Signature in a post is not allowed. (FAQ reference: "Please don’t use signatures or taglines in your posts, or they will be removed."). I tried removing signature from two question but my edit suggestions were rejected:

https://stackoverflow.com/suggested-edits/79666 , https://stackoverflow.com/suggested-edits/79581

So, should a regular user raise moderator attention flag for removing signature and not make edits in such cases?

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    Editing a post to only remove a signature is frowned upon here. No problem doing it while making another edit though... – fretje Jul 22 '11 at 13:48
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    @fretje: Eh? I'd support doing that. Of course, usually there is more that could be done to spiff up a post that came with a signature. They tend to suck in more than one way. – user1228 Jul 22 '11 at 14:04
  • @Won't: You must have forgotten The Great Edit Wars and its aftermath... ;-) – fretje Jul 22 '11 at 14:22
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    @fretje: That just says edit wars are bad. Hard to disagree with that. The general rule is that if the original poster rolls back your edit, leave it alone (or flag a moderator to step in and intervene). That doesn't say not to remove signatures. – Cody Gray Jul 22 '11 at 14:35
  • I don't understand why the asker should remove his name from the bottom of the question at all...I think writing your name at the bottom of a question or anything else is just showing respect to whom you address. – Bastardo Jul 22 '11 at 14:38
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    @JohnnyCageWins: Your signature card appears at the bottom of every post that you make. It's that giant thing highlighted in gray (or blue or some distinctive color) that contains your gravatar image. Adding your own signature at the bottom of the post is redundant, and strongly discouraged around here. It will be removed by someone with edit privileges if you insist on including it. – Cody Gray Jul 22 '11 at 14:41
  • @Cody removing that one is ok, but why remove just a name like the ones in Aziz's questions.it is just Matt. – Bastardo Jul 22 '11 at 14:46
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    @JohnnyCageWins: Uhh, same reason? The only thing wrong with that first edit is that he didn't also remove "Thanks in advance". – Cody Gray Jul 22 '11 at 14:50
  • @Cody: that's why I also mentioned "and its aftermath"... read the comments of that blog post... there has been heavy discussion about whether or not editing a post to only remove signatures is ok. – fretje Jul 22 '11 at 14:51
  • @fretje: Oh sorry, I don't read comments. – Cody Gray Jul 22 '11 at 14:52
  • @Cody Well, anyway then.I don't agree with removing thankses neither.Thanks. – Bastardo Jul 22 '11 at 14:54
  • Thank you all for some insightful comments. To summarize, flagging is not required in this case. Editing is recommended but dont just remove the signature, keeping in mind that "no post is so perfect that it cannot be improved somehow". Overall in general ChirsF gave the right points to consider while making edit suggestions. – Aziz Shaikh Jul 22 '11 at 18:56

In this case, I was one of the two who voted to reject the first edit.

The reason is simply that you removed just a single word, while also editing the greeting "Thanks in advance" into the question text.

If you had removed both it would probably have been accepted.


Assuming you don't have 2,000 reputation just suggest an edit.

However, you are more likely to get your edit approved if you make other improvements to the post as well, including but not limited to:

  • correcting spelling mistakes
  • formatting code
  • sorting out grammar
  • replacing shortened URLs with their full length equivalent
  • including links to reference material
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    If a "thanks" or "please" is left in the post after the edit, I will reject the edit. – Ian Ringrose Jul 22 '11 at 14:25
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    I've seen a few of these rejected in the last couple of days. Removing the signature is valid, so I'm confident that the reason for the rejection is that some other edits should have been done at the same time. – Bill the Lizard Jul 22 '11 at 14:58

It's probably not something for which you need a mod's attention. Suggesting an edit should be sufficient.

While you are suggesting an edit, you should also see if there is anything else in the post that could be improved.

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