Template:Deprecated template

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The {{Deprecated template}} template notifies users that a given template has been replaced by a different one or ones, or simply deprecated (advised to no longer be used) without a replacement. This is useful when usage is different (so a redirect won't work) or you'd like to reduce the number of redirects (which makes bot parsing more difficult).

Whenever possible, it should replace the deprecated template's content entirely, so that someone using the template will see only the message.

Usage[change source]

{{Deprecated template|old template name|new template name|date=August 2019}}

Usage without a date parameter categorizes templates to Category:Deprecated templates. Adding the date parameter categorizes the template to Category:Deprecated templates from August 2019.

Usage without a second (replacement) template name simply produces:

The template changes style depending on what kind of page it is shown on. Thus it adheres to the standardised looks for the different namespaces.

If a deprecated template is still in use on other pages, add <noinclude>...</noinclude> tags around the {{Deprecated template}} template. That way the template page will show the deprecation tag, but pages using it will not. If a template has been fully deprecated, meaning that it not in use on other pages, the noinclude tags may be removed. That way a deprecation tag will show on any page using the deprecated template. Afterwards consider nominating the template for deletion, or marking it with {{Historical template}}.

Parameters[change source]

Standard

{{Deprecated template|Old|New|date=August 2019}}

Additional

The template can show parameters as follows:

{{Deprecated template|Old|New|parameter}}

{{Deprecated template|Old|New|<nowiki>parameter=foo</nowiki>}}


The template can also show a note:

{{Deprecated template|Old|New|note=Further details can be inserted here}}


Special parameters for templates outside template namespace.

|old= and |new= can be used with the full names including namespace.

{{Deprecated template|old=Template:Old|new=Wikipedia:New}}

To link to a category full of templates, use :Category:Name of category here, with a leading colon.

The |new= parameter cannot be used with the third unnamed parameter (the one illustrating a parameter of the third template). For example, this is not valid:
     {{Deprecated template|Old|new=User:SnorkelWeasel/MyTemplate|<nowiki>chickens=yes</nowiki>}}
Such a feature could be added, but it has never been needed yet.

Category suppression

The template can be prevented from categorizing by adding |nocat=true. This is only intended for examples, e.g. in the template's own documentation. In that case, not only the page itself will not be categorized, but transclusions of such pages will also be prevented from categorizing in Category:Pages using deprecated templates. Do not use this parameter to passive-aggressively contest a template's documentation. Take up the matter on the template's talk page or that of a relevant other venue, such as WP:Village pump (technical).

See also[change source]

  • {{Deprecated template-inline}} – same as this template, but for deprecated inline templates that are being kept around (in name, at least) for historical reasons
  • {{Deprecated stub}} – for deprecated stub templates
  • {{Historical template}} - for deprecated templates that are kept for historical reasons
  • Category:Deprecated templates – the category where this template lists templates it is used on
  • {{Xtd}} (and related templates) – for indicating deprecated (and good, bad and neutral) examples in guidelines, how-tos and template documentation
  • {{Dc}} – inline deprecated code or text; {{Dc2}} variant has strikethrough (both explicitly use the <del> element, and can be used in articles, e.g. about HTML or other specifications that may have deprecated features)
  • {{Superseded}} – for Wikipedia pages
  • {{Obsolete}} – for media files