This template is a meta template: a template used for building other templates. It's not meant to be used directly in content pages.
Databoxes simplify the wikitext and template landscape of Appropedia by taking over several important and complex functionalities:
- Display quick and useful information
- Enable discovery of related content
- Set semantic metadata on the background for other uses
- Handle automatic categorization
- Inform editors of key missing information
Databoxes are Appropedia's version of Wikipedia's infoboxes. In fact, before databoxes, Appropedia had infoboxes very similar to Wikipedia. However, databoxes evolved as a more modular solution to prevent the repetition of identical fields in various infoboxes.
This is a complex and advanced template used throughout Appropedia. It's therefore protected to prevent vandalism and accidental mistakes. Before modifying it, you should be familiar with templates in general, with the way this template is used on existing databoxes and with Appropedia's template conventions.