An user page is a page about a wiki user - someone who registered on the wiki - and is (most probably) a contributor.
Once registered, create a user page with the link in the user menu. All users will see links to user pages from various places, such as the “Recent changes” and “page history” pages (see Help:Tracking changes). It is possible to link to a user page within the text of a wiki page, which is mainly useful on talk pages for signatures.
User page contents
User pages are just as flexible as any other wiki page. Users are generally free to include and format these pages as they wish. It can be a place to tell other users about activities, interests, personal details, or describe what is being worked on, or planned, in the wiki - to bring the online community closer together. Think of it as a “profile” page.
User scratchpad / development area
A user page, and it's subpages (see Help:Subpages), may be used as a scratchpad for developing ideas without cluttering the main namespace (see Help:Namespaces). Avoid expending too much effort within this area of the wiki though, it is best suited to experiments. Be bold! Edit the main wiki articles! The wiki has a shared Sandbox page, which may be used for quick (non-permanent) wiki experimentation.
Other user's user pages
As mentioned above, links to other people's user pages are provided in various places throughout the wiki.
When viewing another person's user page, a "user contributions" link appears in the tools menu. This provides a list of all of this user's wiki edits. Use this to get an idea of how prolific a contributor is, or to track down edits made by a user who is causing trouble/making bad wiki edits.
Editing someone else's page
It's generally considered bad etiquette to rewrite or reword another person's user page. Editing is not disallowed, but never add information (or especially opinions) which might be misinterpreted as coming from that user, this could potentially cause upset. Some types of edit are acceptable, and unlikely to cause a negative reaction:
- Fixing internal links, when a page has been moved or deleted
- Fixing broken external links
- Categorizing or fixing categories of user pages.
User talk pages
Every user page has an associated talk page, this is a special kind of talk page, for leaving messages directed at a particular user. See Help:Talk pages#User talk pages.
Link to a user page
To create a link to the user page of the user that clicks that link, use Special:MyPage.