Template talk:Infobox writer

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Template-protected edit request on 5 June 2014[edit]

Please add support for |years_active=, present in {{Infobox person}} and applicable to most of these professional derivatives. —[AlanM1(talk)]— 11:26, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done and updated the documentation to correspond. Uncontroversial addition, and doesn't affect currently applied templates. —cyberpower ChatOnline 11:55, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
We have the parameter |period. Its documentation is brief --"Dates from first publication to last publication."-- which evidently takes for granted that publication dates are definitive for writers. I commonly use a qualifier such to cover discrepancies, such as "(fiction)" for someone with published writings but unworthy in an earlier career. --P64 (talk) 20:56, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Website parameter[edit]

please could the following change be made, so that the behaviour is in line with the parent template:

| data31 = {{#if:{{{website|}}} |<hr/>{{URL|1={{{website|}}}}} }} changed to

| data31 = {{#if:{{{website|}}} |<hr/>{{{website|}}} }} Thanks, -- Ohc ¡digame! 06:54, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: – Compare the Britney Spears ibox, which uses {{Infobox person}}, with the sandbox version on the test cases page. How does your edit make this template more in line with Infobox person? – Paine Ellsworth CLIMAX! 23:50, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Ohc  – I tested some more stuff and it looks like this ibox is now more in line with the parent ibox. Hope it meets with your approval. – Paine  03:52, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. -- Ohc ¡digame! 03:56, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
tracking old syntax with Category:Biography template using bare URL in website parameter Frietjes (talk) 16:33, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
Hi, Frietjes – curious as to what is happening or going to happen. Are "reader-friendly" labels going to be used? Is this being, or has it been discussed somewhere? I would imagine that some might prefer the bare URLs because they are readily noticeable as "websites". Just curious. – Paine  22:31, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Paine Ellsworth, the guidance for most infobox templates (e.g., {{infobox person}}) is to use |URL=. I imagine the best thing would be for a single pass with a bot to change them to use the URL template, and if anyone doesn't like it, they can change it back. Frietjes (talk) 13:21, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
Yes, that's supportable, thank you very much, Frietjes! – Paine  14:34, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

Have we recently disabled coverage of bare domain names as parameter values? I must be the "author" of more than 100, maybe 500 (perhaps never flagged in the edit summary). Such as Anne Bishop. One by another editor in July is Dan Santat.

What is the bottom line re tracking the old syntax? Anne Bishop, for instance, is not in Category:Biography template using bare URL in website parameter.

P.S. Is there a fast way to move deep into the display of such a series of category display pages, each of which lists 200 pages in the category. That is, without identifying a page deep in the category, such as Antony Beevor, and replicating https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template_talk:Infobox_writer&action=submit&pagefrom=Beevor%2C+Antony%0AAntony+Beevor#mw-pages (where Anne Bishop is not listed)?

--P64 (talk) 01:08, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

@P64: Anne Bishop was fixed here and Dan Santat was fixed here. I will try to fix the tracking used by Category:Biography template using bare URL in website parameter if I can find one that isn't fixed yet. not sure what you are asking with your 'P.S.' question. there are [A-Z] category TOCs that can be added to large categories. Frietjes (talk) 14:15, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
I see that you added template {{Category TOC}} and suppose there is no convenient navigation without it. Thanks, I'll try to remember it.
Glancing at the category display I now recognize several page names. Checking a couple of them confirms that the tracking has been fixed to cover parameter values domain.name (Cleary) and www.domain.name (Colfer), as well as http://www.domain.name (Cooney). I suppose some editors are able to handle these semi-automatically in three passes, if not automatically in one.
As I sign, a revisit shows that the Cs are disappearing as I write. --P64 (talk) 18:04, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Yobot is running to fix all instances. It will take a couple of hours. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:10, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Should I also fix non-articles? E.g. Pages in Draft space? -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:49, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Frietjes I am done. I did not touch any pages in user space. 10 pages need to be checked manually. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:30, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Magioladitis, great! I will restrict the tracking category to article space. thank you. Frietjes (talk) 15:09, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

RfC on Template:Infobox person[edit]

This message is to notify you that there is an RfC ongoing on whether to add pronunciation info to {{Infobox person}}, a discussion which may also affect this template. Your comments on the matter are appreciated. The discussion can be found here. Thanks! 0x0077BE (talk · contrib) 17:14, 16 November 2014 (UTC)


Why there is no "residence" field like there is in Template:Infobox person? --Mika1h (talk) 01:17, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

There's why this infobox doesn't have everything that Infobox person has, and then there's why this infobox doesn't have that particular field.
  • Why this infobox doesn't have everything that Infobox person has:
A generic infobox like Infobox person tries to have every field that could ever be useful. Everything including the kitchen sink. That's it's misfortune. Whereas a specific infobox like this one includes any given field only if it is really relevant to the overview of an article as a member of the collection that the infobox caters to. In this case, Infobox writer shouldn't have fields that aren't pertinent to a writer's character as a writer. For example, we do not, and hopefully never will, have a "religion" field here; religion can influence a writer, but it would be grossly inappropriate and prejudicial to classify writers by religion.
  • Why this infobox doesn't have a "residence" field:
On a quick search, there are apparently some discussions in the archives of this talk page about "residence", or "nation of residence", in relation to "nationality". The arrangement of those fields is something that's evidently been struggled with. If we were going to tinker with that part of the infobox design, it would be worthwhile to investigate in more depth the history of discussions of the nationality, citizenship, and ethnicity fields.
--Pi zero (talk) 02:43, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

Only one module[edit]

It seems you can only add one module, while most allow up to six. Can we get a few more? Thanks. Wikimandia (talk) 03:09, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Why separate notable works with line breaks?[edit]

The documentation states that entries in "Notable works" should be separated by a line break (<br>). This is inconsistent with other fields for which we are instructed to separate entries using {{Plainlist}}. List markup would seem to be more correct, semantically, but does anyone know if there is a particular reason why line breaks are to be used for "Notable works"? Thanks. Wdchk (talk) 01:46, 21 September 2015 (UTC)