Wikipedia:Dos and don'ts

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"Dos and don'ts" pages are information pages that summarize some of Wikipedia's policies, guidelines, and formatting standards in a bullet-point format. They are meant to present the most important points in each of these pages in a simple, quick list, for the benefit of editors who are not inclined to read the full, authoritative protocols and convention pages. They are useful for explaining guidance that is unique to Wikipedia.

Keys to a good "dos and don'ts" page

  • To apply a standard format, use template {{dodont}}.
  • Keep bullets short – for more information, users can always check the full guideline.
  • Only include the most important and non-obvious points from the guideline.
  • Try to keep the "dos" and "donts" lists the same length, with 5–8 bullets each.
  • Bold and wikilink the key terms in each bullet.
  • List the most important bullets at the top.
  • Link to a relevant WikiProject, if one exists.
  • Add the page to relevant Wikipedia namespace categories.
  • Include the {{Help Project}} banner, and any other relevant WikiProject banners, on the talk page.

Dos and don'ts pages

See also

Information icon.svg Help desk
Manual of Style related
General formatting
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