Commons talk:Message templates

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About this pageEdit

This page is a work in process with two objectives

  1. To collect all template that are used as messages on user talk pages. This objective is pretty much achieved.
  2. To discuss and improve templates that are used or could be used on user talk pages. This includes suggesting new templates but also getting rid off unnecesssary templates, renaming templates, merging or splitting templates etc. As you can see from the red links, there is a lot to do in this field.

-Samulili 17:27, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Merging some message templatesEdit

Hi there,
I'd suggest the following:

Best regards,
-- AlNo (talk) 14:38, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

1. I agree with the first suggestion.
2. {{Image source}} a) has a bad name (see the talk page) and b) is used specifically with reference to an image that is either lacking source information or a license. I don't think it should be merged to a general "Please tag images" message.
3. I think these two problems deserve separate templates. That's probably because I'm an extremely lazy typist.
-Samulili 15:59, 20 September 2006 (UTC)
After one more second of thought, I'd rather say that {{No tag message}} is deprecated by {{no source}}. -Samulili 16:01, 20 September 2006 (UTC)
No, as {{no source}} is intended to be put directly on images although {{no tag message}} is intended to be put on user talk pages.
-- AlNo (talk) 09:55, 17 November 2006 (UTC)


I'd really appreciate it if someone who has, even if just a little, eye for beatiful things, could come up with a nice colour scheme und such for different categories of templates. -Samulili 19:34, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

{{Be civil}}Edit

I've added this one, in english (it was a red link in the chart) by basically a straight copy from w:template:civil1 with a little recategorization and removing of the noincluded usage note (since others don't have them but maybe they should??) . I added the multilang stuff (the ../lang subpage) even though I don't have any other langs, just to have it in there for later. Was that a good thing to do? Should {{Be civil final}} be a final warning or a "you have been blocked for..." ?? I did not see another example to crib the level from so wasn't sure. the ++Lar: t/c 01:21, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

also added {{Be civil/de}} and {{Be civil final}} and {{Please describe images}}. Eloquence was kind enough to reedit the {{Be civil/de}} one to make it flow in german better... if I am on the rigth track, I will do some more ++Lar: t/c 03:16, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

attackpage and attackimage templatesEdit

I have created {{attackpage}} and {{attackimage}} (english version only) Please comment on these as I could really use some feedback, are these what is desired? Thanks! ++Lar: t/c 02:29, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

dont recreate and provide better qualityEdit

I've added these two templates: {{dont recreate}} and {{provide better quality}} I did not have explicit en:wp templates to model after (and I bet there are some breathing a sigh of relief now! :) ) so I just made up wording based on my understanding of policy and some IRC discussion with other commons folks. These are the last two templates that were redlinked as of when I checked. Again, comments, corrections, etc would be greatly appreciated. ++Lar: t/c 14:45, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

Template:Lang linkerEdit

I've another small project in mind, there seem an awful lot of the .../lang navigation templates. I want to see if I can get them to all go away by using #ifeq and magic words for pagenames... we'll see. By having just one, and keying off the existance of lang subpages (.../de and the like) the maintenance when a new lang is added might be a lot simpler. Or maybe not. anyone have an opinion? ++Lar: t/c 14:45, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

This (Template:Lang linker) has been created, seems to work where I tried it and i want to put it in effect. See the pump thread where I also raise it. Anyone have any comment? ++Lar: t/c 15:13, 4 October 2006 (UTC)
Pump thread suggests to hold off and check with devs for the impact before implementing. ++Lar: t/c 19:57, 4 October 2006 (UTC)
have undone all uses of this template. Have been working on converting some of the ../lang templates from hardcoded lang names to the new {{#language:xx}} style. ++Lar: t/c 04:58, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

Template:Project scopeEdit

Created. Back to no red links again. Is this a game? :) Hopefully others are so happy with my wording that no one says anything. This one is wordy but it seems like explanation was needed. Comments? ++Lar: t/c 19:57, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

To-do listEdit

I've generated a quick matrix of the various templates and the languages available for the perusal of anyone interested in doing template translating.

The matrix can be found at Commons:Message templates/todo

My personal to-do list for this is at User:Kylu/templates

If you're masochistic and would like to view the program that made this output, it's at User:Kylu/template.bas

Please be aware that it's written in QuickBasic and, therefore, will get you laughed at if you study it for any length of time. Best to point, guffaw, and move on to something more important if you'd like to continue being respectable. Feel free to phear my leet BASIC skillz. :)

~Kylu (u|t) 01:02, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Nice. It needs a column for EN. There is some possibility that a template could first get created in another language, right? :) ++Lar: t/c 17:02, 6 November 2006 (UTC)
Expanding the template a bit. This is going to be a rather ... large matrix. Oh, and if it needs EN, that goes into the main spot. But, since you asked, I'll add a /en on there "just in case" ~Kylu (u|t) 03:38, 22 November 2006 (UTC)
New version at Commons:Message_templates/todo-big ... it's a little messy, so I figure it's easier to keep this on a second page. There's an interesting number of things translated into unusual languages... ~Kylu (u|t) 03:43, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Translations to German - Du or SieEdit

There is quite a set of German translations of the messages already, but there is one major inconsistency in the translation of you. In German, there are two ways to translate that, namely du, which is colloquial and Sie, which is formal. Also, young people, pretty much everyone younger than 18, are always addressed with du. Both du and Sie are used in messages, sometimes in the same message even. The German Wikipedia, at least all message templates that I could find, use du. I was wondering whether it makes sense to harmonize the messages in that regard. If so, I would prefer using du, but I'd like to have some more input first. I don't think it looks very good on a talk page if different levels of warning messages address the user in a different way. --rimshottalk 13:20, 14 July 2007 (UTC)

I prefer du. Fast alle Systemmeldungen verwenden ebenfalls das du. --GeorgHH 18:53, 14 July 2007 (UTC)
✓ Done, haven't been too many cases. --rimshottalk 17:10, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

Other warnings from en wikipediaEdit

Does anyone object to me copying the major warning templates from en wikipedia? In particular, I'd like the {{test#-n}} templates. Superm401 - Talk 22:59, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, I do...if people are just doing simple testing I don't think it's necessary to warn them. Are there any particular users you wish you could use it for? (so we can get an idea of how you would like to use it) cheers --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 13:52, 2 March 2008 (UTC)
Yes, thats overkill. We don't need the multi-layered warnings here like en.wikipedia does: Commons is lower visibility than en.wp so has much lower drive-by vandalism. Second, it is hard to make good faith but bad edits needing reverting. That is because we have so little text in our content pages of course.--Nilfanion 20:54, 2 March 2008 (UTC)
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