Wikibooks talk:Templates/User notices

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Spam/External links user warning[edit]

Not sure if this is the correct place for this - there seem to be few talk pages in use in the templates generally. Hopefully someone will notice and put me right if it isn't.

I noticed yesterday that someone had marked a page for speedy del because of blog spam and I've just marked another page with the same content and taken a link out of a template too. I took a look at the user warning message to see if it was worth placing it. However the current warning is very specifically directed to commercial links and I was wondering if the changing nature of the internet and links meant this should be reviewed?

A short while ago Wikipedia's equivalent was reviewed and changed due to this sort of thinking and currently reads

"Please do not add inappropriate external links to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is not a mere directory of links nor should it be used for advertising or promotion. Inappropriate links include (but are not limited to) links to personal web sites, links to web sites that you are affiliated with, and links that exist to attract visitors to a web site or promote a product. See the external links guideline and spam policies for further explanations of links that are considered appropriate. If you feel the link should be added to the article, then please discuss it on the article's talk page rather than re-adding it. See the welcome page to learn more about Wikipedia. Thank you."

Given this is Wikibooks and the books are supposed to be "all you need" generally external links would seem inappropriate to me. However others may well not agree but I have a feeling that this discussion probably will take place soon if not now. Equally the other templates in this series may need review? If it is appropriate/necessary I can open sub pages for the discussion for clarity or moved the dicussion to individual talk pages for the templates? --Herby talk thyme 12:15, 28 October 2006 (UTC)