Template:Global maintenance category

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This is for global common categories. For local (language-specific) content use {{Local maintenance category}} (translation may be needed). These two templates were created to replace {{Category scheme Commons maintenance}}.

The template automatically sets the following categories: Category:Hidden categories, via {{Hiddencat}} (unless hidden=n)


{{Global maintenance category |shortcut= |hidden= |purge= |norandom= }}

Template parameters

shortcutshortcut=pagename - adds a shortcut box. Leave out the brackets.emptyoptional
hiddenhidden categoryhidden=n prevents it from adding {{Hiddencat}}.emptyoptional
purgepurge linkAdds {{Purge}} if providedemptyoptional
norandomflag to suppress random in category buttonemptyoptional
Template data
<templatedata>JSON</templatedata> ./. {{TemplateBox}}

TemplateData is a way to store information about template parameters (the description of those and of the whole template) for both humans and machines. It is used by VisualEditor and possibly other tools like Upload Wizard.

Existing template documentation
At Wikimedia Commons, it is recommended to use {{TemplateBox}} with either ‎useTemplateData=1 or ‎useTemplateData=only on the ‎/doc subpage and transcluding it with {{Documentation}} into the template. ‎<nowiki>-tags can be wrapped around the arguments, if required, to avoid templates being expanded.

Newly created template documentation and imports
Another option, especially for imported templates, or for users with JSON experience, is placing raw ‎<templatedata>-tags into the Wikitext of the template, as described in various Wikipediae.

There is an ongoing discussion about that matter. Feel invited to comment if you are experienced in either way, your time permits and if you like to share your opinion or to make a suggestion.

Wikipedia's help about TemplateDataCommons-specific information

This is for *global* common categories. For local (language-specific) content use {{local maintenance category}} (translation may be needed).

Template parameters[Edit template data]

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

hidden categoryhidden

“n” prevents it from adding {{Hiddencat}}.


flag to suppress random in category button

purge linkpurge

Adds {{purge}} if provided

shortcutshortcut 1

Adds a shortcut box. Leave out the brackets.

Page nameoptional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the Category namespace

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

Placement: At the top of the page


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