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Template:Update

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Usage

This template can be used to mark articles or sections with old or out-of-date information.

  • To specify what parts of the page need updating, use the first unnamed parameter (or name it |part= or number it |1=): {{Update|part=the later-life and death material and the [[#Legacy|Legacy]] section|date=January 2020}}
  • To use the template in one specific section, and change its wording to refer to the section instead of the page, use |section and insert the template at the top of the section: {{Update|section|date=January 2020}}
  • To display the date (in whatever format) of the last significant update to the page, use the second unnamed parameter (or name it |updated= or number it |2=): {{Update|updated=14 December 2019|date=January 2020}}
    Note: The parameter name or number must be used if the first numbered/unnamed parameter is not used.
  • To add the date when the tag was added (this is used for cleanup categorization), use: {{Update|date=January 2020}}
    You can also do: {{Update|{{subst:DATE}}}}
  • To explain that the article now has inaccuracies (not just missing information) due to being outdated, use |inaccurate=yes: {{Update|inaccurate=yes|date=January 2020}}
  • To link to a particular section of the talk page where the update is being discussed, use |talk=Section title (|talksection= and |discuss= are equivalent to |talk=): {{Update|talk=Shall we update this for 2020?|date=January 2020}}
  • To display a reason (after the added phrase "In particular:"), use |reason=a short comment here, e.g. {{Update|reason=Is missing the January 2020 election results|date=January 2020}}
  • These parameters can be combined, of course: {{Update|part=The [[#Production|Production]] section and follow-on material|reason=the film is released, so this needs a "Critical reception" section, too|inaccurate=yes|talk=Post-release updating|updated=October 2019|date=January 2020}}

Example

{{Update|documentation|date=January 2020}}

The template detects which namespace it is used in and changes accordingly:

Article
Category
Template

{{Update|section}} produces:

Article
Category
Template

This template will add mainspace articles to Category:Wikipedia articles in need of updating (this category is not populated by pages in other namespaces).

For factual inaccuracies, stronger wording is used and mainspace articles will be added to Category:Articles with obsolete information.

{{Update|inaccurate=yes}}

TemplateData

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

TemplateData for Update

Use this tag to alert readers that the article is out of date and may need updating.

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Type (section)type part 1

Part that needs updating (e.g. to replace the word "article", often "section")

Default
article
Example
section
Auto value
Stringsuggested
Month and yeardate

Provides the month and year of the citation request; e.g., 'January 2018', but not 'jan18'

Auto value
{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}
Stringsuggested
Last updatedupdated 2

Date of last significant update

Dateoptional
Inaccurate?inaccurate

Use 'yes' if the article has inaccuracies due to being out of date.

Example
yes
Booleanoptional
Talk page sectiontalksection discuss talk

Section name on talk page where the discussion takes place

Stringoptional
Reasonreason

Explanation why the article is out of date

Contentsuggested
Demospacedemospace

Stringoptional
Catcat

Only required if a specific maintenance category is needed.

Stringoptional

Alternatives

See also