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Signatures are an essential part of wiki discussions, indicating which comments are posted by which editors. While signatures should not be used on article pages, editors are required to sign off their posts on Talk pages and Forum threads. The default signature, including name and timestamp, can be made by using four tildes (~~~~) or using the signature button on the edit bar. This will automatically, by default, generate "Username (talk) 12:34, December 20, 2012 (UTC)". Using three tildes (~~~) will only create the signature, while using five (~~~~~) will only create the timestamp.

Editors are permitted to use custom signatures. However, these are required to follow a set of guidelines.

Used space

ThirtyPixExamp

This is 30 pixels

Users are permitted to have images in their signatures, or as their signature, so long as the height does not exceed 30 pixels. To make an image 30px high, use [[File:Example.jpg|x30px]] (or when using an externally hosted image with {{R}}, use {{R|Example.jpg|h=30px}}). This includes animated signatures, but some may stop animating below a certain pixel size. Images over 30 pixels cause the spacing between two lines of text to be disproportionate, and animated signatures can result in longer load times for discussion pages. As a general guideline, however, please do not use images or font sizes that will interfere with the lines of text.

As with the images in them, signatures should not be above 30 pixels in height, and they should not take too much space horizontally to prevent them from taking up more than one line on smaller resolutions. Also, signatures may not use line breaks. Any line breaks in the signature's code should be removed, as when it is used in an indented list (replies to others) it will break up the signature when there are enters in the code. (The <noinclude> and </noinclude> tags or <!-- and --> may be put around the line breaks to make the code look cleaner.)

Additionally, signature codes should not take more than 1 kilobyte, which is equal to about 1000 characters.

Avoiding confusion

Names used in signatures must be consistent with the Wikia username. In order to prevent confusion, users should not use alternate names when signing edits. Names should at least be recognizable (e.g. user CplDann signing off as "Dann" or user ExampleName32 signing off as "EN32"), but not differ too greatly as to mistake the signature for a different user. Nicknames that do not resemble the actual username are discouraged as not everyone may know whom it refers to.

Any links on a signature that do not operate in the way they appear are forbidden as they can cause confusion among users. This includes links that log users out.

A user's signature that has the text colored in any way that will cause confusion among users is not allowed, such as using a color very similar to administrators' hilites when the user is not one.

Templates

When using a custom signature, it is preferred to use a dedicated template with it. With templates, signatures use less space on pages, they can be more easily edited, and they are overall easier to manage.

For info on how to create a templated signature, see this page.

On this wiki, we have {{Nosubst}}. This makes it so the signature's code doesn't appear every time somebody signs. Anybody with a signature must type "{{SUBST:Nosubst|Signature Template}}" in the sig box in their preferences, then simply sign posts with four tildes.

Users can also type "{{Signature Template}} ~~~~~" (note: five tildes) when signing posts, or create a custom edit button on their own wikia.js that when pressed will automatically make the above appear.

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