User:Macdonald-ross

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It is important not to import excessive detail from the main English Wikipedia. This is the key issue: if a reader wants more detail, they can find it on enWP. But if a reader wants to find a simpler version of something on enWP this is the only place they can go to get it. It is why we were created. The more we look like a mirror site for enWP, the less we are doing our job.

Approximations in science

Approximations in science are estimates. They may not be based on actual measurements. They may be based on very few measurements. For example, measurements of incomplete fossils, or weight estimates that can never be actually measured. In palaeontology, weight estimates have always given difficulty, and there are no end of authors who have said this. Also, of course, measurements from one or a few individuals do not give the full range of adult sizes in a population. We add to the problem when we use a template to translate it, from one scale to another. In general, it is the height of bad science to present estimates or small samples as exact figures.

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Stuff

Agreed colour for animalia taxoboxes

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Syntax for autocollapse

  • | collapse_state = <includeonly>{{{1|autocollapse}}}</includeonly><noinclude>collapsed</noinclude> = syntax for collapsing ugly large templates
    • {{[title of template footer|collapsed}} forces collapse on individual pages

Various

  • Attrib template: {{enwp based|url=http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Philosophical_skepticism&oldid=346768538}} gives specific version.
  • All caps or all lowercase: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/BA
  • [1] Article stats tool
  • Readability [2]
  • Useful kit for disambig pages: Special:search/intitle:whatever
  • Tony's tips: [5]

Dots & dashes

How to create dots:

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There are several other templates with similar functionality:

  • {{·}} – Bold middot "·" is mostly used for dotted lists.
  • {{•}} – Bullet "•" is mostly used for dotted lists that use small font sizes.

User:Macdonald-ross/S1

  • Tony's tips[6]
  • <gallery widths="200px" heights="170px" perrow="2">

Other

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