Template:WikiProject Biography/doc

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Because the {{WikiProject Biography}} template is used on almost two million pages, and that it puts a big strain on the servers every time it is updated (see the job queue), the template is currently protected and can be edited only by template editors and administrators.

If you would like to propose a change to this template:

Usage

Please note: This template should be transcluded as {{WikiProject Biography}} and not substituted, because it employs conditional code. Transclusion also allows easy updating of all the Project's talk pages without having to edit hundreds of thousands of pages. Many of these parameters place the talk page of the article into an appropriate category. A manually generated (though sporadically updated) list of all the categories used in this template is at Template:WikiProject Biography/category list.

Place this template on the talk page of biography articles.

Basic usage

If the person is living:

{{WikiProject Biography
| living=yes 
| class= <!--Start, Stub, etc.--> 
| listas= <!--see note below -->
}}

If the person is not living:

{{WikiProject Biography
| living=no 
| class= <!--Start, Stub, etc.--> 
| listas= <!--see note below -->
}}
  • Note for most talk pages, the |listas= parameter will be formatted as "Surname, Given Names", but this is not always true in certain cultures. See WP:NAMESORT, MOS:SURNAME, and MOS:GIVENNAME for further details.

Extended usage

If you have a lot of time on your hands:

{{WikiProject Biography
| living = <!-- yes/no (MANDATORY FIELD) -->
| class = 
| listas = 
| a&e-work-group = 
| a&e-priority = 
| filmbio-work-group = 
| filmbio-priority = 
| military-work-group = 
| military-priority = 
| musician-work-group = 
| musician-priority = 
| peerage-work-group = 
| peerage-priority = 
| politician-work-group = 
| politician-priority = 
| royalty-work-group = 
| royalty-priority = 
| s&a-work-group = 
| s&a-priority = 
| sports-work-group = 
| sports-priority = 
| A-Class = 
| activepol = 
| attention = 
| auto = 
| blpo = 
| needs-discography = 
| needs-filmography = 
| needs-infobox = 
| needs-photo = 
| past-collaboration = 
| peer-review = 
| old-peer-review = 
}}

Parameters

Living people, active politicians and other BLP issues

  • |living= Answer yes or no. If yes, this also affects the |needs-photo= parameter, to emphasize the fact that free images must be used. This parameter must be specified whether or not the person is living. In case of music bands or any other list of people that is under the scope of this WikiProject, the parameter should be set to "yes", if at least one of the people in that list is alive.
  • |activepol= Answer yes, if the article is about a currently active politician, otherwise remove this line.
  • |blpo= Answer yes, if the subject of the article is not a living person, but the article contains sensitive information about other living persons, otherwise remove this line.
    • This parameter adds {{BLP others}} above WikiProject Biography.
    • It can only be used if |living=no.

Note: The {{BLP}}, {{Active politician}} and {{BLP others}} banners will not be visible if WikiProject Biography is used within {{WikiProject banner shell}}, but the relevant categories will still be added. In such cases, these banners can still be added to a talk page by using the relevant parameters in {{WikiProject banner shell}}; please refer to that template's documentation for further instruction.

Any changes to the wording of these banners should be requested on the corresponding template talk page, not here.

Assessments

Work groups

Maintenance

Listas

  • listas – This parameter, which is the equivalent of the DEFAULTSORT sortkey that should be placed on all biographical articles, is a sortkey for the article talk page (e.g. for John Doe, use |listas=Doe, John so that the talk page will show up in the D's and not the J's of the various assessment and administrative categories). This is important because it is one source used by those who set DEFAULTSORT on the article; consider also setting the DEFAULTSORT for the article when setting this parameter. For more information about this, please see Wikipedia:Categorization of people § Ordering names in a category.
    It is not required if another WikiProject template on the same page has its own |listas= set, since it not only affects categories used by the banner in which it is set, but it also affects the sortkey of all other banners and templates.

Special

The following parameters should not normally be used:

  • category – set |category=no if, and only if, a banner is being used for demonstration or testing purposes, to prevent unnecessary or undesirable categorization. Otherwise, omit this parameter.
  • core – set |core=yes if, and only if, the article is listed at Wikipedia:WikiProject Biography/Core biographies.
    • This parameter populates the categories listed here.

Aliases

  • The parameter |baronets-work-group= is recognised as an alias for |peerage-work-group=. If both |peerage-work-group= and |baronets-work-group= are present, |baronets-work-group= is ignored.
  • The parameter |baronets-priority= is recognised as an alias for |peerage-priority=. If both |peerage-priority= and |baronets-priority= are present, |baronets-priority= is ignored.
  • The parameter |military-task-force= is recognised as an alias for |military-work-group=. If both |military-work-group= and |military-task-force= are present, |military-task-force= is ignored.

Tracking category

See also

TemplateData

TemplateData
This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.

TemplateData for WikiProject Biography

Talk page banner for WikiProject Biography

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Living?living blp BLP

Whether or not the person is living. Set to one of: ['yes', 'no']

Auto value
no
Unknownrequired
classclass

no description

Unknownsuggested
listaslistas

no description

Unknownsuggested
A&E work groupa&e-work-group

Within the scope of the arts and entertainment work group. Allowed values: ['yes']

Auto value
yes
Unknownoptional
Priority for A&E work groupa&e-priority

Priority for the arts and entertainment work group. Allowed values are: ['Top', 'High', 'Mid', 'Low', 'NA']

Auto value
Unknownoptional
Filmbio work groupfilmbio-work-group

Within the scope of the Actors and Filmmakers work group. Allowed values: ['yes']

Auto value
yes
Unknownoptional
Priority for A&E work groupfilmbio-priority

Priority for the arts and entertainment work group. Allowed values are: ['Top', 'High', 'Mid', 'Low', 'NA']

Auto value
Unknownoptional
Musician work groupmusician-work-group

Within the scope of Musicians work group. Allowed values: ['yes']

Auto value
yes
Unknownoptional
Priority for filmbio work groupmusician-priority

Priority for the Actors and Filmmakers work group. Allowed values are: ['Top', 'High', 'Mid', 'Low', 'NA']

Auto value
Unknownoptional
Peerage work grouppeerage-work-group baronets-work-group

Within the scope of the WikiProject Peerage and Baronetage. Allowed values: ['yes']

Auto value
yes
Unknownoptional
Priority for WikiProject Peerage and Baronetagepeerage-priority baronets-priority

Priority for the WikiProject Peerage and Baronetage. Allowed values are: ['Top', 'High', 'Mid', 'Low', 'NA']

Auto value
Unknownoptional
military-work-groupmilitary-work-group military-task-force

no description

Stringoptional
Priority for military work groupmilitary-priority

Priority for the military biography work group. Allowed values are: ['Top', 'High', 'Mid', 'Low', 'NA']

Auto value
Unknownoptional
Politician work grouppolitician-work-group

Within the scope of the politics and government work group. Allowed values: ['yes']

Auto value
yes
Unknownoptional
Priority for politician work grouppolitician-priority

Priority for the politics and government work group. Allowed values are: ['Top', 'High', 'Mid', 'Low', 'NA']

Auto value
Unknownoptional
Royalty work grouproyalty-work-group

Within the scope of the WikiProject Royalty and Nobility. Allowed values: ['yes']

Auto value
yes
Unknownoptional
Priority for royalty work grouproyalty-priority

Priority for the WikiProject Royalty and Nobility. Allowed values are: ['Top', 'High', 'Mid', 'Low', 'NA']

Auto value
Unknownoptional
S&A work groups&a-work-group

Within the scope of the science and academia work group. Allowed values: ['yes']

Auto value
yes
Unknownoptional
Priority for s&a work groups&a-priority

Priority for the science and academia work group. Allowed values are: ['Top', 'High', 'Mid', 'Low', 'NA']

Auto value
Unknownoptional
Sports work groupsports-work-group

Within the scope of the sports and games work group. Allowed values: ['yes']

Auto value
yes
Unknownoptional
Priority for sports work groupsports-priority

Priority for the sports and games work group. Allowed values are: ['Top', 'High', 'Mid', 'Low', 'NA']

Auto value
Unknownoptional
A-ClassA-Class

no description

Unknownoptional
activepolactivepol

no description

Unknownoptional
Needs immediate attention?attention

Indicate that the article needs immediate attention. Set to ['yes'], otherwise remove parameter.

Default
no
Example
yes
Auto value
yes
Booleanoptional
autoauto

no description

Unknownoptional
BLP othersblpo

Indicates that the subject of the article is not a living person, but the article contains sensitive information about other living persons. Set to ['yes'], otherwise remove parameter.

Default
no
Example
yes
Auto value
yes
Booleanoptional
Needs discography?needs-discography

Indicate that the article needs a discography section. Set to ['yes'], otherwise remove parameter.

Default
no
Example
yes
Auto value
yes
Booleanoptional
Needs filmography?needs-filmography

Indicate that the article needs a filmography section. Set to ['yes'], otherwise remove parameter.

Default
no
Example
yes
Auto value
yes
Booleanoptional
Needs infobox?needs-infobox

Indicate that the article needs an infobox. Remember that infoboxes are not suitable for all articles, and can overwhelm short articles. Set to ['yes'], otherwise remove parameter.

Default
no
Example
yes
Auto value
yes
Booleanoptional
Needs photo?needs-photo needs-image image-needed photo-needed image-requested

Indicate that the article would be improved by a photo related to the topic. Set to ['yes'], otherwise remove parameter.

Default
no
Example
yes
Auto value
yes
Booleanoptional
past-collaborationpast-collaboration

no description

Unknownoptional
peer-reviewpeer-review

no description

Unknownoptional
old-peer-reviewold-peer-review

no description

Unknownoptional
smallsmall

no description

Unknownoptional
corecore

no description

Unknownoptional
categorycategory

no description

Unknownoptional
titletitle

no description

Unknownoptional
prioritypriority

no description

Unknownoptional
importanceimportance

no description

Unknownoptional