I'll get back to you on your giant-list-of-comments later as I'm about to go to bed. As I've got smilies on the brain at the moment, I will say what I've been trying to do is format the smilies in the text so it's not just :mad: and the like. I haven't done any work on a menu of selectable smilies when editing posts, which is what I think is what you're talking about. One nice thing I've figured out I can do is make smiley images embedded in the text by modifying a font file. I'll have to make another mod option in the settings which will install the font into the skin. One other possible upshot of this is that if the mod is installed, I can use the same font on all skins for a uniform look. Some of the issues you mentioned with scrolling text are because the the fonts in the Transparency skin don't match up size-wise with the ones in Confluence, which is the skin I develop on.
Anyway, as I said, I'll get back on the rest later.
(2012-04-20 19:48)dj_gerbil Wrote: Did have a thought about signatures though and how you could do them if you want
Well, the tapatalk api doesn't provide the signature at this time. The scraped forums generally get and display the signatures, but right now those forums are in a less than optimal state because some of my recent code for tapatalk has not been to friendly to the scraped forums. I'll be needing to go through and fix them soon. I'm basically waiting till I get the other stuff in, and then I can bend them to work with the new stuff (which is coded more intelligently).