Week 154: The Regular Suspects

Wikipedia has numerous user talk page templates for notifying editors of violations to guidelines and policies. These are intended to inform newer contributors of the site's rules and should be used carefully and for educational purposes. The essay "Don't template the regulars" advocates against using these templates on the talk pages of experienced users, as doing so may be perceived as patronizing or uncivil.

It is also possible that a longtime editor will decide not a read a generic template because they believe they have a better understanding of the policy than the individual who added the template. Leaving a personal message, or asking a question, may result in a better dialogue, especially if your note addresses concerns expressed by multiple templates. The essay reminds users that leaving templates on talk pages, regardless of the recipient user's experience, can come across as impersonal and bureaucratic.