User:Magioladitis/AWB and orphans

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WP:AWB has a feature to tag/untag articles with orphan tags. Editors are advised to read instructions on current consensus on orphans before enabling the feature.

The feature is part of Auto-tagger.


According to the initial definition:

  • Orphans are articles with less than 3 incoming links (i.e. 0, 1 or 2) to themselves or their redirects.

Current consensus[edit]

  • Despite the strict definition, current consensus on orphans implies that pages should be tagged with orphan tag only if they have no incoming links (i.e. 0 instead of < 3).
    • This consensus doesn't imply that articles with 1 or 2 incoming links that are tagged as orphans, should be untagged.


  • Orphan tagging is optimised for en and ru wikis.
    • In adds linkless to isolated articles if article has 0 incoming links.
  • It's strongly recommended to enable "Restrict orphan tagging to linkless pages" on the options menu. This reflects current consensus in and it's always the case for other wikis.
    • This restriction is enabled by default.
  • Auto-tagger won't tags redirects, soft redirects, dabs, set index articles and it will untag them if they are tagged already.
  • Auto-tagger excludes from point counting redirects and non-mainspace pages.
  • Auto-tagger will tag as an orphan an article that has 0 (or less than 3 if you disable the restriction) incoming links to itself or its redirects that there are not redirects.

Known issues[edit]

  • Incoming links from disambiguation pages aren't excluded from page counting. This results in pages with many links from dab pages to be untagged.
    • This doesn't seem to be a big issue though since the definition is quite loose at the moment.


  • Tagging is 100% accurate. If an article is tagged as an orphan, it is an orphan.
  • Untagging isn't, at least not with the strict definition. More articles can be orphans. This is the case that some of the incoming links are dab pages.