Daily Blog Tip:  Creating a Signature Line

Posted by The_Elves

You may have noticed, some commenters have created a "signature line" for their comments, which provides links to their blogs or websites, or quotes or other info about themselves. Learn more about signature lines in today's Daily Blog Tip.

Several readers have mentioned that they miss the way the old blog used to highlight names of those who provided the URL (link) to a blog or website, meaning you could visit their sites to learn more about your fellow commenters. Rugbyplayingpriest's comment is typical:

The one thing I miss is the manner in which the old site made weblinked names blue- thus easy for people to navigate to one another’s own websites. Could it be re-introduced?

To our knowledge, it can't be reintroduced in quite as simple a fashion (On the old blog, you had the choice every time you posted a comment as to whether you wanted to include a URL.)

The way to provide links to your blog or website on the new site is to use a signature line. Several commenters have started using them. Here are a few examples. (note you will only be able to see these if you have your preferences set to view signatures. see details below):
D.C. Toedt
Dr. Priscilla Turner

(This is not an exhaustive list of those using signature lines. All of the above are the signature lines from one single thread. Sorry we couldn't link every user who has set up a signature. Feel free to comment on this post if you have a signature set up -- Show off a bit!!)

And no, as of writing this, we elves had not set up a signature yet! So, we're going to use this post as our means of doing so.

So, now that you know what a signature line is, HOW do you create one?

1. You must be logged in to the site
2. Go to Your Account (which replaces the login link whenever you are logged in)
3. Look for the "Edit Signature" choice in the left menu
4. You can put in a quote or saying. You can put in a link, whatever.
5. To put in a link, you can just paste the URL in the text box. The software will automatically code it for you. (Correction from earlier)
6. Finally, as noted above, you will only be able to view others' signatures if you have selected that option in the Preferences menu.

As always, let us know if you've got questions or need further help with what we've written here.

FEEL FREE TO USE THIS COMMENT THREAD TO TEST OUT YOUR SIGNATURES -- it may take a few tries to get it to look like you want. That's one of the reasons we set up this thread! Note: all changes are retroactive and your new signature will show up in ALL of your comments, even those made before you created your signature.

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