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Some users have their signature automatically treated as wiki markup, apparently without their knowledge
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This problem has caused quite a bit of inconvenience and confusion for new users. In addition to the examples in the above-linked thread, I also know of the following other instances (found through the edit summary search tool on my username):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Froid#Your_signature
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Theattackcorgi#Your_signature
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Seonookim/Archive_2#Yoursignature

Affected accounts range in age from relatively old (Froid, August 2006) to fairly new (Theattackcorgi, February 2013), so it's hard to tell if the bug is still a problem now. However it obviously affects a non-trivial number of users, and it would be nice if there signature preferences could be restored to the default values. Therefore I wasn't sure whether to file this bug under MediaWiki/Preferences or Wikimedia/Site requests.


Version: 1.22.0
Severity: normal
URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)&oldid=565589254#Is_the_signing_error_ever_going_to_be_fixed

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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Medium.Nov 22 2014, 2:07 AM
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Graham87 created this task.Jul 24 2013, 9:34 AM

It's almost certainly a usability issue rather than a database problem, per PrimeHunter's comment and my response to it at the technical village pump:
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)&diff=565611456&oldid=565603146

It will be moot when Flow is released.