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Template:Lead too short

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Place {{Lead too short|date=April 2020}} at the top of articles where the lead section is much shorter than what is recommended, relative to the length of the article. The appropriate length of the lead section depends on the total length of the article. If the lead fails to provide an adequate summary of the article's key points, without necessarily being too short, use the template {{Inadequate lead}} instead.

You can use the |reason= parameter to specify the reason why the lead is too short, for example what it is missing.



This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the Parameter usage report for this template.

TemplateData for Lead too short

Use this cleanup template to indicate that the lead section of an article is too short relative to the length of the article and should be expanded.

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

Month and yeardate

The month and year that the template was placed (in full). "{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}" inserts the current month and year automatically.

January 2013
Auto value

The reason why the lead is too short (e.g., what it is missing)


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