Template:Orphan

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Template:Orphan populates sub-categories of Category:Orphaned articles.

Visibility

The template message is visible on all pages where the date parameter is set to either July 2014 or June 2014. It is also visible on all pages where it is used inside the {{multiple issues}} template. Older-dated orphan templates are invisible by default, but are still categorized. To override the default and make the message visible on all pages where it's placed, put the following line in your common.css file (create the file if you don't have one yet):

.ambox-Orphan{display: inherit !important;}

Alternatively, to never see this tag, you could instead add to your common.css:

.ambox-Orphan{ display: none !important; }

The orphan message box is invisible on this page by default. If you have correctly installed the above common.css the orphan message box is visible here.

Automated placement and adjustment

Several semi-automated tools and bots facilitate orphan-tagging. Some notes on tool implementation:

When to use

This template should only be put on articles which meet the orphan criteria.

Do not use this template on articles that you honestly believe will be impossible to de-orphan. The community wants this tag used to identify potentially solvable problems, not to create a complete index of all articles with zero, one, or two incoming links. If the community actually wanted every orphan tagged, it would be using a mindless bot to tag these articles, rather than relying on editors and their best judgment.

How to use

The simplest way to add this template to an article is to copy and paste either {{Orphan|date=July 2014}} or {{Orphan|{{subst:DATE}}}} at the top of the article.

  • Please do not subst: this template.

Parameters

date

You may use a date parameter with this template, for example {{Orphan|date=July 2014}} to help with the categorisation of articles requiring links. If you leave it out, a bot will fill it in (but this will result in more edits and watchlist alerts, so adding the date right away is preferred).

att

If you have made an unsuccessful attempt to de-orphan the article, then please add the month/year of the attempt to the template, like so:

{{orphan|date=Month Year|att=Month Year}},

where the "date" parameter is the date the template was ORIGINALLY placed on the page, and the |att= parameter is set to equal the CURRENT month and year. This places it in Category:Attempted de-orphan for that date and also hides the article message box.

few

If the article only has one or two links to it and it is felt more are required and possible the few option can be used. For example, {{Orphan|date=July 2014|few=July 2014}}

Setting the |few= parameter populates Category:Low linked articles.

Per this request, AWB does not remove {{orphan}} if |few= is set.

Per the discussion at template talk:Orphan#"Few links" template?, this parameter was limited to populating Category:Low linked articles, and the "as few other articles link to it" message was removed.

incat

If the article has no link and probably never will, but is well categorised the incat option can be used. For example, {{Orphan|date=July 2014|incat=July 2014}}

Per the discussion at template talk:Orphan#"Few links" template?, this parameter was, but is not currently, used in the template itself.

TemplateData

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

Orphan

This template should only be put on articles which meet the orphan criteria.

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Status
Date date The date this template was added to the page. (Input: Monthname Year) string empty optional
De-orphan attempt att If you have made an unsuccessful attempt to de-orphan the article, please fill in this field to record the attempt. (Input: Monthname Year) string empty optional
Few linked articles few If the article only has one or two links to it and it is felt more are required and possible this option can be used. (Input: Monthname Year) string empty optional
In Category incat If the article has no link and probably never will, but is well categorised this option can be used.(Input: Monthname Year) string empty optional

Categories

This template places the article into "Category:All orphaned articles" as well as "Category:Orphaned articles from {{{date}}}". If the "att" parameter is set, the article will still be in Category:All orphaned articles, but instead of placing the article into "Category:Orphaned articles from {{{date}}}" (e.g. Category:Orphaned articles from July 2014), it places it into "Category:Attempted de-orphan from {{{att}}} (e.g. Category:Attempted de-orphan from July 2014).

See also