Wikisage, the free encyclopedia of the second generation
Wikisage:Your own user space
Every Wikisage user has his/her own userspace. A userspace consists of two parts:
- a user page;
- a user talk page.
Your own user page
Your own user page is where you introduce yourself as an editor. Mention, for instance, which topics you've edited, what you intend to do on Wikisage, your languages and skills. Add quotes, a motto, a link to your website, a picture, and so forth. It is however, not intended for advertising and should remain modest. Wikisage is an encyclopedia, not a blog or autobiography. Other people's user pages may give you an idea of what is acceptable.
Other people's user pages
Don't change someone else's user page without their permission, except to undo vandalism (but that rarely happens on Wikisage). If you see something that shouldn't belong there, discuss it on the user's talk page or alert an administrator.
User talk page is where users initiate discussions with each other. Discuss a specific article on the talk page of that article, however, so others can easily find it. There is also the Tavern for topics that may interest many users.
Sign your contributions to talk pages with four tildes (~~~~), so everyone can see who wrote it and when.
Your own user talk page
You are responsible for everyone's access to your own user talk page. Archive or remove old discussions when the page is getting too long. Use headers and indentation to improve readability if your visitors haven't done so already.
It is always allowed to remove discussions or discussion contributions from your own user talk page, as long as you don't give the impression that the discussion went differently. Keep in mind though that removing an ongoing discussion may upset your discussion partner(s).
Other people's user talk pages
To use someone else's user talk page wisely:
- start a new discussion with a new header;
- remember that every edit you make will alert the user, so don't make many small edits. It's not necessary to correct errors in spelling or grammar;
- respect the decision of the user to terminate or refuse a discussion;
- you can join discussions between other editors, but don't make a habit of it.
Difference of opinion
Occasionally, you may experience a fundamental difference of opinion with other users. When this happens, stay calm and polite:
- talk about the topic rather than your about your discussion partner;
- don't react right away but take the time for a sensible response;
- if you can't solve your differences, don't keep repeating your point of view, but end the discussion;
- keep it fair: listen to minority views, stick to the topic, don't post long slabs of text when it's clear the other person has less time;
- if your response was too harsh, show respect by taking it back.