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This is the coordination page for the Tip of the day department.

See Tip of the day scheduling queue for the complete schedule of tips.

Postscript-viewer.svg See Wikipedia:Tips for the complete library of tips arranged by subject.

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WikiProject iconWikipedia:Tip of the day is part of WikiProject Userboxes. This means that the WikiProject has identified it as part of the userboxes system. WikiProject Userboxes itself is an attempt to improve, grow and standardize Wikipedia's articles and templates related to the userbox system, used on many users' pages. We need all your help, so join in today!

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The tip of the day (or TOTD) is a helpful tip on how to use or edit Wikipedia. It is displayed by template on prominent help and community pages (and many user pages), presenting a different tip each day. The template displays the tip page named for the current date. The year is left off of the page titles, so that the same collection of tips redisplays automatically year after year.

Our purpose here is to keep the tips relevant. This means keeping tip pages up-to-date, and replacing tips with new ones when they become obsolete. In addition to this, we are constantly on the lookout for better tips to improve the overall collection, replacing not-as-useful tips with more useful ones.

As you probably guessed, that means there are 366 tip pages that need to be maintained. We welcome your help in maintaining and adding tips.

Template {{totd3}}
Tip of the day...
How to make links to disambiguation pages appear orange to you

Sometimes, a desired topic link goes to a disambiguation page instead. This tip lets you spot them without having to click on them first, so you can more easily help fix them.

In preferences under the gadgets tab, check the box next to "Display links to disambiguation pages in orange", and then click the save button at the bottom of the page.

To add this auto-updating template to your user page, use {{totd3}}

How you can help[edit]

To suggest a new tip or report a problem with a tip, create a new section at the very bottom of this Talk page to let us know. Feel free to make corrections directly to tip pages, and please let us know at the bottom of this page when you do. Other ideas and comments are also welcome.

To view and check the TOTD a day before it goes live, place {{totd-tomorrow}} on your user Talk page (including the four curly braces).

If you would like to join this department, please add yourself to the participants list below.


Invitation to the Tip of the day WikiProject[edit]

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Hello Tip of the day,
You are invited to join the Tip of the day, a WikiProject and resource dedicated to providing useful daily advice on how to use or develop Wikipedia more effectively.
To join the project, just add your name to the participants list. We're so glad you're here!

How to invite[edit]

To invite another editor to contribute to Tip of the day, copy and paste {{subst:Wikipedia talk:Tip of the day/Invitation}} into a new section on their talk page. Feel free to include your own personal message as well. Cheers!


There is a bot automatically generated list of active editors.

If you'd like to be kept up-to-date on what is going on with TOTD, and receive task assignments, please add your name below:

Welcome message[edit]

Here is a plain Welcome message for posting to new participant's talk page. To post the message copy and paste this:
{{totd plain welcome}} (including the four curly braces).

Remember to sign the message with your four tilde signature: ~~~~

Light bulb* Welcome! Thank you for your recent edits for the Wikipedia Tip of the day and for joining the Tip of the day department.


  • New tips (or major rewrites) should be proposed via a New section at the very bottom of this Talk page. Ping other editors if possible. Wait for comments and consensus.
  • Minor updates and copy-edits to existing tips can be done directly at that tip's RAW template found via the Tip of the day scheduling queue.
  • The 366 slots (one for each day of the yearless calendar, including February 29 for leap year) are set up on Wikipedia:Tip of the day so whenever any new tip is added, or an obsolete tip is removed, one of the 366 days needs to be chosen. Put the new tip in a slot that is already duplicated in another slot (e.g.- the same tip is repeated for January 17 and July 17). Replace the duplicate slot that is coming up the soonest using the general workflow checklist below.

Discussion status[edit]

To use, click on the Discussion subpage link above, copy and paste into top of each new discusion.

General workflow checklist to add a new tip to replace an existing tip[edit]

  1. Directly place the updated (Done) tip into the Tip of the day scheduling queue at one of the 366 subpages by editing the tip.
  2. Update the tip's description at:
    1. Wikipedia:Tip of the day#Chronological list of tips.
    2. WP:ALPHATIPAlphabetical list of tips page.
    3. Wikipedia:Tips, the complete library of tips arranged by subject (pipe the description, link the date to the piped description per the other listings).
      1. If you add a tip you may need to remove a tip too. Check for duplicates.
  3. Update Wikipedia talk:Tip of the day#Tip library maintenance below. You will also need to remove the added date from other months where it is duplicated- e.g.- if you add a tip in place of one in January and it is duplicated in July you will need to remove the January reference in the July maintenance listing.

How to prevent new tip archiving[edit]

Use Bump which is a wrapper for the invisible template {{do not archive until}} that is used to prevent bots archiving a discussion thread.

It produces a visible message that the thread has been bumped, and how long for (defaults to 30 days), if a value of days has been specified. It will auto-sign the notification.

{{subst:Bump}} produces:

Bumping thread. Example (talk) 09:45, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

{{subst:Bump|30}} produces:

Bumping thread for 30 days. Example (talk) 09:45, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Ambox warning pn.svg Always use the subst prefix, and place under the section title.

Tip library maintenance[edit]

As of August 1, 2016, the count of tips (from the scheduling queue) contained within the Tip library:

From the above list, it appears that there are not 366 unique individual tips, which opens the door for new tips to be added to the schedule as well as removal of duplicate tips.

To keep the Tip library in step with the scheduling queue, additional editors may help by reviewing the Tip library and performing cleanup. When each month is completed, please add the {{Done}} template to that month's line in the list above.

Until we reach 366 tips, new tips can be placed into the TOTD Schedule Queue by replacing a duplicate entry from the monthly maintenance lists below.

January maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
January 1Where to begin?January 1
January 2Article developmentJanuary 2
January 3Are your hands full? (Use search box as a small
but convenient clipboard)
January 3
January 4How to make your watchlist easier to readJanuary 4
January 5How to improve Wikipedia's reliabilityJanuary 5
January 6How to send a message to other editorsJanuary 6
January 7Image processing toolsJanuary 7
January 8What are dummy edits good for?January 8
January 9Digital audio editorsJanuary 9
January 10Introduction to navigating WikipediaJanuary 10
January 11CaptionsJanuary 11
January 12Avoiding common mistakesJanuary 12
January 13A self-guided tutorialJanuary 13
January 14Article quality assessmentsJanuary 14
January 15Archives for lengthy pagesJanuary 15
January 16Article banner templatesJanuary 16
January 17What is a Talk page?January 17
January 18How to easily recall a usernameJanuary 18
January 19
April 19
Preview tomorrow's Featured Article
Preview tomorrow's Featured Article
January 19
January 20User scripts examplesJanuary 20
January 21Good article nominationsJanuary 21
January 22Using intuitively named templates to
reduce or enlarge font sizes
January 22
January 23Search and replace while editing an article.January 23
January 24Search & replace in thousands of articles with AWBJanuary 24
January 25Ask for help at Wikipedia's Help DeskJanuary 25
January 26Souping up your Smartphone editing of WikipediaJanuary 26
January 27The semi-automated article peer-reviewerJanuary 27
January 28How to request help on your Talk pageJanuary 28
January 29Intruder alert! Intruder alert! (Vandalism-level warning)January 29
January 30What are page history diffs?January 30
January 31Find articles for cleanupJanuary 31

February maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
February 1Automatic page loader.February 1
February 2Redirect synonymous topic namesFebruary 2
February 3Fixing bare URLs to prevent link rotFebruary 3
February 4Join a WikiProject.February 4
February 5Getting real-time help via IRC (Internet Relay Chat)February 5
February 6Articles about booksFebruary 6
February 7How to provide a link to a specific Google SearchFebruary 7
February 8Wikipedia Search box – basicFebruary 8
February 9
March 7
April 7
August 9
Please summarize your work using the Edit summary box
March 7-Please fill-in edit summaries
April 7-Automatic edit summary reminder
Aug. 9-Abbreviating edit summaries
February 9
March 7
April 7
Aug. 9
February 10Referencing for beginnersFebruary 10
February 11Another way to search Wikipedia with GoogleFebruary 11
February 12Introduction to tablesFebruary 12
February 13Shortcut for minor edit boxFebruary 13
February 14Spreading the WikiLoveFebruary 14
February 15Templates for Age and DatesFebruary 15
February 16Thanks – send a notificationFebruary 16
February 17Mobile view sidebar from the desktopFebruary 17
February 18Using the Authority control templateFebruary 18
February 19When to use subpagesFebruary 19
February 20How to enable right-click section editingFebruary 20
February 21BiographiesFebruary 21
February 22Wikipedia banners and buttonsFebruary 22
February 23Help for new contributorsFebruary 23
February 24Calendar date display for your user pagesFebruary 24
February 25Screen readers for accessibilityFebruary 25
February 26Editing projects for school and university classesFebruary 26
February 27What is Page curation?February 27
February 28Writing articles for The SignpostFebruary 28
February 29
March 12
August 17
October 7
Please sign your name on talk pages
Please sign your name on talk pages
Please sign your name on talk pages
Please sign your name on talk pages
February 29

March maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
March 1How to plant a CategoryTree!March 1
March 2Test-drive your edits using a sandboxMarch 2
March 3Become clairvoyant with Navigation PopupsMarch 3
March 4Supercharge your browserMarch 4
March 5How to create a link to another articleMarch 5
March 6Use the Article Wizard to easily create new articlesMarch 6
March 7
February 9
Please fill-in edit summariesMarch 7
March 8
April 28
March 8-How to get a list of a page's subpages
April 28-Getting a subpage listing
March 8
March 9Becoming an AdministratorMarch 9
March 10Where to post requestsMarch 10
March 11How to make links look the way you wantMarch 11
March 12
February 29
Please sign your name on talk pages-
March 13Are you lost?March 13
March 14How to create a new pageMarch 14
March 15Wikipedia's top ten power tipsMarch 15
March 16
October 31 (keeper)
Do you need administrator assistance?October 31
March 17How to turn redirects greenMarch 17
March 18
April 10
Cite your sourcesMarch 18
March 19Link tricksMarch 19
March 20Running MediaWiki on your own computerMarch 20
March 21
October 15
Navigate faster using Wikipedia shortcutsOctober 15
March 22Searching Wikipedia with regular expressions (regex)March 22
March 23Getting your edit countMarch 23
March 24Transclusion vs. SubstitutionMarch 24
March 25Link to Wiktionary word definitions using Wikt:March 25
March 26
April 17
March 26 – SuggestBot is a fun way to pick pages to edit
April 17 – A fun way to pick pages to edit
March 26
March 27Work faster with keyboard shortcutsMarch 27
March 28
June 16
June 28
Ask intelligent questionsMarch 28
March 29Working on the Main page - IMarch 29
March 30Working on the Main page - IIMarch 30
March 31Toolbar links to access the WP pages you use the mostMarch 31

April maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
April 1Don not believe everything you readApril 1
April 2Visit the Village Pump for technical issuesApril 2
April 3Stop by the Reference DeskApril 3
April 4Where to upload images and media filesApril 4
April 5How to fix unsigned commentsApril 5
April 6Don not use forums or emails as sourcesApril 6
April 7Automatic edit summary reminderApril 7
April 8CollaborationsApril 8
April 9Search box bookmarklet for your browserApril 9
April 10Cite your sourcesMarch 18
April 11Edit Wikipedia faster with AutoWikiBrowserApril 11
April 12Help Wikipedia help youApril 12
April 13Motto of the day...April 13
April 14Create a user accountApril 14
April 15Copyrights? CopyleftApril 15
April 16Uploading Free ImagesApril 16
April 17A fun way to pick pages to editApril 17
April 18How to change your usernameApril 18
April 19
January 19
Preview tomorrow's Featured Article-
April 20Explore Wikipedia's contentsApril 20
April 21Featured article candidatesApril 21
April 22Wikipedia search box focusApril 22
April 23How to move/rename a pageApril 23
April 24The Wikipedia Adventure!April 24
April 25Super-customize your account with gadgetsApril 25
April 26Keyboard shortcutsApril 26
April 27Now what? (Are you lost, and do not know what to do?)April 27
April 28Getting a subpage listingApril 28
April 29Setting Wikipedia time to your time zoneApril 29
April 30How to make links to articlesApril 30

May maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
May 1To search a specific namespace,
include the prefix in searches
May 1
May 2Time-saving links: the "pipe trick"May 2
May 3Prove it with ProveItMay 3
May 4Time-saving links IIMay 4
May 5Browsing Mobile Wikipedia on your big screenMay 5
May 6Linking to a section of an articleMay 6
May 7Sister projects & interwiki linkingMay 7
May 8Displaying one page within another=TransclusionMay 8
May 9Using templatesMay 9
May 10General topics listsMay 10
May 11UserboxesMay 11
May 12List buildingMay 12
May 13When is a Wikipedia project a WikiProject?May 13
May 14Centralizing project discussionMay 14
May 15RedirectsMay 15
May 16FootnotesMay 16
May 17How to add hidden editor notes in an articleMay 17
May 18How to review user contributionsMay 18
May 19Use your browser's toolbar to navigate WikipediaMay 19
May 20Formatting disambiguation pagesMay 20
May 21Featured contentMay 21
May 22Table of contentsMay 22
May 23Transclusion caveatMay 23
May 24Go to the right deskMay 24
May 25Please return the favorMay 25
May 26Check your work before you save, using PreviewMay 26
May 27Where on the page to put imagesMay 27
May 28Placing templatesMay 28
May 29Placing "External links" sectionsMay 29
May 30
Sept 24
Main page - Did you knowMay 30
May 31ShortcutsMay 31

June maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
June 1Placing category tagsJune 1
June 2Page historyJune 2
June 3Tag your image uploadsJune 3
June 4Placing interlanguage linksJune 4
June 5Sorting entries in the categoriesJune 5
June 6Look before you leapJune 6
June 7How to start a new articleJune 7
June 8Talking to WikipediansJune 8
June 9Cite the source on all image uploadsJune 9
June 10Preventing markup glitchesJune 10
June 11Use your watchlistJune 11
June 12Navigation popupsJune 12
June 13How to insert a picture into an articleJune 13
June 14Wikipedia-specific searching within FirefoxJune 14
June 15Section edit buttonJune 15
June 16
March 28
June 28
Ask intelligent questions
clock In progress, see ARCHIVE
(June 16) – Thanks – template WikiThanks
March 28
June 17Beware of instruction creepJune 17
June 18Fix double redirectsJune 18
June 19Alphabetical list of articlesJune 19
June 20ScreenshotsJune 20
June 21Please read department instructionsJune 21
June 22When not to use linksJune 22
June 23A better wiki editor: WikEdJune 23
June 24Change text size quickly (with Ctrl-mouse wheel)June 24
June 25PortalsJune 25
June 26What are templates used for?June 26
June 27Pretty tablesJune 27
June 28
June 16
March 28
Ask intelligent questionsJune 28
June 29Wikipedia for your mobile...June 29
June 30Custom signaturesJune 30

July maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
July 1Citation RequestsJuly 1
July 2Love thy neighborJuly 2
July 3Posting on the Wikipedia Community Bulletin BoardJuly 3
July 4Band articlesJuly 4
July 5List the things to do for an articleJuly 5
July 6Wikipedia's Manual of StyleJuly 6
July 7Welcoming CommitteeJuly 7
July 8The three revert ruleJuly 8
July 9Avoid using neologismsJuly 9
July 10The fastest way to end a conflict: walk awayJuly 10
July 11Jump to the search box ⇧ Shift+Alt+FJuly 11
July 12How to use red linksJuly 12
July 13Wikipedia:Today's articles for improvementJuly 13
July 14Using MathJuly 14
July 15Be forgiving to new usersJuly 15
July 16Search Wikipedia from any websiteJuly 16
July 17Join the fight against vandalismJuly 17
July 18Short link pipe trickJuly 18
July 19Ten things you may not know about WikipediaJuly 19
July 20How to make a table on a pageJuly 20
July 21
October 1
July 21 – Displaying tips on your userpage Note.
Do not change this tip. It is a linked tip on displaying tips! :-)
Oct. 1 – How to display the Tip of the day on your user page
July 21
October 1
July 22What did he say?July 22
July 23Wikipedia industrial-powered searchJuly 23
July 24Forums and emails are not acceptable sourcesJuly 24
July 25Wikipedia in briefJuly 25
July 26Wikipedia's dozen most essential tips
Contains wikilinks to many tips
July 26
July 27Wikipedia's ten most powerful tipsJuly 27
July 28Your very own Wikipedia bookmark pageJuly 28
July 29Another way to read or share Wikipedia: Books.July 29
July 30Wikipedia's Quick directoryJuly 30
July 31How to link to a category without categorizing the pageJuly 31

August maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
August 1Customize appearance of datesAugust 1
August 2Find uncategorized articlesAugust 2
August 3The lead sectionAugust 3
August 4Articles for Creation (AFC) processAugust 4
August 5In conflicts, reach consensusAugust 5
August 6How to add an article to a categoryAugust 6
August 7Title searchesAugust 7
August 8How to watch for pages that do not exist yetAugust 8
August 9Abbreviating edit summariesAugust 9
August 10How to create a categoryAugust 10
August 11How to search Wikipedia with GoogleAugust 11
August 12How to create reusable boilerplatesAugust 12
August 13Acronyms and initialismsAugust 13
August 14To see everything on Wikipedia about a subject area...August 14
August 15Explaining Wiki markup to other usersAugust 15
August 16How to create a subcategoryAugust 16
August 17Article sizeAugust 17
August 18How does Wikipedia stack up?August 18
August 19Speed up your learning curve...August 19
August 20What the world knows about usAugust 20
August 21How reliable is Wikipedia?August 21
August 22When and how to exclude Wikipedia from your Google searchAugust 22
August 23How to link to a categoryAugust 23
August 24Power-editing with AutoWikiBrowserAugust 24
August 25Where to look for helpAugust 25
August 26How to link to a section of an articleAugust 26
August 27Join the Recent Changes Patrol!August 27
August 28Where did that fact come from?August 28
August 29How popular is Wikipedia?August 29
August 30Google search linkAugust 30
August 31My link disappeared!August 31

September maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
September 1Wikipedia's top ten essential tipsSeptember 1
September 2Spell CheckersSeptember 2
September 3Install your first javascriptSeptember 3
September 4GuestbooksSeptember 4
September 5How to use Wikipedia offline: xowaSeptember 5
September 6Subject bar templateSeptember 6
September 7Article construction stagesSeptember 7
September 8Wikipedia Search box - advancedSeptember 8
September 9Good article reassessmentSeptember 9
September 10Biography articles needing attentionSeptember 10
September 11Article deletion processSeptember 11
September 12Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)September 12
September 13Copyright CleanupSeptember 13
September 14Wikipedia Database reportsSeptember 14
September 15CopyPatrol ToolSeptember 15
September 16Featured world of WikipediaSeptember 16
September 17Highlight text on any website, then search
Wikipedia for it with a single click
September 17
September 18Difference between wikiprojects and portals?September 18
September 19Graphics LabSeptember 19
September 20Wikipedia toolbar for FirefoxSeptember 20
September 21How do you pronounce that?September 21
September 22External linksSeptember 22
September 23Counting your editsSeptember 23
September 24
May 30
Main page - Did you knowMay 30
September 25How to link to word definitionsSeptember 25
September 26Tagging pages for problemsSeptember 26
September 27What is BRD? the BOLD, revert, discuss cycleSeptember 27
September 28Your customizable Wikipedia navigation hubSeptember 28
September 29Topic listsSeptember 29
September 30Interwiki links and shortcutsSeptember 30

October maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
October 1
July 21
How to display the Tip of the day on your user pageOctober 1
October 2Wikimedia-wide issuesOctober 2
October 3EditcountitisOctober 3
October 4Category tipsOctober 4
October 5Avoid trademarksOctober 5
October 6Wikipedia-specific searching with GoogleOctober 6
October 7
February 29
Please sign your name on talk pages-
October 8User scriptsOctober 8
October 9Linking articles: the internal linkOctober 9
October 10How to find legal photographs and graphicsOctober 10
October 11Keep track of your questionsOctober 11
October 12How to transclude a page into the page you are editingOctober 12
October 13Why have lists when there are categories?October 13
October 14Wikipedia Search Box for FirefoxOctober 14
October 15
March 21
Navigate faster using Wikipedia shortcutsOctober 15
October 16Power tool: Navigation Popups
clock In progress, see ARCHIVE
(October 16) – Thanks – detail logs
October 16
October 17Power search Wikipedia using AutoWikiBrowserOctober 17
October 18Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other
Contains wikilinks to many tips
October 18
October 19Translating contentOctober 19
October 20The five pillarsOctober 20
October 21Using Special:MyPage to make private linksOctober 21
October 22Double click editingOctober 22
October 23Be neutral, like WikipediaOctober 23
October 24Wikipedia has 22 sections, called namespacesOctober 24
October 25How to see a list of the pages in a namespaceOctober 25
October 26A plain & simple introductionOctober 26
October 27Basic copyeditingOctober 27
October 28S.W.A.T., T.I.M, & the U.S.D.AOctober 28
October 29How to enhance Recent changes
Note: twice at Tips library
October 29
October 29
October 30Namespace entry pointsOctober 30
October 31 (keeper)
March 16
Do you need administrator assistance?October 31

November maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
November 1Flashback to Wikipedia's pastNovember 1
November 2Report problems on noticeboardsNovember 2
November 3Wikipedia's alphabetical index of articlesNovember 3
November 4Help reduce the Wikipedia backlogNovember 4
November 5Wikimedia links and shortcuts
Note: twice at Tips library
November 5
November 5
November 6Advanced signaturesNovember 6
November 7Be neutral when editing WikipediaNovember 7
November 8Linking to non-Wikimedia wikis
Note: twice at Tips library
November 8
November 8
November 9"Where do I begin?"November 9
November 10Editing articles for web accessibilityNovember 10
November 11The Wikipedia CurriculumNovember 11
November 12Giving editor awardsNovember 12
November 13Spoken WikipediaNovember 13
November 14MediationNovember 14
November 15Wiki-exploration: beyond Wikipedia...November 15
November 16How to turn links to disambiguation pages orangeNovember 16
November 17Fansites, forums, & other web page articlesNovember 17
November 18How to provide a Google search in a linkNovember 18
November 19User Sub PagesNovember 19
November 20A comprehensive index for editorsNovember 20
November 21Welcome to Wikipedia!November 21
November 22Making the editbox more visually pleasingNovember 22
November 23Permission requestsNovember 23
November 24Lead Section SizeNovember 24
November 25Try to see it my way!November 25
November 26Pick from a list of template parameter choicesNovember 26
November 27World of fictionNovember 27
November 28Same titles, different meaningsNovember 28
November 29Brilliant picturesNovember 29
November 30Undoing editsNovember 30

December maintenance[edit]

TipTips library
December 1No copies of primary sourcesDecember 1
December 2Dates in Wikipedia articlesDecember 2
December 3Find stubs and expand themDecember 3
December 4How to look at the changes to an articleDecember 4
December 5How to customize your signatureDecember 5
December 6When to use external linksDecember 6
December 7How to adjust the height of your edit windowDecember 7
December 8How to add a picture to an articleDecember 8
December 9How to skip scrolling and clickingDecember 9
December 10Wikipedia etiquette=WikiquetteDecember 10
December 11Section editingDecember 11
December 12What writing style to useDecember 12
December 13Where to write about current eventsDecember 13
December 14Link articles to their foreign-language counterpartsDecember 14
December 15Advice for parentsDecember 15
December 16Automating tasks on WikipediaDecember 16
December 17Wikipedia needs pictures. How you can help...December 17
December 18Accuracy, quality and peer reviewDecember 18
December 19What can be included in Wikipedia?December 19
December 20Freedom of speech and profanityDecember 20
December 21Cannot find what you are looking for?December 21
December 22Why create an account?December 22
December 23Your user pageDecember 23
December 24Wikimedia has mailing listsDecember 24
December 25Upgrade Recent Changes in my preferencesDecember 25
December 26Watching for changesDecember 26
December 27If you have privileged access to web pages...December 27
December 28Help test the MediaWiki softwareDecember 28
December 29Troubleshooting Wikipedia's look and feel with skinsDecember 29
December 30Come visit the TeahouseDecember 30
December 31Not everything that is true is verifiableDecember 31

Tip Suggestion[edit]

Advice For New EditorsDon't be nervous about editing Wikipedia. Wikipedia was founded so that everyone can edit and contribute. As long as you're making good-faith edits, you'll be fine. Just be yourself!


TIP IDEA (draft): Citation templates[edit]

Bumping thread for 365 days. JoeHebda • (talk) 14:45, 15 May 2016 (UTC)


The various citation templates

There are many citation templates that can be used for references in articles and on talk pages. The super majority are what is known as CS1 or CS2 compliant. Here is a list of the CS1 ones:

You can add the above templated list to your user page by adding the following code to your user page (including the four curly braces):
{{Citation Style 1|state=expanded}} (if you removed the state=expanded parameter, the template will autocollapse).

There are a few other citation templates around that are not CS1 compliant. One of them is: {{cite archive}}

More info: Wikipedia:Citing sources#Citation templates and tools

Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 17:56, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

  • Comments:

Making room for more tips[edit]

@JoeHebda and Teblick: The idea has been posed to merge the styletips scheduling queue

into the TOTD scheduling queue.

The question is, can we free up enough slots without sacrificing content?

Upon first glance one can easily notice a few tips that are duplicated. But upon closer inspection, there are quite a few redundant tips. About 10%...

I also found one obsolete tip (I think).

Without further ado, here they are...

duplicate tips[edit]

Note: no longer duplicates

tips that can be merged[edit]

TOTD for Wikipedia:Tip of the day/March 25 has wikilink to May 2 pipe tip

Obsolete tips[edit]

In conclusion[edit]

How many style tips are there?

Thirty four.

Based on the above, 35 slots can be freed up, if desired.

Whew, more than enough.

I was thinking, if we add the style tips, that their titles be prefixed with "Style tip: "

Should we move forward with this project?

Thoughts?   The Transhumanist 07:09, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

The Transhumanist, Yes, this will be a great addition to TOTD! Prior to you proposing this I had been thinking of finding a way to weed out "stale" tips (those with very few Page Views). So now that can wait until 2018 timeframe. Regards, JoeHebda • (talk) 00:02, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

Error URL at January 27 TOTD[edit]

Today, I removed the url from Wikipedia:Tip of the day/January 27 because it was incorrect. And I was unable to find an equivalent. Below is the wikicode.

Or, run the semi-automated article peer reviewer online here.

I was able to locate another URL at here that explains a bit.

And at URL here I am not able to locate anything to run Peer_reviewer. If anyone else is able to fix this it would be great. For now it can be removed from January 27 TOTD. Regards, JoeHebda • (talk) 16:20, 27 January 2018 (UTC)

Totd template in Nederlands.[edit]

There should be a template in the Dutch Wikipedia! Dr. Sroy (talk) 07:57, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

@Dr. Sroy: First, you need a set of tips for the template to display.
You set them up on a yearless year, so that they repeat year after year, indefinitely.
Once the set is created, it is fairly easy to keep up with the maintenance of the tips at one tip per day, especially if there are multiple editors monitoring them.
Not all of the English Wikipedia tips will translate, because not everything that is in the English WP is in the Dutch Wikipedia.
So, you'll need a team to write tips, and also at least one translator if you want to reuse the English WP's tips.
Feel free to ask any further questions you might have.    The Transhumanist 09:25, 14 February 2018 (UTC)
Greetings @Dr. Sroy: and @The Transhumanist: In my wanderings of Wikipedia today I found Wikipedia:Translation page and WikiProject Intertranswiki for Translating content from foreign language Wikipedias. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 12:43, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks,@JoeHebda:. This must help in some way! But since I am busy with my studies in my real life, I would like to have worked in collaboration. Else it is challenging for me alone.
I was very disappointed from my experience in the Tsonga wiki where I gained temporary adminship to technically reform the wiki... But I was alone!
Anyway thanks, enjoy! Happy editing!Dr. Sroy(aka.ARKA) (talk) 14:13, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

Potential tip topics[edit]

Here is a list of items to possibly make tips about. Feel free to add to it. I placed it here as a convenient idea repository for future reference. The Transhumanist (talk) 17:21, 28 February 2018 (UTC)


The Tip of the day article is up for deletion again. Nobody seems to be able to find references to prove that it is a notable topic. Ironically, search results about tip of the day features are obscured by actual tip of the day features. Thousands of them.     — The Transhumanist    22:14, 8 April 2018 (UTC)

Another one bites the dust: Tip of the day[edit]

See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Tip of the day (2nd nomination).    — The Transhumanist   07:50, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Smooth Operator[edit]

This department is operating so smoothly, that I nearly forgot all about it.

So, here's a theme song.

Enjoy.    — The Transhumanist   22:08, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

TOTD needing an update[edit]

Hey, Y'alls. This tip for August 29 links to seven year old data. Should we spruce of the landing page, or overhaul the Tip? (courtesy pings to JoeHebda and The Transhumanist). Having fun! Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 04:17, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

JoeHebda {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 04:20, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

@Checkingfax and JoeHebda: Updating that stats page would be quite an undertaking. We should probably focus on tips, and portals. ;) Overhauling the tip sounds like a very good idea.    — The Transhumanist   05:50, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Deletion tip[edit]

Why the hell is todays Tip of the day instructing people on how to delete content? Deletion of content is one of the worst procedures wikipedia has. Idiots using it constantly damage our knowledge base on a daily basis. And you are encouraging more people to undertake it? There are far too few of us in the Article Rescue Squadron trying to help retain the valuable contributions from our editors. Sometimes I feel like a one armed paperhanger, overwhelmed by the mass of content under constant attack, frequently with a total ignorance of what is before their eyes. We have a whole class of sharks, who smell blood in the water and take every opportunity to wipe out content. Their army of clones !vote content away with little regard to . . . facts. They wikilawyer even the most prominent of WP:RS into disregard in order to achieve their goal of a successful deletion and a brownie point in their cap. The world's knowledge be damned. The most important step, WP:BEFORE, is ignored by them and is ignored by your Tip of the day. So with this "Tip" you have potentially recruited and released ill-informed new members to join the black army. And because they were encouraged by this official looking source, they probably think they are being helpful.

Wikipedia depends on outside experts for the majority of their content. Many do not know the ways of wikipedia writing. They might not post something in the correct form or use our sourcing system. That does not mean their contributions are invalid, they just need help. WP:BEFORE, meaning a search with your favorite search engine, can help inform you if their contribution is valid or BS. Responsible editors should take the knowledge they gain from WP:BEFORE and help FIX the problem, rather than to destroy the content. Once stamped with the blackball of deletion, even without WP:SALT, that subject may never return to wikipedia. Its addition will be discouraged and potentially fought.

If you are going to inform people how to do something, give them the complete story. Do it right, or don't do it at all.Trackinfo (talk) 20:00, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

I added a couple of things to the tip that should be done before deletion. Perhaps someone also wants to add WP:BEFORE. Shouldn't the first step before deleting be: try to fix the issue? We shouldn't use "Do it right, or don't do it at all." as a reason for deletion, even for a tip on deletion. WP lives on incremental improvements. StrayBolt (talk) 23:44, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
The sentiment behind WP:BEFORE is to inform yourself before you act. Obviously the intent is to fix the problem, rather than to destroy all that is before you, which is what deletion does, but if you don't understand the subject, you have no business commenting in the first place. With no understanding, you have no idea IF a problem exists.
My sentiment behind the Do it right, or don't do it at all. statement is with the tip displayed yesterday, you have now potentially released onto wikipedia, a new horde of half informed helpers. Face it, there are a lot of people who want to help and don't know how. You have told them how to do it, WRONG. They now have the tools to destroy wikipedia incrementally as you say, without the understanding of what to do BEFORE they destroy. If they knew about doing BEFORE, they could actually turn into real helpers. There are not nearly enough editors on the other side to retain the rationality of our content against the destruction. It takes far more work to save an article, with research and editing even before litigating, than it does to drop it into the AfD system, where it will get immediate support from the echo chamber of uninformed !voters who get their joy out of destroying content. Trackinfo (talk) 22:47, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

October 19 tip - Translating content[edit]

Greetings, While visiting Teahouse (WP:TH) today, there was an inquiry about language translation. Thanks to Pretended leer (talk) for the answer. The previous October 19 tip was a duplicate for January 19, so I replaced with this new one for translating. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 13:40, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

"Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other" tip[edit]

In the second section ("Half-a-dozen power tips:"), the first link is incorrect. I don't know what "link tricks" is supposed to point to, but the link actually leads to Wikipedia's Quick directory. Also, with item 3, "Wikipedia shortcuts" leads to Wikipedia's Manual of Style (not the full manual but a brief introduction to it). Eddie Blick (talk) 02:10, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Thanks Eddie Blick (talk) for feedback. Looking at tips this is for Wikipedia:Tip of the day/October 18, so I located the correct days and updated. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 14:09, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for doing that, JoeHebda! Eddie Blick (talk) 15:48, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Now that the Mediation Committee has been disbanded...[edit]

Someone should probably either update this tip (last edit was on 27 December 2015) relating to dispute resolution or replace it with something entirely different. Thanks. theinstantmatrix (talk) 00:45, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

@Theinstantmatrix: - Thanks for the heads-up. I updated this Nov.14 tip. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 02:20, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

November 15 tip shows broken formatting in templates[edit]

Basically the layout and formatting is broken when displayed in {{totd CP}} and {{totd b}}for today's tip (but {{totd}} is fine). This can be seen in action on the template page and at the top of this page. — AfroThundr (u · t · c) 02:49, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

@AfroThundr3007730: - Thanks for reporting. I updated Nov.15 tip to use {{Wikipedia's sister projects (fluid)}} instead, and checked/tweaked allthe Totd templates. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 14:26, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
@The Transhumanist: - Greetings, After making change to fix Nov.15, I went through TOTD templates & updated. Mainly size of lightbulb image, now image is missing from tips. And I'm totally at my whits-end how to fix. Purging pages does nothing. Asking if you could help please. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 21:28, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
The image was never on the individual tip pages. It is inserted in the tip templates. Face-wink.svg    — The Transhumanist   23:38, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
P.S.: @JoeHebda: (ping)
@The Transhumanist: - The problem is when clicking on "Next tip" or "Prior tip" the lightbulb disappears. It never did that before. When at tip templates page, & clicking on a template, the lightbulb shows once only; then disappears at click of "Next" or "Prior" buttons. JoeHebda (talk) 01:05, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
If you check the histories for the individual tip pages, you will find that the lightbulb file has never been on them. If it was, then two bulbs would pop up on the daily display of the tips: once from the tip pages, and once from the display template.    — The Transhumanist   01:53, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

November 18 Tip[edit]

The tip titled "How to provide a Google search in a link" includes the suggestion "... then use a tool like WP:LINKY to open the searches all at once into separate web browser tabs." That suggestion could prove to be a problem because the Wikipedia:Linky tutorial says, "Unfortunately, Linky stopped working with Firefox version 44 (September 2015)." Perhaps the mention of Linky could just be deleted, ending the paragraph with "... entire search session." Eddie Blick (talk) 02:02, 16 November 2018 (UTC)