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Talk pages are pages that exist alongside other pages for editors to discuss the content of the pages.

Talk pages are accessed by clicking the discussion button or tab.

Acceptable usage

The purpose of a talk page is to discuss improvements to an article.

  • If a user wants to suggest changes to an article, but would like to know what other people think beforehand they can leave a message on the talk page.
  • If a user sees a problem with a page, but is unable to fix it themself, they may ask for assistance on the talk page.
  • If there is a conflict over the content of a page, rather than having editors continually revert each others' edits a discussion should be made on the talk page.
  • Queries about the subject. While generally talk unrelated the article itself is not allowed, users asking questions about the subject that they cannot find in the article is allowed. For example if they have a question about rules of the card game or information about a character which has not been covered in the article, they may ask on the talk page. This does not include asking other editors their opinion on the subject. There is also a forum for ruling queries.

Unacceptable usage

Article talk pages are strictly for discussion of relevance to the article or wiki itself and a place for users to ask for help. Talk pages are not forums and cannot be used for all sorts of discussion.

The following is not allowed on talk pages:

  • Opinion on the subject of an article: For example "Wow, this card is amazing!"
  • A ground for speculation: For example: "What do you think will happen in this episode?"
  • Personal attacks: Editors should act civil to each other and should not post comments like "Whoever made this edit is an idiot". Conflicts against organizations that are unrelated to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki are not allowed either.

Good practices

  • Sign messages: All messages on talk pages should be signed, regardless of whether the user is editing through an account or not. To add a signature, type 4 tildes at the end of a message (Like this: ~~~~). This will add the editors' user name or IP address (if logged out) and timestamp. This makes it much easier to distinquish who left which comments, when they were left and where each message starts and ends. If a user did not sign appropriately, other editors may use the templates {{unsigned}} or {{undated}} to add their missing signature or timestamp.
  • Be polite: If a user disagrees with another editor on something they are discussing, they should refrain from yelling at or insulting them and show some respect for their opinion.
  • Use sections: A new section can be formed by clicking the "leave a new message" button or creating a header by adding ==Name of topic== to at the start of the topic. newer sections should be placed at the bottom of the page.
  • Use indents: If an editor is leaving a message in response to a previous message, they should add an indent at the start of their message, so other can see who they are responding to.
    For example:
Edit screen Appears as
Comment A.

:Comment B. (A response to comment A)

::Comment C (A response to comment B)

:Comment D (A response to comment A)

Comment A.

Comment B. (A response to comment A)
Comment C (A response to comment B)
Comment D (A response to comment A)

Archiving

If a talk page gets long. Older topics may be archived. To create an archive start a page, whose name is the same as the talk page in question, followed by /Archive 1. Older topics can be cut and pasted from the talk page onto the archive.

See also

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