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A User page on Pikmin Fanon is a page about a "user", a contributor who has registered an account on this wiki.
If you have registered, you can create your own user page. There is a link to your user page in the user options at the very top right of this page. More importantly, others will see links to your user page from various places which assist wiki collaboration. This includes the “Recent changes list” and “Revision 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 sandbox / development area
You can use your user page as a "sandbox", an area for developing ideas without cluttering the main namespace. You may also find subpages of your user page useful for creating other personal pages. However you should avoid expending too much effort within your own area of the wiki. Be bold! Edit the main wiki articles! You can also use the shared sandbox page for quick (non-permanent) wiki experimentation.
Other people's user pages
As mentioned above, you will see links to other people's user pages, in various places throughout the wiki.
When viewing another person's user page, an additional link “user contributions" appears in the “tools” of the sidebar. 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 upset. Some types of edit are widely acceptable, and unlikely to cause upset:
- Fixing internal 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 at a particular user. See Help:Talk pages#User talk pages.
Link to a user page
To create a link to the user page of the user that clicks that link, use Special:MyPage.