A Proper Signature

For those who didn’t know;

RFC Standard

“signatures”: short closing texts, auto-matically added to the end of articles by posting agents, identifying the poster and giving his network addresses etc. If a poster or posting agent does append a signature to an article, the signature SHOULD be preceded with a delimiter line containing (only) two hyphens (ASCII 45) followed by one blank (ASCII 32).
Posting agents SHOULD limit the length of signatures, since verbose excess bordering on abuse is common if no restraint is imposed; 4 lines is a common limit..

Let’s recap:
– Your email/newsgroup signatures should be a maximum 4 lines. That’s the standard limit.
– separate your signature from the message body with two hyphens and a space (-- ). You’d be surprised what software can do if it can recognize a proper signature delimiter. 🙂

2 Responses

  1. Irwin Greenwald June 8, 2005 / 11:21 pm

    Why don’t we do some enforcing on secnews?

  2. David Ross August 21, 2006 / 10:36 pm

    The cited standard “expires 15 July 1994”. The current specification is in RFC 3676 (dated February 2004),

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