Signature Scripters

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Club for discussing and sharing scripted signatures

This is not a "can you make me a signature" request club. It's a club to request and share the knowledge of how to make one yourself.

What are scripted signatures?

Lately you might have noticed many signatures with different fonts appearing on the forums. Those signatures are not generated by MAL, but instead just display the data MAL provides. Behind every custom signature there is a script that collects the data from MAL and converts that data into an image for you to see.


How can I get one?

You'll need three things:

1.)
A webserver that supports scripting languages like PHP, ASP or Python. It's hard to find a free one that is usable, so many people here did pay for their webserver or have them running at home. The majority of the scripts you will find here are written in PHP, and you can find a list of free PHP hosts in this thread.

2.)
You'll need to know the basics of the chosen scripting language. We won't teach you programming, but there are plenty of other websites that can teach you the basics only a google search away.

3.)
Find a pre-made script and a lot of motivation to get it done so it harmonizes with your server. We already have some pre-made stuff here at the forums that you can download for free; some have documentation and samples included which should be read and tested.
Of course you can write your own stuff if you don't like to have something pre-made but it's useful to see how the existing scripts work.

Make sure you don't say "I don't know anything, please help" because then you're missing at least 2 of 3 points.

Oh and for the codeshare which occurs here often: http://pastebin.com/


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Club Discussion
saka's minimal signature script (with merged anime/manga feeds) ( 1 2 3 4 5 ... Last Page )
saka - May 10, 2009
430 replies by Mathes »»
Oct 5, 2:43 PM
Scripted Signature Showcase
KHobbits - Jul 9, 2008
23 replies by KHobbits »»
Oct 21, 2014 6:42 PM
MAL Signature Designer
Apocist - Mar 11, 2014
10 replies by Apocist »»
Aug 6, 2014 3:01 PM
iSignature
i906 - Dec 11, 2009
9 replies by USKurosaki »»
Apr 10, 2013 8:40 PM
Animated Signatures
koleare - Jan 3, 2013
1 replies by Rezurrekt »»
Jan 10, 2013 4:13 PM


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Club Comments
lihmao | Oct 5, 10:30 PM
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I can't express how grateful and happy I am, marry me, saka!!! hahaha

Mathes | Oct 5, 3:39 PM
your script certainly endured the test of time

saka | Oct 3, 12:20 PM
Okay so standardizing the feeds never broke my script at all, and all the content is the same. The only issue was that MAL has redirect page from http to https. If you're using my script or some variant just change both the anime and manga feed urls to https and everything works fine. Glad to know my signature updating normally again, even though I pretty much never post anymore, heh.

saka | Oct 2, 9:45 AM
Oh I see what happened. MAL changed to using ATOM 2.0 feeds for the data. All the old scripts can be modified to work again with a little fiddling. I guess I should update my code.

saka | Oct 2, 9:42 AM
@lihmao as far as I know things still work the way they have. If you have any issues just ask, though obviously I don't always check my messages. I just noticed this two weeks later heh.

lihmao | Sep 11, 1:38 PM
@saka I have been a quite long time away from MAL so I am wondering, are scripted signatures really over?

Apocist | Aug 6, 2014 3:03 PM
Apo now feels accomplished with VisualMSD...

Zenas | Jul 15, 2014 5:36 AM
A friend of mine pointed out yesterday that his signature was acting strange, as if the bb code was wrong.
After checking it I found out it was because the link pointed to a .php file, and .php does not seem to be allowed as images anymore.

Another hurdle with php sigs, we are forced to use cronjobs to update them instead of internal lifetime checks. Something that becomes rather annoying for people(like me) that have a signature that changes background every 10 seconds.

Probably as part of update to [img] tags they did recently? :(

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Created: Jul 7, 2008


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