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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's not clear to me that it's a multiple choice question.
    And btw, where can I set up my signature? I found it very boring (and despondent) to type "NOT A TEACHER OR NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER" over and over again....

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    If you go into Settings at the top right of the page, do you have Edit Signature, in the left-hand column?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If you go into Settings at the top right of the page, do you have Edit Signature, in the left-hand column?
    No, we don't. I think that only administrators and moderators have this permission. The feature might be turned off for the 'Registered Users' group.

    I noticed it a while back, but I forgot to mention it, so thank you, Jenniferhu, for bringing this matter up.

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    I understand that differentiating memberships is a good way to discourage the "come and go" behavior. But what really attracts members and keeps them here is how they can use this forum for their own benefits, whether be it a need to learn or a desire to help. To that end, the forum should be designed with as much as user-friendliness as it could offer. It's hard to find a forum now in China without permission to its members, new or old, editing signatures whenever they want. I like this forum because it's a nice place to learn English, to learn the language by seeking help from the teachers, by helping others to learn. But no signature? Maybe it's time to change that.

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    I spend a fair amount of time every day correcting mistakes in members' questions, and asking people to avoid chatlish and to use capital letters and punctuation marks correctly. I don't relish the prospect of checking signatures every time I open a post.

    There is also the point that a minority of people who use this forum do not seem to know what is acceptable behaviour. Policing of inappropriate signatures would be a nuisance.

    That's my personal view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I spend a fair amount of time every day correcting mistakes in members' questions, and asking people to avoid chatlish and to use capital letters and punctuation marks correctly. I don't relish the prospect of checking signatures every time I open a post.

    There is also the point that a minority of people who use this forum do not seem to know what is acceptable behaviour. Policing of inappropriate signatures would be a nuisance.

    That's my personal view.
    Believe it or not, 5jj, I thought of that when I made my point, and I must admit that it's one of the reasons I like here: cleanliness. But I also find it hard to entertain the idea that there are so many people out there wanting to say undesirable things in signatures, and as you said, they are perhaps in a small number, much fewer than the ones who wish to get signatures that show their names, favorite sayings, or three important words, "NOT A TEACHER". How many of them, exactly? Do they have to forego their signing rights just because of a few that might not be so good at complying with forum rules? I'd suggest a poll. But of course, I respect your opinions about this, whatever ground you are standing on, because it's you and other moderators here who work hard to keep this place nice and comfortable for us English learners from around the globe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniferhu View Post
    Do they have to forego their signing rights just because of a few that might not be so good at complying with forum rules? I'd suggest a poll.
    There are no 'signing rights' This is not a chat forum in which people feel some burning desire to show each other their favourite sayings. It's a place in which people ask questions about the English language, believing that a teacher will answer. As it says below the 'Ask a Teacher' link in the list of forums: "Ask your questions about the English language here and receive expert help and advice from our language teachers and experts. Please read this announcement before posting."

    I don't really think that asking people who are not language teachers, but who wish to respond in a forum called 'Ask a Teacher', to type in three little words is a great hardship.

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    Then I think I'll have to keep a txt file at hand from which I paste those "three little words" to save the seconds that otherwise would have been spared if I were a moderator. True is that where there is a will, there is a way! I just don't think it's fair that the moderators can edit signatures while we common folks can't....

    Ah well, forget it, because there are far more things to worry about than our "signing rights".

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    We don't use signatures, though.

    It does make for a cleaner looking forum- I find some signatures distracting and banners and things quickly fill the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniferhu View Post
    I just don't think it's fair that the moderators can edit signatures while we common folks can't....
    An interesting thought, given that the currently active administrators and moderators have been active in this forum for a total of some thirty-six years, and have posted an average of 15,600 posts each.

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