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There is a mention of Rafe's equation, but no reference. The text should either repeat the equation inline or provide a link to the reference material.

Done (by Rafe himself). ALITTLESlow: t/c 02:45, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

Hmm, I added a couple of headings, and now there's this Table of Contents shoved in the middle of the page. Is there something we can do about all that whitespace to the right of the ToC? Also, a couple of things I noticed about the Variations:1) Is a chain lift really a variation? Or is it exactly the same as a conveyor in the vertical orientation? and 2) I would argue that the multi-bladed/propellor item is really not a conveyor belt at all. In fact, it probably has more in common with a stepper module than a conveyor. Captainowie (talk) 13:54, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Removing the white space is probably best handled site-wide by modifying the CSS. We did make just such a change on BrickWiki. I agree about the multi-bladed/propeller being closer to a stepper. There is a bit of a distinction in the mechanics between the propeller and a classic stepper. In the stepper, the mechanism forces the vertical movement and gravity forces the horizontal. In the Multi-bladed/propeller, the mechanism forces motion in both axes.
More abstractly, these categories are just conveniences. I don't see harm in there being some overlap. I.e. they don't have to be mutually exclusive. ALITTLESlow: t/c 17:32, 9 June 2015 (UTC)
Does Special:Diff/1006 make it better? --ToaMeiko (talk) 01:40, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
I like it! But, then again, I like to put an image or video in that location, too. It might get crowded. ALITTLESlow: t/c 03:22, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
I'm in two minds: it does get the ToC out of the way, but I agree with Slow that an image or video is better in that location. I played around with substituting float:left instead of float:right, (as they have it on BrickWiki) which looks better unless there's a list around - the bullet points sit inside the ToC border. Most of our articles are short enough to not need ToCs even when there are enough headings to automatically generate one. Perhaps the solution is to suppress ToCs by default and only generate them if an editor decides the page needs it (I assume that can be setup?). Captainowie (talk) 07:55, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
That's my thinking, too. Looks like three headings or more generates a ToC be default. On small screens (mobile devices), ToCs may be useful even for short articles. I believe it's possible to treat mobile differently, if not natively in MediaWiki, then at least in CSS. I'm sure the bullet problem in BrickWiki can be overcome with more clever CSS than I managed on that site. In the interim, we could hide the ToC on this page using __NOTOC__. See also mw:Manual:FAQ#How_can_I_hide_the_table_of_contents.3F. ALITTLESlow: t/c 16:48, 4 August 2015 (UTC)
I saw the __NOTOC__ thing, but that needs to be done on every page - it's an opt-out. My suggestion was to have it that way by default - opt-in. But I'm not entirely sold on that proposition - you make a good point about small screens.
I propose adding the float:left thing to the site-wide CSS, plus whatever magic needs to be worked to get the bullet thing right (though it's not the end of the world if that's too hard) Captainowie (talk) 10:35, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Agreed. ALITTLESlow: t/c 02:48, 11 August 2015 (UTC)