Talkback at User talk:Gyrobo (Re JScript article)
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Hi there, DonToto! I just thought I'd drop you a note after seeing your contributions. They're pretty good for a "newbie" — you seem off to a great start! Let me know if I can assist you with anything, in case you have questions in the future; I'll be pleased to help. Cheers, Waldir talk 08:45, 19 June 2010 (UTC)
- Thanks, Waldir, for your encouragement. I do learn a lot from seeing what expert users such as yourself have done. What is your opinion about the best way to communicate things - e.g. There are four ways I can see - User talk page, another user talk page, an article discussion page, and an email. When to use which way? No rush, but when you get around to it, this seems to be an topic of some confusion.
- DonToto (talk) 14:41, 22 June 2010 (UTC)
- (Before starting, and since we're talking about discussions: it's standard practice to indent discussions to allow following of threads. I indented your comment above with : and this one I'm writing will be further indented with two colons, ::)
- It might be a bit confusing, indeed. For user talk pages, there are two practices: either write/reply at the user talk page of the person you're interacting with (so that they get the "new messages" banner), or write in the same place where the discussion started (as you did here), which keeps everything centralized and makes reading archived discussions bearable. The "new messages" banner is achieved with the talkback template which you used, but its use is not 100% widespread nor it's mandatory. Thus, many people watch the user talk pages where they leave messages, so that they are notified if that user replies in place. Again, there's really no standard practice, but it's more because of software limitations than because people can't agree on a good solution (i.e, there isn't a perfect one).
- Article discussion pages are best for discussing topics specific to an article. In very rare cases it might be more useful to contact directly a frequent contributor to that article or to similar articles (such as when the article has very low traffic, which makes its discussions risk not being seen for a long time). However, if the discussion evolves, it might be advisable to move it back to the article's talk page so that future editors will have easier access to it. See here for example. That one is also useful for the thing I mentioned above about discussions held in two user talk pages separately -- see the "moved from" links above that discussion, to get an idea of how complicated it might become.
- Emailing users is only appropriate when you want to discuss something private. Otherwise, it's best to leave discussions on-wiki so that there is an archive which might be useful for future editors. You can also try emailing an editor who's been inactive for a while, and in other cases if you see fit. But that tends to be the last resort for contacting a user.
- Sorry for the overly long message. Hope this helps, and let me know if anything's unclear. Oh, and if there's one or more places (e.g. help pages) you've searched for this info but didn't find it in, let me know so I can add it there. Cheers, Waldir talk 07:10, 23 June 2010 (UTC)