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Changing "Description" headings to "Overview"

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Posted by 452 on 2016-01-01 15:05:49

In many cases, the heading "Description" doesn't properly describe that section.

The reason the term "Description" was used is that it was part of the default page layout.

Another term which was in use in some articles long ago was "Overview", which is somewhat more appropriate in many cases.

I propose changing "Description" to "Overview".

Can anyone suggest a more appropriate heading for the first section of an article? 452, 2016-01-01T15:05:49Z
(last edited: 452, 2016-03-13T00:41:04Z)

No other suggestions then? Great, "Overview" it is. I'll add it to my autoreplacer and imagerenamer scripts.
The standard rules for switching apply:
  • Do change the heading from "Description" to "Overview" when editing an article.
  • Do not edit an article to only change the heading from "Description" to "Overview".
    • All articles need some kind of improvement: there is always something else which needs to be changed or added.
  • Exception 1: When someone else doesn't.
    • If a page has been edited within the last week or so, and the heading was not changed, it is acceptable to edit the page and make only that change.
  • Exception 2: The last 20.
    • In several months, when there are less than 20 pages with the old heading, it's acceptable to switch them all over at once. This exception typically applies to templates, when it's desirable to get the switch finished so the old template can be deleted. It's less important with this change, as it's just a heading.
452, 2016-02-06T00:52:05Z
(last edited: 452, 2016-09-14T15:57:41Z)
Unfortunately, unlike template replacements, there's no easy way to monitor progress, so it's harder to determine when "The last 20" clause comes into effect.
I imagine the final replacement purge will take place during the last week of the year, as is usually the case.
Actually, it's pretty simple: The purge will take place when there are fewer than 20 pages edited before 2016-01-01 on Special:AncientPages - there are currently 543 remaining, so we're already half way there.
Pages edited before 2016-01-01:
  • 518 at 16:53, March 27, 2016 (UTC)
  • 499 at 12:44, March 30, 2016 (UTC)
  • 313 at 02:42, June 25, 2016 (UTC)
  • 291 at 04:25, July 3, 2016 (UTC)
  • 198 at 21:51, August 13, 2016 (UTC)
  • 179 at 16:31, September 1, 2016 (UTC)
  • 84 at 00:28, October 18, 2016 (UTC)
Pages containing the Overview heading:
  • 781 at 04:25, July 3, 2016 (UTC)
452, 2016-03-13T00:42:11Z
(last edited: 452, 2016-10-18T00:28:44Z)

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