Template talk:Creator/Archive 2

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in which the second row is titled "Date of birth" even though it also has death-date info (the "1901" in the separate cell has no context). DMacks (talk) 14:12, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

That is because we do not use deathyear much. It is only if death date uses some templates. But it still should be fixed. --Jarekt (talk) 14:36, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
Pictogram voting keep.svg Fixed See
Fortuné Méaulle (1844–1901) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q3078590
Alternative names Fortuné Louis Méaulle, Fortuné-Louis Méaulle

French engraver

Date of birth/death 1901
Location of birth Angers
Authority control

--Jarekt (talk) 14:39, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the prompt solution! DMacks (talk) 15:13, 30 April 2013 (UTC)


What is the relationship of Template:Creator and Wikidata? Can the Creator templates be created automatically using Wikidata? --Robert.Allen (talk) 08:10, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

At the moment, there is no relationship because Wikimedia Commons is not able to draw information from Wikidata like the Wikipedias are. This could be done at some point in the future − and once it is I do believe Creator templates would be one of the first Commons feature to use it. See d:Wikidata:Wikimedia Commons for more information on the current status. Jean-Fred (talk) 08:50, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

Collapsible class

As file page content is available on all projects, then you might want to use classes that are available on all projects, e.g. mw-collapsible instead of collapsible. It's design is probably less flexible, but at least it would work everywhere. 20:10, 4 October 2013 (UTC)

Symbol keep vote.svg Agree however I do not know much about different collapsable classes. Can someone more familiar with it try to create one in the sandbox? --Jarekt (talk) 18:23, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

User name parameter

Can we add a |user name= parameter, for cases where the creator is also active on Commons, or on a sister project? Andy Mabbett (talk) 16:06, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

I think that would be such a rare case that it would be more easily handled by adding username to description field. Some users created their own Creator templates but it is mostly discouraged unless they meet Wikipedia notability criteria (see Commons:Creator) and very few of us do. --Jarekt (talk) 18:21, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

parameter and workshop is broken

e.g.File:Titian and workshop - The Vendramin Family, venerating a Relic of the True Cross - Google Art Project.jpg--Oursana (talk) 11:39, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

Oursana, It seems fine to me. Is it still broken for you? --Jarekt (talk) 03:40, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi Jarekt, this and other files are broken for about 10 days: Template:2} und Werkstatt (1490–1576) ; I have vector and it looks the same in Safari or Firefox.--Oursana (talk) 21:25, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
I see the German version was broken. I Pictogram voting keep.svg Fixed it now, see here--Jarekt (talk) 04:14, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
Jarekt, I apologize, I caused it myself. I didn't remember I had been busy there and forgot the way back. Many thanks--Oursana (talk) 11:08, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
Not a big problem (to non-German speakers), but I thought it was a little funny how it worked out. --Jarekt (talk) 11:32, 10 June 2014 (UTC)


I want to make a little fix to the galician translation of this template but I can't find where, could anybody tell me where is the galician translation? Thanks!, --Elisardojm (talk) 22:00, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

It is on Translatewiki. Go to https://translatewiki.net/wiki/User:Jarekt and look for messages starting with "wm-license-creator-". --Jarekt (talk) 17:49, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
I can't find it there... I want to fix the text of the "Authority" parameter..., I want to change from "Controle de autoridade" to "Control de autoridades"... Thanks, --Elisardojm (talk) 18:51, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Oh that one was done by {{Authority control tag}} the old version was defaulting to Spanish.--Jarekt (talk) 19:12, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks!, --Elisardojm (talk) 20:46, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Edit request

{{edit request}} {{#if:{{NAMESPACE}}|File|[[Category:Bad use of creator template - option]]}}

should read

{{#if:{{{{NAMESPACE}}|File|[[Category:Bad use of creator template - option]]}}}}

Jheald (talk) 18:51, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done I used different fix but I think Category:Bad use of creator template - option should work now. --Jarekt (talk) 00:10, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Steps towards making Creator draw directly from Wikidata

Some current efforts to get Creator templates to draw directly from Wikidata can be seen at d:Template:Creator/wrapper/test -- still with quite a lot of weirdness still to be fixed at the moment, some of which is identified at d:Template talk:Creator/wrapper/test, plus some that probably isn't.

This has to be hosted on Wikidata at the moment, because it requires "access to arbitrary items" -- the ability for template code called from one page to access information about a Wikidata item sitelinked to a different page. (Also called Wikidata Phase 3).

Such arbitrary access won't generally be possible until some quite heavy technical work has been done first, to enable MediaWiki to be able to work out whether (and which) pages need to be regenerated if an item on Wikidata changes. So it's not expected to be generally available on wikis including Commons until some time in 2015. But it is now possible, for development work without page regeneration, on Wikidata itself.

So that is why the development pages above are on Wikidata, rather than here.

See also d:Wikidata:WikiProject Structured Data for Commons/Template workshop, d:Template talk:Creator, d:Template talk:Creator/statictest and d:Template:Creator/statictest for more information on the development.

The last of those pages, at d:Template:Creator/statictest#Template_wikitext_generation attempts to show what's going on 'under the bonnet' and passed to the existing template, in a form that will be possible to cut-and-paste to make new Creator:xyz templates here. (Once some more of the bugs are sorted out).

All thoughts and comments gratefully received, Jheald (talk) 22:20, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

d:Property:P1472 now added to 13,528 Wikidata items, identified by entries in the wikidata = field of the template. Lots more remaining, of course, that don't have Wikidata links. Jheald (talk) 17:27, 27 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the update and great work on this technical challenge. I wonder if there is a way to create a text box using mw:Extension:InputBox where one can type in wikidata Q-code and which would provide link to wikidata with the proposed text of the template. We could add it to Template:Editnotices/Namespace/Creator and combine it with Template:Creator/preload. By the way, I am not certain what the purpose of d:Property:P1472 is. I guess if Commons has a link to wikidata than it might be nice to know about creator pages when in wikidata, but I can not think about the uses. --Jarekt (talk) 16:05, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
@Jarekt: What seemed useful to me, regarding P1472, is that one can now query Wikidata using WDQ, to see what the property-values on Wikidata look like, for items that have Creator templates. This I think can be sometimes useful as a quick check, but also for more detailed data extraction and comparison with the values on Commons. (Something I intend to try to do more of this week).
I have made a proposal at d:Wikidata:Property_proposal/Organization#Commons_Institution_template for a similar property for the Institution template, but not had any comments yet.
Note that there are still some issues to fix with the Creator template wrapper -- for example it's not yet pulling out Wikisource links; BCE dates need fixing; there are issues with ancient and sub-national nationalities (Scottish, Welsh, Catalan, etc); and I don't know why my attempt to remove the newlines in the wikitext generated for the Authority Control section is failing. I'll try to work through these, but appreciate if you could look at the last, and tell me why what I've tried to do doesn't work, and if there's a fix that would do it. Thanks. Jheald (talk) 16:19, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Another parameter to categorize?

I don't know much about this template, but it seems that it could do with an extra parameter instructing it to categorize files using this creator template in a chosen category. For example, I'd like Creator:Sam Hood to put any picture using it into Category:Photographs by Sam Hood. I know we don't let templates do subject-matter categorization (so that they can be subcatted), but I don't see why templates like this can't do creator-based categorization. What am I missing? --99of9 (talk) 04:25, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

You are missing the history of this template. Originally many people creating Creator pages for specific artists would add a category which was than passed to the files using the creator template. That was great until you had enough files that you wanted to create subcategories, and than you discover that the files categorized that way does not behave like other files in categories and can not be easily removed from the category. As a result, many people started removing creator templates. At some point we went through the process of cleaning few thousand templates, and re-categorizing the content. It was such a huge undertaking we would like to avoid it in the future. --Jarekt (talk) 13:20, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Ok, fair enough. I would have thought that blanking the parameter value would be a reasonably quick way to uncategorize the files so they can be subcatted? But anyway, if creator-subcatting is common, that's a good reason to let the categories work like normal. --99of9 (talk) 06:08, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

Collapsible option

I would like to request that the collapsible option be added to this template. Here is an example of why: Category:Fontaine Médicis.

The documentation might read:

To manage this template's visibility when it first appears, add the parameter ...

|state=collapsed .......... to show the template in its collapsed state, i.e. hidden apart from its titlebar;
|state=expanded ............ to show the template in its expanded state, i.e. fully visible;
|state=autocollapse .... to show the template in its collapsed state but only if it is on a File page

Unless set otherwise (see the state parameter in the template's code), the template's default state is autocollapse.

--Robert.Allen (talk) 04:58, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

That parameter would have to be added to all Category:Creator templates, which is not really possible. That category page should link to creator pages using [[]] brackets or it should link to wikipedia articles. --Jarekt (talk) 03:12, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
I'm requesting an optional parameter, not a required one. It would only be added when an editor felt it was desirable. If it is not added, the behavior of the template would be exactly as it is now, which is what I meant to describe in the example documentation. By that I mean, the default behavior (without the addition of the state parameter) would be equivalent to adding "state=autocollapse". My intention was to avoid having to add the parameter to all the Category:Creator templates. But maybe I am misunderstanding something. --Robert.Allen (talk) 04:17, 9 December 2014 (UTC)


Hello, ~25 duplicate templates were detected during data export to Wikidata: d:Wikidata:Database reports/Constraint violations/P1472#Single value. Maybe somebody is interest to fix these. Thanks in advance. Ivan A. Krestinin (talk) 20:56, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks that is great work detecting those. The duplicate creators and categories will need to merged and redirected, which is easy but time consuming. I will start, but help of others would be appreciated. --Jarekt (talk) 03:15, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
@Ivan A. Krestinin, Jarekt: The constraint violations page only updates every 24 or 48 hours, and also gets auto rewritten in a slightly laggy way, so here's a local copy, that people can remove entries from as they're done. (Remember to merge the categories and change the Wikidata entries!) Jheald (talk) 12:55, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
All issues are fixed. Thank you Jarekt, Jheald and others. Great job! Ivan A. Krestinin (talk) 21:39, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

LUA and Wikidata

This template should be rebuild as LUA module at Module:Creator and have the option to fallback to Wikidata, see phab:T89597 (part of Commons:Structured data). Multichill (talk) 14:13, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Arbitrary access for commons to fetch Wikidata values is coming (soon) after Wikimania. Andy Mabbett (talk) 20:55, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
AFAIK, We are still totally unprepared for it. I will be at Wikimania and I put my name on a "Looking for a Hackatron buddy" list where I proposed to work on this problem, in case someone is interested and will attend Wikimania. --Jarekt (talk) 23:29, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
@Jarekt, Multichill, Pigsonthewing, Lydia Pintscher (WMDE): Did WM2015 bring any joy to getting this converted? What is it that we see as the hold-up for this to move forward? Is it a Commons issue? Procedural? Hacking? Bot requirement? I know that I saw mock-ups undertaken at WD at a previous time. With my enWS hat on, I know that with adding more data at WD, that having to do it at Commons for the same data is problematic, and I am just as likely to link to the creator: ns and not get to the template. <Bad Billinghurst!>  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:17, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
I worked on other tasks at the Wikimania, and from what I heard Arbitrary access is still work in progress. Rebuilding this and other similar templates as LUA modules is still on my to do list (unless someone beats me to it). I heard that there were plans to create some "official" LUA libraries for accessing wikidata, but I do not remember who might be working on it. --Jarekt (talk) 04:22, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
It can't be far off, judging from d:Wikidata:Arbitrary access, where you an always find the latest news. Andy Mabbett (talk) 19:26, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
Andy if you look at d:Wikidata:Arbitrary access there is not expected date for Commons. So I would not hold my breath. --Jarekt (talk) 20:31, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
The dates for most of the 12 & all of the 18 August roll-outs were only added yesterday. Andy Mabbett (talk) 13:33, 4 August 2015 (UTC)
Arbitrary access is here! I started working on the feature on Beta Commons, but there's still a lot to do that I don't have time for. If anyone else wants to pick up from there, see [9]. BMacZero (talk) 20:27, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

interwiki and sister links

As the arbitrary access is now available, maybe we can look at addition of certain elements, maybe as sub-modules. The sister links are required to be manually added at this time and it would be great if those could be added, they are already there and part of the ready data that can be pulled, and separate from other components.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:43, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Collapse in Template:Category definition: Objects?

Currently the template contains a <table class="toccolours collapsible {{ifimage|collapsed}}"> element. Is there a way to collapse the template also in Template:Category definition: Objects? It should be a fine visual improvement. --Marsupium (talk) 15:10, 12 June 2015 (UTC)

I can not think of a simple way to do it. --Jarekt (talk) 15:29, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
For 21667 transclusions even a very simple parameter could be appropriate. Don't you think? --Marsupium (talk) 16:23, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
The problem is that one would have to add a parameter to all 20k Creator templates which would be passed to {{Creator}} and then use some complicated syntax in 5822 transclusions of {{Category definition: Object}} in category namespace. I assume that within next few years Template:Category definition: Object will the totally rewritten or retired after all that info is on wikidata (same with creator and institution templates). --Jarekt (talk) 11:58, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
My inventory of the Père-Lachaise Cemetery is a big user of this template (3812 transclusions in category namespace). I will move to Wikidata my structured data when Wikidata will have the basic functionalities. Pyb (talk) 14:45, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
A lot of moving of data to wikidata should happen automatically by bots, so hopefully there will be no need for manual transfer. --Jarekt (talk) 16:46, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
If the collapsible state was an optional parameter, then it would not have to be added to all 20k creator templates. The optional parameter passthru code to collapse the template (e.g., on a Category page) would only need to be added to those creator templates where it is desired to override the default behavior. Adding this line could be covered in the documentation, so that almost any editor could add it to specific creator templates. For example, something similar for changing the Opera navbox image on specific pages from the default image. --Robert.Allen (talk) 23:22, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
@Jarekt: A parameter is already passed to the template with the line:
 | Option = {{{1|}}} <!-- Do not modify -->
. With a little ingenuity, this could be used to pass more than one parameter, e.g., if a separator is used that the Wikimedia software will not parse (perhaps a comma?). The template code could determine if a separator is present and parse the parameters from the string, and if one of the parameters is "collapsed", then the it could collapse the template on specific category pages. Robert.Allen (talk) 08:09, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

Moving of data to Wikidata

A bit off topic, however: @Jarekt: Since you talked about moving data to Wikidata automatically, do you know any approaches to convert data like from {{Other date}}? Since I work on a semi-automatical way to move data from file descriptions here – and hopefully from {{Artwork}} soon – to Wikidata I'd really appreciate any groundwork! --Marsupium (talk) 11:56, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

{{Other date}} and {{Complex date}} have their own syntax and Wikidata have its own syntax. {{Other date}} and {{Complex date}} are interfaces to Module:Complex date which I wrote while keeping an eye on Wikidata format. Any {{Other date}} can be converted to {{Complex date}}-like parameters and those should be easier to map to Wikidata format. Other way to tackle it would be to start with all {{other date|circa|...}} and other single date options and move them than pick some other type and move them one type at a time. --Jarekt (talk) 14:48, 14 May 2016 (UTC)
OK, thanks! Ah, so we will have to start with a mapping! With earliest date (P1319), latest date (P1326) and d:sourcing circumstances (P1480) there are yet some fine possibilities. Then d:Help:Modelling/general/time has to be updated. --Marsupium (talk) 21:00, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

For general issues, Commons talk:Wikidata is available. Andy Mabbett (talk) 13:14, 16 May 2016 (UTC)

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