Wikipedia talk:Help desk/How to answer

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Help desk tools[edit]

It would be nice to have a set of templates containing boilerplate answer text for some frequently asked questions on the Help desk. I'm editing some notes about this:

To start, I want to compile a comprehensive list of all templates like this that we have now. I know only of these:

Does anybody know of any more? Is there a suitable category for such templates? --Teratornis 20:31, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

I found Category:Wikipedia standard response templates. --Teratornis 01:34, 5 July 2007 (UTC)
I created Category:Help desk templates. --Teratornis (talk) 18:43, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

Provide a link[edit]

I removed the obsolete content from this section, which nobody seems to follow any more now, namely to format links off to the right side of answers. Virtually all Help desk volunteers format their links inline, and I think that's the more efficient method all around. I also renamed the section to "Provide links" since most answers contain more than one link. --Teratornis (talk) 19:51, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

New section for curious users[edit]

I think a section should be added to this page about the question that always comes up that is do people get paid for editing the encyclopedia. What would be the best way to answer this common and much frustrating question? Monster Under Your Bed (talk) 10:25, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

I rarely see that as a question although mention of no payment sometimes comes up between editors who already know it. If it's a common question then I think it would belong somewhere at Wikipedia:FAQ and not associated with the help desk. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:49, 27 October 2008 (UTC)