Wikipedia talk:Tip of the day

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The tip of the day (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.

As you probably guessed, that means there are 366 tip pages that need to be maintained.

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.

To watch the TOTD a day before it goes live, place {{Totd-tomorrow}} on your user talk page.

To suggest a new tip or report a problem with a tip, create a new section below, and let us know. (Feel free to make corrections directly to tip pages, and please let us know below when you do). Other ideas and comments are also welcome.

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

For the complete schedule of tips, see WP:TOTD.


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:

Obsolete tip needs to be replaced[edit]

Wikipedia's search engine is a lot better than it used to be, and Google no longer provides better searches of Wikipedia than WP's own search engine. Another search-related tip would be nice. Any ideas? The Transhumanist 23:27, 10 July 2013 (UTC) Very good — Preceding unsigned comment added by Marcia1111 (talkcontribs) 21:47, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

What Wikipedia-related resources are there out there on the Web?[edit]

Here's an example:

Third-party WP resources can make good tips. Do you know of any Wikipedia-enhancement tools or websites out there? The Transhumanist 23:27, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Daily tips kind of obsolite[edit]

I'd like to design a template that spits out one of the tips. Is there a list of them? In my design the template will take a parameter of how often the tip should change which /can/ be daily and it won't suffer from problems such as leap year. -- A Certain White Cat chi? 03:01, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

I'm in the process of revising the tips. If there are any tips that you know are obsolete, please let me know.
Note that {{Totd-random}} presents a random tip, each time the page it is displayed upon is accessed or purged. It's the tip of the moment. It's source text might be worth copying and modifying to make a new template.
For all the various TOTD template formats available, see Wikipedia:Tip of the day/October 1 (How to display the tip-of-the-day on your user page). The Transhumanist 04:27, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

New tip[edit]

How to create redirects (title)

A redirect is a page made to "redirect" a reader to who searches for the redirect's title, for example, when a reader searches for "X" and a redirect that points to the article "Y" is named X, the reader will instead arrive at the page Y, one can click at a small link which says (Redirected from "Title"), note that only the title of the is linked, not the redirected from. A redirect's purpose is to redirect to similar words, nouns to verbs, synonyms, nicknames, common names to scientific names or vice versa, etc. Also, just make sure there isn't already a redirect

How to create

First search a the title or create a redlink to it, click the redlink, and add #REDIRECT [[Target page]] to it on the edit window that appears, And your redirect is finished. Example: I want to create a redirect from foo to oof, I click a redlink like this, foo and type in #REDIRECT [[oof]] and a redirect will be created when I save the page that takes those who type foo to oof, to redirect to a specific section, add #Section name to the end of target page, within the brackets.

Read more: Wikipedia:Redirect

Can someone correct all my mistakes, since I am not good at using nowiki or things like that, please. (I am relatively new)

Lycos tip is no longer applicable[edit]

Along the lines of Obsolete tip needs to be replaced (above) regarding Google search, How to search Wikipedia with Lycos is obsolete to the point of being entirely invalid, and the tip should probably just be dumped.

Lycos no longer appears to have anything that even remotely resembles the "full-featured advance search engine" discussed. (Unsurprising in light of the fact that Lycos now use Yahoo as their backend search provider, and simply repackage the same results that you'd get querying Yahoo Search directly.) The link in the tip just gets redirected to, which offers no access to any type of "Advanced Search" feature. — FeRD_NYC (talk) 16:18, 12 May 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by FeRD NYC (talkcontribs) 16:10, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

June 29 / Wapedia[edit]

@The Transhumanist: The tip for Wikipedia:Tip of the day/June 29 is about Wapedia, a service that is now defunct (it folded under shortly after you made it a yearless tip). Should be moved out of rotation as well. -- dsprc [talk] 09:34, 29 June 2014 (UTC)