Template:Autoarchive resolved section

Template documentation

Template for automatic archiving.
The syntax is mostly similar to that of template de:Template:Autoarchiv-Erledigt (German language page). For the target (archive) only its current notation is valid. This type of archiving is done by SpBot (not by MiszaBot).


{{Autoarchive resolved section
 |age =
 |archive =
 |show =
 |level =
 |timecompare =
 |timeout =

SpBot archiving requires the use of either start-Section resolved-end or the timeout parameter of this template (usual archiving like by MiszaBot).

It does not matter where the template {{Section resolved|…}} is placed within the section. It will always refer to the last/previous heading of the section to be archived (see parameter level).

The template relies on a certain time stamp format, for more see in Signature format.

Template parameters

ageThe parameter age defines the required age of the template block {{Section resolved|…}} in days. After this amount of days the section will be archived.emptyrequired
archivePath to archive. You can use variables in your archive parameter as listed below.
Path inclusion with ASCII apostrophes (') is not necessary, but allowed for historic reasons.
overviewThe parameter overview can be used to display a link to the location of the archive page. Example code: overview=[[Commons:Village pump/Archive]]/ results in
“For the archive overview, see Commons:Village pump/Archive.”
An alternative to this parameter is the use of template start-Archive box-end.
latest archiveThe parameter latest archive can be used to display a link to the current archive. The archive parameter variables can be used. Example code: latest archive=[[Commons:Village pump/Archive/2011/02]] results in
“The latest archive is located under Commons:Village pump/Archive/2011/02.”
showThe parameter show defines, whether the template should display anything or not: show=yes (default) or show=no. This parameter can be used, if the template is used on a page which has an own intro explaining the archiving parameters.yesoptional
levelParameter level defines which heading level should be archived. Deeper heading levels are treated as part of the specified level.

(hint: Count the equal signs)

== talk page section level II ==
Such a heading is level 2.
==== talk page section level IV ====
Such a heading is level 4.

(Tipp: Zähle die Gleichheitszeichen)

== Diskussionsüberschrift Ebene II ==
Eine solche Überschrift gehört zur Ebene 2
==== Diskussionsüberschrift Ebene IV ====
Diese Überschrift gehört zur Ebene 4.
timecompareThe parameter timecompare specifies which timestamp should be used for distribution into the archives. In the parameter archive you can use variables referring to the date. timecompare defines which timestamp is used for archiving.
  • timecompare = resolved: timestamp given by start-Section resolved-end block
  • Any other value or empty: the latest timestamp of the whole section
Compare template usage in Commons:Graphic Lab/Illustration workshop.
timeoutThe parameter timeout specifies the number of days having to pass by to consider a section as “resolved” automatically, even if no start-Section resolved-end block was set. Archiving will be only proceeded, if the parameter is set and the specified period of time (timeout) has passed since the last comment (note: with value 0 it gets inactive). The template start-DNAU-end is supported.
By setting this parameter you can get almost the same service as given by MiszaBot (see w:User:MiszaBot/Archive HowTo). In this case, it is no longer necessary to use this template and additional {{User:MiszaBot/config}}, which are processed by two different bots. Instead, only start-Autoarchive resolved section-end for SpBot is needed.

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: all talk namespaces

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users


To add your language to the list of languages supported by this template, please edit the template and add a row to the "{{LangSwitch|}}" construct. It takes the form "|xx= Your translation " (xx being the code of your language)

“Archive” parameter variables

You can use the following variables in the archive parameter:

variable meaning
((year)) year, e.g. 2023
((month:long)) full monthname, e.g. February
((month:short)) short monthname, e.g. Feb
((month:##)) month as two digits, e.g. 02
((week)) week date as a number, e.g. 4 or 15 (per ISO 8601)
((week:##)) week date as a two digits, e.g. 04 or 15 (per ISO 8601)
((day:##)) day of month as two digits, e.g. 07 or 31
((quarter)) quarter, e.g. 3
((quarter:##)) quarter as two digits, e.g. 03
((quarter:i)) quarter as lowercase Roman numerals, e.g. iii or iv
((quarter:I)) quarter as uppercase Roman numerals, e.g. III or IV
((half-year)) half-year, e.g. 2
((half-year:i)) half-year as lowercase Roman numeral, e.g. ii
((half-year:I)) half-year as uppercase Roman numeral, e.g. II
((FULLPAGENAME)) The full page name (namespace + actual page) name of the current page. Same as {{FULLPAGENAME}}, but with normal brackets. Use this instead of hard coding your page name.


archive=Commons:Village pump/Archive/((year))/((month:##))


The following example is derived from the archiving setup of dewiki’s Wikipedia:Redaktion Chemie. All marked/tagged sections with level 2 (that is ==) will be archived seven days after placement of a start-Section resolved-end block. The archive is at Wikipedia:Redaktion Chemie/Archiv. The archiving will be done to Wikipedia:Redaktion Chemie/Archiv/2007/Januar if the first comment in this section was made in January.

{{Autoarchive resolved section

That will look like this:

SpBot archives all sections tagged with {{Section resolved|1=~~~~}} after 7 days. For the archive overview, see Archive.

Signature format

The date and time part of the signature is important for recognition of the timestamp. The default format specified by MediaWiki and automatically created, when ~~~~ or ~~~~~ is entered, is sufficient: 19:14, 28 November 2023 (UTC), also with abbreviated month: Nov. This corresponds to the following structure with Mediawiki variables: {{CURRENTTIME}}, {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}} (UTC) (short month name: {{CURRENTMONTHABBREV}}. When directly entered these variables must be substituted (the according {{LOCAL…}} variants can be used, as well).

Other formats are not supported.

Error lists

Talk pages containing errors in their main template usage or in start-Section resolved-end are shown in the following lists and on the corresponding talk page.

Informational lists