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What are the differences between comments (at the bottom of a page) and talkpages? How can we enable/disable them? The wiki I created (uropi.wikia.com) got comments enabled, so I can find no easy way to get into talkpages. Silvan od Montreal 16:03, January 5, 2011 (UTC)

Off the top of my head...
Talk
The "old way" where users have to manually format their answers using wikitext to provide indenting and signatures.
  • Pros
    • Can include anything you can do with wikitext, including transclusions and HTML tags (limited by MediaWiki engine configuration).
    • Since signatures are manually added and can use wikitext, you can have more customized signatures.
    • Can have sections and anchors to link to users posts.
  • Cons
    • Harder to do for new users not familiar with wikis.
    • You need to remember to add your signature and not easy to pull avatar image into signature.
    • Can be edited by anyone, so vandalism is possible.
Comments
The "new way" where users just type a comment and threads are automatically indented and avatar, user name and datestamp are automatically added.
  • Pros
    • Just type and "Post comment" (or "Reply").
    • Includes auto signaturing via avatar, username and datestamp.
    • Auto indents threads.
  • Cons
    • Harder or impossible to link to individual comments, especially if they change the comment page they're on.
    • More limited wikitext and HTML tag support.
    • No customized signatures beyond avatar image.
    • Slower to navigate, unless you can have always show all comments always turned on.
    • Thread reply goes only 1 level deep, so you can't really reply to a reply to the original comment.
Some info may be slightly off. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 8:25 AM PST 5 Jan 2011
Added an update to Comments cons. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 10:05 PM PST 6 Jan 2011
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