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Type needed to be edited[edit]

Some one needs to change the block type it even says non solid on the bottom >_> i didnt change because im afraid ill screw some thing up –Preceding unsigned comment was added by Arkisys (talkcontribs) at 19:16, January 24, 2011‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

"Stacked" Signs[edit]

I thought it was worth pointing out that, in SMP atleast, I'm not sure about SSP, signs can be placed on another sign (including on the sides) –Preceding unsigned comment was added by Pokepal101 (talkcontribs) at 18:37, January 26, 2011‎‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

That's already in the article. “Signs may be placed attached to any block, including ones such as fences, glass, other signs, and minecart tracks which torches cannot be attached to.” —KPReid 01:58, 27 January 2011 (UTC)
You can't really place them on air blocks... MaxKing 19:29, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
Unhelpful really. Air blocks are, for all intents and purposes, not there. --Bmambl 14:10, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
To be fair, the wording is not great, since you also cannot attach signs to water or lava - I think saying "any block" is definitely a confusing exaggeration. SartresWaiter 18:21, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Character problems[edit]

I have never been able to type Asian characters onto signs in game, however I didn't put that directly in the article as I wanted to know if it was reproducible by others and whether there were other character sets affected (e.g. Greek, Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.). Thanks ... gacorley

I can't type Asian characters in either. I don't think it's a bug, it's just not a character set that Minecraft supports. --Bmambl 14:09, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Speaking of which, what character sets does Minecraft support? I've just always been curious if there were others than the basic Latin/Roman set. Verhalthur (talk)(contribs) 14:02, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, I have no idea how to get the § sign in there... I already tried the U+0047, ALT+0167, etc... 22:35, 4 October 2011 (UTC)Taya
Ah, that's not it. Minecraft supports all characters supported by java, but the client places a ban on typing any unrecognized characters and the section sign. the reason for banning the use of the section sign was to prevent people from abusing colored chat messages and, later, the scrolling text that is seen in the end game cutscene after beating the ender dragon and returning. PS: that should really be added here, the code for it, I mean. Kaitoyuuki 00:03, 1 October 2012 (UTC) --Kolen 08:05, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

Signs don't show cracks[edit]

I figured out today signs do not show the breaking animation. Weird huh?

~Enjoy Life 22:53, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

Theyve never done that.Toadbert
I've seen signs display the breaking animation. I think it broke some time around 1.3 or 1.4. —KPReid 14:05, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

They do not, they are a entity. Using zombe's mod, and highlight mode which highlights all entities, it highlights signs, paintings, mobs, boats/minecarts. BUT it shows a bounding box when selected, unlike paintings. Calinou - talk × contribs » 14:09, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

I dont remember signs ever doing this, can someone give proof?Toadbert
Signs are blocks, not entities. And the are not highlighted. What you saw in zombe's modpack, was a Tile Entity in the same position as block. If you manage to place a sign without a tile entity, it will not be highlighted. DiEvAl 10:58, 13 June 2011 (UTC)

I forgot to say they were tile entities, but chests are not highlighted using the highlight mode. Maybe because the sign's display directly changes, unlike chests, which only have a texture, no font on it. Or Notch found that it was too hard to display cracks on the font. Calinou - talk × contribs » 12:15, 13 June 2011 (UTC)

Tilde to color[edit]

[1] Cycloneblaze, you said you tried a tilde and it worked. However, I just tried it myself, and it didn't work. I even tried with other similar characters (the tilde's position in an US keyboard is the \ character's position in a Portuguese keyboard). Are you sure you didn't use a mod or something? I reverted the edit because, as of know, it's not proven to work, so I removed the assumed incorrect information... Please post a video or some more info so we can confirm this. Espyo 13:44, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

Yes this is a client side mod. I'm not sure what mod is doing it. I think it is [Sign Tags] by Risugami. Others without this mod will see the tilde and number not the color as you see with the mod. -- Credomane 13:56 August 10, 2011 UTC

SMP Sign clear on block update[edit]

This is a bug I first discovered writing signs near a 5-clock. When placing and writing a new sign, the text will reset whenever redstone current is updated near it. I have also seen this happen when placing a sign near a set of pistons that were activated/deactivated. Untested in SSP. Test performed on a v1.7 vanilla server. BB 15:46, 8 August 2011 (UTC)


I think the colour section should be removed. I see no way to create coloured signs in vanilla Minecraft and it doesn't look like others have had any luck doing this (without mods or using NBTedit). Unless someone can reveal how to enter the section sign (§) into Minecraft - since § doesn't appear to work with ALT+0167 and you can't cut & paste it... Oilspill 15:50, 5 October 2011 (UTC)

Ahh I see the line that says "You can use a map editor" I'll change this to be more clear to indicate the section sign can only be entered via a map editor, not in Minecraft itself. Oilspill 16:03, 5 October 2011 (UTC)

I still believe this section should be removed because you can do tons of stuff witha map editor. If it can't be done in vanilla it shouldn't have a whole section devoted to it on a non mod page. Carstorm 01:02, 7 October 2011 (UTC)

A sentence in trivia is enough imo --Wizjany 01:04, 7 October 2011 (UTC)
I'm playing a custom map right now (The sickness is spreading), , complete vanilla minecraft 1.1, and there's colored text on it o.O GALAKTOSTalk – ceterum censeo error quasi-connectivitatis pistonis delendam esse. 16:06, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
The document indicates one can specify colors in MC 1.2.4 without the use of a mod. Is that correct? I am trying to do it with no success. Chablah 18:39, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
No, it's not correct, I've tried it myself and didn't get it to work. On a few computers it strangely seems to work though. I've changed the section to avoid misunderstandings. smwforever45 01:25, 1 April 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, the colors don't work at all. I keep on trying the hexadecimal things (the ones with the # in front) but nothing happens. Numbermaniac 10:21, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
Uh... does this work at all with vanilla 1.5.2? I'd like to know!! Oldmonkey333 01:09, 4 May 2013 (UTC)Oldmonkey333 9:07, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Enchantments WTF?[edit]

I was playing a super hostile map, and in a chest there was a sign with the Knockback II enchantment. I dont understand. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 15:58, April 7, 2012‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

That was created with an editor; it can't be made in game. You'll find that it does knock back mobs more (though still doing normal not-a-weapon damage) if you hit them with it — but if you place it down, the enchantment will be lost. —kpreid 01:03, 8 April 2012 (UTC)
Actually, that can be made in-game using an enchanted book, sign, and an anvil. ×Meeples10× 00:20, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
Is this still valid? 'cause signs don't get damaged when used to hit mobs, and it could be quite useful for a mob farm - use pistons to suffocate mobs down to 1 heart then hit them with a Looting III sign... Sharfpang (talk) 00:16, 30 December 2018 (UTC)
Only in creative. FVbico (talk) 01:06, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

"Got it! (jerk)"[edit]

Not sure if this is Talk-page worthy, but thank you for fixing the vandalism. -Fred071202 15:34, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Clean this up[edit]

This article is an atrocious condition, somebody go and CLEAN IT UP TehSauceGuy 03:06, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

Pocket Edition- Alternate to redstone[edit]

My friend recently discovered that signs can be used as an substitute to redstone in PE. If you place one sign along the side of a elevated brick so that it is anchored to the side of the brick but not the brick directly underneath it on a vertical column, and then repeatedly place signs horizontally along the front or sides of that sign, it will create a semblance of a simple wire. If you were to place, say, sand or gravel (blocks affected by gravity) along any one or all of the stacked signs, the signs will hold them up. However, when the first sign placed in that stack is destroyed, it will also destroy all of the stack that was placed AFTER it was, which will drop anything affected by gravity placed on top of the signs.. Water and lava can also be used but require the use of a inventory editor only found on the android app market ( PocketInv Editor ). This was written by Wyatt D. Original discoverer Brandon H.


Are carpets able to be placed on signs? When 1.6 comes out, I'm going to make trick floors if I can.-- 04:27, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

Yes, carpets can be placed on signs in 1.6, but the carpet is a solid block so you don't fall through, nice thinking though, would have been cool. 00:57, 5 July 2013 (UTC)

Oh. Thanks!-- 14:01, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Letters floating off sign[edit]

I don't know how to incorporate this into the article, or if it even needs to be shown. LB(T|C) 19:06, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Old character limit[edit]

The current page doesn't say the old character limit - 15 characters per line according to an older version from before it was based on character width. I feel like that should be in the history section, but when attempting to edit it I noticed it was generated from somewhere. Could someone more experienced with the wiki edit it instead? NickNackGus (talk) 15:04, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

About editing the table: When you say you noticed it was generated from somewhere, what exactly: did you click 'edit' or 'edit source'? I could probably help explain what you're seeing, if you want to know. (By the way I really recommend using 'edit source' especially with the history section. The history section works poorly in 'edit' mode, and it works very well in 'edit source' mode.)
About the sign: do you know the particular version where it changed from 15 characters to width-based? We would mention at the top how it used to be, and then, we'd put a row in saying when it changed. – Sealbudsman talk/contr 15:41, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
I tried both 'edit' and 'edit source', it was 'edit' mode that showed this:
Graphical Editor screenshot
I can see why 'edit source' would be more friendly for the history section, but if it's automatically generated from elsewhere (the snapshot and release pages, for instance), then there's not much point editing directly in the page.
The change was made in 14w25a, which was released June 18, 2014. To find the width of 15 characters, I looked at the Sign page's history for June 2014. The section of the version I checked can be found here: Sign page from 23 June 2014 NickNackGus (talk) 23:43, 24 September 2016 (UTC)
It isn't, VE is just too dumb to handle a table built from multiple templates. MajrTalk
02:05, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Cool, if you don't mind I'll double check that snapshot and the one before that, to verify that's the correct version (the wiki could possibly have been updated late, but that's a good starting point anyway). And no, nothing in the history section is auto generated from any other page, it's all right there. – Sealbudsman talk/contr 03:20, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Maybe add better references to templates?[edit]

At the risk of overlooking something here...

Today I've experimented with signs and discovered that the information in the Data Values section was incorrect: just merely supplying String objects for Text1 to Text4 no longer works. I've made the necessary changes, but still had a little difficulty at first with finding the template or sub-page (not sure what to officially call it). Eventually I did find Sign/BE but it was a tricky find. So now I'm wondering if some kind of reference couldn't help to make this easier accessible? Of course now that I'm aware it's easy, and I did find {{/BE}} in the page section which also hints at this, but it's easy to overlook if you're somewhat new to this ;)

And I suppose that by writing this I created the reference, but still figured I'd mention it. ShelLuser (talk) 00:27, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Problem with Minecraft China signs[edit]

I was playing on Minecraft China when it updated into a recent version, after the update, signs cannot show text anymore, does anyone else saw this problem and what might have caused it? –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 05:39, 5 May 2020 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Is it related to In Minecraft China, when a disallowed word or phrase is written on a sign, the sign will only display "xxx". or can you really not write anything on the sign at all?  Nixinova T  C  05:53, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
Formerly it was the xxx thing but in an recent version, you can still write on the sign but no text would display no matter what was written on it (for some reason, I cannot register so I do not have a signature) 13:31, 5 May 2020 (UTC)