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WikiProject Biography (Rated C-class)
WikiProject icon This template is within the scope of WikiProject Biography, a collaborative effort to create, develop and organize Wikipedia's articles about people. All interested editors are invited to join the project and contribute to the discussion. For instructions on how to use this banner, please refer to the documentation.
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This template is supported by the arts and entertainment work group (marked as Top-importance).
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This template is supported by WikiProject Actors and Filmmakers (marked as Top-importance).
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This template is supported by WikiProject Musicians (marked as Top-importance).
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This template is supported by the military biography work group (marked as Top-importance).
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This template is supported by WikiProject Peerage and Baronetage (marked as Top-importance).
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This template is supported by the politics and government work group (marked as Top-importance).
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This template is supported by WikiProject Royalty and Nobility (marked as Top-importance).
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This template is supported by the science and academia work group (marked as Top-importance).
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This template is supported by the sports and games work group (marked as Top-importance).
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Because the {{WikiProject Biography}} template is used on over one 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 |listas=: For most articles this will be "Surname, Given Names" but this is not always true. See WP:NAMESORT and Category:Names by culture 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-persondata = 
|needs-photo = 
|past-collaboration = 
|peer-review = 
|old-peer-review = 
|small = 
}}

Parameters

Living people, active politicians and other BLP issues

  • |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.
    • 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 {{WikiProjectBannerShell}}, 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 {{WikiProjectBannerShell}}; 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.

Quality assessments

  • |auto= This parameter is for the use of bots. |auto=yes indicates that an article has been assessed as Stub-Class because it has one or more stub tags.

Work groups

  • |a&e-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of the arts and entertainment work group, otherwise remove this line. If the article is about an actor or filmmaker, please use |filmbio-work-group=yes instead; if the article is about a musician, please use |musician-work-group=yes instead.
  • |a&e-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |filmbio-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of WikiProject Actors and Filmmakers, otherwise remove this line.
  • |filmbio-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |military-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of the military biography work group, otherwise remove this line.
  • |military-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |musician-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of WikiProject Musicians, otherwise remove this line.
  • |musician-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |peerage-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of WikiProject Peerage and Baronetage, otherwise remove this line.
  • |peerage-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |politician-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of the politics and government work group, otherwise remove this line.
  • |politician-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |royalty-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of WikiProject Royalty and Nobility, otherwise remove this line.
  • |royalty-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |s&a-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of the science and academia work group, otherwise remove this line.
  • |s&a-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |sports-work-group= Answer yes if the article is in the scope of the sports and games work group, otherwise remove this line.
  • |sports-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.

Maintenance

  • |attention= Answer yes if the page needs immediate attention, otherwise remove this line.
  • |needs-infobox= Answer yes if the article needs an infobox, otherwise remove this line. Remember that infoboxes are not suitable for all articles, and can overwhelm short articles.
  • |needs-photo= Answer yes to request that a photograph or picture of the subject be added to the article, otherwise remove this line.

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 Elvis Presley, |listas=Presley, Elvis, so that the talk page will show up in the P's and not the E'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.

Template layout

  • |small= Answer yes to display a small version of the template aligned along the right side of the page (as opposed to at the top), otherwise remove this line.

Special

The following parameters should not normally be used.

  • |category= Answer no if, and only if, a banner is being used for demonstration or testing purposes, to prevent unnecessary or undesirable categorization.

See also