## The State of Wiki Templates and their Categories

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### The State of Wiki Templates and their Categories

The State of Wiki Templates and their Categories

Rayanth's Manifesto is clear: Lower the Bar by reducing the number of Templates. I've reviewed 235 Wiki Templates multiple times, so I can group them into Categories and mark them for deletion.

Template Deletion

I've marked 47 out of 235 Templates for deletion. The fewer Templates, the easier they are to update, harmonize, find and combine.

To balance the duty of honoring previous contributors with the need for clarity I've marked the Template for deletion only if it is:

• outdated or a duplicate of another Template
• superfluous, without a purpose or has served its purpose
• rarely used and its deletion would cause little to no disruption to other pages

Template Categorization

Each Wiki Page has a Category. Categories are pages that cluster other Pages, making them easier to find. Currently, all Templates belong to a single megalithic Category: Template. Because there are so many Templates, even after deletion, it is hard to find the Template you are looking for.

It isn't clear how the remaining 188 Templates should be grouped together, nor what the Category names should be. To avoid making an arbitrary decision, I inspected Template Categories of EVE Online adjacent Wikies. A Wiki is adjacent if the game:

• is popular: popular games have Wikis with a large number of contributors that require a refined consensus making process
• has a wide variety of goals: varied goals produce varied content that in turn requires a varied number of Templates
• is complex: complex games have Wikis that have to strike a balance between being useful to veterans and new players, just like our own Wiki
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Minecraft:Data pages‎ (7 categories, 11 pages) - tablesData templates‎ (14 pages) - data transformers, dictionaries and functionsFormatting templates‎ (2 categories, 66 pages) - inline/multi-column, code, font, colour,Image templates‎ (29 pages) - imagesInfobox templates‎ (26 pages) - infoboxesLink templates‎ (41 pages) - links to entitiesLua-based templates‎ (1 category, 131 pages) - programmin templatesMaintenance templates‎ (37 pages) - cleanup, delete, split, merge, ...Nav templates‎ (2 categories, 39 pages) - navigationNotice templates‎ (1 category, 155 pages) - cleanup, delete, split, merge, but specialized for each page categoryTable templates‎ (50 pages) - helper and meta templatesTechnical templates‎ (15 pages) - escaped characters, special charactersTerraria:Article management templates‎ (15 P) - split, verify, delete, moveData templates‎ (180 P) - tables and data storesExtension templates‎ (1 C, 11 P) - dynamic page listing (DPL), and programmingFormatting templates‎ (1 C, 80 P) - tables, diagrams, orientationI18n-ready templates‎ (260 P) - language templatesIcon templates‎ (27 P) - imagesInfobox templates‎ (2 C, 7 P) - inforboxesLocalization subtemplates‎ (113 P) - language templatesNavigational templates‎ (1 C, 199 P) - navboxes and sidebarsNotice templates‎ (2 C, 34 P) - notice bannersShortcut templates‎ (79 P) - links to entitiesStardew Valley:Article management templates - delete, stub, spoilerFormatting templates - tables, item formats, currency formatsGeneral wiki templates - clear, history, SEO,Infobox templates - infoboxesModding templates - modding templatesNavigational templates - mostly navboxesTransclusion templates - for easier transclusionCataclysm: Dark Days Ahead:Footers - like navboxesHeaders - table headersWitcher Wiki:Formatting templates‎ (47 P) - colour, format, citation, decorationIcon templates‎ (112 P) - icon, small 48px imagesInfobox templates‎ (34 P) - infoboxesLink templates‎ (3 P) - like anchorNavigation templates‎ (13 P) - navigationNotice templates‎ (22 P) - cleanup, delete, stub, outdated noticesText replacement templates‎ (51 P) - standardized phrases ("Critical hit chance")

When I group together Category names based on the Templates they contain, the following clusters emerge:
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Data pages‎ - tablesData templates‎ - data transformers, dictionaries and functionsData templates - tables and data storesText replacement templates‎ - standardized phrases ("Critical hit chance")Table templates‎ - helper and meta templatesHeaders - table headersFormatting templates - inline/multi-column, code, font, colourFormatting templates ‎- tables, diagrams, orientationFormatting templates - tables, item formats, currency formatsFormatting templates‎ - colour, format, citation, decorationImage templates‎ - imagesIcon templates‎ - imagesIcon templates‎ - icon, small 48px imagesInfobox templates ‎- infoboxesInfobox templates - inforboxesInfobox templates - infoboxesInfobox templates‎ - infoboxesLink templates‎ - links to entitiesLink templates‎ - like anchorShortcut templates‎ - links to entitiesLua-based templates - programming templatesExtension templates - dynamic page listing (DPL), and programmingArticle management templates‎ - split, verify, delete, moveArticle management templates - delete, stub, spoilerMaintenance templates‎ - cleanup, delete, split, merge, ...Notice templates - cleanup, delete, split, merge, but specialized for each page categoryNotice templates - notice bannersNotice templates‎ - cleanup, delete, stub, outdated noticesTechnical templates - escaped characters, special charactersGeneral wiki templates - clear, history, SEONav templates‎ - navigationNavigational templates - navboxes and sidebarsNavigational templates - mostly navboxesFooters - like navboxesNavigation templates‎ - navigationI18n-ready templates‎ - language templatesLocalization subtemplates‎ - language templatesTransclusion templates - for easier transclusion

Therefor, I propose that I sort the remaining 188 Wiki Templates into the following fuzzy Categories:
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Data templates: Templates that transclude, make Pages consistent and harmonious or maker editing easier by transforming inputted data or applying a mathematical functionFormatting templates: Templates used for formatting the input into tables, boxes, panels or other shapesImage template: Templates that format, display and harmonize imagesInfobox templates: Templates that display a panel, usually in the top right of an article, next to the lead section that summarize key features of the Page's subjectLink templates: Templates that link to another Page or create an anchorMaintenance templates: Templates that display banners, flags, notices and boxes for cleanup, deletion, Page merging of splitting or other Wiki maintenance informationNavigational templates: Templates that help users find related PagesNavbox templates: Templates that display horizontally laid out lists of links usually placed at the bottom of a PageSidebar templates: Templates that display a vertically-aligned list of links usually positioned on the right-hand side of a Page

However, before I do that, I'd love to hear your ideas, opinions, comments and corrections about Wiki Templates and their Categories.

Wiki Template Trivia

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You can color text with no less then six Templates:Template:!xtTemplate:XtTemplate:CoTemplate:ColorTemplate:DothisTemplate:NotthisQuite a few Pages still use the outdated Template:CMBSite and Template:CMBSiteBox, rather then the new and improved Template:CMBSiteInfo.Template:Infobox (and its accompanying Template:Infobox/row) is an excellent idea, but is unused and protected from being edited even though it is used nowhere. I'll need the help of someone with magic powers to unlock the shackles.Tenplate:em italizes text. ''text'' syntax does the same. Template:em uses 7 characters, instead of 4. I'm not suprised that no one used it for 3 years.Template:Eve Who creates links from character names. That's quite neat and a good starting point for creating a Template that links to EVE DOTLAN.Template:EWar, Template:Special and Template:ShipType are a duplicate of both Template:CMBSiteInfo and Template:CMBSite. However, they were still used to format a single Expedition Page, Blue Pills. No longer! I've sent the Templates to be deleted.Template:Loop repeat a string of characters up to 150 times. What do you think happens if we nest the Template? For safety purposes, I've marked it for deletion.Seek and ye shall find. I'm in favor of Wiki Templates, so I purposefully sought out opinions that caution against using Templates:Avoid Template creepNot everything needs a navbox

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### Re: The State of Wiki Templates and their Categories

First of all, nice work Arin!

Second, I like your suggested template sub-categories. Curious about the separation of the "infobox" category though, what is the benefit of keeping those separate from the other "navigation" category?

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### Re: The State of Wiki Templates and their Categories

Looks good. Thank you for all of your work!

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### Re: The State of Wiki Templates and their Categories

Thanks!

I have no idea why Infoboxes are a separate Template Category on every Wiki I visit. My best guess is because of the word sometimes in the official Wikipedia description of Infoboxes: "... fixed-format tables usually added to the top right-hand corner of articles to consistently present a summary of some unifying aspect that the articles share and sometimes to improve navigation ...".

If I'm mistaken and it should go under Navigational templates, I can cheaply change it by adding the arch-Category.

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### Re: The State of Wiki Templates and their Categories

The term "Infobox" is typically used for more detailed information across multiple pages, like an RPG wiki would use info boxes to share all the statistics for NPC's... or items and their crafting recipes, etc. Essentially "a quick summary/info dump". "Navbox" usually refers to the categorical navigation that commonly is put at the bottom of the page on wikipedia - like our navigation box for all the different types of ships.

They can be kept separated in categories.
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### Re: The State of Wiki Templates and their Categories

I find no words on how amazing the work you have done is Looking for a job IRL by any chance?
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### Re: The State of Wiki Templates and their Categories

Aaaaaaaaaw, thank you very much Hippla!!!