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Hey HeyMama, I notice you have a guestbook on your user page. Under HRWiki guidelines, users are not allowed to have guestbooks on their user pages. For more information about what you can and can't have on your user page, see this page. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 00:05, 7 May 2006 (UTC)

User boxes and user tennis ball cans

Hey, I think I fixed your userbox. (Seems it doesn't like having spaces at the ends of lines.) And I was also going to mention the guestbook, but Venusy beat me to it. I'd recommend reading up on that second link he provided to see why we put that policy in place, since it could (hopefully!) have some bearing on how you relate to other users. (By the way, your username amuses me; for some reason it makes me think of Johny Bravo.) —AbdiViklas 00:17, 7 May 2006 (UTC)

Shout! Shout! Let it all out...

Thanks for your help with my userbox! And for the friendly reminder. Gimmie a shout on my usrepage! HeyMama

Um—here's a shout. {shouts} But seriously, thank you for responding so helpfully and cheerfully. Actually, there's still kind of a problem with the change you made. If you have insomnia or something you can read through the entire discussion about the guestbooks to see why, but one of the motivations for shutting them down was that before their use, pretty much the only person editing a user page was its owner, so vandalism was easier to spot. At the end of the whole discussion, this remained a bottom line, "you should not encourage people to edit your user page, for any reason." That's what this talk page is for! So I'd suggest changing it to something like this:
If you have any questions, or want to exchange E-Mails, gimme a shout [[User talk:HeyMama|here]]
... that'll provide a link to this page.
One other detail: in the interests of keeping conversations in the same place, the convention is to reply on whoever's user page the conversation started on (that's why I moved your initial post over to here). The idea is that the first person will watch the other's page to see if he or she replies. Of course, in this case I'm kind of killing my own argument since 1) I probably wouldn't have noticed if you'd replied here, and 2) if I were really following that to the letter I would have put all this on my page! So in other words, if you think the person isn't noticing, or wouldn't notice, your reply, feel free to leave something on their talk page.
Oh, I forgot; one more thing. You mention "exchanging emails"; I would not recommend actually writing your email on this page, or encouraging others to write theirs. By far the safest way to exchange emails is through the wiki's software. If you look at your user page, you'll notice a link on the left saying "email this user." If someone clicks that, they get a form where they can enter their message. This will only work if they're a logged-in user with an email address of their own on file. Note that this form doesn't show your email address; it just sends you their message. When you get it you'll know their email address, but they still won't know yours unless you respond (protecting you from potential rogue users). On the other hand, if you (or others) just leave an email address out here in the open in the html, not only can any random scary person get it, but it will most definitely be harvested sooner or later by spam bots (if, for some reason, you ever need to post an email address somewhere and want to protect it, see this technique). Finally, you could add even one more measure of security: if you get gmail, they make it easy to have an extra address that forwards to your main one. The address I have registered here forwards to my main email address so I'll see it immediately, but I can reply under the "alias" as well, so nobody has to know my real address. If for any reason my "alias" address should start getting spam or fall into the wrong hands, I can just replace it with another, and my main address is safe. There's nothing worse than trying to tell all your friends, relatives, and business contacts that you're changing addresses again, and then trying to remind them over the next year as they continue to use your old one. —AbdiViklas 05:50, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
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