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A user page is a page about a wiki user - someone who registered on the wiki - and is (most probably) a contributor.
Once registered, anyone can create a user page with the link in the user menu (menu in top right corner of pages, see creating user pages section).
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.
Anyone planning on doing specific work on the wiki, please create a user page and explain what is planned, so that other users know what is happening.
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 its 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 its 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.
Creating user pages
Creating the main user page
The user page can be created from a link to the currently nonexistent page. The user account must be created and the user logged-in.
To get a link to the user page, click on the "user menu" which is the menu in the top right hand corner of any page, that is titled with the name of the currently logged-on user. In that menu, click the item titled with the current username (yes the same as the menu's name). This should lead to a currently nonexistent user page, which can now be created.
Click on the "create this page" link. There should now be a blank page where content can be written.
Creating a user subpage
To create a user subpage, go to the user page and append a slash ("/") to the URL, followed by the subpage name. The URL to the user page can be found in the "user menu" as explained in the previous section.
Navigate to the subpage URL that has just been entered. Click on the "create this page" link.
Note that a subpage can be created without having to create the main user page first, if desired.
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.
If another user gives permission to edit any of their pages, please explicitly state in the edit summary that the permission was granted. Edits that do not may be summarily reverted (save for the three minor exceptions stated above). This of course does not apply to any pages that explicitly accept edits through a note in the header.
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.
Link to a user page
To create a link to the user page of the user that clicks that link, use Special:MyPage.