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=== What to put on your user page  ===
 
=== 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. Think of it as a 'profile' page. It's a feature to help other people know who you are, and to bring the online community closer together. 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.  
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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. Think of it as a 'profile' page. It's a feature to help other people know who you are and to bring the online community closer together. 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.  
  
 
=== Userboxes  ===
 
=== Userboxes  ===
  
{{main|Help:Userbox}}<br>Many users share with other their languages skills and or other interests by displaying [[Userbox]]es on their user page.  
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{{main|Help:Userbox}}<br>Many users share with others their languages skills and/or other interests by displaying [[Userbox]]es on their user page.  
  
 
=== User scratchpad / development area  ===
 
=== User scratchpad / development area  ===
  
You can use your user page as a scratchpad. An area for developing ideas without cluttering the main namespace. Create [[Special:Mypage/Sandbox|your own user sandbox]]. You may find it useful as a working area before making edits to articles in the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Main namespace|main namespace]]. You can also [[FamilySearch Wiki:About the Sandbox|use]] the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Sandbox]] page for quick (non-permanent) wiki experimentation.  
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You can use your user page as a scratchpad, an area for developing ideas without cluttering the main namespace. Create [[Special:Mypage/Sandbox|your own user sandbox]]. You may find it useful as a working area you can use before making edits to articles in the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Main namespace|main namespace]]. You can also [[FamilySearch Wiki:About the Sandbox|use]] the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Sandbox]] page for quick (non-permanent) wiki experimentation.  
  
 
=== Helping others find you  ===
 
=== Helping others find you  ===
  
{{Contributor Help badge}}If you are involved in a community where individuals know your full name, and would like to help others find your user page by searching on your name, you can [[Help:Creating a page|create a new page]] with the title of your full name, then [[Help:Redirects|create a redirect]] to your user page. This will bring your user page up first in the search results if they search on your name.  
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{{Contributor Help badge}}If you are involved in a community where individuals know your full name and would like to help others find your user page by searching on your name, you can [[Help:Creating a page|create a new page]] with the title of your full name, then [[Help:Redirects|create a redirect]] to your user page. This will bring your user page up first in the search results if they search on your name.  
  
 
== Other people's user pages  ==
 
== Other people's user pages  ==
  
As mentioned above, you will see links to other people's user pages, in various places throughout the wiki.  
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As mentioned above, you will see links to other people's user pages in various places throughout the wiki.  
  
 
=== User Contributions  ===
 
=== User Contributions  ===
  
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. 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.  
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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. 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  ===
 
=== Editing someone else's page  ===
  
It's generally considered bad [[FamilySearch Wiki:Etiquette Guidelines|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:  
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It's generally considered bad [[FamilySearch Wiki:Etiquette Guidelines|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. Some types of edits are widely acceptable and unlikely to cause any problems:  
  
*Fixing wiki links, when a page has been [[Help:Moving a page|moved]] or deleted  
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*Fixing wiki links when a page has been [[Help:Moving a page|moved]] or deleted  
 
*Fixing broken external links  
 
*Fixing broken external links  
 
*Categorizing or fixing categories of user pages.
 
*Categorizing or fixing categories of user pages.
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== User talk 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]].  
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Every user page has an associated talk page; a "user talk page". This is a special kind of talk page for leaving messages directed to a particular user. See [[Help:Talk pages#User_Talk_pages]].  
  
 
== See also  ==
 
== See also  ==

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Help-content.png This help article will guide you as you edit in the Wiki. See Contributor Help for more help articles.


A user page is a page about a wiki user; someone who registered on the wiki, and is (most probably) a contributor. If you have registered, you can create your own user page. Your user page is linked at the top of the Personal tools section of the menu bar. 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. Think of it as a 'profile' page. It's a feature to help other people know who you are and to bring the online community closer together. 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.

Userboxes

Main article: Help:Userbox


Many users share with others their languages skills and/or other interests by displaying Userboxes on their user page.

User scratchpad / development area

You can use your user page as a scratchpad, an area for developing ideas without cluttering the main namespace. Create your own user sandbox. You may find it useful as a working area you can use before making edits to articles in the main namespace. You can also use the FamilySearch Wiki:Sandbox page for quick (non-permanent) wiki experimentation.

Helping others find you

Help-content.png Questions?
Visit the Wiki Contributor Help Forum to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.

If you are involved in a community where individuals know your full name and would like to help others find your user page by searching on your name, you can create a new page with the title of your full name, then create a redirect to your user page. This will bring your user page up first in the search results if they search on your name.

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, "user contributions", appears in the 'toolbox' area (bottom right). 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 a problem. Some types of edits are widely acceptable and unlikely to cause any problems:

  • Fixing wiki 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 to a particular user. See Help:Talk pages#User_Talk_pages.

See also