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Please remember to '''sign your comments''' on [[Project:Namespaces|talk pages]] by using four tildes:
 
Please remember to '''sign your comments''' on [[Project:Namespaces|talk pages]] by using four tildes:
 
: <tt><nowiki>~~~~</nowiki></tt>
 
: <tt><nowiki>~~~~</nowiki></tt>
which is "expanded", when you preview or save your edits, into your username and the current time and date; for example:
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When you preview or save your edits, the tildes are "expanded" into your username (linked to your user page) and the current time and date. For example:
 
: [[User:Dcljr|dcljr]] 02:22, 7 September 2006 (CDT)
 
: [[User:Dcljr|dcljr]] 02:22, 7 September 2006 (CDT)
  
 
Do '''not''' sign any of your contributions to articles in the [[Project:Namespaces|"main" namespace]].
 
Do '''not''' sign any of your contributions to articles in the [[Project:Namespaces|"main" namespace]].
  
Signing your comments on talk pages helps other users follow the flow of the discussion. If you haven't [[Special:Userlogin|logged in or registered]] to get a username, your computer's [[Wikipedia:IP address|IP address]] is used instead (such users and their comments are known as "anonymous" in wiki lingo).
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==Signing vs. "anonymity"==
  
Attempting to keep your IP address hidden by not signing your comments is futile because this information will appear in the page's [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Page history|edit history]], anyway. The only sure way to prevent your IP address from being made public is to register and always log in. Note that a small number of [[Project:Administrators|powerful users]] will still be able to gain access to your IP address should it be necessary. We should soon have a [[Project:Privacy policy|privacy policy]] that will explain all of this in more detail.
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Signing your comments on talk pages helps other users follow the flow of the discussion. If you haven't [[Special:Userlogin|logged in or registered]] to get a username, your computer's [[Wikipedia:IP address|IP address]] is used instead (linked to a list of edits made from that address), in which case you and your edits are known as "anonymous" in [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Glossary|wiki lingo]]. Of course, if your computer has a static (unchanging) IP address then you're not ''really'' anonymous, since your edits can easily be traced back to the computer they were made from.
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Attempting to keep your IP address hidden by not signing your comments is futile because this information will appear in the page's [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Page history|edit history]], anyway. The only sure way to prevent your IP address from being made public is to register and always log in before editing. (Note that this entire wiki is "[[Project:Page protection|semi-protected]]", so only logged-in users can edit, anyway.)
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Note that a small number of [[Project:Administrators|powerful users]] will still be able to gain access to your IP address should it be necessary. We should soon have a [[Project:Privacy policy|privacy policy]] that will explain all of this in more detail.
  
 
For more information, please see [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Sign your posts on talk pages|Wikipedia:Sign your posts on talk pages]], or the more general [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Talk page]] and [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Logging in]].
 
For more information, please see [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Sign your posts on talk pages|Wikipedia:Sign your posts on talk pages]], or the more general [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Talk page]] and [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Logging in]].
  
 
[[Category:Iron Chariots|Sign your comments]]
 
[[Category:Iron Chariots|Sign your comments]]

Revision as of 14:15, 10 October 2007

Please remember to sign your comments on talk pages by using four tildes:

~~~~

When you preview or save your edits, the tildes are "expanded" into your username (linked to your user page) and the current time and date. For example:

dcljr 02:22, 7 September 2006 (CDT)

Do not sign any of your contributions to articles in the "main" namespace.

Signing vs. "anonymity"

Signing your comments on talk pages helps other users follow the flow of the discussion. If you haven't logged in or registered to get a username, your computer's IP address is used instead (linked to a list of edits made from that address), in which case you and your edits are known as "anonymous" in wiki lingo. Of course, if your computer has a static (unchanging) IP address then you're not really anonymous, since your edits can easily be traced back to the computer they were made from.

Attempting to keep your IP address hidden by not signing your comments is futile because this information will appear in the page's edit history, anyway. The only sure way to prevent your IP address from being made public is to register and always log in before editing. (Note that this entire wiki is "semi-protected", so only logged-in users can edit, anyway.)

Note that a small number of powerful users will still be able to gain access to your IP address should it be necessary. We should soon have a privacy policy that will explain all of this in more detail.

For more information, please see Wikipedia:Sign your posts on talk pages, or the more general WikimediaMeta:Help:Talk page and WikimediaMeta:Help:Logging in.

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