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There are many templates in use in Virtual Skipper 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 should cover 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.
  • Near the bottom of every edit page is a table of various useful links to insert either wiki markup or special characters or VSK templates.Use that table to give contributors convenient access to any frequently used template.

What are templates? Edit

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 and how it is used.

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 Edit

Nominate an article for deletion Edit

{{delete}}

{{speedydelete|<reason>}}

Disambiguation articles Edit

{{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:
Tack <-- hypothetical disambiguation page, with links to:
Tack (verb)
Tack (noun)
  • Using {{disambig}} marks an article as a disambiguation page by adding a banner to the article and categorizing it under Category:Disambiguations. Add links to the various articles under the banner. For example:
GW <-- disambiguation page, with links to:
Give way
Good winds

Stubs Edit

{{stub}}

  • When a page has little or no useful information, then it is likely a stub. This template will include them in Category:Article stubs, and is used to list which articles need expanding.
  • For more information, see Help:Stubs.

Category templates Edit

General category template Edit

{{category}}

  • This can be added to categories to add general categorising details. Use in cases where it may be useful to point out to users how to categorise, such as popular categories.

Template category template Edit

{{templatecategory}}

  • This should be added to any template-related categories, to list template-specific categorising details, which differ from those of normal pages.

General wiki templates Edit

Clear Edit

{{clr}}, plus {{clrl}} and {{clrr}}

  • 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.
  • You can also use {{clrl}} or {{clrr}} to clear only left or right floats.

Color Edit

{{color|<identifier>}}

  • This template should be used to ensure that consistent colors are used across all pages in the Virtual Skipper Wiki for such things a font, background, border, etc.
  • Adding new colors to this template is easy, see: Template:Color

For Edit

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

  • Use at the top of articles as a simple "for x see y" template.
  • At this wiki the word tack is used in the rules primarily as a noun and so the disambiguation method was changed to simple disambiguation in the primary article using the template call {{for|the verb tack|Tack (verb)}}. With simple disambiguation the page is not added to the Category:Disambiguations.
Tack the article about Tack (noun)
with a simple message: for the verb tack see Tack (verb) disambiguation message at top of that page
Tack (verb) the article about Tack (verb)

ISAF RRS blockquote Edit

In articles discussing a rule from the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing publication the verbatim quote shall be identified in a colored block as follows:

direct quote from ISAF RRS

To make this both convenient and consistent the VSK template rrs has been created. viz.
{{rrs|begin}}direct quote from ISAF RRS{{rrs|end}}
That template is easily accessible from a table near the bottom of every edit page on this wiki. Just highlight the text and click on the link from the VSK templates list in that table.

This is designed to clearly separate the rules from the discussion/interpretation of the rules especially where the VSK implementation differs from the letter of the ISAF RRS. If ever this wiki is required to give explicit attribution to ISAF for every quote from the RRS then that can easily be implemented by editing just the one template instead of editing numerous articles.

Main article Edit

{{main|<main article>}}

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

Right-aligned Table of Contents Edit

{{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 Edit

{{sandbox}}

T is for template Edit

{{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 Edit

{{wikipedia}}, {{wikipedia-deleted}}

  • Wikipedia-related templates. Use {{wikipedia}} for articles taken directly from Wikipedia, and {{wikipedia-deleted}} for articles deleted from Wikipedia.

Where you may find more templatesEdit

  • 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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