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Users can easily sign their posts at the end of a comment. Signing is normally done on talk pages only, not on conjointly written articles.
Default signature options
There are three default options. Four tildes are standard (full signature). Typing three tildes results in a username-only signature (without timestamp). Typing five tildes results in a pure timestamp (without username).
|Function||Wiki markup||Resulting code||Resulting display|
|Signature plus timestamp|| |
||Username 12:34, 1 February 2008 (UTC)|
|Signature alone|| |
|Timestamp alone|| |
| ||12:34, 1 February 2008 (UTC)|
Usernames and IP addresses are also stored in page histories as a record of who wrote what, so others can always verify signatures.
Registered users can customize their signatures (the part between the two hyphens and the timestamp) by changing the field "Signature:" in their preferences. By default, anything you enter there will be wrapped with
[[ ]]. To use a special linking (without this automatic link), you have to enable “Raw signatures.” Then you can add Wiki markup and also HTML (as far as allowed on the wiki) as you like, but the maximum length is 255 characters. Please note that striking signatures are often disliked by other users.
If you enable “Raw signatures” but don't add any customized signature string, you'll sign with your unlinked username.
The most common customisations are the following two:
|Purpose||Raw signature||Resulting signature display|
|Adapting the displayed username||
||-- User Name 12:34, 1 February 2008 (UTC)|
|Adding a talk page link||
||-- Username (talk) 12:34, 1 February 2008 (UTC)|