Wikipedia:Template index/Cleanup Information

From Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Template_index/Cleanup

Template messages may be added to articles needing cleanup. Their purposes are to foster improvement of the encyclopedia by alerting editors to changes that need to be made. Cleanup tags are meant to be temporary notices that lead to an effort to fix the problem, not a permanent badge of shame to show that you disagree with an article, or a method of warning readers about an article.

Unless otherwise noted, cleanup messages, or tags, should be placed at the top of the page, before other templates, images, or infoboxes, but after hatnotes (see Wikipedia:Hatnote § Placement). Certain tags can be placed at the beginning of an individual section, and others can be placed within the text itself (inline).

A date parameter is added by a bot, or you can add it yourself with |date=April 2021.

Don't tag an article if you can easily and confidently fix the problem.
Your goal is an improved article, not a tagged article.
Do some research to attempt to solve the problem before tagging.
Don't put the burden of doing so on another editor if you are capable of fixing the problem yourself with a simple search or consulting a reference work.
Don't do "drive-by" tagging.
Tags must either be accompanied by a comment on the article's talk page explaining the problem and beginning a discussion on how to fix it or, for simpler and more obvious problems, a remark using the reason parameter (available in some templates) as shown below. At the very least, tagging editors must be willing to follow through with substantive discussion.
Don't do "drive-by" de-tagging.
Likewise, per WP:BRD, please provide a similar rationale for removing a template, unless your preceding edits have clearly fixed the announced problem.
Don't insert tags that are similar or redundant.
For example, most articles that read like essays have an inappropriate tone, and in fact they end up being automatically grouped in the same category, so it is unnecessary to tag with both {{ tone}} and {{ essay-like}}.
If an article has many problems, tag only the highest priority issues.
A lengthy list is often less helpful than a shorter one. (See also: Wikipedia:Tag bombing and Wikipedia:Tagging pages for problems § Over-tagging)
Don't add tags for trivial or minor problems, especially if an article needs a lot of work.
For example, there is little point in noting grammatical problems for a section that needs to be completely re-written to comply with content policies. Focus on the biggest one, two, or three problems.

Does the article meet inclusion requirements?

Before placing templates on a page it is worthwhile to cast a critical eye over the page to determine whether indeed it should be included in Wikipedia. Some articles can be tagged for speedy deletion or nominated for a deletion discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion.

Best practices in obscure or unpopular articles

On pages that have received little attention from editors or readers, cleanup templates can be used as a way to call attention to problems that need to be addressed by editors. Editors who want to help address these problems should look through the various cleanup categories such as maintenance and articles with content issues and try to address the problems so that the templates can be removed. Editors who do a lot of tagging of articles should also address the backlogs.

Best practices in heavily monitored articles

On pages that are being edited by a number of users, cleanup templates are used to inform readers and editors of ongoing discussions and attempts to fix the problems on the page. Such templates can be used to attract uninvolved users to discussions and cleanup efforts, and they can also serve as a warning to casual readers that the article may have problems and be subject to noticeable changes. In general, an editor who places a template message to indicate a problem like this should explain their rationale fully on the talk page of the article. If the consensus of the other editors is that there is a problem or an editorial dispute that deserves such a clean-up template, then the editors should work to fix the problem as quickly and cleanly as possible so the template message can be removed. If the consensus is that there is no problem, then the message can be removed immediately. For heavily monitored articles, please do not add or remove template messages of this sort without using the talk page.

Use in sections

Many of these cleanup tags require you to place |article as the first parameter when you use the tag at the top of an article. When you want the template to refer to just one section, however, you replace |article with |section (where the | is a pipe key | found on most keyboards as a shift-backslash ⇧ Shift+\. See the specific template below to determine if such "section use" is supported and appropriate.

Tag consolidation

If too many tags are put at the top of an article, the article can become eclipsed by the tags, especially with short or stub articles. Consider consolidating the tags into {{ multiple issues}}.

Cleanup

Overarching copyright issues

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{{ copypaste}}
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Combined message boxes

Do not use this as the only message box on the article or section; it should be used with at least two other message boxes sandwiched inside it.

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes) — multiple issues (top of article)
{{ multiple issues}}

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Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes) — multiple issues (section)
{{ multiple issues|section=yes}}

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General cleanup

Use one of these general tags when none of the more specific tags fits.

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{{ cleanup}}
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  • This applies to general problems not addressed by other tags.
  • Please consider using specific cleanup tags first, as specific tags help other editors to easily identify problems in an article.
  • Use the reason parameter: cleanup|reason= to specify issues identified (it may be a link to comments on the talk page).
{{ cleanup AfD}}
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  • Use this tag where an AFD discussion closes with a consensus of "keep and cleanup."
{{ cleanup rewrite}}
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  • Use this tag where the whole article needs extensive revision.
{{ cleanup section}}
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  • Use this tag where the remaining sections of an article need cleanup.

Copy editing

Some articles just need someone with a good grasp of editing technique to give them a once-over.

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{{ copy edit}}
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{{ copy edit section}}
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{{ verify spelling}}
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[ spelling?]

Cleanup of specific subjects

These templates are all "general cleanup" templates, but tie into a specific subject matter or WikiProjects.

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{{ CIA World Factbook only}}
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{{ cleanup book}}
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{{ cleanup Congress bio}}
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{{ cleanup film}}
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{{ cleanup school}}
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{{ cleanup higher education}}
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{{ game guide}}
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{{ game trivia}}
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{{ localist}}
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{{ metricate}}
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{{ USRD-wrongdir}}
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Fiction

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{{ all plot}}
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{{ fiction}}
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  • This is not for factual or accuracy disputes.
{{ in-universe}}
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{{ long plot}}
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{{ more plot}}
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{{ no plot}}
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Inline with article text

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{{ needs IPA}}
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[ needs IPA]

Style of writing

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{{ abbreviations}}
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{{ advert}}
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{{ buzzword}}
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{{ cleanup-PR}}
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{{ cleanup tense}}
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{{ debate}}
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{{ essay-like}}
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{{ example farm}}
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{{ how-to}}
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{{ inappropriate person}}
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{{ like resume}}
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{{ manual}}
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{{ obituary}}
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{{ over-quotation}}
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{{ peacock}}
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{{ pro and con list}}
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{{ repetition}}
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{{ research paper}}
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{{ review}}
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{{ speculation}}
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{{ story}}
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{{ technical}}
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{{ tone}}
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{{ travel guide}}
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{{ verbosity}}
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Structure, formatting and sections

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{{ cleanup reorganize}}
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{{ copy edit}}
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{{ duplication}}
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{{ importance section}}
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{{ organize section}}
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{{ overcolored}}
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{{ overcoloured}}
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{{ sections}}
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{{ summarize section}}
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{{ Too many sections}}
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{{ too many see alsos}}
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{{ trivia}}
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{{ very long}}
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Introduction

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{{ Improve lead}}
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{{ lead extra info}}
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{{ lead missing}}
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{{ lead rewrite}}
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{{ lead too long}}
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{{ lead too short}}
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{{ POV lead}}
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Potentially unwanted content

Message boxes

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{{ cleanup list}}
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  • For use in articles or sections where potentially unwanted lists need to be salvaged before being deleted
{{ cleanup red links}}
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{{ close paraphrasing}}
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{{ copypaste}}
category  links  talk 
{{ criticism section}}
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{{ external links}}
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{{ further reading cleanup}}
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{{ in popular culture}}
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{{ MOS}}
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{{ non-free}}
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{{ overlinked}}
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{{ schedule}}
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{{ trivia}}
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Inline with article text

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{{ peacock term}}
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[ peacock term]
{{ spam link}}
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[ spam link?]
{{ weasel inline}}
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[ weasel words]

Context and detail

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{{ context}}
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{{ generalize}}
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{{ human-centric}}
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{{ overly detailed}}
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{{ specific}}
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{{ time-context}}
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Off-topic

Articles occasionally contain content which is otherwise valid, but appears unrelated to the nominal topic of the article.

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{{ off topic}}
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  • Also takes "other article" parameter

Expand and add

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{{ biblio}}
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{{ cleanup biography}}
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{{ expand section}}
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  • When calling this template, you may pass it a parameter. A template call like {{ expand section|examples and additional citations}} generates: "This section requires expansion with: examples and additional citations."
{{ formula missing descriptions}}
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{{ kmposts}}
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{{ lacking ISBN}}
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  • Place {{ lacking ISBN|date=April 2021}} at the head of the relevant section(s). Remember that books published before 1974 may not have ISBNs (though more recent editions should).
{{ lacking overview}}
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{{ mileposts}}
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{{ missing information}}
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  • When calling this template, you must pass it a parameter. A template call like {{ Missing information|why bananas are yellow}} generates "This article is missing information about why bananas are yellow."

Expert needed

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{{ expert needed}}
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  • Before adding this template, start a section on the article discussion page describing what you wish the expert to address, and put the section name in the |talk= parameter. {{ Expert needed talk}} may be used on the talk page for this purpose.

Time-sensitive

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{{ time-context}}
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{{ update}}
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{{ update|inaccurate=y}}
category

Inline with article text

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{{ clarify timeframe}}
category  links  talk 
For tagging WP:DATED problems
[ timeframe?]
{{ update after}}
category  links  talk 
For facts that need updating now or at a specific future date
[ needs update]
{{ update inline}}
category  links  talk 
For facts that need updating
[ needs update]

Contradiction and confusion

Note: Templates relevant for when articles are confusing or hard to understand due specifically to translation issues can be found at Wikipedia:Template index/Translation.
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{{ confusing}}
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  • Use this tag in articles that need broad cleanup to eliminate confusion and discrepancies.
{{ contradicts other}}
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{{ contradicts others}}
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  • Use these tags in articles that appear to contradict themselves or each other.
{{ incomprehensible}}
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{{ misleading}}
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  • Use this tag when the article is not factually wrong, but leads the reader to draw incorrect conclusions.
{{ self-contradictory}}
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{{ unclear date}}
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{{ unfocused}}
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  • Use this tag when the writing is clear, but the article as a whole doesn't concentrate on a single theme.

Inline with article text

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{{ contradict-inline}}
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[ contradictory]
  • Use this for specific sentences which contradict themselves or a nearby sentence.
{{ expand acronym}}
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[ expand acronym]
  • Use this to mark acronyms and abbreviations that are not written in full at first occurrence.
{{ inconsistent}}
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[ inconsistent]
  • Use this to mark statements that are inconsistent with other parts of the article.
{{ vague}}
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[ vague]
  • Use this for specific sentences needing clarification.

Content forks

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{{ bad summary}}
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{{ duplication}}
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Importance and notability

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{{ importance inline}}
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[ importance?]
{{ importance section}}
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{{ notability}}
category  links  talk 

Neutrality and factual accuracy

Message boxes

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{{ autobiography}}
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{{ cherry-picked}}
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{{ coatrack}}
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{{ COI}}
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{{ disputed}}
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{{ disputed section}}
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{{ geographical imbalance}}
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{{ globalize}}
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{{ partisan sources}}
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{{ peacock}}
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{{ political POV}}
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{{ POV}}
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{{ POV check}}
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{{ POV lead}}
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{{ POV section}}
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{{ POV title}}
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{{ recentism}}
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{{ systemic bias}}
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{{ unbalanced}}
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{{ undisclosed paid}}
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{{ undue weight}}
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{{ weasel}}
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Inline with superimposed text

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{{ according to whom}}
category  links  talk 
For weasel words ("It was said..." It was thought...")
[ according to whom?]
{{ clarify}}
category  links  talk 
Do not use without first taking some steps to research the apparent problem
[ clarification needed]
{{ contentious label inline}}
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[ contentious label]
{{ dubious}}
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[ dubious ]
{{ editorializing}}
category  links  talk 
[ editorializing]
{{ excessive citations inline}}
category  links  talk 
For abuse of citations, per Wikipedia:Citation overkill.
[ excessive citations]
{{ original research inline}}
category  links  talk 
[ original research?]
{{ POV statement}}
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[ neutrality is disputed]
{{ unbalanced opinion}}
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[ unbalanced opinion?]
{{ undue weight inline}}
category  links  talk 
[ undue weight? ]
{{ when}}
category  links  talk 
For ambiguous or vague time references of various kinds.
[ when?]
{{ who}}
category  links  talk 
For weasel words ("Many say..." Some people think...")
[ who?]

Verifiability and sources

Message boxes

  • For quotations used out of context, references to unrelated material, and other misuse of citations.
  • Message boxes may be used at the top of an article, or in a specific section of an article.
  • Individual message boxes may be combined.
Individual message boxes: Biographies of living persons
Tag Individual message boxes, text that will be shown, and usage notes.
(Boxes for both the top of an article, or a specific section of an article)
{{ BLP IMDb refimprove}}
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{{ BLP primary sources}}
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{{ BLP self-published}}
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{{ BLP sources}}
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{{ BLP sources section}}
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{{ BLP unsourced}}
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{{ BLP unsourced section}}
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Individual message boxes: Issues with citations and sources
Tag Individual message boxes, text that will be shown, and usage notes.
(Boxes for both the top of an article, or a specific section of an article)
{{ cite check}}
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{{ cite check section}}
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{{ excessive citations}}
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{{ media IMDb refimprove}}
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{{ more citations needed}}
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{{ more citations needed section}}
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{{ More medical citations needed}}
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{{ more science citations needed}}
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{{ one source}}
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{{ original research}}
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{{ primary sources}}
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{{ refexample}}
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{{ religious text primary}}
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{{ self-published}}
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{{ speculation}}
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{{ third-party}}
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{{ unreferenced}}
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{{ unreferenced section}}
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{{ unreliable sources}}
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{{ user-generated}}
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Individual message boxes: Issues with style or format
Tag Individual message boxes, text that will be shown, and usage notes.
(Boxes for both the top of an article, or a specific section of an article)
{{ citation style}}
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{{ citations broken}}
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{{ citations broken from PEIS limit}}
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{{ cleanup bare URLs}}
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{{ duplicated citations}}
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{{ format footnotes}}
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{{ full citations needed}}
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{{ ibid}}
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{{ more footnotes needed}}
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{{ no footnotes}}
category  links  talk 
{{ page numbers improve}}
category  links  talk 
{{ page numbers needed}}
category  links  talk 

Tags inline with article text

Tag Background info from Wikipedia namespace
{{ according to whom}}
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[ according to whom?]
{{ additional citation needed}}
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[ additional citation(s) needed]
{{ attribution needed}}
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[ attribution needed]
{{ better source needed}}
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[ better source needed]
{{ better source needed example}}
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[ better source needed] Links to self-sourcing examples
{{ by whom}}
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[ by whom?]
{{ chronology citation needed}}
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[ chronology citation needed]
{{ circular reference}}
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[ circular reference] When the sources copy Wikipedia material directly
{{ circular reporting}}
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[ circular reporting?] For the subtler case when you suspect the sources are based on facts first published at Wikipedia, but they didn't copy it directly
{{ citation needed}}
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[ citation needed]
{{ citation needed span}}
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The sun is hot.[ citation needed]
{{ clarify}}
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[ clarification needed]
{{ copyvio link}}
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[ infringing link?]
{{ dead link}}
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[ dead link]
{{ disambiguation needed}}
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[ disambiguation needed]
{{ disputed inline}}
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[ disputed ]
{{ dubious}}
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[ dubious ]
{{ episode needed}}
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[ episode needed]
{{ example needed}}
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[ example needed]
{{ example needed span}}
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This is a claim that needs one or more examples.[ example needed]
{{ explain}}
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[ further explanation needed]
{{ failed verification}}
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[ failed verification]
{{ full citation needed}}
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[ full citation needed]
{{ how}}
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[ how?]
{{ medical citation needed}}
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[ medical citation needed]
{{ medical citation needed span}}
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This is an uncited biomedical claim.[ medical citation needed]
{{ nonspecific}}
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[ not specific enough to verify]
{{ not verified in body}}
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[ not verified in body]
{{ original research inline}}
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[ original research?]
{{ page needed}}
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[ page needed]
{{ primary source inline}}
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[ non-primary source needed]
{{ quantify}}
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[ quantify]
{{ quote without source}}
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[ This quote needs a citation]
{{ registration required}}
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( registration required)
{{ request quotation}}
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[ need quotation to verify]
{{ season needed}}
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[ season & episode needed]
{{ self-published inline}}
category  links  talk 
[ self-published source?]
{{ self-published source}}
category  links  talk 
[ self-published source]
{{ specify}}
category  links  talk 
[ specify]
{{ synthesis inline}}
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[ improper synthesis?]
{{ third-party inline}}
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[ third-party source needed]
{{ unreliable medical source}}
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[ unreliable medical source?]
{{ unreliable source?}}
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[ unreliable source?]
{{ update after}}
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[ needs update]
{{ user-generated inline}}
category  links  talk 
[ user-generated source?]
{{ user-generated source}}
category  links  talk 
[ user-generated source]
{{ vague}}
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[ vague]
{{ verify quote}}
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[ verify]
{{ verify source}}
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[ verification needed]
{{ volume needed}}
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[ volume & issue needed]
{{ when}}
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[ when?]
{{ where}}
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[ where?]
{{ which}}
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[ which?]
{{ who}}
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[ who?]
{{ whose quote}}
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[ who said this?]
{{ why}}
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[ why?]
{{ year missing}}
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[ year missing] Use when the year of publication of a source is needed
{{ year needed}}
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[ year needed] Use when the date of an event is needed

Links for search

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{{ find sources}}
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Find sources:  Google ( books · news · newspapers · scholar · free images · WP refs· FENS · JSTOR · NYT · TWL
{{ friendly search suggestions}}
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{{ search}}
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Categories

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{{ check category}}
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{{ disputed category}}
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{{ improve categories}}
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{{ recategorize}}
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{{ uncategorized}}
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  • Place this at the bottom of an uncategorized article/category if you are unsure of which categories apply.
{{ uncited category}}
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Images and other media

For tips on requesting images see: Wikipedia:Requested pictures.

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{ audio requested}}
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{{ cleanup gallery}}
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{{ cleanup images}}
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{{ diagram requested}}
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  • This template should be used on talk pages.
{{ image captions for cleanup}}
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{{ image requested}}
category  links  talk 
  • This template should be used on talk pages. Please add one or more subject categories into the template.
  • Use of= to add detailed information on the request.
  • Use in= to define locations.
{{ map requested}}
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  • This template should be used on talk pages.
{{ too many photos}}
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Lists

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{{ cleanup list}}
category  links  talk 
  • For use in non-list articles or sections where potentially unwanted lists need to be salvaged before being deleted
{{ create list}}
category  links  talk 
  • Use this tag where an article needs to be changed into list format.
{{ disputed list}}
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  • To identify a list on Wikipedia that has content whose truth, factual nature, and/or relevance to the topic is in dispute.
{{ example farm}}
category  links  talk 
  • For use in non-list articles where too much of the content is composed of "examples", "references in popular culture", and the like.
{{ famous}}
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  • For use in articles with unclear criteria for a list of "famous" or "notable" persons.
{{ fiction trivia}}
category  links  talk 
  • For use in fiction-specific articles that have way too many trivial examples. (Ex.: For an article specifically about famous fictional horses that mentions the fact that Sesame Street once told kids how to spell "horse", or that one of the animals you can kill in an online game is a horse.)
{{ in popular culture}}
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  • For use when a nonfiction article has become overcrowded with too many references to fiction or other pop culture. (Ex.: Article on horses having a long section of TV shows, movies, video games, etc. that have "horse" in the name or feature horses in some way.)
{{ list entry too long}}
category  links  talk 
[ List entry too long]
  • For use when a list item is excessively large due to indiscriminate trivia or a need to merge or split
{{ list scope}}
category  links  talk 
  • To identify a list on Wikipedia that has entries that may be out of scope.
{{ list to table}}
category  links  talk 
  • For use where lists could be better presented as tables.
{{ MOSLOW}}
category  links  talk 
{{ prose}}
category  links  talk 
  • Use this tag where a list needs cleanup.

Wiki tech

Most of these issues are covered in the main Manual of Style.

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{{ cleanup HTML}}
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  • If the article needs HTML changed into wiki-markup
{{ cleanup lang}}
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  • If the article has non-English text but lacks {{ Lang}} template(s)
{{ dablinks}}
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  • Use this on a page that links to a large number of disambiguation pages.
  • This template is sometimes placed automatically by DPL bot.
{{ dead end}}
category  links  talk 
  • Use this to mark articles or sections that completely lack internal links.
{{ disambiguation cleanup}}
category  links  talk 
{{ incoming links}}
category  links  talk 
  • Use this on a page with general links that should be more specific.
{{ orphan}}
category  links  talk 
  • Use this for articles that aren't linked to from any other pages.
{{ uncategorized}}
category  links  talk 
  • Place this at the bottom of an uncategorized article/category if you are unsure of which categories apply.
{{ underlinked}}
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  • Use this to mark articles or sections with too few internal links.

Infobox needed

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{ infobox requested}}
category  links  talk 
  • This template should be used on talk pages.
  • Also has functionality to indicate that only a section in a page needs one. See the template page for more info.
{{ new infobox}}
category  links  talk 
  • This template should be used on talk pages.
{{ single infobox request}}
category  links  talk 
  • This template should be used on talk pages.

Infobox cleanup needed

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{ cleanup infobox}}
category  links  talk 

Other article tags

There are also tags available for:

Open tasks

Wikipedia backlog by category

Wikipedia:Backlog lists tasks that should be done to improve Wikipedia (assuming the cleanup templates were placed correctly). Helping reduce backlogs is an important issue, so please feel free to help out.


Click any linked number for that category's articles prioritized by their number of incoming links.

See also



  1. ^ As an alternative, you may view this article in the source editor and navigate to the section where the reference is displayed.