The clear tag does serve the purpose of separating sections on the pages if there are pics, so that the size of the pics does not bleed into the next section. You can see its purpose very well on the Businesses page. Notice that there's a clear tag after every section that has a pic. Without those tags, the page would be a complete mess.
On that edit you made, I agree though that the tag was unnecessary and the removal was okay, since the table of contents helps stretching the first paragraph a bit and the additional clear tag would be too much.
Basically, the use of the clear tag is to be done on a case by case basis.
It's worth noting that the Clear template was also used incorrectly here. If it's used before the first section of a page that has a table of contents, the table of contents will appear below the space that was cleared. This can be avoided by placing __TOC__ above the Clear template. Like this:
'''This''' is the opening paragraph.
The table of contents is placed directly above the first section by default (so below the cleared area), but __TOC__ lets you put it anywhere you want.
I guess those clear tags are left-overs from a time when the ability pages were much smaller. Cuz with the tables of contents we have for most of them by now, the clear tag on those pages does not serve any purpose.
Yeah, I figured as much. I don't think any of the pages where the Clear template was just removed actually needed it, but you can use the method I described above to fix any other instances you come across.
Is there something that makes using __TOC__ superior to removing the clear tag? Cuz in situations like the ones on the ability pages I just removed, what is the point of keeping a clear tag that is not needed in the first place and adding more code to make it look like the clear tag wasn't there instead of just removing it?
I've edited my user page to act as an example. As you can see, the table of contents appears next to the image, not beneath it. Yet, if you minimize the table of contents, or if the image reaches lower than the table of contents, the section below will still stay beneath the image.
But in case of your profile, wouldn't it be better to have the image flow over into the next section. Because there, it is not the problem with more images coming afterwards, like in the businesses page.
It's just an example to show how __TOC__ and Clear work together. Previously the content above the table of contents was enough to push it below the image, so there was never a need for Clear in the first place.
Offsetting the title of a mission with a comma is not incorrect at least by the grammar rules we have established, and therefore it doesn't need to be removed. It is also not incorrect for it to be absent. However, if that is the only correction made, the edit can be considered unnecessary.
As we have recently been bombarded by a plethora of seemingly unnecessary edits from various sources, I would ask only changes that add to, clarify, or alter a page in at least some way be made.
Please don't rename articles without at least some minor consensus or discussion. Often renaming results in unnecessary redirects, especially if the article in question concerns a prominent character, item, or mission.
It's fine. I know you meant nothing untoward by this when you did it, but we have had experience in the pass with other editors that do this willy-nilly with neither thought nor concern for the wiki as a whole.
It should not be there, I removed it. First it was not entirely true, since to my knowledge Vasco is also carrying a note on him that contains the required information, so it is not mandatory to speak to him. Second, info like this should go on the mission page.
I also removed the info that you learn about him through Hamilton's diary. It is one hint to look for him, yes, but again it is not mandatory. I found Vasco before the diary. Again this is more mission info, as one way to find out about Vasco.