Well, I'll TRY to reply to everyone who replied to my post!
Robin: Yes, we need clear benefit statements; but I think it starts with templates themselves, not just the external link templates.
D: My statement was a personal opinion that most of us profile managers are here because we are interested in genealogy; and that our interests and skills lie there, not in programming.
Mikey: I think the external link templates are intended for general use, as well as the tech side.
D, Mikey (next 4 replies): NO COMMENT!!!!
Vic: Thanks for bringing us back to the main point!
D: I don't see where you think anyone is making a distinction or setting him/herself apart. Everyone is just adding individual point-of-view input to the topic - at least that is MY POV!
Julie: Thanks for your excellent points, too, that we are all equals on G2G and welcome to add our thoughts and opinions any time. Also thanks for pointing out that we need comments from managers who feel they DON'T understand the issues and want more clarification and examples.
D: Like you, various profile managers see the benefits to the overall community of using external link templates for oft-cited websites like Wkipedia and Findagrave. And, as you also point out, finding the information and clear instructions on how, when, where, or why to use them (and templates in general) is difficult to find.
Your (and others) idea of improving the drop-down menus sounds like a great first step. Perhaps we could add a drop-down item dedicated to specific WikiTools like templates, categories, free-spaces, citing sources, etc., to make them more visible to the typical profile manager.