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Talk pagesEdit

Every page, that is not itself a talk page, has (potentially) an associated talk page in the corresponding talk namespace.

  • Talk pages for regular articles are used to discuss changes to the article.
  • User talk pages are used to leave messages for a particular user. "You have new messages" is automatically displayed on all pages that the user views, until the user talk pages is viewed by the user.

Please sign your posts on talk pages. Use --~~~~ (two dashes followed by four tildes) to produce e.g. "--Mikk 06:44, 23 August 2006 (EDT)".

It is also customary to indent responses to a previous post to emulate a threaded view of e.g. mail or forums posts:

Hello. --[[User:Fandyllic|Fandyllic]] 09:12, 22 August 2006 (EDT)

: Hi! --~~~~

Hello. --Fandyllic 09:12, 22 August 2006 (EDT)

Hi! --Mikk 07:13, 23 August 2006 (EDT)

Use the full page name Edit

When discussing the name of the page or discussing merging it with another page, always mention the current page name: after renaming (moving) a page with its talk page, references to "this page name" would not make sense.

Quickly posting new discussions Edit

The "Post a comment" feature allows convenient appending of a section with the section header the same as the edit summary, and typed only once.

Hint: The "new section" feature also works on other than talk pages; there's just no link for it. Use the url directly, e.g. Click the  edit this page  tab and then append "&section=new" to the resulting URL!

Talk namespacesEdit

Questionmark What differentiates a talk page from a regular page?

Except for special pages, each namespace has an associated talk namespace. The talk namespaces are designated by adding talk: to the normal prefix. Examples:

See alsoEdit

A talk page is a discussion page that you can find attached to some article and user pages. They exist for communicating with other users and discussing how to improve the wiki.


  • Talk-link
    Talk page tab
    To get to a talk page from an article, just click the "discussion" or "talk page" link or button near the title of the page. To get to a talk page from a profile, just click the "Talk page" tab.
  • Leave message
    To start a new message, click the "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 convert to a signature when you hit save.
  • Enter the title of your message in the "Subject/header" text field near the Publish button.
  • Click the Preview button to check your work.
  • Click Publish.
  • To respond to a talk page message, simply edit that area of the talk page, and indent your reply. You can indent by putting a colon (":") at the front of each line. Be sure to sign your response with ~~~~.
  • Keep your comments polite and friendly. It's always best to be civil, even if things get heated.

Archiving talk pages

Archives of talk pages are made when a talk page becomes too long for either the user to easily find a past conversation or for one's web browser to render the talk page in a timely manner. An archive is simply a subpage of the user talk page where old conversations are stored (e.g. [[User talk:Foo/Archive]]).

To create an archive, simply cut (Ctrl + X) all the old conversations from your talk page from the beginning to the end of it. Then, create a new page in your user talk space (User talk:Foo/Archive 1) and paste (Ctrl + V) the old conversations there. If you already have one archive, create a second archive page (e.g. [[User talk:Foo/Archive 2]]) to avoid having the same issues that cause you to create an archive in the first place affect the archive page itself. You may also consider using the Archive Tool for auto-archiving the pages.

When archiving old discussions, it is customary to leave current, ongoing discussions on the existing Talk page. In some cases, a header text is also preserved. Also, it is good to leave a link near the top of your talk page to the archive so users can easily find previous discussions.

It is recommended that you do not attempt to archive another user's talk page. These are not subject to the recommendations on this page, and each user may choose alternate means of archiving their own talk page, including choosing not to archive at all, but to instead remove old messages. Although, since those messages are other users' contributions, this is generally rude to do and in bad taste, with archival being more polite and considerate of what others say.

When archiving your talk page by moving it, be aware that this causes the newly-created archive to be added to the watchlist of any user who was previously watching your talk page. This could be annoying for people who have no desire to watch your talk archives.

What if Talk Pages are unavailable?

For Articles: If a talk page is unavailable on an article page, you can usually find comments at the bottom of the page for use instead.

For User Profiles: If a talk page is unavailable on a user profile, you can usually find a Message Wall tab in the same location for use instead.

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