Template talk:Contradict

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vague phrasing[edit]

Now here is a Template you can just apply whenever you don't "get it" after a quick skim-through. No need to air what you personally find self-contradictory at the relevant Talk page. Just paste this tab and move on. Tailored for the after-school hacker who is mildly bored with Wikipedia but unwilling to commit overt vandalism. --Wetman 20:38, 9 Jun 2005 (UTC)

  • I changed the wording from the sarcastic-sounding "if you can guess which parts" to phrasing that includes a link to the article's talk page, encouraging this use instead. If the template still seems useless to you, you may want to nominate it at WP:TFD. --Tabor 19:06, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)

reference to talk[edit]

Changed reference to talk to be more similar to that used in Template:POV, in order to imply some kind of onus on the person who adds the template to also start the relevant discussion. Arbitrary username 19:56, 4 May 2006 (UTC)

  • Made the template suitable for application to a single section as well, as some articles have contradictions concentrated like that. For example, brick has three different standards in the same section, two of which claim to be universal. Falcon 00:33, 6 June 2006 (UTC)
    • Added the contradict-section template to the template messages page. Falcon 00:35, 6 June 2006 (UTC)


Should this template have parameters, such as This article appears to contradict {other article}.? If a consensus is reached, I will revise the template to reflect this. --Richard0612 18:13, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

In my opinion this would be useful, but perhaps it should have its own dedicated template, such as {{contradictother}}? --Tim1988 talk 18:31, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

section parameter[edit]

I added a new section parameter to this template that allows it to be used for both sections and entire articles. With this new parameter {{contradict-section}} may no longer be needed. Can be used with other 'about' parameter.

Examples of use:

  • {{contradict|section}}
  • {{contradict|section|about=test}}
  • {{contradict|about=test|section}}

Let me know if you have any other questions or if this causes other issues I am not aware of.--NMajdantalk 18:54, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

The tag contradicts itself[edit]

The part about see the discussion on the TALK page, lol. Af648 10:45, 8 March 2007 (UTC)


This template would link to the talk page and the copyeditor would include a section in the talk page talked contradict to specify the contradiction. In other case, the contradict template could be deleted from the article, because one does not know the contradict reason and talk about it. --Mac (talk) 07:31, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Agreed. I have noted a non-obvious contradiction in Grease (film)#Soundtrack, and would like to have single template that advises of the contradiction and also refers to the talk page. Mitch Ames (talk) 00:29, 19 November 2009 (UTC)
Agreed, working on it now. Spitfire19 (Talk) 19:47, 24 April 2010 (UTC)
Done Spitfire19 (Talk) 19:47, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

friggen hilarious[edit]

oh I just couldn't help but comment
I think that this tag/notice is so friggen funny! I mean its like something off of unencyclopedia andyzweb (talk) 05:31, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

Link to talk page should be improved, maybe parametrized[edit]

If you tag an article as self-contradictory, the template generates a link to the talk page, but not to a specific section in the talk page. If you tag a section as self-contradictory, the template generates a link to a section in the talk page titled "section" (in lower case yet).

If people are going to create a section in the talk page to talk about the contradiction, then it would be more helpful if the {{contradict}} template actually linked to that section of the talk page.

I suggest that (1) by default the link should always be to a section titled "Contradiction" in the talk page, and (2) a new parameter should be added to the template, allowing the section title in the talk page to be specified. For example, on the page Sky,

  {{contradict|about=the color of the sky}}

would link to Talk:Sky#Contradiction, but

  {{contradict|about=the color of the sky|talk=Black, Blue, or Gray?}}

would link to Talk:Sky#Black, Blue, or Gray?.

The parameter name "talk=" is just the first thing I thought of; if there are other templates with a similar parameter, the same name used for those should be used here.

Of course, in some cases there is no need for talk page discussion anyway, because the "about=" parameter says it all and the person fixing the error knows how to correct it. But in that case my proposal would make no difference; if the section "Contradiction" does not exist, the link will still go to the top of the page. -- (talk) 21:54, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

P.S. In writing the above, I chose my example as a joke, inspired by an example in the Indian Hill style guide for C. But the joke turns out to be on me: there actually is a section on the talk page for Sky with the title: "The color of the sky is in dispute again!"!. -- (talk) 22:00, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

Remobe "about" parameter[edit]

See Template talk:Contradict-other for a proposal to remove the "about" parameter from this template. Debresser (talk) 17:38, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Template: inconsistent[edit]

If I understand its documentation, template {{inconsistent}} should be used whenever a particular sentence(?) can be tagged, meaning inconsistent with something in the rest of the page.

If so, that should be mentioned here. Offhand I suppose that the {inconsistent} are a majority of the merely {contradict} --in contrast to contradict-other. --P64 (talk) 14:46, 5 June 2012 (UTC)

Missing or defective parameters[edit]

The parameters of this template are severely lacking. If there's a date one, I couldn't get it to work. In the preview, the year would show up but not the month; when I didn't input any date information, none displayed, not even the year. And there doesn't seem to be a working way to direct the link to a specific section of the talk page. I inserted |article and that did what it was supposed to, but it also made the talk page link to #article. I tried changing the order of the parameters without success. Hope someone can address this. --BDD (talk) 16:31, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

Appears to have been updated since then or a temporary problem. Hyacinth (talk) 20:50, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

The "See also" section could benefit from some clean-up[edit]

Yes check.svg Done

The 3 & 4 lines would be clearer in this form: (talk) 20:40, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

Fixed.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  07:20, 5 February 2016 (UTC)