A list of examples of the various message templates, and other sorts of templates.

Main namespace (for encyclopedic articles)

Usage and links Description and examples


Templates relating to article descriptions.

Templates related to issues and disputes with articles, including NPOV, are listed under Template messages/Disputes. Templates related to formatting are listed under Template messages/Format. Templates related to Cleanup issues are listed under Template messages/Cleanup.

Example: ((disambiguation ))


Template messages to inform readers and editors of specific problems with articles or sections; not to be used as a badge of shame.

These template messages may be added to articles needing a 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 disagreement with the article, or a method of warning the readers against the article.

Example: ((multiple issues))
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) No issues specified. Please specify issues, or remove this template. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Example: ((cleanup|reason=Example)) Example: ((CIA))
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)
Example: ((fiction))
This article or section 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)
Example: ((abbreviations))
This article uses abbreviations that may be confusing or ambiguous. There might be a discussion about this on the talk page. Please improve this Wikipedia page if you can. (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Compact tables of contents (TOC)[edit]

A list of ways to create several kinds of compact tables of contents (TOC). Please note that a normal compact TOC will not work when put on Category pages; the page contains a separate section instructing you how to put a compact TOC on Category pages. Example: ((Compact ToC))

Deletion / discussion / speedy[edit]

Before attempting to delete any articles, categories, etc., read Wikipedia:Deletion policy, and the specific instructions for the type of page you want to delete.

Example: ((cfd result)) Example: ((Old AfD))


  • Autobiography
  • Contradictory
  • Controversial
  • Factual accuracy
  • Neutrality
  • Notability
  • Original research
  • Possible neologisms
  • Suspected hoax
  • Unencyclopedic
  • Verifiability

Dispute templates are used to alert other editors that work is needed on a certain article, and auto-categorize pages so that patrolling editors can aid their talent to the problem.

They should normally not be used without a clear description from the applying editor of the rationale, preferably presented in a numbered list form on the article's talk page, in a section which includes the name of the template that was applied. As these items are dealt with, it is suggested each line be struck through. Some guidance should be given by the posting editor as to what action will resolve the matter when using section and article (page) tagging templates. For placement at top of an article. For placement at top of article or section. For placement in or at top of a section only. For inline article placement. For placement on talk pages of articles. For placement on talk pages of users.

Example: ((Contradict))
This article or section appears to contradict itself. Please see the talk page for more information.


  • Division boxes
  • Hide/show boxes
  • Image frames
  • Multiple columns

Templates related to descriptions (such as disambiguation, spoiler, wikicode) are listed under Template messages/General. Templates related to issues and disputes with articles, including NPOV, are listed under Disputes templates.

Example: ((divbox|gray|Title|Lorem ipsum))

Example: ((key press|Ctrl|F5)) Ctrl+F5


Example: ((main|Article))
Example: ((cat main))

Example: ((lnt|namespace|page name))

Namespace talk:Page name (edit | namespace | history | links | watch | logs)

Example: ((tl|name of template))

((name of template))

Example: ((German title Freiherr))

Regarding personal names: Freiherr is a former title (translated as Baron). In Germany since 1919, it forms part of family names. The feminine forms are Freifrau and Freiin.


  • Dynamic lists
  • Incomplete lists
  • Subject or topic lists
  • Disputed content/length
Example: ((Unsorted list|reason=alpha))
This article contains a list that has not been sorted. This list needs to be alphabetized. See Help:Sorting for more information. Please improve this article if you can.
Example: ((List dispute))
The inclusion or exclusion of items from this list or length of this list is disputed. Please discuss this issue on the talk page.


Note that a message about "this page" may have an unintended effect on a page that includes the page with the message. If that applies, put the message inside noinclude tags, or be specific about which page the message refers to.

Example: ((In use))

Example: ((Uncategorized))


  • To be placed on top of the pages or sections which require merging.
Example: ((merge))
It has been suggested that this page be merged with Wikipedia:Template messages/Merging. (Discuss)

Redirect pages[edit]

  • To be placed at the end of the same line as the redirect tag.

It is sometimes considered helpful to put redirects into categories where appropriate, see Wikipedia:Categorizing redirects. For pages which should ultimately be handled by a full article, add both ((R with possibilities)) and one or more stub sorting templates to draw attention to the needed article.

Redirect templates are designed to be used together. For example, the redirect "Architechts" uses both ((R from misspelling)) and ((R from plural)). ((This is a redirect)) can be used to add up to seven templates to a single page by listing the appropriate redirect templates as parameters.

Example: ((R to project namespace))


  • Templates that are section-specific.

While most templates can be used in sections, these templates are section-specific.

Example: ((Expand-section))
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it.

Sources / citations / references[edit]

Example: ((Unreferenced|date=November 2014))
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: "Examples" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (November 2014) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Example: ((more footnotes))
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)


  • To be placed on top the pages or sections which require splitting.
Example: ((Split))
It has been suggested that this page should be split into multiple pages. (discuss)

Standard boxes[edit]

  • Calendars
  • Court Decisions
  • Diagrams
  • Game and Puzzle layouts
  • Grids
  • Periodic Table

Describes standard box and diagram templates, used for specific subject matter items. They include right and left side, or lower article boxes, calendars, tables, grids and diagrams used in article expostion. The templates provide a consistent, clean format for the displayed information.

Infoboxes are described on the Infoboxes page.

Example: ((MINUTE|00:00))



  • Translation-related cleanup and expansion.
Example: ((proofreader needed))
This article has been translated from a Wikipedia article in another language, and requires proofreading. If you are confident enough in your fluency of English and the original language, please feel free to join this translation.

Wikimedia sister projects[edit]

List of templates that are designed to provide article-to-article linking between Wikipedia and its Wikimedia sister projects. Also, links to pages concerning moving articles between projects.

Example: ((mediaWiki))
Example: ((meta|Insert page title here))
Example: ((wikibooks))
Example: ((commons category|Insert category name here))

Main namespace: other

Usage and links Description and examples

Main page and alternatives[edit]

Example: ((contents pages (header bar)))


Hatnotes are short notes placed at the top of an article or section of an article (hence the name "hat"). Hatnotes help readers locate a different article they might be seeking. Readers may have arrived at the article containing the hatnote because they were redirected, because the sought article uses a more specific, disambiguated title, or because the sought article and the article with the hatnote have similar names. Hatnotes provide links to the possibly sought article or to a disambiguation page.

Example: ((Hatnote|CUSTOM TEXT))

Navigation templates[edit]

A navigation template is a grouping of links used in multiple related articles to facilitate navigation between those articles. Editing of a navigation template is done in a central place, the template page. There are two main varieties of navigation template: navigation boxes (or navboxes), designed to sit at the very bottom of articles, and sidebars, designed to sit at the side of the article text. The two are complementary and either or both may be appropriate in different situations.

Example: ((Named sapphires))

Inline templates linking country articles[edit]

Country codes, to render a flag icon and a wikilink to a country's article

Example: ((AFG))  Afghanistan


An infobox on Wikipedia is a consistently-formatted table which is present in articles with a common subject.

Example: ((Infobox manner of address|name=Example))
Styles of

Automatic taxobox[edit]

Template index/Examples
Scientific classification e
(unranked): Filozoa
Kingdom: Animalia

This template sets up a ((Automatic taxobox)), a table setting out the Biological classification (taxonomy) for a group of living things with a choice of over 160 parameters.

Example: ((Automatic taxobox|taxon=Animalia))

WikiProject Countering systemic bias[edit]

Templates for noting a particular national or regional bias of an article, and asking for a worldwide view.

Example: ((globalize))
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)

WikiProject Stub sorting[edit]

Wikiproject to list stub messages/templates that are applied to stubs.

Example: ((Edu-stub))

Other namespaces

Usage and links Description and examples

Category namespace[edit]

  • Births in years
  • Books in years
  • Deaths in years
  • Works in years
  • Categorization of people:
    • Subjective category disclaimer
    • Disputed categorisation
  • Category headers

These notes are generally placed on top of category pages.

For notes about the deletion and renaming of categories, see Wikipedia:Template messages/Deletion.

Additional templates for category pages can be found in Category:Category namespace templates and its subcategories.

For table of contents templates, see Wikipedia:Template messages/Compact tables of contents.

Example: ((birth year category header|123|4)) What you would see: see the header at Category:1234 deaths.

Example: ((category diffuse|nocat=true))

File namespace[edit]

  • General
  • Categorization
  • Copy to Wikimedia Commons
  • Creative Commons
  • Deletion
  • Featured content
  • Format and quality
  • Free image / Semi-free image usage
  • GNU/GFDL images
  • Government copyrights (UK, Canada, Poland, etc.)
  • Non-free (copyrighted) images
  • Public domain images

These are tags that may be placed on the file description pages, i.e., the pages that open up when pictures in articles are clicked. This is not the complete list (at the moment). When tagging images, please see the full text list at Wikipedia:File copyright tags.

Example: ((ffd)) This template should only be used on file pages. Example: ((POV-map))
The neutrality of this map 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)

Talk namespace[edit]

  • General
  • Archiving
  • Biography
  • Comments
  • Discussion thread tags
  • Expansion requests
  • FAQ
  • Featured and good articles
  • Free images
  • Peer review
  • To do lists
  • Translation requests
  • WikiProject notices

These are template messages that can be used on talk pages.

If you create a new or modify an old talk page template please first read the guideline about how they should look at Wikipedia:Talk page templates.

Example: ((connected contributor|Jimbo Wales)) Example: ((resolved))
Example: ((GA))

Template namespace[edit]

  • Template documentation
  • High-use and intricate
  • Template talk page messages

These templates and message boxes are used on template pages and their subpages such as their /doc pages.

Additional templates for template pages can be found in Category:Template namespace templates and its subcategories.

Example: ((documentation subpage))

User namespace[edit]

Example: ((user sandbox))

Example: ((User:Saoshyant/Userboxes/User oops))
This user tries to do the right thing. If they make a mistake, please let them know.

User talk namespace[edit]

  • Multi-level warning templates
  • Single-level warning templates
  • Behavior in articles
  • Behavior towards editors
  • Blatant vandalism
  • Blocks
  • Foreign-language contributors
  • General disruptive editing
  • Inserting factual inaccuracies and/or libel
  • Meta-templates
  • Miscellanea
  • Promotions of objects or ideologies (also spam)
  • Unaccepted practices, unilateral action against policies or guidelines

Wikipedia:WikiProject User warnings: User talk templates are placed on users' talk pages to advise a user against actions that disrupt Wikipedia, to advise editors of common mistakes, or to place a standard boilerplate note at the top of a page.

Multi-level warning templates Blatant vandalism. General disruptive editing. Behavior in articles. Behavior towards editors. Adding promotions of objects or ideologies (also spam). Inserting factual inaccuracies and/or libel. Unaccepted practices, unilateral action against policies or guidelines.

Example: ((Uw-vandalism1))
Information icon
Hello, I'm Mrjulesd. I wanted to let you know that I undid one or more of your recent contributions because it did not appear constructive. If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks!

Single-level templates (Advisories. Noticeboard notices. Warnings.)


Foreign-language contributors.

Miscellanea (Page headers. Images. Discussions and editing. New user. Deletion notifications. Other notifications.)

Example: ((usercomment)) Example: ((Talk header))


Wikipedia namespace[edit]

  • Policies and guidelines
  • Essays and related
  • Humor
  • Maintenance
  • Proposals and disputes
  • Village pump
  • WikiProjects
Example: ((essay)) Example: ((nutshell))

WikiProject banners[edit]

  • WikiProject banners
  • WikiProject meta templates
  • Banner shells

These template messages are WikiProject banners for use on Talk pages. They should typically be placed at the top of talk pages of articles or pages covered by the associated WikiProject.

Example: ((WikiProject Albums))
WikiProject Albums (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject icon
This page is within the scope of WikiProject Albums, an attempt at building a useful resource on recordings from a variety of genres. If you would like to participate, visit the project page, where you can join the project and/or contribute to the discussion.
Project This article has been rated as Project-Class on the project's quality scale.

Various namespaces