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I think the paragraph discussing blanking pages should also mention the whole "don't delete talk page comments" thing. That way, when a user asks "where is that written?!" I'll have an answer for him. --Martonimos((Argh|Blargh)) 05:51, 9 September 2008 (UTC)


must we leave vandalistic messages like these on talk pages? What's wrong with deleting them? And furthermore why do we let the mysterious and anonymous and clearly not human operator of BulbaBot do stuff like that? — THE TROM — 23:57, 2 December 2008 (UTC)


Admin! I know your on! Include a related articles; Bulbapedia Talk page abuse on there!DCM((曲奇饼妖怪Spy on My Edits)) 01:27, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
Why say such a thing? Why do we need an article about rule breakers and since it's already in the article, the article isn't needed. Should we make a page about edit wars? --- Aura-Knight 01:37, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
That can be included. Just for people reading it to be able to find that policy if they have no knowledge of itDCM((曲奇饼妖怪Spy on My Edits)) 01:38, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

Category:Bulbapedia policies

I hope it's obvious from the title. - espeonA 01:37, 10 January 2009 (UTC)


"When archiving, the entire page much be archived by moving the page as to keep the edit history in tact. By simply copying and pasting the text, or by moving small sections at a time, it breaks the time line of the edit history." Why do we have this rule? It's so stupid. 0° 21:14, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Welcome Message

Why do I have to keep my welcome message if I don't want or need it? Sounds pretty stupid if you ask me. I mean if there's some really good reason to keep it, can that at least get added to this page? --Crystal Shards 18:38, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

It's a very useful source of information for how this wiki works. It links to some major policy pages which everyone needs to be aware of, and in addition helps you get started editing Bulbapedia. Hence, everyone gets the welcome when they first arrive. —darklordtrom 22:19, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
My question isn't why we get it in the first place, it's why we get in trouble for removing it. That, to me, is a little over the top. --Crystal Shards 00:08, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
Everything stays. That helps to keep a history of what's been said. You weren't in trouble, you were just told not to do it again. —darklordtrom 01:21, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
I'm not saying I got in trouble, but apparently others have. I can understand deleting comments, but this is a welcome message I'm talking about. - unsigned comment from Crystal Shards (talkcontribs)
I'm well aware that this is a welcome message. Maybe it's done differently on different wikis, but this is how it's done here. Everything stays. Does it really bother you that much? —darklordtrom 01:49, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
Here's what you do: When your talk page gets too big for you, archive it. It gets removed from your current talk page but it isn't deleted at the same time. tc²₆tc26 01:50, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
It's not really that big of a deal, I just think it's dumb to dock people for just wanting it gone. I will end up archiving it but it just really shouldn't even be an issue if people want to delete it. --Crystal Shards 02:18, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
You weren't docked anything. You weren't penalised in any way. There isn't a subliminal scoring system. Also, don't resign later: it gives the wrong time stamp. —darklordtrom 02:20, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
I realize this. I never said I was under the impression of being penalized, either; please don't read further into what I'm saying than what I'm actually saying. Others have been penalized, however, because they've been adamant about not wanting that on their talk pages, and it's a bit over-the-top in my opinion to dock them because they don't want to archive anything (especially when starting out) and just want it deleted. --Crystal Shards 04:00, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

While I don't intend to get into the discussion whether you should be allowed to delete the welcome, I have a different issue with his matter. I think that new users should be told to delete nothing, not even the welcome, on their talk page more clearly - ideally in the welcome itself. Currently, this notice is hidden at the very bottom of this article, which isn't even on the list of main links in the welcome. --Socob 17:53, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

It's in the talk page policy linked to by the welcome. MaverickNate 18:00, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
And the link is in a sentence of the second bullet under the "Miscellaneous" heading. Not really noticeable if you ask me. This wouldn't matter at all if this was a thing common sense told you, e.g. not editing other user's userspace, but unfortunately, it isn't. It's an arbitrary rule and if users are supposed to abide by it, they have to be told to do so. A small notice on the Welcome page itself would be enough ("Please do not delete this"). --Socob 22:31, 8 August 2009 (UTC)


I noticed some typos I wanted to fix, but I can't! Grr.... For example: "When archiving, the entire page much be archived by moving the page as to keep the edit history in tact." I'm assuming that's supposed to say 'must', not 'much'. And intact is one word. [[Derian]] 17:03, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

For obvious reasons, policy pages are protected from the general public. If you find any more, don't be afraid to point them out. —darklordtrom 07:01, 25 September 2009 (UTC)


"Make sure to respond to them on your own talk page, and not theirs. Splitting a conversation between two pages can be very annoying to the person you are talking to, or, you yourself, trying to read their responses." - Really why do we always want to be different from other Wikis? On all normal Wikis it's actually recommended to respond on other user's page. It reduces the possibilities of an edit conflict and the user gets notified. I often hold more than one ongoing discussion with various users and I can't keep track of them all without being notified. It's especially annoying if the user is rarely online and replies after months, sometimes even over a year. I can't check other user's page to see whether or not he replied, especially for such long time. A month is enough to forget. So, if I never get noticed when the user FINALLY replied, I'll probably won't be even aware of the fact that he did. And actually, such users who come here "once in a blue moon" aren't a rarity, they make a good part of our community. Also, I can't understand what's so annoying in the conversation being split to two pages. It's actually a habit for me to look at both users' talkpages when I read a conversation. It's not THAT much of a difficulty as the policy states it to be. On ALL major Wikis there's a policy of replying on the other user's page, not your own (the way we do it is really considered as n00bish by most). And I don't see the reason why we should be different. "We're not Wikipedia" isn't an argument. Nor is "I'm used to that". It's actually a habit to be changed. --Maxim 12:09, 21 July 2010 (UTC)


I recently wrote something in my sandbox then moved the whole page to a new title. I'm going un-redirect my sandbox now so I can test more stuff. One of the comments on the talk page was relavent to something else in the sandbox. Am I aloud to cut n' paste that one section to the old talk page? たかはり 07:04, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

That's perfectly fine. You can restart a talk page however you like. TTEchidna 07:55, 12 October 2010 (UTC)