Template:Autoarchive resolved section

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Template for automatic archiving.
The syntax is mostly similar to that of template de:Template:Autoarchiv-Erledigt (German language page). For the target (archive) only its current notation is valid. This type of archiving is done by SpBot (not by ArchiverBot).


{{Autoarchive resolved section
 |age =
 |archive =
 |show =
 |level =
 |timecompare =
 |timeout =

SpBot archiving requires the use of either {{Section resolved}} or the timeout parameter of this template (usual archiving like by ArchiverBot).

It does not matter where the template {{Section resolved|…}} is placed within the section. It will always refer to the last/previous heading of the section to be archived (see parameter level).

The template relies on a certain time stamp format, for more see in Signature format.

To quickly use a standard setup to archive your user talk page, see Template:Autoarchive resolved section/usertalksetup (see own description).

Template parameters

Parameter Description Default Status
age The parameter age defines the required age of the template block {{Section resolved|…}} in days. After this amount of days the section will be archived. empty required
archive Path to archive. You can use variables in your archive parameter as listed below.
Path inclusion with ASCII apostrophes (') is not necessary, but allowed for historic reasons.
empty required
overview The parameter overview can be used to display a link to the location of the archive page. Example code: overview=[[Commons:Village pump/Archive]]/ results in
“For the archive overview, see Commons:Village pump/Archive.”
An alternative to this parameter is the use of template {{Archive box}}.
empty optional
latest archive The parameter latest archive can be used to display a link to the current archive. The archive parameter variables can be used. Example code: latest archive=[[Commons:Village pump/Archive/2011/02]] results in
“The latest archive is located under Commons:Village pump/Archive/2011/02.”
empty optional
show The parameter show defines, whether the template should display anything or not: show=yes (default) or show=no. This parameter can be used, if the template is used on a page which has an own intro explaining the archiving parameters. yes optional
level Parameter level defines which heading level should be archived. Deeper heading levels are treated as part of the specified level.

(hint: Count the equal signs)

== talk page section level II ==
Such a heading is level 2.
==== talk page section level IV ====
Such a heading is level 4.
2 optional
timecompare The parameter timecompare specifies which timestamp should be used for distribution into the archives. In the parameter archive you can use variables referring to the date. timecompare defines which timestamp is used for archiving.
  • timecompare = resolved: timestamp given by {{Section resolved}} block
  • Any other value or empty: the latest timestamp of the whole section
Compare template usage in Commons:Graphic Lab/Illustration workshop.
empty optional
timeout The parameter timeout specifies the number of days having to pass by to consider a section as “resolved” automatically, even if no {{Section resolved}} block was set. Archiving will be only proceeded, if the parameter is set and the specified period of time (timeout) has passed since the last comment (note: with value 0 it gets inactive). The template {{DNAU}} is supported.
By setting this parameter you can get almost the same service as given by ArchiverBot (see User:MiszaBot/Archive HowTo, different name for bot for historic reasons). In this case, it is no longer necessary to use this template and additional {{User:MiszBot/config}}, which are processed by two different bots. Instead, only {{Autoarchive resolved section}} for SpBot is needed.
empty optional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: all talk namespaces and noticeboards

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users


To add your language to the list of languages supported by this template, please edit the template and add a row to the "{{LangSwitch|}}" construct. It takes the form "|xx= Your translation " (xx being the code of your language)

“Archive” parameter variables

You can use the following variables in the archive parameter:

variable meaning
((year)) year, e.g. 2018
((month:long)) full monthname, e.g. February
((month:short)) short monthname, e.g. Feb
((month:##)) month as two digits, e.g. 02
((week)) week date as a number, e.g. 4 or 15 (per ISO 8601)
((week:##)) week date as a two digits, e.g. 04 or 15 (per ISO 8601)
((day:##)) day of month as two digits, e.g. 07 or 31
((quarter)) quarter, e.g. 3
((quarter:##)) quarter as two digits, e.g. 03
((quarter:i)) quarter as lowercase Roman numerals, e.g. iii or iv
((quarter:I)) quarter as uppercase Roman numerals, e.g. III or IV
((half-year)) half-year, e.g. 2
((half-year:i)) half-year as lowercase Roman numeral, e.g. ii
((half-year:I)) half-year as uppercase Roman numeral, e.g. II
((FULLPAGENAME)) The full page name (namespace + actual page) name of the current page. Same as {{FULLPAGENAME}}, but with normal brackets. Use this instead of hard coding your page name.


archive=Commons:Village pump/Archive/((year))/((month:##))


See also: Template:Autoarchive resolved section/usertalksetup

The following example is derived from the archiving setup of dewiki’s Wikipedia:Redaktion Chemie. All marked/tagged sections with level 2 (that is ==) will be archived seven days after placement of a {{Section resolved}} block. The archive is at Wikipedia:Redaktion Chemie/Archiv. The archiving will be done to Wikipedia:Redaktion Chemie/Archiv/2007/Januar if the first comment in this section was made in January.

{{Autoarchive resolved section

That will look like this:

Filing cabinet icon.svg
SpBot archives all sections tagged with {{Section resolved|1=~~~~}} after 7 days. For the archive overview, see Archive.

Signature format

The date and time part of the signature is important for recognition of the timestamp. The default format specified by MediaWiki and automatically created, when ~~~~ or ~~~~~ is entered, is sufficient: 13:35, 17 March 2018 (UTC), also with abbreviated month: Mar. This corresponds to the following structure with Mediawiki variables: {{CURRENTTIME}}, {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}} (UTC) (short month name: {{CURRENTMONTHABBREV}}. When directly entered these variables must be substituted (the according {{LOCAL…}} variants can be used, as well).

Other formats are not supported.

Error lists

Talk pages containing errors in their main template usage or in {{Section resolved}} are shown in the following lists and on the corresponding talk page.

Informational lists