Every UBC Wiki page has an associated talk page which can be used for discussion and communicating with other users. Talk pages can be accessed by clicking the “discussion” tab at the top of the page.
As of 2011, the UBC Wiki is using a threaded "forum-style" format for the discussion pages. To start a new thread, click on the "Start a new discussion" link. To reply to a previous comment, simply click on the "add a reply" link in the appropriate thread.
Here is an example discussion page. Note the "start a new discussion link" at the top and the "add a reply" link below the last comment :
When using a discussion page, you can either start a new thread or reply to a previous existing comment. Comments are formatted using the same mark-up as used on the rest of the site. See Help:Formatting for more information on how to do such things as add links or bold text to your comments.
Your signature is automatically appended to your comment.
It is usually best to keep focused on the task of building a wiki article, and use discussion pages only to support this process. The topic of conversation should generally revolve around what needs to be done to make the associated article better. Remember that editing the article itself is often a more effective means of communicating. It can be more difficult, requiring you to balance your views alongside those of others, but it can also be more rewarding. This is how the community of wiki editors will make progress. Often it will feel more natural to engage in heated debate on a talk page (or indeed any other contact channel) but in fact the wiki article itself can offer a powerful means of reaching middle-ground. Think about how to portray both sides of the argument (e.g. listing advantages and disadvantages) and you may find the debate evaporates.
A "User talk page" is a talk page associated with somebody's "User page" (See Help:User page). This is a place to leave messages for a particular wiki user.
This can function as a kind of messaging system. Users receive a prominent notification when new messages have been left on their talk page. They may be notified by email as well, although this cannot always be relied upon (since the email notification feature must be activated by supplying a valid email address, and clicking a confirmation link). If you don't get a response to your user talk page message, try looking for other contact details which they may have supplied on their user page.
Note that the messages are not private, and others can join in the conversation.