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Species[edit]

How many species should be listed under the 'species' parameter? And should in-universe dating be included? It appears only one species is listed for most shows. However, there is slow edit-warring going on for several The Vampire Diaries characters in that regard. --Ebyabe talk - Union of Opposites ‖ 14:35, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

In theory, if the species changes then you can treat it like you treat anything and just add below them. It shouldn't restrict the number. I think only 1 species is listed because it's rare that a character's species changes. What do you mean by "in-universe dating"?  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 14:47, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
Re in-universe dating, things should only be included in the infobox if it's defining. So if a character was a vampire for 4 seasons, and a ghost for 4, you could legitimately include both. If they were a ghost for 3 episodes, you'd probably not include it at all. Guidelines would say, if you want to give guidance as to 'dating', to refer to the seasons of the show rather than the in-universe chronology or with reference to fictional events.Zythe (talk) 15:09, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
The one I'm seeing most is Stefan Salvatore. The in-universe dating is changing back and forth between 2012 and 2014. I don't follow the show, but apparently it's 2012 in the show this season. Or something. Going by season, though, does sound like the more sensible thing. --Ebyabe talk - Border Town ‖ 16:54, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

Where should this template be used[edit]

Hi, it's unclear from the article documentation where this template should be used. Is this for unique articles about each character, or are the multiple character infoboxes at this article part of the intended usage? Cyphoidbomb (talk) 18:49, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

I think generally the convention has been that the infobox is OK in lists if the entries are of a significant size; the Wonder Pets example you give though is not, to me, the best use of the template because the entries are short and the infoboxes overpower the list. The information in the infboxes could be added to the entries and the infoboxes eliminated (as a matter of fact, that info should be in the entries anyway, as infobox info is merely intended as a brief summary of basic data in an article and not a replacement for it). I did however add a {{-}} template after each entry in the Wonder Pets list to show you another option, which pushes the subsequent section past the infobox rather than crowd them up. This looks better when each entry is larger, but you may prefer this layout to removing the infoboxes.— TAnthonyTalk 19:34, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
Much appreciated, TAnthony. I think I'm going to boldy remove the infoboxes. Seems unnecessary to have a summary of such short sections and it is not something we typically use in these articles. Danke, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 19:58, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Birth/Death[edit]

Why not include the person infobox parameters of birth date and place and death date and place in the template for characters with known birth/death dates and places? 66.26.253.145 (talk) 15:50, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

This has been discussed many times and those parameters were removed basically because fictional characters exist in a perpetual present tense, and fictional topics are always discussed in the present tense. In the past, birthdates and ages have invited cruft, created confusion and even OR issues. Notable dates like these can be referenced within the text of an article.— TAnthonyTalk 19:40, 12 October 2014 (UTC)
It's rare that it really matters when a character was born, unless the novel or film is one which revolves specifically around dates and a character's life within the context of said dates - Benjamin Button for instance. In which case, it's already such a huge part of the story that it receives prominent mention in the text.Zythe (talk) 10:28, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

RfC on Template:Infobox person[edit]

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Template-protected edit request on 8 March 2015[edit]

Add this underneath first subheader:

|subheader2 = {{ #if: {{{series<includeonly>|</includeonly>}}} | ''{{{SeriesPlural}}}'' characters }}

To provide an alternative plural series header, for articles that encompass two characters in the same infobox.

Grapesoda22 (talk) 22:36, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

  • This can be done on a single line. Alakzi (talk) 12:37, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

|subheader = {{#if:{{{series|}}}|''{{{series}}}'' character{{#if:{{{multiple_characters|}}}|s}}}}

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please make your requested changes to the template's sandbox first; see WP:TESTCASES. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 01:48, 12 March 2015 (UTC)