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Mary
02-01-2016, 02:07 PM
Anything that is popular with Blabbers is something we try to accommodate ... but our signatures have a teensy - well, a large - problem. Chicken smoothie characters, for the most part, make signatures far over the allowed signature height (http://www.modelhorseblab.com/forums/showthread.php?154328-SIGNATURE-SIZE-HELP-How-to-limit-height-for-entire-signature). :dohdoh




If there is only one signature line - that is, any text is on the same line as the chicken smoothie character - it's a bit over, but we allow a little fudging.




But if even one small line of text is on a different line it is just too far over the allowed height.






If you can download the characters, reduce size and use them as your sig image from your own computer, they should work just fine.




But as linked from the original ... well, those aren't working so well because they are just too large. Unless everything is on one line.




I hope that makes sense !!! Oversized characters have to be cleared from the signatures, I am so sorry but that's how the height standard is maintained. :hugg

:) :) :) :)

Breyerfan21
02-01-2016, 03:22 PM
:( thank you for explaining.

Beethovens7th
02-01-2016, 05:17 PM
What's a chicken smoothy siggy look like? :uh

Silverfang07
02-01-2016, 05:47 PM
What's a chicken smoothy siggy look like? :uh

Like what I have below :) Speaking of which, I hope the Pegasi's wings are within the normal Sprite size...

Beethovens7th
02-01-2016, 05:50 PM
Like what I have below :) Speaking of which, I hope the Pegasi's wings are within the normal Sprite size...

Oh i sees. :)

Silverfang07
02-01-2016, 05:53 PM
... No problem :)
(the dots are my confusion as to why my iPad capitalized sprite... Is my device telling me something....)

I figured my dragon horse is far too big- I'll have to edit him somehow for Halloween...

Lupineleigh
02-01-2016, 07:31 PM
Here's a quote from one of Ms. Mary's threads that shows a visual of how big a signature can be. http://www.modelhorseblab.com/forums/showthread.php?89060-SIGNATURE-SIZE-HELP-THREAD

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For quick sig height check help ...
scroll down to Post #6 :tiphat

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:writing :2spy :)



Blab's signature size limit of
200 pixels high
and 600 pixels wide
reduces the vertical scroll required to read thread pages, and keeps Blab tidier overall. All members, free and paid, are allowed to have signatures.


If you barely know a pixel from a pony, please keep reading for help on fitting your signature content to Blab's limitations.



To create/restore a signature
Click "My Panel" from the blue bar at the top of the forum.
Select "Edit Signature" from the left side (scroll down)
Use the edit box, and the preview button below it


All members are asked to compare the space
their signature is taking with the block below.
NOTE: Use one of your longer posts to compare.
A short post will stretch the sig height ... the post matches the height of the left name box.

http://www.modelhorseblab.com/images/sigsize/sigsize600x200.gif



Blab's new automated filter doesn't affect total sig size, but only restricts total lines and uploads of individual photos.
Blab can't limit or resize the signature box itself (with all contents.)
The member is responsible for visually comparing and editing their signature to fit these dimensions.
Blab can't stop you from uploading more photos than you should, or making font sizes overflow the allowed space. Members must compare and limit their sig size.


Going forward ... oversized sigs ...

the 1st catch - sig may be deleted without advance warning
the 2nd catch - sig privileges will be removed

Hey that sounds tough and mean!! But too much mod time ends up being spent on sigs since unfortunately many people repeat the offense over and over.



:woohoo
Thanks to all members for understanding,
and for helping us keep this universal Blab benefit sound!
:one :writing :rays :tiphat :grin


So in other words, a pet with a background, a draft, a Pegasus, a unicorn, and I think all adult versions of the dragons are too big to use as a signature pet. Normal line art dogs, cats, lions, ponies, chameleons, chickens, deer without antlers, and all small pets like bunnies, hamsters, and PPS (Peter Pan Syndrome babies) should be fine.

Examples: too tall
http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/116687258&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/116687258.html) http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/192433393&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/192433393.html) The background and the antlers are both too high.

Examples: just (barely) right

the fennec line art and the regular horse are both the exact height of the signature limit, so any text posted above or below them would exceed the limit. However text posted beside them should be fine.
http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/192394853&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/192394853.html)http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/192407158&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/192407158.html)

if the pet you want to use is less than the height of your first thumb joint, it is probably okay. If it is taller than the fox or horse, it's too tall. :) (I've gotten a warning about signature height before so I've been down this creek. I wasn't sure if a dog would be too tall or not, so my siggy is a wee little hamster hiding behind toy horses. This post is helping me visualize the size better. ) I'll link this post to the CS thread too, so if anyone hasn't seen it yet, they'll get a heads up.

Silverfang07
02-01-2016, 07:54 PM
Ah crud... Wait which Pegasus? (On my iPad so it's kind of hard to determine)

Lupineleigh
02-01-2016, 08:21 PM
Yes, your Pegasus horse is over sized. I got out a ruler to double check. A regular horse without wings is within the size limit though. :)

Silverfang07
02-01-2016, 08:23 PM
Crud,... He fits so well for Valentine's Day :sad
Mods, any objections? I know I got a warning about last month (had too much text)....

Mary
02-01-2016, 09:38 PM
Lupineleigh, those are great examples! Thank you for explaining so well! :clap :clap :clap

Silverfang07, yours is definitely oversized, but you are doing well to put your text on the same line. I hate to keep picking on those who at least display the pet without more lines. :sigh

Any chance the chicken smoothie managers would make a smaller pet for y'all? :uh :grin

Silverfang07
02-01-2016, 10:42 PM
Lupineleigh, those are great examples! Thank you for explaining so well! :clap :clap :clap

Silverfang07, yours is definitely oversized, but you are doing well to put your text on the same line. I hate to keep picking on those who at least display the pet without more lines. :sigh

Any chance the chicken smoothie managers would make a smaller pet for y'all? :uh :grin

Indeed, very helpful! I'll try my best in the future to pick smaller pet images (really this was just for Valentine's Day-hoping this week they release a smaller horse! :) )

Hmm, I suppose somehow we could contact the CS people... Not sure how or who though :uh

isalrae
02-01-2016, 11:01 PM
The best you can do is make a suggestion for multiple pet sizes in the CS Help, Suggestions and Problems forum board, but I'm pretty sure it's been suggested before and turned down. Honestly most of the pets are reasonably sized for what CS is formatted for, just apparently not forum signatures for forums that have a height limit :)

I'm part of CS staff (albeit not an admin by any means, haha) and could try to have a word with the owner about it but I doubt it would become a thing. It really isn't a problem on CS's forums itself so not a concern of CS. The best we can do here is try to choose the smaller types of pets on CS for our signatures that Lupineleigh posted, or shrink the images of our pets down ourselves and upload them then hyperlink them to the actual pet's page. Unfortunately that would mean if you dress them up and change the dress up, the image would not update until you saved and edited it yourself again. This isn't against CS's rules- by the way- changing the pets image size. As long as you don't remove the watermark or edit pets (like make fake items on them or make your own version of pets over the same outline), you should be fine. You can shrink them, flip them, or whatever, if you'd like.

Mary
02-02-2016, 01:28 PM
Some tips for chicken smoothie pets that are more sig-friendly would be awesome. I don't chicken smoothie myself, so we depend on those who do to offer those.

I hate to micro-manage something people enjoy - such as "no wings" - so another alternative might be to have a thread for Show Us Your CS Pets ... ? What do you think?

Breyerfan21
03-09-2016, 01:00 PM
Would this horse be too tall?

http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/95071617&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/95071617.html)

Mary
03-09-2016, 01:55 PM
Majorly too tall.

(As is the image in your sig currently. ;) )

At the top right of the forum page, compare a section of your thumb (or other finger) with the two banner ads, top to bottom. Just the ads. Be careful about using a fingernail that may change lengthy, just go with the bit of finger. That will give you a "rule of thumb". :grintongue :thumbsup

For me, my first finger, folded in, from the first to the second joint is the right height. As an example. :yes


Do you have the image editing program Paint installed on your computer? You can google it and download it for free. Then, if you download the chicken smoothie image to your computer, you can open it in Paint and use the image resize function to shrink it to exactly 200 px vertical. Easy. Other photo editors will allow you to do the same thing, and you probably have some installed. :puter

At this moment, in the posts above this one in this thread, Silverfang07 and Lupineleigh both have nice re-sized images in their sigs, as examples. :rays

isalrae
03-09-2016, 02:19 PM
I'm kind of confused. On this page of posts alone there is definitely a signature taller than the pet in Breyerfan21's signature and yet I know it's been that way for a long time. There are other signatures with images not inline with text that are taller, too, that I've seen all over the forums but have been like that for a while. Is this rule only for chickensmoothie pets?

Silverfang07
03-09-2016, 02:22 PM
I'm kind of confused. On this page of posts alone there is definitely a signature taller than the pet in Breyerfan21's signature and yet I know it's been that way for a long time. There are other signatures with images not inline with text that are taller, too, that I've seen all over the forums but have been like that for a while. Is this rule only for chickensmoothie pets?

I too am confused... I had the galloping horse above with no ears or wings and it was removed :dunno yet earlier in the thread it was deemed okay?

Whinnie
03-09-2016, 03:47 PM
The only problem with resizing them, is I like to know who is part of CS, and if they use the regular pet, I can click on their pet, and find out their username so easily. With a resave image, that option is gone :(

Breyerfan21
03-09-2016, 07:41 PM
I thought the ponies were under the size limit..... oh well... I picked a hamster

Misty Star Studios
03-09-2016, 07:57 PM
I've been lurking on this issue but I really wanted to post this. I'm confused to - it was already confirmed above in this thread that the regular horse lineart is okay? So the pony and anything smaller would be okay as well. As Leah mentioned, there are many signatures much bigger than the CS pets that have been up for a long time but those are fine? It's not making any sense to me :dunno

Yes, we could resize but the original pets are linked to our accounts, so you can click the pet and easily go that user's profile to trade with them. It's not the idea of just the picture.

Silverfang07
03-09-2016, 09:36 PM
This was the guy removed:
http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/175838678&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/175838678.html)

What I tend to have
http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/165471953&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/165471953.html)


I know I post often but I thought I was okay with both above (I never go any bigger)?

VWK'sanEasyGoer
03-09-2016, 09:58 PM
I'm not on CS but noticing this thread befor got me to reduce my sig in size. So how does my "OK" sig with the text compare to the too big CS ones. I know I enjoy seeing the CS creatures on people's sig's as they're quite beautiful and creative so it's caused me some sadness knowing people won't be able to show as many. I understand some pic creatures are really too big but are some OK? I love seeing all the different seasonal ponies and such. Just sayin...

Mary
03-09-2016, 10:23 PM
Just a note that it is easy to set up a sig image so that it is a url link (url to someplace on Blab or another site). In the edit window, highlight the image and use the globe-and-link icon over the edit window to enter the url.
:rays


It is taking some time to get to everyone who needs to re-size a sig. There was a change recently that I'm still trying to comprehend. There were several sigs that have been around for some time using images that WERE within height ... but the images suddenly grew a bit, and now they are over-sized. What you see now is larger than what they were. :doh But most are not as over-sized as some of the cs images, and the most over-sized get first attention, then working our way to the rest. :yes

Why did that size change happen? I'm not sure, technically, but I think it happened after a recent behind-the-scenes Blab software upgrade. Small details like that are usually not noticed by programmers so there was no warning. So I'm working through a bit at a time to contact people and tell them their old sig that used to be ok is now ... not. :uh :sigh Fortunately it shouldn't be hard to preserve the image in the sig (as with the cs images), once it is reduced in size.

As for which cs images will work as-is, without editing ... it is the size of the individual image that counts. Does that make sense? A pony may or may not fit, it depends on the space taken by that pony image. Keep checking the comparison guidelines. :) The cs images in their 'natural state' have tended to be WAY over height. There were several that were twice the allowed height, and a few with text on separate lines created sigs that were 3x over. :eek ;)

Blab's correctly sized sigs are narrow in appearance, or short from another perspective. A sig doesn't take up much scroll space. But a lot of info & links can be worked in ... keep an eye out, there are some lovely and content-rich sigs that are great examples. :toothy

I really appreciate members making the effort to re-size! :adore I think that once you learn how to do it, it is easy and quick, you can add a url link if you wish, and you'll have many more options for images you might like to use (cs & otherwise).
:rays

Mary
03-09-2016, 10:26 PM
And yes posters are right ... so far counting 3 sigs currently appearing in this thread that need to shrink ... :sad

Misty Star Studios
03-10-2016, 09:49 AM
Okay, so I took the pony off mine. Is it okay now? I'm just confused because the signature size help thread says the signature can be 200 pixels high. Here's the image from that thread.

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However, the two banners at the top of the Blab page are only 120 pixels high. So is the height limit 200 or 120? Mine is 191 pixels high right now, which would fall under the 200 pixel height limit but not the 120 height limit. I see the pony I added yesterday was too tall, I apologize. Please excuse me if I'm missing something but I'm not understanding why there are two different height limits. ;)

Lupineleigh
03-10-2016, 02:19 PM
I guess the old thread I copied that box from is outdated? So if twelve lines of text are too high, what is the new height standard?

Mary
03-11-2016, 10:01 AM
The height limit is 200 px, so the black box in the old thread is correct. :)

The two banners are a short measure, that is true, but it was the easiest handiest reference since so many people seem to have had a hard time making the visual comparison with the black box.

Also, while building a sig, most people end up going over whatever they are using as a measure. This is because it is difficult for the user to control the spacing with the bb code that builds sigs, especially if they are using multiple lines. Not your fault! So the banners allow for that extra room.

We've learned over time that it seems to be easier for most people to start from that shorter measure and build a sig you like and don't have to adjust, even if it's taller than the banners. It seems to be more difficult to compare with the black box and and find you're having to trim and trim, that things don't fit when it seems that they should. If that makes sense. The black box is correct, but when comparing with the box, the bb code spacing can be hard to control. (That's my own experience as well.)

I really appreciate that all of you are looking carefully at what you can do with your sig. :yes I know a lot of thought and inspiration goes into Blab signatures! :party

LeeAnn, yours as it is now is just fine. :rays From the line at the top of the sig space to the bottom of the sig space is a wee bit over, but that's ok, we've never been completely strict about exactly 200 px. The image and content, as it were, is the right height, and there is a teeny bit of extra space that the bb code adds that it is doubtful you can get rid of. Don't worry about that. :)

Mary
03-11-2016, 10:08 AM
Also, something that would help a great deal - if we had an easy way to go horizontal with the sig content. I won't say it's at the top of the priority list but I would like to see if we could come up with a tool for members to create, say, a horizontal set of two or three content boxes.

There are ways to create that effect, but without an 'easy tool' it takes more technical manipulation than most people can do. :sigh

Misty Star Studios
03-11-2016, 10:45 AM
Okay thank you, that makes sense! I'll just have to use smaller pets from now on, since I have text on mine too.

Silverfang07
03-11-2016, 05:36 PM
So was the galloping horse (no extras like wings or horns) okay? I'm still unsure why mine was removed without warning.... :uh

Misty Star Studios
03-11-2016, 08:27 PM
The standard horse with no extras is 204 pixels high. Considering Mary just said above there's a little wiggle room I see no reason why he was removed. :dunno

Mary
03-12-2016, 02:41 PM
A sig image would only have gone away only if the signature as a whole (total vertical space) was way over, usually 15-20 px or more. I do not recall that previous signature so I can't speak to it exactly.

If an image it 209 px in height, there is a very good chance the sig itself will end up more than that due to the spacing above and below. Don't know if there were more lines for text, but anyway, that's something to keep in mind.

If you'd like, Silverfang, post what you'd like to use for a sig, arranged just the way you would do it in the sig. We can get a quick measure. Remember that you'll end up with a little bit of extra vertical space due to the bb code multi-line spacing. :)

To measure the vertical height of the finished sig (one way to do it), get a screen cap from the sig itself and paste it into Paint. Crop it to show just the sig content, the very pale bottom line of the post down to the top of the icon strip below the post. Then you can see the Paint measure guidelines for the actual height. :2spy (Note the bit of extra space above and below the sig content - I suspect that is part of what grew in the last upgrade.)

Mary
03-13-2016, 01:38 PM
This was the guy removed:
http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/175838678&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/175838678.html)

What I tend to have
http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/165471953&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/165471953.html)


I know I post often but I thought I was okay with both above (I never go any bigger)?

Sorry I scrolled right past the quoted post ...


The upper blue horse, as is, I would expect to display at about 220px, 20px over to 200px limit, including adding just a bit for the vertical spacing inside the signature space. If you could shrink him some, and then use a url link to your cs page, blue horse could work. If you want to add lines of text above or below, then shrink him a LOT. :)

Pony just fits. You MIGHT have room for VERY small text over or under and still be within fudge range. Or, use the pony and have your text horizontally aligned (not on a separate line) and that should work! :thumbsup

Tip on horizontal spacing - Sometimes to get more readable horizontal spacing I put ....... to add space. It's visible so it isn't that attractive, but it reduces crowding. The sig function closes up spacing that doesn't have text. :)

Tip on vertical spacing - Remember that there will always be a little bit of cushion just over and under the sig content. You can't get rid of that, unfortunately. The height measure is from the small faint line above the sig to where the icon strip starts below it (not marked). :yes

Hope that helps! :rays

Silverfang07
04-01-2016, 09:38 PM
Bumping this...
My images disappeared again...although not completely....just empty boxes.
I had butterfly wolves that are the size or just under the pony. :dunno

Also can't resize images. I used a program to make them 200x200px but when I inserted them they were FAR larger than the original below.
http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/118934954&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/118934954.html)



http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/197724847&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/197724847.html)

Pony for size as I read he's the biggest size allowed.

EDIT: okay so nothing is working....disregard my post for now....I think just the site is bugging out.

isalrae
04-01-2016, 10:37 PM
The broken image boxes are a CS issue - after the April fools eggifying shenanigans, it appears some of the embed links for pet images are a little broken (fighting the urge to say cracked). Hopefully they'll get it fixed up soon. :)

Silverfang07
04-02-2016, 11:56 AM
Just updating that it's working now- sorry bout that. I think CS was just not working right because of yesterday...or maybe Blab...idk.

Ignore my pleas of woe above :hide

Mary
04-02-2016, 12:13 PM
Kudos to Silverfang07 for getting her Pripyat sig all in order! :clap :party

CMY
04-04-2016, 08:16 AM
I just wanted to double check that this one is within the size limit?

http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/202676931&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/202676931.html)

Mary
04-04-2016, 02:13 PM
I just wanted to double check that this one is within the size limit?

http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/202676931&trans=1.jpg (http://www.chickensmoothie.com/pet/202676931.html)


Your current sig (with this image) is well within the size limit. :)

CMY
04-05-2016, 07:07 AM
Your current sig (with this image) is well within the size limit. :)

Great thank you! I thought it fit but when I actually added it was afraid it was a little big.