Help:Signatures

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How to sign your posts

Information.png Note that user Example will be replaced with your user name when signing posts.

Using four tildes

There are two ways to sign your posts:

  1. At the end of your comments, simply type four tildes (~), like this: ~~~~.
  2. If you are using the edit toolbar option (it usually appears above the edit screen as a default), click the signature icon to add the four tildes.

Your signature will appear, after you have saved the changes. The end result is the same in both cases.

Typing four tildes will result in the following:

Wikimarkup Resulting code Resulting display
~~~~ [[User:Example|Example]] 20:43, 3 April 2020 (UTC) Example 20:43, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Since typing four tildes adds the time and date to your resulting signature, this is the preferred option for signing your posts in discussions.

Other options

Using three tildes

Typing three tildes results in the following:

Wikimarkup Resulting code Resulting display
~~~ [[User:Example|Example]] Example

However, since this does not date-stamp your signature, you may only wish to sign this way when leaving general notices on your user page or user talk page. This is also a convenient shortcut (rather than typing out the full code), when you want to provide a link to your user page.

Using five tildes

Typing five tildes will convert to a date stamp with the current date and time, without adding your signature, like this:

Wikimarkup Resulting code Resulting display
~~~~~ 20:43, 3 April 2020 (UTC) 20:43, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Customizing your signature

At Special:Preferences, signatures can be customized to the right of "Signature:". Customizations should include a link to your user page at the least.

Clicking the box "Treat signature as wikitext (without an automatic link)" will use the text in the box as wikitext rather than automatically linking to your user page with what is in the box.

Using templates

If a signature has a lot of code to it, it can be done using a template. Put the text: {{SUBST:nosubst|User:Example/sig}} in the box and then create the page "User:Example/sig" with your signature code. When signing posts, the resulting code will then be: {{User:Example/sig}}.