DrumCorpsWiki provides users' pages to facilitate communication among participants in the project. If your username is Example:
- Your user page is the page at User:Example
- Your user talk page is the page at User talk:Example
- Your user subpages are pages of the form User:Example/Lipsum or User talk:Example/Lipsum.
- Your user space is the collection of all the above.
Details about yourself generally should not go in the main namespace, which is reserved for encyclopedic content.
What can I have on my user page?
Anything that is compatible with the DrumCorpsWiki project. It's a mistake to think of it as a homepage: Wikipedia is not a free host, blog, or webspace provider. Instead, think of it as a way of organizing the work that you will be doing on the articles in DrumCorpsWiki, and also a way of helping other editors to understand who they're working with.
A good start is to add a little information about yourself, possibly including contact information (email, instant messaging, etc), a photograph, your real name, your location, information about your areas of expertise and interest, likes and dislikes, homepages, and so forth. Obviously, this will depend on how comfortable you are with respect to privacy.
You can also use your user page to help to use DrumCorpsWiki more effectively: so you can use it to list "to do" information, work in progress, reminders, useful links, and so forth. It's also good for experimenting with markup (that is, as a personal sandbox).
Another use is to let people know about your activities on DrumCorpsWiki, and your opinions about DrumCorpsWiki. So you might include current plans, a journal of recent activities on Wikipedia, and your (constructive) opinions on how certain DrumCorpsWiki articles or policies should be changed. If you won't be editing DrumCorpsWiki for a while, drop a note on your user page to that effect.
You might want to add quotes that you like, or a picture, or some of your favorite DrumCorpsWiki articles or images (free licensed only, see the #What can I not have on my user page? section below), or something like that. In the unlikely event that your editing privileges on DrumCorpsWiki are revoked, a notice of this may be placed on your user page.
If you want to dual-license your contributions under an additional license or declare them all public domain, put a notice to this effect on your user page. Because of the large templates and long category names, some editors move the license templates to a subpage (see below). Whether you include an explicit license statement or not, however, all of your edits on DrumCorpsWiki are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License already.
You may include one or more DrumCorpsWikian categories, such as Category:DrumCorpsWikian musicians. DrumCorpsWikian categories are intended to help DrumCorpsWikians with similar broad interests to congregate and converse. They have some similarity to Wikiprojects, but are much less formal. DrumCorpsWikian categories should not overlap with article categories. It is important to include the word "DrumCorpsWikian" in such category names. Also, they should be categories with the general DrumCorpsWikian category. See also: DrumCorpsWiki:User categorisation.
You are welcome to include a link to your personal home page, although you should refrain from surrounding it with any promotional language.
Note that user pages are often reached through user signatures on talk pages.
What about user subpages?
If you need more pages, you can create subpages. More or less, you can have anything here that you might have on your user or user talk page.
- a work in progress, until it is ready to be released
- archives of user talk
- tests; for testing a template, make it a separate subpage.
What can I not have on my user page?
Generally, you should avoid substantial content on your user page that is unrelated to Wikipedia. DrumCorpsWiki is not a general hosting service, so your user page is not a personal homepage. Your page is about you as a DrumCorpsWikian. Examples of unrelated content include:
- A weblog relating your non-DrumCorpsWiki activities
- Extensive discussion not related to DrumCorpsWiki
- Excessive personal information (more than a couple of pages)
- Personal statements that could be considered polemical, such as opinions on matters unrelated to DrumCorpsWiki
- Opinion pieces not related to DrumCorpsWiki or other non-encyclopedic material
- Games, roleplaying sessions, and other things that fall into "entertainment" rather than "writing an encyclopedia," particularly if they involve people who are not active participants in the project
- Communications with people uninvolved with the project
- Images which you are not free to use (see below)
In general, if you have material that you do not wish for others to edit, or that is otherwise inappropriate for DrumCorpsWiki, it should be placed on a personal web site. Many free and low-cost web hosting, email, and weblog services are widely available, and are a good alternative for content unrelated to DrumCorpsWiki. You might also want to consider Wikicities for wiki-style community collaboration.
The DrumCorpsWiki community is generally tolerant and offers fairly wide latitude in applying these guidelines to regular participants. Particularly, community-building activities that are not strictly "on topic" may be allowed, especially when initiated by committed DrumCorpsWikians with good edit histories. At their best, such activities help us to build the community, and this helps to build the encyclopedia. But at the same time, if user page activity becomes disruptive to the community or gets in the way of the task of building an encyclopedia, it must be moderated.
Redirecting your userpage to another page (other than your talk page or a subpage of your user page) is frowned on by some people. Doing so makes it difficult to follow links to your userpage and thus to leave you messages or to look at your contributions. The exception, of course, is if you redirect the userpage for an older account of yours to the userpage of your current account.
Do not include non-free images (images uploaded to DrumCorpsWiki without the permission of the copyright owner, or under licenses that do not permit commercial use) on your user page or on any subpage thereof (this is official policy and the usual wide user page latitude does not apply, see DrumCorpsWiki:Fair use#Fair use policy for details). Non-free images found on a user page (including user talk pages) may be removed (preferably by replacing it with a link to the image) from that page without warning (and, if not used in a DrumCorpsWiki article, deleted entirely).
Ownership and editing of pages in the user space
As a tradition, DrumCorpsWiki offers wide latitude to users to manage their user space as they see fit. However, pages in user space still do belong to the community:
- Contributions must be licensed under the GFDL, just as articles are.
- Other users may edit pages in your user space, although by convention your user page will usually not be edited by others.
- Community policies, including DrumCorpsWiki:No personal attacks, apply to your user space just as they do elsewhere.
- In some cases, material that does not somehow further the goals of the project may be removed (see below).
In general it is considered polite to avoid substantially editing another's user page without their permission, but feel free to correct typos and other mistakes. Some users are fine with their user pages being edited, and may even have a note to that effect. Other users may object and ask you not to edit their user pages, and it is probably sensible to respect their requests. The best option is to draw their attention to the matter on their talk page and let them edit their user page themselves if they agree on a need to do so. In some cases a more experienced editor may make a non-trivial edit to your userpage, in which case that editor should leave a note on your talk page explaining why this was done. This should not be done for trivial reasons.
Use of page protection for user pages
As with article pages, user pages are occasionally the targets of vandalism, or, more rarely, edit wars. When edit wars or vandalism persist, the affected page should be protected from editing. Protected pages in user space should be listed at DrumCorpsWiki:Protected page along with the rationale for protection.
Most user page vandalism occurs in retaliation for an administrator's efforts to deal with vandalism. Administrators may protect their own user pages when appropriate, and are permitted to edit protected pages in user space. Sometimes a non-administrator's user page may be the target of vandalism. Such pages should be listed at DrumCorpsWiki:Requests for page protection and may then be protected by an administrator.
Note that repeatedly inserting copyrighted content on your own user page after being notified that doing so violates our policy is also considered vandalism, and may result in it being protected.
Vandalism of talk pages is less common. Usually such vandalism should merely be reverted. Blocks should be used for repeat vandalism of talk pages, where policy permits. In rare cases, protection may be used but is considered a last resort given the importance of talk page discussions to the project.
Protected pages in user space should be unprotected as soon as practical.
If the community lets you know that they'd rather you deleted some or other content from your user space, you should probably do so, at least for now - such content is only permitted with the consent of the community. After you've been here for a year or so, and written lots of great articles, the community may be more inclined to let you get away with it. Alternatively, you could move the content to another site, and link to it.
If you do not co-operate, we will eventually simply remove inappropriate content, either by editing the page (if only part of it is inappropriate), or by redirecting it to your main user page (if it is entirely inappropriate).
In excessive cases, your user subpage may be deleted, following a listing on Miscellany for deletion, subject to deletion policy. Please do not recreate content deleted in this way: doing so is grounds for immediate re-deletion (see candidates for speedy deletion). Instead, please respect our judgement about what is and is not appropriate.
What other information is accessible to others from my user page?
In addition to the usual information accessible from an article page such as page history, "Discuss this page" and the like, other users at Wikipedia can also, at the bottom of the page (or in the sidebar), click "User contributions" to see what contributions you have made at Wikipedia over time.