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A number of templates have been created to assist CreationWiki users in formatting pages. Please use these templates where applicable to improve consistency of page layout. Descriptions for some are available below. The complete list of templates can be seen here. For help creating, using, or customizing templates, see template help.

Article editing & review

The {{Active edit|date=June 14th 2006}} template message is placed at the top of an article when the originating author needs time to finish the work. The tag is intended to inform people that the article should not be edited as a courtesy to the author. The template takes one parameter, the date that the reservation was requested (e.g. June 14th 2006).
The {{Review|date=April 4th 2006}} template message is placed at the top of an article submitted for critical review. The tag is intended to inform people that the article is submitted for review and should not be edited. The template takes one parameter, the date that the article was submitted (e.g. April 4th 2006).
The {{delete}} template should be used to label a page as having been recommended for deletion. The purpose of the tag is to attract users to discuss the merits of the page.
The {{Warning|reason}} template message is placed at the top of an article whose topic is being contested by the CreationWiki editors or creationist community in general. The tag is intended to serve as a content warning and provide a reason for the disagreement.
The {{stub}} template is applied to the top of pages that contain little content. It identifies a page as a "stub", urging editors to add content, and lists the page in the stub category.
The {{unreferenced}} template is applied to the top of pages that contains content with no sources provided. It identifies a page as "unreferenced", urging editors to add citations, and lists the page in the reference needed category. This template may be used in conjunction with the {{ref needed}} template, which places an in-text label where references would be beneficial. View sample at template:ref needed.
The {{reference}} template is used to place a "Reference needed" label within the text of a document. The label should typically be placed at the end of sentences or paragraphs that contain factoids for which references would be beneficial. The label is linked to the citing sources help page where instructions on formatting references is provided, and the page is listed within the "Reference needed" category
The {{Cleanup}} template is applied by the CreationWiki administration to the top of pages that require content or formatting revisions. It identifies a page as needing "Cleanup", urging editors to make changes, and lists the page in the cleanup category.

Page format guides

The following templates are applied by copy and pasting the contents into a new page - rather than using the {{template}} tag. They have been created to provide some preformatted content that will help standardize page style. Most of these style guides contain some contents (such as categories) that should be deleted for the specific application.

Biology

The Biological Taxonomy templates are used to format organism pages. The template provides the Taxobox plus appropriate headings for content, and picture formatting assistance. To use the template - open the file in edit mode and copy the entire content into a new page.

Chemistry

The Chemistry templates are used to provide information boxes for elements and compounds. The "Simple Chemboxes" should be when starting an article, which then may be upgraded to the full Chembox as work on the chemical article progresses.

Astronomy

Geography

Media

The Media templates are used to format media pages for books and videos, that may contain descriptions, reviewer comments, and purchasing information or links to online editions. These are content copy and paste templates. Open the file in edit mode and copy the contents into a new page to use the template.

Biographies

The Biography template is used to standardize the format of biography pages. As with all page format templates, this generic template contains information that should be deleted to match the person (i.e. categories)

Page enhancements

These templates are meant to be included and actually enhance the pages that include them.

Astronomy

  • Template:Infobox Planet--displays orbital, rotational, and physical characteristics of a celestial body and also handles semantic annotation of the many informational elements it is designed to display.
  • Template:Planetsats--displays a list of all celestial bodies having the body described in an article as their primary.
  • Template:Apsides--automatically supplies the required root for primary-specific variations on the terms periapsis and apoapsis, e.g. peri/aphelion, peri/apogee, peri/apoareon, peri/apozene,... Include this template in another template in order to customize some of its output.

The following templates should appear at the bottom of relevant articles. Where applicable, they handle semantic annotation and category assignments for including certain bodies in groups, or subgroups in larger groups.

Genealogy

Some representative family-tree templates include:

For more examples, see Category:Genealogies

Semantic annotation

These templates are generic semantic annotators and do not limit themselves to articles in any specific discipline.

  • Template:Invert-property--This template displays nothing, but it automatically annotates the article with respect to any other article(s) having a specified inverse relationship with the article that includes the template. To use it, specify:

{{Invert-property|<property that might have the name of this article as its value>|<the inverse of that property>}}

For example, to annotate an article on, say, Jupiter with all its satellites, specify

{{Invert-property|Primary|Satellite}}

This will find every article on every body having Jupiter for a primary, and will annotate Jupiter with Property:Satellite references to all those other bodies.

Headers / Footers

The following footers provide text boxes to be placed at the top or bottom of pages.

Navigation

The {{Resource}} template is used as a footer of pages that contain description of creationist resources.
The {{Group}} template is used to forward users to the list of creationist organizations.

Response articles

Several templates have been assembled into a page format that should be used when writing articles linked from the Index to Creationist Claims. The page format including the templates should be copy and pasted from the above webpage into new response articles.
The {{Icc header}} template message is placed at the top of a response article to the Talk.Origins Index to Creationist Claims. The tag is intended to inform people of the unique purpose of the CreationWiki article.
The {{FABNAQ header}} template message is placed at the top of a response article to the Talk.Origins FABNAQ (Frequently Asked But Never Answered Questions. The tag is intended to inform people of the unique purpose of the CreationWiki article.
The {{Tvff header}} template message is placed at the top of a response article to the Talk.Origins Transitional Vertebrate Fossils FAQ. The tag is intended to inform people of the unique purpose of the CreationWiki article.
The {{response}} template is used as a footer in the responses to anticreationist sites such as Talk.Origins Archive, and the EvoWiki.

Page types

The {{Help}} template is used as a footer on help pages.
The {{Policy}} template is used as a footer on policy pages.

Quote and other text boxes

The {{address}} template is used to create a centered grey box suitable for containing contact information.
The {{quote}} template creates a blue box that is suitable for quotes.
The {{cquote}} template creates quote text within a blockquote structure but with better looking quotation marks.
The {{greybox}} template is used to create a grey box for use on Bible quotes and other info.
The {{Bible ref}} template sets up the external link to BibleGateway for quoting chapter and verse out of any book of the Bible, in any version in any language. Use it without a verse parameter to quote entire chapters.
The {{Bible quote}} template creates a grey box that is the preferred format for quoting scripture. The template also incorporates the Template:Bible ref for linking the quoted scripture to BibleGateway.

User Biographies

The {{user box}} template is placed at the top of the User page and allows for the insertion of a photo, caption, and several biographical descriptors.

Gender

Worldview

Religion

Denomination

Discussion

The {{talk}} template creates a comment entry box, which can be used to add new comments to the discussion page of an article. Functions when placed on either an article or an article discussion page.
The {{usertalk}} template creates a comment entry box, which can be used new comments to usertalk pages. Functions when placed on either a user page or usertalk page.
The {{namespacetalk}} template creates a comment entry box, which can be used to add new comments to the discussion page of a namespace article.