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author's profile photo Varinder verma

Is signing your name on discussion posts / Answers / Blogs is correct while it already appear as Profile Name ?

I have seen different People with different suggestions. As some says Writing your name in end of answer is not good idea and some says you should sign your name in end so that reader should know who is answering / posting.

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  • Sep 25, 2018 at 08:56 AM

    According to forum rules user name has to be real one. Then there is no reason to add name at the end of the post.

    P.S. Just checked Community rules of engagement - now there is no rule to use real name :(

  • Sep 25, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Hi Varin,

    It's a good question you bring up here, thanks!
    I think you can handle that however you like.

    I personally often like to start with an salutation ("Hello ...") and to end with a signature (-> my Name). -> Just like I would do if I was writing a letter.

    I think of this as a small additional sign of respect I want to give to other participants in the community.

    (But I am in no way offended nor do I feel disrespected, if others handle that differently).



  • Sep 25, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Well, if you do not include your name (and personally, I'll usually don't include mine), you may bear the risk that a further change in the Community's privacy rules could result in your (and other members's) contributions appear anonymously as "Former member" if you do not adapt to those changes.

    If that would happen, your profile name would be discarded from the contributions. So in that situation, the signing (and the uniqueness of that) might make a difference whether your contributions are still somewhat "traceable" to you or not. – Just in case that would make a difference for you:)

    • Sep 25, 2018 at 06:26 PM

      Yes same concern came to my mind as well. Because few days ago i was reading one answer from "FORMER MEMBER" but yes luckily his signature were there to know who answered this question.

      • Sep 25, 2018 at 06:42 PM

        To my mind the "former member" replacement was SAP Community administration issue... You can have the name, but you can hide profile (show empty profile)! The name itself is not a personal information.

  • Sep 25, 2018 at 02:08 PM

    We had a similar discussion few years ago and at that time my position was that this is not customary or expected in the online forums. As you noted correctly, we can see the name in the profile, so starting with "Hi team, it's Jelena here... Best regards, Jelena" is redundant. This is not an email or a letter.

    However, with the massive "formerization" I've actually found it useful that in the old posts some people signed their names because we can't see their profile names anymore. Some old Q&A look rather odd now: "try what X suggested, if it doesn't work try what Y said here only change this or that". All "former members" talking to each other and you have no clue who's X or Y.

    So you never know when something turns out helpful. :)

    Overall I don't think this deserves any special rule. It's still not customary but if you want to do this - help yourself. It's not wrong. :) Just make sure signature matches the profile. It's very weird when people sign with a different name than in a profile. Makes one wonder what's going on.

  • Sep 26, 2018 at 02:35 PM

    I almost always sign my posts. People in general have a tendency to think my last name is my first name, so this just makes it more clear.


  • Sep 26, 2018 at 03:51 PM

    I can't find the blog now, which is really frustrating, but I do remember that if, under GDPR, you make a "delete all my info" request, they will delete your name on your account/profile but won't go through every post looking in the body for your name, so those will stay. If you sign your name at the bottom of a post or comment, be aware that it will stay there even after a GDPR deletion request.

    I used to sign comments (it seemed polite) but now I don't any more.

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