Leaving Your Mark on the Neoboards
NEOBOARDS -- Thousands of messages are posted on the Neoboards every day. There
is a wide variety of subjects these messages devote themselves to. Some boards
deal with how to get the newly released avatar, while others are about how many
icons the new Hidden Tower weapon is rumored to deal out. Still others deal with
tips to beat the last boss of Neoquest II or offers on the shiny Maraquan Paint
Brush up for sale in someone’s shop window. So amidst these boards that can have
up to 500 replies each, how are you going to get someone to read your post?
The answer is, of course, the presentation of your post! Whether board-goers
like to admit it or not, an aesthetic font coupled with a well thought-out signature
gives a far better first impression than someone with the default Avatar and
no font. So if you want to dress your posts to impress, all you have to do is
follow this simple guide for finding the signature that suits your unique style!
Step One: Starting Out
The first thing you have to know about making a signature is where to type
it in. On the main Neoboards page, follow the Chat Preferences link and scroll
down to the section labeled “NeoSignature”. Inside that little textbox lies
a whole universe of possibilities that we will explore together in this guide.
Step Two: What Kind of Signature?
With the knowledge of where to type on hand, it is time to move onto the actual
signature. Deciding exactly what you want to be in your signature is probably
the most important step of this process. Your perfect signature is not going
to just pop out of thin air in front of your face. No, you have to sit there
and brainstorm for a bit. Here are a few of the most popular categories I have
seen to help you get started on some ideas:
-Number of Avatars.
-Quotes. Want to express your love for your favorite book or movie? Add a quote
in your signature! (Just make sure it is Neo-appropriate)
-Beauty Contest Link. Having the link in your signature means you can ask people
to spare a vote for your pet without having to copy and paste the link over
and over again.
-Advertisements. This is a good way to get more people to visit your Screenie
page or your shop.
-Insightful phrases. Use a sentence that is sure to make anyone who reads it
stop and think for a moment.
-Phrase matching your avatar. The latest trend in font-making seems to be having
your entire font compliment your avatar. For example, if you were using the
Star Gazer avatar, you could put “Wish upon a star” as your signature.
-Siggy pets. These cute creatures made from ASCII are another popular choice
for many Neopians. There are many webpages full of siggy pets waiting to be
adopted by a loving owner. Often, the pets come with a counter of how many hugs,
kicks, or cookies they have received. They have even been known to organize
Siggy Pet Sleepovers for themselves and their owners.
Remember, if you come up with a totally fresh and original idea, use it! You
don’t have to pick a topic from this list. Now, do you have a basic idea in
your head? Good. Now move onto Step Three.
Step Three: Formatting
There are a million ways you could choose to format your Neosignature. You
could have colorful fonts, small fonts, italicized, bold, smilies to dress it
up, or any combination of the aforementioned! You are given artistic license
to format your signature however you think it will compliment you for the most.
You can layer tags on each other. An example is if you want your signature
to be bold AND in italics. To do this, you would simply type:
Most important, don’t forget to close all of your tags! Otherwise, they won’t
work at all.
Now that you have your perfect signature, it is time to think about the rest
of your font. Many people have a Pre-siggy, or text that goes before your post.
Again, there are endless options of what you can add here. Some people choose
to put their name, while others add a little blurb or favorite phrase.
A question I hear a lot is how to get your pre-signature above your post. To
do this, you need to add a line break ([br]) like so:
Now your message will appear on the the line underneath your pre-signature.
Before you put the finishing touches on your Neosignature, I just have a few
more tips on making that siggy the best that it can be.
-Check your spelling and grammar. Your signature will appear underneath every
single post you make, and if there is a spelling mistake, other chatters will
probably not take what you have to say as seriously as someone who demonstrated
-Don’t use a giant size. Large fonts do nothing but take up room and look obnoxious.
You don’t want the first impression someone has of you to be of an annoying
signature, do you?
-Don’t overuse animated smilies in your fonts. Drawing more unnecessary attention
to your signature will take away from your message in your post. Plus, it is
annoying to some.
-Try not to use an obscure font that people have to download to see. If someone
doesn’t have the font downloaded, then they’ll just see the default font instead
of the one you intended.
-Centering is your friend. As a general rule of thumb, signatures look better
-Stay away from overly decorated cursive fonts that are incredibly hard to
read. If someone cannot easily read your signature, it is likely they will just
skip over it.
-One question I see come up a lot on the Avatar/Neosignature board is “How
do you remove your siggy line?” Sometimes your font does look better without
it. First off, the siggy line is the dashed line that separates your NeoHTML
from your Neosignature. To remove it, you must put an open tag at the end of
your NeoHTML and a close tag at the front of your Neosignature like so:
Hopefully, by the time you have reached this sentence, you have amassed enough
information to transform your signature from a tiny seed of thought in your
brain, into a full fledged signature that will impress even the Neoboard’s toughest
Well, we have come to the end of the guide, and I just have one last thing
to say to you: What are you waiting for? Go out into the boards and leave your