Recently, Wikia added a new feature that replaces User talk pages with a Message Wall. This Message Wall makes it easier to send and receive messages from other users, and it has a notification system so you never miss a message. You can see an example of the Message Wall on Community.
Here is some additional information about the Message Wall: Information.
Pros and Cons
- Talk pages:
- Pros - Good for people who like talk pages.
- Cons - Requires users to sign posts and sometimes they forget. Not as intuitive or organized.
- Message Wall:
- Pros - Easy to leave messages and reply to them. Replies are done similar to article comments. Organized, intuitive, and really easy to leave messages. Automatic pagination/archiving. Old talk pages automatically archived.
- Cons - Bad for people who like talk pages.