Help talk:Signatures

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How can someone add a template to their signature without having it automatically adding the SUBST: to it (or bypass it even if it is added works too).

This post was posted by, but signed as Peckham33.

Harry Wood (talkcontribs)

I'll answer your question with a question: Eugh! Why would anyone want to do such a thing?

Rbirmann (talkcontribs)

Eugh! Why not?

In our corporate wiki we would like to have a Template:Comment that adds a simple box with a special "comment" format on any given article, and we'd like to have a signature appended to it. Something like:

{{comment|This should be reviewed by the legal department!}}

Most our users have a hard time with wiki syntax so making it simple would be much better than asking everybody to "remember to sign all your comments" (this is how we operate today and, well, most people never sign).

We often nest comments like this:

{{comment|This should be reviewed by the legal department!
      {{comment|yes, we are looking into it!}}
      {{comment|also submit to marketing after you are done...
          {{comment| ok, will do}} 

Before anyone says anything, no, we do not like to use discussion pages, since we want these comments visible in the main page.

Any thoughts on this would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance...

Harry Wood (talkcontribs)

The original question was about adding a template to a signature.

You're saying on your corporate wiki people forget to sign, so you're using a template instead of a signature. Did you have a different question about doing that? Did you want to ask how to add a signature to a template? (That's the other way round from what the original question was ...and a more sensible thing to want to do)

24pm (talkcontribs)

This is my question too. Is it possible to add signature in template? I need to add signature in comment template, which highlights the changed text and popup comment when mouse is moved over. History is not good at this case.

  • ~~~~ turns to words when we save template and therefore template returns the same user and timestamp every time;
  • {{REVISIONUSER}} - {{REVISIONTIMESTAMP}} changes (updates) the signature (everywhere in text) on every edit.

The only solution I have found for now is to add signature manually

Tgeorgescu (talkcontribs)

The answers below were meant for you.

Tgeorgescu (talkcontribs)

Yup, I have done it with:

Tgeorgescu (discuție) {{subst:#timel: d F Y H:i:s}} ({{subst:#ifeq:{{subst:Daylight saving in time zone}}|1|EEST|EET}})

Tgeorgescu (talkcontribs)

It does not show well, I try again:

[[Utilizator:Tgeorgescu|Tgeorgescu]] ([[Discuție utilizator:Tgeorgescu|discuție]]) {{{{{|subst:#timel: d F Y H:i:s}}}}} ({{{{{|subst:#ifeq:{{{{{|subst:Daylight saving in time zone|EET}}}}}}}}|1|EEST|EET}})

Tgeorgescu (talkcontribs)

That would be:

[[User:Tgeorgescu|Tgeorgescu]] ([[User talk:Tgeorgescu|talk]]) {{{{{|subst:#timel: d F Y H:i:s}}}}} ({{{{{|subst:#ifeq:{{{{{|subst:Daylight saving in time zone|EET}}}}}}}}|1|EEST|EET}})

Tgeorgescu (talkcontribs)

It had an error. Correct is:

[[User:Tgeorgescu|Tgeorgescu]] ([[User talk:Tgeorgescu|talk]]) {{{{{|subst:#timel: d F Y H:i:s}}}}} ({{{{{|subst:#ifeq:{{{{{|subst:Daylight saving in time zone}}}}}}}}|EET|1|EEST|EET}})

24pm (talkcontribs)

Thank you for reply, Tgeorgescu! In this example user name is a constant, but we need a variable. The template should add current user name to signature and save it as text, which means ones it is saved it would not be changed on any next edits.

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Signatures within Templates

2 (talkcontribs)

Is it possible to automatically incorporate a user signature within a template (not a template within a signature) - for example, on a non-talk page, the user employs a template like {{Journal|some journal text}} that formats their entry according to the template but then auto-adds a signature as well? I tried --~~<includeonly></includeonly>~~ but that just prints the tildes themselves, doesn't resolve to the signature. Any ideas?

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

This is only possible if you subst: the template ({{subst:Journal|some journal text}}). See the subst: modifier in Help:Templates.

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Enabling signature button in help desk pages

Wedhro (talkcontribs)

I see how on Wikipedia's Help desk there's a signature button not only on the talk page but on the base page too, which is very useful to encourage users to sign their requests (nobody bothers typing tildes). I wonder how it's done.

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Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)
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timezone based on server timezone

TiloWiki (talkcontribs)

fyi, the timezone is set based on the server timezone it seems.

 cat /etc/timezone

if server is UTC:

User-Tilo (talk) 17:34, 8 August 2018 (UTC) 

If server is PDT

User-Tilo (talk) 15:35, 8 August 2018 (PDT)
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Base (talkcontribs)

What does it do in the page? I believe Help pages are supposed to be applicable to any wikis or to wikis using extensions the pages describe. Not every wiki uses Flow and few new wikis are expected to do it given the extension's status. I suppose this section should be moved to Help:Extension:Flow or removed. --Base (talk) 16:30, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

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Linking to a stylesheet within a signature?

2 (talkcontribs)

Is it possible to link to a css stylesheet from within the signature? If I put "{{#css:/wiki/user:myname/signature.css}}" then it doesn't apply the stylesheet and if I do <link rel="stylesheet" href=""> then it says "html errors" (I assume because stylesheets are only supposed to be referenced inside of <head>. Any help?

Harry Wood (talkcontribs)

The facts: The same rules apply as elsewhere in the wikitext of any wiki page. Normal wiki users are not allowed to link off to bring in some other stylesheet. That would be a security issue. You can do inline CSS within HTML tags. See Help:Formatting#HTML tags.

The opinion: Eugh! Why would you want to do this? Custom signatures are silly and annoying, and stylised ones particularly so.

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how can i make my signature unique?

Taylor321123 (talkcontribs)

how can i make my signature unique

Harry Wood (talkcontribs)

If everyone just signed with their username (and stopped arsing around with fancy signatures) then that would be unique. ...Just an idea :-)

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Default date format in signature timestamp

Abhidevananda (talkcontribs)

It seems odd to me that MediaWiki imposes a European dating format on all signatures. Does anyone know how to change the timestamp for signatures so that it uses ISO 8601? For example, is there some setting that can be imposed through the LocalSettings.php file?

Instead of:

07:00, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

I would like to have:

07:00, 2016 August 13 (UTC)

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

There doesn't seem to be any setting for that. However it seems sensible to allow it to be configurable in LocalSettings.php similar to $wgAmericanDates but having full control over the date format, at least for signatures. Feel free to fill a task about that

Abhidevananda (talkcontribs)

Thanks. I went to Phabricator and did a search. No one seems to have talked about this. But when I wanted to create a task, it seems I need to create a fresh account there. Frankly, I lost interest at that point. I don't have the time to follow up on this. And if no one else is interested, then it's likely to be a long time before this relatively simple and sensible change is implemented. And I guess I'll just wait.

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Automatic signature on modified page?

Blazyb (talkcontribs)

Would it be able to have a parameter showing the last user modifying the page much like the information on "View history" on the actual page?

I would like to include it in my infobox like


|LastModifiedBy = SignatureOfTheLastEditedVersion


Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

You can display the name of the last user that edited the page with {{REVISIONUSER}}, but not the signature of that user (in case the user has a custom one). See Help:Magic words#REVISIONUSER

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Myrtone (talkcontribs)

In the section "Customized Signatures", what is meant by "Please note that striking signatures are often disliked by other users."?

To me the word 'striking' has a meaning something like 'you would take special notice of' as in "The CEO was a strikingly handsome man." Are 'other users' jealous of the beauty of the 'striking signature'? Or is 'striking' intended to convey 'gaudy, garish, overdone'?

I don't have experience with the likes/dislikes of 'other users' to know what is unacceptable in a signature. Perhaps this could be expanded upon?

--Ehatherley 18:33, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Harry Wood (talkcontribs)

Yes that's "striking" as in "gaudy, garish, overdone".

It's all a matter of personal taste of individual users (although on some wikis I suppose an administrator might enforce rules about it).

For example my personal taste tells me that all custom signatures are silly and annoying, but clearly that's not a view shared by everyone :-)

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