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Wikitravel:Using discussion pages

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{{Shortcut|[[discuss]]}}Every article on Wikitravel has an associated '''talk discussion page''' for discussing that article. Talk Discussion 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 [[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 that article's discussion page to divide up tasks and hammer out differences.
==Talk Discussion page formatting==You can get to the discussion page for an article by clicking on the '''discussion''' tab when reading an article.
You can get edit discussion pages just like editing any other page in Wikitravel; see [[Wikitravel:how to edit a page|how to the talk edit a page ]] for an article by clicking on the instructions. When using discussion pages, add new paragraphs '''discussionat the bottom of the page''' tab when reading an article.
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'''. 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:
<nowiki> that there's a visual distinction between topics of discussion.
You should '''sign your posts''' on talk discussion pages, so people know who they're talking to. You can use three Just enter four tildes ("<nowiki>~~~</nowiki>") for just at the end of your user name, or four tildes comments ("<nowiki>~~~~</nowiki>") for , and it will turn into a signature with your user name and the , time and date. Unless there's a good reason, use the four-tilde signature.
'''Responses''' to other people's talk postings '''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.
==User talk pages==
The discussion page for a [[Wikitravel:user page help|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 [[Wikitravel:Logbook|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 [[Wikitravel:requests for comment|requests for comment]] page to get more attention on it.
There are some points of etiquette in using discussion pages that have built up over the years. Here are a few:
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 discussion page -- even to correct spelling or grammar.* It's usually perfectly OK, though, to change something ''you'' wrote on a talk discussion 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, [[MeatBall:ForgiveAndForget|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 discussion 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.* It's best to wait until the page has grown quite long before archiving, and such archives should always be clearly linked from the principal discussion page, so that everything is easy to find. Avoid archiving discussions on destination and policy article talk pages. Archives should not be edited. ==Rants==If you must rant, there are endless venues to do so in the internet. While everyone is entitled to a good one now and then, off topic rants on discussion pages will usually be reverted. {{WikitravelDoc|help}} 
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