It was a welcome change when the Signature Guidelines were updated to allow 800x300px images, but unfortunately the 100kB File-Size Limit remained unchanged. A 100kB Limit was fine back in the days when you were only allowed a single 250x100px or 468x60px image, but if you want to take advantage of the increased dimensions, it's very difficult without compromising your image's quality. For example, images with transparency are completely off the table, unless they're low-quality GIFs.
I suggest that the staff increase the File-Size Limit to something more reasonable. 500kB would be ideal, and considering that 500kB is the allowed limit for individual images in threads, I don't see why it would be a problem. That being said, even a small boost to 200kB would help significantly.
100kB x 30 = 3,000kB = 3MB
500kB x 30 = 15,000kB = 15MB
Limiting load times was a good reason back in the days when there were close to 1,000 people online at any given moment; there was a constant flow of new posts. These days however, entire subforums can go weeks without a new post. The only topics that seem to get regular traffic are the RPGs, and there are only a select few that participate in those anyway. Also keep in mind that not everyone has an image in their signature, some don't bother with a signature at all.
If the limit is increased, not everyone is going to take advantage of it, just like not everyone has a 800x300px image, even though it's perfectly acceptable now. In any case, there is an option in your account settings to disable signatures.
As for miscellaneous images, you rarely see those outside of art topics or birthday topics, even in the old forums, so that's a nonissue.
Edited by Primis, Nov 14 2013 - 05:08 PM.
That said, those issues are slightly rarer than when the rule was created back in what... 2002? 2004? Internet has gotten better for most people.
But I personally think the limit is perfectly fine. If it was set at say 200KB, it might be alright, but anything above that is a little overboard, in my opinion.
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