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The Cleanup Taskforce is aimed at dealing with issues relating to cleanup, fact checking, and the growth of the Wikipedia project in an efficient manner.

This effort, implemented via a network of Wikipedians, is compatible with (and complementary to) other approaches to article cleanup, namely cleanup pages and categories. This approach also ensures that tasks assigned to the team are never neglected; each issue is always on the "desk" of one or more taskforce members at any given time.

For more information on how you can participate, please see Wikipedia:Cleanup Taskforce/Members.


The aim of the Cleanup Taskforce is to deal with editorial issues, fact-checking, and Wikipedia formatting in the most efficient way possible. Policies and guidelines should work to support this aim.

Submit a request[edit]

Note: A new streamlined procedure has been suggested as an alternative to the traditional procedure described in this section. See below and the talk page for more details.

Anyone is welcome to submit a request to the Cleanup Taskforce! Please be bold in assigning work to Taskforce members. To bring a problem article to the attention of the Taskforce, please take the following steps:

  • Go to the talk page of the article you wish to list, and add the following line (substituting the article's name for ARTICLENAME) to tag it with the cleanup taskforce notice:
{{cleanup taskforce notice|ARTICLENAME}}
  • Edit the Open Tasks section and create a link to a subpage using the following text: [[/ARTICLENAME]], again substituting the title of the article for ARTICLENAME.
If you're not sure to whom you want to assign the article, leave it at bottom of the list of Unassigned tasks. If you intend to assign it directly to a Taskforce participant, put it at the bottom of the Assigned tasks, with the date you are first listing it.
  • Save your changes to the Open Tasks section.
  • Follow the new redlink to the task's subpage and add a link to the article there, detailing some or all of the particular problems that need cleaning up. Sign your comments with '~~~~'.

The [[ARTICLENAME]] article is too short.

We should have more information about this. ~~~~

  • If you are not sure who would be best to take on this task and wish to leave it unassigned, simply save your changes. Other editors or Taskforce members are strongly encouraged to add any unassigned tasks to Taskforce members' desks, or to grab some for themselves!
  • If you are going to assign this task to a particular user based on their interests or open desk queue, add the following line to the [[/ARTICLENAME]] subpage before saving your changes:
''Added to [[User:USERNAME/Desk]]'' ~~~~
  • Go to the Taskforce participant's desk, insert the following line, and save changes. This will transclude the text of your subpage onto their desk, allowing them a chance to Accept the task and start work on bringing it up to standards, or Reassign it to another user or the Unassigned tasks section.
{{Wikipedia:Cleanup Taskforce/ARTICLENAME}}

Wikipedia:Cleanup process details some additional or alternative steps you can take when dealing with a problem article. Wikipedia:Cleanup lists a number of articles identified as needing attention that may or may not have been brought to the Taskforce's attention yet.

Open tasks[edit]


Assign the following tasks to Taskforce members:

  • /Bosco Seva Kendra A set of very messy pages relating to a NGO providing relief in India
  • /BMW E90 Updated Oct 06: Still in need of some attention. Conflicting technical data, generalisations about new models without specifying countries
  • /Adat Needs attention from someone familiar with the topic. Needs help on the language as well as clarification and wikification.
  • /Joe Sakic: the article gives his name as Joseph Steven Šakić, but it doesn't contain any IPA translation or a pronunciation guide, as articles with Slavic-language (Croatian, in this case) subjects usually do. In North America, his surname is pronounced as Sak - ick, which isn't even particularly close to correct. Compare: Miroslav Satan.
  • /Bosnian War
  • /Kosovo War (20 June 2006) if cleaned up FA status is possible.
  • /Paula Yates
  • /Mikheil Saakashvili could use some help, especially with weeding out POV from anti-Saakashvili partisans. Could be benefited with more NPOV info, especially concerning his actions since taking office. -Tim Rhymeless (Er...let's shimmy) 07:36, 14 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]
  • /United States presidential election debates
  • /American Psycho Introduction needs expansion; Themes and Symbolism needs to be cleaned up. Clean up tag has remained on the article for a while, so I am approaching the task force for assistance.
  • /Swami Ramdev Definitely needs a serious job, maybe even a rewrite. bibliomaniac15 06:05, 21 November 2006 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Terms of Service This article is seriously inept, considering how often ToS agreements are seen in daily life.
  • /Digital Revolution This article needs a bit of clean-up, restructuring, and fact checking. Sonic3KMaster(talk) 00:17, 9 December 2006 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Illegal immigration to the United States This article is in need of a general cleanup. There are a few sections that could use clarification and a look at POV.
  • /Neuro-linguistic programming There are a number of editors eager to implement suggestions to clean this article. It is well-sourced and fact checked. Some sections need more attention than others.
  • /The Anti-Nowhere League (05:00, 11 July 2006 (UTC)) (reassign)
  • /Sinitta Appallingly bad article Paul75 23:22, 28 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Commercial planning This is a description of a particular commercial planning methodology, not a definition of what commercial planning actually is. I have no idea what needs to be done with this - complete rewrite, replacement article or deletion? Steve James 22:53, 8 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Maximum_parsimony This article is way to long and off topic. It needs to be divided up and simplified.
  • /Spore (video game) Someone really needs to run through this and correct all the references to the proper style. Also could do with a bit of structural attention. -- 18:14, 26 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Greek etymologies (first assigned July 9 2005; reassigning as of March 13 2007)
  • /Nelson Sullivan Copyedit (was tagged but not logged) 02:54, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
  • /Angeles City - recent arbcom case relating to disruptive editing.
  • /Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever This page needs it badly, not to mention some of the other pages related do as well Whstchy 00:04, 28 April 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Des'ree Poorly written article, reads like a press release Paul75 20:44, 1 May 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Niki Haris A mess Paul75 20:50, 1 May 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Donna De Lory Non-POV and generally a messPaul75 20:50, 1 May 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /OSSIM Some material ripped off from the webpage of the product, seems a little like advertising because of it. 00:27, 22 May 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Wildlife Park 2 Needs neutral point of view. Requires cleanup. Needs larger gameplay section. --Cuddly Panda 09:01, 28 May 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Kayastha, Needs neutral point of view. 20:23, 4 June 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Piston ring
  • /Charles Ray Hatcher Lots of good content, but could just use some cleanup
  • /Arthur Baker (musician) Clumsy, messy, hard to read.
  • /Mad Money Has had some extraneous and disputed material removed recently, but editors do not agree that it needs sources cited. --SV Resolution(Talk) 01:00, 9 August 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Pansexuality
  • /Yahoo! Answers The criticism section of yahoo answers contains references to the yahoo moderators showing clear bias against Calvinistic Christians and favoring atheists (such as being slow to delete questions and answers reported by Christians or ignoring them while deleting questions and answers posted by Christians which are either not as bad, or not violations at all. The bias is also demonstrated by the moderators being slow or not deleting cyberstalkers who go after Christians, specifically, the Yahoo! Answers member Chosen by Grace. The references numbers in the criticism section are not in sync and it looks sloppy. I don't know how to fix it.
  • /American Life Shockingly bad article, made even worse by the high profile subject matter. Very biased writing, poor English and grammar.
  • /Margaret Urlich Seems to have been lifted directly from artist's website 19:30, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
  • /Sami BradyOverly long article, needs to be condensed. This is not a fan site
  • /The Five Doctors Overly long plot information, full of confusing information for casual readers Paul75 (talk) 00:21, 25 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Buffalo Museum of Science Concerns a valid topic, doesn't appear to be orphaned, the article reads like a brochure or visitor's guide. TeamZissou (talk) 03:22, 10 April 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • /E=MC² (Mariah Carey album) In parts reads like a gushing fan tribute, contains irrelevant information such as detailed information about the album's singles chart lives. Paul75 (talk) 18:02, 9 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • /The Lottery Rose This page reads like a 2nd grader telling his/her mom about the book.
  • /Tea tree oil Poor citations, most from companies that sell tea tree oil. (partially cleaned up but not thoroughly)
  • /Dulaim Complete mess, never seen so many tags on an article.
  • /Kaveh L Afrasiabi High probability that person concerned in the biographical article is editing it for publicity. Sufitul (talk) 07:39, 16 February 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • /State funeral of John F. Kennedy Personally requested it to be restructured and cleaned up SNIyer12 (talk), 01:03, 14 July 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Afrosphere Good article topic and content, but very badly cited and dozens of external links that need trimming (talk) 11:19, 15 September 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • User:Flnclan this user has broken templates. bebo and msn accounts don't exist anymore. Zimmbotkiller (talk) 16:54, 3 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • /Susan Schwalb Self-serving bio. Also links to herself under /silverpoint 19 October 2010
  • /Erich Albrecht - request for help with wikifying
  • /Sharad_Pawar - Request for the page to be checked for bias, personal opinion and citations.
  • /Antiquitas_Lost - this is obviously a PR piece written by the book's publisher. Needs to be severely edited to conform to Wikipedia guidelines.
  • /List of Slugterra Episodes Very, very, untidy 21:16, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
  • /5-HT2c receptor agonist Psychiatric disorder section includes in-line citations, but they do not support the statements made. Grammatical errors need correction. Could be easily rectified by someone with a better understanding of drug discovery and timeline of research conducted so far.
  • Mauritian Dholl Puri


  • /Nissan X-Trail The dates got all messed up
  • Mystery Skulls Article is mostly made up of information about fan made music videos and not about the band itself.
  • /Robert_Rabiah Article requires cleanup, it may have been edited for the undisclosed payment.
  • /Murder_of_Linda_Andersen Issue about suspicious, subjective, & unsourced edits have been raised in the Talk page

To Be Reassigned following Re-Registration[edit]


The following tasks are currently active (with date of first assignment):

Taskforce Tasks[edit]

These are tasks relating to the ongoing operations of the Cleanup Taskforce.

Alternate streamlined procedure[edit]

Because the process for adding issues to the Taskforce agenda is rather cumbersome, I'm going to experiment with using talk pages as the Taskforce collaboration point instead of a special transclusion page. I'm going to add a bunch of cleanup tasks from 2004, with the goal of getting at least one task on each participant's desk. -- Beland 00:54, 7 August 2005 (UTC)[reply]


  • Make sure the article is tagged for cleanup.
  • Add a link to the talk page to this page.
  • Add a link to the talk page from someone's desk.
  • Put a note on the talk page that you added it to that desk.

Originally from September, 2004[edit]

All opened 7 August, 2005.

  • converted to subpage format and moved to unassigned/assigned

Stale requests[edit]

If you notice a request that has been sitting on a participant's desk for more than 30 days, you can ask them to reassign it to someone else by putting this text on their user talk page:

{{subst:taskforce-ping}} -- ~~~~

How to close a completed request[edit]

  1. On the article's talk page, change the {{cleanup taskforce notice|ARTICLE NAME}} tag (if there is one) to {{cleanup taskforce closed|ARTICLE NAME}}. Otherwise, just note that you are closing the cleanup request.
  2. Make sure any cleanup tags have been removed from the article and its talk page.
  3. Remove it from Taskforce members' desks. (Visit the collaboration page and check "What links here".)
  4. Remove it from this page and, optionally, archive it at Wikipedia:Cleanup Taskforce/closed

See also[edit]