Template:Expand section

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This is the {{Expand section}} message box.

It can be placed at the beginning of article sections that need expansion, after the section title. It can also be used on other pages such as in "Wikipedia:" space. (This template currently only uses the "article message box" style, but that is a bug we are going to fix.)

This template can be used without any parameters, like this:

{{Expand section}}

It can also take the current month and year as a parameter, which is used in categorising the page into a corresponding category. (See more on that further.) Like this:

{{Expand section|date=October 2014}}


{{Expand section|{{subst:DATE}}}}

There are bots that edit the pages and add the date parameter if you forget to do it. The date parameter causes no visible change in the message box itself, it only makes the page categorise properly.

This template can also take a |1= (a.k.a. |with= or |for=) parameter with an explanation of what expansion the section needs. And you can of course feed the date parameter at the same time. Like this:

{{Expand section|1=examples and additional citations|date=October 2014}}

When multiple expansion issues need to be raised, a bullet list can be made:

{{Expand section|1=<nowiki />
* Career from 1952 to 1960
* Final days after 1972 retirement

(The <nowiki /> is required or the first item may not display correctly.) If this list were longer than three items, it would probably be better raised on the talk page.


When this template is used in main (article) space it places the article in Category:Articles to be expanded or in a dated category like Category:Articles to be expanded from October 2014 if the date parameter "date=October 2014" is specified. It also places the article in Category:All articles to be expanded.



This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools.

Expand section

Can be placed at the beginning of article sections that need expansion, after the section title.

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Auto value Status
reason 1withfor Reason the template was added, an explanation of what expansion the section needs. A bulleted list with lines beginning '*' can be given. string empty empty optional
talksection talksectiondiscusstalk A section heading in the talk page where the issue is discussed. string empty empty optional
date date The month and year the template was added, e.g. 'August 2013'. string empty empty optional
small small By default the template will be displayed in a small size. This can be changed by setting small to no. Not recommended in articles. string empty empty optional

See also