~~~~ is used to leave your timestamp with your name and date. I want to put this in a template so that whoever uses the template will have have the timestamp printed out as well.

Is this possible?

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It is possible when substing the template. For example ~~<includeonly>~~</includeonly> will display as ~~~~ when the template is transcluded normally, and as a timestamp when substed.


This also may help and allows to format the timestamp more precisely:


And this describes how to use the above magic words referring another pages.


Not without rewriting some of the code I don't think. ~~~~ will always be changed by the parser into the signature, and not be saved in the wikitext as ~~~~

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