free time, I could write all sorts of cool code to control what is posted on this forum, but I question whether it would make a positive impact.

    The beauty of the Internet is the freedom it provides. With the help of moderators, the users of this forum facilitate more functional on-line relationships which ultimately curtails "cyber-balls" (the tendancy to be more agressive when on-line than would be socially acceptable when face-to-face).

    If users don't like someone's signature, that person will probably hear about it. The choice is theirs to either adapt to the social setting, or to lose on-line social status and eventually be pushed out.

    The forum should be no different than any other social interaction. Artificial intervention can only inhibit the natural group dynamic.

  10. #10
    Once there was a Tavern PAULBACH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Ballston Spa, NY; South of the Adirondacks, North of the Catskills and West of The Berkshires and Green Mountains
    Posts
    6,822
    I like the very informative links that are part of the sig lines.

    • GlobalRider
    • Ted
    • JimVonBaden1

    are three that quickly come to mind. On my SIG line I have added a link to Touring Tips which I hope guides members to buried Tips and Treasure. (Email or PM a Touring Tips <- Click Here for the Archives)

    I do wish I could add a bit of color, like the above link to make good stuff stand out. If I can add it to the message, adding color to a SIG line should also be possible.

    The SIG line is like a quick introduction to the forum member. The personal profile is available after that. If a SIG line is "out of order" that tells you something about the person making the post.

  11. #11
    Bill Burke
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by username View Post
    good stuff. keep it coming.

    Hey Lee-
    How do I get rid of the "burnout" word in my sig line, now that you've disabled the cool smilie symbol thing for 'burnout'???? Thank you in advance.
    Bill

  12. #12
    USERNAME
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burke View Post
    Hey Lee-
    How do I get rid of the "burnout" word in my sig line, now that you've disabled the cool smilie symbol thing for 'burnout'???? Thank you in advance.
    Bill
    can you just edit your signature and delete the text?

  13. #13
    It is what it is. Bud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Long gone
    Posts
    6,493
    Quote Originally Posted by WildBlue View Post
    You can turn off signatures, AND Avatars if you so please.
    Then what is the problem???????????????????????????????????????
    I used to post here, but now I don't.

  14. #14
    Bill Burke
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by username View Post
    can you just edit your signature and delete the text?
    Tried that Lee. Went to CP, edit signature, delete the "burnout", save. And it comes right on back like a June bug to a light. Now what?

  15. #15
    RandallIsland
    Guest
    I want my sig to make the most staid think pornographic thoughts, make crusty old men cry and the most tender hearted women laugh. It's just who I am. Sue me.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •