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The purpose of this project is to implement a standard and consistent design for article message boxes. That is, message boxes or article templates that go on the top of articles and article sections (or, in select cases, the bottom). Other kinds of article templates such as navigation boxes and infoboxes are not included in this Workpage.


The Template

The {{ArticleMessageBox}} template makes it easy to create article message boxes in the new design. Usage documentation and examples:


Usage

Examples

Example 1

The following code:

{{ArticleMessageBox
|barcolor=#1E90FF
|image=Sm-fdl.gif
|text = '''This is a [[MeritBadgeDotOrg:Stub|stub]]... Please help {{fullurl:{{PAGENAME}}|action=edit}} improve this {{{1|article or section}}}] by expanding it.''' <br />Further information might be found on the [[{{TALKPAGENAME}}|talk page]].
|includeonly = [[Category:Stubs]]
}}

Will produce:

This is a stub... Please help improve this article or section by expanding it.
Further information might be found on the talk page.

Example 2

The following code:

{{ArticleMessageBox
|width = 
|left-indent = 1%
|barcolor = #f28500
|image =  Sm-fdl.gif
|text =  '''Please help [{{fullurl:{{PAGENAME}}|action=edit}} improve this {{{1|article or section}}}] by expanding it.'''<br />Further information might be found on the [[{{TALKPAGENAME}}|talk page]].
|includeonly =  [[Category:Articles that need to be expanded]]
}}

Will produce:

Please help improve this article or section by expanding it.
Further information might be found on the talk page.


Copy-and-paste code

{{ArticleMessageBox
|width =         <!-- This parameter is optional. (Leaving this blank will set auto-width, which is 80%.) -->
|left-indent =   <!-- This parameter is optional. -->
|barcolor = 
|image =  
|imagesize =     <!-- This parameter is optional. (Default should be 44px, if needed.) -->
|bgcolor =       <!-- This parameter is optional. (Default is #fbfbfb.) -->
|text = 
|includeonly =   <!-- This parameter is optional. (However, "include" Categories go here.) -->
}}


Categories and colors

Article message boxes are divided into various categories. Each category has a corresponding color code. The color-coding helps to inform of the nature of the issues at a glance.

Code Name Description Example Templates
#bba Protection Page is locked against edits {{protected}}
#b22222 Deletion proposed deletion {{delete}}
#f28500 Content Problems with the content of an article, i.e., what the article actually says {{expand}}, {{expand2}}, {{copypaste}}, {{stub}}, {{uncategorized}}, {{unreferenced}}
#f4c430 Style Problems not with the content, but how it is formatted/presented {{cleanup}}, {{wikify}}
#1e90ff Notice Information readers/editors should be aware of {{info}}, {{Otheruses}}, {{Current}}, {{GFDL content}}
#9932cc Move Merge and split proposals {{merge}}


The choice of color is partly inspired by the ANSI standard safety "Signal Words" and their corresponding colors: Danger (Red), Warning (Orange), Caution (Yellow), and Notice (Blue).

Most Article message boxes have a background color of #fbfbfb (slightly off white), which is intended to contrast slightly with the full white (#ffffff) used for articles, while still being easy to read.

Design

Please note:

  • The wording of these message boxes is not under discussion at this time. Initial implementation will use the text from the existing "production" templates. The wording in the examples below is for illustration purposes only.
  • The following box has a white background to mimic article pages.


"Protection" templates

{{protected}}

Editing this page is currently restricted to administrators in order to deal with vandalism, spam, etc.
Please discuss any proposed changes on the talk page. Thank you.

"Deletion issue" templates

{{delete}}

This article has been nominated for deletion in accordance with MeritBadgeDotOrg's deletion policy. You may share your thoughts on the matter at this article's talk page. Feel free to edit this article; but, it must not be blanked, and this notice must not be removed until the discussion is closed by an administrator. For more information, read the guide to deletion.

"Content issue" templates

{{Expand}}

Please help improve this article by expanding it.
Further information might be found on the talk page.

{{Expand2}}

Please help improve this article or section by expanding it.
Further information might be found on the talk page.

{{Copypaste}}

This article or section appears to have been copied and pasted from http://website.com/folder/subfolder/file.html,
possibly in violation of a copyright.

Please edit this article to remove any copyrighted text and to be an original source,
following the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. Remove this template after editing.

{{Stub}}

This is a stub... Please help improve this article or section by expanding it.
Further information might be found on the talk page.

{{Uncategorized}}

This article is uncategorized.
Please categorize this articles to list it with similar articles.

"Style issue" templates

{{Cleanup}}

This article may require cleanup to meet MeritBadgeDotOrg's quality standards.
Please help improve this article if you can.

{{wikify}}

This article or section lacks formatting.
Please "wikify" it as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style.

"Article notice" templates

{{Info}}

{{{1}}}

{{Expand}}

Please help improve this article by expanding it.
Further information might be found on the talk page.

{{Current}}

This article documents a current event.
Information may change rapidly as the event progresses.

"Merger and transwiki proposal" templates

{{Expand}}

Please help improve this article by expanding it.
Further information might be found on the talk page.

Image:Merge-arrows.png It has been suggested that this page or section be merged with Page title.  (discuss)


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