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If you have new information for an article, by all means [[Wikitravel:plunge forward|plunge forward]] and [[Wikitravel:how to edit a page|edit that page]]. But if there are multiple people working on an article, it can help to use the talk page to divide up tasks and hammer out differences.
 
If you have new information for an article, by all means [[Wikitravel:plunge forward|plunge forward]] and [[Wikitravel:how to edit a page|edit that page]]. But if there are multiple people working on an article, it can help to use the talk page to divide up tasks and hammer out differences.
  
==Talk page formatting==
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Will the shops in Ho Ch Minh City be closed during the lunar new year?
 
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You can get to the talk page for an article by clicking on the '''discussion''' tab when reading an article.
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You edit talk pages just like editing any other page in Wikitravel; see [[Wikitravel:how to edit a page|how to edit a page]] for instructions. When using talk pages, add new paragraphs '''at the bottom of the page'''.
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If there are already conversations going on on that page, it can help to '''add a new heading'''.  You can either click on the '''<nowiki>[ + ]</nowiki>''' button next to the "edit" tab if it's there, or create the heading manually like this:
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==Names in Chinese==
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...so that there's a visual distinction between topics of discussion.
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You should '''sign your posts''' on talk pages, so people know who they're talking to.  Just enter four tildes at the end of your comments ("<nowiki>~~~~</nowiki>"), and it will turn into a signature with your user name, time and date.
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'''Responses''' to other people's talk '''should be indented'''. You can use a colon ("<nowiki>:</nowiki>") at the beginning of a paragraph to indent that paragraph. Responses to responses should be indented twice (two colons); responses to responses to responses get indented three times. Hopefully we don't get that much farther in a discussion, but if so, well, continue in that pattern.
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==User talk pages==
 
==User talk pages==

Revision as of 07:33, 4 November 2010

Every article on Wikitravel has an associated talk page for discussing that article. Talk pages are not chat boards or comment areas; they're for coordinating editorial decisions, suggesting new material that should be considered, and generally collaborating on making a great article. For questions, comments, or personal stories about a destination or topic, check out Wikitravel Extra.

If you have new information for an article, by all means plunge forward and edit that page. But if there are multiple people working on an article, it can help to use the talk page to divide up tasks and hammer out differences.

Will the shops in Ho Ch Minh City be closed during the lunar new year?

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User talk pages

The discussion page for a user page is special; it's called a user talk page. You can use user talk pages to leave someone in particular a personal message. Don't forget that they're publicly accessible, and anyone can read them. Try to keep discussions about a particular article on that article's talk page, too.

Travellers' pub

If you have something to discuss about Wikitravel as a whole, the Wikitravel:Travellers' pub is a good place to put your comments. You can also add a talk-page style note to the Logbook by clicking on "Today's Log" in the left-hand nav bar.

Requests for comment

If you think an issue needs more attention, you can add it to the requests for comment page to get more attention on it.

Etiquette

There are some points of etiquette in using talk pages that have built up over the years. Here are a few:

  • Unlike everything else in Wikitravel, it's considered bad form to change someone else's posts on a talk page -- even to correct spelling or grammar.
  • It's usually perfectly OK, though, to change something you wrote on a talk page, for any reason. If you made spelling or grammatical errors, feel free to change them.
  • If, in the heat of the moment, you said something you regret, go ahead and change that, too.
  • And, ForgiveAndForget when someone changes a nasty comment to something more civil and productive.
  • As an exception, it's impolite to remove a comment if someone's responded to it. It makes them look ridiculous.
  • In general, conversations aren't deleted from talk pages but are instead archived when they are old or no longer relevant. To archive discussions simply create a new page such as User talk:Mypage/Archive and copy the old discussions to it.

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