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Editnotices are message boxes shown before the edit window when a user edits a page. All users can create editnotices for their user space, but in other namespaces only administrators, page-movers and template editors can create editnotices.
To use editnotices, you should have a basic understanding of the concept of Wikipedia namespaces; that is a set of Wikipedia pages whose names begin with a prefix recognized by the MediaWiki software, followed by a colon, or, in the case of the main namespace, with no prefix.
Some of the message boxes you see when editing a page (or viewing the source of a protected page) are not editnotices; instead, they are MediaWiki interface messages.
Editnotice links
When a page is edited, red or blue links are often displayed at the top right of the page looking like this:
Page notice
or like this:
Group notice   Page notice
They are links to the group and page editnotices of the page. Users with administrator, template editor, or page mover permissions always see both links, even if the notices have not yet been created, since they can create and edit the editnotices. Other users only see the red "Page notice" link on their own user and user talk basepage, since they can create and edit such notices. They also see blue links to group and page notices if they already have been created, so they can find and view the source of the notice. But they still can't edit those notices, except the ones in userspace.
See also the section § Hiding the red links below.
When creating editnotices, the template {{editnotice}} can be used for formatting; see its template page for how to use it. See Category:Editnotice templates for specialized editnotices.
User and user talk
When editing a new user page, {{base userpage editnotice}} will show.
Insert as an edit notice for a user page as {{Editnotice userpage}}.
For example:
Hello. You're editing the userpage of ExampleUser. Please make your edits friendly, as this is a userpage and is only supposed to be edited by the user!
This appears on top of the editing box screen when people would like to edit your page. The ExampleUser part will automatically change to your username.
Anyone can create an editnotice for a user or user talk page. (But editnotices for user sub-pages can only be created by admins, template editors, and page movers.) User page editnotice names take one of these forms:
User talk:Example/Editnotice
You can create an editnotice for your own user or talk page with a preloaded {{editnotice}} template by using these links:
Create your user page notice
Create your user talk page notice
Other namespaces
Editnotices for other namespaces and for user subpages can be created and edited only by admins, template editors, and page movers. There are three main types of editnotices:
Namespace notices – Displays on all pages within a namespace.
Group notices – Displays on a page and all its subpages.
Page notices – Displays only on the page it belongs to.
Editnotice names take one of these forms:
Namespace notices – See below.
Group notices –
Template:Editnotices/Group/​<Full page name of the rootpage>
Page notices –
Template:Editnotices/Page/​<Full page name>
Group notices for subpages must have a {{editnotice subpages}} template on each of the parent group notice pages. For instance, Template:Editnotices/Group/User:Example/test would require Template:Editnotices/Group/User:Example to contain
{{editnotice subpages|test}}
How to request an editnotice
To request the creation of an editnotice:
Another way to find the link for an editnotice is to:
Batch of identical editnotices
If you need to display a batch of identical editnotices, please create a single template which you then transclude in each editnotice, to allow easier modification and maintenance. You can place such templates in Category:Editnotice templates.
When displayed
Editnotices are displayed when editing a page, but because their content can also be useful when just viewing a page, they are also displayed in these cases:
When the editnotices are shown in "view mode" the loading system feeds them "notice action = view". This can be used inside the editnotices like this:
{{#ifeq: {{{notice action|}}} | view | <!-- A non-admin is "viewing the source" of a protected page --> | <!-- A user with sufficient rights is editing the page --> }}
Hiding the red links
If you don't want to see the red "Group notice" and "Page notice" links, then add the below markup to your personal CSS, then wait a minute, then bypass your browser cache.
/* Hide the red "Group notice" and "Page notice" links. */.editnotice-area .editnotice-redlink { display: none !important;}
If you don't want to see any of the "Group notice" and "Page notice" links, then use this markup instead:
/* Hide all the "Group notice" and "Page notice" links. */.editnotice-area .editnotice-link { display: none !important;}
When an editnotice is used on an article, people creating editnotices are advised to leave a message on the article's talk page for further discussion of the editnotice on the article.
Listing editnotices
Technical details
Anything put on the pages MediaWiki:Editnotice-0 through MediaWiki:Editnotice-15 (or Editnotice-100 through Editnotice-109) will appear as an editnotice for every page in an entire namespace. Editnotice-0 is for mainspace pages, Editnotice-1 for the talk space pages, Editnotice-2 for user space pages, etcetera. See WP:Namespace for the meaning of all of the numbers.
The template {{editnotice load}} has been put on each of those MediaWiki namespace pages. The template causes each article to use a subpage specific to it as its editnotice rather than using a namespace-wide editnotice.
The editnotice load system uses two methods of storing the editnotices:
Although all of the namespaces could initially store editnotices directly as MediaWiki messages, this was found to cause performance issues as the MediaWiki namespace grew. The display of MediaWiki editnotices for namespaces that have the MediaWiki subpage feature has been disabled; even though an editnotice can be created as a MediaWiki message for these namespaces, it will not show. For consistency, and to keep the MediaWiki namespace clean, all editnotices are now stored as subpages of Template:Editnotices. This means we again can create editnotices for all namespaces.
Group notices stored as Template:Editnotices/Group/... can be created for pages in all namespaces except for the main (article), File (image), and MediaWiki namespaces. The reason is that those namespaces don't have the MediaWiki subpage feature, thus group notices would not be meaningful in those namespaces. The talk spaces of those namespaces understand subpages and can use group notices, although group notices are usually not meaningful there either.
Edit intros
For the editintro parameter of the inputbox extension, see mw:Extension:InputBox.
Edit intros are similar to editnotices, but use different schemes:
A feature request at T85372 asks for per-category editnotices to make it much easier to add and maintain this kind of notice.
Emailnotices allow registered users with a confirmed email to display a custom message at Special:EmailUser for their username. Emailnotices are located at Special:MyPage/Emailnotice (uses). The system was implemented in MediaWiki:Emailpagetext after this discussion.
Protection notices
The standard message displayed when the source of a protected page is being viewed may be replaced by creating a page of the form
Template:Editnotices/Protection/​<Full page name>
. When this is done, the standard edit notices for the page will not be displayed by default; display them if necessary by including
{{editnotice load|notice action = view}}
in the custom protection notice.
This should generally only be used when the standard notice displayed by MediaWiki:Protectedpagetext and/or MediaWiki:Cascadeprotected is misleading users to file {{edit protected}} requests in the wrong place; for example, see the history of Template talk:Reflist prior to September 2011.
Editnotices were introduced in r39120, 11 August 2008, MediaWiki 1.14.
This page may not be complete. Here are some links to more information:
An alternative to an editnotice, not requiring any special privileges, is to insert one or more HTML comments into a page. This will be visible when a user is editing the page, but not in the page itself. The comment must be preceded by the characters <!-- and followed by -->.
Creating editnotices
To edit a namespace-wide editnotice, click on the corresponding link below. To create an editnotice for a page, enter the page name and click "Create". For your own User: and User talk: pages, you don't need to type anything, just click "Create".
Page names are case sensitive—if the page shows the first character as capitalized, then it must be capitalized when entered here.
NumberNamespaceNamespace editnoticeCreate page editnotice
0Main: (article)Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Main

1Talk: (article talk)Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Talk


3User talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/User talk


5Wikipedia talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Wikipedia talk


7File talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/File talk


9MediaWiki talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/MediaWiki talk


11Template talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Template talk


13Help talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Help talk


15Category talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Category talk


101Portal talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Portal talk


109Book talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Book talk


119Draft talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Draft talk


711TimedText talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/TimedText talk


829Module talk:Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Module talk

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