User talk:Xander Scaggs

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Hi there, Xander, and welcome to WikiFur! Let me know if you need any help not already provided. :-) --GreenReaper(talk) 06:41, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

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Notes about article content (including mentions of your plans for future updates) are best put on the discussion page attached to each article. You can click the "discussion" tab to get there. --GreenReaper(talk) 03:44, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

Also . . . umm, I'm not quite sure you've got the idea. WikiFur is collaboratively edited. That means that you don't need to be around to edit it. If people care to, they'll add to the article about you. If not, then at least the stub will be there to point people in the right place. You don't need to take it down until you come back, and in fact we'd far rather have a half-loaf than none at all. After all, you might never come back to put it back. :-) --GreenReaper(talk) 03:53, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
I realize that it's collaboratively edited. However, considering that the page pertains particularly to me, I wouldn't expect others to edit direct information about me. However, if some lonesome soul wandered across the internet looking for me, all he'd see is the 3 sentences that my boyfriend put up three months ago there. He'd find no other information, and unless he was familiar with the interface of a wiki, he wouldn't know to look on the 'discussion' page. That is why the text that I entered on my own personal page was there in the first place. If it was me putting it any other place, I'd expect it to be taken down. Respectfully, I ask that you place my comment about updates back on my main page until I am able to remove it myself. - Xander
Nevermind, I'll just start from scratch.--Xander Scaggs 05:12, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
Well . . . all I can say is that your expectations are incorrect, as we have many hundreds of articles about people who have never touched WikiFur. Probably half of them do not even know that there is an entry about them here. Some of them have been created by their friends, others simply by those who come across them. We find value in these articles, even if they are stubs, because sometimes that is sufficient to (say) contact an old friend. In general, we find it far better for lonesome souls to have three sentences than nothing at all. At least it lets them know where to look next. :-)
We separate discussion from the article itself, because we don't really consider it to be encyclopedic to have personal notes from the editors in the middle of the articles. In this particular case, the message itself doesn't really make much sense, because it implies that the article has a single editor that would be responsible for returning and making changes at a later date - something that is contrary to the spirit of the site. We've tried it out on occasion, but it tends to end up badly. Most of the time, the people concerned just never come back, and then we are left with a stub that can never be changed.
Put simply, the idea of ownership does not apply to the main namespace. Your "own personal page" is User:Xander Scaggs, and you are welcome to do what you like with it - indeed, one of the things that people do is put notes saying that they will be away from editing for a while. Xander Scaggs is the page about you, and that is a different beast entirely. It is edited by everyone, although you are welcome to be one of those people and add information as well - or to remove that which you (and others) consider personal information. --GreenReaper(talk) 05:13, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
Well, it's going to take me some time to be able to wrap my head around this. I guess the main thing that really hit me was that my article was edited without even so much as a notification. I'd appreciate a notification in the future, is that an option somewhere? I suppose I don't care if others edit my personal article...afterall it was my boyfriend who did it in the first place, and to be completely honest, I have no idea what I want to write there. I know that nobody else perhaps besides him WOULD write anything about me. I realize the point behind wikis, and I'd like to get involved with everything. I just like to know when stuff on the page in connection with this account and myself is changed. --Xander Scaggs 05:45, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
Sure thing! It's quite easy to keep a tab on things - the main thing to do is to set up and activate an email address in preferences. Don't worry, we won't be able to see it, though we can send you email via the site if you enable that option. Then, turn on the "E-mail me when a page I'm watching is changed" option. Once that's done, click the "watch" tab at the top of any page you're interested in, and the wiki will email you when it is changed. It will then stop emailing you until you go to see it again, to avoid spamming your inbox. :-) --GreenReaper(talk) 05:59, 10 March 2007 (UTC)