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What is a User Page[edit | edit source]
A user page is a Wiki page about a Wiki contributor. It is a feature in the Wiki for the purpose to facilitate communication among participants and bring the online community closer together. Other users and contributors will learn about you and your interest in family history. If you have editing rights, you can create your own user page. Other users will see links to your user page from various places, such as Recent Changes and View History pages. You can link to your user page within the text of a Wiki page which is mainly use used on talk pages when you Sign your name.
Creating your User Page[edit | edit source]
To create your user page, do the following:
- Sign in to the Research Wiki using your FamilySearch account
- Locate your username at the top right side of a Wiki page. This is the link to your user page.
- Click on your username. It should currently be red.
- A page will appear that says, "There is currently no text in this page. You can search for this page title in other pages, search the related logs, or create this page."
- Click on "create this page" link
- This will open your page in wikitext. Instructions' on how to edit in wikitext.
NOTE: It's important that your user page displays your username. Do not use the DISPLAYTITLE template to overwrite the name of your user page. Other Wiki users need to be able to see a Wiki contributor's username. If you wish to display your own name on your user page, list your name using a header one at the top of your page. (i.e., = Your Name =)
What to put on your User Page[edit | edit source]
Some appropriate content for a user page includes:
- A list of your main areas of interest are in relation to the topic of the Wiki
- Describe contributions you have made or areas you are interested in contributing
- An abbreviated personal profile including where you live
Userboxes[edit | edit source]
Many users share with others their language skills and/or other interests by displaying boxes on their user page. User boxes are small, colorful boxes that denote membership in a group or expertise in a specific area. Visit the Userbox gallery to see if there are boxes that are appropriate for display on your user page. You must use wikitext to add the userbox to your User Page. You can also create userboxes for use on your page.
User Sandboxes[edit | edit source]
Creating your user page allows you to have a scratchpad space - an area for developing ideas without cluttering the main namespace. These pages are an extension of your user page and are called sandboxes. You may create sandboxes to assist in writing content on the Wiki, without changing Wiki pages in the main namespace. It also allows you to make edits on a page without scrutiny of other users. A personal sandbox link is found under the Edit the Wiki menu on the navigation bar on the left side of the screen. There is also a link in the top right hand corner of the screen above the search field.
User Contributions[edit | edit source]
When viewing another person's user page, an additional link, "user contributions", appears in the 'toolbox' area (bottom right). This takes you to a list of all of this user's wiki edits.
Editing someone else's page[edit | edit source]
It's generally considered poor etiquette to rewrite or reword another person's user page. Editing is not disallowed, but you should avoid adding information (or especially opinions) which might be misinterpreted as coming from that user in situations where this could potentially cause a problem. To communicate with a User, instead use their User's Talk page.
Some types of edits are widely acceptable and unlikely to cause any problems:
- Fixing Wiki article links when a page has been moved or deleted
- Fixing broken external links
- Categorizing or fixing categories of user pages.
See also[edit | edit source]
- FamilySearch Wiki:User page - user page guidelines