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Deletion debate[edit]

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All babel templates[edit]

Complete contents of Category:Language user templates. No longer needed; see mw:Extension:Babel which is now live. --Yair rand 21:45, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

From what I can see, the templates are still needed, it's only the main {{Babel}} template that can go... —CodeCat 19:59, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
No, the extension replaces all of them. We should probably keep the main {{Babel}} since it's used so much, and just run it through #babel. --Yair rand 21:00, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
Oh neat! We might have some custom language templates that aren't covered by default, but the common ones appear to be redundant (unless some have special wordings we want to keep). Would we just auto convert everyone's user page? --Bequw τ 01:33, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
How exactly would it work, though? Where is the text that appears on the templates kept? Can it be changed? Can new languages be added if necessary (for example Old High German)? —CodeCat 10:33, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
I just deleted {{User xno-1}} to see what would happen. It changes the font and reverts to a basic "This user has basic knowledge of Anglo-Norman." so it removes the native language. So I oppose this deletion as we will lose valuable information. --Mglovesfun (talk) 11:03, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
Will it be able to handle script codes as well? —CodeCat 11:56, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
They'll all be written in English anyway, so we won't need them. --Mglovesfun (talk) 12:51, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
I mean will they be able to show your proficiency in the different scripts you know? —CodeCat 12:57, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

Not updatable at all except via betawiki? Seriously? keep -- Liliana 14:15, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

@CodeCat, if you create the templates yourself on the relevant wiki, yes, otherwise, probably not. --Mglovesfun (talk) 15:05, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
  • I'm confused. I experimented by adding sc-0 to my babel box (expecting something like "This user does not speak Sardinian") and got a red link to {{User sc-0}}. I've left it in place. SemperBlotto 15:16, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
    • That's not confusing. Just that no-one's created {{User sc-0}} yet. I may, howeve, be missing ur point--Rockpilot 15:18, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
      • See line 1 of this discussion. They are "no longer needed". SemperBlotto 15:25, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
        • OK, I eventually understand. You have to change the format of your babel box to {{#babel: en|it-3|fr-2|la-1|vec-0|sc-0}} (for instance) for it to work. SemperBlotto 15:43, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
  • To clarify: The proposal is to change the {{babel}} template to use the #babel: function, and then delete the redundant templates. The #babel: function uses the Template:User xx (this includes script templates such as {{User Latn}}) if it exists, and only otherwise defaults to the built-in contents. The babel box translations are from http://translatewiki.net and are shared across projects so that we don't have to duplicate translations on every wiki. In situations where the translation is not available, the function uses English wording instead. At the moment, there are languages for which we have babel templates but the central list does not yet have the translations into that language. In those cases, it would make sense to keep the Wiktionary template until the translation is added at translatewiki. --Yair rand 08:13, 25 September 2011 (UTC)
It seems that if there's a local template is overrides the default template. So there's no real advantage to deleting them, all we would really achieve is losing power over our own templates. Keep. Mglovesfun (talk) 10:42, 25 September 2011 (UTC)
Hm? How would we lose power over our own templates? If for whatever reason (though I can't see what that reason would be) someone wants to change what's used here, they could re-create whatever template it is, using whatever modified wording they want, and it would override the default. --Yair rand 22:19, 25 September 2011 (UTC)
You can skip the middle two steps by simply not deleting it in the first place. Mglovesfun (talk) 06:53, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
So we should keep all the 600 or so duplicates just in case someone might want to have some of them different from the translations now built in to MediaWiki? --Yair rand 07:14, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
Someone does: whoever wrote each one. He wrote it the way he did, not the way MW did, so obviously he wants it that way. If any coincide, sure, delete IMO.​—msh210 (talk) 19:50, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
Keep (ie, oppose deletion of the local templates) per Mglovesfun: "You can skip the middle two steps by simply not deleting it in the first place." - -sche (discuss) 18:25, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
Does mw:Extension:Babel support gender? —RuakhTALK 19:20, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
Seems so. I tried the Babel extension with de-5 (which we don't have), and it does call me a girl. -- Liliana 20:06, 26 September 2011 (UTC)
We know that all templates aren't 'redundant', so I certainly oppose deleting all of them, including the ones which aren't redundant. Perhaps there are some individual cases that can be deleted. Mglovesfun (talk) 21:34, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
Kept. (By the way, see Template_talk:Babel#Using_.23babel.) --Yair rand 19:32, 2 October 2011 (UTC)