In our bid to standardize I am spotting another minor divergence, but we might as well standardize and get it added to all the new templated pages and our editing checks. See Oznogon's recent page ending for the new archon:
== References ==
For some time now most of us have been formatting like this:
== References ==
That is, the templates for the page do not have a carriage return before the category list. Oznogon, I noticed you and others are now separating the templates from Refs and the categories with carriage returns either side. This looks better frankly, so should we all do this now? Is it because the template model has changed recently to need this? I think the formerly used way helped with spacing on the page, which doesn't seem to be an issue any more.
I like keeping them separate to create a visual break and as a way of grouping "like" things together. That way when I look at the bottom of a page when I am editing, I automatically see what are templates and what are categories. For my eyes and screen resolution, the curly braces and the square brackets are close enough at first glance that they can be confused. I don't know of a mechanical reason to keep them together, since where they are placed is not reflected on the page.
There's no difference as far as the wiki software is concerned between either example. The latter is easier for humans to read when looking at the page's source text, but I don't think we need to hard-code empty lines into our guidelines in any way. If an editor likes them for ease of readability, that's cool. But it's also ok for there to be no spaces.
What Brandingopportunity and Yoda8myhead said.
Notably, I remove extra lines elsewhere in articles, like between infoboxes, where they do affect formatting. The bottom of the page is the only place where extra empty lines don't matter. The categories are effectively empty lines as well as their content doesn't show up in the article body, but rather in the separate category section.
Thanks all. Am adopting 'new' format already.