Wikipedia:Talk page formatting
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Cleaner formatting for Talk pages
Instead of having a Talk page like this:
How's the soup? --[[Bob]]
How's the soup? --Bob
won't it be cleaner to have it like this?:
== Soup ==
Note: Headings are imitated for the above example. Though not exactly the same, they are similar to the example above in actual practice. The 'edit' links in the example above have no effect.
First comment is not indented (no colon ':')
Second comment is indented once
Third comment is indented twice
And so on.
Disadvantage: The comments build up like a thread, getting indented more and more unnecessarily. The fifth or the sixth comment itself would be hanging at the right side of a page like a vertical newspaper column. There is no dialogue structure. (Remember: Talk pages are for conversations between Wikipedia contributors, and conversation means dialogue!)
First person to comment never indents any of his comments under the subheading.
Second person to comment always indents all his comments one step (under that particular subheading only).
Third person to comment always indents all his comments two steps.
Advantage: The comments are arranged neatly like a dialogue. The reader gets a sense of dialogue or conversation. It's easier to read a dialogue than to read a thread since the reader can figure out who is saying what, by just looking at the indents. Starting a new dialog should be under a subheading as I suggested above. Also this method is cleaner since unless there are about six or more people actually participating in the conversation, the comments will span across the page and not get concentrated towards the right. --ADTC 21:12, 25 November 2006 (UTC)
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- Active editing (a suggestion - not a guideline)
- Talk page layout (lead "bannerspace", table of contents, and discussions)
- Etiquette (how to be nice)
- Wikipedia:Talk page highlights (humour)
- Template messages/Talk namespace (information banners for article talk pages)
- Talk page templates (how to use the banners)
- User pages (what you can and can't have on your users pages)
- A researcher's guide to discussion pages (using talk pages for research)