Template:MoS guideline

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{{MoS-guideline}} is used on guideline pages (or sections thereof) that are formally part of the Wikipedia Wikipedia Manual of Style. For style guides that do not belong to the MoS, use the {{Subcat guideline}} instead.


{{MoS-guideline |section= |SHORTCUT1 |...|SHORTCUT5}}

This template should only be used on pages that have received a general consensus as belonging to the Manual of Style.

If you're writing a new guideline, or substantially revising one, please remember to give the community significant time to consider your proposal. See WP:PROPOSAL for the current best practice on advertising proposals.

For a short introduction on how to go from a proposal to a Wikipedia style guideline, see Category:Wikipedia proposals and How to contribute to Wikipedia guidance.

To use, place one of the following usage strings at the top of the page and fill in the parameters:


The template supports up to five numbered or unnamed parameters that specify shortcut links for the style guideline page ([[...]] markup does not need to be added, it can just be something like MOS:FOO).

The parameter |section=y can be used to change "This guideline" to read "This guideline section". This is only used when an MoS guideline is a section in a larger combined guideline, as at WP:Stand-alone lists; it is not to be used for each section in an all-MOS page. The template with or without this parameter should not be used on wikiproject style advice pages; they are essays not guidelines and are not part of MoS.


Code with one or more parameters for shortcut links:


New or greatly modified guidelines require community approval[edit]

If you or a wikiproject have drafted a new guideline or substantially revised one, the Wikipedia community must have significant time to consider the proposal and arrive at a consensus about it. See the WP:PROPOSAL policy for the current best practices on neutrally soliciting input on a proposal from as wide a selection of the community as is practical.

For style guidelines, this is usually done with a request for comment (RfC) at the proposal's talk page, and advertised at Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style (WT:MOS) and Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals) (WP:VPPRO), or the RfC may be hosted directly at WT:MOS or WP:VPPRO. Give notice at the talk pages of other relevant parts of Wikipedia, such as those of closely related existing policies and guidelines, as well as wikiprojects likely to have a stake in the outcome. If the proposal is not highly topical and may affect the encyclopedia as a whole, or may be controversial, using WP:Centralized discussion may also be advised.

For more suggestions and background on how to go from a proposal to a Wikipedia guideline, see Category:Wikipedia proposals and Wikipedia:How to contribute to Wikipedia guidance.

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