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When to use

Use this tag to identify personal essays. Personal essays describe the author's own emotional feelings about a topic. Although Wikipedia is supposed to compile human knowledge, it is not a vehicle to publish users' personal opinions.

This template should be used when the article contains the editor's own personal, emotional comments on the subject. Use it when the article does not necessarily represent a blatant opinion or opinion piece, but is still overly judgmental (declares something to be morally right or wrong) in tone.

When not to use

Do not use this template to tag fact-oriented pages that sound like they might have been written as research papers for school (called "essays" in some parts of the world). Instead, if those pages need a different writing style or tone, use {{Research paper}}, or general templates like {{Tone}} or {{Copyedit}}.

If the article is biased, but without expressing the editor's emotions or value-based judgments, use tags like {{unbalanced}} or {{POV}}.

How to use

Place this:

{{Essay-like|date=October 2017}}

at the top of the article to alert editors to the inappropriate presence of editors' personal reflections throughout the article.

  • To mark specific sections instead of the whole article, place {{Essay-like|section}} at the top of the section.
  • To replace the text "a personal reflection or essay", you may use {{Essay-like|article or section|yourtext}} or {{essay-like|2=yourtext}}
  • Articles tagged without the optional date parameter will be given the parameter by a bot.
  • Add a new item to the talk page explaining the problem so editors will know what to address, and when to remove this tag.
  • This template adds articles to dated subcategories of Category:Wikipedia articles needing style editing


See also


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

See the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for Essay-like

Use this cleanup template to identify personal essays

Template parameters

This template has custom formatting.

Parameter Description Type Status
Type (typically section) 1

This parameter allows an editor to replace the default word "article" with another word, usually the word "section"

Auto value
String optional
Replaced text 2

To replace the template text "a personal reflection or essay" with a custom description

Auto value
Content optional
Month and year date

Month and year of tagging; e.g., 'January 2013', but not 'jan13'

Auto value
String suggested