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A signature is a bit of customizable text and images that appears at the bottom of each poster's forum post. In the NaNoWriMo (and the former Script Frenzy forums), participants have a signature space that follows their forum posts. Every user chooses to use that space in a different way. Some users like to create a banner illustrating the work they plan to write in the upcoming month. Others like to use the space to link to their blog, Twitter account, or website. Still others like to list titles of past works or use the spot for a quote.
The signature feature in the forum has been known for being nonfunctional in past years, and several users create threads in the Tech Help forum mentioning this. When signatures are nonfunctional, as they were during the 2011 NaNo season, they are among the most requested features. When signatures do work, they are not immune to future breaking. Test posts to see if your signature works are not necessary, as you can visit any past forum post and view your signature there.
Before NaNoWriMo's Switch To Ruby on Rails in 2011, The NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy signatures were linked, so changing one signature would change both of them if a user participated in both events. There were no signatures during NaNo 2011. In Script Frenzy 2012, the two signatures are seperate.
Signature guidelines and tips
Signature images in the NaNoWriMo forums must be no larger than 500 pixels wide by 100 pixels high . A moderator will remind a user whose signature image is too big to fix or remove it before removing it themselves. Signatures also must not contain profanity or sexual content.
Users who want an image in their signature but can't make one themselves can head to the NaNo Artisans forum and request a signature banner. Someone may be kind enough to make one. Users can also search for signature banner generators online and find one that appeals to them.
The Word Count Widgets designed by the NaNoWriMo tech team are not to be used in signatures, as doing so would cause unneeded stress on the NaNo servers.
Text in signatures must not exceed 300 characters. This includes any HTML.