Help:Talk page

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There are two types of talk pages - standard talk pages are used to discuss an article, while user talk pages are used to communicate with other users or leave them messages. Every page has an associated talk page, except pages with the prefix "Special:" . If there is no discussion of a page, the link to its talk page will be red. You can still discuss the page - you will just be the first person to do so.

[edit] Accessing a talk page

To access a talk page look for a link labelled Talk, Discussion or Discuss this page. These links will be found either at the top of the page or on the left hand side (near Edit this page).

A talk page adds Talk: to the beginning of the main page's title. If the main page has a prefix then talk is added after this prefix.

After someone else edits your user talk page, the alert "You have new messages" is automatically displayed on all pages you view, until you view your user page (You must, of course, be a registered use for this function to work).

[edit] Using talk pages

You should sign your contributions on talk pages by typing three or four tildes (~~~ = Username)
(~~~~ = Username 19:36, 10 January 2007 (UTC)).

On a talk page, "this page" usually refers to the main page (i.e. the page the talk page is associated with). If the talk page itself is referred to, write "this talk page".

When debating the name of the page or discussing merging it with another page, always mention the current page name. Otherwise after renaming (moving) a page, references to "this page name" become ambiguous.

The practice of "spamming" - posting similar messages to more than a few users' talk pages, often for the purpose of soliciting a certain action - is discouraged.

[edit] Formatting

Because the wiki software platform used by UgandaWiki provides for a wide range of formatting styles, proper or at least consistent formatting is essential to maintaining readable talk pages.

The reference of a comment is determined by the number of colons (':') in front of it. If a reply is made to a statement, one adds a colon to the number of colons used in the statement being replied to. This style of conversation is easy to read.

Example:

How's the Katogo? --[[Mukasa]]
:It's great!! --[[Akello]]
::Not too bad.. --[[Birungi]]
:::I made it myself! --[[Mukasa]]
I think the Katogo-discussion should be moved to [[Talk:Katogo]].. --[[Akello]]
:I tend to disagree. --[[Birungi]]

The above will produce this:

How's the Katogo? --Mukasa

It's great!! --Akello
Not too bad.. --Birungi
I made it myself! --Mukasa

I think the Katogo-discussion should be moved to Talk:Katogo.. --Akello

I tend to disagree. --Birungi
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