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The Wikibender's Guide - Basic Templates and Tools

Yz2907 July 1, 2012 User blog:Yz2907

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This is different from most of my help pages in that it is a compilation of minor features. These(in my opinion) are some of the more useful templates and tools on the wiki. If you need any help you can write on my message wall and I will try and help in anyway I can. Also if you have anything to add to the page or if you see an error I would appreciate it if you would let me know.

Pagename

This template will always display the pagename of whatever page it is on. Even if the name of page is changed it will automatically change itself to whatever the pagename is.

{{PAGENAME}}

Age

Main article: Template:Age

The age template will automatically calculate your age based on the date you enter in the template. On the date entered it will update itself to be current. The template format is below.

{{age|<year>|<month>|<day>}}

Username

Main article: Template:USERNAME

This template will display the user name of whatever user is viewing it. It is commonly used for greetings on user pages.

For the above I typed...

{{USERNAME}}


It can also be used to link to the user page of whatever user is viewing it.

For the above I typed...

[[Special:Mypage|{{USERNAME}}]]

User

Main article: Template:User

This template is used to link to user pages without needing a to type out the full hyperlink


Below is a basic user template.

Example

For the above I typed...

{{user|Example}}


Below is a user template with a replacement name.

ExampleUser

For the above I typed...

{{user|Example|ExampleUser}}


Below is a user template without the information already entered in it.

{{user|<name of user page without "User:" prefix>}}

Userlinks

Main article: Template:Userlinks

The userlinks template shows the user page, talk page, contributions, edit count and logs of a user. It is similar to the vandal template in that it is used for convenience and links to main information about a user.

Below is a userlinks template with a fictional username for example.

Example (wall · contribs · editcount · logs)

For the above I typed...

{{userlinks|Example}}

Vandal

Main article: Template:Vandal

This template is used for convenience when determining if someone has been vandalizing the wiki. It shows the user page, talk page, contributions, deleted contributions, logs, and block log of a user suspected of unconstructive activity. You might want to use this when reporting someone to an admin.

User (wall · contribs · deleted contribs · block log · block)

For the above I typed...

{{vandal|User}}

Support

This template is used to show support for something. It is most often used when something goes to a vote.

Support Support

For the above I typed...

{{support}}

Oppose

This template is used to show opposition for something. It is most often used when something goes to a vote.

Oppose Oppose

For the above I typed...

{{oppose}}

Neutral

This template is used to show neutral opinion on something. It is most often used when something goes to a vote.

Neutral Neutral

For the above I typed...

{{neutral}}

Done

This can quickly show that something has been done. It is sometimes used to accept a request.

Yes check Done

For the above I typed...

{{done}}

Not Done

This can quickly show that something has not been done. It is sometimes used to reject a request.

No check Not done

For the above I typed...

{{not done}}

Gradient

Main article: Template:Gradient

A gradient template creates a gradient background behind an assigned text in a maximum of three colors.

Example Text

For the above I typed...

<div style="{{gradient|#008080|#00FF00|horizontal|#00FFFF|50%}}">Example Text</div>


Below is a gradient template without the information already entered in it.

<div style="{{gradient | #start color | #end color | [orientation] | [stop color [| stop position]]}}">Text</div> 


start color - Mandatory. The start color of the gradient in CSS notation.

end color - Mandatory. The end color of the gradient in CSS notation.

orientation - Optional. horizontal (default) or vertical, or specify start point: left, top, right or bottom.

stop color - Optional. Intermediate color between the start and end color.

stop position - Optional. Position of the stop color between 0% and 100%. Default is 50%.

Additional Resources

Many of these can be found in Help:Index and Category:Utility_templates.



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