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Why and how to create a bio and signature

by Community Manager on ‎12-13-2017 10:53 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2018 01:29 PM by Community Manager (673 Views)

If you answer questions in our forums, thank you! We see and appreciate your activity. This post is all about helping you multiply your influence while reassuring newbie SAS users and new community members you know your stuff.


Our platform provides two simple ways to establish your credibility and spread your SAS knowledge. A couple of easy steps and you're done.


Step 1: Put an auto signature at the bottom of your posts.


Super User @KurtBremser makes great use of this feature. By linking to his popular community library article, Maxims of Maximally Efficient SAS Programmers, he's helping scores of SAS users do their best work.


Maxims of Maximally Efficient SAS Programmers by Kurt Bremser.jpg


Everytime he posts in the community, his signature appears:


Signature for Kurt.jpg



To create your personal signature:

  1. Sign in to your community account.
  2. Go to My Settings > Personal Profile > Personal Information.
  3. Enter your signature text in the Signature box. 
    (Yes, you can use HTML and photos in your signature.
  4. Click Save.


Step 2: Build out your community bio.


You can tell other community members as much or as little about yourself as you want. You can enter a short biography, your location, your interests, or anything else (within community guidelines, of course).


It can be a brief as @KurtBremser's...


Bio for Kurt.jpg

...or as detailed as @ChrisHemedinger's: 




 To tell other community members about yourself:

  1. Sign in to your community account.
  2. Go to My Settings > Personal Profile > Personal Information.
  3. Enter information about yourself in the Biography field. You can also enter your name, location, company info, and any other information you want to share.
  4. Click Save.

Important: make sure that you change your Privacy settings so that everyone can see your biography! 


To display your info to everyone:

  1. Click Preferences > Privacy.
  2. Set show private information in profile to to All.
  3. Click Save.



PRO TIP: You can enter simple HTML coding in the Biography field to include elements like bold text, links, and more.  If you know how to write simple HTML, just enter the tags like the expert you are.  If you don't know HTML, here's a trick.  Open a new browser window and use the communities site to create a new discussion message. Enter your bio information and format it the way you like.  Instead of clicking Post, click to the HTML tab and copy the HTML code -- then paste it into your Biography field.  That's an easy way to get a good looking bio with no hassle!  (And yes, the Biography field shows a note that says "No HTML allowed" -- that's there only to scare off the timid -- your simple HTML will work.)

by Super User
on ‎12-14-2017 03:54 AM



I expanded my bio, as it was a bit terse Smiley Wink

I noticed that saving the settings completely removes any line breaks, which converts nicely formatted (IMO) text into one piece of long spaghetti. Could that be changed?

by Community Manager
on ‎12-14-2017 11:05 AM

Good suggestion @KurtBremser - that's a config change we can make, I think.  We're close to (if not in) a "freeze" period for config changes leading into the holidays, so this might be early Jan before we see it.

by Community Manager
on ‎01-26-2018 01:41 PM

@KurtBremser - you can now use simple HTML in your Bio.  Don't let the "No HTML allowed" message scare you off -- it will work!  My updated bio is proof.

by Super User
on ‎01-26-2018 01:53 PM

@ChrisHemedinger works like charm! Many thanks!