Contents 1 Background 2 Guidance 2.1 Listing examples 2.2 How to list 2.3 When and how to archive 3 Cautions 4 Documentation 5 See also

Background Wikipedians frequently discuss proposed changes to a Wikipedia policy or guideline; these may take the form of new proposals, amendments to existing policies or guidelines, or straw polls. These discussions generally take place on relevant talk pages. They may also occur at Meta-Wiki, on IRC, and on our mailing lists. Village pump (policy) and Village pump (proposals) provide central areas both for giving notice of discussions elsewhere and for debate itself. Despite regular archiving, these pages tend to grow rather lengthy. It's not always easy to know what issues are active.

Guidance The {{centralized discussion}} template ("Cent") is generally used to draw attention to discussions regarding policies, guidelines or other matters that have a wide impact and on which a broad consensus is needed. Announcements, such as for ArbCom elections, etc., are generally done via the Watchlist notice or the Sitenotice. Discussions related to content, including use of infoboxes and templates within a specific topic area, are usually best advertised within the appropriate WikiProjects. Listing examples Shortcut WP:CENTNOT Discussions listed on Cent are about matters that are significant enough to require a broad consensus. See Wikipedia:Canvassing for guidance on the appropriate way to gain attention. Some discussions may also be listed on Wikipedia:Requests for comment. Appropriate Discussions on existing policies, guidelines and procedures Discussions on proposed policies, guidelines and procedures Discussions on matters that have a wide impact Inappropriate Announcements – see Wikipedia:Community portal, MediaWiki:Watchlist-messages, or MediaWiki:Sitenotice Content disputes – see Wikipedia:Dispute resolution requests Topic-specific discussions – see Wikipedia:WikiProject Minor matters, housekeeping, article content discussions, or maintenance – see WP:Bold or Wikipedia:Talk page guidelines. General ideas or proposals, reviving dead projects, technical issues, or any other matters that would be better suited to Wikipedia:Village pump How to list To add a new item, edit Template:Cent, and place the item at the top of the list. Link directly to the discussion. Single, unambiguous and concise links are preferred. Describe the matter or proposal in neutral terms. Add date of listing between hide brackets: <!-- -->. When and how to archive Entries for inactive discussions, closed or not, should be moved to the archive.

Cautions Like any tool, this may be misused. Kindly exercise restraint, assume good faith, and allow process to take its course. Please don't add new policy ideas indiscriminately; trial balloons are better floated at Village pump (proposals). This template should be reserved for ongoing discussions. Remember, its usefulness is in inverse proportion to its size. Before joining a debate, it might be wise to gather some background, especially on complex or long-standing issues. Please be courteous to your fellow editors and read existing discussion before adding your own comment. It's hoped that {{cent}} will contribute to the opening of policy debate and the broadening of consensus; but of course no good purpose is served by uninformed comment. Stay cool.

Documentation This page is for explanation of the way in which we use {{cent}}. Wikipedia talk:Centralized discussion is for any discussion about this process. Template:Cent contains the actual box content of ongoing policy issues. It should be edited to stay current at all times. Template:Cent/doc contains technical documentation of the template. Template talk:Cent redirects to Wikipedia talk:Centralized discussion. You may create any page of the form Wikipedia talk:Centralized discussion/''Some topic'' if it does not appear that any particular existing talk page is the correct place for a policy-related discussion. Please note that there are a great many talk pages; a very large number of discussions are ongoing. Before creating yet another debate page, check to see that the topic is not already under discussion elsewhere. Search the project for keywords related to the topic in question. Links are stored at Wikipedia:Centralized discussion/Archive.

See also Category:Wikipedia proposals Category:Wikipedia policies Category:Wikipedia guidelines Wikipedia:Perennial proposals Wikipedia:How to contribute to Wikipedia guidance Wikipedia:Policy writing is hard WP:Polling is not a substitute for discussion <–> WP:Voting is not evil & WP:Of course it's voting Wikipedia:Closing discussions Wikipedia:WikiProject Democracy – informations on current elections, votings, polls and centralized discussions. User:Timeshifter/Centralized discussion - a show-hide box that can be added to user pages, etc.. v t e Wikipedia community For a listing of current collaborations, tasks, and news, see the Community portal. For a listing of ongoing discussions and current requests, see the Dashboard. About Wikipedia Welcome! Administration News The Signpost Goings-on In the media Meetups Mailing lists Wikipedians Statistics Milestones The Wikipedia Library Centralized discussion Village pump Idea lab Policy Proposals Technical Miscellaneous Awards Reward board Contests Contents and grading Requested articles Most-wanted articles Images needing articles Articles needing images Articles for creation Creation Help Vital articles Today's articles for improvement Peer review Good article nominations Featured article candidates Lists Pictures Portals Topics Article translation Pages Main Page Errors WikiProjects and collaborations Directory Culture and the arts Geographical History and society Science, technology and engineering Wikipedia assistance and tasks Patrols Recent changes Counter-Vandalism Unit Version 1.0 Editorial Team Accessibility Organizations category Maintenance tasks Task Center Open tasks Backlog Category Admin category Edit requests Category Database reports Category tracker Dusty articles Special pages New pages Recent changes Controversial issues Administrators and noticeboards Administrators' noticeboard Incidents Edit warring Vandalism Admin dashboard Admin requests Closure Page protection User permissions Sockpuppets Open proxies Revision deletion Oversight Request Usernames Changing Title blacklist OTRS Bureaucrats' Requests for adminship and bureaucratship Arbitration Committee Requests Enforcement Content dispute resolution Editor assistance Requests for comment Third opinion Dispute resolution noticeboard Biographies of living persons Conflict of interest External links Fringe theories Neutral point of view No original research Reliable sources Mediation Other noticeboards and assistance Regional notice boards Requests for help Category Asking questions Teahouse Help desk Reference desk Adopt-a-user Online Ambassadors Copyright assistance Copyright investigations Text problems Media questions Paid editors Resource requests Mergers History mergers Moves Page importation Spam Blacklist Whitelist Bots Education New pages patrol General sanctions Editor sanctions Long-term abuse Deletion discussions Guide Admin Today Articles Templates Files Categories Redirects Miscellany Speedy Proposed BLP Books Review Undeletion Arguments to avoid Arguments to make Article Rescue Elections and votings Requests for comment (meta) Wikimedia Foundation elections WP Democracy Voting is not evil Milestones Directories and summaries Departments Edit summary legend Editor's index Essays FAQs Glossary Abbreviations Help Manual of Style Simplified Rules Five pillars Policies Guidelines Shortcuts Template messages Citation templates Tips Today Tools Wikis Wiki markup Book Media Category Templates Retrieved from "" Categories: Wikipedia information pagesWikipedia discussionWikipedia centralized discussionHidden categories: Wikipedia semi-protected project pagesWikipedia move-protected project pages

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