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Latest comment: 3 years ago by Dmehus in topic October 2020


Your Wiki requests[edit source]

Hello, which wiki would you like to use, ISV or ISWITCH? Zppix (Meta | CVT Member | talk to me) 14:43, 7 November 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

October 2020[edit source]

Hi Helper,

First, let me start by saying that it is very encouraging to have you assisting other users on the community noticeboard and elsewhere on Meta, and it is my hope you will continue to do this.

Nevertheless, I have observed a couple problems with some of your replies lately, so thought this gentle reminder of our talk page guidelines and expectations would be helpful. Note they are not itemized in any particular order, so the order is not an indication of significance or importance:

  • Remembering to sign your posts. Please remember to sign all posts you make on Meta, or most wikis, really, with four tildes (~~~~) to include both a link to your user page or your user talk page and a critical timestamp for our archiving bot. The latter reason is especially important, as the bot requires the timestamp in order to archive threads. As well, your timestamp should follow the standard format as defined here
  • Removing posts after someone has already replied. Though not a formal policy on Meta, per se, we follow these established conventions, customs, and practices with regard to knowing when it is acceptable to remove an existing thread from a talk page, user talk page, or noticeboard, construed fairly broadly, and also when and how to modify one's prior posts
  • Providing answers where you are unsure of something. Speaking from personal experience, here on Meta actually, if you aren't 100% certain about something procedurally or a specific aspect of a global or local policy, it is usually best to avoid speculating, as that invariably sows confusion for both the requestor and any other participating user(s). Instead, it is perfectly acceptable to either (a) respond that you've referred the matter to a subject matter expert or (b) say nothing.

Anyway, with these tips, I hope that they will set you on the right path to continued, constructive assistance and volunteerism on Meta, as it is definitely appreciated. :)

Dmehus (talk) 15:01, 1 October 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]