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What is the purpose of the InlineDisamb template if we're just going to list alternative definitions in the first paragraph? Is it just that InlineDisamb hasn't been written yet? Can you even make templates with a variable number of parameters? Captainowie (talk) 09:27, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

The InlineDisamb template is for different meanings of the same term. You are right, alternative definitions should be within that template. In this case I was going for different senses of the same essential meaning. Although I'm not sure the first defintion (a ball which has leaked) is in general use, and maybe ought be removed. ALITTLESlow: t/c 19:58, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
There is a very fine line between "different meanings of the same term" and "different senses of the same essential meaning". For instance, you've got three definitions there: I agree that they're all essentially "balls going where they aren't supposed to go", but one refers to a ball, one refers to a (part of a) module, and one is a verb. If you pointed me at a section of GBC and said "Go do something about those leaks", would you expect me to modify the modules? Or just pick up the stray balls? I'd say there's just as much difference there as between the different kinds of jam. Incidentally, and this goes to the last comment, I would be expecting to modify modules - I've never used the term to refer to an individual ball before. Though that doesn't necessarily mean that it's not in general use! Captainowie (talk) 09:36, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
The bad definition is gone. Two are left. One a noun, and one a verb. I don't disagree with your examples, and can see a case for "jam" being an article and not a disambiguation page. The kind of things I've seen InlineDiamb used for are more obvious. Like the difference between jam as gridlock and jam as chutney, or between surge as a rapid increase in flow and Surge as the proper name of a beverage.
On the whole, there may be no need for InlineDisamb in terms articles, because in the context of this wiki nobody should (for example) be clicking on surge and expecting a beverage. ALITTLESlow: t/c 15:30, 21 July 2015 (UTC)