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So, I started asking questions from the Mediawiki developers about how to make sure our section headers looked OK. They told me that the software assumes that the first level of sections uses two equals, then three, etc. We've been doing one, then two, then three. Anyways, I've started changing our templates and the articles linked from the Main Page to use two equals to start off. It's going to be tedious changing, but iterative. And, hey: it gives us something to do when we're tired of looking up restaurant email addresses, right? -- Evan 12:03, 20 Nov 2003 (PST)


So, I've been watching people chase each other around in circles, either adding or removing blank lines above and below section headers. I figure it's probably a good idea in these instances to make a call and stick to it. So, I noted that having a blank space before and after a section header is preferred.

If someone's got a good reason why we should either a) leave this undefined or b) not have a blank line above and below a section header, speak up. --Evan 15:56, 13 Apr 2004 (EDT)

I propose a different style: two blank lines before section header, and no blank line after section header. I.e.:

Here starts a first paragraph of a long multi-paragraph section.

*here are some bullets
*and more bullets

and another multi-line paragraph

and yet another multi-line text paragraph

...and that's all you need to know.

== Talk ==
The people of Frosnobish speak Frosnobian.

The reasons for both are to make quick scanning of multi-sectioned edit easier:

  • to recognize a new section start in a series of multi-line paragraphs (and hence two blanks before)
  • to stick heading to its text, to avoid confusion between section header and a single-line paragraph in a quick scan of text being edited (and hence no blank after)

I understand that it's a nightmare to change globally, but propose this rule for our future edits. --DenisYurkin 01:56, 8 January 2008 (EST)

Oppose. I think the existing rule works very well and is much better - far simpler, a lot clearer, way less confusing. ~ 02:08, 8 January 2008 (EST)

Modify. Short is good. Save tiny amounts of space - one blank line at the end of a section and no lines at all after the heading - our Wikimedia software inserts the blank line after section headings automatically. --singaporeAlice 18:03, 2 November 2012 (EDT)