Last week we discussed Wikipedia article lead sections as a concept. This time, we'll evaluate some of the common features of an article intro:

  • Page title: Speaks for itself, one thinks
  • Disambiguation links: When multiple articles have similar names, links to clarify—or disambiguate—those pages may be included up top; links in this area are often called "hatnotes"
  • Warning tags: If the article needs maintenance, or even consideration for deletion, you'll find these templates here
  • Infoboxes: You know those sidebars with a photo or logo, birth or founding date, and other quick reference information? Yep, that's what it's called
  • Introductory text: Discussed last week, and likely again in the future, these should be succinct summaries of the article to come
  • Table of contents: Speaks for itself, also, one hopes

There's more, if you want to learn the gritty details. Next up, we'll take a closer look at some of these.