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Example sentences[edit]

Do you think the page would be better placed in the Wiktionary namespace instead of Help? I usually think of the Wiktionary namespace as containing the style information and the Help namespace as providing technical guidance. Since the Example sentences page is more of a style guide, I tend to think it is misplaced in the Help namespace. --EncycloPetey 18:55, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Beats me. I never got the difference between those two namespaces. If the difference is in fact the one you mention then, yes, I suppose it should move; I wonder though how many other pages would also need moving in that case. For now there's a redirect, which should, I think, remain in place (though perhaps, as you say, reversed).—msh210 18:58, 16 February 2009 (UTC)
I deliberately put it in the Help namespace because a) it gives help, and b) pages in the Wiktionary namespace seem to take on a special aura of authority (perhaps it's just because my initial foray into wikis was on the dark side). Although WT:ELE is strict policy, for a good reason, to encourage standardisation, WT:USEX is not strict policy, it just gives people an introduction. Maybe we shouldn't make that distiction, or I am making it in the wrong place - but that was my thought; however I don't mind particularly either way. (The other page that I can think of at the moment is Help:Dispute resolution - which was to replace the Wikipedia import in the wiktionary namespace). Conrad.Irwin 19:07, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Favor uses instead of usexes[edit]

I tend to remove use examples when citations are present (example). It would be nice if this were mentioned here. It isn't, not really. It could be deemed to be a logical extension of "Generally, every definition should be accompanied by a quotation illustrating the definition. If no quotation can be found, it is strongly encouraged to create an example sentence." Mglovesfun (talk) 15:46, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

I've now added this as WT:Example sentences#Unofficial policy. Mglovesfun (talk) 13:08, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

Something we should add: no "politics"/agenda[edit]

i.e. don't deliberately add usexes that push a point of view. Equinox 20:38, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

and while we're at it, also promote gender neutrality in examples. – Jberkel (talk) 23:17, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
I don't like the idea of "promoting" anything in examples. Avoiding deliberate bias should be enough. Equinox 23:26, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
I don't see a problem showing some good examples of neutrally written sentences. – Jberkel (talk) 13:22, 17 November 2017 (UTC)