Signing your comments on talk and discussion pages is considered good etiquette, serving to identify the author of a comment.
When to use signatures
Any post to User talk, Article talk, or other discussion page should be signed. Article contributions should not be signed.
How to sign a comment
Signing your comments is easy: simply type four tildes (~~~~) after your post (do not reply with three tildes as this will result in a missing time stamp). This will automatically translate into your signature when you save the page. Alternately, you can click the "your signature with a timestamp" button on the editing toolbar. In both cases, the result is the same.
Customize your signature
By default, a user's signature will link back to their user page and user talk page. If a user desires, the signature can be customized.
Users can customize their signature in their preferences; type the signature you want to use in the "Signature" field, to replace your username with the desired nickname when signing (remember to keep this signature a reflection of your username, to avoid confusion with other users).
For slightly more advanced users, wikicoding can be included into the signature to further personalize it. In this case, be sure to check the "Treat signature as wikitext" box under the Nickname field in your preferences (otherwise, the coding won't work). You'll need to manually link to your user page in this case.
For example, let's say User:Smiley12 wants to add a little color to his signature.
Adding this coding:
--[[User:Smiley12|<span style="color:blue">Smiley 12</span>]] <small>''([[User talk:Smiley12|<span style="color:green">Talk to Me</span>]])''</small>
Would result in this signature: --Smiley 12 (Talk to Me)
If he wanted to change his signature to the Agency FB Font, then he would
use this coding:
<span style="font-family:Agency FB;">[[User:Smiley12|Smiley12]] ([[User talk:Smiley12|Talk]])</span>
will make: --Smiley12 (Talk to Me)
No images are allowed in a signature as usually it oushes the rest of the page down.
What is Needed in your signature?
You need to display your user name in your signature as well as a link to your user page. A link to your talk page is also preferred but not necessary. Your signature must not be too big and may only contain a small image. It must also contain your user name in it (or your initials of your user name is acceptable).