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Policy:Sign your posts on talk pages

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This page documents an official BattleTechWiki policy, a widely accepted standard that should normally be followed by all Editors. Any edit to it should reflect consensus. Consider discussing potential changes on the talk page first.


Nutshell.png This page in a nutshell: Signing posts on talk and discussion pages enhances the BattleTechWiki community.


The purpose of signatures on BattleTechWiki[edit]

Signatures on BattleTechWiki identify you as a user, and your contributions to BattleTechWiki. They encourage civility in discussions by identifying the author of a particular comment, and the date and time at which it was made.

When signatures should be used[edit]

Any post made to user talk pages, article talk pages, or other discussion pages should be signed. Edits to articles should not be signed, as signatures on BattleTechWiki are not intended to indicate ownership or authorship of any BattleTechWiki article. In other instances when posts should not be signed, specific instructions are provided to contributors.

How to "sign" your posts[edit]

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 (which must be enabled under Special:Preferences), click the signature icon (Signature icon.png) 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:

WikiML Resulting code Resulting display
~~~~ [[User:Example|Example]] 07:36, November 3 2016 (UTC) Example 07:36, November 3 2016 (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.

Typing three tildes results in the following:

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

Since this does not date-stamp your signature, you may 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.

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
~~~~~ 07:36, November 3 2016 (UTC) 07:36, November 3 2016 (UTC)

Note that if you choose to contribute to Wikipedia without logging in, you should still sign your posts. In this case, your IP address will take the place of your username.

Your IP address might look something like this: 192.0.2.58. Some users prefer to use their IP address instead of a user name because they think that an IP provides them with more anonymity. In fact, a pseudonymous account (that is, a registered user name) actually provides you with more protection of your identity.

Note also that signing manually with a pseudonym or tag such as --anon does not give you more anonymity or privacy protection, since your IP address will still be stored in the page history. This also makes it more difficult for other users to communicate with you. If you choose to sign this way, you should still type four tildes: --anon ~~~~.