This is an important update on the signatures feature that we discussed before the switch to the new platform. Now that things are (mostly) back to normal following the changeover, we have been looking long and hard into the practicalities of bringing this feature back in.
Unfortunately, we do not believe we are able to support this feature while maintaining a good browsing experience for all of our users.
I understand that this will come as a big disappointment to those of you who are keen to see signatures back on the site (and I know there are many of you!) But I wanted to make a clear statement on this issue, even though I know this won’t be a popular post
There are quite a number of reasons behind the decision that we’ve come to:
Some users are still experiencing loading issues, despite all of the measures that we’ve tried to solve this so far. We are reluctant to add anything in which will place further demands on browsers, connections and/or ISPs, as this may exacerbate the problem.
The Discourse signatures plugin that exists does not allow for advanced text formatting (text colour, different fonts, text size, text align). Instead, the formatting options would be the same as the ones on the profile pages and user cards (basically only bold, italic and emojis).
Being a plugin and not part of the core Discourse platform, this feature would need to be updated separately from the main Forums site. We are concerned that this may lead to compatibility issues and possibly interfere with the functionality of the plugin and/or other aspects of the site.
While we understand that the user cards / profile pages are a different system to what we had before and will take some getting used to, we have been encouraged by how well so many of you have taken to them. [name_m]Even[/name_m] using them to recreate popular topics like “Rate the Signature”, which has been great to see!
I’m sorry to disappoint some of you, but I really wanted to be clear and honest with you about the decision we’ve come to and why.
Please do use the space below to share your feelings on this