Template talk:Infobox writer

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Please add parents field[edit]

Please add "| parents =" --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 02:12, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

Infobox writer embedded in Infobox person
Parent(s) Mom & Pop
Writing career
Notable works ABC of Wikipedia
@Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ): You can now achieve this by embedding the template in {{Infobox person}}, as shown here. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:53, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

Proposed other_names field[edit]

template:infobox person has an "other_names" field (aka "other names", "othernames", "othername", alias") which I don't see present here. Could these serve the same purpose as "pseudonym" or something different? If same could we alias these? If different can we add this field? 184.145.18.50 (talk) 19:24, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

Please make active the following fields[edit]

The following two fields that appear in infobox person make it possible to indicate that a writer was, for instance, employed at The New Yorker, etc. and that s/he is known for pulled publications (recalls) or other issues (i.e., important events that cannot be covered by "notable works"). At your earliest convenience, thank you. | employer = | known_for = With regard, Le Prof. Leprof 7272 (talk) 15:07, 14 April 2016 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please establish a consensus for this alteration before using the {{edit template-protected}} template. — JJMC89(T·C) 17:42, 14 April 2016 (UTC)
This change seems well-argued, justified, uncontroversial and I 'support it. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:52, 16 April 2016 (UTC)
It's not obvious to me that this would, necessarily, be a good addition. Fields of a specialized infobox should be related to the view of the individual as a member of the specialized group. Are these fields related to an individual's identity as a writer? They seem suspiciously like field bloat. Generic infoboxen such as person are plagued by unavoidable field bloat because they lack focus; getting away from that mess is one of the benefits of more specialized ones. Are there a number of specific examples illustrating the demand for these fields? Also, even if there is a real need to be filled, the name "known_for" seems likely to cause content bloat because it begs to be filled in without offering clear guidance for what to put there. --Pi zero (talk) 15:38, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
Infobox writer embedded in Infobox person
Employer The New Yorker
Known for Yodelling
Writing career
Notable works ABC of Wikipedia
@Leprof 7272: You can now achieve this by embedding the template in {{Infobox person}}, as shown here. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:56, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

Net worth parameter[edit]

I suggest that the parameter net_worth be added to this template. It should be similar to the parameters in Template:Infobox person.--130.65.109.103 (talk) 16:21, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

In what way would such a parameter be useful to include in an infobox summarizing the character of an individual person as a writer? --Pi zero (talk) 18:03, 29 April 2016 (UTC)
Well, the most notable writers, such as, say, J. K. Rowling became very wealthy due to their book sales. They were popular. Their wrote their books, copyrighted them, published them and sold those book for profit. Why do report the number to indicate such?--130.65.109.103 (talk) 18:17, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
I don't see that net worth can even be defined for someone, since it may have varied during their lifetime, and I don't see that it's significant to their character as a writer. Some notable writers made a lot of money? Well, likely some notable writers didn't make a lot of money, and some made a lot and then lost it; some people even make and lose fortunes multiple times in their lives. Like I said, it seems an ambiguous thing to try to fill out, and doesn't seem to be fundamentally informative about them as a writer. --Pi zero (talk) 00:58, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Infobox writer embedded in Infobox person
Net worth $lots
Writing career
Notable works ABC of Wikipedia
You can now achieve this by embedding the template in {{Infobox person}}, as shown here. Be sure that the figure is cited on the body of the article. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:58, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

Baptised parameter[edit]

Hey, this is not my usual WikiProject, but could someone import the "baptised" parameter from {{Infobox person}} into this template? Would be helpful e.g. for William Shakespeare. Thanks! Lordtobi () 16:40, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

Truthfully, I don't think that would be an appropriate field. We've strongly resisted adding miscellaneous fields to this infobox that aren't related to the subject's identity as a writer. Particularly, we don't have a field for religion, and we don't want one — in fact, we want not to have one. (If some religion had an influence on the writer, it should be presented as an influence.) --Pi zero (talk) 21:27, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
This has very little to do with religion per se. For hundreds of years, until the mid 18th century, birth dates were not routinely recorded, but baptism dates, which were, are a close approximation. {{Infobox person}} is coded such that the baptism date does not show if a birth date is present. If it's good enough for Ludwig van Beethoven... Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:30, 15 September 2016 (UTC)