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A lot of people are going to want to figure out what the new forum allows in posts. Use this thread to experiment for now. We'll be deleting it after it has sufficiently served its purpose.

To start things off, here's something new. If I want @Thomas to see this post, I can use the @ sign followed by his username and he'll get an alert telling him that I mentioned him in this post.
 
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Honestly I don't know if we're going to keep profile posts. I'm not sure what function they serve for our usecase. That said, if people can think of a good function, by all means, speak up!
 
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All the way at the bottom?
Sure hope I am never in the middle of a long page... and would have to scroll to the bottom to get to the top.
 
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Most have a way to let people turn them on or off as wanted. Surprised they don't have that feature.
 

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You can in settings currently. Link

It's really about what the default should be. I think signatures make the forum look far more antiquated than it is (to be fair, they are a holdover from the days of email). XenForo's user info to the left and discussion to the right layout is very different than MyBB's "big block of user content" display. I think signatures really interrupt the visual flow of discussions in the new setup to be honest.
 

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I like them, as they allow you to show some personality. I for one would really prefer to keep them. I don't think, "because it is old fashoned," is a super great reason to remove them.
 

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Not wanting them to clutter the stream of discussion is a really good reason to remove them though.

Aside from one's profile page, avatars and user titles (left column stuff) is where one shows personality. The right column is designed to be all conversation all the time. Signatures interrupt that.

Additionally, "because they are antiquated" is actually a fairly good reason to dump them. Internet fora are dying all around us to social media sites—whether it be social networks like Facebook, microblogging sites like Twitter, or something entirely different like Reddit. These services all offer a far simpler discussion UI than traditional fora. What was one of the first things this new generation of social platform stripped away? Signature lines—and I don't see anyone on Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit begging for them back.

We can argue all day about whether or not a stripped down UI is actually inheritly better for discussion, but I don't believe a reasonable case can be made claiming that most of our users aren't more familiar with these newer, simpler forms of online discourse. In a day and time when we are often the first forum people have ever used, there is a real value in defulting to a familiar, streamlined presentation that cuts out primarily frivolous elements from days long since past.

Ultimately, the functionality will stay. Anyone who wants it can switch it back on again. That said, I'm pretty sure it won't be the default much longer.
 

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