On 6/30/07, Eugene van der Pijll <eugene(a)vanderpijll.nl> wrote:
The Cunctator schreef:
> On 6/29/07, Eugene van der Pijll <eugene(a)vanderpijll.nl> wrote:
> and that a word with a spelling error is marked
> > "spelled wrong".
> Fix spelling errors. THIS IS A WIKI. Are you seriously advocating that
error should be marked with a footnote *instead* of being
I'm sorry, no, I think I was a bit too sarcastic.
One reason these tags may be necessary is because talk page don't work
as good for these issues as a few years ago.
It used to be that if you saw a problem with an article that you
couldn't immediately solve yourself, you'd leave a message on the talk
page: "Look at that sentence, it doesn't sound right, does anyone have
an idea how to improve it?"
It used to be that only a small fraction of our articles had talk pages.
If I came across an article with a blue link to the talk page, I always
took a look; sometimes there was an interesting didcussion, sometimes
just a cleanup notice.
Nowadays, 90% of our articles have a talk page, and 80% of them are
Because the reader is not an idiot.
[*] I've got the talk page header boxes and the wikiproject pages turned
of in CSS as well. I wish that that would make red links of talk pages
containing boxes only...
Absolutely. Btw, for what it's worth, I don't think Eugene is endorsing
current state of affairs - he's just describing it. And I am really
by these talk templates - they are pointless cruft that few people ever
read. (Who on earth is going to be civil just because a template told them
to?) The only helpful templates are those which would apply only if there
has already been discussion (e.g. don't use the talk page for discussing
off-Wikipedia things), Creating a separate namespace for them might be a
good idea - meta data about which page is under the purview of which
projects and its history of deletions, etc. is helpful, but just shouldn't
belong on the talk page. (Not to mention having a standardised format for
this meta data would make it easier to automate the process of gathering
meta data about articles.)
section). Make the discussion tab a different colour if there are only
pointless (definately POV here) templates on the discussion page.