Wikivoyage:User page help
- A brief introduction about the Wikivoyager.
- A personal sandbox for each Wikivoyager to work on projects or ideas outside the "main" travel guide.
- A communications medium for collaborating with other Wikivoyagers.
Wikivoyagers typically include one or two paragraphs about themselves personally and their areas of interest in Wikivoyage. A portrait photograph or other picture may be appropriate but isn't necessary. Some Wikivoyagers also keep a list of articles they've worked on (a brag rag) on their User page.
Remember that Wikivoyage is not a personal home page service or a vacation photo service. Overloaded User pages are considered a form of abuse. In addition, while it is OK to associate yourself with your company if you work for or run a business, user pages should not be used for advertising.
On the User page, a User contributions link to the additions and improvements a user has contributed to Wikivoyage appears in the toolbox in the left sidebar. The User contributions page looks pretty much like a Page history page, with the same fields.
Using a personal sandbox
- Note: This is not your personal sandbox!
Wikivoyagers should use their User page for developing new ideas about Wikivoyage, or for putting together a "toolbox" of frequently-needed text and Wiki markup. It can be helpful to create subpages (example: "User:MyName/Sandbox") for tools, brag rags, new article brainstorming, and to-do lists.
It is technically possible for anyone to change a user pages or subpages. It's generally considered bad form to do so, though, unless invited by the user. The exceptions are when articles or text that a user has created are deleted from the main namespace, they may be moved to a subpage of the user who contributed to them. Also, when a user has been inactive for sometime, and travel content is significantly out of date, a disclaimer placed at the top of the page to allow people searching for content to realise that the page is in user space.
It's important to remember that while User pages and subpages don't need to follow the style guidelines for Wikivoyage articles – after all, these are for personal organization and use – all content must be under our copyleft.
If another Wikivoyager posts new text on your User talk page, you will see a small red flashing light at the top of the page next to "my talk".
User talk pages also have a Email this user link in the toolbox on the left menu. Because email from the site can be disabled by the user, however, it's often more useful and preferred to just post a comment on the user's personal talk page.