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A talk page is a discussion page that you can find attached to some articles and user pages. Talk pages 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 ~~~~.

Archiving talk pages

ArchiveMenuOption

Select Archive from Dropdown

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 1]]).

To create an archive, open the "Add topic" menu ( AddTopicButton ) or "Edit" menu ( EditButton ) by clicking on the arrow, and select "Archive". This will open The Archive Tool.

ArchiveTool

The Archive Tool

Use the tool to select which lines you wish to archive.

  • The "Select all" and "Deselect all" buttons ( ArchiveSelectionButtons ) can be used to quickly select everything or undo your selections.
  • Click on a line to select or deselect it.
  • Click on the box beside a section to select or deselect the whole section.

When you are done click "Save archive" ( SaveArchiveButton ) and the tool will do all the copying and template additions needed to archive what you have selected.

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