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Category:CS1 errors: generic title

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This is a tracking category for CS1 citations that have invalid generic values in |title=.

Cite uses generic title

Articles are listed in this category when Module:Citation/CS1 identifies template |title= parameters that use place-holder titles. Such titles may have been provided by bots or other tools that are unable to identify the source's correct title. Pages in this category should only be added by Module:Citation/CS1.

CS1|2 maintains a short list of 'titles' that are typically not the title of the cited source. Some examples are:

  • 404
  • are you a robot
  • hugedomains.com
  • internet archive wayback machine
  • log into facebook
  • login • instagram
  • no title – various forms
  • page not found
  • redirecting...
  • subscribe to read
  • unknown – various forms
  • usurped title
  • wayback machine
  • webcite query result
  • website is for sale
  • wikiwix's cache

If you are aware of other common place-holder titles, please report them at Help talk:Citation Style 1, so that they can be added to the list.

To resolve this error, replace the place-holder title with the source's actual title.

False positives are possible. When the name is valid, wrap the parameter value in the accept-this-as-written markup:

|title=((404th Fighter Aviation Regiment))

Please do not use this markup when it is not appropriate.

Pages with this error are automatically placed in Category:CS1 errors: generic title.[a]

See also the maintenance category Category:CS1 maint: archived copy as title and the similar error category Category:CS1 errors: generic name.


  1. ^ Pages in the Category talk, Draft talk, File talk, Help talk, MediaWiki talk, Module talk, Portal talk, Talk, Template talk, User, User talk, and Wikipedia talk namespaces are not included in the tracking categories. In addition, pages with names matching the patterns '/[Ss]andbox', '/[Tt]estcases', '/[^/]*[Ll]og', and '/[Aa]rchive' are not included in the tracking categories.

Pages in category "CS1 errors: generic title"

The following 200 pages are in this category, out of approximately 2,791 total. This list may not reflect recent changes.

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