Template messages (maintenance tags, cleanup tags, cleanup 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 should be placed at the top of the page, before other templates, images, or infoboxes, but after hatnotes (see Wikipedia:Hatnote § Placement). Cleanup messages should be placed directly on the article or file, not on its talk page. 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=August 2022.

Before you tag an article, please remember the following:

Don't tag an article if you can easily and confidently fix the problem.
The 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

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((copypaste))
category links talk edit
This article may have been copied and pasted from another location, possibly in violation of Wikipedia's copyright policy. Please review the source and remedy this by editing this article to remove any non-free copyrighted content and attributing free content correctly, or flagging the content for deletion. Please be sure that the supposed source of the copyright violation is not itself a Wikipedia mirror.

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))

links talk edit

This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages) The neutrality of this article is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. (May 2009) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. (Aug 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) This article may contain excessive or inappropriate references to self-published sources. Please help improve it by removing references to unreliable sources where they are used inappropriately. (March 2011) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (March 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes) — multiple issues (section)
((multiple issues|section=yes))

links talk edit

This section has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages) This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (January 2008) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) This section's factual accuracy is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on Wikipedia talk:Template index/Cleanup. Please help to ensure that disputed statements are reliably sourced. (June 2009) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) This section needs expansion with: examples and additional citations. You can help by adding to it. (June 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

General cleanup

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

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((cleanup))
category links talk edit
  • 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))
category links talk edit
This article was considered for deletion, and requires cleanup according to the discussion. Please improve this article if you can; the deletion discussion may suggest necessary improvements. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
  • Use this tag where an AFD discussion closes with a consensus of "keep and cleanup."
((cleanup rewrite))
category links talk edit
This article may need to be rewritten to comply with Wikipedia's quality standards. You can help. The talk page may contain suggestions.
  • Use this tag where the whole article needs extensive revision.
((cleanup section))
category links talk edit
  • 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.

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((copy edit))
category links talk edit
This article may require copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone, or spelling. You can assist by editing it. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((copy edit section))
category links talk edit
((verify spelling))
category links talk edit
[spelling?]

Cleanup of specific subjects

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

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((CIA World Factbook only))
category links talk edit
This article was imported from the CIA World Factbook and may require rewriting and/or reformatting to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Please discuss this issue on the talk page. Editing help is available. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((cleanup book))
category links talk edit
This book-related article contains very little context, or is unclear to readers who know little about the book. To comply with the Wikipedia quality standards, this article may require cleanup. See this article's talk page for more details.
((cleanup Congress bio))
category links talk edit
This article was imported in part or in full from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress and may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Editing help is available. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((cleanup film))
category links talk edit
This film-related article contains very little context or is unclear to readers who know little about the film. To comply with the Wikipedia quality standards, this article may require cleanup. See this article's talk page for more details.
((cleanup school))
category links talk edit
This school-related article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. More verifiable information on this school is needed. Guidelines and editing help are available.
((cleanup higher education))
category links talk edit
This higher education article may require cleanup to meet the Wikipedia guideline for college and university articles. Please improve this article if you can.
((game guide))
category links talk edit
This article may contain material discouraged by the manual of style for video game subjects. Please help by removing content such as lists of minutiae or a detailed description of how to play a game, and rewriting the article in an encyclopedic style.
((game trivia))
category links talk edit
This article may contain excessive or off-topic gaming-related detail. Please help by removing purely indiscriminate information, relocating encyclopedic material to more appropriate pages, and adding relevant information written in an encyclopedic style.
((localist))
category links talk edit
This article on a place of local interest appears to contain only a small amount of verifiable information, may not be notable, or may overly focus on local-interest trivia. Please expand the article, citing sources, using these suggestions as a guide. If this article is not expanded, consider merging this article into the article on the parent community. For further guidance, please consult Wikipedia:Places of local interest. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((metricate))
category links talk edit
This article uses non-SI units of measurement without an SI conversion. Please help improve this article by adding international units, preferably from the references cited in the article.
((USRD-wrongdir))
category links talk edit
This article needs to be rewritten in a south-to-north and west-to-east direction to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards for U.S. road articles. Please improve this article if you can.

Fiction

See also: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Writing about fiction

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((all plot))
category links talk edit
This article consists almost entirely of a plot summary. It should be expanded to provide more balanced coverage that includes real-world context. Please edit the article to focus on discussing the work rather than merely reiterating the plot. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((fiction))
category links talk edit
This article may fail to make a clear distinction between fact and fiction. Please help improve this article so that it meets Wikipedia's fiction guidelines and quality standards. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
  • This is not for factual or accuracy disputes.
((in-universe))
category links talk edit
((long plot))
category links talk edit
This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((more plot))
category links talk edit
This article needs an improved plot summary. You can provide one by editing this article. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((no plot))
category links talk edit
This article needs a plot summary. Please add one in your own words. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Inline with article text

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((needs IPA))
category links talk edit
[needs IPA]

Style of writing

See also: Wikipedia:Five pillars, Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not, and Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Words to watch

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((abbreviations))
category links talk edit
This article uses abbreviations that may be confusing or ambiguous. There might be a discussion about this on the talk page. Please improve this article if you can. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((advert))
category links talk edit
This article contains content that is written like an advertisement. Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external links, and by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((buzzword))
category links talk edit
This article appears to contain a large number of buzzwords. There might be a discussion about this on the talk page. Please help improve this article if you can.
((cleanup-PR))
category links talk edit
((cleanup tense))
category links talk edit
This article does not follow Wikipedia's guidelines on the use of different tenses. Please consider copy editing to use past tense if historic, present tense if not time-based (e.g. fiction), or future tense if upcoming. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((debate))
category links talk edit
This article is written in the style of a debate rather than an encyclopedic summary. It may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards and make it more accessible to a general audience. Please discuss this issue on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((essay-like))
category links talk edit
This article is written like a personal reflection, personal essay, or argumentative essay that states a Wikipedia editor's personal feelings or presents an original argument about a topic. Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((excessive examples))
category links talk edit
This article may contain indiscriminate, excessive, or irrelevant examples. Please improve the article by adding more descriptive text and removing less pertinent examples. See Wikipedia's guide to writing better articles for further suggestions.
((how-to))
category links talk edit
This article contains instructions, advice, or how-to content. The purpose of Wikipedia is to present facts, not to train. Please help improve this article either by rewriting the how-to content or by moving it to Wikiversity, Wikibooks or Wikivoyage.
((inappropriate person))
category links talk edit
((like resume))
category links talk edit
This biographical article is written like a résumé. Please help improve it by revising it to be neutral and encyclopedic.
((manual))
category links talk edit
This article is written like a manual or guidebook. Please help rewrite this article from a descriptive, neutral point of view, and remove advice or instruction. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((obituary))
category links talk edit
This article reads like an obituary. Wikipedia is not a memorial site and articles should have a neutral point of view. Please help edit it to help achieve neutrality, or discuss changes on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((over-quotation))
category links talk edit
This article contains too many or overly lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry. Please help improve the article by presenting facts as a neutrally worded summary with appropriate citations. Consider transferring direct quotations to Wikiquote or, for entire works, to Wikisource.
((peacock))
category links talk edit
This article contains wording that promotes the subject in a subjective manner without imparting real information. Please remove or replace such wording and instead of making proclamations about a subject's importance, use facts and attribution to demonstrate that importance. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((pro and con list))
category links talk edit
This article contains a pro and con list, which is sometimes inappropriate. Please help improve it by integrating both sides into a more neutral presentation, or remove this template if you feel that such a list is appropriate for this article.
((repetition))
category links talk edit
This article may contain too much repetition or redundant language. Please help improve it by merging similar text or removing repeated statements. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((research paper))
category links talk edit
((review))
category links talk edit
This article reads like a review rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. Please help improve this article to make it neutral in tone and meet Wikipedia's quality standards.
((speculation))
category links talk edit
This article possibly contains unsourced predictions, speculative material, or accounts of events that might not occur. Information must be verifiable and based on reliable published sources. Please help improve it by removing unsourced speculative content. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((story))
category links talk edit
This article reads more like a story than an encyclopedia entry. To meet Wikipedia's quality standards and conform to the neutral point of view policy, please help to introduce a more formal style and remove any personally invested tone.
((technical))
category links talk edit
This article may be too technical for most readers to understand. Please help improve it to make it understandable to non-experts, without removing the technical details. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((tone))
category links talk edit
This article's tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia. See Wikipedia's guide to writing better articles for suggestions. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((travel guide))
category links talk edit
This article is written like a travel guide rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style. If a travel guide is intended, use of Wikivoyage is strongly suggested.
((verbosity))
category links talk edit
This article's text uses more words than are necessary. Please help improve this article by using fewer words whilst keeping the content of the article.

Structure, formatting and sections

See also: Help:Section, Wikipedia:Manual of Style (headings), and Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Layout

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((cleanup reorganize))
category links talk edit
This article may be in need of reorganization to comply with Wikipedia's layout guidelines. Please help by editing the article to make improvements to the overall structure. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((copy edit))
category links talk edit
This article may require copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone, or spelling. You can assist by editing it. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((duplication))
category links talk edit
This article duplicates the scope of other articles. Please discuss this issue on the talk page and edit it to conform with Wikipedia's Manual of Style.
((importance section))
category links talk edit
This section contains information of unclear or questionable importance or relevance to the article's subject matter. Please help improve this section by clarifying or removing indiscriminate details. If importance cannot be established, the section is likely to be moved to another article, pseudo-redirected, or removed.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((organize section))
category links talk edit
This section may be in need of reorganization to comply with Wikipedia's layout guidelines. Please help by editing the article to make improvements to the overall structure. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((overcolored))
category links talk edit
This article may overuse or misuse color, making it hard to understand for color-blind users. Please remove or fix instances of distracting or hard-to-read colors or remove colored links that may impede user ability to distinguish links from regular text, or color links for purely aesthetic reasons. See the guides to editing for accessibility at contrast and colors.
((overcoloured))
category links talk edit
This article may overuse or misuse colour, making it hard to understand for colour-blind users. Please remove or fix instances of distracting or hard-to-read colours or remove coloured links that may impede user ability to distinguish links from regular text, or colour links for purely aesthetic reasons. See the guides to editing for accessibility at contrast and colours.
((sections))
category links talk edit
This article should be divided into sections by topic, to make it more accessible. Please help by adding section headings in accordance with Wikipedia's Manual of Style.
((summarize section))
category links talk edit
This section may be too long and excessively detailed. Please consider summarizing the material while citing sources as needed.
((Too many sections))
category links talk edit
This article may have too many section headers dividing up its content. Please help improve the article by merging similar sections and removing unneeded subheaders. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((too many see alsos))
category links talk edit
This "see also" section may contain an excessive number of suggestions. Please ensure that only the most relevant links are given, that they are not red links, and that any links are not already in this article. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((trivia))
category links talk edit
This article contains a list of miscellaneous information. Please relocate any relevant information into other sections or articles.
((very long))
category links talk edit
This page may be too long to read and navigate comfortably. Please consider splitting content into sub-articles, condensing it, or adding subheadings. Please discuss this issue on the article's talk page.

Introduction

See also: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Lead section

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((Improve lead))
category links talk edit
This article's lead section may not adequately summarize its contents. To comply with Wikipedia's lead section guidelines, please consider modifying the lead to provide an accessible overview of the article's key points in such a way that it can stand on its own as a concise version of the article.
((lead extra info))
category links talk edit
This article's lead section contains information that is not included elsewhere in the article. If the information is appropriate for the lead of the article, this information should also be included in the body of the article. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((lead missing))
category links talk edit
This article has no lead section. Please help by adding a lead section that introduces the topic and concisely summarizes the body. Please discuss this issue on the article's talk page. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((lead rewrite))
category links talk edit
The lead section of this article may need to be rewritten. Use the lead layout guide to ensure the section follows Wikipedia's norms and is inclusive of all essential details. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((lead too long))
category links talk edit
This article's lead section may be too long for the length of the article. Please help by moving some material from it into the body of the article. Please read the layout guide and lead section guidelines to ensure the section will still be inclusive of all essential details. Please discuss this issue on the article's talk page.
((lead too short))
category links talk edit
This article's lead section may be too short to adequately summarize the key points. Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article.
((POV lead))
category links talk edit
The neutrality of this article's introduction is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Potentially unwanted content

See also: Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not

Message boxes

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((cleanup list))
category links talk edit
This article or section contains embedded lists that may be poorly defined, unverified or indiscriminate. Please help to clean it up to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Where appropriate, incorporate items into the main body of the article.
  • For use in articles or sections where potentially unwanted lists need to be salvaged before being deleted
((cleanup red links))
category links talk edit
This article or section's use of red links may not follow Wikipedia's guidelines. Please help improve this article by removing excessive and inappropriate red links while leaving those that help interlink articles and encourage growth.
((close paraphrasing))
category links talk edit
This article contains close paraphrasing of one or more non-free copyrighted sources. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please improve this article by re-writing it in your own words. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((copypaste))
category links talk edit
This article may have been copied and pasted from another location, possibly in violation of Wikipedia's copyright policy. Please review the source and remedy this by editing this article to remove any non-free copyrighted content and attributing free content correctly, or flagging the content for deletion. Please be sure that the supposed source of the copyright violation is not itself a Wikipedia mirror.
((criticism section))
category links talk edit
This article's Criticism or Controversy section may compromise the article's neutrality by separating out potentially negative information. Please integrate the section's contents into the article as a whole, or rewrite the material.
((external links))
category links talk edit
This article's use of external links may not follow Wikipedia's policies or guidelines. Please improve this article by removing excessive or inappropriate external links, and converting useful links where appropriate into footnote references. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((further reading cleanup))
category links talk edit
This further reading section may contain inappropriate or excessive suggestions that may not follow Wikipedia's guidelines. Please ensure that only a reasonable number of balanced, topical, reliable, and notable further reading suggestions are given; removing less relevant or redundant publications with the same point of view where appropriate. Consider utilising appropriate texts as inline sources or creating a separate bibliography article. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((in popular culture))
category links talk edit
This article appears to contain trivial, minor, or unrelated references to popular culture. Please reorganize this content to explain the subject's impact on popular culture, providing citations to reliable, secondary sources, rather than simply listing appearances. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
((MOS))
category links talk edit
This article needs editing for compliance with Wikipedia's Manual of Style. Please help improve it if you can. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((non-free))
category links talk edit
This article may contain excessive or improper use of non-free material. Please review the use of non-free content according to policy and guidelines and correct any violations. The talk page may have details. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((overlinked))
category links talk edit
This article may have too many links to other articles, and could require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Per the Wikipedia style guidelines, please remove duplicate links, and any links that are not relevant to the context. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((schedule))
category links talk edit
This article or section contains a current television or radio schedule. Wikipedia articles should not list current broadcast schedules. Additionally, schedules which have been copied and pasted from an external source may possibly be in violation of copyright. Please help rewrite this information as prose. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((trivia))
category links talk edit
This article contains a list of miscellaneous information. Please relocate any relevant information into other sections or articles.

Inline with article text

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((peacock term))
category links talk edit
[peacock prose]
((spam link))
category links talk edit
[spam link?]
((weasel inline))
category links talk edit
[weasel words]

Context and detail

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((context))
category links talk edit
This article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject. Please help improve the article by providing more context for the reader. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((generalize))
category links talk edit
This article describes only one highly specialized aspect of its associated subject. Please help improve this article by adding more general information. The talk page may contain suggestions.
((human-centric))
category links talk edit
This article may be written from an excessively human-centric perspective. Please improve this article so that it appropriately covers non-human species, or discuss this issue on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((overly detailed))
category links talk edit
This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience. Please help by spinning off or relocating any relevant information, and removing excessive detail that may be against Wikipedia's inclusion policy. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((specific))
category links talk edit
This article focuses too much on specific examples without explaining their importance to its main subject. Please help improve this article by citing reliable, secondary sources that evaluate and synthesize these or similar examples within a broader context.
((time-context))
category links talk edit
This article is about an event or subject that may not be current but does not specify a time period. Please help improve it to include this information. The talk page may contain suggestions.

Off-topic

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

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((off topic))
category links talk edit
  • Also takes "other article" parameter

Expand and add

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
((biblio))
category links talk edit
The citations in this article lack sufficient bibliographical information (e.g. author, title, date of publication, publisher, ISBN, OCLC number, pages cited, etc.). Specific concerns can be found on the talk page. See Help:Referencing for beginners with citation templates for guidance about writing citations. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
((cleanup biography))
category links talk edit
This biographical article needs more biographical information on the subject. Statistical information, such as date and place of birth, information on historical significance, and information on accomplishments is desired. Please remove this message when done. See this article's talk page for more information.
((expand section))
category links talk edit
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it.
  • 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))
category links talk edit
Some or all of the formulas presented in this article have missing or incomplete descriptions of their variables, symbols or constants which may create ambiguity or prevent full interpretation. Please assist in recruiting an expert or improve this article yourself. See the talk page for details.
((kmposts))
category links talk edit
This section contains a table that is missing kilometre posts for one or more junctions. Please help by adding the missing kilometre posts.
((lacking ISBN))
category links talk edit
This article lacks ISBNs for the books listed in it. Please make it easier to conduct research by listing ISBNs. If the ((Cite book)) or ((citation)) templates are in use, you may add ISBNs automatically, or discuss this issue on the talk page.
  • Place ((lacking ISBN|date=August 2022)) 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))
category links talk edit
This article contains an enumeration of examples, but lacks a general overview of its topic. You can help by adding an appropriate introductory section. Editing help is available.
((mileposts))
category links talk edit
This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions. Please help by adding the missing mileposts.
((missing information))
category links talk edit
This article is missing information about Error: you must specify what information is missing.. Please expand the article to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page.
  • 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."
((expand language))
category links talk edit
This article may be expanded with text translated from a corresponding article in another language. Click [show] for important translation instructions. Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. You must provide copyright attribution in the edit summary accompanying your translation by providing an interlanguage link to the source of your translation. A model attribution edit summary is (using German): Content in this edit is translated from the existing German Wikipedia article at [[:de:Exact name of German article]]; see its history for attribution. You should also add the template ((Translated||Error: No language code specified)) to the talk page. For more guidance, see Wikipedia:Translation.
  • Typically used as one of 170 language-specific templates such as ((Expand Italian|date=August 2022))
  • Expert needed

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((expert needed))
    category links talk edit
    This article needs attention from an expert in PROJECTNAME. Please add a reason or a talk parameter to this template to explain the issue with the article. WikiProject PROJECTNAME may be able to help recruit an expert.
    • 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

    See also: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Dates and numbers and Category:Temporal templates

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((time-context))
    category links talk edit
    This article is about an event or subject that may not be current but does not specify the time period. Please help improve it to include this information. The talk page may contain suggestions.
    ((update))
    category links talk edit
    ((update|inaccurate=y))
    category

    Inline with article text

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((clarify timeframe))
    category links talk edit
    For tagging WP:DATED problems
    [timeframe?]
    ((update after))
    category links talk edit
    For facts that need updating now or at a specific future date
    [needs update]
    ((update inline))
    category links talk edit
    For facts that need updating
    [needs update]
    ((as of))
    category links talk edit
    Used within prose to attribute a specific time to potentially outdated statements.
    As of (({1))}

    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.
    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((confusing))
    category links talk edit
    This article may be confusing or unclear to readers. Please help clarify the article. There might be a discussion about this on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    • Use this tag in articles that need broad cleanup to eliminate confusion and discrepancies.
    ((contradicts other))
    category links talk edit
    This article appears to contradict another article. Please see discussion on the linked talk page. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((contradicts others))
    category links talk edit
    This article appears to contradict the articles example and illustration. Please see discussion on the linked talk page. Please do not remove this message until the contradictions are resolved.
    • Use these tags in articles that appear to contradict themselves or each other.
    ((incomprehensible))
    category links talk edit
    This article may be incomprehensible or very hard to understand. Please help by rewording it if the intended meaning can be determined. The talk page may have details.
    ((misleading))
    category links talk edit
    This article or section may contain misleading parts. Please help clarify this article according to any suggestions provided on the talk page.
    • Use this tag when the article is not factually wrong, but leads the reader to draw incorrect conclusions.
    ((self-contradictory))
    category links talk edit
    This article or section appears to contradict itself. Please see the talk page for more information.
    ((unclear date))
    category links talk edit
    This article or section contains statements that may date quickly and become unclear. Please improve the article or discuss this issue on the talk page.
    ((unfocused))
    category links talk edit
    This article may lack focus or may be about more than one topic. Please help improve this article, possibly by splitting the article and/or by introducing a disambiguation page, or discuss this issue on the talk page.
    • 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

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((contradict-inline))
    category links talk edit
    [contradictory]
    • Use this for specific sentences which contradict themselves or a nearby sentence.
    ((expand acronym))
    links talk edit
    [expand acronym]
    • Use this to mark acronyms and abbreviations that are not written in full at first occurrence.
    ((inconsistent))
    category links talk edit
    [inconsistent]
    • Use this to mark statements that are inconsistent with other parts of the article.
    ((vague))
    category links talk edit
    [vague]
    • Use this for specific sentences needing clarification.

    Content forks

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((bad summary))
    category links talk edit
    This article may not properly summarize its corresponding main article. Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((duplication))
    category links talk edit
    This article duplicates the scope of other articles. Please discuss this issue on the talk page and edit it to conform with Wikipedia's Manual of Style.

    Importance and notability

    See also: Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not (importance conveyed by sources) and Wikipedia:Notability (coverage by sources).

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((importance inline))
    links talk edit
    [importance?]
    ((importance section))
    links talk edit
    This section contains information of unclear or questionable importance or relevance to the article's subject matter. Please help improve this section by clarifying or removing indiscriminate details. If importance cannot be established, the section is likely to be moved to another article, pseudo-redirected, or removed.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((notability))
    category links talk edit
    The topic of this article may not meet Wikipedia's general notability guideline. Please help to demonstrate the notability of the topic by citing reliable secondary sources that are independent of the topic and provide significant coverage of it beyond a mere trivial mention. If notability cannot be shown, the article is likely to be merged, redirected, or deleted.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

    Neutrality and factual accuracy

    See also: Wikipedia:Neutral point of view, Wikipedia:Dispute resolution, and Wikipedia:Verifiability

    Message boxes

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((autobiography))
    category links talk edit
    This article is an autobiography or has been extensively edited by the subject or by someone connected to the subject. It may need editing to conform to Wikipedia's neutral point of view policy. There may be relevant discussion on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((cherry-picked))
    category links talk edit
    This article relies extensively on quotations that were previously collated by an advocacy or lobbying group. Please improve this article or discuss the issue on the talk page.
    ((coatrack))
    category links talk edit
    This article may primarily relate to a different subject, or place undue weight on a particular aspect rather than the subject as a whole. Please help by spinning off or relocating any relevant information, and removing excessive detail that may be against Wikipedia's inclusion policy.
    ((COI))
    category links talk edit
    A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia's content policies, particularly neutral point of view. Please discuss further on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((disputed))
    category links talk edit
    This article's factual accuracy is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please help to ensure that disputed statements are reliably sourced. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((disputed section))
    category links talk edit
    This section's factual accuracy is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on Wikipedia talk:Template index/Cleanup. Please help to ensure that disputed statements are reliably sourced. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((geographical imbalance))
    category links talk edit
    This article may not provide balanced geographical coverage on the region in question. Please improve this article or discuss the issue on the talk page.
    ((globalize))
    category links talk edit
    The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. You may improve this article, discuss the issue on the talk page, or create a new article, as appropriate. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((hoax))
    category links talk edit
    The truthfulness of this article has been questioned. It is believed that some or all of its content may constitute a hoax. Please carefully verify any reliable sources used to support the claims in the article or section, and add reliable sources for any uncited claims. If the claims cannot be reliably sourced, consider placing the article at articles for deletion and/or removing the section in question. For blatant hoaxes, use ((db-hoax)) to identify it for speedy deletion instead. Further information and discussion may be on the article's talk page.
    ((peacock))
    category links talk edit
    This article contains wording that promotes the subject in a subjective manner without imparting real information. Please remove or replace such wording and instead of making proclamations about a subject's importance, use facts and attribution to demonstrate that importance. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((political POV))
    category links talk edit
    The political neutrality of this article is disputed. This article may contain biased or partisan political opinions about a political party, event, person or government stated as facts. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((POV))
    category links talk edit
    The neutrality of this article is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((POV check))
    category links talk edit
    The neutrality of this article is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((POV lead))
    category links talk edit
    The neutrality of this article's introduction is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((POV section))
    category links talk edit
    The neutrality of this section is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((recentism))
    category links talk edit
    This article appears to be slanted towards recent events. Please try to keep recent events in historical perspective and add more content related to non-recent events. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((systemic bias))
    category links talk edit
    The neutrality of this article is questioned because it may show systemic bias. Please see the discussion on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until the issue is resolved.
    ((unbalanced))
    category links talk edit
    This article may be unbalanced towards certain viewpoints. Please improve the article by adding information on neglected viewpoints, or discuss the issue on the talk page.
    ((undisclosed paid))
    category links talk edit
    This section may have been created or edited in return for undisclosed payments, a violation of Wikipedia's terms of use. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia's content policies, particularly neutral point of view.
    ((undue weight))
    category links talk edit
    This section may lend undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, or controversies. Please help improve it by rewriting it in a balanced fashion that contextualizes different points of view. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((weasel))
    category links talk edit
    This article contains weasel words: vague phrasing that often accompanies biased or unverifiable information. Such statements should be clarified or removed.

    Inline with superimposed text

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

    Verifiability and sources

    See also: Wikipedia:Verifiability, Wikipedia:No original research, Wikipedia:Reliable sources, and Wikipedia:Citing sources

    Message boxes

    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))
    category links talk edit
    This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification, as it includes attribution to IMDb. IMDb may not be a reliable source for biographical information. Please help by adding additional, reliable sources for verification. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((BLP primary sources))
    category links talk edit
    This biography of a living person relies too much on references to primary sources. Please help by adding secondary or tertiary sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((BLP self-published))
    category links talk edit
    This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification, as its only attribution is to self-published sources; articles should not be based solely on such sources. Please help by adding reliable, independent sources. Immediately remove contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((BLP sources))
    category links talk edit
    This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((BLP sources section))
    category links talk edit
    This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((BLP unsourced))
    category links talk edit
    This biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((BLP unsourced section))
    category links talk edit
    This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    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))
    category links talk edit
    This article possibly contains inappropriate or misinterpreted citations that do not verify the text. Please help improve this article by checking for citation inaccuracies. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((cite check section))
    category links talk edit
    This section possibly contains inappropriate or misinterpreted citations that do not verify the text. Please help improve this article by checking for citation inaccuracies. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((excessive citations))
    category links talk edit
    This article may contain an excessive number of citations. Please consider removing references to unnecessary or disreputable sources, merging citations where possible, or, if necessary, flagging the content for deletion. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((media IMDb refimprove))
    category links talk edit
    This media article uses IMDb for verification. IMDb may not be a reliable source for film and television information and is generally only cited as an external link. Please help by replacing IMDb with third-party reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((more citations needed))
    category links talk edit
    This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((more citations needed section))
    category links talk edit
    This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((More medical citations needed))
    category links talk edit
    This article needs more medical references for verification or relies too heavily on primary sources. Please review the contents of the article and add the appropriate references if you can. Unsourced or poorly sourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR
    ((more science citations needed))
    category links talk edit
    This scientific article needs additional citations to secondary or tertiary sources such as review articles, monographs, or textbooks. Please add such references to provide context and establish the relevance of any primary research articles cited. Unsourced or poorly sourced material may be challenged and removed. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((one source))
    category links talk edit
    This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR
    ((original research))
    category links talk edit
    This article possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((primary sources))
    category links talk edit
    This article relies too much on references to primary sources. Please improve this article by adding secondary or tertiary sources. Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((refexample))
    category links talk edit
    This article gives self-sourcing popular culture examples without describing their significance in the context of the article. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources that describe the examples' significance, and by removing less pertinent examples. Unsourced or poorly sourced material may be challenged or removed. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((religious text primary))
    category links talk edit
    This article uncritically uses texts from within a religion or faith system without referring to secondary sources that critically analyze them. Please help improve this article by adding references to reliable secondary sources, with multiple points of view. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((self-published))
    category links talk edit
    This article may contain excessive or inappropriate references to self-published sources. Please help improve it by removing references to unreliable sources where they are used inappropriately. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((speculation))
    category links talk edit
    This article possibly contains unsourced predictions, speculative material, or accounts of events that might not occur. Information must be verifiable and based on reliable published sources. Please help improve it by removing unsourced speculative content. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((third-party))
    category links talk edit
    This article may rely excessively on sources too closely associated with the subject, potentially preventing the article from being verifiable and neutral. Please help improve it by replacing them with more appropriate citations to reliable, independent, third-party sources. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((unreferenced))
    category links talk edit
    This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "Cleanup" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((unreferenced section))
    category links talk edit
    This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((unreliable sources))
    category links talk edit
    Some of this article's listed sources may not be reliable. Please help this article by looking for better, more reliable sources. Unreliable citations may be challenged or deleted. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((user-generated))
    category links talk edit
    This article may contain improper references to user-generated content. Please help improve it by removing references to unreliable sources, where they are used inappropriately. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    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))
    category links talk edit
    This article has an unclear citation style. The references used may be made clearer with a different or consistent style of citation and footnoting. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((Citations broken))
    category links talk edit
    This article uses citations that link to broken or outdated sources. Please improve the article by following these instructions or discuss this issue on the talk page. Help on using footnotes is available. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((Citations broken from PEIS limit))
    category links talk edit
    This page exceeds Wikipedia's template size limit. Some references and/or templates may not render properly on this page. To possibly view missing references, view this article in the visual editor.[1] Please discuss this issue on the talk page. To solve this problem, use Module:Cite web. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((Cleanup bare URLs))
    category links talk edit
    This article uses bare URLs, which may be threatened by link rot. Please consider converting them to full citations to ensure the article remains verifiable and maintains a consistent citation style. Several templates and tools are available to assist in formatting, such as reFill (documentation). (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((Duplicated citations))
    category links talk edit
    This article lists the same citations more than once. Please consider using named references to ensure each citation appears only one time. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((Format footnotes))
    category links talk edit
    This article includes inline citations, but they are not properly formatted. Please improve this article by correcting them. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((Full citations needed))
    category links talk edit
    This article needs more complete citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding missing citation information so that sources are clearly identifiable. Citations should include title, publication, author, date, and (for paginated material) the page number(s). Several templates are available to assist in formatting. Improperly sourced material may be challenged and removed. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((Ibid))
    category links talk edit
    Constructs such as ibid., loc. cit. and idem are discouraged by Wikipedia's style guide for footnotes, as they are easily broken. Please improve this article by replacing them with named references (quick guide), or an abbreviated title. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((More footnotes needed))
    category links talk edit
    This article includes a list of general references, but it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((No footnotes))
    category links talk edit
    This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((Page numbers improve))
    category links talk edit
    This article cites its sources but its page references ranges are too broad or incorrect. Page ranges in books should be specific, although circumstances may warrant citing a whole chapter or a larger range. You can help improve this article by introducing citations that are more precise. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((Page numbers needed))
    category links talk edit
    This article cites its sources but does not provide page references. You can help to improve it by introducing citations that are more precise. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    Note list
    1. ^ As an alternative, you may view this article in the source editor and navigate to the section where the reference is displayed.

    Tags inline with article text

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

    Links for search

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((find sources))
    links talk edit
    Find sources: Google (books · news · scholar · free images · WP refs· FENS · JSTOR · NYT · WP Library
    ((search))
    links talk edit

    Categories

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((check category))
    category links talk edit
    This article may be in the wrong category or belong in further categories. Please re-categorize this article to list it with similar topics or add further categories if required. If you are satisfied that the article is in the correct category please remove this tag. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((disputed category))
    category links talk edit
    The inclusion of one or more of the categories on this page is disputed. Please see the relevant discussion on the talk page.
    ((improve categories))
    category links talk edit
    This page needs additional or more specific categories. Please help out by adding categories to it so that it can be listed with similar articles.
    ((recategorize))
    category links talk edit
    This article appears to be both in categories to be diffused and in their subcategories, or is in too many categories, and may need cleanup. Please help improve this page to make sure its categories are appropriate and meet Wikipedia's quality standards.
    ((uncategorized))
    category links talk edit
    • Place this at the bottom of an uncategorized article/category if you are unsure of which categories apply.
    ((uncited category))
    category links talk edit
    This Name of category contains uncited categories. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced categories may be challenged and removed. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

    Images and other media

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

    See also: Help:Files, Help:Pictures, Wikipedia:Images, Wikipedia:Uploading images, Wikipedia:File copyright tags, and Wikipedia:Image use policy

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((audio requested))
    category links talk edit
    ((cleanup gallery))
    links talk edit
    This article contains an unencyclopedic or excessive gallery of images. Please help improve the article by removing excessive or indiscriminate images or by moving relevant images beside adjacent text, in accordance with the Manual of Style on use of images. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((cleanup images))
    category links talk edit
    This article's images may require adjustment of image placement, formatting, and size. Please see the picture tutorial and the image placement policy for further information.
    ((diagram requested))
    category links talk edit
    • This template should be used on talk pages.
    ((image captions for cleanup))
    category links talk edit
    Some of the image captions in this Wikipedia page may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia guidelines. Please improve this Wikipedia page if you can. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    ((image requested))
    category links talk edit
    • 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))
    category links talk edit
    • This template should be used on talk pages.
    ((too many photos))
    category links talk edit
    This article contains too many pictures, charts or diagrams for its overall length. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please help to improve this article by removing or adjusting images in accordance with the Manual of Style on use of images. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

    Lists

    See also: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Lists

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((cleanup list))
    category links talk edit
    This article or section contains embedded lists that may be poorly defined, unverified or indiscriminate. Please help to clean it up to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Where appropriate, incorporate items into the main body of the article.
    • For use in non-list articles or sections where potentially unwanted lists need to be salvaged before being deleted
    ((create list))
    category links talk edit
    This article may be better presented in list format to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Please help improve this article by converting it into a stand-alone or embedded list.
    • Use this tag where an article needs to be changed into list format.
    ((disputed list))
    category links talk edit
    The inclusion of certain items in this list is currently being disputed. Please see the relevant discussion on the article's talk page.
    • 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 edit
    This article may contain indiscriminate, excessive, or irrelevant examples. Please improve the article by adding more descriptive text and removing less pertinent examples. See Wikipedia's guide to writing better articles for further suggestions.
    • For use in non-list articles where too much of the content is composed of "examples", "references in popular culture", and the like.
    ((famous))
    category links talk edit
    This list of "famous" or "notable" persons has no clear inclusion or exclusion criteria. Please help to define clear inclusion criteria and edit the list to contain only subjects that fit those criteria. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    • For use in articles with unclear criteria for a list of "famous" or "notable" persons.
    ((fiction trivia))
    category links talk edit
    This article may contain minor, trivial or unrelated fictional references. Trivia or references unimportant to the overall plot of a work of fiction should be edited to explain their importance or deleted.
    • 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))
    category links talk edit
    This article appears to contain trivial, minor, or unrelated references to popular culture. Please reorganize this content to explain the subject's impact on popular culture, providing citations to reliable, secondary sources, rather than simply listing appearances. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
    • 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 edit
    [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 edit
    This list contains entries that may be out of scope and need to be evaluated for removal. Please help to clean it up by removing items that do not meet the inclusion criteria agreed upon on the talk page.
    • To identify a list on Wikipedia that has entries that may be out of scope.
    ((list to table))
    category links talk edit
    This list (which may have dates, numbers, etc.) may be better in a sortable table format. Please help improve this list or discuss it on the talk page.
    • For use where lists could be better presented as tables.
    ((MOSLOW))
    category links talk edit
    This article contains a list of works that does not follow the Manual of Style for lists of works (often, though not always, due to being in reverse-chronological order) and may need cleanup. Please improve this article if you can.
    ((prose))
    category links talk edit
    This article is in list format but may read better as prose. You can help by converting this article, if appropriate. Editing help is available.
    • Use this tag where a list needs cleanup.

    Wiki tech

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

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((cleanup HTML))
    category links talk edit
    This article uses HTML markup. Please help by changing HTML markup to wiki markup where appropriate. For help finding or replacing the problematic tags, see instructions.
    • If the article needs HTML changed into wiki-markup
    ((cleanup lang))
    category links talk edit
    This article or section should specify the language of its non-English content, using ((lang)), ((transliteration)) for transliterated languages, and ((IPA)) for phonetic transcriptions, with an appropriate ISO 639 code. Wikipedia's multilingual support templates may also be used. See why.
    ((dablinks))
    category links talk edit
    This article currently links to a large number of disambiguation pages (or back to itself). Please help direct these ambiguous links to articles dealing with the specific meaning intended. Read the FAQ.
    • 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 edit
    This article has no links to other Wikipedia articles. Please help improve this article by adding links that are relevant to the context within the existing text.
    • Use this to mark articles or sections that completely lack internal links.
    ((disambiguation cleanup))
    category links talk edit
    ((incoming links))
    category links talk edit
    This disambiguation page is currently linked from a large number of articles. Please help direct these ambiguous links to articles dealing with the specific meaning intended. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
    • Use this on a page with general links that should be more specific.
    ((orphan))
    category links talk edit
    This article is an orphan, as no other articles link to it. Please introduce links to this page from related articles; try the Find link tool for suggestions.
    • Use this for articles that aren't linked to from any other pages.
    ((uncategorized))
    category links talk edit
    • Place this at the bottom of an uncategorized article/category if you are unsure of which categories apply.
    ((underlinked))
    category links talk edit
    • Use this to mark articles or sections with too few internal links.

    Infobox needed

    See also: Help:Infobox and Category:Infobox templates

    Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
    ((infobox requested))
    category links talk edit
    • 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 edit
    • This template should be used on talk pages.
    ((single infobox request))
    category links talk edit
    • 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 edit
    This page's infobox may require expansion, verification, or otherwise need cleanup. Please make sure that the infobox meets Wikipedia's guidelines for infoboxes. There might be relevant comments on the talk page. You may also want to view the infobox template page to view the full parameter list and read guidance on usage of that infobox.

    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