Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Editing/Automatic currency converter and inflation calculator/Proposal

  • Problem: There are many articles where where currency is updated to current costs; e.g., on film pages, you might see "Such and Such earned $134 million ($445 million in 2022 dollars)" to indicate how much that is equal to in today's dollars. This is a lot to update on a slew of articles. Likewise, there are often references to money in one country with a parenthetical saying how much in US dollars, euros, etc. With database tables to pull from for inflation and currency conversion, could a template or tool be devised to auto-update these?
  • Proposed solution: Develop a template or tool to reference the amount and automatically display the inflation amount, and a similar template to convert to other currencies (perhaps such a template could convert from the cited currency to ANY currency available in the tool)
  • Who would benefit: A tool or template to automatically update examples for inflation, or to convert foreign currencies, would greatly reduce manual updating of many pages and result in up-to-date accuracy on any such pages. For movies, it's enough to auto-convert the inflated amount for the most recent year in the table. For currency conversion, it could pull the daily conversion rate from a table.
  • More comments: Updating a database of inflation rates and one for conversion rates on a regular basis should be enough to pull from the database in a quick calculation with such a tag or tool to return the amount.
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  • Proposer: Indyfitz (talk) 20:50, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]