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Talk pages are special pages used for discussion on how to improve an article. They can be edited just like any other page; however, as discussion pages, there are some guidelines and etiquette rules that one should abide by when editing a talk page.

The basics

  1. Click the "edit" button for the section you want to comment on, or "+" if you want to add a new section.
  2. Add your comment. Make sure it's indented properly by using colons (:) appropriately.
  3. Make sure to sign your comment with four tildes (~~~~).
  4. Click "Save page".
  5. That's it! Your comment is now saved to the talk page.

Signing and indenting

All talk page comments must be signed. This is done by adding four tildes (~~~~) to the end of your comment. At the very least, sign with your username. This is done with three tildes (~~~). Five tildes (~~~~~) will produce only a timestamp. This is rarely used on talk pages, but may be useful in certain situations. Signing contributions to the wiki's main content is not permitted.

The colon (:) is used to indent a paragraph. This should be done at the start of every new comment, with the indent increasing by one with each new comment, and all content of a single comment should be indented at the same level. Basically:

Comment. ~~~~
:New comment. ~~~~
::Second new comment. ~~~~
would produce:

Comment. MySig 04:08, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

New comment. MySig 04:08, 17 January 2012 (UTC)
Second new comment. MySig 04:08, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

The indenting should be reset when it becomes excessive.

Why use a talk page?

Talk pages are used for discussion on an article; that is, what can be done to improve it, disputed points, etc. They are not forums to be used for general discussion of the subject of the article. Please take general discussion on F-Zero to the NIWA Hub's "Nintendo Gaming" forums.

User talk pages

User talk pages are used to discuss wiki-related topics with another user. Here, one would discuss a user's editing style, share tips on improving editing ability, and other similar, wiki-related subjects. Like any other talk page, a user talk page should not be used for general chat with a user. If you wish to discuss non-wiki-related topics, please use the wiki's Skype chat. Also, like any other talk page, please try to keep single conversations on a single user's talk page. Consider adding the relevant talk page to your watchlist, to be notified of future edits to it.

Archiving talk pages

When a talk page becomes excessively lengthy, it is a good idea to archive it. More information on archiving can be found here.