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Archiving talk pages is useful when they have quite a lot of messages. If you are not an admin, you will need one of them to help you. There are two ways to do this.

Archiving a talk page

Method 1: Moving the page

  1. Hover over the arrow and click on move
  2. Uncheck leave a redirect behind, put in "archiving" for a reason, and move it to Talk:TALKPAGE/Archive n or User talk:TALKPAGE/Archive n (where n represents the archive number, with the first archive being 1, the second being 2 and so on)
  3. Click on move page.
  4. Recreate the talk page
  5. Ask an admin to protect the archive.

Method 2: Copying the contents

  1. Make a page called Talk:TALKPAGE/Archive n or User talk:TALKPAGE/Archive_n
  2. Copy all of the contents from the talk page to the archive.
  3. Delete the contents of the original talk page.
  4. Ask an admin to protect the archive.