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This template is a signpost. It is intended to be used on particularly active talk pages that attract commentary from inexperienced editors, and/or high levels of debate from everyone. It provides:

  • A short introduction and appropriate links for newcomers.
  • A reminder of policy to experienced Wikipedians.
  • A list of links to the current talk page's archives.
  • An optional archive search box.

This template should be used only when needed. There is no need to add this template to every talk page.

Usage[baguhin]

To add this template to a talk page, just edit the talk page, and put {{talkheader}} at the top of the page (above existing conversations).

Talk pages that attract frequent or perpetual debate, articles often subject controversy, and/or recent-and-highly-visible topics are usually appropriate for this template. Calm talk pages do not need this template.

In particular, the template should not be added to otherwise empty talk pages. That changes the "discussion" tab at the top of the page from a "redlink" into a "bluelink", which may mislead people into thinking there is discussion.

For more information on this topic, see the talk page for this template, including the talk archives and the TfD logs.

Parameters[baguhin]

Up to five shortcuts can be added to the template, as unnamed parameters. For example, {{talkheader|WP:SHOR|WP:TCUT}}. They will display similar to the {{shortcut}} template, but within the talkheader message box.

When used on a talk page which has archives, links to those archive pages will be listed automatically within this template. Archives must be named in the standard way for this to work. A link to the archive index is also displayed, if it is named "/Archive index". This is an alternative to {{archive box}}.

If no archives exist for the current talk page, or if archives exist but possess non-standard names, no archive links will be displayed.

Archive links can be manually switched off using the parameter |noarchive=yes. For example: {{talkheader|noarchive=yes}}

To allow editors to search the archives of a talk page, a search bar can be also be displayed, using the parameter |search=yes. For example: {{talkheader|search=yes}}.

Hiding the template[baguhin]

If you would prefer not to see this template on any talk page, you can hide it from your view. You'll need to have a named account to do this.

  1. Edit your user style page. (For the default skin: Special:Mypage/monobook.css)
  2. Add a line: #talkheader {display:none;}
  3. Save the change.
  4. Bypass your cache.

Appearances variations[baguhin]

Be aware that this template will appear differently in different namespaces. In particular, in the article namespace, there is an additional box of "Article policies". That box does not appear when this template is used in any other namespace (including the template namespace). Here is what the template looks like with the "Article policies" box:

The test cases page shows other variations in appearance.

Template editing notes[baguhin]

Please discuss before making changes to this template. Unannounced action tends to lead to a flurry of editing. Differences in personal taste have lead to "perpetual tweaking" in the past.

You can use the sandbox as a "working draft" to propose changes. (Please do not include the sandbox in "production use".)

By design, this template appears differently depending on which namespace it is used in. One should remain concious of how this will impact your changes. In particular, the number of columns can vary, affecting text width for line wrapping.

There is a page of test cases for the various namespace appearances.

See also[baguhin]