Template talk:Second lead

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Guidelines for the Second lead article[edit]

The Second lead article template presents a current top story on the main page. It uses a nested template to do so.

What defines a Second lead article?[edit]

Articles which are placed in the lead article should be:

  • Of interest to a large readership.
  • Must be current news.
  • Must include a relevant image. If an article is breaking and no images are yet available, Image:Breaking.png may be used temporarily.
  • Must be published. This also means it must not be disputed.

Who may change the second lead?[edit]

Anyone may change the story. If the lead has been up a while and there are more-current articles, feel free to update the lead with a new article.

When to change the second lead?[edit]

When the article is getting old. When there are more-current news. When there is breaking news of general interest.

How to change the second lead?[edit]

There are two templates for the second lead article, {{Lead}} and {{Lead 2}} The Lead includes a link to the full article at the bottom; the Lead 2 includes a link to the full article plus a link to another related article at the bottom.

The synopsis should be very brief, 1-3 short sentences, which describe the general news event. Details are available in the article, so there is no need to put them in the synopsis. Do not use links in the synopsis.

For Main lead articles (single article) you can replace the current one by copying the following and filling in form:

{{Lead|Title=
|Image=
|Image text=
|Image width=120
|Synopsis=
}}

For Main lead with secondary link (two articles) you can replace the current one by copying the following and filling in the form:

{{Lead 2|Title=
|Image=
|Image text=
|Image width=120
|Synopsis=
|Secondary_Article=
}}

Recent change[edit]

I think 1st lead should be newer than 2nd lead if the importance of both news items are comparatively similar. If the coup in Fiji wasn't a possible one but a real one, only than I'd think it is more important than a civil war underway Towsonu2003 01:05, 5 December 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I certainly think a possible coup is more important than the possible president candidacy of Clinton ;) Towsonu2003 01:34, 5 December 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]