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Bug 1160 - Default template parameters do not appear to work anymore.
Default template parameters do not appear to work anymore.
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Templates (Other open bugs)
PC All
: Lowest normal with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2004-12-23 05:57 UTC by Cool Hand Luke
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:06 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Cool Hand Luke 2004-12-23 05:57:56 UTC
According to m:Template, inserting a template parameter in three braces will
pull up a default value of whatever template is contained in the center two
braces. I used this to some effect in [[Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse]]. This
feature no longer appears to work. Instead, parameters show as plain text.
Comment 1 SJ 2005-05-13 05:58:44 UTC
Please clarify...
Comment 2 Rowan Collins [IMSoP] 2005-06-09 19:32:53 UTC
This was a case of exploiting a bug rather than using a deliberate feature:
undefined parameters were at one stage [mis]interpretted as nested templates, so
that a template containing "{{{1}}}" called with no unnamed arguments would
instead interpret this as "{{Template:1}}" (Or possibly
"{"+"{{Template:1}}"+"}", I forget). Some people took advantage of this as a
method of creating "default parameters", but this was only ever a hack: to use
it properly, every template parameter would have to have a globally unique name,
such as "{{{common name of plant species}}}" rather than the much more natural
"{{{common name}}}".

I'm marking this bug as WONTFIX because it's asking for a previous bug to be
reintroduced just so it can be used in what is anyway a non-ideal hack.
Meanwhile, bug 364 is a request for / discussion about a "proper" way of doing
default template parameters.

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