Help talk:Research guides

problem with help and research guides [6 July 2010]

I think the research guides should either be on the place pages or on the research guide pages, not both. There is no link on the Illinois place page to the research guide. Just the annoying research stub is on the Illinois place page. Is there some method to automatically replace the research stub with the link or not? --Beth 19:29, 5 July 2010 (EDT)

The policy is that short research helps (a few paragraphs or less) belong directly on the place page. Longer research guides merit their own articles and should be linked-to from the place pages. This is similar to how Wikipedia does things - when a section of an article becomes too long, it is broken out into its own article, with a summary and link pointing to it from the original article. Anyone can edit the articles to add the links in case they are missing.--sq 12:36, 6 July 2010 (EDT)

Thanks, I now remember the justification for the dual system. I just believe that it would simplify the system if all research guides were in their own article. There are probably users on WeRelate that are unaware that we even have research guides. For example, if a user examines the place page Place:Illinois, United States all the user will find is a research stub. Under the dual system, the user may add some research tips on the Illinois page to replace the research stub. The user would have no way to know that there is a separate article on research for Illinois. I will replace the stub on Illinois with a link to the research guide.--Beth 17:23, 6 July 2010 (EDT)