WiKirby:Long page policy

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WiKirby strives for detail and completeness of information at all times. However, there may be cases where individual articles become too long and cumbersome for easy reading. When this happens, actions should be taken to shorten articles without compromising the information. The following details WiKirby's long page policy.

Identifying a long page

The definition of a long page can vary greatly depending on the subject matter. For the most useful metric, an editor should consider the amount of time it takes to scroll to the bottom of a page without opening any collapsed tables or navboxes, and how dense the text is. If an article automatically invokes the feeling of "TL-DR", then it is probably too long. Additionally, when articles employ several infoboxes, that is usually a good indication that they are too long. There are two primary ways to fix long pages, as follows:

Reduce text

If the main problem stems from excessive text, action should be taken to reduce the number of characters used in the text without compromising the information. Properly abridging material is a tricky skill to master, but it can do wonders for a page's readability. If an editor spots a block of text that could do with some shortening, he/she can mark it with the {{rewrite}} template. When using this template, the editor should add a piped summary of what needs to be changed in the text. Usually the simple phrase "too long" will suffice.

Split into separate articles

If the amount of text in a long page cannot be shortened without compromising the information, the offending sections should be split off into separate articles or sub-pages. Before doing this, the editor should mark the section with the {{split}} template and pipe a suggestion within the template for a new page title. Discussion should then follow on the article's talk page. For more information about splitting an article, please check the Article manipulation policy.

Sub-pages vs. separate articles

Whether or not a section should be split into its own article or a sub-page can be a tricky proposition. Generally, the following metric should be used when making this decision:

  1. Can the section stand on its own as a subject matter (i.e. it has a broad enough range of sub-topics contained within)?
  2. Is the section sufficiently long to justify itself as a separate article?

If the answer to both of these questions is "yes", then it should be made a separate article. If not, it should be made into a sub-page.

To format a sub-page, simply create a new page with the title of the main article being split, and then follow with a slash (/) and the name of the sub-page in lowercase.

For example: a sub-page of Super Kirby Clash is Super Kirby Clash/gallery.

Be sure the sub-page links back to the main page up at the top, and be sure the main page links to the sub-page at the appropriate location. This can be done using the {{main}} template.