Template:In popular culture

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This template is used to indicate that an article with "In popular culture" lists that may contain a long list of minor or unimportant references. See Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Trivia sections and Wikipedia:Handling trivia for further guidance. It may be placed at the top of a section, or at the top of the article if the issue affects the whole article.

Please note that use of this template can be controversial, so if the placement of it is reverted, do not restore it, as this is edit warring. Instead, per Wikipedia:BOLD, revert, discuss cycle, start a discussion on the article's talk page, and either get a consensus for the use of the template, or agreement on which items in the section or article need to be removed so as not to require the use of the template at all.


This template should not be substituted.

Place {{In popular culture|date=October 2016}} at the top of an article containing too many non-notable "in popular culture" entries.

If the issue pertains only to a particular section, add {{In popular culture|section|date=October 2016}} to the top of it. The word "section" can also be changed to other words as necessary, such as "list" or "template."

A |talk= parameter is allowed; setting this to the name of the subsection on the talk page will cause a link to appear to it.

The |small= parameter can be used. Setting this to "left" will cause the template to reduce in size and appear on the left of the page.

This template also includes support for using the |date= parameter. Adding this parameter sorts the article into subcategories of Category:Articles with trivia sections and out of the parent category, allowing the oldest problems to be identified and dealt with first. A bot will add this parameter if it is omitted. Be careful not to abbreviate the date, because then it will automatically add a redlinked category instead of the correct category.

This template sorts articles into Category:Articles with trivia sections from October 2016, a hidden category.


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