I recently had an issue with my signature being in violation of the rules, by having three separate images in it. This was helpfully pointed out to me by Burn, and I have since rectified the matter. (While it does still have three obviously separate elements to it, the graphics in my signature are now presented as one image file.) I bring it up only as context for my re-posting here of a private message I sent him on the matter, which he then suggested I might post in this thread for you consideration.
Yotsuyasan wrote:When I first made the triple-imaged signature, the only place I looked was the "Edit Signature" page. Since that page listed one restriction, the 500 character limit, it seemed logical to me at the time that if one restriction was listed there then if any others existed, they would also be mentioned. Hence why I looked no further at the time.
My search for the rules began once you mentioned I was in violation of them. As I said, not out of doubt. I had no reason to disbelieve you and every intention of bringing myself in line. It was more out of curiosity.
I knew in theory that forum rules existed, but as someone who does not regularly (or at all, honestly) visit the "General Discussion" forum, I did not know where they were located. They are kind of hidden by being a sub-forum there. In looking for rules, I tried the FAQ, and I looked at the list of forums as presented to the right of every page and in the drop down box under the "Forums" tab at the top of every page. I only found them after doing a search of the forum for the word "signature," then looking at the earliest results.
It would be a lot easier to find them if the rules subforum was at least visible in the drop down box. I know that is possible, as for some time after third party discussion was relegated to a subforum, it was still visible in the drop down box during the adjustment period when people got used to that change.
As it is now, unless you are someone who visits the General Discussion forum, there isn't really much to indicate where the rules are located. Them being a bit more visible would not be a bad thing, in my opinion.