Template talk:Information

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This template at the English Wikipedia[edit]

The current version of this template at the English Wikipedia may be of interest. Sardanaphalus (talk) 19:23, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

In which sense? --Leyo 20:50, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
It uses {{navbox}} (but I don't think it's a better way). --Tacsipacsi (talk) 21:35, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
I agree. --Leyo 21:51, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
This is a template used on a LOT of file-pages and so far we keep it as bare-bones and low level as possible. I am not sure if it is required but I do not see a need to make templates more complicated unless we are trying to improve something. --Jarekt (talk) 03:45, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Author field[edit]

That template also uses the word "Author" which is a bit confusing. In fact, we need a caption like "copyright", "credits" or some thing like that which cover all CMI. Many times "Author" != "copyright holder" != "preferred credits". So people use otherplaces to mention "actual credits"; but unfortunately MV and other tools only look on "Author" field. Off wiki applications like eol.org also look only on author field. What about renaming that field and insist people to provide "credits" there instead of many other places like "credit line", license tags, permission field, etc.? Jee 05:37, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

You may insert all captations you like with {{Information field}}. sarang사랑 10:02, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Inconsistencies[edit]

Different Special pages for upload files offer e.g. an Information box as

{{Information
|Description=
|Source=
|Date=
|Author=
|Permission=
|other_versions=
}}

where the sequence of Source= and Date= are exchanged to the latter box display. In spite to the other parameter names other_versions= is used instead of the better fitting Other versions=. Other upload pages have an even more exchanged parameter sequence. The transclusions of {{Information}} are always generated in another sequence than displayed.
Of course this is not so essential but it would be nice to have the same sequence wherever possible.
May I also suggest to generate Permission, Other versions, Other fields into the file description only if they got values, to avoid all the empty lines in the file descriptions. -- sarang사랑 10:02, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Order of the fields do not matter and if there are several alternative names like other_versions and Other versions either one can be used. But I agree that it would be nice to always recommend the same empty template. I would go with the one used by the upload wizard. I do not like to hide unused fields, since it is more work to add them when they are needed. The only exception is Other fields which is mostly meant to be used by other templates expanding {{Information}} template and should not be shown unless really needed. One has to really know how to use that one to do it right. --Jarekt (talk) 15:28, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
Agree. Jee 15:50, 16 October 2014 (UTC)