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Wikipedia has detailed guidance on the use of talk pages. See wikipedia:Help:Talk pages to learn more.

Signing comments

The several tilde signs ("~) in a row have special meaning on all wiki pages, and are especially useful on Talk pages:

  • 3 tildes ("~~~") is replaced with your user id and a link to your talk page (e.g. "RobLa (talk)")
  • 4 tildes ("~~~~") to put both your user id, a link to your talk page, and the date and time in UTC (e.g. "RobLa (talk) 20:14, 25 October 2023 (UTC)")
  • 5 tildes ("~~~~~") to put just the date and time in UTC (e.g. "20:14, 25 October 2023 (UTC)")

Please get into the habit of signing any comment you make on Talk pages with four tildes ("~~~~").


Anything that shows up wrapped with "<ref></ref>" will show up in one of the following sections:

  • The "Footnotes" section at the bottom of the page (if someone was kind enough to add that)
  • Wherever the <references/> tag is inserted on the page (if someone added that)
  • Someplace random, probably at the bottom of the page.

User:RobLa would like to make it a convention that we all add a "Footnotes" section to the bottom of the page.

All of the talk pages

These can be found at "Talk:" namespace.

One can put a list of all of the pages in the Talk: namespace onto a wiki page by adding the following wikitext: {{Special:PrefixIndex/Talk:}}


Some talk pages should have a "Footnotes" section (e.g. like this page has a "#Footnotes" section), especially if any comments use the "<references/>" tag. The "Footnotes" section needs the <references/> tag in order to collect the references scattered throughout the comments.