Touhou Wiki:Editnotice

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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 and talk pages, but editnotices for other namespaces should be created and edited only by administrators.

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[edit]

When a page is edited red or blue links are often displayed at the top of the page looking like this:

Or like this:

They are links to the group and page editnotices of the page. Admins and account creators 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[edit]

Insert edit notice for a user page with {{Editnotice userpage}}.

For example:

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 and accountcreators.) 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 by using these links:


Other namespaces[edit]

Editnotices for other namespaces and for user subpages can be created and edited only by admins and accountcreators. 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>

Creating editnotices[edit]

To edit a namespace-wide editnotice, click on the respective 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.

Number Namespace Namespace editnotice Create page editnotice
0 Main: (article) Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Main <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/ preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

1 Talk: (article talk) Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Talk <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Talk: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

4 Wikipedia: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Touhou Wiki <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Wikipedia: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

5 Wikipedia talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Touhou Wiki talk <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Wikipedia talk: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

6 File: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/File <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/File: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

7 File talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/File talk <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/File talk: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

8 MediaWiki: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/MediaWiki <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/MediaWiki: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

9 MediaWiki talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/MediaWiki talk <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Mediawiki talk: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

10 Template: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Template <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Template: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

11 Template talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Template talk <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Template talk: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

12 Help: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Help <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Help: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

13 Help talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Help talk <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Help talk: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

14 Category: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Category <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Category: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

15 Category talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Category talk <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Category talk: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

828 Module: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Module <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Module: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

829 Module talk: Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Module talk <createbox>

break=no type=create buttonlabel=Create prefix=Template:Editnotices/Page/Module talk: preload=Template:Editnotice/preload </createbox>

Batch of identical editnotices[edit]

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[edit]

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:

  • Page notices are displayed on top of .css and .js pages in MediaWiki space. See for instance the notice at the top of MediaWiki:Common.css that begins "This is the CSS for all skins". The namespace notice is not displayed and MediaWiki space doesn't have group notices.
  • In any namespace, when a non-admin "views the source" of a protected page, or an IP-user views the source of a semi-protected page. The group and page notices are displayed, but not the namespace notices.

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[edit]

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, administrators and accountcreators are advised to leave notification on the talk page.

The template {{active editnotice}} may be used to indicate that a non-user page has an active (non blank) editnotice. Articles and non-article pages will then be added respectively to Category:Articles with editnotices and Category:Pages with editnotices.

Listing editnotices[edit]

Technical details[edit]

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 Namespace on Wikipedia 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:

  • For User and User talk space the editnotice is stored as a subpage of the user or talk page named /Editnotice. This method allows users to edit these notices.
  • For all other namespaces and for user sub-pages the editnotice is stored as a subpage of Template:Editnotices. Template:Editnotices and its subpages are protected by the MediaWiki:Titleblacklist so that only admins and accountcreators can create and edit them.

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 main (article), File (image), MediaWiki, and Category. 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.

Protection notices[edit]

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.

Related templates[edit]