I was thinking about how great it would be to allow us to have flash signatures, but then i thought of the problems it would create, but i think ive sussed those out, tell me what you think. Please vote in the poll, and post Posetives/negatives, and i will add them to the list.
- Shock Sigs
First of all this is the biggest problem, they implemented it on another forum i went on, and suddenly the place was flooded with shcok sigs, i don't think this will apply here, due to the fact the only premiums can have sigs, as long as you have strict rules, with harsh punishments, i doubt many premium members will be ready to give premium up to get a laugh. Plus most of the premium members are resposible enough to know better.
- Pop-up spawning
With actionscript you can spawn any number of pop-ups, even on load. Again strict guidlines will prevent this.
- Sounds, music etc.
On another forum a problem was that people made there sigs play music, which annoyed people, others played very loud music in order to shock people. Again, only premium members can have the sigs, so as long as we have guidlines it will be okay. On that forum they let people use sounds and music, but only if they made it so the user had to activate it by clicking somewhere in the sig, so they where actually given a choice.
- Alot more scope for creativity.
With flash you have alot more to play around with, better effects (especially with Flash8 dynamic filters), better animation, etc.
Interactive sigs would lighten up the forums a bit, imagine a simple game in someones sig, with a highscore in the top corner, or a shoutbox in someones sig. With flash the possibiltys are pretty much endless.
- Small filesizes
You can have all this with realativly small filesizes, and as long as you put a cap on the size, there shouldnt be very many slow down issues, as i say only the handfull of premium members will have them anyway.
- Incentive to donate
Other users might want to enjoy the benefits of this, thus giving them more incentive for upgrading to premium.
I think its an exclent idea, and as i said we will not face some of the problems other forums have, as these sigs are just for premium members, so it will be alot easier to moderate who has what. And with strong guidlines, with punishments for disobeying, this should stray the vast majority (if not all) of premium members from doing anything they shouldnt.
Post your thoughts.