Bulbapedia:Talk page policy

Revision as of 11:24, 29 August 2010 by The dark lord trombonator (talk | contribs) (I hope this isn't getting too long... fill in requests from talk page)
This policy in a nutshell:
273Seedot.png Use talk pages to discuss improvements to the article. Don't abuse them. They are not forums for free discussion.

The Bulbapedia talk page policy explains how to use talk pages appropriately on Bulbapedia. You should try and follow these guidelines when you're editing a talk page or user talk page.

What is a talk page?

Click the discussion tab to go to the talk page.

A talk page is a built-in part of the MediaWiki software that Bulbapedia is run on. Every namespace has its own talkspace; every article has a talk page attached to it. Every user has their own personal user talk page where you can leave them a message.

To get to an article's talk page, click the "discussion" tab at the top of the page. The talk page for this policy page can be found at Bulbapedia talk:Talk page policy.

How should a talk page be used?

Generally, talk pages are for discussing how to improve an article. This means that you can and should:

  • Bring up errors
  • Suggest new trivia
  • Question reliability of information
  • Ask another user on their user talk page for help, or help them

Editing in sections

Talk pages have their discussion topics ordered chronologically into sections. When you start a new topic, create it manually at the bottom of the page or use the (+) button to do this automatically. This helps keep everything in order. Please title your section appropriately so everyone can see at a glance what you are talking about.

When you reply to a section started by someone else, indent your comments to distinguish them from the previous comments.

Signing comments

All comments left on talk pages must have a signature left afterwards. Unlike on most forums and message boards, this is not done automatically by the software. To leave a signature, either type ~~~~ or click button_sig.png (above the editing pane) when you have finished your contribution to the discussion.

Signing comments is required so that readers can identify who is saying what, and when they are saying it. If a recent comment has been left unsigned, then any editor may amend it with the {{unsigned}} template.

Talk page etiquette

  • Please do not edit another user's discussion—even if it's full of spelling errors.
  • Removing comments is also frowned upon, except in certain situations.
  • Please check the dates of a discussion before you reply to it. Unless there is good reason for revitalizing an old conversation, comments on sections older than six months old will be removed. This is because by this point the problems cited will have been cleared up.
  • Don't leave overly long and confusing messages. No one likes to read stuff like that. Write concisely to make sure your points can be understood.
  • Always abide by the code of conduct.

When a talk page gets very long, it will be archived by a staff member or, in the case of a user talk page, the user.

How should a talk page not be used?

Talk pages aren't water coolers or places for general discussion. It is not acceptable to:

  • Post predictions on a future game or anime episode
  • Comment on the subject of the article (i.e. "I like Ash because he has a hat")
  • Leave abusive messages to a user on their user talk page
  • Use your own user talk page as a substitute as a user page (see Bulbapedia:Userspace_policy#Circumventing the userspace policy)
  • Leave meaningless posts such as "oh, that guy just pwnd you."
  • Have lengthy discussions not related to Bulbapedia. For this, use the Bulbagarden Forums' Private Message or Visitor Message functions.

If you post a comment on a talk page that is unacceptable for any of the above reasons, it may be removed by any other user. If you remove an unacceptable comment from a talk page, please state what is wrong with it in your edit summary.

If a user repeatedly leaves inappropriate messages on a talk page then they should be warned by a staff member and may face a short block.

My user talk page

Use the "page move" function to archive your talk page to a suitable location.

This page is your user talk page. Even so, you still need to abide by the rules of the talk page policy on this page.

Don't remove comments, including your initial welcome message. This is for historical purposes and so Bulbapedia staff don't give repeated warnings about the same thing. When your page gets long enough, you may archive it by moving it to a new location. For example, User:Example would move his large talk page to "User talk:Example/Archive 1" (or a variant thereof).

See also

Did you make it to the bottom? I hope you read this. Now go back and read it again and tell me if it's missing anything. Especially you people that think you're staff. Go earn your wage.

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