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Signatures are a way of identifying a post that you made. It is also a additional way to personalize yourself and it can be personalized in anyway possible. The responder can navigate to talk pages and address their comments to the specific relevant user(s). Signing your posts is important because it is known as good etiquette and is also important to the discussion.

BasicsEdit

Your default signature (~~~~) contains your user name, a link to your user page and the corresponding date. This basic signature is used as your default signature if you have not set up one, it provides the means of identifying a post that you made and the day that you posted it on. It is used on talk pages and forum pages and it's a useful stamp

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~~~~ --[[User:Default|User]] 00:04, 30 September 2008 (UTC) --User 00:04, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
~~~~~ --00:04, 30 September 2008 (UTC) --00:04, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
~~~ --[[User:Default|User]] --User

Signature UsageEdit

Signatures can be used in discussion pages, forum namespace, and User talk pages as a way of identifying a post you made and the time you made it, and on award pages as a way of identifying who made the vote or nomination. Signatures should NOT be used for identifying articles you created, the edit history or your user page will identify the original author in all of it's credit. Signatures should not be used

Customizing your signatureEdit

Signaturebox
The arrow is pointing at it if you want to know where it is.
YYKWIAAdded by YYKWIA

Everyones default signature will be the same when you type in (~~~~), If you want to customize your signature you'll have to go to preferences and there you'll find the signature box where you can create your own custom signature.

Please keep in mind when making a signature that if you are using the signature box then please make it as simple and less code consuming as possible, if you want to create a signature that uses code then you may create a signature page inside your user space that allows you to modify your signature at will. Please be aware that you have to create the page every time you contribute on a new Wikia or else it'll just look weird. Also note that the signature will be set as your default signature across all of Wikia, not just this wiki and signature policies may be different on other wikis so make sure to check the wiki's signature policy before creating your signature.

RulesEdit

  • Your signature must not be bigger then 12px
  • Your signature must can use images, just not any bigger then 12px
  • Your signature can link to an external site, yours or not. Just no rickrolls or links to sites that attempt to take over your computer through malware.
  • <DIV> can be used to additionally customize your signature.

Dealing with Unsigned CommentsEdit

Usually people forget to sign their comments... and that's okay, because we're here to help them learn. The template {{unsigned}} can be added to the end of an unsigned post. None of these templates fill in the name or IP and the time of the post. That information is best copied from the history page and pasted into the following templates, also please substitute the templates.

You may also place {{tilde}} on a user's talk page along with a signature to identify that he didn't sign his post with 4 tildes and that next time he'd sign his post with 4 tildes in the future. The {{welcome}} template also contains the reminder to use 4 tildes.

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{{subst:unsigned|user name or IP}} {{subst:unsigned|Example}} —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Example (talkcontribs)

See AlsoEdit

A signature is a piece of text and wikicode which identifies you as the author of a block of text. It contains an automatic link to your user page, making it easy for others to learn more about you and communicate with you. The date contained in the signature also indicates how current the discussion is and the order in which comments were made.

On talk pages and forum pages, signing your name helps others to keep track of discussions, and to understand who holds which opinions. This is considered good "Wikiquette".

Generally, your contributions to articles, help pages, policies, and other content pages should not be signed.

Signature help
Example signature from a Wikia Staff member

How do I add a signature?

To sign your name, type four tildes in a row:

~~~~

In Source Mode editing, the signature button (or button_sig.png) above the edit box can also be clicked to leave four tildes automatically.

This will show up as:

J. Random User 19:01, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

This example indicates that a user named "J. Random User" left the signature at the time indicated.

You can use three tildes (~~~) if you don't want a timestamp, or five (~~~~~) if you want only a timestamp.

How do I change my signature?

Your default signature will contain just your username, linked to your user page on the wiki where you signed it:

Example

You can change this signature to point to another wiki, or to your talk page. For example, if you are signing a comment on Community Central, but you are most often on the Doom Wiki, you may want a link to the talk page you visit most often. In this case, you want your signature to be:

Example (talk)

To get this, go to your Preferences (on any wiki) and check the I want to use wikitext in my signature box. Then enter

[[User:Example|]] ([[w:c:doom:User talk:Example|talk]])

in the Custom signature: field above.

Note: It is recommended you link only to your user talk page on your home wiki, and leave the link to your user page pointing at the wiki where you signed a comment. This allows users to access your local user page and to view your contributions list for that wiki.
Note: Keep in mind that a link to the current page will not be displayed as a clickable hyperlink (e.g. the link to your talk page in your signature on your talk page).

Check with your wiki's community for whether there are any rules about styles in signatures.

What about anonymous users and signatures?

If you chose to edit Wikia without logging in, the tildes will be converted to your IP address. In such cases, it may make more sense to manually sign your posts with a pseudonym or tag such as --anon. (Note that choosing not to sign with tildes does not keep your IP address private, since the IP still appears in the page history.)

What about signatures in other character sets?

If your signature is in a character set not in wide usage on the wiki you are signing on, it may be easier for users there to recognize you if you add a version of your name in the character set of that wiki.

In addition to difficulties users may have in remembering and using a name in a script which is foreign to them, characters from many scripts (such as Chinese, Hindi, or Georgian) may display as boxes or mojibake (garbage characters) for users without the proper fonts installed.

In these cases, you might want to add an additional nickname to your signature that is more understandable on that wiki. For example, you could use something like [[User:快樂|快樂 (Happiness)]] or [[User:快樂|快樂 (Felicidad)]] in the Custom signature: field.

Where can I find more help?

The English Wikipedia has various pages relating to signing comments, and to making comments in general, which may help to guide your project's development of signature and talk page policies.

Please see:

What if a page is not signed?

You can add {{unsigned|<USERNAME>}} or {{unsigned|<USERNAME>|<~~~~~>}} for a time stamp, replacing USERNAME with the username of the user who edited it.

See also

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