Project:Talk Page Guidelines

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Most pages should follow the policy set out in the Editing Guidelines. Talk pages are different in nature; they are intended to be a place for discussion of the associated topic page.

Style

  • Sign your comment at the end, using four tildes (~~~~), as below:
I think those corn-starch packing peanuts are the bees knees -- ~~~~
...which will be transformed into:
I think those corn-starch packing peanuts are the bees knees -- Rob Linden 00:04, 24 March 2007 (PDT)
  • If you are starting a new thread, use the "+" button to add it, or manually add a subject line within == signs
  • If you are replying to a comment, indent it by prepending your comment with a colon. If the comment you are replying to is already indented, you can add indent levels by adding more colons.
  • If you want to answer to a persons posting you can scroll behind the posting, hit return to start a new line and begin it with a colon. It will be displayed as an intended line then.
  • If you want to answer to an answer, please write multiple colons in the beginning of the line.
  • Place {{Talk}} on the top of pages where these guidelines aren't being followed. This will display as the following:
Essay.png This is a talk page. Please sign comments you leave here by putting four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comment. For more guidelines, see Talk Page Guidelines.

Content

A talk page is supposed to discuss how an article can be improved. It is not supposed to discuss the topic of the article itself. For example, the Open Source Portals talk page is not the place to discuss the pro's and con's of Open Source, but on what articles should be linked to the portal or how it's style can be changed, etc.

Further guidelines related to the content of talk pages:

  • When you comment on a talk page: Be polite, assume good faith.
  • Do not alter other Residents talk page comments!
    • Changes to fit the style of the talkpage or adding of Template:Unsigned seem appropriate though.
  • Do not remove your talk page comments when you changed your mind. Use <strike> to manipulate the old comment instead and maybe add a reason why you made that change. Example:
<strike>Peanut butter isn't very tasty... </strike> -- Magellan Linden 09:04, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
:Hm... eating it more often made me change my mind.~~~~
resulting in:
Peanut butter isn't very tasty...  -- Magellan Linden 09:04, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
     Hm... eating it more often made me change my mind. -- Magellan Linden 15:37, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

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