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This template sorts articles into Category:Articles with trivia sections.


Editors should not use this template to tag sections they consider trivial (i.e., which topically address something the editor does not think should be covered). In accordance with Wikipedia:Trivia sections, this template should only be placed at the top of sections that contain indiscriminate and unselective lists.


To help with the categorization of articles, please use the optional date parameter, e.g. {{trivia|date=October 2015}}. Articles tagged with this template without the parameter will eventually be given the parameter by a bot.

The simplest way to add this template to an article is to copy and paste {{trivia|date=October 2015}}

Optional parameters

  • |date=October 2015   Please help with the categorization of articles for cleanup by using this parameter. You can use |date={{subst:DATE}} as a shorthand to enter this parameter. Articles tagged with this template without the parameter will eventually be given the parameter by a bot, but it may not reflect the correct month of tagging.
  • |to=   a.k.a. |2=   Location of page or section to which to suggest moving the relevant material, e.g.: |to=#Filmography or |2=Nocturnal underwater basketweaving#Techniques. If the |small= option is turned on, this information does not display, but may still be useful to editors.
  • |section=   a.k.a. |sect=   If given a positive value (y, yes, 1, true), will change "This article" to "This section". If given some other value, will change it to use that value, e.g. "This table", "This list".
    • |1=   The second of those uses can also be done as the first unnamed or numbered parameter: {{trivia|section}} or {{trivia|1=timeline|2=History of burritos}}
  • |small=y   If given a positive value (y, yes, 1, true), makes the template into a smaller box, instead of a banner. Requires explicit definition of the template as applying not to the entire article: {{trivia|sect=y|small=y}} or {{trivia|table|small=yes}} or {{trivia|section="In popular culture" material|small=1}}

Closely related templates

  • {{Trivia}} – Suggests relocation of the relevant details in a trivia section, to another section (or article).
  • {{Reduce trivia}} – Suggests removal of trivial details, and optionally also relocation of relevant ones.
  • {{Importance-section}} – For sections with information that is simply off-topic for the article, and needs removal or relocation to another article.
  • {{Overly detailed}} – For excessive focus on minute details not of interest to our general readership.
  • {{Summarize section}} – For sections that are too detailed and need to be summarized.
  • {{In popular culture}} – For excessive "In popular culture" sorts of material.
  • {{Fiction trivia}} (or {{In-universe}}) – For too many trivial fictional references (or too much "in-universe" detail).
  • {{Plot}}, {{All plot}} – For excessively detailed plot summaries.
  • {{Cleanup-book}}, {{Cleanup-film}} – For excessive detail about particular types of works (other than plot and fictional/in-universe issues).
  • {{Game trivia}} – For too much gaming-related trivia.
  • {{MOSLOW}} – For an excessive list of an artist/performer/studio's works.
  • {{Cleanup-university}}, {{Cleanup-school}} – For excessive detail about an educational institution.
  • {{Famous}} – For an indiscriminate list of "famous" people associated in some way with a topic.
  • {{Local}} – For local-interest trivia that is unverifiable and/or otherwise unencyclopedic.
  • {{Example farm}} – For excessive use of examples.
  • {{Too many see alsos}} – For an indiscriminate "See also" section, most of which should be pruned and/or integrated into the prose.
  • {{Prose}} – Suggests converting into prose a section that consists of a list.
  • {{Cleanup-list}} – For indiscriminate lists that need reduction.
  • {{List to table}} – For use where a table would be better than a list.

See also