User talk:Hello71

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WP:DISINFOBOX[edit]

Hello. Please see WP:DISINFOBOX, which gives some explanations of why and infobox might not be appropriate in many articles. Please do not add an infobox to an article if there is a consensus on the Talk page not to include an infobox. Thanks. -- Ssilvers (talk) 02:18, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

The use of infoboxes in WP articles is optional. The Manual of Style says: "Whether to include an infobox ... and which parts of the infobox to use, is determined through discussion and consensus among the editors at each individual article." Once again, please see WP:DISINFOBOX. While sports and politician bios can benefit from infoboxes, most articles do not. Usually: (1) The box does not emphasize the most important information, as the narrative WP:LEAD section does so well. Instead, it presents disconnected facts stripped of context and lacking nuance. (2) The most important points about the article that could be mentioned in the infobox are already discussed in the Lead, so the box is redundant. (3) It takes up valuable space at the top of the article and includes some less important factoids that are better discussed in the body of the article below. (4) It limits the size of the first photo and hampers the layout and impact of the Lead. (5) Frequent errors creep into infoboxes, and they tend to draw vandalism and fancruft. (6) Starting the article with the infobox template creates a lot of code near the top of the article that discourages new editors from editing the article. (7) It distracts editors from focusing on the content of the article. Instead of improving the article, they spend time working on this repetitive feature and its coding and formatting. I think that last point is very significant here. All the best! -- Ssilvers (talk) 17:33, 31 July 2015 (UTC)