Communicating with Other Members
Communicating with other members of the Archivopedia community is easy.
There are two main methods of communication
Sending email allows the most privacy. An email is sent privately to the member you are trying to reach, and your communication is not documented by the software. Report any abuse of this feature to an administrator. Please note that the recipient will have the email address you sign up with; it is not masked.
To send an email to a fellow user, first you must know that user's id. Then simply type User:[username] in the search box on the left side of the screen and click Enter or "Go". This takes you to the user page of the individual you are trying to reach.
Next, look at the toolbox options.
Click on the link marked "E-mail this user".
At this time, if you have not already established your preferences, you will be prompted to do so at this time. Specifically, you will need to be sure you have entered a return email address. You will also need to select the checkbox "Enable e-mail from other users" and, should you choose, "Send me copies of emails I send to other users". Save any changes you make.
You will be required to confirm your email address before proceeding.
After your preferences are set, you are ready to email other users of Archivopedia.
USER DISCUSSION PAGES
Follow the same procedure as above to arrive at the user page of the individual you are trying to reach. Instead of sending an email, you may wish to simply leave a message for them on their discussion page. Once at their page, click on the Discussion tab at the top of the page. Ideally, you will encouter a friendly message like: "Leave questions here or click on "E-mail this user" in the toolbox to the left, and I will respond." Click on the + tab or edit tab to leave a message.
At this point simply type your message in the box, sign your comment, and save the page. Be sure to specify where the individual should respond--on their own page or on your page so you know where to look for their reply.
ARTICLE DISCUSSION PAGES
Article discussion pages are where most communication occurs between wiki members. Usually members reserve this area to discuss the specifics of an article. Typically, it is a good idea before deleting someone else's contribution (unless it is a minor edit) to post your intentions for deletion and the reason why on the discussion page. This will encourage discussion about a change prior to removing the contribution of another member.
Article discussion pages are also good places for asides, asking questions that relate to the article, posing rough ideas, or posting opinion sidebars that are related to the main article but don't necessarily belong in it. Keep in mind that when, as an editor, you have something to say to other Archivopedians in mind, and not the general public, the article discussion page or an email is the place to do this.