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issueid=536 08-19-2010 06:00 PM
Orbinaut
Encrypted text in signatures
I am curious about the rationale for the new rule.

As you can see, I have just intentionally violated this rule, specifically to find out why it exists. I do not understand the rationale. Please enlighten me.
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08-19-2010 07:03 PM
orb orb is offline
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This is not about the encryption, but how the signature looks when it's encrypted.

The second line from your signature (copied from your profile, since it didn't show here for me), that I highlighted by red color, looks like random garbage characters not meaning anything:
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The following text is encrypted with a one time pad. Only I know the key. Have fun figuring out what it says.

oreuighkdfbvjlkduyzglkrnewavkugziwebwafkjbzvbvutrk bhjxyzgvfkawv

Why is this prohibited? Inquiring minds want to know.
I don't even want to know what it says after it's decoded, and I don't intend to figure it out. It just looks bad on the forum.

It's like I'd write in my signature:

asidguiwgfwieiageafowaufauogfiUGQIdgugiawawwagwap3 IjheHohowoh4g


Do you think it's encrypted? No, it isn't at all. I just pressed my keyboard's keys randomly.

What I've written is a garbage for me, and if you compare my random garbage characters token to your encrypted message token, you should realize that yours looks as bad as mine, and why it isn't approved. Signatures on Orbiter-Forum shall not look ugly.
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08-19-2010 07:12 PM
Orbinaut
 
All right, I understand, and I'll change my signature. It is now my goal, however, to create an encryption scheme that produces beautiful ciphertext.
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08-19-2010 08:09 PM
orb orb is offline
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Ninja
 
If that ciphertext writes the result of the encoding using grammatical English, and the resulting sentence makes sense, then sure.
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08-19-2010 08:35 PM
Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional
 
I don't understand your rationale either. You don't have to violate a rule to find out why it exists.
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08-19-2010 08:57 PM
Addon Developer
 
So we are only allowed to have English signatures ? I am not sure I saw that in the guidelines.
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08-19-2010 11:12 PM
Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional
 
An amendment was recently made to the rules concerning encoded strings in signatures. You should have had a notice on the index page about it when it happened, there was one put out about it.
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08-20-2010 01:03 AM
Tex Tex is offline
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Originally Posted by Scarecrow
 As you can see, I have just intentionally violated this rule, specifically to find out why it exists. I do not understand the rationale. Please enlighten me.
I don't understand your rationale as to why you had to violate the rule to inquire about it. To answer your question, it was added after staff discussion because:

1. It looks ridiculous on the forum with a bunch of seemingly random characters and in some instances affects the way the page is displayed.

2. We shouldn't have to decode these encrypted signatures to ensure nothing inappropriate is being posted, as such they are prohibited.


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Originally Posted by computerex
 So we are only allowed to have English signatures ?

It says nothing about English only signatures, but rather states:

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Base64/uuencoded or any other encrypted text-based signature is prohibited.
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