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By Stevertigo and Ganesha811
Originally posted as the humorous essay Wikipedia:Huge message boxes, by 10 editors. You may edit this essay, but please do so only on the original page.

Huge message boxes or huge templates is a Wikipedia policy regarding the minimum and average size of templates when used for display on a page as message boxes. The general idea is that these message box templates should be successful in their primary goal — to be seen — and that by being seen they should effectively distract and confuse our end readers and editors.

The general rules (in no particular order):

Nota bene: The above example was too perfect; it was previously displayed in its expanded state, which caused the single-page issue to exceed the MediaWiki transclusion limit and display all fizzucked up. I'm replacing it with a link — I encourage you to click it and see the behemoth that broke the Signpost.

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(That navbox's failure to narrow itself properly for the comment-area width is just another #FAIL.) -- FeRDNYC (talk) 21:09, 24 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Looks fine to me. Width narrowed as expected. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 00:29, 25 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
That is indeed quite heinous. My go-to example is the "Awards for Meryl Streep" navbox. Not as deeply nested, but it's a little taller and has the added bonus of garish color-coding. Colin M (talk) 18:04, 25 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Oh lordy! That's really something. Ganesha811 (talk) 18:05, 25 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
OH, my eyes!It burns!
Enjoy. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:31, 19 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]


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