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I just fixed the NewBugTemplate topic, somebody edited a new bug report into the topic not realizing that it wasn't meant to be edited directly. This brings up an interesting point, is there a way to put extra info into a template that will not be pulled in when the template is used?

I am thinking of something like:

Do not edit this topic. See BugReports to create a new bug
some template text

   * put some access commands here to prevent editing except by template admins


-- JohnRouillard - 07 Aug 2002

IIUC, it's enough if warning "Do not edit this topic - CANCEL edit and do not save" is visible in edit. So it can be done using standard HTML comment tag ( <!-- HTML comments --> ), like test warning below:

Warning above is HTML comments, visible only in edit. Is it good enough for what you wanted?

-- PeterMasiar - 15 Aug 2002

This happened a few months ago as well - I did put some warning text that was visible in View mode as well but it was taken out. Might be simplest to make it editable only by TWikiAdminGroup.

-- RichardDonkin - 15 Aug 2002

I did a different approach: The %NOP% variable gets already removed from the template topic at the time when a topic is created. Spinning this further:

TWiki has now a new %NOP{ ... }% variable that does this:

Topic view: %NOP{ and }% get removed, but content inside curley brackets is visible
Topic creation based
on template topic:
%NOP{ ... }% gets removed, including content


  • Unlike other variables, %NOP{ ... }% can span multiple lines.
  • The scan for the closing }% pattern is non-greedy, that is, it stops at the first occurance. That means variables with parameters cannot be used inside NOP.
    • Workaround for variables inside %NOP{ ... }%: Insert a %NOP% between } and %. Silly example: %NOP{ %GMTIME{"$year"}%NOP%% }%.

See example in action:

  • View NewBugTemplate: Help text and access restriction is shown; both bullets are inside the brackets
  • Edit NewBugTemplate (actually view in edit mode): See how it looks like in edit mode.
  • Add a new BugReport: NOP, help text and access restriction get removed.

In TWikiAlphaRelease and at TWiki.org

-- PeterThoeny - 30 Oct 2002

What specifically is still needed to bring this BeijingRelease feature status up from 0% documentation?

-- GrantBow - 09 Jan 2003

The new feature needs to be documented in TWikiTemplates

-- PeterThoeny - 09 Jan 2003

This is covered in the TWiki documentation for release 4, so I'm unmarking this as a Cookbook and marking it as CategoryStale.

-- CrawfordCurrie - 12 Mar 2006

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