Wikipedia:Template messages/Wikipedia namespace

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The Wikipedia:Project namespace includes Wikipedia official policies and guidelines, process pages, discussion pages, optional essays, informative pages, humorous and historical pages.

Policies and guidelines[edit]

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{{policy}}
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Official policies

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{{Legal policy}}
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Official policies

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{{Procedural policy}}
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Official policies

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{{guideline}}
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Pages that document guidelines

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{{MoS-guideline}}
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Pages that document style guidelines

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{{subcat guideline|
<guideline category>|
<category sort key>|
<shortcuts>}}

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Guideline category should be one of:

  • behavioral guideline
  • content guideline
  • deletion guideline
  • editing guideline
  • naming convention
  • notability guideline
  • style guideline
Example for naming convention as <guideline category>:
For tagging guidelines of specific categories

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Use only available (sub-) categories
{{disputedtag|talk=Discussion Title}} Disputed "policy"/"guideline" designations

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{{disputedtag|section=yes|talk=Discussion Title}} Disputed sections of policies/guidelines

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{{proposed}}
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Policy/guideline proposals

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{{draft proposal}}
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Drafts of policy/guideline proposals

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{{under discussion|status|talk=Discussion Title}} Policies and guidelines whose status as policy or guideline is being actively discussed, although their current status is not contested.

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{{under discussion|section|talk=Discussion Title}} Sections of policies, guidelines or other pages which are being actively discussed at the talk page

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{{under discussion-inline|talk=Discussion Title}} [under discussion] Specific wordings or sentences in policies, guidelines or other pages which are being actively discussed at the talk page

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{{failed}}
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Failed policy/guideline proposals

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{{dormant}}
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Proposals that have become dormant through lack of discussion

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{{Polarized proposal}}
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Currently unable to compromise policy/guideline proposals

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How-to and information[edit]

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{{Information page}}
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The banner template for administration pages that are more just informational and non-opinionated like WP:GOV.
{{Wikipedia how to}}
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The banner template for administration pages that are more directly instructional and non-opinionated like H:EDIT.
{{supplement|pages=[[Wikipedia:Policy]] page}} Use this template carefully, only when there is a well-established consensus at the relevant policy or guideline page to link to the administration page in question from the policy or guideline like WP:BRD.
{{Process header}}
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Wikipedia namespace
A blank template meant to be populated and used at the top of a page in the Wikipedia and help namespace.

Essays[edit]

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{{essay|WP:SHORT}} Essays

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the banner template for administration pages that are more opinionated then instructional or technical, there are several parameters and variations.
{{orphaned essay}}
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Essays

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{{Notability essay}}
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{{Civility essay}}
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{{Behavioral essay}}
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{{Categorization essay}}
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{{Deletion essay}}
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{{Guidance essay}}
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WikiProjects[edit]

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{{WikiProject status}}
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Parameters: |active, |semi-active, |inactive, |defunct
Displays the activity status of a WikiProject by using optional parameters


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{{WikiProject advice}}
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Used on essays and other advice pages that are written by one or more WikiProjects

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{{WikiProject notability essay}}
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Unofficial notability criteria defined by individual WikiProjects

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{{WikiProject style advice}}
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Unofficial style advice defined by individual WikiProjects

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{{WikiProject content advice}}
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Unofficial content advice defined by individual WikiProjects

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Historical and under development[edit]

What to type What it makes Notes
{{historical}}
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For a former policy, use {{Historical|type=policy}}. For a former guideline, use {{Historical|type=guideline}}
{{superseded|[[New page]]}} For process and infomation pages that have been superseded by other pages.
{{WikiProject status|Defunct}} Set inactive=yes parameter from {{WikiProject status}}.
{{Essay in development}}
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This template is for essay pages actively undergoing a major edit.
{{Under construction}}
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This template is for administration pages actively undergoing a major edit.
{{In use}}
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Placed at the top of an administration page you are actively editing for a short period of time
{{WP Future}}
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Pages using this template will be placed into Category:Inactive project pages unless the parameter category=no is given
{{Freq}}
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This template is meant to be used at the top of a page in the Wikipedia and help namespace.
{{Brainstorming}}
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This template is meant to be used at the top of a page in the Wikipedia and help namespace currently being developed.

Notices and warnings[edit]

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{{Disputed tag}}
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template to dispute whether a page (or a section on a page) has properly been accorded policy or guideline status.
{{Under discussion}}
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If the discussion concerns a proposed change to the status of a policy or guideline page then you may use the status parameter (see Policies and guidelines above).
{{Notice}}
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A blank template used at the top of administration pages that can be populated manually.
{{nutshell}}
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To present a concise summary at the top of administration pages that can be populated manually.
{{Nutsection}}
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To present a concise summary for a section of administration pages that can be populated manually.
{{Update}}
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Used to denote process, how-to and information pages that contain old or out-of-date information that needs updating.
{{Warning}}
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A blank template used at the top of administration pages that can be populated manually.
{{Caution}}
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A blank template used at the top of administration pages that can be populated manually.
{{Purpose}}
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To be used for when an essay, how-to or information page reason for existing is unclear.

Humorous[edit]

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{{humor}}
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For use on Wikipedia and User namespaces pages that are not serious enough for publication in the mainspace.
{{humorantipolicy}}
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Humor pages that spoof and/or may have been proposed as policies.or guidelines.
{{Humorous essay}} For humorous essays in both the Wikipedia and User namespaces.
{{Joke alert}}
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For use on Wikipedia and User namespaces pages that are not serious enough for publication in the mainspace.

Other[edit]

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{{admin backlog}}
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Maintenance categories and pages with a backlog that require an administrator

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{{backlog}}
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Maintenance categories and pages with a backlog

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{{shortcut|WP:SHORT}}
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Other project pages with shortcut(s)
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{{subst:sandboxpaste}}
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{{Please leave this line alone (sandbox heading)}} <!-- We like people to see the notice. Put any testing content below it. --> Wikipedia:Sandbox

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{{subst:specialpageslist}}
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Special pages (maintenance) Information
Broken redirects
Dead-end pages Dead-end pages
Dormant pages Dusty articles
DoubleRedirects Double redirects
Lonely pages Orphaned articles
Long pages
New pages New page patrol
New pages feed Page curation
Protected pages Protection policy
Short pages
Uncategorized Categorization
Uncategorized cats
Uncategorized templates
Unused categories
Unused files (images)
Unused templates
Without interwiki links
Most interwiki links
WantedPages
Most-wanted articles
See also: Maintenance departments
Lists
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