Wikipedia:Template messages/Cleanup

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The following tags should be added to articles that need a cleanup. Unless otherwise noted, they should be placed at the top of the article. Note that the date parameter will be added by a bot if it is left off. Some tags have alternative versions that apply to situations of greater specificity.

Note: Many cleanup templates listed below need their own minor cleanup. They add tagged pages to a category, as well as lists with examples. To disable this, replace:
...<includeonly>[[Category:etc.]]</includeonly>
with
...<includeonly>{{{category|[[Category:etc.]]}}}</includeonly>.

Cleanup

General cleanup

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

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{{cleanup}}
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  • This applies to general problems not addressed by other tags.
  • Please consider using specific cleanup tags first, as specific tags help other editors to easily identify problems in an article.
{{cleanup-section}}
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  • Use this tag where a section in an article needs cleaning up.
{{cleanup-remainder}}
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  • Use this tag where the remaining sections of an article need cleanup.
{{cleanup-rewrite}}
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  • Use this tag where the whole article needs cleanup.

Plain old editing

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

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{{copyedit}}
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{{grammar}}
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{{capitalization}}
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Style of writing

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia. Wikipedia is not a dictionary, soapbox, how-to guide, blog, billboard, fansite, resume, or crystal ball.

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{{review}}
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{{abbreviations}}
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{{advert}}
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{{newsrelease}}
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Template:Newsrelease
{{fansite|June 2020}}
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{{buzzword}}
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{{proseline}}
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{{Essay-entry|article}}
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{{Essay-entry|section}}
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{{howto}}
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{{inappropriate person}}
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{{inappropriate tone}}
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{{likeresume}}
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{{Plot}}
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{{Nonfiction}}
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Template:Nonfiction
{{prophecy}}
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{{quotefarm}}
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{{cleanup-gallery}}
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{{story}}
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{{cleanup-tense}}
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{{gameguide}}
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{{cleanup-jargon}}
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{{repetition}}
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{{obit}}
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Structure and sections

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{{importance-sect}}
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{{cleanup-combine}}
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{{cleanup-restructure}}
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{{sections}}
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{{verylong}}
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{{Shorten}}
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{{sectionrewrite}}
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Potentially unwanted content

Some things just don't belong.

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{{External links|June 2020}}
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{{cleanup-spam}}
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{{non-free}}
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{{copypaste}}
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{{schedule}}
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{{trivia}}
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{{criticism-section}}
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{{Unencyclopedic}}
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Context and detail

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{{whereisit}}
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{{context}}
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{{generalize}}
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{{technical}}
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  • Should only be used on talk pages.

Off-topic

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

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{off-topic}}
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{{Off-topic-other|Other Article}}
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Template:Off-topic-other

Expand and add

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{Expand}}
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  • First argument is inserted after 'improve this': {{expand|article with examples}} → "...improve this article with examples"
{{Expand-section}}
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  • First argument is added to description: {{expand-section|examples}} → "...by expanding this section with examples"
{{Sectstub}}
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  • Place this notice in the section that requires expansion
{{Missing information}}
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  • First argument is added to description "{{{1}}}" appears: {{Missing information|foo, bar, baz and quux.}} → "...information about: foo, bar, baz and quux." This template is for when the article needs to be expanded even to be accurate.
{{reqdiagram}}
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  • Place this notice on the talkpage.
{{reqphoto}}
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It is requested that a photograph or photographs be included in this article to improve its quality.
This template is misplaced. It belongs on the talk page: Talk:Wikipedia:Template messages/Cleanup.
  • Place this notice on the talkpage.

Expert needed

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{Expert-verify|article}}
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Template:Expert-verify
  • After adding this template, start a section on the article discussion page describing what you wish the expert to address. {{Expert-talk}} may be used for this purpose.
{{Expert-subject|PROJECTNAME}}
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  • After adding this template, start a section on the article discussion page describing what you wish the expert to address. {{Expert-talk}} may be used for this purpose.

Time-sensitive

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{update}}
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{{RRevised}}
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Template:RRevised

Inline with article text

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{{old fact}}
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for facts that were true but aren't anymore:must be subst'd
[obsolete fact]
{{update after|2007|1|1}}
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for facts that need updating at a specific future date
[needs update]
{{fact}}
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For something that needs a cite
[citation needed]
{{who}}
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For something that needs an attribution
[attribution needed]

Contradiction and confusion

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{contradict}}
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{{contradict-other}}
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{{cleanup-confusing|June 2020}}
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Template:Cleanup-confusing
  • Use this tag in articles that need broad cleanup to eliminate confusion and discrepancies.
{{uncleardate|June 2020}}
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{{misleading}}
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  • Use this tag when the article is not factually wrong but leads the reader to draw incorrect conclusions.
{{vague|optional mouseover message}}
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[vague]
  • Use this for specific sentences needing clarification.

Importance and notability

See also: Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not (importance conveyed by sources) and Wikipedia:Notability (coverage by sources).
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{{importance}}
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{{notability}}
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{{bio-notability}}
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{{music-importance}}
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{{company-importance}}
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Neutrality and factual accuracy

All articles should maintain a Neutral point of view. Sometimes, editors dispute the truth of statements. See also: Wikipedia:Verifiability.

Message boxes

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{{Articleissues}}
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  • Use the article=y parameter if you use the template for the entire article, and section=y if it is used only for a particular section.
  • To tag a specific issue, set any string of text to the parameter, such as issue=y
  • To specify the month tagged for the categories that sort articles by month, type issue=June 2020 or issue=April 2007
{{POV}}
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{{totally-disputed}}
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{{weasel|article}}
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{{peacock|article}}
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{{unbalanced}}
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Template:Unbalanced
{{limited}}
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{{Geographical imbalance|a region|article}}
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{{Disputed}}
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Template:Disputed
{{BLPC}}
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Template:BLPC

Inline with article text

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{{POV-statement}}
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[neutrality disputed]
{{Lopsided}}
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[opinion needs balancing]
{{POVassertion}}
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Template:POVassertion
{{Dubious}}
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[dubious ]
{{When}}
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For ambiguous or vague time references of various kinds.
[when?]
{{Who?}}
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For weasel words ("Many say..." Some people think...")
[Who?]

Verifiability and sources

Message boxes

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{citation style}}
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{{citations missing}}
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{{citations broken}}
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Template:Citations broken
{{citecheck}}
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  • For quotes used out of context, references to unrelated material, and other misuse of citations.
{{unreferenced|article}}
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{{Unreferencedsection}}
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Template:Unreferencedsection


{{refimprove}}
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{{pagenumbers|article}}
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Template:Pagenumbers
{{primarysources|article}}
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Template:Primarysources
{{nofootnotes|article}}
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{{original research|article}}
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{{unreliable|article}}
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Template:Unreliable

Inline with article text

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{Citequote|article}}
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Template:Citequote
{{Clarifyme|article}}
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[clarify]
{{fact|article}}
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[citation needed]
{{or|article}}
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OR
{{syn|article}}
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Template:Syn
{{vague|optional message}}
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[vague]
{{Verify source|article}}
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[verification needed]
{{Verify credibility|article}}
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[unreliable source?]

Introduction

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{intro length}}
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Template:Intro length
{{tooshort}}
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{{vagueintro}}
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Template:Vagueintro
{{introrewrite}}
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{{intromissing}}
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Lists

Lists serve useful purposes, but sometimes need cleanup, too.

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{{cleanup-laundry}}
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  • For use in non-list articles where too much of the content is composed of lists.
{{cleanup-laundryrack}}
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Template:Cleanup-laundryrack
  • For use where lists could be better presented as tables.
{{Prose}}
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{{cleanup-list}}
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  • Use this tag where a list needs cleanup.
{{create-list}}
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  • Use this tag where an article needs to be changed into list format.
{{examplefarm}}
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  • For use in non-list articles where too much of the content is composed of "examples", "references in popular culture", and the like.
{{listtable}}
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  • Use this tag where a list needs to be changed into a table.
{{fictionlist}}
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  • For use when a nonfiction article has become overcrowded with too many references to fiction or other pop culture. (Ex.: Article on horses having a long section of TV shows, movies, video games, etc. that have horse in the name or feature horses in some way.)
{{fictionrefs}}
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  • For use in fiction-specific articles that have way too many trivial examples. (Ex.: For an article specifically about famous fictional horses that mentions that 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.)
{{MOSLOW}}
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Images

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{reqphoto}}
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It is requested that a photograph or photographs be included in this article to improve its quality.
This template is misplaced. It belongs on the talk page: Talk:Wikipedia:Template messages/Cleanup.
  • This template should be used on talk pages.
{{reqphotoin|wikiproject}}
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It is requested that a photograph or photographs be included in this article to improve its quality, if possible.
Wikipedians in wikiproject may be able to help!
  • This template should be used on talk pages.
{{reqmap}}
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It is requested that a map or maps be included in this article to improve its quality.
  • This template should be used on talk pages.
{{reqdiagram}}
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  • This template should be used on talk pages.
{{reqimageother|type of request}}
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It is requested that an image be included in this article to improve its quality, if possible. This image request is for type of request.
  • This template should be used on talk pages.
{{image-out-of-focus}}
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{{image-blownout}}
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{{image-underexposure}}
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{{Image-toosmall}}
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  • To be placed at the top of an article which features an image expanded beyond its limits, such as an avatar-size image in a large TV or film box.
{{cleanup-image}}
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  • This should be used for images that have artifacts, poor definition, poor lighting, or other visual flaws.
  • Many of these images may need to be replaced entirely. Try requesting a photo by adding the template {{reqphoto}} to the talk page of the article(s) in which the image is present.
{{duplicate}}
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File:Nuvola apps important.svg This image is an exact duplicate or scaled-down version of [[:]]. There should be only one copy of an image. After replacing all instances with the preferred image, the others should be speedily deleted.

Admins: Follow the directions on Wikipedia:Speedy deletions
Do not delete this page until all uses have been replaced!
Only use for images that are exact duplicates!


{{ifr}}
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{{ShouldBeJPEG}}
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Comparison of GIF half of a dome image (left) to clearer JPEG half (right) of the dome image. This image was uploaded in a format such as GIF or PNG. It could be stored, however, in the JPEG format which compresses photos more effectively. Using JPEG will decrease the size of the image, reducing download time. If possible, please upload a JPEG version of this image. If a source URL for the image is listed and functional, please convert the image found at that location in the chance that the creator of this image made edits to the original which consequently reduced its quality. Conversion can be done with free image-editing software such as GIMP. After doing so, please replace all instances of the previous version throughout Wikipedia (noted under the "File links" header), tag the old version with {{JPEG version available|NewImage.jpg}}, and remove this tag. For more information, see Wikipedia:Preparing images for upload.
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{{ShouldBePNG}}
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This image was uploaded in a format such as GIF or JPEG. It could be stored, however, in the PNG format which supports lossless compression and transparency. Because the PNG format supports lossless compression, edits made to PNG files do not reduce their quality. If possible, please upload a PNG version of this image. After doing so, please replace all instances of the previous version throughout Wikipedia (noted under the "File links" header), tag the old version with {{PNG version available|NewImage.png}}, and remove this tag. For more information, see Wikipedia:Preparing images for upload.
{{ShouldBeSVG}}
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A pixelated circle (raster) is corrected (to vector graphics). This image was uploaded in the PNG, GIF, or JPEG format. However, it contains information that could be stored more efficiently and/or more accurately in the SVG format. If possible, please upload an SVG version of this image. After doing so, please replace all instances of the previous version throughout Wikipedia (noted under the “File links” header), tag the old version with {{Vector version available|NewImage.svg}}, and remove this tag. For more information, see Wikipedia:Preparing images for upload. For assistance with converting to SVG, please see the Graphics Lab.
{{opaque}}
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ℹ – informational message only This image was uploaded with an opaque background where it should have been transparent. If possible, please upload a PNG or SVG version of this image, derived from a non-JPEG source so that it could hopefully contain an alpha channel and no compression artifacts (or with existing artifacts removed). After doing so, please replace all instances of this version throughout Wikipedia (noted under the "File links" header), and mark this image as {{obsolete|replacement image}}. For more information, see Wikipedia:Preparing images for upload.

Wiki tech

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

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{{wikify}}
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  • If the article needs reformatting to be more readable
  • If the article needs HTML changed into wikitext
  • If the article needs text markup for mathematical formulae per WP:MATH
  • If important words need to be linked to appropriate Wikipedia articles
{{disambig-cleanup}}
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Template:Disambig-cleanup
{{uncategorized}}
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  • Place this at the bottom of an uncategorized article/category if you are unsure of which categories apply.
{{orphan}}
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{{orphancat}}
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Template:Orphancat
{{popcat}}
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Infobox needed

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{{newinfobox}}
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Maintenence This page has a deprecated or subst'ed infobox and needs a new one.
Please consult the relevant WikiProject or this category to find the appropriate replacement.
{{single infobox request}}
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This template is misplaced. It belongs on the talk page: Talk:Wikipedia:Template messages/Cleanup.
50px A Song Infobox has been requested for this article. Please format it according to the guidelines.
  • This template should be used on talk pages.

Cleanup of specific subjects

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

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{CIA}}
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{{Cleanup Congress Bio}}
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Template:Cleanup Congress Bio
{{cleanup-book}}
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{{cleanup-comics}}
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Template:Cleanup-comics
{{cleanup-school}}
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{{cleanup-university}}
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{{local}}
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{{ToLCleanup}}
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{{gamecleanup}}
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Fiction

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{in-universe}}
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{{fiction}}
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  • This is not for factual or accuracy disputes.

Miscellaneous

Tag Text that will be shown (and usage notes)
{{metricate}}
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{{globalize}}
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{{gender bias}}
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Template:Gender bias
{{OTRS|POV and referencing problems}}
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Template:OTRS
{{cleanup-afd}}
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Template:Cleanup-afd
  • Use this tag where an AFD discussion closes with a consensus of "keep and cleanup."
{{examplefarm}}
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{{cleanup-ipa}}
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Template:Cleanup-ipa

Merging and splitting

Template:Wikipedia:Template messages/Merging and splitting

Moving

Template:Wikipedia:Template messages/Moving

Translation

Template:Wikipedia:Template messages/translation

See also

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