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How and when do I sign my name?Modifier

When you make a comment on a talk page it is useful to sign your name so others can see who wrote the message and when they wrote it. To sign a message, you use tildes (~) like so:

~~~ = Signature = Mason11987 (Talk - Contributions)
~~~~ = Signature and Time = Mason11987 (Talk - Contributions) 16:42, 9 February 2006 (PST)
~~~~~ = Time = 16:42, 9 February 2006 (PST)

If someone doesn't sign their name, you can find out who they were through the edit history. You can then use Template:Unsigned to inform other users. Just type:


With the name of the contributor replacing "name". This gives something looking a little like this:


How do I indent messages?Modifier

When having conversations in talk pages, you should place your response after another message and indent it, so the flow of conversation is clear. For example:

How is the weather outside? -Bob

It's not bad, although it's supposed to snow later on. -Mike
Oooo, I hate snow, so cold. -Angela
It's actually really hot here. -Scott

It's very easy to indent a message, simply put a colon (:) at the beginning of the line that you want to indent. The number of colons, the further the indent. This is how the above conversation was created:

How is the weather outside? -Bob
:It's not bad, although it's supposed to snow later on. -Mike
::Oooo, I hate snow, so cold. -Angela
:It's actually really hot here. -Scott

What about that code box?Modifier

The dotted line box around the conversation above is called a code box. A code box has a monospaced font (which means it has equal width characters) and is useful for displaying things that need to be lined up perfectly. Having a code box is very simple, you simply indent a line and it will become part of a code box. Such as this line:

How is the weather outside? -Bob

This was created by putting a space before the "How".

How do I stop wiki code from happening?Modifier

Sometimes you want to have text on a page but the MediaWiki software does something to it that you don't want to happen, such as if you wanted to just mention the template {{stub}}. If you just typed {{stub}} into an article, you would label it a stub article. But if you want to avoid wiki formatting, simply add <nowiki> and </nowiki> around whatever text you want to stay unformatted. For example:

<nowiki>[[Creature]]</nowiki> becomes [[Creature]]

But [[Creature]] alone becomes Creature