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In simplest terms, talkback allows a user (user1) to direct the attention of another user (user2) to a discussion on a specific talk page. As the Godville wiki does not have a notification system, this can help keep discussion participants up to date with conversations they are involved in.

Two examples of the use of this template are:

  • If you receive a message from a user, you can notify the user that you have responded to his/her message on your own talk page.
  • If you create a topic on your talk page, you can notify a user that the discussion might need his/her attention.
  • If you respond to a user's post on an article talk page with questions or information awaiting their response, you can inform the user that the conversation is ready to continue.


In this discussion, it is assumed that you (the sender) are user1 and that user2 is the recipient.

Place this template at the top of user2's talk page. To use this template to direct the attention of another Wikipedian to another talk page:

  1. Go to the recipient's talk page. User talk pages start with "User talk:" prefix.
    In talk page discussions and edit history listings, each username is followed by a "(talk)" link which leads to the user's talk page.
    If the talk page does not exist, you may create it, but understand that users who have not created talk pages are much less likely to check them for messages.
  2. Click on the "Edit" link to edit the page
  3. In the message section, enter one of the following (remember, you are user1):
    • Simple form: This is the simplest way to use this template:


    • More accurate form: This form has an additional parameter but takes the reader right to the section in which the discussion is in progress:


    • Recommended form: This form is complete and recommended. It adds a timestamp:

      {{Talkback|user1|section|ts = ~~~~~}}

      Instead of five tildes (~~~~~), you can enter any date and time.
  4. Save the page.

When user2 next views their talk page, this will prominently inform them that a response to their discussion elsewhere is waiting for them. user2 should see your notice and (hopefully) follow the link to the conversation.

Pointing to other talk pages

To have the links point to a non-user talk page, you must include the full talk page link.

  • {{Talkback|Talk:page name|section title|ts=~~~~~}}
  • {{Talkback|Category talk:page name|section title|ts=~~~~~}}
  • {{Talkback|Template talk:page name|section title|ts=~~~~~}}


For example, suppose talkback should be used to link to Talk:Main Page#Active Discussions:

{{Talkback|Talk:Main Page|Active Discussions|ts = ~~~~~}}

This generates:

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Hello, Talkback. You have new messages at Talk:Main Page.
Message added 12:49, 13 April 2012 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} template.

NOTE: This example says "Hello, Talkback" only because this page is for Talkback. In real use it would have the name of the recipient: "Hello, user2".

Second message

So, what if you had another reply for the same user in the same topic? In case you think that the recipient has not visited the discussion since you inserted the {{Talkback}} notice, simply do nothing. On the other hand, if the discussion continued and you think the recipient must once again read what you have posted, you can simply do one of the following:

  1. If they have removed your previous {{Talkback}} message, place a new one to let them know that there has been additional discussion since they last participated.
  2. If the previous {{Talkback}} message is still present,
    1. Update the ts parameter. Simply edit the recipient's user talk page and replace the time and date in the ts parameter with a new time and date (or with ~~~~~). This will let the user know that the discussion has been refreshed.
    2. Add another {{Talkback}} below the first one. However, the recipient user might find this obtrusive, and this should definitely not be done more than twice.


  • Do not subst this template!