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A user page is a page about a wiki user with an account on the wiki, and who is (most probably) a contributor.

If you have registered, you can create your own user page. Your user page is linked in the top right. More importantly, others will see links to your user page from various places which assist wiki collaboration. This includes the "Recent changes" and "page history" displays (See Help:Tracking changes). You can also link to your user page within text of a wiki page, which is mainly useful on talk pages when you sign your name.

What to put on your user page

User pages are just as flexible as any other wiki page, and it's a page all about you, so generally people will leave you to freely write your user page in whatever format you like. It's a feature to help other people know who you are, and to bring the online community closer together. Think of it as a “profile” page. You might like to mention where you are from and what your job is. You can also state what your main areas of interest are in relation to the topic of the wiki, and describe contributions you have made or areas where you are interested in contributing.

User scratchpad / development area

You can use your user page as a scratchpad. An area for developing ideas without cluttering the main namespace (see Help:Namespaces). If subpages are enabled (see Help:Subpages), you may find them useful for creating sub pages under your user page. However you should avoid expending too much effort within your own area of the wiki. Be bold! Edit the main wiki articles! If your wiki has a shared Sandbox page, you can also use it for quick (non-permanent) wiki experimentation.

Other people's user pages

As mentioned above, you will see links to other people's user pages, in various places throughout the wiki.

User Contributions

When viewing another person's user page, an additional link "contributions" appears in the "toolbox" of the sidebar. This takes you to a list of all of this user's wiki edits. Use this to get an idea of how prolific a contributor somebody is, or to track down edits made by a user who is causing trouble/making bad wiki edits.

Editing someone else's page

It's generally considered bad 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 upset. Some types of edit are widely acceptable, and unlikely to cause upset:

  • Fixing internal links, when a page has been moved or deleted
  • Fixing broken external links
  • Categorizing or fixing categories of user pages.

User talk pages

Every user page has an associated talk page; a "user talk page". This is a special kind of talk page, for leaving messages directed at a particular user. See Help:Talk pages#User talk pages.

Link to a user page

To create a link to the user page of the user that clicks that link, use Special:MyPage.


You can access your user profile on any community by hovering over your avatar at the top-right of the screen while logged in and then clicking "View Profile".

Your profile has two sections: one at the top and one at the bottom. The top section displays the same information on every community you edit. This is your basic introduction to other users. The bottom section of your profile is unique to that community and you can fill it out however you like.

Top section: Global content

When you first arrive at the top of your profile, it will look like this:


Myview

That's just how you see it. When other users look at the top of your profile before you fill it out, they see this:


Yourview

But let's say you don't want to leave it blank. You can fill it out by hovering over the area and clicking the "edit" link that appears. You'll be presented with this:


Edit

You might see a few fields filled out with information we already have about you. (We won't display those details without you saying "yes", though.) You can decide to keep that information, or you can change it! Keep these points in mind:

  • Anything you enter into the new top section of your profile will appear on every community you've edited, so introduce yourself in a way that works for all of your wiki communities.
  • Make clear, conscious decisions about what information you want to share about yourself. Read over our blog post about being safe online for a refresher course on what to consider.
  • It's okay to be creative, experiment, and have fun. You don't have to fill these questions out the way you would on a government form - be unique!

Other details

The top part of your profile will only show your information if you have edited on that community. If you have zero edits on that community, your personal information will not display; only your profile picture will.

If you want to upload an avatar, you can do so by hovering over your existing avatar and clicking the "Edit Avatar" link that appears below it. You can also upload an avatar using Community Apps or Fandom app. See Help:Avatars for more details.

Bio

Within Community Apps and the Fandom app, users can add "bio" text that is visible in all apps. This bio is also displayed on the top section of the user profile page. The bio can only be edited from within a Community App or the Fandom app.

Bottom section: Wiki-specific content

The Profile tab is a blank wiki page that you can use to express yourself. Simply click the "Edit Profile" button at the top of this section and start editing. We recommend you add links, photos, and information to express yourself and your interest in that community.

You can also create subpages in your user profile. Just go to the subpage you'd want to create (example: User:Sannse/Subpage) and create the page.

The other tabs in this section are related to your activity on that community and your interaction with other users. The tabs that you see may vary from community to community, depending on which features are enabled.

  • Your Message Wall or Talk page is a place where other users on the community can communicate with you.
  • Your Blog is a place for you to create content and have other users comment on it.
  • The Contributions tab shows what you've done on the community.
  • The Following tab shows which pages you're following on the community.
  • On Community Central, you'll see an additional User Activity tab that shows a list with all the wikis you contributed to.

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