Signachur, I haz it

My participation in online forums pretty much dates from when I started playing MMOs. I was on a few mailing lists before that, what we used for forums back in the day when we also walked to school in the snow, uphill both ways (and used the Kermit protocol for downloading files).

It’s always been fashionable to have a signature on forums. It took me a while to find one I liked, but once I did I kept that one and haven’t varied much from it since. It’s a Dorothy Parker quote, partly because it’s a great and witty quote and partly because I’m fond of the woman herself (well, what I know of her; we weren’t acquainted).

“You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.”

Do you have one? If so, what is it?

This post has been brought to you by “I don’t have enough time to do a proper post so here, have this reasonably interesting social question AND you get a LOLcat for free.”

Oh, and PS — If you’re the type to have a 6″ signature that proclaims ALL your characters and ALL your e-peeny goodness and ALL your achievements in ALL the games you play, AND it’s animated — I hate you. You make my eyes hurt and my forums load slowly. You’re the reason I turn signatures off in most forums I visit regularly. Srsly, size and animation is NOT an indication of personal excellence in signatures — you’ve got the wrong organ there.


13 thoughts on “Signachur, I haz it

  1. “Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.”
    — Conan, Tower of the Elephant.

  2. My sig is short and simple.

    “Victory not vengeance”

    It’s the abbreviation in one of my favorite Bands VNV Nation.

  3. I double up:

    “Bright people have the capability of freaking out faster and more dramatically than anyone else.” –David Allen

    “The end is nothing, the road is all.” — Jules Michelet

    On my very old but rarely used yahoo mail is this, cuz I was deep back in the day:

    “The mind of God is music resonating through ten dimensional hyperspace.” -Michio Kaku

  4. Most often, just a link to my blog… but if I put a quote it is either:
    “In order to be the best you must first lose your mind.” -Dave Marshak
    “God was my co-pilot, but our plane crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him to survive.”

  5. I’ve never been a forum prowler, but if I was to have a sig it would definitely be:

    “True enlightenment is the burden that carries itself.”

  6. I always liked:

    “Never argue with idiots – they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

    Quite appropriate for intarweb forums

  7. Heretofore I liked using dynamically-generated images with pertinent info on it. Like the ones you see for x-fire or the Turbine and SOE character tags.

    I guess I still do like using them, but I feel a retro-plain-text phase coming on.

    Hmm, perhaps an dynamic image of just plain text. That is pretty 9-years-ago, I might have to start using something like that. What would I use for a quote? It would have to be random. Here are a couple:

    “Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.” E.M. Cioran


    “People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Ahh, the truth hurts, lol.

  8. My .sigs are still text. Old-school represent, yo!

    Anyway, the quote I used for my Near Death Studios email is:

    “They’re not bugs, they’re ‘placeholders for code that works.'”
    – Andrew Kirmse, Meridian 59 creator

    The origin of this quote comes after 3DO bought M59. The artists put in some terrible artwork (yes, worse than what it has now :P), and during a meeting Andrew was told that the art was “placeholders for the final art.” When they asked him about some bugs later in the meeting, he gave that reply. 😉

  9. “When life gives you lemons, make grape juice.”

    Well, that, or some simple links to my portfolio and/or blog.

    Big flashy sigs give me headaches. I love AdBlockPlus, since it kills those, too.

  10. Don’t you love people with huge signatures who quote 10-paragraph posts in their entirety to add incoherent half-sentence replies? They’re super-fun when reading forums on mobile devices!

  11. Chaos always defeats order because it is better organized. – Terry Pratchett


    Confucius – Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.

    The second is just so true…

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