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Message Wall is a communication tool that allows you send public messages to other users.

Leaving Messages

To start a new conversation...

  • Simply go to the Profile of the person you want to talk to, and click their "Message Wall" tab.

Wall tab

  • Enter a subject line for your message where it says "What's this about?" This will help you identify the conversation when you need to come back to it later.
  • Enter the text of your message in the area below.
  • Use wikitext or source mode buttons to format your message or add photos or videos.
  • Click "Post."

New message

To reply to an existing conversation...

  • Click on "Post a Reply" at the bottom of the conversation

Post a reply


  • Enter your message in the field that appears.
  • Click "Reply."

To quote a previous message...

  • Hover over the message you would like to quote.
  • Click quote, and the message will be quoted and added to the reply box. You can then add your response below the quoted text.
Quote example


Removing Messages

On a message wall, anyone can remove a message, and anyone can restore a message. You can use these tools to help clean up vandalism.

To remove a message...

  • Hover over the message and click the "more" button.
  • Click "Remove" in the dropdown menu.
  • In the screen that appears, provide an explanation for why you are removing this message.
  • If you need additional help from an admin, click "Notify an admin." (This isn't necessary for every removal.)
  • Click "Remove."

Remove1 Removal-box

Viewing History and Restoring Messages

The easiest way to find a message that has been removed is to go to the History.

If you're trying to find a removed thread, you can find it listed in the Wall's history.

  • Go to the Message Wall page and click "History" in your toolbar.

History-link


  • Scan through the history for the record of the thread being removed. Click on the message.

Removed


  • You will be brought to the message page. You can click "Restore" at the top of the page to bring it back.

Restore button


If you're trying to find a removed reply, you need to go to the Thread's History.

  • Click the "More" menu at the top of the conversation.
  • Select "History" from the menu that appears. This will take you to the Thread History.
  • Scan the history for a record of the reply being removed. Click on the message number.
Thread-history

Thread History highlighted number


  • You will be brought to a view of the removed reply, with the option of restoring it.

Removed reply

Closing and Deleting Threads (Admins Only)

On a Message Wall, admins have the option to close a thread to prevent further replies.

To close a thread...

  • Hover over the first message in a thread and click the "more" button.
  • Click "Close this thread" in the dropdown menu.
  • In the screen that appears, provide an explanation for why you are closing the thread.
  • Click "Close".
Delete-removed
Most of the time, simply closing or removing a thread is enough. However, in some cases, you may also want to delete the thread so other users can no longer view or restore it (such as with highly offensive vandalism, or sensitive personal information).
  • First remove the thread.
  • Then find the removed page through your Wall or Thread History pages (as described above).
  • When viewing the removed thread, click the "More" link on the thread, and choose "Delete".
  • Leave an explanation for why you have deleted it.
  • Click "Delete."

How to Enable Message Wall on a Wikia

  • If you're an admin of your wikia, click the "Admin" link on the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
  • Message Wall is found near the bottom of the pages "Features" section.
  • Click the "Disabled" toggle so that it changes to "Enabled".

Special Considerations

  • If you enable Message Wall, it will replace User Talk Pages in your wikia's User Profiles. Your User Talk Pages will be archived.
  • If you disable Message Wall after it's been running on your wikia, it will hide from view. This means existing conversations will not be visible until Wall is enabled again.

Extra Features

MSW Greeting Example 1

An Example of a Message Wall Greeting.

  • Greetings: You can create a welcome message at the top of your Wall by adding content to the page "Message Wall Greeting:USERNAME"
    • Example: The page Message Wall Greeting:Wikia would contain the greeting for Message Wall:Wikia.
    • Note: You can't view other people's Message Wall Greeting, unless you substitute the template on another page, e.g., {{subst:Message Wall Greeting:XYZ-does-no0o0o0t-exist-USER}}.
  • View Source: If you would like to be able to see the source code of other people's messages, you can enable View Source in your Preferences. Just go to the "Under the Hood" tab, and you'll see it under "Advanced Display Options." This will add "Source Mode" to the menu that appears on each message. On wikias where the message wall extension is disabled you cannot modify the view source on threads preference.

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