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This screencast is about communicating with

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other Wikipedia editors using talk pages.

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It covers what talk pages are for,

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how to use them effectively,

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and some of the conventions

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and etiquette to follow when using them.

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Talk pages are the main way

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editors communicate with each other on Wikipedia.

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Every page on Wikipedia,

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whether an article

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or a WikiProject

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or a userpage or something else,

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has a corresponding talk page,

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which you can get to by clicking the Talk tab.

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The talk page for an article

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is where editors discuss proposed changes,

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editing disagreements, and other topics

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related to improving the article.

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Other kinds of talk pages are for

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discussing Wikipedia's policies and processes and the like.

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User talk pages are for

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communicating with individual editors.

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When you leave a message on someone's user talk page,

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they will get a notification about the message

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the next time they are on Wikipedia.

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To post a new message on a talk page,

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you can click the "New section" tab,

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and then add your message and a headline for the new section.

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At the end of your message, you should sign it.

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Adding four tildes in the edit window

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will add a signature when you save it,

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with your username and a timestamp

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showing when you left the message.

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You can respond to someone else's comments

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by posting beneath them within the same section.

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Wikipedia discussions use indentation

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to created threaded discussions:

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each subsequent reply has a different level of indentation.

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The wiki markup for indentation is to

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start a line with one or more colons.

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Each colon creates another level of indentation,

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so replies should begin with

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one more colon than the previous comment.

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The keys to effective talk page discussions on Wikipedia

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are to be civil and address the article or topic at hand

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rather than making it personal,

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and to assume good faith on the part of other editors.

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Even if you think someone is doing something wrong or silly,

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they almost always have the same goal you do:

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to make Wikipedia better.

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And don't forget to sign your posts

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and leave an edit summary each time you add to a discussion.

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The easiest way to keep up

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with discussion you want to watch

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is to put the page on your watchlist.

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There are several other ways

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of following talk page activity;

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check out "Wikipedia:Syndication" for details.

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Happy editing!

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