Community Wishlist Survey 2023/Editing/Quickly add favorite and related templates

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Quickly add favorite and related templates

  • Problem: It can be very difficult to find a template if you don't exactly remember its name
  • Proposed solution: To the template insertion wizard (which is currently empty upon opening) add a list with favorited and related templates. Once you use the searchbar, the searchresults will replace this list.
  • Who would benefit: Beginning editors who do not know the common template names (like infobox/navbox even), and experienced users who keep using the same templates over and over.
  • More comments: Templates could have an option to favorite them and these favorites would show up in a list in the initial dialog (a first version could maybe use your watchlist data for this, instead of a separate list). Ideally, it would also show you "Related templates", which are used on pages that share categories with your article. This is similar to how WikiData's recoin works.
  • Phabricator tickets: T55590
  • Proposer: —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 16:11, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • This is similar to another proposal, but I liked my own description better, so... we'll figure it out :) —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 16:11, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • @TheDJ: "...but I like my own description better, so..." With all do respect, that childish. It's not similar at all. What you're proposing is to favourite a template. That's not the same as easily adding infoboxes. That proposal is suggesting to auto suggest or have a button with a list of infoboxes. Nothing to do with favouriting. New editors wouldn't know the name of a template which in turn makes it hard for them to favourite it. But let's ignore that. Mr. C.C.Hey yo!I didn't do it! 14:06, 12 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I'm not clear how this would help beginning editors. If they don't know the name of a template, how would they find it to favorite it? Libcub (talk) 07:06, 11 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • It’s not about finding templates for the first time, it’s about re-finding them. As a beginner, one may spend half an hour finding the appropriate template – and if it doesn’t have an easy-to-remember name (what is easy-to-remember is subjective, so it may not be possible to find a name that’s easy to remember for everyone), one needs to spend this half hour the second, third and fifteenth time as well. This wish doesn’t solve the problem of the first half-hour search, but it does solve the ones of the subsequent ones. —Tacsipacsi (talk) 19:00, 13 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]