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WikiProject Talk pages
Talk page cleanup.svg
Cleaning up a dirty talk page.
Project banner template {{Archiveme}}
{{Tpcleanup underway}}
Userboxes {{User WPTP}}
{{User TPCC}}

Welcome to WikiProject Talk pages, also known as the Talk Page Cleanup Crew.

News[edit]

Purpose[edit]

Our aim is to encourage adherence to WP:TP, WP:TPG, and WP:TPL by:

  • Sorting topics into chronological order with the oldest at the top
  • Correcting any obvious indentation mistakes
  • Cleaning up formatting mistakes, such as tags that didn't get closed
  • Sorting misplaced comments into the correct topic or adding a topic header when needed
  • Encouraging civility by warning those who recently (i.e. in the past week) engaged in personal attacks and such
  • Adding appropriate WikiProject banners while keeping such boilerplates and related templates down to a reasonable maximum (possibly using {{ArticleHistory}} and/or {{WikiProjectBanners}})
  • Organizing talk page templates in accordance with Wikipedia:Talk page layout
  • Helping SineBot by signing unsigned comments or adding dates to undated comments
  • Helping MiszaBot et al. by archiving discussions, and manually archiving discussions
  • Setting up auto-archiving on pages that would benefit from it
  • Helping out here and there with vandalism repair

Since talk pages are our area of expertise, we may also participate in:

  • Discussing proposed talk page guidelines
  • Developing talk page templates

As a group, we do not:

  • Create rules for talk pages
  • Fundamentally restructure user talk pages

Other specific tasks[edit]

In addition to the aforementioned general tasks, there are also some more specific tasks we may engage in:

  • Removing {{Talk header}} from all but the most controversial pages (and making sure {{Archivebox}} replaces it for talkheaders also using the archive functions)
  • Fixing mangled headings
  • Merging duplicate threads
  • Marking resolved topics with {{Resolved}} where the resolution is clear, obvious, and apparent
  • Confirm bot assessments of article class and remove "auto=yes" from project banners (e.g. here)
  • Expand month abbreviations in dates to help archiving of talk pages by bots (e.g. replace "25 Jan 2010" with "25 January 2010")
  • Replace IP signatures pointing to a red link IP user page with a link to the IP's contributions history (e.g. here)
  • Pipe-link unlinked user names in signatures (e.g. replace "Example 12:00, 25 January 2010" with "Example 12:00, 25 January 2010")

Scope for user talk pages[edit]

User talk pages are the property of that user, and users may not take kindly to someone else coming in and making lots of changes to what may already be there. As such, it is probably wise to limit edits to user talk pages to no more than the following (use your best judgment):

  • Cleaning up formatting mistakes, such as tags that didn't get closed
  • Sorting misplaced comments into the correct topic or adding a topic header when needed
  • Encouraging civility by warning those who engage in personal attacks and such
  • Helping SineBot by signing unsigned comments or adding dates to undated comments
  • Helping out here and there with vandalism repair
  • Replace IP signatures pointing to a red link IP user page with a link to the IP's contributions history (e.g. here)

Guidelines[edit]

  • While you are cleaning up a talk page, remove the {{Tpcleanup}} template, and replace it with {{Tpcleanup underway}}, so that it doesn't show up in Category:Talk pages needing cleanup.
  • When you clean up a talk page on our behalf, you may add it to our category of talk pages that have been cleaned up, so that we can measure the efforts of the project. To add it to that category, insert the following text on the talk page you cleaned up: [[Category:Talk pages cleaned up by the Talk Page Cleanup Crew]]
  • You may also advertise our project in your cleanup edit summaries. Just add the following to the end of your summary: – [[WP:WPTP|You can help!]]

Our templates[edit]

{{User WPTP}}:

Talk page cleanup.svg This user is a member of
WikiProject Talk pages.


{{User TPCC}}:

Talk page cleanup.svg This user is a member of the
Talk Page Cleanup Crew.


{{Tpcleanup underway}}:

Categories to watch[edit]

Project categories

See also[edit]

User essays