Discussion pages are used to keep track of discussion relating to a specific article - every page in MediaWiki has one. Discussion pages can be a great tool for collaboration if people bear in mind the few simple guidelines below.
Keep discussion appropriate
While we want to encourage collaboration and expression, always remember that at the end of the day this is still a business. Also remember that everything you do in a wiki can be seen - by everyone. A wiki does not give you an excuse to break company policies - be sensible, and we can all enjoy the wiki.
Please be aware that discussions of an unsatisfactory nature will be removed and may be referred to Management. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Personal attacks
- Misrepresenting other people (i.e. do not edit other staff's posts without their permission)
If you are having a disagreement or a problem with someone's behavior, please speak to your Team Leader or Supervisor.
Along the same lines as above, if you have an opinion then feel free to express it - but do it constructively. Don't 'flame' a staff member for having a go - they're just trying to help by contributing, and being overly critical will only discourage them from contributing in future.
Keep discussion relevant
Make an effort to keep discussion on topic and relevant to a particular page - otherwise somebody may miss a pearl of wisdom that you accidentally leave on a discussion page for an unrelated subject! Some examples of relevant discussion:
- Questions related to factual content of an article
- Proposing a major change to the article - just go ahead and add sections or make minor changes!
- Asking for staff to share their own thoughts/experiences related to the subject matter
Some examples of things that should probably not go on an article's discussion page:
- Questions/comments/etc about a related subject - it should go on that subject's talk page instead (perhaps add a short link to it if you think it's necessary)
- General chatter & social banter - it should go on that user's talk page, or in the lunch room :)
Sign your posts
When posting on discussion pages, please remember to sign your contributions so that it is quick and easy to see who left a comment. Typing four tildes (e.g. ~~~~) will add your username and the current date/time to your comment. Pressing the signature button File:Signature.jpg on the edit page (2nd from the right on the toolbar) will also add the tildes.
Accessing the discussion page
- Each article and user page contains a Discussion (or Talk) page. Click the Discussion tab at the top of an article to go to the article's Discussion page.Template:-
There are several different methods that you can use to edit or add comments and replies.
Using the '+' tab
This is the best method to use if you're adding a brand new comment. It brings up a slightly different form than the regular one mentioned below - just add the section heading in the 'Subject/headline' field, and then your comment itself in the main box below that. It won't ask you for a summary, either!
Similar to editing an actual article, you can edit individual sections on a talk page - think of them as 'threads' for those of you that are familiar with forums. This is a good method to use if you're only replying to a single comment, or just want to reduce the clutter when editing a 'busy' talk page.
Using the 'Edit' tab
You can edit the discussion page in the same manner as any article, by clicking the 'Edit' tab at the top of the page. This is a good method to use if you are replying to or editing multiple comments, as it allows you to edit the contents of the entire page.