A Signature is a link to ones own user page. It has become common in wiki editing to mark the beginning of a signature with two hyphens. This way it is easier to distinguish signatures from other links. Example: --[[User:Username]]
MediaWiki provides special abbreviations to make the input of signatures easier. To add a signature you only have to input two hyphens followed by three, four or five tilde signs (
~ ). The following table shows possible usages.
|Input||is converted by the wiki to:||and displayed on pages as:|
||--Example 21:25, 20 Aug 2005 (EDT)|
||--21:25, 20 Aug 2005 (EDT)|
The user name is displayed only for registered users. For unregistered users the user's IP address is displayed instead. In the preferences everybody can configure an own signature.
Signatures should only be added to contributions on talk pages. This way it is easier to see who left the comment and at which time. On regular articles signatures should not be used because such pages usually have many authors. A list of all edits can be seen through the article's history.
The easiest way to sign a message is to use the signature button on the edit panel. So, you can add even complex custom-made signatures with just one click.