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As I've edited various pages I've taken the liberty of changing certain stylistic choices other editors have made, such as removing any space I find after the colon in <tt><nowiki>[[Category:]]</nowiki></tt> links and inserting newlines (blank lines) after ==section headers==. I haven't made a concerted effort to "codify" my opinions on these matters, though, since they don't actually affect the appearance of the article(s). But there is one matter of style that definitely ''is'' visible on the page and so really should be decided on and adopted as policy (in my opinion), and that is the choice of ''capitalization'' for section headers. We've chosen to use "sentence style" (a.k.a., "[[Wikinews:Wikinews:Style guide#Headlines|downstyle]]") for '''page titles'''; should that convention extend to section headers, as well? I say yes. It looks like a number of other editors would disagree. (Note that Wikipedia tends to use downstyle headers.) What say you? - [[User:Dcljr|dcljr]] 17:53, 26 February 2007 (CST)
 
As I've edited various pages I've taken the liberty of changing certain stylistic choices other editors have made, such as removing any space I find after the colon in <tt><nowiki>[[Category:]]</nowiki></tt> links and inserting newlines (blank lines) after ==section headers==. I haven't made a concerted effort to "codify" my opinions on these matters, though, since they don't actually affect the appearance of the article(s). But there is one matter of style that definitely ''is'' visible on the page and so really should be decided on and adopted as policy (in my opinion), and that is the choice of ''capitalization'' for section headers. We've chosen to use "sentence style" (a.k.a., "[[Wikinews:Wikinews:Style guide#Headlines|downstyle]]") for '''page titles'''; should that convention extend to section headers, as well? I say yes. It looks like a number of other editors would disagree. (Note that Wikipedia tends to use downstyle headers.) What say you? - [[User:Dcljr|dcljr]] 17:53, 26 February 2007 (CST)
  
:I pretty much trust your instincts on these matters.  I think most of the section headers already are sentence style, so it's fine with me if we convert the rest.
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:I pretty much trust your instincts on these matters.  I think most of the section headers already are sentence style, so it's fine with me if we convert the rest.--[[User:Kazim|Kazim]] 08:30, 27 February 2007 (CST)

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Can I suggest that we have some sort of guidelines for how we think the best way is to structure things? Examples of this: Target page naming (e.g. Creationist > Creationism), linking to external resources, categories, and so forth. The sooner we get this down, the sooner we can nip errant page organisation in the bud (which I'd probably be guilty of otherwise!) -- Blu Matt 05:26, 1 August 2006 (MST)

Yes, I'm planning (now that I've mostly finished with Episode 7 of Way of the Master) to rework the front page, the IC introduction page and included editing guidelines on style, structure, formatting....and other stuff. Unfortunately, it may not happen until next week, as I'll be leaving on vacation soon. Some of this information already exists in the admin forums, I just haven't finished incorporating all of it into the wiki pages. Sans Deity 07:07, 1 August 2006 (MST)
Splendid. Enjoy your holiday. :-) -- Blu Matt 07:18, 1 August 2006 (MST)

Major and minor edits

The rule of thumb I've been using is that a minor edit is one that doesn't change the information in the article. Thus, fixing a bunch of spelling or punctuation errors is a minor edit, but fixing an error of fact (even a small one) is a major edit. Should this be added to the guidelines?

Also, may I suggest adding "DO use the "Preview" and "Show changes" buttons before committing a change"?

--Arensb 06:10, 4 August 2006 (MST)

I've added those tips.
I think I should mention that I am often guilty of not checking the "minor edit" box when I should, because I forget details like that when I'm just doing a quick and dirty style fix.
--Kazim 07:31, 4 August 2006 (MST)

Section headers

As I've edited various pages I've taken the liberty of changing certain stylistic choices other editors have made, such as removing any space I find after the colon in [[Category:]] links and inserting newlines (blank lines) after ==section headers==. I haven't made a concerted effort to "codify" my opinions on these matters, though, since they don't actually affect the appearance of the article(s). But there is one matter of style that definitely is visible on the page and so really should be decided on and adopted as policy (in my opinion), and that is the choice of capitalization for section headers. We've chosen to use "sentence style" (a.k.a., "downstyle") for page titles; should that convention extend to section headers, as well? I say yes. It looks like a number of other editors would disagree. (Note that Wikipedia tends to use downstyle headers.) What say you? - dcljr 17:53, 26 February 2007 (CST)

I pretty much trust your instincts on these matters. I think most of the section headers already are sentence style, so it's fine with me if we convert the rest.--Kazim 08:30, 27 February 2007 (CST)
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