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Talk pages

If you have a question, concern, or comment related to improving a Wikipedia article, you can put a note on that article's talk page.


Circled location of the talk tab

You get to the talk page by clicking the "Talk" tab at the top of the article. If the tab shows up in red, it just means no one has commented yet; feel free to start a discussion.


When you start a new discussion topic, put it at the bottom of the talk page. The best way to do this is by clicking the "New section" tab at the top of the page. This allows you to enter a new section heading and your comments.


If you are responding to someone else's remarks, put your comment below theirs. You can do this by clicking on the "[edit]" link to the right of that section's heading and then scrolling down.


Always sign your comments by typing ~~~~. This will automatically insert your IP address (a number representing your internet connection)username and a link to your personal talk page, along with the time you saved the page. If you create an account, your username will become your signature and you will be able toIf you want, you can customize how it looks.

User talk pages

Everyone contributing to Wikipedia has their own user talk page. On this page, anyone can leave a message for you. People can ask you questions or give you advice. There are also some automated "bots" that can add helpful messages.


When a registered user receives a message, they get a notification at the top of their screen:

Screenshot of talk page notification for logged-in user


Unregistered users on a shared internet connection, like school or home networks, get a shared talk page. If someone leaves an unregistered user a message, the user will see a notification at the top of whichever page they are looking at:


To reply, add a comment below the message on your own user talk page (start with {{ping|theirusername}} to notify them).


Generally, you can find an editor's user talk page by following the link labelled "talk" in their signature, located at the end of their messages. You can always reach their user talk page by clicking on their name in the signature, and then clicking on the "Talk" tab, as you would with an article.

Layout

Indenting can help improve the readability of a discussion, making it much easier to understand where one editor's comments end and another's begin. Always indent your reply one level deeper than the person you are replying to. The best way to indent is to place a colon (:) at the beginning of a line. The more colons you use, the more indented the text will be.

You type You get
This is aligned all the way to the left.
: This is indented slightly.
:: This is indented more.

This is aligned all the way to the left.

This is indented slightly.
This is indented more.


To create a list, add an asterisk (*) at the start of each point. This goes after any markup (:, *, or #) that was used in the preceding line. It will add a bullet point (•) to each line, like this:

You type You get
* First list item
* Second list item
** Sub-list item under second 
* Third list item
  • First list item
  • Second list item
    • Sub-list item under second
  • Third list item

Examples

Example of a well-formatted discussion

Hi. I have a question about this article. I'm pretty sure only purple elephants live in New York! JayRandumWikiUser 02:49, 10 Nov 2019 (UTC)

Well, I have visited New York before, and the elephants definitely come in green. try2BEEhelpful 17:28, 11 Nov 2019 (UTC)
I think you should find a source for your claims before I believe them! Living × Skepticism 20:53, 11 Nov 2019 (UTC)
Okay, these elephant journals agree with me:
I've done my research! try2BEEhelpful 19:09, 12 Nov 2019 (UTC)
I guess you're right. Thanks for listing out your sources. JayRandumWikiUser 23:09, 12 Nov 2019 (UTC)


To keep comments in line, use the same amount of colons as the previous line, before adding your own indentation and/or bullet point.

An example of an indented discussion with bullet list
You type You get
::: Okay, these elephant journals agree with me:
::: * [http://www.ElephantsMonthly.com/NewYork Elephants Monthly]
::: * [http://www.ElephantsWorld.com/Purple Elephants World]
::: * [http://www.ElephantsEnthusiast.com/10-12-15 Elephants Enthusiast]
::: I've done my research! ~~~~
Okay, these elephant journals agree with me:
I've done my research! try2BEEhelpful 11:08, 12 Dec 2019 (UTC)

See also

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