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Error in helpme template paragraph[edit]

Is it just me that this looks incorrect to?
Users who monitor the category this places and those on
Shouldn't this read
Users who monitor the category this places a notice on and those on
Geremy Hebert (talk | contribs) 14:16, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Actually, I've read it over, and it would make more sense to "Users who monitor the category this places and those on the #wikipedia-en-help IRC channel have been alerted and will assist you shortly." than it would to "Users who monitor the category this places a notice on and those on the #wikipedia-en-help IRC channel have been alerted and will assist you shortly." in my opinion. We'll leave it up to the admin that responds, but I expect they will agree shorter is better. Technical 13 (talk) 13:22, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Disabling as it isn't clear there's consensus to change the wording; it would be more technically correct, but at the cost of a perhaps pernickety wordiness. Chris Cunningham (user:thumperward) (talk) 13:34, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Link to Teahouse[edit]

Should there be added a link to the Teahouse on this template? -- Ypnypn (talk) 04:12, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I believe there should be as most of the related templates ({{Help me-na}}, {{Help me-nq}}, and {{Help me-helped}} have links to the Teahouse and {{Help me-inappropriate}} and {{Help me-working}} don't have links to the Teahouse (of which most also had links to WP:NCHD which has been merged into the Teahouse and I cleaned up those links). Thank you Technical 13 (talk) 13:20, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Disabling for now: please add appropriate code to the sandbox and get consensus for it before re-enabling. Chris Cunningham (user:thumperward) (talk) 13:44, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Update: {{Help me-na}}, {{Help me-nq}}, {{Help me-helped}}, and {{Help me-inappropriate}} all have links to the Teahouse now. Only "working" does not as if it is already being resolved, no need to go someplace else and ask for help again. Technical 13 (talk) 14:22, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Template:Admin help[edit]

I'm wondering if the {{Admin help}} template should have a set of sub-templates like {{Help me-nq}}, {{Help me-inappropriate}}, etc. For example, I just fielded Talk:Richard Engel which had three {{Admin help}} on it that should have been {{Edit semi-protected}} requests. I would have liked to have tagged it as {{Admin help-inappropriate}} which would have explained that not everything needs an admin... I am willing to make said templates, but I am requesting assistance from some administrators on what the wording should be. Thanks. Technical 13 (talk) 13:05, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Make Collapsible?[edit]

Rather than changing to {{tlp|Help me}}, I think making the template collapsible would be better. When a question is answered, set the default class to collapsed. By default, it would be uncollapsed.

21:16, 29 September 2013 (UTC)


Wouldn't it make more sense just to post a question on the CP, Teahouse, or Help desk? Or is this for getting almost immediate responses?

21:24, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Those are certainly other options. This offers an alternative of posting on a group help page that offers more localization. Technical 13 (talk) 21:43, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

Template:Admin help breaks page layout if indented[edit]

Someone familiar with this series please check and attempt to repair the condition that leads to this sort of layout problem Special:PermanentLink/626032150. Thank you — xaosflux Talk 03:09, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Xaosflux, your permalink example displays fine. I'm not exactly sure I'm seeing what you consider a problem. Do you mean that the sections after the template are indented? If so, that seems to be a parser bug of not properly closing the <dd> and <dl> tags after transcluding a template containing a table. I suppose that the template could be entirely reworked to not use a table and instead use styled divs regardless if that would actually fix the issue or not, but I don't have the time to do that. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 10:54, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Technical 13 It looks fine? I saw this problem on multiple browsers, the test 2 and test 3 should both be at the same header level, but Test 3 is being indented. Is this not what you are seeing? I actually ran across this on a noticeboard where this template was placed while already at ::::::: and then the rest of the page disrupted. — xaosflux Talk 19:29, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
    • Then the answer to the question I ask is simply yes. This being the case, read the rest of my answer. You (or someone on your behalf) will have to put a ticket on Phabricator (which appears to be off-line currently for some reason) (since Bugzilla is being deprecated) to get the devs to fix it. It is a parser level issue. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 11:03, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
      • Thanks for the note! — xaosflux Talk 12:07, 19 September 2014 (UTC)


It might be useful if this template included a link to CAT:AH? -- (talk) 04:04, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

Only for use on user talk pages?[edit]

Is this template to be used only on user talk pages? I asked because of this - [1] - and if it's true, the template documentation ought to be updated, I suppose. Lightbreather (talk) 21:01, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

I don't see how it would make such sense to place it on ANI given that ANI is, I assume, regularly monitored by a plethora of admins. DonIago (talk) 21:07, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Admin help[edit]

I routinely see {{admin help}} in places where {{help me}} would be more appropriate. Especially new users, I believe they think it's better to illicit the help of an administrator rather than a regular editor -- when this is sometimes the opposite case. Administrator on Wikipedia means something different than it does on other websites or with corporate companies. For questions that anyone could answer, help me should be the preferred template as there are much fewer administrators around. I would like to propose adding verbiage into the documentation for admin help to state that it should be used in situations whereby only an administrator could help. I think this is already the common understanding but having it in the documentation would help those being declined for admin help to see that the decision is supported by the documentation. Mkdwtalk 17:38, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Seems harmless enough to me, though I'd like to see the specific text to be added. :) DonIago (talk) 19:21, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
Open to suggestions, but maybe something like, "If your inquiry or request does not specifically require the attention of an administrator, please use {{help me}} instead". Mkdwtalk 07:06, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
The template itself does already include the text: "If you do not require help from administrators specifically, it is best to use the template {{help me}} instead of this one." Does that address your concern or do you think the documentation itself needs to be updated as well? DonIago (talk) 16:25, 23 November 2015 (UTC)


When you ask for help using this template, how should you use the parameters? I don't see much parameter content in the template documentation.--Mr. Guye (talk) 20:14, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

No parameters are necessary, users are told to place their question alongside on the talk page. You can pass the question as the first parameter to the template, but according to the comments the functionality exists solely for backwards compatibility. That's probably why it's not in the documentation. – Train2104 (t • c) 21:34, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
@Train2104: Ok, thanks.--Mr. Guye (talk) 01:34, 10 April 2017 (UTC)


Can this template be coded to accept an answered parameter to deactivate, like {{admin help}} does? Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 17:46, 20 November 2017 (UTC)