SPPf Signature RulesNote: Everyone will have two weeks following the publication of these rules to change their old signatures to fit the new rules, and will not be punished if their signature followed the old rules and does not follow the new ones. After that, everyone needs to change their signatures to fit these rules.
Get your Signature Checked!
1. No Links to Dangerous/Offensive Websites
You may advertise anything you want and have as many links as you want, but you may not link to phishing sites or anything similar, or sites that break basic forum rules such as porn or offensive pages.
2. No Text that is Higher than Size 4
Simple, don't use any tags that make text Size 5 or bigger. You can have as many colors and capitals in your signature as you want now.
3. No Signatures Taller than 420 Pixels
Your signature, when measured in pixels, cannot be taller than 420 pixels. To measure it, just take a screenshot of it and measure in MS Paint or another program. For reference, this is what it should look like:
Note: Height is measured using the Serebii.net V9.0 Skin. Some skins have different text sizes and such, so a signature may appear larger or smaller if you use a different skin.
4. No Signatures Wider than 600 Pixels
This means you can't have an image that's 40000x1 pixels or something to stretch people's screens, or put a ton of characters in a row or something. Make sure if you have a long word or image that it doesn't exceed 600 px wide.
5. Image Limits
You can use up to 150000 pixels (if made into one image, that would be 500x300), spread out in any amount of images you want, as long nothing breaks stretching limits. So you add up the total pixels (Height x Width) in each image, and if it's under 150000, you're good.
Also you may not hotlink to any images from arkeis.com in your signature. If you want to use an image from the site, save it and upload it to tinypic.com or a similar site and use that link.
6. Spoiler Limit
You may only have one spoiler in your signature, no exceptions. Also remember that anything inside the spoiler counts towards the other limits, so you cannot have an extremely tall signature or a huge image hiding within a spoiler.
7. No Offensive Content
This can include text, images, or whatever. You may NEVER bypass the censor in your signature, in part or in whole; it must be completely starred out if you use a censored word. You also may not have any images that use censored words in them, or any other offensive types of images. You also may not insult any person or group of people, or falsely quote someone. If it is something that they actually said on the forums (or elsewhere), you are free to quote them.
Note that these rules also apply to your usertitle, profile picture, user details, and anything else that is seen every time you post.
8. No large GIFs or .bmp files
You may not have over 500KB when all of your images are added up (this only happens if you have large animated GIFs), and you cannot have any bitmap, or .bmp, pictures, as they are far too large and take too long to load.
9. Give credit for images used
Unless you made every single part of an image yourself, it is an official image (such as a sprite directly from the games), or the artist has explicitly stated no credit is needed, you MUST give credit to where you found an image. You need to either give the artist's name or the site you found it, but search engines like Google and Photobucket are not acceptable as credit sources.
10 No fear mongering messages
Please refrain from having messages like 'I believe ____, if you do not put this in your signature then you are going to be banned/going to hell/going to be eaten!' It's silly at best, and not fitting for a forum which children go to.
1. Is my signature okay?
This is NOT the place to ask that, nor should you PM any mod asking. There is an Official Signature Check Thread, which is linked to at the very top of this post, where you can ask if your signature is okay.
2. What happens if I break the rules?
Here are the punishments for breaking the rules.
Each time you are found with a rule-breaking signature, you will be given a strike with a usernote left recording what was wrong with your signature, when the strike was given, who gave it, etc.
Strike one- Rule-breaking part is removed.
Strike two- Entire signature is removed.
Strike three- Entire signature is removed and week-long ban from the forums.
Strike four- Entire signature is removed and two-week-long ban from the forums.
Strike five- Entire signature is removed, three-week-long ban from the forums, and loss of ability to have a signature. These users will be distinguished by not having a userbar anymore (note that not everyone who lacks a userbar has been sig-banned, but most are)
Strikes do not expire and you will have them for the entire time you are here, so it is important that you be sure to follow the rules. Again, if you are unsure your signature is okay, use the thread!
3. I was given a strike unfairly. What do I do?
First, you need to have proof that your signature was okay (by using the thread or a screenshot) otherwise it's very unlikely anything will be done. If you think your strike was unfair, PM the staff member who gave you the strike (you can do so by seeing who gave you the usernote for the strike) and tell them why you think it was unfair. Note that this should only be used for serious complaints, and PMing them just to whine that you didn't know the rules or something will not be tolerated.
4. Someone has a rule-breaking signature. Who can I contact?
Any moderator and above can now edit signatures. It is probably best to PM a moderator since the other ranks have far more things to take care of, but any of them can do it, and if the signature is especially offensive (such as if it has pornography or something), you should PM any of those staff members right away.
Please remember when you PM someone to report a signature to explain what's wrong with the signature, just like when you use the Report button.
5. I was given my 5th and final signature strike but I can still edit my signature. Does that mean I'm allowed to still?
No, it does not. It can sometimes take time for your sig priviledges to actually be removed since an admin needs to do that manually, but if it hasn't been done yet and you edit your signature, you will be infracted and possibly banned, so don't do it.
6. When can I remove the message telling me my signature was removed?
You can remove it anytime you want as long as you aren't on Strike 5. Just be sure you remember what the message said and don't repeat the mistake.
7. Will my previous strikes be reversed after these rules come into effect?
No. All previous strikes are still valid and if you have 2 old strikes and get 1 after these rules, you will still get a ban.