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Wikipedia:Lessons (Collogue pages)

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Relatit steid airtins
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Collogue pages
Stairt an airticle
Pynts ti mind

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Collogue pages are gey important ti Wikipedia, sin they lat ye speik aboot airticles an ither issues wi ither Wikipedians.

Collogue pages

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Gin ye want ti speir aboot an article, or you hae a concern or comment, ye can pit a note in the airticle's collogue page. Ye dae that bi clickin the "collogue" tag at the tap o the page. Dinna fash yersel gin the airtin is reid; it's fine ti mak the collogue page gin it haesna aaready bin duin.

Whan ye eik a new comment, pit it at the bottom o the collogue page sauf ye're answerin someone else's remarks. Then ye suid put your comment ablo theirs. Ye can indent yer comment bi typin a colon (:) at the beginning o a line.

Ye suid sign yer comments bi typin ~~~ for juist yer uisername, or ~~~~ for yer username an a time signature (see the exemplar discussion ablo). Whan ye hain the page, yer signature will be inserted bi the wiki saftware. Maist o us uise time signatures cause it maks follaeing collogues aesier an maks fowk answer verra auld comments less aften.

Ye can get a uisername bi makkin an accoont (it's free). Gin ye dinna hae an accoont, or gin ye hae ane but haena logged in, yer computer's IP address is uised stead o yer uisername.

User collogue pages

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Ilka Wikipaedian haes a uiser collogue page, that ither Wikipaedians can pit messages on. Gin somebodie haes screiven ye a message, ye'll see a note sayin "Ye hae new messages", wi an airtin ti yer uiser collogue page.

Ye can answer in twa gates. The ae gate is ti pit a message on the uiser collogue page o the chiel ye're answerin. The ither is ti pit yer answer on yer ain collogue page aneath the oreiginal message. Baith are common on Wikipaedia; houaniver, mind that answerin on yer ain collogue page rins the risk that yer answer winna be seen, gif the uiser disna keek at yer collogue page again.


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Indentin can mak a muckle impruvement ti the leyoot o a collogue, makking it fell aesier ti read. A staundart practice is ti indent yer answer ae level deeper nor the text ye're answerin.

There's a puckle weys o indentin in Wikipaedia:

Plain indentations

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The simplest wey o indentin is ti pit a colon (:) at the beginning of a line. The mair colons ye pit, the furder indented the text'll be. A newline (pressin Enter or Return) mairks the end o the indented paragraph.

For exemplar:

This is aligned aa the wey ti the left.
:This is indented a wee bit.
::This is indented mair.

is shown as:

This is aligned aa the wey ti the left.
This is indented a wee bit.
This is indented mair.

Bullet points

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Ye can indent uisin bullets an aa. This is maistlins uised for leets. Til insert a bullet, uise an asterisk (*). Like indentation, mair asterisks afore a paragraph gies mair indentation.

A wee exemplar:

*First leet item
*Seicond leet item
**Sub-leet item ablo seicond
*Thrid leet item

The whilk is shawn as:

  • First leet item
  • Seicond leet item
    • Sub-leet item ablo seicond
  • Thrid leet item

Nummered items

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Forbye ye can mak nummered leets. For this, uise the nummer sign or hash symbol (#). This is uised for coonts an walin. Again, ye can affect the indent o the nummer bi the nummer of #'s ye uise.


#First item
#Seicond item
##Sub-item ablo seicond item
#Thrid item

Shows up as:

  1. First item
  2. Seicond item
    1. Sub-item ablo seicond item
  3. Thrid item

Exemplary collogue

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Here is an exemplar o a weel-laidoot collogue:

Hi. I want ti speir aboot this article. I'm gey suir that purple elephants juist bide in Inversnecky! JayAllevolieWikiUser 02:49, 10 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Weel, last time I wis in Inversnecky, the elephants I saw wis green. — tryNBeeHelpfu 17:28, 11 Dec 2003 (UTC)
I think ye suid finnd a soorce for yer claims. Scepticism × itsel 20:53, 11 Dec 2003 (UTC)
Richt-Oh, thir elephant journals gree wi me:
  • Elephants Monthly
  • Elephants World
tryNBeeHelpfu 19:09, 12 Dec 2003 (UTC)
I bide in Australia, whaur the elephants leuk like kangaroos! The fowk ablo gree wi ma statement: -DinnaGdayMateMe 17:28, 14 Dec 2003 (UTC)
  1. ElefantLuvr 01:22, 15 Dec 2003 (UTC)
  2. AisleVoteOnOnything 05:41, 15 Dec 2003 (UTC)
  3. aBittieAhintTheTimes 18:39, 27 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Mind that gin ye want ti pit a leet in yer comments, eik colons afore ilk item, for exemplar:

:::Richt-Oh, thir elephant journals gree wi me:
:::* ''Elephants Monthly''
:::* ''Elephants World''
:::— [[Wikipedia:Uiser page|tryNBeeHelpfu]] 19:09, 12 Dec 2003 (UTC)

An signing yer message aff is duin bi:

  • Screivin ~~~ for the name (tryNBeeHelpfu), or
  • Screivin ~~~~ for the name an date (tryNBeeHelpfu 19:09, 12 Dec 2003 (UTC)), or
  • Screivin ~~~~~ for the date bi itsel (19:09, 12 Dec 2003 (UTC)).

Ye suid aye sign wi baith name and date but walins are aften signed wi names only.


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Try it oot! This time, stead o editin a saundpit, lave a message on the collogue page bi clicking "Discuss this page" or "collogue". Mind an sign yer uiser name. Ye micht want to try answerin somebodie else's post. Mind, ye suid uise "Scance ower" ti see gif yer formattin works afore ye hain.

Gang on wi the lessons.

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