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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.

"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.

{{Guideline}} Template:Guideline

{{Policymessage}}

This page documents an official MeritBadgeDotOrg policy, an accepted standard that all users should follow. Before editing a page, please make sure that your revision reflects consensus. When in doubt, discuss first on the talk page of the article in question.


"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

{{Update}}

This article or section needs to be updated.
Please update the article to reflect recent events, and remove this template when finished.

{{Contradict}}

This article or section appears to contradict itself. Please help fix this problem.


{{Contradict-other}}

This article appears to contradict another article. Please see discussion on the linked talk page.


{{POV}}

The neutrality of this article is disputed.
Please see the discussion on the talk page.
Please do not remove this message until the dispute is resolved.


{{Stub}}

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

{{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.

{{Unreferenced}}

This article or section needs references.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unverifiable material may be challenged and removed.


{{Needs sources}}

This article appears to not provide sufficient references to reliable sources.
Please help add sources for this article. Unverifiable links and articles may be removed.

"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.

{{Confusing}}

All or part of this article may be confusing or unclear.

Please help clarify the article. Suggestions may be on the talk page.


"Article notice" templates

{{Info}}

{{{1}}}

{{Otheruses}}

{{{1}}}

{{Prepare}}

{{{1}}}


{{Prepare Webelos}}

The Article message boxes Activity Badge helps prepare Webelos Scouts for the Boy Scout [[{{{1}}}|{{{1}}} Merit Badge]].


{{RequiredActivityBadge}}

[[image:{{{1}}}|{{{2}}}]] This Activity Badge is required for the {{{3}}}.


{{CSAS Prepare}}

The Article message boxes belt loop and pin help prepare Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts for the Boy Scout [[{{{1}}}]] merit badge.


{{CSAS Prepare multi}}

The Article message boxes Belt Loop and Pin help prepare Scouts for the Boy Scout {{{1}}} Merit Badges.


{{CSAS Webelos option}}

[[image:{{{2}}}ActivityBadge.jpg|50px]] The Article message boxes {{{1}}} is an option for the Webelos [[{{{2}}}]] activity badge.

{{CSAS Webelos options}}

The Article message boxes {{{1}}} is an option for the Webelos {{{2}}} Activity Badges.


{{CSAS option}}

The Webelos Article message boxes activity badge options include earning the {{{1}}}.


{{Revised}}

The Article message boxes requirements were revised effective {{{1}}}.


{{Transclude}}

This article is transcluded into another article, potentially several articles.
Please take this into consideration and be cautious when editing.

{{Nutshell}}

This page in a nutshell: {{{1}}}


"Merger and transwiki proposal" templates

{{Merge}}

It has been suggested that this merge candidate be merged with {{{2}}}.

{{MeritBadgeDotOrg Alert Box}}

{{New server}}

{{{imagesize}}} New server. Welcome to our new server. We switched servers due to technical difficulties with the old server. Hopefully all problems have been resolved but if you see something that concerns you please report it in our forums. —Thanks, the MBO Staff

{{Technical}}

{{{imagesize}}} Technical difficulties. We're currently experiencing some technical difficulties -- this may be due to the MediaWiki software, the domain host, or some other problem. Please bear with us while we work to get the issue(s) resolved. —Thanks, the MBO Staff

{{2008 BS Rank}}

{{{imagesize}}} A detailed summary of the 2008 Boy Scout Requirement Changes are now on MeritBadgeDotOrg, including updated links for recently changed Eagle Scout Award-related forms. (Once announced, BSA Rank changes become effective immediately.)

{{MyScouting}}

{{{imagesize}}} Special announcement for volunteer leaders: The BSA's new, offical MyScouting portal at the National Council's website is now operational. We owe many thanks to National's webmasters who have worked so hard to get so many new and valuable features and resources up and running.

See also

  • MeritBadgeDotOrg:Article message boxes
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