Template:Deleted template

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The template {{Deleted template}} has been deprecated since 16 April 2014, and is retained only for old article revisions. If this page is a current revision, please remove the template.

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{{Deleted template}} provides a way to delete templates but still retain them for the purpose of correctly displaying old revisions of pages. When using this method to delete a template, all existing transclusions should be removed in the usual way, and {{Deleted template}} added into the template being deleted. This should ensure correct display in old revisions, and a warning when used in a revision postdating the deletion.

Current revisions containing templates deleted in this way (as well as the deleted templates themselves) are automatically categorised in Category:Pages containing deleted templates.

Usage[edit]

The template takes 3 compulsory parameters:

  1. the revision ID of the template at the time of it being deleted.[1] The appropriate URL can be found via the page history - choose a revision close to the time of the conclusion of the Templates for Discussion discussion, if there has been one.
  2. template name
  3. date the template was deleted

To use this template, add it at the beginning of the template to be deleted, adding the closing brackets of {{Deleted template}} at the end:

Example:

{{Deleted template|388523941|Example|12 February 2011|
Old template
did various things
and possibly other things
}}

  • There is also one optional parameter: the |extra= parameter may be used to add further information at the end of the message.

Template documentation[edit]

Associated template documentation may be worth retaining, for example for references to alternative templates.

  1. Use {{hat}}/{{hab}} to collapse usage instructions which are no longer relevant
  2. Remove any categories (possibly convert them to See Also links)
  3. Add a {{historical}} template as in this example for {{expand}}: {{Historical|category=no|brief=yes|comment=This template was [[Template:Deleted template|deprecated]] following deletion discussion archived at [[Wikipedia:Templates_for_discussion/Log/2010_December_16#Template:Expand]]}}
  4. If used with {{Ambox}} which has the |name= parameter present for the |subst= parameter, |doc=no must also be passed to {{Ambox}} and <noinclude>{{documentation}}</noinclude> manually placed at the end of the template code.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The revision ID is the number found in the URL of an old Wikipedia page, for example in
    http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Deleted_template&oldid=413284321
    the revision ID is 413284321.

See also[edit]