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Always remember to sign messages you leave on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~) This lets readers know who said what and makes discussions easier to follow. Signatures are also used for voting on things and in debates and various other things around the wiki, because of this it is important that they are properly coded and remain tasteful and appropriate. It would be better to have a boring signature, than to have one that is coded so poorly that it breaks the coding of everything around where it is used.

In general, you should only sign your own posts, but if you see a post which someone has left unsigned, then you may add the code "{{Unsigned|User|Time}}" to the end of that post. Find the name of the user and the time at which they posted the message by viewing the page's history.


  • Signatures must link to the user's user page or the user's talk page if he or she prefers not to have a user page on this wiki. Signatures may link to both if the user so desires. The name does not need to be the user's exact account name, but it must be a name by which the user is widely known. Without this provision, signatures do not provide the useful ability to identify a comment from a certain user on a page.
  • Signatures cannot contain more than two images, since signatures with more than this can cause computers to load them slowly.
  • Images contained in signatures may not be higher than 60 pixels. Users can scale images to 60px high without distorting them by using the code: [[File:Example.png|0x60px]]. It will only work properly if you use the full 0x60px, if you just use 60px, it could still be exceeding the 60px height.
  • Signatures must not contain line-breaks. This results in a line break when the signature is used, which interferes with formatting and other page code.
  • Signatures that use HTML tags must be balanced. This means that every <span> must have a matching </span>. You can tell if your signature is balanced by typing something after it. If it is plain text, then your signature is balanced.
  • Signatures must not be excessively long. There is no set limit for how long is too long, but use common sense. In general it would be preferred if, when the signature is standing alone with no other text before it, it doesn't exceed two lines.
  • Please remember to always sign talk pages and forum discussions, claims, votes, etc.

Different signature forms

Typing four tildes results in your signature and a time stamp, which is almost always what should be used, but there are other possibilities as well. Typing three tildes results in just your signature appearing. This is most commonly used when the time a comment was made is unimportant, such as a guest book or a list of project members. Typing 5 tildes results in just the time stamp appearing.

Wikimarkup Resulting code Resulting display
~~~ [[User:BachLynn23|Sample User]] Sample User
~~~~ [[User:BachLynn23|Sample User]] 09:14, July 21 2019 (UTC) Sample User 09:14, July 21 2019 (UTC)
~~~~~ 09:14, July 21 2019 (UTC) 09:14, July 21 2019 (UTC)

Creating a custom signature

Basic method

  1. Go to your preferences page.
  2. Add HTML or wiki mark-up to the signature field to create the look you want.
  3. Check the "custom signature" box directly below the signature field.
  4. Click the "save" button.

Advanced method

  1. Create a template page in your user space. The title of this page should be based on your user name, so if you are User:<insert name here>, your template page would be User:<insert name here>/sig.
  2. Add HTML or wiki mark-up to your template page to create the look you want.
  3. Go to your preferences page.
  4. Enter the code "{{SUBST:User:<insert name here>/sig}}" in the signature field.
  5. Check the "custom signature" box directly below the signature field.
  6. Click the "save" button.

Two Page Method

  1. Users are strongly urged to use this method as it replaces 5 inches of coding with less than 50 text characters.
  2. This method makes your signature leave no coding on the page that it is posted on, save {{User:<insert name here>/sigreal}} and a time stamp on the page.
  3. Create a page in your user space. The title of this page should be based on your user name, so you are User:<insert name here>, your first signature page should be User:<insert name here>/sigcoding.
  4. Put all of your signature coding onto User:<insert name here>/sigcoding
  5. Now make a page called User:<insert name here>/sigreal Then type {{User:<insert name here>/sigcoding}} onto it.
  6. In your preferences page, go to the section My Info, then find the sub-section Signature.
  7. In the signature field, type in {{SUBST:User:<insert name here>/sigreal}}
  8. Click the Save button.

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