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Because the {{WikiProject Biography}} template is used on over one million pages and that it puts a big strain on the servers every time it is updated (see the job queue), the template is currently protected and can be edited only by template editors and administrators.

If you would like to propose a change to this template:

Usage[edit]

Please note: This template should be transcluded as {{WikiProject Biography}} and not substituted, because it employs conditional code. Transclusion also allows easy updating of all the Project's talk pages without having to edit hundreds of thousands of pages. Many of these parameters place the talk page of the article into an appropriate category. A manually generated (though sporadically updated) list of all the categories used in this template is at Template:WikiProject Biography/category list.

Place this template on the talk page of biography articles.

Basic usage[edit]

If the person is living:

{{WikiProject Biography
| living=yes 
| class= <!--Start, Stub, etc.--> 
| listas= <!--see note below -->
}}

If the person is not living:

{{WikiProject Biography
| living=no 
| class= <!--Start, Stub, etc.--> 
| listas= <!--see note below -->
}}

Note for |listas=: For most articles this will be "Surname, Given Names" but this is not always true. See WP:NAMESORT and Category:Names by culture for further details.

Extended usage[edit]

If you have a lot of time on your hands:

{{WikiProject Biography
| living = <!-- yes/no (MANDATORY FIELD) -->
| class = 
| listas = 
| a&e-work-group = 
| a&e-priority = 
| filmbio-work-group = 
| filmbio-priority = 
| military-work-group = 
| military-priority = 
| musician-work-group = 
| musician-priority = 
| peerage-work-group = 
| peerage-priority = 
| politician-work-group = 
| politician-priority = 
| royalty-work-group = 
| royalty-priority = 
| s&a-work-group = 
| s&a-priority = 
| sports-work-group = 
| sports-priority = 
| A-Class = 
| activepol = 
| attention = 
| auto = 
| blpo = 
| needs-discography = 
| needs-filmography = 
| needs-infobox = 
| needs-photo = 
| past-collaboration = 
| peer-review = 
| old-peer-review = 
| small = 
}}

Parameters[edit]

Living people, active politicians and other BLP issues[edit]

  • |living= Answer yes or no. If yes, this also affects the |needs-photo= parameter, to emphasize the fact that free images must be used. This parameter must be specified whether or not the person is living. In case of music bands or any other list of people that is under the scope of this WikiProject the parameter should be set to "yes" if at least one of the people in that list is alive.
  • |activepol= Answer yes if the article is about a currently active politician, otherwise remove this line.
  • |blpo= Answer yes if the subject of the article is not a living person, but the article contains sensitive information about other living persons, otherwise remove this line.
    • This parameter adds {{BLP others}} above WikiProject Biography.
    • Can only be used if |living=no.

Note: The {{BLP}}, {{Active politician}} and {{BLP others}} banners will not be visible if WikiProject Biography is used within {{WikiProject banner shell}}, but the relevant categories will still be added. In such cases, these banners can still be added to a talk page by using the relevant parameters in {{WikiProject banner shell}}; please refer to that template's documentation for further instruction.

Any changes to the wording of these banners should be requested on the corresponding template talk page, not here.

Quality assessments[edit]

Work groups[edit]

  • |a&e-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of the arts and entertainment work group, otherwise remove this line. If the article is about an actor or filmmaker, please use |filmbio-work-group=yes instead; if the article is about a musician, please use |musician-work-group=yes instead. Note: setting either |filmbio-work-group=yes or |musician-work-group=yes will cause |a&e-work-group=yes to be ignored.
  • |a&e-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |filmbio-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of WikiProject Actors and Filmmakers, otherwise remove this line.
  • |filmbio-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |military-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of the military biography work group, otherwise remove this line.
  • |military-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |musician-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of WikiProject Musicians, otherwise remove this line.
  • |musician-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |peerage-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of WikiProject Peerage and Baronetage, otherwise remove this line.
  • |peerage-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |politician-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of the politics and government work group, otherwise remove this line.
  • |politician-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |royalty-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of WikiProject Royalty and Nobility, otherwise remove this line.
  • |royalty-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |s&a-work-group= Answer yes if the article is within the scope of the science and academia work group, otherwise remove this line.
  • |s&a-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.
  • |sports-work-group= Answer yes if the article is in the scope of the sports and games work group, otherwise remove this line.
  • |sports-priority= Options are Top, High, Mid, Low or NA. If blank, this will default to Unknown.
    • These parameters populate the categories listed here.

Maintenance[edit]

Listas[edit]

  • |listas= This parameter, which is the equivalent of the DEFAULTSORT sortkey that should be placed on all biographical articles, is a sortkey for the article talk page (e.g. for Elvis Presley, |listas=Presley, Elvis, so that the talk page will show up in the P's and not the E's of the various assessment and administrative categories). This is important because it is one source used by those who set DEFAULTSORT on the article; consider also setting the DEFAULTSORT for the article when setting this parameter. For more information about this, please see Wikipedia:Categorization of people#Ordering names in a category.

Template layout[edit]

  • |small= Answer yes to display a small version of the template aligned along the right side of the page (as opposed to at the top), otherwise remove this line.

Special[edit]

The following parameters should not normally be used.

  • |core= Answer yes if, and only if, the article is listed at Wikipedia:WikiProject Biography/Core biographies.
    • This parameter populates the categories listed here.
  • |category= Answer no if, and only if, a banner is being used for demonstration or testing purposes, to prevent unnecessary or undesirable categorization.

Tracking category[edit]

See also[edit]


TemplateData
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TemplateData for WikiProject Biography

Talk page banner for WikiProject Biography

Template parameters

This template has custom formatting.

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Living?livingblpBLP

Whether or not the person is living. Set to one of: ['yes', 'no']

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
no
Unknownrequired
Classclass

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownsuggested
Listaslistas

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownsuggested
A&E work groupa&e-work-group

Within the scope of the arts and entertainment work group. Allowed values: ['yes']

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
yes
Unknownoptional
Priority for A&E work groupa&e-priority

Priority for the arts and entertainment work group. Allowed values are: ['Top', 'High', 'Mid', 'Low', 'NA']

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
Unknownoptional
Filmbio-work-groupfilmbio-work-group

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Filmbio-priorityfilmbio-priority

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Musician-work-groupmusician-work-group

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Musician-prioritymusician-priority

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Peerage-work-grouppeerage-work-group

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Peerage-prioritypeerage-priority

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Military-work-groupmilitary-work-group

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Military-task-forcemilitary-task-force

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Military-prioritymilitary-priority

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Politician-work-grouppolitician-work-group

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Politician-prioritypolitician-priority

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Royalty-work-grouproyalty-work-group

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Royalty-priorityroyalty-priority

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
S&a-work-groups&a-work-group

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
S&a-prioritys&a-priority

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Sports-work-groupsports-work-group

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Sports-prioritysports-priority

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
A-ClassA-Class

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Activepolactivepol

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Attentionattention

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Autoauto

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Blpoblpo

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Needs-discographyneeds-discography

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Needs-filmographyneeds-filmography

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Needs-infoboxneeds-infobox

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Needs-photoneeds-photo

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Past-collaborationpast-collaboration

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Peer-reviewpeer-review

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Old-peer-reviewold-peer-review

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Smallsmall

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Corecore

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional
Categorycategory

no description

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional