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).
Please do not apply categories to articles in the user namespace - they clutter the categories up with pages that other user's can't contribute to.
User page contents
A user page is like a profile page, it can be a great 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.
User pages are just as flexible as any other wiki page. Users are generally free to include and format these pages as they wish. Help other users find useful information in any subpages by linking to them from the main user page.
User scratchpad / development area
A user page, and it's subpages (user namespace), may be used as a scratchpad for developing ideas without cluttering the main namespace. Ideally, use the user page as a profile page and it's subpages for experimentation.
Avoid expending too much effort working on content in user pages, it is best suited to experiments and rough drafts. Content that positively improves the wiki is often better being put directly in the main wiki pages.
Please don't let drafts languish in the user namespace. When work is no longer ongoing, and if an article has reached sufficient content to become at least a small stub, please move the article to the main namespace so that others may work to improve it. Aim to let others contribute to articles as soon as possible.
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.