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 for McQuary limit
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  McQuary limit
      [from the name of the founder of alt.fan.warlord; see warlording.] 4
      lines of at most 80 characters each, sometimes still cited on Usenet as the
      maximum acceptable size of a sig block. Before the great bandwidth
      explosion of the early 1990s, long sigs actually cost people running Usenet
      servers significant amounts of money. Nowadays social pressure against long
      sigs is intended to avoid waste of human attention rather than machine
      bandwidth. Accordingly, the McQuary limit should be considered a rule of
      thumb rather than a hard limit; it's best to avoid sigs that are large,
      repetitive, and distracting. See also warlording.

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