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Signature Size
Well, the time has come to put some limits on signatures.

There's a number of reasons that we need to limit them, none the least of which is time taken loading pages for dialup forumites. Also, restricted signatures fit more posts per page (again the dialup thing)...

This is mostly to make the forum not only more accessable, but also more readable for everyone.

After some discussion amongst the admin staff these are the new RULES FOR SIGNATURES:

* ONE ticker or SMALL picture.
* No graphs or animations.
* Three lines of normal sized text in total, whether you have a ticker or not. Spaced over a total of 5 lines. (You can have two blank lines if you wish).

I think that's enough.

If anyone wants something 'different' or out of the ordinary, they are welcome to PM the Administrators and they'll consider it on a case-by-case basis, and then only for short term 'announcements'. (Like when someone finishes the programme, maybe a 'YAY' sig for a week or two, but that's it).

Anyone currently outside these parameters, please alter your signature. The Admins & Mods will be PM'ing anyone they see with a signature outside this over the next few weeks and giving you a friendly prompt :D to change it. After a couple of days they'll change it themselves (trying to keep the 'spirit' of your sig).

DANCING MANGOES

The only addition to this rule is that those people participating in the 100% Cohens Challenge are allowed the following:
* You can ONLY use the Dancing Mangoes in your signature after you've been awarded them by The convenor of this competition.
* The Siggy Mangoes can stay on your sig for 2 fortnights after you earn them. IF you earn more, they stay on for 2 fortnights. So you have 2 fortnights to win another one or lose them all
* You may have a total of 3 individual mangoes in your signature, after which you may have "x 4" (or whatever number you've earned) after your Mango.
* If you do NOT stay deviation free for over 2 fortnights you must remove ALL your mangoes and start again. (The only alteration to this is if someone is forced off the programme, for example, through surgery, and their clinic recommends they pause. If that is the case, PLEASE PM asy TO DISCUSS).
* Anyone found with un-earned Mangoes in their signature will have their WHOLE signature deleted and will not be allowed to have a signature at ALL for 3 months.


Anyone who needs help changing their signature, please contact the Administrators, they'll be happy to help! :)

Adding Tickers
1 - First of all Go here: The Ticker Factory

2 - Click "Create Your Own Ticker" or "Create a New Ticker" if you have already tried and have a password/pin already.

3 - On the next page "Welcome to TickerFactory.com" scroll down to the section entitled "Weight Loss/Fitness"

4 - Click the link "Weight Loss"

5 - On the next page Select your ticker Ruler by clicking on the circle to the left of the ruler.

6 - Go to the bottom right of the page and click "Next"

7 - On the new page "Select your Ticker Slider" again by clicking on the circle to the left of the slider image you want.

8 - Go to the bottom right of the page and click "Next"

9 - On the new page "Configure your Weight Tracker Ticker:"

10 - Under Setup create a password/pin by typing it into the box provided

11 - Leave the Privacy section at the default "Public Data"

12 - User either the "Weight Change" or "Weight" ticked under the "Track" heading.

13 - Weight Measurements change to Kilograms.

14 - Next type in your target weight (usually somewhere around Cohen's range)

15 - Then type in your Starting Weight

16 - Now type in your Current Weight

17 - Then type in the Current Weight Date (today's date? or the date of the weigh-in)

18 - You can leave the fields under the "Waist Measurements" blank

19 - Under the heading of Body Mass Index (BMI) change the "Height Units" from "English" to "Metric/S.I."

20 - Now type in your height in the box provided. If you are 1.65 m tall put 1 in the "m" box and 65 in the "cm" box.

21 - At the bottom right of the page now click "Next"

22 - At the new page you will see the following "Done! Your Ticker:" and directly below it you will see your new ticker.

23 - Leave the "Size Option" and "Background Option" as "Large" & "Light"

24 - Now scroll down the page (DO NOT click on the buttons "BACK" & CONFIGURE ANOTHER TICKER") to the section directly below the buttons "Cut and past code for most boards and web pages:"

25 - There you will see two boxes with code in them. One is entitled "bbCode:" In this box copy ALL the code in the box and then paste it into the Signature box located in your "User CP" module.

26 - The code should look something like this:
[url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/wqKyJh6/]
[img]http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wqKyJh6/weight.png[/img] [/url]


You need to ensure that all the tags are at the beginning and end and both lines are copied. I suggest opening Notepad and pasting it there first to ensure that you have something that looks similar (the code 'wqKyJh6' will be the only thing that is different from my example).

27 - Now return to the New You Site and open your "User CP" which can be found at the top left of the page just below the colourful logo at the top of the page.

28 - Once on the "User CP" page scroll down the left side menu to the section entitled "Settings & Options"

29 - Click on the "Edit Signature" link. Now copy and paste the 'code' you copied and pasted into Notepad into the "Edit Signature" Box. Once this has been done and it appears like the example noted in line 26, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Preview Signature" if the preview is okay then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save Signature".

You are done. Congratulations!

When you want to change your ticker do the following.

1 - Click on your signature. This will open the TickerFactory.com site to your ticker data page. You should see your ticker and a weight chart (the chart will only show up after the 1st update).

2 - If your PIN: box is already filled in with ****** just click on the "edit/Update Weight Data" tourquoise box directly below your PIN.

3 - This will open up the weight data page. Re-enter your password in the "Password/Pin:" box

4 - Go down to the "Weight Measurements" section and change "Your Current Weight" to the new weight.

5 - Change the "Weight Date" to the new date (be sure you enter your dates in the US fashion with the month leading the date.

6 - Go to the bottom of the page and click "next". This will take you to a new page showing the updated ticker. (if it does not - don't fret! Just hit your refresh button in your browser menu to refresh the page.

7 - Return to the New You page and click refresh and you should see your updated ticker.

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