A user page is a page about a Bulbapedia user with an account on the wiki.
If you have registered, your user account has been created but you still have neither a user page nor a talk page. While you will be able to create a talk page, you will not be able to create a user page until your account becomes autoconfirmed. Once you meet the requirements for your account to become autoconfirmed, you may create a user page, but all edits in the User namespace must comply with the Bulbapedia:Userspace policy.
Other users will see links to your user page and talk page from various places which assist wiki collaboration. This includes the "Recent changes" and "page 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 pages are just as flexible as any other wiki page, and it's a page all about you, so generally you can freely write your user page in whatever format you like. However, Bulbapedia is not a social networking site, and thus things on your user page should broadly be on the topic of Pokémon and the wiki. If you wish to create a “profile” page, the best place is the Bulbagarden Forums where you can add a profile picture, create blog posts and join discussions with other Pokémon fans.
Your Bulbapedia user page may include links to your Bulbagarden Forums profile (in fact, this is encouraged), and other social media profiles. However, as with all areas of the internet, you should take caution when sharing any personally identifiable information; users aged under 18 should not include any information of this type at all.
While your user page may use images from the Bulbagarden Archives, you are not permitted to upload personal images to the Archive.
For further information, including a list of things you should never include in your user pages, see Bulbapedia:Userspace policy.
User scratchpad / development area
You can use your user page as a scratchpad; an area for developing ideas without cluttering the mainspace. You may also find subpages useful for creating new pages or templates under your user page. However, you should avoid expending too much effort within your own area of the wiki. Be bold! Edit the main wiki articles! There are limits to the number of edits you may make to the Userspace in a day, as detailed in Bulbapedia:Userspace policy.
Bulbapedia also has a shared Sandbox page and you can also use it 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" section 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. You should not change content on someone else’s user page without their permission. 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.