Modification to proposal style to allow better use of whatis template

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This works for me. I'm interested to see how it all works.

I'm quite new to all of this, and took a few minutes earlier to try out approval and discussion on some of the proposed guidelines. The layout is simple and very understandable -- well done. I did notice that I particularly enjoyed and benefited from reading your quick rationales in the discussion section -- my wiki concept map is more detailed than before. I wonder if a rational should be added to the main section of the guideline template. Or will the discussion be easily accessible from the main guideline page? I think later newcomers might be similarly interested. Just some thoughts. --Alison Snieckus 01:28, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

ASnieckus (talk)13:28, 25 July 2009


The proposals are created using an inputbox that fills the new page with the content at Help:Guideline proposal. So, when someone suggests a new guideline, the inserted content explains that a rationale should be included first thing in the discussion section. Does that fulfill your concern on it?

Discussion is accessible from the central style guide within two clicks of a mouse. In the guide is the same navigation template found in the workgroup charter, the proposal pages, and the talk pages.

Jesse Groppi (talk)12:56, 28 July 2009

Jesse, Thanks for explaining this a bit more. The help page is very clear and concise. Now I see why you posted a rationale as the first point under discussion. Just want to say (again) that I like the rationales.

I don't really have a concern, just thinking that new members looking to use the finalized style guide could well benefit from reading a guideline's rationale (as I have) and they may not know to go looking for them. I'd vote for keeping them on the guideline page in the final document (if there was a way to do so without cluttering things up). Just a thought.

ASnieckus (talk)11:25, 29 July 2009

I don't see why there shouldn't be a rationale on the final guide, but you're right that it may bog things down. We shall just have to experiment with it when the time comes to determine how the guide will be formatted.

Jesse Groppi (talk)13:00, 29 July 2009