[quote=“DM1CM, post:3, topic:9216”]
Karl, I personally find the lack of signature functionality to be just what I need. I don’t want a standard signature to appear at the end of any of my posts - instead, I simply append that which I consider appropriate to the subject, nature or tone of the post.[/quote]
Point taken. I would not advocate forcing signatures on anyone; indeed, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a forum in which the user didn’t have to enable them.
On the other hand, I (and I expect many others) always type the same thing. Apparently in contrast to the Discourse developers, I actually find that reasonable signatures on each post help me to follow the conversation between different users. They provide some differentiation between otherwise identically-formatted posts. I am sure that they would argue that this is the purpose of avatars, but my brain tends to focus more in line with the conversation itself.
Of course, my preference is the way messages were generally formatted when I first got on the internet: text only (monospaced and with light text on a dark background, ideally), with proper inline quoting, such as displayed by a client like Pine. I still use its spiritual successor, Alpine, on a Linux server for my main email account. Thank goodness Discourse doesn’t force top-posting! I’m still trying to get used to the way it displays quoted text…
—73 Karl KA3RCS