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Signatures
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:48:44 PM »
For now, these are the restrictions for signatures. They may change as we determine what is good, and what is excessive.

There is an allowance for up to 9 Thumbnails.
There is an allowance for up to 3000 characters.
Links should only be to book related destinations or your own book related website.

Links to non-book related sites may be removed.

Your Kboards signature should work here, although it may need editing to remove Kboards addresses and affiliate information. The core images and links generated by the Signature Tool there, can be cut and paste into your signature here. This is about the first third of the full signature.

For erotica writers, your signature may contain book covers, and links to the books. But please be choosy about which ones to use, especially if you intend to use the public areas. Valid complaints may result in you being asked to remove a cover. As long as it's tasteful, there shouldn't be a problem.

It is a good idea to state in your signature what Genre(s) you write in. Advise often varies by genre and its a good idea if the reader can see your genre at a glance.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2018, 08:15:00 AM »
Okay, Timothy, I'm an idiot...where do we enter the links or pics for our book covers?  Is it in the "signature" area?  Or is there somewhere that requires ASIN numbers?
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2018, 08:46:26 AM »
TM go to your 'forum profile' and the big signature box at the bottom, post your links in there and they will show in your posts. That seems to be the only option here but it's easy to use. If you have them listed on the old site, just copy that one and paste it in this one and it works!
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2018, 08:59:07 AM »
Do you mean literally paste links? Like T. M. Bilderback, I'm a little at a loss. I'm missing the signature tool. Perhaps we need a tutorial for those of us who don't have a clue about BB code.


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Re: Signatures
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2018, 09:44:26 AM »
Are we allow to use our own affiliate IDs?
 

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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2018, 10:10:29 AM »
Do you mean literally paste links? Like T. M. Bilderback, I'm a little at a loss. I'm missing the signature tool. Perhaps we need a tutorial for those of us who don't have a clue about BB code.

If you go into your Profile on KBoards and Click Modify Profile, then scroll down, you'll see Signature with a text box next to it. That's your KBoards signature. You should be able to just copy all the text/code in that box. Then paste it into your signature here.

Note: I haven't tested it, but if you try that and it doesn't work - I'll do some tests to see if there are any gotchas.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2018, 10:40:12 AM »
Do you mean literally paste links? Like T. M. Bilderback, I'm a little at a loss. I'm missing the signature tool. Perhaps we need a tutorial for those of us who don't have a clue about BB code.

If you go into your Profile on KBoards and Click Modify Profile, then scroll down, you'll see Signature with a text box next to it. That's your KBoards signature. You should be able to just copy all the text/code in that box. Then paste it into your signature here.

Note: I haven't tested it, but if you try that and it doesn't work - I'll do some tests to see if there are any gotchas.

No, that should work for them, I used it myself when I came over hoping to not have to type it all over again. I think its the only way for them to add the links as well, so if one of us can get a clean screenshot or series of them to show instead of tell, it might be helpful. I'll try to get some myself after my word count is done if nobody gets to it before then.

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2018, 11:28:11 AM »
Are we allow to use our own affiliate IDs?

Yes. When you do the copy from KB, paste into an editor first, and replace their affiliate code with yours. Then copy and paste into your profile.


The only issue with a direct copy and paste, is Kboards new owners might object to their site being in code on another site.

Also, if you just cut and paste, Kboards gets the affiliate money if someone presses the link.

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2018, 01:58:03 PM »
Are we allow to use our own affiliate IDs?

Yes. When you do the copy from KB, paste into an editor first, and replace their affiliate code with yours. Then copy and paste into your profile.


The only issue with a direct copy and paste, is Kboards new owners might object to their site being in code on another site.

Also, if you just cut and paste, Kboards gets the affiliate money if someone presses the link.

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2018, 02:51:23 AM »
Thanks, guys, I got it figured out.

Related question: Do we need to scale a profile picture, or does it scale automatically? (I should remember that, but it's been a long time since I set up my Kboards profile.)


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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2018, 03:00:05 AM »
It will scale to the forum's expectations.
 

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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2018, 06:39:47 AM »
It will scale to the forum's expectations.
Thanks!

It's worth noting that the upload will fail if the image is too large. If it isn't, the software will scale it appropriately.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2018, 07:02:47 AM »
From time to time, I run kick starters to get this or that book-related thing funded. When I do this, I usually change all my profiles to a Kickstarter banner. For example:



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Re: Signatures
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2018, 01:43:25 AM »
Trying to upload my avatar pic I got an error "upload directory unavailable". Just FYI
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2018, 02:13:06 AM »
Trying to upload my avatar pic I got an error "upload directory unavailable". Just FYI


Try again now. I think I put that fire out.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2018, 03:57:59 AM »
Can somebody post the bb code so I can copy it to display my books.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2018, 05:24:21 AM »
Can somebody post the bb code so I can copy it to display my books.
Thanks.

the best way is to go to your amazon page and right click on the cover of the book and "open image in a new tab" or whatever your OS/browser combination allows you to do. you can use the URL in the address bar as your image source, and the amazon book link as your url (I'd just include amazon.com dp (for digital product?) and the ASIN.

[url]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DRL3FXQ/][img]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61y06jUPFZL.jpg[/img][/url]
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2018, 05:31:52 AM »
So Simon's avatar picture is showing up for Timothy. Which confused me because, I was like - Simon is now an admin?

Maybe it's just my cache?
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« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2018, 10:01:03 AM »
Maybe it's just my cache?

Most likely.
     
 
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #19 on: September 20, 2018, 11:37:03 AM »
So Simon's avatar picture is showing up for Timothy. Which confused me because, I was like - Simon is now an admin?

Maybe it's just my cache?

I saw that. Some crazy stuff is happening.

I think it was because mine was missing. Once I uploaded it again, it fixed itself.
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« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2018, 03:47:34 PM »
Timothy, is there any way to have a 'books I'm reading' type thing in my signature, like at kboards? I don't any of my own books to link to just yet, but I'd be happy to link to other books with your affiliate code if it will help contribute financially  :icon_biggrin:
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« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2018, 03:54:53 PM »
Timothy, is there any way to have a 'books I'm reading' type thing in my signature, like at kboards? I don't any of my own books to link to just yet, but I'd be happy to link to other books with your affiliate code if it will help contribute financially  :icon_biggrin:

Not at the moment.

We really need a php programmer author on hand who can make a few of these things for us.
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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2018, 04:08:01 PM »
Anyone else having a - contact Admin when they go to 'View replies to your posts'?
 

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2018, 04:16:58 PM »
Timothy, thanks for creating this place.

My sig currently has a link to a site that's writing related (using game-like incentives to encourage daily writing), but not specifically book related. I hope that's acceptable; it has me on a 200+ day writing streak because I'm a sucker for virtual rewards.
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2018, 04:20:47 PM »
Timothy, thanks for creating this place.

My sig currently has a link to a site that's writing related (using game-like incentives to encourage daily writing), but not specifically book related. I hope that's acceptable; it has me on a 200+ day writing streak because I'm a sucker for virtual rewards.

No problems.  :Tup3a:
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Re: Signatures
« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2018, 11:05:24 PM »
Added the suggestion to include the Genre(s) you write in your signature.
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« Reply #27 on: September 20, 2018, 11:27:31 PM »
Added the suggestion to include the Genre(s) you write in your signature.

I like this - done  :Tup4a:
 

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« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2018, 02:35:59 AM »
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the best way is to go to your amazon page and right click on the cover of the book and "open image in a new tab" or whatever your OS/browser combination allows you to do. you can use the URL in the address bar as your image source, and the amazon book link as your url (I'd just include amazon.com dp (for digital product?) and the ASIN.

[url]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DRL3FXQ/][img]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61y06jUPFZL.jpg[/img][/url]

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Haha as someone who just spent half an hour tinkering and trying to work out why my copy/pasted code didn't work, before eventually resorting to Dr. Google, I thought newcomers might appreciate not having to do the same  :icon_rofl:


Thank you both  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2018, 04:25:09 AM »
Damn! No idea what I'm doing wrong but the size is massive  :huh:

I've used this code below (minus the gaps) but look at the size... :huh: (I will delete this post when sorted, unless someone else is having the same problem & it will help them too...geez I hope it's not just me  :icon_redface:

[ url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H5QYKXJ][ img]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41qHDOAEutL.jpg [/img][/url]

 

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2018, 06:44:46 AM »
Same


 

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« Reply #31 on: September 21, 2018, 09:58:17 AM »
The code is this:

Please replace ( with [ and ) with ]

(table)(tr)(td)(url=Your Book URL)(img)Your cover image url._SL125_.jpg(/img)(/url) (/td)(td)(url=your second book url)(img)Your 2nd cover image url._SL125_.jpg(/img)(/url) (/td)(/tr)(/table)

(table)(tr)(td)(url=site url)Site name(/url)(/td)(td)(url=Site  2 URL(/url)Site 2 name(/td)(/tr)(/table)



For each book, add (tr)(td)(url=Your Book URL)(img)Your cover image url._SL125_.jpg(/img)(/url) (/td) 

Book images: after the address of the image, and before .jpg  , substitute what's there (something like __BG0,0,0,0_FMpng_AC_UL160_SR103,160_)  for _SL125_

Only close using (/table) when you want to finish a line and start a new one.

You can paste this in a text editor, add your info, then use find and replace to substitute ( for [ and ) for ]


Also, to add Timothy's affiliate code, add /?tag=cirofatl-20 at the end of the book url.

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Re: Signatures
« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2018, 11:57:03 AM »
Ok, seems we need a size limitation on signature pics. Will look at it.
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« Reply #33 on: September 22, 2018, 01:10:17 PM »
Test.. if you see anything I missed yell.

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« Reply #34 on: September 22, 2018, 01:29:10 PM »
Not sure which p