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Talk pages are for communicating with other Wikians, especially about articles and improving this wiki. There is a talk page attached to every other page; just click the "discussion" or "Talk page" link at the top or side of any page to find it.

Personal talk pagesEdit

Logged-in contributors have a personal talk page where other users can leave messages. This is found in the same way, by clicking the "discussion" or "Talk page" link at the top or side of a user page. If you have a new message on your talk page, you will see a bright banner across the top of all other pages. Click the link there (or the sidebar link "My talk") to go to your talk page.

There are talk pages for non-logged-in contributors too, but these may not always be useful. Because they are linked to IPs, and IPs can change between visits, the messages may not get to the right person. They are used to explain blocks of IPs and may identify where a user is, but may not be very useful for real communication. This is another good reason to create an account.

Using talk pagesEdit

Comments on talk pages can be picked up by Google and other search engines, and are available under the GFD License, so keep that in mind when you write.

It's possible to add a new section to a talk page without opening the whole edit page. Just click the "+" link next to the edit link. You will be given spaces to enter a title for your new section, and to enter your comment. You can then save, and the comment will be added as a new section at the bottom of the page. (If you have changed your "skin", you may see a "Post a comment" link instead of the "+" link.)

If any talk page gets too long, you can create an archive by typing [[/Archive]] (or any other name you like to use) onto the talk page. You can click the new link (preferably in a new window), and copy over the older comments then delete them from the current page when they are saved.

Some other hints for talk pages:

  • Sign your comments by typing "~~~~" (four tildes). This will add your name and the date.
  • Add comments to the end of the page.
  • Keep your comments polite and friendly. It's always best to be civil, even if things get heated.

A talk page is a discussion page that you can find attached to some articles and user pages. Talk pages are an older form of Comments (for articles) and Message Wall (for user pages), and they exist for communicating with other users and discussing how to improve a wikia.

How to leave a message

Article talk page

To get to an article talk page from the article, click the "Talk" icon (Talk-link) next to the "Edit" button at the top of the page. To leave an article talk page message, follow these steps:

  • Click "Add topic" (AddTopicButton) to create a new discussion area.
  • Enter your message in the editor window. At the end of your message, type four tildes ("~~~~"). This will generate a signature with your name when you hit Publish.
  • Enter the title of your message in the "Subject/headline" text field near the Publish button.
  • If needed, it can be helpful to click the Preview button to check your work.
  • Click Publish.
  • To respond to a talk page message, simply edit that section of the talk page, and indent your reply. You can indent by putting a colon (":") or bullet ("*") at the front of each line. Be sure to sign your response with ~~~~.
  • Article talk pages are often a place to resolve disagreements about an article, so remember to be friendly and civil in all of your interactions there.

User talk page

Talk page tab

To get to a user talk page from a user profile, click the "Talk page" tab. To leave a message on the talk page, follow these steps:

  • Click the "Leave message" (Leave message) button at the top of the talk page.
  • Enter your message in the editor window. At the end of your message, type four tildes ("~~~~"). This will generate a signature with your name when you hit Publish.
  • Enter the title of your message in the "Subject/headline" text field near the Publish button.
  • If needed, it can be helpful to click the Preview button to check your work.
  • Click Publish.
  • To respond to a talk page message, simply edit that section of the talk page, and indent your reply. You can indent by putting a colon (":") or bullet ("*") at the front of each line. Be sure to sign your response with ~~~~.

Updating to Comments and Walls

Wikia has developed features that have improved the discussion experience for articles and user profiles. For articles, we have Comments, allowing users and readers to instantly comment on a page and share their thoughts. For user profiles, we have Message Walls, a far more intuitive discussion experience. Walls, for example, are threaded, so they keep discussion in one place. They also notify all participants when there are updates to a specific conversation, and can allow anyone to follow a conversation for updates.

We encourage communities to use these features for easier commenting. If they are not already enabled on your wikia, you (or an administrator) can enable them in WikiFeatures.

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