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Signatures can help provide context for posts. The right words can go a long way to helping others understand your perspective, and hobby focus.

You can edit your signature in Account Settings/Signature, and create a nice minimal signature.

https://forum.aquariumcoop.com/settings/signature/

Effective hobby signatures should be short, and not distracting. Please do not promote your brand, channel, site, store, etc.

Try to avoid large images, long quotes, or memes. I personally prefer to just use text.

Remember that many forum members check-in on their phones!

If you link to your forum journal, please embed the link. Check the URL to make sure that you are linking to your journal, and not a specific comment in your journal.

The vertical bar character ( | ), also known as the pipe, can be useful to separate items, such as journal links. It should be shift-backslash on most keyboards.

 

Here are some signature examples:

Young betta keeper, learning about plants in small tanks | Tank Journals

Old-school hobbyist returning after time-off with a 120 gallon Angelfish community | Tank Journals

Veteran hobbyist building 16-tank fish room for breeding | Fishroom Journals

Chasing every color of Neocaridina | Shrimp Journals

Keeper of this, that, and the other thing, with a focus on a specific technique | Tank Journals

List of hobby things you value | Tank Journals

All about ponds and outdoor life | Pond Journals

Aspiring Nerm, ready to learn | Tank Journals

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Besides the stuff about promotion, those are just my suggestions from being involved in forums for many years. I have edited the text a bit. Your catfish is cute!

On a previous audio/music production forum, we would list our computer, OS and version, music software in use, audio plugins, hardware, and style. With technical questions, it eliminated the back and forth phase of figuring out what someone's basic setup was.

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On 6/18/2021 at 11:29 AM, quirkylemon103 said:

if I wanted to put something funny in signature how can I make it less intrusive? 

Your signature is your signature. You can do whatever you want with it. I beleive the point of the thread was to encourage people to include their linked journals, or what kind of tanks you keep in their signature.

You could always put your joke beneath your journals:

20 long hopefully jungle | My tanks/tubs | Welcome thread
PLACE YOUR JOKE HERE

 

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Hi @ErinV,

Here is how you make a journal link. Go to the first post of your journal, and click the three dots, and choose share. Copy the link that shows. Then go into your Signature, and select the text for Journal that you have, and click the link icon in the editing interface, the fifth icon from the left. Paste in the link that you copied earlier.

Here is the link to your journal:

https://forum.aquariumcoop.com/topic/5953-new-90-gallon-adventure/

Cheers

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I just figured out how to add links to my posts into my signature, so I wanted to share. I apologize if this info is already on here somewhere. I am using an Samsung phone, so this may not work for other devices. The text will apply to the picture above it.

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Go to the activity you want to link. I have selected my post about my low maintenance 1 gallon jar.

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Hold the title until this menu pops up then select "Copy Link Address".

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Then go to your "Account" tab....

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and select "Account Settings".

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In your account settings expand "Settings Area".

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Select "Signature".

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Here is my signature with just the text "Returning fishkeeper blah blah blah". Put the cursor where you want the link to go (green circle) then select the link button (purple circle). 

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This box will pop up. 

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Paste the link you copied earlier into the URL box and give it any name you want in the "Link text" box and hit the insert button.

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Now the link will show up in your signature. 

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I realized that my signature links go back to the first post for each. This would be annoying for anyone who has already read anything. I tested adding this to my signature links, and it seems to work. It needs a ‘/‘ before it, which my links already had.

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Don’t quote me.

I was previously copying from the first post, which might be right for a FAQ, but not necessarily a journal.

In testing, I noticed that @R Budds documented how to copy those links! I just took a guess from the unread posts link.

I would recommend this edit for signatures.

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On 5/23/2022 at 9:31 PM, Streetwise said:

I realized that my signature links go back to the first post for each. This would be annoying for anyone who has already read anything. I tested adding this to my signature links, and it seems to work. It needs a ‘/‘ before it, which my links already had.

?do=getNewComment

Don’t quote me.

I was previously copying from the first post, which might be right for a FAQ, but not necessarily a journal.

In testing, I noticed that @R Budds documented how to copy those links! I just took a guess from the unread posts link.

I would recommend this edit for signatures.

Am I understanding correctly that this would take each reader to only the new posts for them wherever in the thread that might be?  So how would I edit existing links?  Do I need to make new ones and replace the old links?

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