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RfC closure challenge: Template talk:Cite doi#RfC: Should Template:cite doi cease creating a separate subpage for each DOI?[edit]

Please take part in the discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard#RfC closure challenge: Template talk:Cite doi#RfC: Should Template:cite doi cease creating a separate subpage for each DOI? Curly Turkey 🍁 ¡gobble! 05:12, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Citations by hand or template?[edit]

Entering citations using the templates < ref name="name">citation text</ref > and < ref name="name" / >, makes future editing difficult. If the original citation gets deleted, all the others are deleted. And when editing sections in which the < ref name="name" / > template occurs, finding the name of the reference requires a search. Entering citations by hand can be easily done by cut and paste from an original. I suggest that the by hand method be the Wikipedia preferred or only method. Vejlefjord (talk) 22:47, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

@Vejlefjord: The constructs <ref name="name">...</ref> and <ref name="name" /> are not templates, they are tags used to create footnotes. We also do not prescribe particular citation methods, see WP:CITESTYLE; but if we were to discuss whether one method should be preferred, it would not be done here but at WP:VPP. --Redrose64 (talk) 09:30, 8 December 2015 (UTC)

Which version of {{cite}} to use?[edit]

Is there any guidance on which variation of cite to use in which circumstances? Particularly {{cite web}} vs {{cite news}}? TIA CalzGuy (talk) 10:26, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Use {{cite news}} for news sources, whether printed newspaper; TV/radio broadcast; or online news services like The Huffington Post but not press releases - use {{cite press release}} for those. For magazines, use {{cite magazine}}; for peer-reviewed academic journals, use {{cite journal}}. All of the Citation Style 1 templates accept a |url= parameter, and {{cite web}} is only for use when none of the others are appropriate. --Redrose64 (talk) 10:54, 8 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for that. And where is that detailed? CalzGuy (talk) 13:28, 8 January 2016 (UTC)
At the top of the documentation for each template. --Redrose64 (talk) 23:27, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Examples showing errors[edit]

The two examples for "conference report or paper" using {{Citation}} are showing red errors "Missing or empty |title= (help)". I'm hesitating to fix the examples without understanding why these errors are showing up now; I don't even know if they're recent. NebY (talk) 23:27, 7 March 2016 (UTC)

It is not correct to use |series= for the publication title.
{{Citation
 | last1 = Turk | first1 = M.
 | last2 = Pentland | first2 = A.
 | contribution = Face recognition using eigenfaces
 | series = Proc. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
 | place = Maui, Hawaii
 | pages = 586–591
 | year = 1991 }}
Turk, M.; Pentland, A. (1991), "Face recognition using eigenfaces", Proc. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Maui, Hawaii, pp. 586–591  Missing or empty |title= (help)
The error message is correct. Instead, use |title=:
{{Citation
 | last1 = Turk | first1 = M.
 | last2 = Pentland | first2 = A.
 | contribution = Face recognition using eigenfaces
 | title = Proc. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
 | place = Maui, Hawaii
 | pages = 586–591
 | year = 1991 }}
Turk, M.; Pentland, A. (1991), "Face recognition using eigenfaces", Proc. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Maui, Hawaii, pp. 586–591 
The other example suffers from the same problem:
Evans, N. R.; Schaefer, G.; Bond, H.; Karovska, M.; Nelan, E.; Sasselov, D. (January 9, 2006), "Direct detection of the close companion of Polaris with the Hubble Space Telescope", American Astronomical Society 207th Meeting, AAS  Missing or empty |title= (help)
changing |series= to |title=:
Evans, N. R.; Schaefer, G.; Bond, H.; Karovska, M.; Nelan, E.; Sasselov, D. (January 9, 2006), "Direct detection of the close companion of Polaris with the Hubble Space Telescope", American Astronomical Society 207th Meeting, AAS 
Trappist the monk (talk) 01:02, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

Citing a datasheet, manual, technical report, etc.[edit]

I'd like to know what would be best for citing one of those. They usually come as a PDF like a journal article but website might work too. It would be nice to either create an proper template for these or mention them in the list under the correct one. Devon (talk) 06:21, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

If {{cite web}} does not work for you, you might try {{cite techreport}}. – Jonesey95 (talk) 13:52, 3 January 2017 (UTC)