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DotTech Tips: Adding Text/Images to forum posts
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November 21, 2009
10:10 PM
Locutus
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A question I’ve been asked is how to add animations to forum signatures. It’s actually not that hard, all you need is an account- needed for posting on the forums- and an animated GIF (or APNG, if you want to get technical). Finding the right animation is key: it should be smaller than 150 pixels wide– about the size of this:

Finding one isn’t that hard; just go to Google and search for one. Here’s one I found in a couple of seconds:

Once you have found one, copy the URL of it from the browser’s address bar. Then go to dotTech’s forums at Dottech.org/forums. From there, log in and look for these buttons (they only appear when you’re logged in):

The buttons

Click the text saying Profile. You should find a screen similar to this:

info

Click the button saying Set Up Your Signature to find yourself on a screen showing what’s in your signature.

sign

To add the animation, paste the URL of the GIF (or APNG) into the “Signature Image Location (url)” box. To add text, type the text in the box above it.

done

Click update profile, and violá, you’re done! The signature will show up on any and all forum posts you make- new or old.

sig

The text will show up to the right of the image.

Oh, the site that was :(
November 22, 2009
10:29 PM
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Great post. Soon as the feature to sticky posts is added I will be sure to sticky your post.

November 22, 2009
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Now ya just have to wait for everyone to do it, and there will be animations everywhere.Wink

January 5, 2010
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I found I could add a GIF as my avatar too.

I was gonna use it in my signature line, but like it better as an avatar.

                       wheezertech.forumotion.com
March 24, 2010
10:50 PM
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Wheezer said:

I found I could add a GIF as my avatar too.

I was gonna use it in my signature line, but like it better as an avatar.


 

Well, clean my specs but, still cannot see. Confused

What happened to the puffing minkey..??

Meeza gotta GIF Avatar OKay? Laugh

SEEK (Google) and yea shall find. Ars Longa, Vita Brevis.
March 24, 2010
11:10 PM
yourpalal
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AlanR said:

 


 
Well, clean my specs but, still cannot see. Confused

What happened to the puffing minkey..??

Meeza gotta GIF Avatar OKay? Laugh


 

Say What???????

Me not NO what U say!!

LOL!!!

your pal

Al

Life is just a phase you're going through…you'll get over it.
March 25, 2010
8:18 AM
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yourpalal said:

 

Say What???????

Me not NO what U say!!


 

Sorreeeee. Embarassed
Meeza thought it humorous to parody Inspector Clousau.

Previously, I believe, Wheezer had an animated avatar showing a monkey puffing on a cigarette (no doubt withdrawn now due to complaints from animal rights activists – and rightly so). That is what I could not see – and still do not see the new(?) GIF alluded to by Wheezer.

Perhaps my humour was too subtle on this occaision – better luck next time eh? Laugh

SEEK (Google) and yea shall find. Ars Longa, Vita Brevis.
March 26, 2010
6:31 PM
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Wheezer left because the forums got too unfriendly for him.  Surprised  He also changed his avatar to “ex-member” from the GIF.

Oh, the site that was :(
March 26, 2010
7:52 PM
yourpalal
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AlanR said:

yourpalal said:

 

Say What???????

Me not NO what U say!!


 
Sorreeeee. Embarassed
Meeza thought it humorous to parody Inspector Clousau.

Previously, I believe, Wheezer had an animated avatar showing a monkey puffing on a cigarette (no doubt withdrawn now due to complaints from animal rights activists – and rightly so). That is what I could not see – and still do not see the new(?) GIF alluded to by Wheezer.

Perhaps my humour was too subtle on this occaision – better luck next time eh? Laugh


Hey AlanR

 OK I had no idea (no clou)

it was  Inspector Clousau.

 So Noooooooowwwww I ged id!

Al (Another Allen)

Life is just a phase you're going through…you'll get over it.
March 26, 2010
7:57 PM
yourpalal
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Locutus said:

Wheezer left because the forums got too unfriendly for him.  Surprised  He also changed his avatar to “ex-member” from the GIF.


 

Sad to see Ozzie leave too. Frown

Oh well.

“The show must go on!”

Al

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March 26, 2010
10:08 PM
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Locutus said:

Wheezer left because the forums got too unfriendly for him.  Surprised  He also changed his avatar to “ex-member” from the GIF.


 

Sad farewell to Wheezer. Cry  PLEASE take better care of the minkey (quit smokin’). Laugh

SEEK (Google) and yea shall find. Ars Longa, Vita Brevis.
March 26, 2010
11:27 PM
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Well in the forums he’s moved to- at my site, linked in my signature- the avatars don’t really work that well animated, but the monkey still smokes.

Oh, the site that was :(
May 16, 2010
10:56 AM
Inas
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@Locutus – I am unable to find the “setup signature” option in my “profile” area of DotTech – am I missing something?  Does this button show up for everyone?  Please advise.  Thanks much.

Inas

May 16, 2010
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@Locutus – please ignore my previous message, I found the personal options section – I don’t know how in the world I could have missed it….go figure.

Thank you,

Inas

May 16, 2010
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@everyone – I am so thrilled that I was finally able to add/upload my avatar.  Yippeeee!!! Thanks, especially to you, Locutus, and  your helpful instructions.  By the way, the below site allows users to freely download pictures for personal and commercial use (with absolutely no copyright or accreditation restrictions).

http://www.public-domain-image.com/

May 25, 2010
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Jeanjean
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When I add the url in “my signature Image location”, I receive an error message on the page at the bottom left ?Cry

May 25, 2010
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Locutus
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Lol, you’re using the URL of the page is on… http://91.121.132.199/gifs/2396.gif is the actual image. Smile

Oh, the site that was :(
May 26, 2010
12:10 AM
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@Inas: I thought guests couldn’t post?!?!

May 26, 2010
2:34 AM
Jeanjean
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@Locutus

Thanks !Wink

May 26, 2010
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hmm, i don’t like gif’s in sigs though, i have a really bad connection and low internet quota, so….

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