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This page contains information on how to create a custom signature to sign your work with. Additions to articles should never, ever be signed. It's against the overall spirit of this Wiki. A custom signature elsewhere is by no means essential, but it helps to make your posts more individual.

How to create a custom signatureEdit

  • Create a subpage in your userspace named User:your username/sig (i.e. User:KingAragorn/sig).
    • Edit this new page so that your desired signature is on it (see Basic Wikisyntax below for some basic colour/formatting/linking syntax).
    • Save the changes that you have made to the page.
  • Create a subpage in your userspace named User:your username/autosig (i.e. User:KingAragorn/autosig).
    • Edit this new page and type in the following (exactly as you see it but with your name; do not use full code this time):
      {{User:your username/sig}}
  • In Special:Preferences, make the following changes:
    • In the nickname section type {{User:your username/autosig}}
    • Ensure that the name in the nickname section is between double curly brackets, i.e. {{ and }}.
    • Tick the raw signatures checkbox (this is vital as it ensures that when you sign only the signature will be shown, and not all the color codes etc that you've used to make it).
    • Save the changes you have made.
  • Sign posts as you usually would - with tilde characters;
    • Three tildes(~~~) for just the signature;
    • Four tildes(~~~~) to also include a timestamp;
    • Five tildes (~~~~~) for just the timestamp.

Basic WikisyntaxEdit

  • The most common elements of Wikisyntax used in signatures are links, colour commands, and fonts.

Adding linksEdit

  • Most commonly, you will wish to link to your User page, and your User talk page from your signature. This is achieved using standard wiki links; e.g.
    • [[User:KingAragorn|KingAragorn]][[User talk:KingAragorn|KingAragorn]]
      • This links to the User page of a user named KingAragorn via the [[User:KingAragorn|KingAragorn]] element.
      • And to the User talk page from the [[User talk:KingAragorn|KingAragorn]] element.
      • This sig is rendered as KingAragornKingAragorn by LOTR wiki.

Using colorsEdit

  • To specify colors, use the <span style="color:#RRGGBB"> HTML command within the Wikilink. To return to the default colour, use the </span> command. The colour is specified as an hexadecimal RGB value.
  • For example, to create a signature linking to User: and User Talk: pages for a LOTR wiki called KingAragorn in red and blue, use:
    • [[User:KingAragorn|<span style="color:#FF0000">KingAragorn</span>]][[User talk:KingAragorn|<span style="color:#0000FF">Aragorn</span>]]
      • This links to the User page, in red, via the [[User:KingAragorn|<span style="color:#FF0000">KingAragorn</span>]] element.
      • And to the User talk page, in blue, via the [[User talk:JKingAragorn|<span style="color:#0000FF">Aragorn</span>]] element.
      • This signature is rendered as KingAragorn by LOTR wiki.
  • You can use this color palette to help you.

Using fontsEdit

  • You may specify a font other than the default for your signature using the <"font face="your font name here"> syntax. </font> is the corresponding 'close' tag for this.
    • Please bear in mind that fonts are dependent on what your browser supports, and what the other users of LOTR wiki have installed.. They are not present on the LOTR wiki server, but rather are rendered using your web browser, and are dependent on what fonts the user has installed.
    • As a result, it's good practice to select a common font, which is supported by as many browsers/operating systems as is possible, if a signature is to render properly for other LOTR wiki.
  • For example, to use the common 'Impact' font in the KingAragorn signature discussed above, use:
    • <font face="Impact">[[User:KingAragorn|<span style="color:#FF0000">King</span>]][[User talk:KingAragorn|<span style="color:#0000FF">Aragorn</span>]]</font>
    • This signature is rendered as KingAragorn by LOTR wiki.

Font SizesEdit

  • To change the size of the font in your signature, add in "font size" at the beginning of your font tag and specify your desired size with a number, like so:
    <font size="#">YOUR SIGNATURE HERE</font>
    • A font size of 1 would be rendered as:YOUR SIGNATURE HERE
    • A font size of 2 would be rendered as:YOUR SIGNATURE HERE
    • A font size of 3 would be rendered as:YOUR SIGNATURE HERE
    • ..and so on.
  • For example, to recreate the KingAragorn signature used above, but with a larger font, use:
<font size="5" face="Impact">[[User:KingAragorn|<span style="color:#FF0000">King</span>]]
[[User talk:KingAragorn|<span style="color:#0000FF">Aragorn</span>]]</font>
  • This signature is rendered as KingAragorn, by LOTR wiki.

A signature identifies you as the author of a block of text. It should contain 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 old-style 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. Likewise it is not necessary to sign message wall posts, comments, or posts in the new forums as these include your avatar, username and time of post by default.

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

This will show up by default as:

J. Random User 19:01, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

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

You can use three tildes (~~~) to leave your name without a timestamp, or five (~~~~~) to leave a timestamp but no name.

How do I change my signature?

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

Example 10:42, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

You can change this signature to include a link to your local talk page:

Example (talk) 07:15, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

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

[[User:Example|]] ([[User talk:Example|talk]])

in the Custom signature: field above.

You can add other customizations to this signature -- colored text, a funny name, a small image, a special font, etc. by adding the appropriate wikitext to the signature box in your preferences.

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

Note: When you test out your signature, keep in mind that a link to the current page will not be displayed as a clickable hyperlink. So the "link" to your talk page in your signature will not be clickable when placed on your own talk page.

Anonymous users and signatures

If you chose to edit Wikia without logging in, but leave a signature, the tildes will be converted to your IP address. However, it can be easy to confuse two similar IPs in a conversation, so it may make more sense to manually sign your posts with a pseudonym or tag such as --janedoe. 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 wikia 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 wikia.

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 wikia. 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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