Wiktionary:Tutorial (Discussion rooms)

Discussion rooms


A key feature of Wiktionary is the ability to discuss entries and other issues with other Wiktionarians. Below are the main discussion rooms

You can start a new discussion in any of these rooms by clicking the + icon between edit and history. When requesting cleanup, verification or deletion, it is best to place in the entry {{rfc}}, {{rfv}} or {{rfd}}, respectively, with the language code after the pipe (the symbol |). Discussions can then be started in the appropriate room by clicking (+) in a method similar to the Tea Room. In cases where only one sense of the word is being requested for cleanup, verification or deletion, use {{rfc-sense}}, {{rfv-sense}} or {{rfd-sense}} instead, placed after the number sign (#).

When you're responding to someone else's comment, put your own comment below theirs. You can indent your comment by typing any number of colons (:) at the beginning of a line.

You should sign your comments by typing (~~~) for just your username, or (~~~~) for your username and a time signature. When you save the page, your signature will be automatically inserted. Most of us use time signatures, because it makes discussions much easier to follow.

It is considered very impolite to modify other people's comments in discussion rooms. This could result in you getting blocked.

Entry requests


For requesting new entries or senses, please see Wiktionary:Requested entries.



Indenting can help the layout of a discussion very much, making it much easier to read. A standard practice is to indent your reply one more level than the person you are replying to, up to about 5 indentations. After a while, the indent may grow too large, so you may wish to "outdent" (start the indenting again, from the left of the page). To signify your comment has been "outdented", but is still a reply to the above, and not a new topic, you may wish to use {{outdent}}.

There are several ways of indenting in Wiktionary:

Plain indentations


The simplest way of indenting is to place a colon (':') in front of each of your paragraphs. The more you place in front of a paragraph, the further indented it will be. for example:

   This is aligned all the way to the left.
   :This is indented slightly.
   ::This is indented more.

Is shown as:

This is aligned all the way to the left.

This is indented slightly.
This is indented more.

Bullet points


You can also indent using bullets, usually used for lists. To insert a bullet, use an asterisk ('*'). Similar to indentation, more asterisks in front of a paragraph changes the indentation. A brief example:

   *First List Item
   *Second List Item
   **Sub-Second List Item
   *Third List Item

Which is shown as:

  • First List Item
  • Second List Item
    • Sub-Second List Item
  • Third List Item

Numbered items


You can also create numbered lists. For this, use the number sign or hash symbol ('#'). This is usually used for polls and voting. Again, you can affect the indent by adding colons and you can start a numbered sub-list by adding additional number signs:

   #First item
   #Second item
   ##Sublist item 2
   #Third item
   #:Additional information for third item
   #Fourth item

Is shown as:

  1. First item
  2. Second item
    1. Sublist
    2. Sublist item 2
  3. Third item
    Additional information for third item
  4. Fourth item



Here is an example of a well-formatted discussion:

Hi. I have a question about this entry. I'm pretty sure purple elephants only live in New York! - Jimbo 22:43, Apr 13, 2107 (UTC)

Well, last time I was in New York, the elephants I saw were green. - Neophite 23:26, Apr 13, 2107 (UTC)
I think you should find a source for your claims. - Vessicle 23:53, Apr 13, 2107 (UTC)
Okay - these elephant journals agree with me:
  • Elephants Monthly
  • Elephants World - Jimbo 04:01, Apr 14, 2107 (UTC)
I live in Australia, where the elephants look like kangaroos! These people agree with my statement:
  1. Mr. DaFonte - Animal connoisseur
  2. Ms. Salt - Renowned interior designer
  3. Prof. Dr. Tonto of the Lisbon City Zoo - BalderdashEater 04:16, Apr 14, 2107 (UTC)



Experiment! This time, instead of editing a sandbox, leave a message on the talk page by clicking "Discussion". Remember to sign your user name. You might want to try responding to someone else's post. Remember, you should use "Show preview" to see if your formatting works before you save.

Continue with the tutorial.