• 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 collaborative spirit of a Wiki.
  • A custom signature elsewhere is by no means essential, but it helps to make your posts more individual.
  • With custom signatures as with the default signature, please observe the Lostpedia policy on signatures.

How to create a custom signature

  • Create a subpage in your userspace named User:your username/sig (i.e. User:JohnLocke/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:JohnLocke/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 Signature text input field under the User Profile section type {{SUBST:User:your username/autosig}}. If you missed typing the SUBST: part, the MediaWiki software automatically adds it when you save the settings.
    • Ensure that the name in the Signature input field is between double curly brackets, i.e. {{ and }}.
    • Tick the Custom signature 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 four tilde characters (~~~~).

Basic Wikisyntax

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

Adding links

  • 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:JohnLocke|John]][[User talk:JohnLocke|Locke]]
      • This links to the User page of a user named JohnLocke via the [[User:JohnLocke|John]] element.
      • And to the User talk page from the [[User talk:JohnLocke|Locke]] element.
      • This sig is rendered as JohnLocke by Lostpedia.

Using colors

  • 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 Lostpedian called JohnLocke in red and blue, use:
    • [[User:JohnLocke|<span style="color:#FF0000">John</span>]][[User talk:JohnLocke|<span style="color:#0000FF">Locke</span>]]
      • This links to the User page, in red, via the [[User:JohnLocke|<span style="color:#FF0000">John</span>]] element.
      • And to the User talk page, in blue, via the [[User talk:JohnLocke|<span style="color:#0000FF">Locke</span>]] element.
      • This signature is rendered as JohnLocke by LostPedia.
  • You can use this color palette to help you.

Using fonts

  • 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 Lostpedia have installed.. They are not present on the Lostpedia 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 Lostpedians.
  • For example, to use the common 'Impact' font in the JohnLocke signature discussed above, use:
    • <font face="Impact">[[User:JohnLocke|<span style="color:#FF0000">John</span>]][[User talk:JohnLocke|<span style="color:#0000FF">Locke</span>]]</font>
    • This signature is rendered as JohnLocke by Lostpedia.

Font sizes

  • 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 JohnLocke signature used above, but with a larger font, use:
<font size="5" face="Impact">[[User:JohnLocke|<span style="color:#FF0000">John</span>]]
[[User talk:JohnLocke|<span style="color:#0000FF">Locke</span>]]</font>
      • This signature is rendered as JohnLocke, by Lostpedia.

Dummyproof step-by-step method for making your first sig

If this article is confusing, but you want to get started with your first custom sig, ignore the rest of this article, and follow only the four instructions below in this section:

1) Create "sig" page:

a) In the search box, using your own Lostpedia username in the place the red portion, enter:
b) Press "Go", resulting in the message:
"There is currently no text in this page, you can search for this page title in other pages or edit this page."
c) Click: "edit this page"
d) Into this page, cut and paste the following code:
<font face="Fantasy">[[User:YOURNAMEHERE|<span font="Fantasy"; style="color: #3366FF;">YOURNAMEHERE</span>]]</font>|<font face="Verdana"><small>[[User Talk:YOURNAMEHERE|<span style="color: #0099AA;">talk</span>]]</small></font>|<font face="Arial"><small>[[Special:Contributions/YOURNAMEHERE|<span style="color: #FFAA99;">''contributions''</span>]]</small></font>
e) After pasting, now replace the red text with your Lostpedia username.
f) Click: "Save page"

2) Create "autosig" page:

a) In the search box, using your own username for the red portion, enter:
b) Press "Go", resulting in the message:
"There is currently no text in this page, you can search for this page title in other pages or edit this page."
c) Click: "edit this page"
d) Into this page, cut and paste the following code for a default sig:
e) Replace the red text with your exact username.
f) Click: "Save page"

3) Change preferences:

a) click: "my preferences" (at top of page)
b) Select tab: "User profile"
c) In "Signature" put:
d)replace red text with your username
e) Check the box: "Custom signature (Check this box to create a custom signature in the field above. The signature uses the same wiki markup that a regular page does, including links.)"
f) Click: "Save"
Note: (you'll see: {{SUBST:user:YOURUSERNAME/autosig}} )

4) You're done. Your sig will now be generated when you sign talk pages with four tildes: ~~~~

a) As a test, try signing on your userpage:
i) Click: "my talk" at the top of the page
ii) Click "edit"
iii) Type the following:
TEST --~~~~
iv) Click: "Save page"
b) Now that your sig works, you may begin to customize it by referring to the other information available on this page.

Further information

  • Observe Lostpedia protocol regarding courtesy: Never copy someone else's signature directly, regardless of how much you like it!
  • WP:DICK: Don't be a dick; don't have a signature which is huge, offensive, incorporates images, or incorporates templates.
  • Some common fonts, which will work on most systems.
  • Nickb123 has written an excellent guide to creating a user page, with some info on signatures as well; you can find it here.

--sam 12:20, May 30, 2011 (UTC)krashley

Signatures identify you as the author of a block of text on a talk page or wiki-style forum page. They 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 wiki-style forum pages, signing your name is crucial to help others to keep track of conversations, 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 forums (with the exception of wiki-style forums), as these include your avatar, username, and time of post by default.

Below is an example signature from a Fandom Staff member:

Sannse @fandom (help forum | blog) 21:34, October 12, 2016 (UTC)

Adding a signature

To sign your name, type four tildes in a row: (~~~~)

In source edit mode, the signature button (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.

Changing a signature

Your default signature will contain just your username, linked to your user page on the wiki 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 community), locate the Signature section on the first tab and check the I want to use wikitext in my signature checkbox. Then enter

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

in the Custom signature field above the checkbox.

You can add other customizations to this signature, such as colored text, a funny name, a small image, a special font, etc. by adding the appropriate wikitext to the signature box in your preferences, but this is not recommended as your choices of color may not be visible on wikis with different styling.

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

Note: When you test 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 on Fandom 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. If you wish for your address to be private, it is best to create an account.

Signatures in other character sets

If your signature is in a character set not in wide usage on the wiki where you are using a signature, it may be easier for users there to recognize you if you add a version of your name in the character set of that wiki.

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 community. 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.

Dealing with unsigned messages

You can add {{unsigned|USERNAME}} or {{unsigned|USERNAME|~~~~~}} for a time stamp, replacing USERNAME with the username of the user who edited it, if a user did not sign their message.

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:

See also

Further help and feedback

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