Forum:Usepreview template

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I've created a proposed usepreview template that may be added to user_talk pages as appropriate.

Original version:

Frequent use of "Save page" during editing tends to clutter the article's edit history and the site's change log. When making multiple edits to the same article, please use the "Show preview" button to view intermediate changes, and try to limit use of the "Save page" button to when you are finished making all of your changes.


Current revision: When making multiple edits to an article, please use the "Show preview" button to view intermediate changes, and try to limit use of the "Save page" button to when you are finished making all of your changes. Frequent use of "Save page" during editing tends to clutter the article's edit history and the site's change log.


Please feel free to discuss, edit, and if everyone okay with it, start using.

mwalimu 16:01, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Sine 16:52, 17 October 2007 (UTC): A good idea! Thank you for creating this. I think perhaps it would be more effective to start with the request for what to do, than move into the reasoning. Something along the lines of:

Instead of using the "Save page" button each time you make a change to an article, please use the "Show preview" button. "Save page" when you are finished making all of your changes. Frequent use of "Save page" during editing tends to clutter the article's edit history and the site's change log.

I like both wordings. I wonder if the format should be without a box, like the welcome templates. --Rat 19:48, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
Updated to eliminate the box. I've also rephrased it somewhat but it's basically the same. I wonder if there's a way to convey that it's acceptable to use "Save page" occasionally to commit your edits when doing extensive editing, and that it's okay if you thought you were finished then noticed one last thing after you saved it. Finally, is there a way to put a "conditional line break" at the beginning so it doesn't flow it together with any preceding text? --mwalimu 21:06, 19 December 2008 (UTC)