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Enjoy your stay at Wiktionary! Conrad.Irwin 16:30, 22 January 2010 (UTC)

There's no need to use Babel-9 etc, just use {{Babel}} which supports up to 100 languages. Conrad.Irwin 16:30, 22 January 2010 (UTC)

Usage notes that aren't usage notesEdit

There's no need to use the Usage notes header for lists of similar terms: we already have the See also header for that (there are also more specialized headers such as Coordinate terms and Related terms for some cases). See WT:ELE for details. Also, please don't add a second identical header under an existing header. Chuck Entz (talk) 15:55, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

Alternative formsEdit

We make one the main entry, and the rest are alternative form entries that only serve to redirect the reader to the main form. Please do not add other alternative forms after the {{alternative form of}} template. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 07:47, 23 June 2016 (UTC)


Hey. When you add etymologies, please get the right language - here for example you put an etymology for Portuguese, not Galician. Thanks and keep up your edits! --New WT User Girl (talk) 21:08, 3 August 2018 (UTC)


Boas, tes a consulta aquí. Saúdos, --Elisardojm (talk) 18:06, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

This needs to be split into smaller pages or deleted. A single page can't transclude all of those other pages, so only half of them display and the page shows up intermittently in Category:ParserFunction errors. Also see Category:Pages where template include size is exceeded. Chuck Entz (talk) 17:40, 26 August 2022 (UTC)