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I must once again protest at the lazy and ugly sourcing by "heading" that seems to be undertaken by some people. It is an incredibly crap way to source (sometimes there is 5 paragraphs under a heading) and looks terrible to boot. Not to mention the ugliness it inflicts on an article's table of contents. A current example is the Darth Bane article. If no one objects, I will sweep away such shoddy looking sourcing. QuentinGeorge 10:07, 10 July 2007 (UTC)

  • As much as I would LOVE for you to sweep away every last instance of sourcing-by-heading . . . currently, it's policy. I won't tell anyone if you do it, though. jSarek 10:36, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
    • Although it is policy, sourcing a heading or subsection title just does not look right. The information could easily be sourced in the actual article. For example, the title Early life in the Darth Bane article—the actual title does not need to be sourced, just the information and paragraphs written under it. That way the actual paragraphs of information are sourced, and not the two words of a heading. That's just my two cents. Cheers, Greyman(Paratus) 13:40, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
      • It does look bad. I fixed Darth Bane though. Chack Jadson 13:49, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
        • Maybe it's something to bring up at the next Mofference. But I'd go with the majority on this one-leave sources out of headers.--Goodwood 14:44, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
  • Sources in headers are for when all the information in that section is derived from one source and saves paragraph after paragraph of citing the same source. It's not an inaccurate method if used correctly; if it's used for a section that has multiple sources, however, it should be removed and is in that case lazy. Otherwise it's simply efficient. If you desire to remove such sourcing altogether, you'll have to hold a vote, as it's policy. I wouldn't cry over its loss, but if some code could be worked to keep it from showing in the TOC, I'd be more than happy to keep it. Havac 00:09, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
    • We know what it's supposed to be used for; we just think it's very unaesthetic and appears lazy. It's not that hard to Ctrl-C Ctrl-V a ref at the end of every paragraph of a section from one source. jSarek 10:29, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

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