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So I was told we need to discuss templates here before I’m allowed to make stuff. But I hope I can still make, like, userboxes right? To see the actual template, see: User:Stu1131181/Sandbox/Types of Monsters
Lemony Sn (talk) 18:33, March 9, 2019 (UTC)

You may make all the templates that you'd like in your sandbox. You can also make other templates, if you are careful and if they do not make sweeping changes to the whole wiki.

For what it's worth, I think something like your Celebration template is a great idea. The problem with that one was that it did not follow at all the formatting of all of the other templates on our wiki.

I think it's great that you want to play around with templates and learn how to do them. And I think it is great that you have new ideas to bring to our community. Thanks for that! Just please be a bit more careful and talk to us to let us know where you are coming from. :)

Now, as far as your Monster Types template, can you explain why we need one? What benefit does it offer to the wiki? On which pages do you think it would be helpful?

~ Lhynard (talk) 19:06, March 9, 2019 (UTC)

Well I was thinking, you know, like with this one:

If someone is, say, researching Monster Types and the monsters who carry them in the Forgotten Realms, this would quickly lead them to other types. Isn’t that kind of how all the other ones work?... As to the pages, we could add it to Monster Type pages (e.g Undead or Dragon) or specific monsters (e.g Vampire or Giant space hamster).

With all due respect and yo,

Lemony Sn (talk) 20:23, March 9, 2019 (UTC)

I think a navbox like this would introduce a number of complications without actually being very informative.

Many of the monster types are edition specific. For example, the category Aberrant only exists in 4e as an "origin", not a type of creature like aberration in 3e and 5e, and does not exist in other editions. On the other hand, there is no such thing as a magical beast in 5e, but it does exist in 4e and 3e. Many creatures would classify as multiple entries in that navbox, which would rapidly become bloated with redundant and sometimes crunchy and contradictory terms.

There are already categories and methods that group creatures by type and by edition so they are easily found. See for example Category:Creatures by type.

Sirwhiteout (talk) 20:31, March 9, 2019 (UTC)

Well then, imagine this: a TEMPLATE with the keys to ACCESS ALL OF THIS STUFF! We could have the pages lead to categories, so research would be easier, like I said in my last post.

With all due respect and yo,

--Lemony Sn (talk) 20:44, March 9, 2019 (UTC)

This is not necessary because we already have links to all this stuff in the drop-down menus at the top of every page. Click on Portals→Creatures and you get Category:Creatures. Slide to the right and you get Portals→Creatures→Creatures by type and seven other ways that creatures are organized.
Moviesign (talk) 21:06, March 9, 2019 (UTC)
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