Lesson 7: Communication and interaction within wikieducator

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At the end of this mini lesson you will be able to:

  1. Use the Discussion or Talk pages
  2. Discuss the "my talk page"
  3. Use the "Watchlink" and "My Contributions" link.

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Key points

Discussion or Talk pages

  • The wiki provides tools for communication and conversation among participants
  • The Discussion page, sometimes called the Talk page, is used to leave notes or start discussions about the page you are viewing.
  • It can be used to discuss changes/edits made or used to make suggestions about a particular page
  • This page is used for communication, courtesy and consideration.
  • When using this page try to keep on topic.
  • When leaving a message on the page, sign your post by typing in four tildes. They will be replaced by your username and time stamp like this Eliamgf 20:59, 11 March 2009 (UTC).
  • Be concise. Avoid rambling on and repetition.
  • Keep the layout clear e.g.
    Answer posts or comments underneath the original. This makes it easy to see the chronological order of posts. The one at the bottom is the latest.
    Indent your posts. This makes it easy to see that you are a different user to the previous post.
  • It is often useful to make a heading for new topics in the Talk pages.

My Talk Pages

  • Every page on the wiki has an associated discussion or talk page.
  • The talk page of yoru User page can be used by others to contact you to discuss projects or edits that you have made.
  • When you are logged in, The "My talk" link at the top of the page will take you to your talk page.
  • Other wiki users may use your talk page as a way to contact you to discuss a project or to introduce themselves.

My Watchlist

To keep track of pages you are interested in, click the "Watch" tab along the top of the page.

  • Clicking on this link will add the page you are currently on to your watchlist.
  • The "watch" link will change to "unwatch" for any page you have added to your watchlist.
  • You can remove the page from your list by clicking on the 'unwatch" link.
  • You must be logged in to do this.
  • You can also be notified by email when a page you're watching is changed. This is done by clicking "my preferences" link.

My Contributions

  • This page keeps track of the pages you have worked on.
  • You can access other users' contributions to see how they have contributed by bringing up their User page and clicking on the User contributions in the left hand toolbox.