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Refactoring talk pages is a means of structuring them with the purposes of

  1. making them more readable and useful to future people who read the talk page later
  2. making them less dry (not because you didn't like or disagreed with the content they were bearing),
  3. making browsing archives more useful and less time-consuming.

This is especially useful when the volume of talking is large, but may occasionally also be useful in small discussions.

Such activity may include:

  • Renaming dry headlines.
  • Splitting a discussion in two, either on the same level in a subsection, depending in scope.
  • Removing talk page noise.
  • Not editing other peoples' comments. If a comment needs to belong partly to one section and partly toanother section, splitting it is acceptable.

Contents

Example 1Edit

Was:Edit

DogsEdit

  • Dogs are barking, and it's raining. --Gryllida 09:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Now:Edit

DogsEdit

  • Dogs are barking, and it's raining. --Gryllida 09:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
    • Split by topic for a reasonable discussion. --Gryllida 09:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

WeatherEdit

  • Dogs are barking, and it's raining. --Gryllida 09:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
    • Split by topic for a reasonable discussion. --Gryllida 09:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)


Example 2Edit

Was:Edit

Your recent editEdit

You need to use a spell checker, I did some proofreading and corrected spelling. --Gryllida 09:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Now:Edit

Suggestion to use a spell checker (was: Your recent edit)Edit

Title edited for readability. --Gryllida 09:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

You need to use a spell checker, I did some proofreading and corrected spelling. --Gryllida 09:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)