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Please sign any messages you leave on a Talk page (Discussion Page).

It is import that you sign your posts on talk pages to encourage discussion. By clicking on your signature link another user can go to your talk page and leave you a note. Each time you come to MeritBadge.Org, you will be notified if you have notes waiting for you. Discussion is an important part of collaborativeediting, because it helps all users to understand the progress and evolution of a work.

When editing a page, articles edits should not be signed as this is the finished product ready to be printed.

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

[[User:Username|Username]] 12:34, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

Username 12:34, 1 February 2008 (UTC)
Signature alone


Timestamp alone
12:34, 1 February 2008 (UTC) 12:34, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

The common format to type a signature – two hyphens (or a dash) followed by four tildes (-- ~~~~) – is derived from the computer network Usenet, where two hyphens mark a signature block. The actual signature string, the tildes, automatically get substituted with username (linked to the appropriate user page) and timestamp (time/date), when you save a signed edit. This helps other users to follow the chronological order of discussions, and to identify the author of a particular comment.

If you don't find the tilde on your keyboard, you can use the signature button sigunature button of the default edit toolbar as a typing aid.

Signatures do not work in edit summaries (they do not translate from ~~~~ there).

Customised signatures

Registered users can customise their signature (the part between the two hyphens and the timestamp) by changing the field "Nickname:" 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 customised 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:Username|User Name]]

-- User Name 12:34, 1 February 2008 (UTC)
Adding a talk page link

[[User:Username|Username]] ([[User_talk:Username|talk]])

-- Username (talk) 12:34, 1 February 2008 (UTC)
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