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Should the tilde symbol (~) be used to sign your name? It seems quite commonplace on Internet forums but I don't believe I've ever seen it used in books.

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It might be worth noting sites like Twitter that prefix user names with characters automatically in certain cases, such as with @ and #. The user isn't always in full control on the web. Do you have any examples? –  Grant Thomas Apr 30 '11 at 19:52
    
I've only saw that in Wikipedia... –  nico Apr 30 '11 at 19:55

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The hyphen, standing in a for a dash, is the more-common punctuation for signing and attributing quotes. - The Raven

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In Wikipedia, four tildes are used to sign a post. This character sequence will be recognised by the software and turned into the user name and a date stamp. This does not mean that a tilde is a valid character to sign your name elsewhere, web or paper.

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