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Along with the new Draft Main Page I created Wiki tips from a page in the central Wikia. I would appreciate everyone taking a look, as it includes some (proposed) policies for this wiki, some of which are different from what we've been doing. Things that are different include:

  • Putting new Talk topics at the top rather than the bottom of the page, so we don't have to keep scrolling farther and farther down.
  • Only linking something the first time it appears on a page, not all 87 times. (Or maybe the first time in each section, if someone is likely to land directly in a section, like in the compendium.)

On a related note, what do you think of starting a page where anyone can add tasks that need to be done, so people looking for something to do can go there and get a job? The first task could be going through all the pages that contain CooKit and unlinking all but the first one in each section. --Beth Ogilvie 01:19, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

Good job on the Main Page layout. Only link first occurrence is a Wikipedia guideline, Wikipedia:WP:CONTEXT, and it is a good guideline but not inflexible.
Putting new talk topics at the top is not compliant with WP practice and would cause us trouble, I suspect (Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Talk page). For one thing, the software does not support it. The "+" tab puts the new topic at the bottom. It would be a particular trial for people like me who go back and fourth between SC and WP. Instead, archiving is recommending when talk pages get too long, Wikipedia:Wikipedia:How to archive a talk page. I think Wikipedia:WP:REFACTOR is easier if a strict chronological order is followed. Walter Siegmund 02:33, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
I went to change this item and couldn't find it in the doc. I must have dreamed it (or read it somewhere else). So scratch what I said. --Beth Ogilvie 22:54, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
Wikipedia has stub categories. You create a new article with a line or two of text and add the stub template, e.g., Wikipedia:Template:nonfiction-book-stub. That way, someone looking for a task can scan the list of stubs. Other templates include Wikipedia:Template:Totallydisputed and Wikipedia:Template:Cleanup. Anyhow, I think this is a good idea. These are suggestions about how to go about it. We don't have to do things the Wikipedia way, but I'd like to see that we have the benefit of that experience. Walter Siegmund 02:33, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
What you're describing is a lot of machinery, and I'm sure it's essential on a wiki with 1.6M articles. For now, probably a simple list would suffice... Beth Ogilvie 22:54, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
I'm sure you are right. It might be useful to have a small number of generic stub templates eventually, though. Walter Siegmund 01:47, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

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