Talk pages are for communicating with other SmashWikidians, primarily in relation to the wiki and its content. There is a talk page attached to every other page, just click the "discussion" link at the top of any page to find it.
Logged in contributors also have a user talk page. This is found in the same way, by clicking the "discussion" link at the top of a user page. If you have a new message on your talk page, you will see a bright banner across the top of all other pages. Click the link there to go to your talk page.
There are talk pages for non-logged in contributors, but these may not always be useful. Because they are linked to IPs, and IPs can change between visits, the messages may not get to the right person. They are used to explain blocks of IPs, but may not be very useful for real communication. This is another good reason to create an account.
Remember that comments on talk pages can be picked up by Google and other search engines, and are available under the GFDL, so keep that in mind when you write.
It's possible to add a new section to a talk page without opening the whole edit page. Just click the "new section" link next to the edit link. You will be given a space to enter a title for your new section, and to enter your comment. You can then save, and the comment will be added as a new section at the bottom of the page.
If a talk page gets too long, it may be wise to archive the older discussions.
Some other hints for talk pages:
- Sign your comments by typing "~~~~" (four tildes). This will add your name and the date.
- Add comments to the end of the page.
- Keep your comments polite and friendly. It's always best to be civil, even if things get heated.
- Review the User Talk Page Guidelines for information on how to correctly use those pages.