Wikipedia:Tip of the day

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Forums and e-mails are not acceptable sources

Internet forums and e-mails are not considered reliable sources and should not be used as sources for references in Wikipedia articles. They can however be included as external links. What's the difference? A source or reference is cited to verify the facts in the article. External links point to locations outside of Wikipedia where users can learn more about the subject, or where to see an example of what the article is about.

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

Become a Wikipedia tipster

This is the tip of the day project, providing useful advice daily on how to use or develop Wikipedia more effectively. It is responsible for maintaining the tip of the day templates, and the collection of tips that are displayed by those templates.

For the complete schedule of tips, see below. See also Wikipedia:tips, the complete library of tips arranged by subject.

Displaying tips on your user pages[edit]

To add one of the many versions of the tip of the day template to your user page, read this tip.


To participate in developing, proofreading, and scheduling new tips, see the instructions on the talk page.

Tip of the day scheduling queue[edit]

List of tips

This is the tip scheduling queue. The TOTD system operates on the "yearless year" approach, in which each tip's page is automatically displayed year after year.

Each tip needs to be proofread before its upcoming presentation date arrives, to ensure that it hasn't grown out of date or obsolete! Please help.

Now, without further ado, here are Wikipedia's daily tips, by presentation date:

More templates[edit]

The following template is for Wikipedians who can't wait until tomorrow for their next tip! It presents a random tip each time you load the page it is presented on:

Another Tip of the moment...

Dates in Wikipedia articles

Two date formats are commonly used in Wikipedia articles: December 2, 2009 and 2 December 2009. The first is used in articles with a connection to the United States, and the second in articles relating to most Commonwealth countries (although no preference is expressed for Canada). In articles with no particular national affiliation, to prevent needless edit warring, the established date format should not be changed. However any given article should use just one of the two formats consistently.

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To add this template to your user page, use {{Totd-random}}.

Become a Wikipedia tipster

This template is for monitoring the tip queue one day in advance for any editing needs:


Please proofread the daily tip...

It's displayed below one day early.

Some tips are obsolete. So we need new tips too. Please share your best tips and tip ideas at Wikipedia Talk:Tip of the day.

Tomorrow's tip of the day...

Working on the Main Page

Being the gateway to the encyclopedia - the Main Page is Wikipedia's most frequently visited page. The main page is always protected and can only be edited by admins. But, most of the content on the main page is piped in each day from various departments, via templates. The volunteers in these departments work year round to prepare the content on the Main page to be viewed by the World each day.

The main page support departments are:

  • Wikipedia:Today's featured article   –   prepares excerpts from featured articles, to be displayed on the main page.
  • Wikipedia:Did you know   –   prepares and selects "hooks" to new articles or articles that have been expanded by a factor of five.
  • Wikipedia:In the news   –   participants nominate blurbs from Portal:Current events, and decide which of these get displayed on the main page. Admins post the blurbs as soon as they are approved.
  • Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries   –   prepares the pages that get displayed in the "On this day" section of the main page.
  • Wikipedia:Picture of the day   –   copies and formats featured pictures into the POTD scheduling queue, and writes the captions that accompany the pictures. A protected copy of this queue is used for the Main page.

Anybody can help prep the pages that feed into the main page's templates (up until the day they are displayed on the Main page), by proofreading and correcting them, and we encourage you to do so.

The scheduled queues of pages to be displayed by each department on the main page can be found at:

Important: Be sure to follow the instructions posted at each department.

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To add this auto-updating template to your user page, use {{totd-tomorrow}}.

Become a Wikipedia tipster

See also[edit]