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Needs photoEdit

I had this edit made via a request, and I see it has been changed to |needs-infobox-cover (from |needs-photo) to be consistent with Template:NovelsWikiProject. But you can want other photos from a book besides just the cover. For example, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals by Darwin needs both a cover photo and some photos from the book (which is PD, of course; this doesn't apply so well to non-PD books). So I think a 'needs-photo' should be used instead of or as well as a 'needs-infobox-cover' (probably as well). Richard001 (talk) 03:57, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

Actually, having now noticed it says 'It is requested that an infobox cover picture or pictures be included in this article to improve its quality', I basically withdraw my comment. Richard001 (talk) 08:28, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

New NavFlagEdit

I made a navflag for this project {{Books portal}}...though I considered "BooksPortal"...I could not find a standard, but Tennis just redirected one to the other. Could someone add the flag to this page? (replacing the Portal|Books|(image) at the top...)Mjquin_id (talk) 00:54, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

New version of templateEdit

I've got an updated template at Template:WPBooks/sandbox which uses WPBannerMeta. Any objections to using it? -- WOSlinker (talk) 08:52, 14 March 2009 (UTC)


Could the sandbox version be copied over to the main template. Thanks. -- WOSlinker (talk) 19:24, 17 March 2009 (UTC)
  Done! — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:16, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Edit ReqEdit

{{editprotected}} Could template be changed to use {{pagetype|{{{class|}}}}} & new QUALITY_SCALE settings as per the edits in the sandbox. Thanks -- WOSlinker (talk) 23:23, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

  DoneTheDJ (talkcontribs) 13:09, 20 September 2009 (UTC)

Wording UpdateEdit

{{editprotected}} Requested edit to implement the changes in the sandbox[1] which expand the wording a bit and add flags to better handle the different classes (so it will no longer call a template or Wiki talk page an article, for example). Based on {{Films}}, and updated to use the Class switches as well. Tested in several project spaces and all seems good. -- AnmaFinotera (talk · contribs) 13:38, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

I've made a few changes to your sandbox. Can you check if they are acceptable? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 13:52, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
(EC) I think I prefer the class method over the pagetype as it is more specific, i.e., calls a cat a cat, a template a template, etc, where pagetype just calls it all a page unless its an article. -- AnmaFinotera (talk · contribs) 13:56, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
I don't think that's right. If you look at the top of this page it says "This template ..." — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 14:00, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
Hmmm...maybe pagetype also looks at the article space? I was testing just by changing the class? -- AnmaFinotera (talk · contribs) 14:02, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
Yes, indeed. The namespace takes precedence over what the class parameter. (Because even if you type |class=A on a template, it's still a template!) — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 14:04, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
Ah cool. Hadn't heard of that before. I feel old ;-) Changes are fine with me then :-) -- AnmaFinotera (talk · contribs) 14:05, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
Just seen your edit summary. It is deliberate that the word "article" is used on the template itself, as the template then shows what it will actually look like on the majority of uses. However if you try it on a template talk page, "template" will be used. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 13:54, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, I reverted myself to test and it was fine, but see note above. -- AnmaFinotera (talk · contribs) 13:56, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

  Done. If you have any further suggestions for improvements to {{pagetype}} by all means take it to Template talk:Pagetype. Cheers — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 14:08, 7 May 2010 (UTC)

Funny when small = yesEdit

There is a funny with the template when parameter |small= yes (or anything other than "no"/blank). The banner box is rendered in small and floated right (as intended), but the text "yes" appears immediately after the title. The text is still "yes" even when parameter |small= dummy. (The text "yes" does not appear after the title when the banner is non-small.) You can see this on the doc page at Template:WikiProject_Books/doc#Example 2: Full. HairyWombat 03:00, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the report.   Fixed — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 16:12, 3 August 2011 (UTC)


Hi all. I'm trying to pull together the articles on bookbinding to get a sense of what the level of coverage is, the general degree of quality, etc. The simplest way to do this seems to be to tag them as a subset of WikiProject Books; is there any objection to my setting up a task force through this template to do so? Andrew Gray (talk) 10:14, 17 May 2012 (UTC)

Feature brainstorm for Module:WikiProjectBannerEdit

I'm in the early stages of developing a Lua-based replacement for {{WPBannerMeta}}, and I would appreciate peoples ideas for features. If there is anything that you have wanted to do with your WikiProject template, but haven't been able to due to limitations in the meta-template, I would be very interested to hear it. The discussion is over at Template talk:WPBannerMeta. — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 12:25, 18 June 2013 (UTC)


I am wondering why "WikiProject Books" needs to be italicised in the first sentence of this template? Other WikiProject talk page templates don't have this. --Jameboy (talk)

@Jameboy: Some other WikiProject banner templates do have this - not many, it is true - but examples include: Template:WikiProject Aerosmith; Template:WikiProject Alabama; Template:WikiProject Algeria; Template:WikiProject Appalachia; Template:WikiProject Birds; Template:WikiProject Board and table games; Template:WikiProject Books; plus others. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 20:19, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
My mistake, I checked a reasonable sample size but not all. I suppose I am wondering if there is a case for standardising on one style but even then I don't have a strong preference as to which is better. Not hugely important anyway. --Jameboy (talk) 23:50, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
Since that comment was posted, the italics have been removed from the template for the Aerosmith WikiProject (which is also now inactive), as well as the WikiProject Algeria template. (Also, this is the Books WikiProject template...) The others you mentioned do still have the italics, though. V2Blast (talk) 01:29, 12 August 2020 (UTC)