| USER Talk pages are not activated at Scratchpad. Instead, users are encouraged to use Message walls to communicate with other users.
Note: ARTICLE talk pages are still activated here at Scratchpad.
Talk pages are for communicating with other Wikians, especially about articles and improving Scratchpad. There is a talk page attached to every page: Just click Discuss this page at the top of any page to find it.
Personal talk pages
Logged-in contributors have a personal talk page where other users can leave messages. This is found in the same way, by clicking Discuss this page at the top of a user page.
If you have a new message on your talk page, you will be notified in one of two ways:
- Monobook: You will see a bright banner across the top of all other Wikia pages you visit.
- Oasis: You will see a popup message box in the lower left corner of the screen of all other Wikia pages you visit.
Click the link in either of these messages 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 IP addresses, and these can change between visits, the messages may not get to the right person. IP-only talkpages 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 pages
Comments on talk pages can be picked up by Google and other search engines, and are available under the , 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 Leave message, Add topic, or + link at the top of the page. You will be given spaces to enter a title for your new section, and to enter your comment. You can then Publish, and the comment will be added as a new section at the bottom of the page.
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. See Help:Archiving talk pages for further information about archiving.
Some other hints for talk pages:
- Sign your comments by typing four tildes (e.g., ~~~~). This will add your name and date to the page.
- 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