CZ:Article structure

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An article (or cluster, to give it its technical name on Citizendium) consists of a set of MediaWiki pages. Almost all of these pages are in the main 'article' namespace.

There is one main page, where the main text of article is to be found, and a number of MediaWiki subpages which are parts of it. These subpages contain material such as bibliographies, advanced material of use to specialists, etc. A header on every page which is part of a article allows easy navigation among all the (sub)pages.


In Citizendium, to make our subpage mechanisms work, we have to make such page names into redirects; for example, GNU/Linux. (See CZ:Articles with a slash character in their names for more on this topic.)

For more about subpages, including a list of the standard subpages, see CZ:Subpages.


See also CZ:Using the Subpages template

One subpage is not like the others; the metadata contains material which contains information about the article like its quality etc. Information which it contains is used to add the article to categories.

Metadata contents

Here is a list of the fields in the metadata:

{{#switch: {{{info}}}

<!--general article properties-->
|       pagename = 
|        variant = 

<!--Required for checklist-->

|            abc =  
|      cat_check = 
|         status = currently no status
|    underlinked = 
|        cleanup = 
|             by = 
|           cat1 = 
|           cat2 = 
|           cat3 = 
|           sub1 = 
|           sub2 = 
|           sub3 = 
|           tab1 = 
|           tab2 = 
|           tab3 = 

<!--required for ToApprove template-->
|    article url = 
|    subpage url = 
|        cluster = 
|            now = 
|     ToA editor = 
|    ToA editor2 = 
|    ToA editor3 = 
|           date = 

<!--required for Approved template-->
|       A editor = 
|      A editor2 = 
|      A editor3 = 


In brief:

  • pagename: must contain the correct name of the article.
  • variant: records the dialect of English which the article is written in.

  • abc: means the form of the title for alphabetization, e.g. "Doherty, John" or "Orient, The". Please think this one through.
  • cat_check: put "yes" if you want someone to check over the categories.
  • status: 0 for approved articles; 1 developed, 2 developing, 3 stub, 4 external
  • underlinked: put "yes" if not enough other articles link to it (click "What links here" at left)
  • cleanup: put "yes" if basic cleanup has been done.
  • by: obsolete; leave blank.
  • cat1, cat2 and cat3: workgroups; fill in numerical order.
  • sub1, sub2 and sub3: sub-workgroups; fill in numerical order.
  • tab1, tab2 and tab3: per-article subpages; fill in numerical order.

  • article url: a URL link to the version to approve.
  • subpage url: a URL link to the version of a subpage to approve.
  • cluster: blank unless the whole cluster needs to be approved.
  • now: the date and time when the nomination was made.
  • ToA editor, ToA editor2, ToA editor3: name of the editor(s) who nominated the article for approval; fill in numerical order.
  • date: deadline for comments (format yyyymmdd).

  • A editor, A editor2, A editor3: copied from ToA editor etc when Approval is completed.

A detailed explanation for each of the field is available here.

Metadata implementation

The metdata is a MediaWiki template (i.e. a piece of MediaWiki markup which is transcluded (i.e. copied over) into every page which uses the template). Any page which needs access to any information in the metadata transcludes the template which holds the metadata. The metadata is kept in the Template: namespace (for article "Foo", the metadata is at "Template:Foo/Metadata").

Subpages implementation

Every (sub)page has at the top a call to the {{subpages}} template. That generates the navigation header at the top of the page, etc. See CZ:Using the Subpages template for more information.

See also

Citizendium Technical Help
How to edit an article | Searching | Start article with subpages
The Article Checklist | Subpage template
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