Every wiki page has an associated talk page which can be used for discussion and communicating with other users. Talk pages can be accessed by clicking the “discussion” tab at the top of the page. Simply edit the page as normal to add your comment.
A talk page is actually very similar to any other wiki page, but it is in the “Talk” namespace, to keep it separate from the articles in the “(Main)” namespace (See Help:Namespaces). As with any wiki page, you can edit it, link to it, and view the editing history.
Editing conventions on talk pages
Having discussions on a free-form wiki page will seem strange at first. It helps if everyone follows some simple editing conventions:
- Always sign your name after your comments. Use the four tildes “
~~~~” wiki syntax (or the signature button in the toolbar above the editing textbox). You can also sign with <scratchsig>(your username)</scratchsig> ~~~~~; just make sure to leave out the parentheses.
- Start a new discussion with a
==level 2 heading==at the bottom of the page (or use the “new section” tab)
- Indent replies with colons (
:) at the beginning of the line.
The free-form format has some advantages over the conventional rigid forum format, but it can get a little messy. As with other wiki pages, anyone can help with tidying up discussions, to conform to the editing conventions e.g. add signatures and headings where they are missing.