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=July 2024.

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 be accompanied by either 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 all templates, regardless of whether it appears in the documentation) 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, please provide a similar rationale for removing a template, unless your preceding edits have clearly fixed the announced problem. See also when not to remove a template.
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 frequently tag 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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Combined message boxes

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General cleanup

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

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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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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 message)
  • Use this tag where an AFD discussion closes with a consensus of "keep and cleanup."
((cleanup rewrite))
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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.
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    (This is the same cleanup rewrite tag with section parameter enabled)
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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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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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This article was imported from the CIA's World Factbook. Please help rewrite this article.
((cleanup book))
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This article lacks context for non-readers of the book. Please help improve this article.
((cleanup Congress bio))
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((cleanup film))
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This article lacks context for non-watchers of the film. Please review the Manual of Style for films and help improve this article.
((cleanup school))
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This article about school may require cleanup. Please review editing advice and help improve this article.
((cleanup higher education))
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This article about higher education may require cleanup. Please review editing advice and help improve this article.
((game guide))
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This article about video games may require cleanup. Please review the Manual of Style and help improve this article.
((game trivia))
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This article may contain excessive or off-topic gaming-related detail. Please help make this article more focused.
((localist))
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This article on a place of local interest may need more verifiable and notable information. Please review the essay guide and help improve the article. (Learn how and when to remove this message)
((metricate))
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This article may lack conversion for SI units. Please add them to this article, preferably with ((convert)).
((USRD-wrongdir))
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This article about roads may need to be written in a south-to-north or west-to-east direction. Please review standards for U.S. road articles and help improve this article.

Fiction

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

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  • This is not for factual or accuracy disputes.
((in-universe))
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((more plot))
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Style of writing

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

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((advert))
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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 message)
((buzzword))
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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 press release))
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This article reads like a press release or a news article and may be largely based on routine coverage. Please help improve this article and add independent sources.
((cleanup tense))
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((debate))
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This article is written like a debate. Please help improve the article by writing in encyclopedic style and discuss the issue on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove this message)
((essay-like))
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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 message)
((excessive examples))
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This article may contain excessive or irrelevant examples. Please help improve the article by adding descriptive text and removing less pertinent examples.
((how-to))
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This article contains instructions, advice, or how-to content. Please help rewrite the content so that it is more encyclopedic or move it to Wikiversity, Wikibooks, or Wikivoyage.
((inappropriate person))
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This article uses first-person (I, we) or second-person (you) inappropriately. Please help rewrite it to use a more formal, encyclopedic tone.
((Resume-like))
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This biographical article is written like a résumé. Please help improve it by revising it to be neutral and encyclopedic.
((manual))
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This article is written like a manual or guide. Please help rewrite this article and remove advice or instruction.
((obituary))
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This article is written like an obituary. Wikipedia is not a memorial site; please help improve the article to make it more encyclopedic.
((over-quotation))
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This article contains too many or overly lengthy quotations. Please help summarize the quotations. Consider transferring direct quotations to Wikiquote or excerpts to Wikisource.
((peacock))
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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 message)
((pro and con list))
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This article contains a pro and con list. Please help rewriting it into consolidated sections based on topics.
((research paper))
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((review))
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This article is written like a review. Please help improve this article by rewriting it in encyclopedic style.
((speculation))
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((story))
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This article is written like a story. Please help rewrite this article to introduce an encyclopedic style and a neutral point of view.
((technical))
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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 message)
((tone))
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((travel guide))
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This article is written like a travel guide. Please help improve the article by introducing an encyclopedic style or move the content to Wikivoyage.

Structure, formatting and sections

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

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((duplication))
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This article duplicates the scope of other articles. Please discuss this issue and help introduce a summary style to the article.
((importance section))
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((organize section))
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((sections))
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This article needs to be divided into sections. Please help improve the article and read the Manual of Style for guidelines.
((summarize section))
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This section may be too long and excessively detailed. Please consider summarizing the material.
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((trivia))
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This article contains a list of miscellaneous information. Please relocate any relevant information into other sections or articles.
((very long))
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Introduction

See also: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Lead section

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This article's lead section may be too long. Please read the length guidelines and help move details into the article's body.
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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.
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Potentially unwanted content

See also: Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not

Message boxes

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((AI-generated))
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((cleanup list))
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This article or section may contain unverified or indiscriminate information in embedded lists. Please help clean up the lists by removing items or incorporating them into the text of the article.
  • For use in articles or sections where potentially unwanted lists need to be salvaged before being deleted
((cleanup red links))
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((copypaste))
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((further reading cleanup))
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((in popular culture))
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((schedule))
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Context, statistics and detail

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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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Expand and add

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This section is missing kilometre posts for junctions. Please help by adding them.
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  • Expert needed

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    Time-sensitive

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

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