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The extras

PostPosted: 31 Aug 2007, 10:58
by TinkerbellesMum
I know why you've turned off all the extras, I hate scrolling past loads of tickers, pictures and sparklies that distract you from reading the message below.

Have a look at BabyFit though, they have limited what people can have and it looks really nice, there is a certain amount of personalisation without getting silly. They have no html in posts or sig lines, built in ticker to due date and an avatar.

I think that it can be nice to see who you are talking to or a picture of someone else's baby smeared in spag bol or eating meat with their hands (he he) and a single ticker, no sparklies, so people can show something important that interests them (I've been Baby Led Weaning for xm, xd!")

PostPosted: 31 Aug 2007, 11:55
by Aitch
will do, can you link? i presume you press that URL button up on the right. i am taking your comments under advisement, tink... :wink:

PostPosted: 31 Aug 2007, 12:35
by TinkerbellesMum


And if you do happen to join (I have a nice little BLW group going on lol) my id is the title of the pictures I sent you before.

PostPosted: 31 Aug 2007, 12:44
by Bunny
Tink, is it this place?



Sorry, but can I just say - bleeeeeuugh! :wink:

Those dreadful ticker things - ick ick. I like the idea of maybe having an avatar piccie of your child next to your name - but all those "Devoted mother to Chardonnay and Shiraz" things - ick ick ick.

PostPosted: 31 Aug 2007, 12:58
by TinkerbellesMum
That's BabyFit.

Yes some people get carried away with their signatures (mines pushed the limit, I'm going to cut it down when I can be bothered), but that can be limited with a character limit - also stops multiple tickers!

I like the BabyFit ticker, it is linked to your due date club and only shows how far along you are. I don't mind one ticker, it's the ones with tons of pics on them and sparklies that are distracting.

PostPosted: 31 Aug 2007, 13:23
by Aitch
i don't think it's that bad, tbh, i'm certainly open to persuasion on the avatar but i suppose the question i'd ask is what's the sum benefit of the tickers. i think by and large i just ignore them/find them a visual distraction, but i may be in a minority. does anyone really read them?

PostPosted: 31 Aug 2007, 14:20
by TinkerbellesMum
I think people are more likely to look at the ones of their friends to see how they are doing. I know as well that on BabyFit I look at the pregnancy tickers before I reply to a pregnancy related question so I know how far along they are and how that relates to their question and my answer.

Maybe you could allow an age one with the words "Feeding myself since I was 6 months" so that people can see how other people are doing it. For example:

PostPosted: 31 Aug 2007, 15:10
by Eleanor
Have to say I find tickers etc pretty distracting - you can get to a point where the page is 90% graphics and you have to search through a jungle of repeating images to find out what anyone's saying. Avatars aren't so distracting because they stay off to the side out of the conversation!

PostPosted: 31 Aug 2007, 18:40
by AB&M

PostPosted: 01 Sep 2007, 12:32
by bella
I need to go and introduce myself properly but I have a small child currently smeared in food to deal with first... just wanted say that on most message boards I belong to, there is a feature where you can "switch off" signatures so you don't have to see them. Most people who do this are trying to save bandwith (endless pics and tickers take ages to load) but you could also do this if you don't like looking at siggies?? Just a thought - that combined with a limit to the size of a signature or of tickers etc would probably do the job?

PostPosted: 01 Sep 2007, 13:00
by hunkermunker
You can have a signature file, just not tickers?

So if you wanted to write "Mum to two BLWd boys" or something in your sig file, that'd be on the end of every post, without the hideous tickerglitterfluffywoowoo stuff?

I'm ticker-averse, can you tell? :wink:

PostPosted: 01 Sep 2007, 13:05
by hunkermunker
You can have a signature file, just not tickers?

So if you wanted to write "Mum to two BLWd boys" or something in your sig file, that'd be on the end of every post, without the hideous tickerglitterfluffywoowoo stuff?

I'm ticker-averse, can you tell? :wink:

PostPosted: 01 Sep 2007, 14:04
by hunkermunker
Balls.

It said it hadn't posted. Some error or other. And then it said I couldn't post so close to posting the first time.

Sorry! :oops:

PostPosted: 01 Sep 2007, 14:09
by bella
[quote="hunkermunker"]Balls.

It said it hadn't posted. Some error or other. And then it said I couldn't post so close to posting the first time.

Sorry! :oops:[/quote]

It's done that pretty much every time for me, so I just ignore it and assume all is well with the post.

PostPosted: 01 Sep 2007, 14:35
by Aitch
yep, it was doiing it to me too. i cleared my cache (on firefox, tools then clear personal data) and it's been fine since. by the way, if it's not doing italics etc it's cos you've got disable html etc ticked. it seems to be ticked automatically and you have to untick it. look below the post, you'll see it. :D