Template talk:Information

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Frequent errors with the Template:{{Information}}[edit]

Items from wikimedia, other projects and sister wikis should be expressed by an internal link and never by a URL.


As its name says, a date should be a date – and not a timestamp. Templates like e.g. ISOdate or Upload date will generate the correct format.
The rather incorrect parameter e.g. yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss won't disturb and is corrected with the next cleanup.
But only the date-format yyyy-mm-dd can be displayed correctly in the users preference and translated into national languages.
Year, month and day (month an day optional) of the date should never be written as 04.05.06 or 7/8/09 — even the cleanup script will have problems to interpret and correct it !


Best will be to use a template – e.g.

  • {{Own}}00 – the standard; other "own" templates are e.g.
  • {{Using}} – when an URL (or an explanation) follows
  • {{Based}} – when one or more files should be specified (optional with their creator and/or file display)
  • {{Taken}} – when a camera should be specified (or {{Scanned}} when the file results from a scan)

The source field may also bear the specification of attributed files.

author or artist[edit]

The standard is to specify a wikipedian with the Template:{{U}} or one of its variations - they comprise other namespaces and projects, e.g.sister-wikis;
everywhere instead of a (single) user a user list or a Creator can be specified.
When an SVG file is the result of a conversion from a raster image, the Template:AutVec can specify both users (or user lists) and the raster original (or file list);
it is a bad style to specify original file[s] and their creator[s] otherwise and more complicated !
Whenever possible, author/artist/vectorizer should be a linkable item. Never use "me", "myself", "own" or other non-informative nonsense !

Accessible description field needed[edit]

There needs to be a way to enter an accessible text description of all images. I suggest adding an "Accessible description" parameter to the template. Thisisnotatest (talk) 09:49, 29 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Thisisnotatest: it's not clear to me what the problem is you are trying to solve. Can you elaborate? Multichill (talk) 15:45, 1 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]