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This template is meant to be placed on a user page or user talk page, as follows:
The top of your talk page is probably the most suitable place.
Note that the same functions can be served by clicking My contributions (or User contributions, if viewing another person's user page or talk page) and selecting from the Namespace drop-down menu. The advantages of this template are that:
- it is slightly more convenient
- it acts as a reminder to check past discussions
- it is easier for people who are not deeply familiar with this aspect of wiki sites.
Note that the "talk pages" links on this template will not show changes to discussion pages which are not in a "talk": namespace (for example, this happens sometimes in Wikipedia, such as at Wikipedia:Village pump (assistance)).
Originally the Discussion tracker function was used, taking the name of the user from the user talk page is was placed on. However, it didn't like spaces in usernames. The Discussion_tracker function does the trick.
- The watchlist for the first link in the template. Maintenance and policy pages in important stages of development should be added here.