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How to Archive a Talk Page (manually) by 5Q5[edit]

This page is linked on Help:Archiving a talk page.

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Step by Step Instructions - Archiving a Talk Page (Common Cut-and-Paste to Subpage Method)[edit]

  • (NOTE: These instructions were written over a decade years ago, but I assume they will still work.)
  • These are detailed steps to follow for the beginner. Once you have some experience, you should be able to complete the archiving process by remembering the basic steps. Some editors create a temporary .txt file on their computer and copy and paste material to and from that during the archiving.

1.  Minimize this page to your taskbar and then log back in to Wikipedia and go to the Talk page that you want to archive. Minimizing this page will allow you to refer to it by opening and minimizing it again as you proceed through the steps. You could also print out these instructions and then check them off after completion.

2.  On the Talk page that you want to archive, look at the address bar at the top of the browser. It should read:[the article's name]. Add the name  /Archive_1  at the very end of the address and highlight and copy (Ctrl-C) the last two segments  Talk:[article's name]/Archive_1  for pasting momentarily in a subsequent step.

Example: the address for the Psychokinesis Talk page is

The address segment you would want to create and copy is  Talk:Psychokinesis/Archive_1

(If you are doing Archive 2 or Archive 3 , etc., you would number it accordingly.)

3.  While still on the current Talk page, click the top tab: "edit this page."

4.  An Editing Talk page will appear. Paste (Ctrl-V) the  Talk:[article's name]/Archive_1  that you just copied in step 2 into the left search box. Do not press "Go" yet.

5.  Highlight and copy (Ctrl-C) the entire source code from the current Talk page as it appears in the editing box. You will be pasting this code in a few moments a subsequent step.

6.  Now you can click the "Go" button to conduct a search for  Talk:[article's name]/Archive_1

7.  On the next Search page, You will see the proposed new page in red text. Click on it.

8.  An  Editing Talk:[article's name]/Archive_1  page with an empty compose box will appear. This is where you will create the new page for Archive 1.

9.  Paste (Ctrl-V) the source code from the current Talk page into the Archive 1 compose box.

10.  After the source code has been pasted, at the top of the source code, delete any templates for Wiki Talk page notices. They are not needed for archive pages. If you are creating Archive 2 or Archive 3, etc., keep the previous Archive template that already appears in the code. Pages that are archived have their own special notice. Add the following Wiki template to the top of the code:  {{talkarchive}}

Example of the edit page for Editing Talk:Psychokinesis/Archive 1 and how the archive page looks: Talk:Psychokinesis/Archive_1

Example of the edit page for Editing Talk:Psychokinesis/Archive 10 and how the archive page looks: Talk:Psychokinesis/Archive_10

11.  Enter:  "Archive 1 created"  in the bottom edit summary box.

12.  Click the  "Preview" button. If everything looks okay, click  "Save page."  You have now created  Archive1  for the article's Talk page. Archive pages have their own History tab. The first entry will be the  "Archive 1 created"  attributed to you.

13.  Return to the article's current Talk page. You may need to find it through a search for the article or try the History folder. It is now time to empty the page.

14.  Click the top tab:  "edit this page."

15.  On the  Editing Talk  page, you can now delete as much of the current Talk page as necessary to allow space for new topics. There may be some currently active discussions or other material that should be kept. This is a judgment call. Other editors may decide to return currently unresolved discussions on their own. Obviously, it would defeat the purpose of clearing out the page of old material if this is overdone.

16.  Add the following Archive info box template at the top of the new Talk page code. Place it under any templates for Wiki Talk page notices that may already be there. This simplified template will center the Archive numbers and add a search box. Note: do not use this simplified template at the top of your archived page codes; use it only on the current talk page. See #10 above for what to use on archived pages. For an example of what the template below will look like on a current talk page, see the current Talk:Psychokinesis page.


Here is how the archive source code looks at the top of the current Talk:Psyckokinesis editing page. Note how the archive template is placed under any other templates.

{{WikiProject Paranormal|class=start}}
{{Rational Skepticism|class=B|importance=mid}}

17.  Enter:  "Archive 1 created."   or similar note, along with any other comments in the bottom edit summary box. I usually put: ARCHIVED - Creation of Talk:[article's name]/Archive 1."

18.  Click the  "Preview" button. There should be an Archive box in the upper right displaying the link to Archive1 and date created. If everything looks okay, click  "Save."  Creation of the Archive1 page is complete!

- End Instructions -

Wiki templates, tags, policy/guideline links (stored here for 5Q5's personal use)[edit]

Custom flags[edit]

Examples of custom messages I created for a pre-existing ambox (article message box) content template. For more info on amboxes, see Template:Ambox

Citation templates[edit]

Assorted citation templates

See also Category:Citation templates, Wikipedia:Citation templates, Wikipedia:Citing sources.

Setting up multiple references from the same source. First: <ref name="[word]"> Subsequent references: <ref name="[word]" />.

Web template

See also Template:Cite web.

{{cite web

*This is a simplified template. Include comma in dates; e.g.: January 1, 2014.
Books (long and short templates)

See also Template:Cite book.

{{cite book 
 | last1=
 | first1=
 | authorlink1=
 | last2=
 | first2=
 | authorlink2=
 | editor1-last=
 | editor1-first=
 | title=
 | url=
 | access-date=
 | edition=
 | volume=
 | year=
 | publisher=
 | location=
 | isbn=
 | page=
 | pages=
 | quote=

*Variation if page number element is used: | page = [will auto-display "p."] or | pages = ["pp."].
*If used, a quote will automatically appear in quotation marks, so do not add.
*Add any additional useful information before the </ref> tag.
{{cite book 
 | last1=
 | first1=
 | title=
 | year=
 | publisher=
 | location=
 | isbn=
 | page=
 | pages=
 | quote=
Magazines, etc. (short and long templates)
{{cite journal
 | last=
 | first=
 | date=
 | title=
 | journal=
 | location=
 | publisher=
 | id=
 | page=
 | pages=
 | quote=

*Add "p." for "page" and "pp" for "pages" For "id" add the ISSN number.
{{cite journal
 | last=
 | first=
 | authorlink=
 | coauthors=
 | title=
 | journal=
 | volume=
 | issue=
 | pages=
 | publisher=
 | location=
 | date=
 | id=
 | isbn=
 | page=
 | pages=
 | quote=

General citation template
  | last=
  | first=
  | title=
  | date=
}} [add any additional text here that identifies the work or author]</ref>

*This is a simplified general template for documents, reports, etc.

Assorted templates and Wiki information links[edit]


{{tq|quoted text}}    (Inline use on talk pages. Text appears green. See below.)

Text is quoted in green and displayed inline in a talk page discussion.

{{Talkquote|quoted text}}    (Creates the following below on a separate line.)

Text is quoted and displayed in a talk page discussion.

{{Quote|quoted text| Who said it| Source, page ___}}    (Indented with no box, make Source in italics.)

{{Quote|quoted text| Source, page __}}    (Indented with no box.)

{{quotation|quoted text| Who said it| Source}}    (Creates example below.)

Quoted material

— Person who said it, Source
Top banners/flags

{{Unreferenced|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: "This article does not cite any references or sources.")

{{verify}}   (creates: "This article needs additional citations for verification.")

{{Refimprove|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: "This article needs additional citations for verification.")

{{POV-check}}   (nominates page for neutrality check)

Section banners/flags

{{expand section}} (creates a small boxed notice: "This section requires expansion.")

{{Request edit}} (creates a boxed notice requesting a review of a proposed edit that might be a conflict of interest)

Line tags/flags

(Optional parameter: | reason = )

{{cn|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: citation needed)

  • {{fact-span|text= |date=Month 2019}}   (creates: citation needed  Also faintly boxes the text being questioned.)

{{clarify|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: clarification needed)

  • {{clarify|reason= |text= |date=Month 2019}}   (creates: clarification needed  Also faintly boxes the text being questioned.)

{{explain|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: further explanation needed)

{{vague|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: vague)

{{Failed verification|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: not in citation given)

{{Request quotation|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: need quotation to verify)

{{whom?|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: according to whom?)

{{Specify|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: specify)

{{Dubious|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: dubious – discuss)

{{Verify credibility|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: unreliable source?)

{{better source|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: better source needed)

{{Verify source|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: verification needed')

{{editorializing|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: editorializing?)

{{peacock-inline|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: peackock term)

{{weasel-inline|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: weasel words)

{{or|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: original research?)

{{Volume needed|date=Month 2019}}   (creates:Volume & issue needed)

{{Dead link|date=Month 2019}}   (creates: dead link)


(Place this instruction in the blank code section of the editing page of a newly created article that needs to be redirected to an already existing article. Example: Telekinesis redirect.)

#REDIRECT [[name of article to be forwarded to]]

Talk page shortcut template to mention other editor's name

{{u|Insert Username here}}

Creates (example): To Insert Username here, I read your comments and agree with you.

Closing a talk page discussion

(Place this template above the talk page topic section that is to be closed for further discussion. No closing tag is needed. The section will be boxed off and colored with a message at top: "The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.")

{{atop|result=Insert reason for closing here if desired. It will be displayed in a separate box to the right.}}

Talk page graphics and icons

{{tick}}  creates  ☑Y

{{done}}  creates   Done

{{yellow tick}}  creates  YesY

{{ESp|pd}}  creates  Partly done:

{{ESp|n}}  creates  Not done:

{{ESp|?}}  creates  Not done: please be more specific about what needs to be changed.

{{ESp|q}}  creates  Question:

{{Not sure| }}  creates 

{{Not sure}}  creates  Not sure

{{Not sure|Not sure what you mean.}}  creates  Not sure what you mean.  (Change the message as needed.)

{{fixed}}  creates  Fixed.  (Add the period if you want it. It is not automatic.)

[[Image:Information.svg|25px|alt=|link=]]  creates the information icon 

[[File:Ambox warning pn.svg|25px|alt=Warning icon]]  creates the warning icon  Warning icon

{{Resolved}}  creates the small boxed notice seen below on its own separate line:


{{cross}}  creates  ☒N

{{outdent}} or {{od}}  creates a carry-over line to begin discussion at far left.

{{articlelinks|Insert article name here}}   creates (for use on a talk page discussion post on a separate line, such as at the top, insert the name of the linked article being discussed):
Insert article name here (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)

Unsigned posts

(Obtain information from history log, place in template below, and add this to the end of the unsigned comment on the talk page.)
See also: Wikipedia:Sign your posts on talk pages

{{subst:unsigned|Put username or IP address here|Day Month Year (UTC)}}

Policies, Guidelines, etc.[edit]


Note: sometimes adding "|section" to a template will change its named use from article to section.

Templates - Search results

  • Template:Notability/doc Notability guideline parameters for templates. Example: {{notability|academics|date=[Month, year]}}.