Template talk:Incomplete

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For whole pages or for sections?[edit]

The text of the template says that the label is for a "section" not for an "article". Therefore, I'm going to re-establish the redirect that Grutness initially put in place. Courtland 14:18, 2005 May 16 (UTC)

TfD debate[edit]

This template was nominated for deletion at TFD, but during the discussion its original intent was pointed out and restored. The template was kept as a result. The discussion may be found here. -Splashtalk 23:39, 18 September 2005 (UTC)


I'll change the text of the template from "This article is incomplete and is confusing." to "This article is incomplete." since it's an "incomplete" template. I have found some incomplete articles that are not exactly confusing but need certain sections, so I decided to let you know here. -- Kripkenstein τ κ

Should be deleted[edit]

In its current state this is completely worthless, and does nothing but make a mess of the pages to which it is added. The text, "this article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup," is so vague and inclusive that it applies to virtually all wikipedia articles. Postlebury (talk) 10:46, 31 October 2008 (UTC)


I agree. Plese add: {{Tfd|Incomplete}}. I've created a TfD discussion already: Wikipedia:Templates_for_discussion/Log/2010_November_9 Tijfo098 (talk) 00:49, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Hersfold (t/a/c) 01:17, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

Edit request from , 13 November 2011[edit]

I believe the current wording suffers from redundancy. I am sure nobody will (or should) put this template on a section which is incomplete but he does not want it to be complete! Also I am sure no one will (or should) put this template on an article or section that is complete but requires cleanup! (We have other cleanup templates for that.)

I propose this sentence:

This {{{1|article}}} '''is incomplete and may require expansion or [[Wikipedia:Cleanup|cleanup]]'''.

...should be changed into:

This {{{1|article}}} '''is incomplete'''. Fleet Command (talk) 07:22, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

Done Anomie 22:00, 15 November 2011 (UTC)


The TFD template needs to be removed since the previous TFD was closed as no consensus. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 05:47, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Have a look at the source code - the TFD template isn't included directly here. It's transcluded through {{expand further}} so that template would need to be edited if you want to noinclude the TFD template. But I'm not sure if that would be a good idea since the outcome of that TFD would affect this template. Tra (Talk) 15:16, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Request documentation[edit]

The documentation should be restored. This used to have template documentation, and now there's some weird documentation that isn't using standard documentation syntax, so the old documentation should be restored. (talk) 04:44, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

Done Anomie 16:34, 7 May 2012 (UTC)


Please add the parameter "|small=" to the options list. This will allow section-sizing the template

Add the line after "| issue= is incomplete." on a new line:

| small = {{#switch: {{lc: {{{1}}} }} | section | table = left | #default = {{{small|}}} }}

-- (talk) 06:24, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Why is an option required here? In general, cleanup templates intended for mainspace either use the small style (as in {{expand section}}) or they do not. It's not obvious that we need to allow editors the choice. If the small size has consensus then it should probably just replace the current one. Chris Cunningham (user:thumperward) (talk) 14:55, 10 January 2013 (UTC)
This template is used for sections, so the line listed, will style it like {{expand section}} when used in conjunction with a provided input "section". The size will depend on if it is an article (full size) or section (section sized) -- (talk) 00:11, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
I understand shrinking it where sect is section or table: I don't understand the additional override in the #default statement. Is it only supposed to be used on talk pages? Nevertheless I've pushed for now, though I may add namespace detection for the use of {{{small}}} if it's getting used on articles. Chris Cunningham (user:thumperward) (talk) 11:10, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

update template[edit]

hi update this template so it can be used in a template doc to tell people add more information to the doc please (talk) 16:10, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Update request[edit]

Please, will you change:


— Preceding unsigned comment added by Pithcrystal (talkcontribs) 16:15, 13 June 2013

Redo category's[edit]

Hi can we please redo the category's so that if someone was to include this template in an article it would automatically add that article to the category so it is easer for people to find it and expand it or update it. (talk) 12:30, 1 March 2014 (UTC)


Which Wikipedia articles are complete? How do we know they are complete? Hyacinth (talk) 03:09, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Inconsistent text[edit]

The start of the text takes note of parameter {{{1}}}, but since the edits of 13 March 2014, the next part says "Please help to improve the section", making ihe text inconsistent when the tag is placed at the top of an article. Please could that part also act on {{{1}}}. Thanks. --Stfg (talk) 08:30, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

@Stfg: I agree that having a template that states "This article is incomplete. Please help to improve the section..." is inconsistent. To avoid redundancy, I suggest we use This {{{1|section or list}}} '''is incomplete'''. Please help to improve it... What do you think? GoingBatty (talk) 01:48, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
@GoingBatty: yes, that looks good. Thanks very much. --Stfg (talk) 09:10, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. (and for the future, please remember that a detailed description of the requested edit must follow the edit-request template.) – Paine Ellsworth CLIMAX! 12:44, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Sorry I wasn't clear. Per the conversation above, please change:

This {{{1|section or list}}} '''is incomplete'''. Please help to improve the section,


This {{{1|section or list}}} '''is incomplete'''. Please help to improve it,

Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 13:16, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done But even better than pasting bits of code into the talk page is to edit the template's sandbox; that way, we can see exactly what changes are intended, compare current to proposed, and test them side by side, see WP:TESTCASES. --Redrose64 (talk) 15:44, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
@Redrose64: Thanks for updating the template. Paine's suggestion above didn't make it clear that updating the sandbox was also necessary when making a simple "change X to Y" request. GoingBatty (talk) 16:38, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Template-protected edit request on 24 August 2014[edit]

Dear whoever protected this template,

When I put "{{incomplete|reason=there is an inadequate amount of information in the article|date=August 2014}}" the problem message should say "This article is incomplete. This is because there is an inadequate amount of information. (August 2014)"

I hope this suggestion will become in reality.

Qwertyxp2000 (talk) 06:40, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

How about that somebody should please change this to:

{{ {{{|safesubst:}}}#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Incomplete |date=__DATE__ |$B=
<!--{{Incomplete}} begin-->{{main other|{{Ambox
| name = Incomplete
| subst = <includeonly>{{subst:substcheck}}</includeonly>
| type = content
| small = {{{small|}}}
| sect = {{{1|}}}
| issue = '''is incomplete'''. {{#if:{{{2|{{{reason|}}}}}}
|What is missing is: '''{{{2|{{{reason}}}}}}'''.
| fix = {{#if:{{{2|{{{reason|}}}}}}|
|Nothing is missing.
}} Please help out to improve it, or discuss the issue on the [[{{TALKSPACE}}:{{PAGENAME}}|talk page]].
| date = {{{date|}}}
| cat = Articles to be expanded
| demospace = {{{demospace|}}}
| type = content
| text = This {{{1|{{SUBJECTSPACE formatted}}}}} '''is incomplete'''. {{#if:{{{2|{{{reason|}}}}}}
|What is missing is: '''{{{2|{{{reason}}}}}}'''.
|Nothing is missing.
}} Please help out to improve it, or discuss the issue on the [[{{TALKSPACE}}:{{PAGENAME}}|talk page]].
| demospace = {{{demospace|}}}
}}<!--{{Incomplete}} end-->

Clownkrusty (talk) 23:50, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

@Clownkrusty: It's not clear what you want. Per the section immediately above, don't paste bits of code into the talk page - instead, edit the template's sandbox; that way, we can see exactly what changes are intended, compare current to proposed, and test them side by side, see WP:TESTCASES. --Redrose64 (talk) 16:22, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

See my next talk.

Qwertyxp2000 (talk) 08:27, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Add new "reason" piece[edit]

This template could do with some reasons. I want an added reason template to show what the incompleteness of an article is.

Qwertyxp2000 (talk) 08:21, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Please do not drop code blobs on the talk page - put the amendment in the template's sandbox. --Redrose64 (talk) 13:12, 8 October 2014 (UTC)