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There are many templates in use in My Little Pony Fan Labor Wiki; these are only a subset, representing some of the most important and commonly used ones. If you feel that a template belongs on this page, do not hesitate to add it.

  • Category:Templates covers all templates in the wiki, categorized into the various subcategories.
  • The Template namespace (found from Special:Allpages) always has all templates in the wiki, sorted alphanumerically.

What are templates?

Wiki templates provide a means to insert the same content over and over in different (or the same) pages. This saves editors the hassle of duplicating the same text again and again, and also helps ensure consistency.

Templates are generally shown with the format required to use the template (e.g. {{stub}}). Clicking the template name takes you to the template's page, where you can see what it looks like. Some templates have parameters, signified on this page with a number inside angled brackets, like so: <1>.

Detailed instructions on the usage of each template should exist on:

  1. a subpage using {{documentation}}; or
  2. the template page itself (inside "noinclude" tags); or
  3. the template's talk page.

For more information on templates, see Help:Templates.

Article management templates

Nominate an article for deletion

{{delete|<1>}}

  • Add this to an article to nominate it for deletion. It will add the article to Category:Candidates for deletion.
  • Use the parameter to specify a reason why the page is marked for deletion; the reason is used as a basis for the discussion, if one takes place.

Nominate an article for the Workshop

{{workshop|<1>|<sentence>}}

  • Add this to an article if you think it is not long enough for the main section of the wiki.
  • The unnamed parameter should be used to specify areas of the page that need to be expanded, or need to be added in the first place. The named parameter can be used to rephrase the sentence before that.
  • A discussion can take place in the comment section after the template has been placed, but a page should be moved relatively quickly.
  • The template can also be used on a Workshop page itself, in the same way.

Merge articles

{{merge|<1>|<for>|<talk>}}

  • Add this to two articles that cover the same or almost the same topic.
  • The unnamed parameter should be used to specify which page it is proposed the page on which the template is placed be merged with.

Split an article

{{split|<1>|<2>|<for>|<talk>}}

  • Add this to a very long, sprawling article that should be split into two or more pages.
  • The first parameter is mandatory and needs to specify which pages would exist post-split. The second parameter is optional and can specify requirements that might have to be met before a split can take place (such as more content to a specific section of the page).
  • The parameter named "for" can be used to specify a specific reason as to why the page should be split.
  • Proposed splits should be discussed in either the comment section or the forum, and the split either carried out, or the template modified or removed depending on the outcome of the discussion. If the discussion is carried out in a forum thread, the "talk" parameter should be used to specify that thread.

Disambiguation articles

{{disambig}}

  • If you have several articles that have similar or identical names, you may wish to create a "disambiguation" page at the main article name, with the articles taking an extra phrase in brackets afterwards. For example:
Bubbles <-- disambiguation page, with links to:
Bubbles (short story)
Bubbles (pony), unrelated to the story

Stubs

{{stub|<1>|<sentence>}}

  • When a page has very little information relative to its potential - i.e., it can be expanded a great deal -, then it is likely a stub. This template will include them in Category:Article stubs, and is used to list which articles need expanding.
  • You can specify which areas need particular attention with an optional unnamed parameter.
  • If only specific sections which already exist need expansion, use {{expand}} (see below).
  • For more information, see Help:Stubs.

Expand section

{{Expand section|<1>}}, or {{Expand|<1>}}

  • A template for short sections within articles. Sometimes a short section can't be expanded; in those cases, the content should probably be moved elsewhere.
  • The parameter is optional and can be used to further define what should be added.
  • Use {{stub}} when the entire article is very short, and {{expand}} when only a portion is too short.

Expand list

{{Expand list|<1>}}

  • A cousin of the previous template. It is used for general lists which any name or link relevant to the list's topic can be added to.
  • The parameter is optional; it defines the topic of the list, like {{expand list|<websites>}} for a list of websites.

Copyediting

{{copyedit|<1>|<for>}} or {{ce|<1>|<for>}}

  • When a page contains numerous mistakes, whether in formatting, spelling, tone, grammar, or something else, stick this template onto the page, either to let other contributors know what needs to be done, or to remind yourself to cleanup the page at a later date.
  • The first optional parameter will replace the word "article"; use it for when only a specific section needs cleanup.
  • The second parameter, called "for" and also optional, allows you to specify exactly what needs to be copyedited.

Expert needed

{{Expertise|<1>}}

  • While every page can be edited by anyone, due to the nature of this wiki some articles (about websites and memes, for instance) benefit from people who "were there"; who have first-hand experience of, for example, the origins of a meme.
  • The parameter is optional and specifies a topic (e.g. {{expertise|4chan}}).

Content management templates

In-universe content

{{In-universe}}

  • Articles should be written from a viewer's or reader's perspective, not from the perspective of the characters. Use this template for articles that don't adhere to the guideline and are in need of improvement.

Mature content

{{Mature content}}, or
{{mature content | content = reason for warning | pagetype = article/section/gallery/transcript}}

  • This template warns visitors that an article covers material that may be unsuitable for children. It is to be used primarily on pages that summarize violent fan fiction and on galleries with creepy images.
  • The standard for what is and isn't allowed on the wiki is stricter for images than it is for prose; excessively violent or pornographic images are prohibited in all cases.
  • The template allows for two optional parameters:
    • "content" can be used to describe the kind of material in the work covered by the page that may be unsuitable to children
    • "pagetype" is for when the template does not cover an entire article, but just a section, a transcript or a gallery.
  • For examples, see the template page.

Linking and redirection templates

Link to show-based wiki

{{MLP|<1>|<2>}}, or
{{subst:MLP|1|2}}

  • Use this template to link to an article at the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic wiki. The first parameter is mandatory (the name of the page you want to link to), the second optional (the text you want to display).
  • Example: "{{mlp|Luna}}'s personality is based on her demeanor in the {{mlp|Luna Eclipsed|fourth episode}} of season 2."
  • Use of the subst prefix is preferred (so the links don't show up as template graphics in visual editing mode).

Link to show-based wiki in see-also section

{{FiM Wiki|<1>}}

  • Use this template on pages which have a counterpart on the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic wiki. This primarily concerns character profiles.
  • The parameter is technically optional, but needed for articles which have a different name on the FiM wiki (for instance, compare Carrot Top and Golden Harvest).
  • The template should be placed in a "See also" section.

Link to Wikipedia

{{Wikipedialink|<1>|<2>}}, or
{{subst:Wikipedialink|1|2}}
{{Wlink|<1>|<2>}}, or {{subst:Wlink|1|2}}

  • Use this template to link to an article at Wikipedia. The first parameter is mandatory (the name of the page you want to link to), the second optional (the text you want to display).
  • Use of the subst prefix is preferred (so the links don't show up as template graphics in visual editing mode).

Infobox templates

List of infoboxes

Infoboxes are preformatted tables containing a number of short facts about a given topic. They are one of the most widely used template types on the wiki, and they are best edited in visual mode. A list of the existing infoboxes specific to this wiki:

Infobox fields

.
Writer(s) .
Date published .
Words .
Status .
Type/genre .
Featuring .
Part of .
Based on .
Related to .
Show connection .

The infobox to the right (an {{infobox fanfic}}) is fully expanded, with all available content-fields filled in (with a single dot in this case). The other infoboxes have the same or similar categories. Most of them should be self-explanatory, but here's a differentiation for some of the more unusual ones:

  • status: whether the work is complete or unfinished
  • featuring: a list of the main characters who also have pages on this wiki
  • part of: if the story (or game, or video, ...) is part of a series by the same creator, the series should be named here
  • based on: if the story (etc.) is explicitly based on something, that should be mentioned here; that "something" is usually not pony-related, but there are exceptions (a comic adaptation of a short story, for instance)
  • related to: an indirect relationship between the work and some other piece of fan labor; two different expressions of a popular meme, for instance
  • show connection: some works are explicitly based on an episode of the show; that's the "show connection"

Inline templates

Citation needed

{{citation needed}}, or {{cn}}

  • Use this template after a claim of uncertain veracity which does not give any examples or other references.
  • If the claim is not backed up after a reasonable amount of time, you can remove the sentence.

Dubious

{{dubious}}

  • Use this template after a sentence of uncertain veracity where examples are provided, but the wording of the claim is somewhat questionable.
  • Example: "Pinkie Pie is most popularly shipped with Madame Le Fleur (link to deviantArt image)."[dubious – discuss]

Specify

{{specify}}

  • Use this template if you come upon a claim that you deem accurate, but that isn't supported by examples.

Tooltip

{{tooltip|<1>|<2>|<3>}}

  • This template displays a blue or red info icon with a tooltip on mouse-over.
  • The first parameter specifies the mouse-over text. Some special characters, including quotation marks, are not allowed; single quotation marks are, however.
  • The second parameter specifies the template's size. If left empty, it defaults to 12px.
  • The third parameter accepts only two entries: "blue" and "red". If left empty, it defaults to the blue icon.
  • {{tooltip|This icon is 15 pixel wide.|15|red}} results in this: Information icon red
  • The template's primary purpose is for tables without a "Notes" column. It can also be used for "footnotes" in a prose section in an article, but that should be avoided when possible.

General wiki templates

Clear

{{clr}}

  • This template is used to reduce the amount of non-wikicode used on pages, replacing the code <br style="clear:both;" />. Its use should generally be avoided.
  • You can use {{clr}} instead of the HTML tag that clears space below things like images, pictures and tables, so the following stuff doesn't begin until the bottom of the image, picture or table box.

For

{{for|<name>|<link>}}

  • Use at the top of articles as a simple "for x see y" template.

Main article

{{main|<main article>}}

  • Use at the start of a section to link to the main article on it.

Right-aligned Table of Contents

{{tocright}}

  • This template floats the table of contents (toc) on the right. It should only be used when absolutely necessary, to keep consistent design.

Sandbox

{{sandbox}}

Title

{{title|<custom title>}}

  • When used without a parameter, it removes the first part of a subpage's title. For instance, "Twilight Sparkle/Gallery" becomes simply "Gallery".
  • When used with a parameter, it changes the visible title of a page to the parameter. That is the primary use of the template; for instance, the very long "Rainbow Dash Presents: Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla" turns into "RDP: Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla" to fit the wiki's layout better.
  • The changes are purely cosmetic and do not affect the page's URL.

T is for template

{{t|<template>}}

  • This template allows you to show example template code (with a link to the templates) without using the template itself. It is used extensively on this page.

Wikipedia

{{wikipedia}}

  • Wikipedia-related template. Use {{wikipedia}} for articles taken directly from Wikipedia.

Where you may find more templates

  • Wikia Templates
  • Wikipedia; may be copied with the proper acknowledgment, but some need tweaking to work properly on Wikia, so use a Wikia one if possible.

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