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How to Get the Most from Your Signature in the Community

Community Manager Community Manager
Community Manager

The first thing you should do after registering for the Community is create your signature. A signature appears at the bottom of your posts and may include info such as your name, software you use —really anything you want. Nothing is required however this will offer other users beneficial information when trying to help answer your question.  Feel free to be creative. But we do have some guidelines to help you get the most out of your signature.

 

Let’s walk through this blueprint for what you can include:

Signature blueprint.png

  1. Software and release numbers you use today
  2. Languages you develop with
  3. Software and release numbers you’re testing

In our example, we included name, job title, and company. This provides fellow Community members with an idea of who you are and what you do however this is NOT required. Users can simply address you by your screen name if that is preferred. (using @ mention functionality or simply replying to that user’s post) Community is about helping one another, not necessarily knowing who you are and understanding what someone’s experience is. That’s why we suggest you focus your signature on the above three items. 

 

You should include the software release. Solutions often depend on what version of the software you’re running, so when you include it in your signature, you get an answer faster. It saves you from telling—and others from asking. 

 

Signatures help you get answers in other ways, too. Let’s say I’m reading through a forum, and I see a response with a signature. I notice the person is testing a version of software I’m interested in. I can reach out through the Community to ask what he or she thinks, all because that person included testing software releases in their signature. Developer languages are also good to include.

 

 

How to Change your signature

 

To create your personal signature:

 

  1. Sign in to your community account.
  2. Go to My Settings > Personal Profile > Personal Information.
  3. Enter your signature text in the Signature box. 
    Some communities let
    you use HTML in your signature. Check with a moderator if you have questions.
  4. Click Save.

 

If you would like your signature to appear exactly as the example we feature above, you can simply copy and paste this code into the signature box. Replace the text in brackets with your own information.

 

<b>{your name here}</b>, {your position here}, <a href="http://{your web site here}/">{your company name here}</a><br>
<blockquote>
<i>Production:</i> {software releases you are using in produktion}<br>
<i>Development:</i> {development languages used}    <i>Testing:</i> {software releases you are testing}
</blockquote>

 

4 REPLIES

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Phenom
Phenom

Hi Amy,

 

why does the signature of older articles modify, too, when I change my actual signature.

I believe it's important for the correct interptretation of article, in which circumstances (program versions of testing, production and other experiences) the article was written.

 

You wrote:

You should include the software release. Solutions often depend on what version 
of the software you’re running, so when you include it in your signature, you
get an answer faster. It saves you from telling—and others from asking.

I think life is changing, but past is past.  - I guess it's a good Idea to fix signatures in articles. The actuality is given by proceeding in thread over the time. - Do you agree?

 

Best wishes, Michael

Production: NX10; Development: VB, TCL/TK, FORTRAN; Testing: NX11
Kudos for good posts! And if my post answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution".
engelke engineering art GmbH, Germany

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Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

I don't know of any forum that has "sticky" signatures, they always update throughout the entire forum if you change them.

You can add a tag like "NX 11.0.2 MP6" to the message to show the NX release in a sticky manner.

Stefan Pendl, Systemmanager CAx, HAIDLMAIR GmbH
Production: NX10.0.3, VERICUT 8.1, FBM, MRL 3.1.7 | TcUA 10.1 MP7 Patch 0 (10.1.7.0) | TcVis 10.1
Development: VB.NET, Tcl/Tk Testing: NX12.0 Preparing: NX12.0 | TcVis 11.4

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Betreff: How to Get the Most from Your Signature in the Community

Phenom
Phenom

Stefan,

thank you for answering. I know a forum : E-Mail worldwide! Signatures there are fixed components in a plain hypertext markup language, which are included "in runtime" individually but fixed afterwards.

As I understand it, the aim of signatures is to free the creation of articles from manual implemented standard informations every time again and again. But that's the behavior of using tags.

 

Today, signatures only depict the actual "working state" of writer but not of the working circumference at occuring of a problem. Maybe the responder is today certain in dealing with a special problem, but in formertimes? - Here we are peers among peers, learning a lot in dealing with problems and graduade ourself.

 

But you are right: Today tagging is the better way to narrow "working state of problem". And it's an unseen effort or benefit to keep signature up-to-date.

 

Best wishes, Michael

 

 

Production: NX10; Development: VB, TCL/TK, FORTRAN; Testing: NX11
Kudos for good posts! And if my post answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution".
engelke engineering art GmbH, Germany

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Esteemed Contributor
Esteemed Contributor

The signature is more like a business card it reflects the current state of the owner.

If one really needs a sticky note about the NX release in question, then a tag is the best way to go. This also allows to filter all posts containing that tag easily.

In this community including your current environment in the signature makes sense. Some of the category moderators and administrators have forced the users to use tags or labels to select from, which might be the better solution than rebuilding the whole signature system from scratch to have a different purpose than in the common usage.

Stefan Pendl, Systemmanager CAx, HAIDLMAIR GmbH
Production: NX10.0.3, VERICUT 8.1, FBM, MRL 3.1.7 | TcUA 10.1 MP7 Patch 0 (10.1.7.0) | TcVis 10.1
Development: VB.NET, Tcl/Tk Testing: NX12.0 Preparing: NX12.0 | TcVis 11.4

Employees of the customers, together we are strong Smiley Wink
How to Get the Most from Your Signature in the Community
NX Customization - Best Practice Guide