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WebmasterWorld has nothing except these four smiley choices, non-animated of course ;) :) :o :(
What do others have for rules when it comes to using images to embellish themselves or their posts? Do you have a full avatar gallery and allow people to upload pictures of themselves? Do you have a wide range of smileys, including those disco dancing bananas? Do you allow banner ads or non-advertising images in member signatures? Or do you have it set as plain jane as can be ;)
NONE of my fora allow huge graphics in sigs; ALL limit graphic avatars to 80x80 px, 64k max; NO ANIMATION period; NO advertising period. None of my fora are open to any sort of ads - not from me, not from anyone else. Website addy is okay in sigs, though I "encourage" those who do that to put it in profile instead. The other caveat is a bigger one maybe: NO "offcolor" graphics, whether sig or avatar, I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO MAKES THAT DECISION - and it's NOT NEGOTIABLE.
Since all my various fora are completely private, and by invitation only, I don't really have problems with my systems. Probably wouldn't work very well on large public places!
OTOH, forums for videogame players, music fans, etc., probably find avatars and graphic sigs to be must-have features. :)
On the other hand i think that it makes it easier to remember people if you have personalisation such as avatars and signatures and gives the forum a more community feel.
On the other hand (yes i have three hands :)) I only really like avatars/sigs where these are contolled by size etc, and think that ones with pointless content (eg a picture of your favourite car) are annoying. That is why my signature images/avatars are always some nicely designed graphic usually just with my name or similar.
It all really depends on what forum you are putting them on. Perhaps WW would be a good place for avatars and sigs to suit my views because the people here are less likely to abuse them, and make the place look untidy. But at the end of the day - in that case, why bother with them at all?
I don't really get the bar bones approach like this place, although I also don't get the going overboard approach that some other places have either.
I like to think we have a happy medium. 4 smilies? No avatars to quickly see who a post is from? :(
I have to admit that since having my own forum, I did have a lot more respect for the rules that WebmasterWorld has, but again, I prefer something closer to center.
Could this be a reasonable incentive?
You might recall I run a neighborhood forum. Therefore I have a limited membership pool and most people aren't computer savvy or are unfamiliar with the concept of forum. I like the smileys & avatars as I feel it gets people interested and makes them inquisitive to find out what everything is all about.
However, I keep the main page of my forum clean. No portals, links or sub-forums. I want it to be easy to enter the forums and navigate through them while still proving a bit of eye candy.