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Archiving is used both as a way to get to know a user and for reference purposes. Archives can be used on any and all talk pages on Guild Wars Wiki. The below text will help you learn how to go about archiving and the Dos and Don'ts of Archiving
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Archiving a talk page cleans up and shortens an excessively long talk page and provides easily accessible references for past discussions. Archives can be added to any talk pages on Guild Wars Wiki. This help article will explain how to archive and offer some tips on what to avoid.
  
==How Do I Archive?==
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==When to archive==
Archiving is very simple there are two ways to go about doing it. 
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A talk page should be archived when it is generally too large or cluttered for comments to be easily added and read. It is recommended that you leave active discussions on the talk page and only archive the stale ones.
*You can copy and paste all of a talk page's content into a seperate page (for example a users archive would be named <tt>User talk:Username/Archive</tt>)
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*Or you can move your talk page to a seperate page (with the same name as above)
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Since archiving is used for refrence purposes, it is not recommended to hide comments that are is your archive <!--This is a hidden comment-->.  You are also not allowed to remove/delete comments from your archive, an archive is treated as a talk page and the same rules apply.
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It is also recomended that you tick the "This is a minor edit" button when you archive, if you have to archive frequently this will prevent RC flood.  When making an archive be sure to place the {{tl|archived}} template on the top of the page to inform people that the page is an archive; you may also create your own template to use at the top of the archive page, as long as there is something telling people it is an archive.
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==The Dos of Archiving==
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==How do I archive a talk page?==
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There are two simple ways in which a talk page can be archived:
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*Copy and paste all the talk page source content that needs to be archived into a separate page.
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*Move the whole talk page to another name and replace the resulting redirect with a link to the archive(s).  
  
==The Don'ts of Archiving==
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The new archive page should be suitably named and in the correct namespace. For example, <tt>User talk:Example/Archive X</tt> (archive for User:Example's talk page) or <tt>Talk:Article/Archive X</tt> (archive for article named "Article"), where X can either be a numerical count or date.
*Refrain from archiving another user's talk pages without permission.
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*Empty remnants of sections moved to other talk pages do not need to be archived.
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==Notes==
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See [[Help:Editing]] on how to create or move a page.
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==See Also==
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==Archiving guidelines==
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Please read and understand the [[Guild Wars Wiki:Talk pages#Archiving guidelines|talk page archiving guidelines]]. To reiterate the important points:
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*Archive talk pages by sections.
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*Avoid discussions on archived talk pages.
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*Comments should generally not be removed when archiving.
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*Visibly link to any archived talk pages from the original talk page.
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*Explain that you're archiving in the edit summary.
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*An archived talk page is still considered a talk page.
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==Tips==
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*Use an {{tl|Archive-box}} on a talk page to make the archive links more consistent and appealing.
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*Use the {{tl|archived}} template (or a similar notice) at the top of the archive to inform others that it is an archive and should not be edited.
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Latest revision as of 15:43, 10 September 2008

Archiving

Archiving a talk page cleans up and shortens an excessively long talk page and provides easily accessible references for past discussions. Archives can be added to any talk pages on Guild Wars Wiki. This help article will explain how to archive and offer some tips on what to avoid.

When to archive[edit]

A talk page should be archived when it is generally too large or cluttered for comments to be easily added and read. It is recommended that you leave active discussions on the talk page and only archive the stale ones.

How do I archive a talk page?[edit]

There are two simple ways in which a talk page can be archived:

  • Copy and paste all the talk page source content that needs to be archived into a separate page.
or
  • Move the whole talk page to another name and replace the resulting redirect with a link to the archive(s).

The new archive page should be suitably named and in the correct namespace. For example, User talk:Example/Archive X (archive for User:Example's talk page) or Talk:Article/Archive X (archive for article named "Article"), where X can either be a numerical count or date.

See Help:Editing on how to create or move a page.

Archiving guidelines[edit]

Please read and understand the talk page archiving guidelines. To reiterate the important points:

  • Archive talk pages by sections.
  • Avoid discussions on archived talk pages.
  • Comments should generally not be removed when archiving.
  • Visibly link to any archived talk pages from the original talk page.
  • Explain that you're archiving in the edit summary.
  • An archived talk page is still considered a talk page.

Tips[edit]

  • Use an {{Archive-box}} on a talk page to make the archive links more consistent and appealing.
  • Use the {{archived}} template (or a similar notice) at the top of the archive to inform others that it is an archive and should not be edited.