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Copyright Concerns[edit]

Are we allowed to use Copyrighted images in our Userboxes? It seems kinda sketchy to me, since more than likely these Copyrigh holders expected us to use their image only once yet we have it so it may be displayed on several thousand pages if so desired. Deathawk 15:51, 19 December 2005 (UTC)

It is my understanding that no copyrighted images are allowed anywhere on WP and that images are assumed to be copyrighted and thus get removed, unless the poster can prove they are not copyrighted. User:AlMac|(talk) 09:40, 26 December 2005 (UTC)

I presume we are refering to fair-use copyrighted images, and I don't really know, in the case that the copyright holder doesn't mind (as in the case of the firefox userbox), then I have to presume it is okay, however I am not fully sure of the wikipedia policy in that area... Ian13ID:540053 15:46, 26 December 2005 (UTC)
To answer the question once and for all, no we can't use fairuse images on userboxes. JtkieferT | C | @ ---- 01:19, 29 December 2005 (UTC)
Uh, no. The way I understand the Fair Use clause, using a small version in a userbox would qualify since it would be either social commentary or parody/satire, depending on the content of the userbox. --CJ Marsicano 18:48, 3 January 2006 (UTC)
Depending on the content of the userbox, yes. They might not qualify as parody or satire. More importantly, it isn't automatically fair use if it contains parody or satire, because fair use isn't that simple--see the article. My main point is that it would vary very much from case to case. If you need a simple answer, I'm inclined to agree with User:Jtkiefer. EldKatt (Talk) 23:17, 3 January 2006 (UTC)
Why not? I'm not challenging you, but some clear evidence somewhere would be nice. 20px Deano (Talk) 11:27, 29 December 2005 (UTC)
They might not qualify as fair use in that particular context. Fair use is quite complicated, so clear evidence is much a matter of interpretation, I guess. EldKatt (Talk) 18:07, 3 January 2006 (UTC)
EldKatt, see what I told Jtkiefer above. --CJ Marsicano 18:48, 3 January 2006 (UTC)


No chess playing box? Disaster!--1 black hand 18:14, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

ChessSet.jpg This user enjoys chess.

I do not know when this got added ... I not remember where I copied if from.

  • I desire one for the game of GO
  • How about very popular computer games like Civilization?
  • RPG is for Role Playing Games
    • I would like an RPG for Report Program Generator (programming language)

User:AlMac|(talk) 09:39, 26 December 2005 (UTC)

Games are over on the Wikipedia:Userboxes/Hobbies page now. —James S. 01:50, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

Trekker, dammit![edit]

Can somebody PLEASE delete the "Trekkie" crack? Real fans are trekkers; the...dedicated fans (who can ID episodes by the color of the sky) are "trekists". (Trekkies are undiscriminating geek groupies who wouldn't know "ST" was a good show if it was tattooed on their foreheads.) Trekphiler 05:26, 26 December 2005 (UTC) (OK, I'm a bit sensitive...)

Erm, I know people who call themselves Trekkies.... and they own all the ST DVDs. :S silvarbullet1 23:14, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

South Park??[edit]

No South Park one?? C'mon folks! - JScott06 20:08, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

Here's a South Park fan template. Daykart 20:23, 28 December 2005 (UTC)
Haha that's good. Nice one Daykart! 20px Deano (Talk) 20:46, 28 December 2005 (UTC)
Thanks. That's a running joke of mine. I tend to do it quite a bit. Daykart 22:40, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

Just surprised, so many "interests" boxes and not a single one for SP. I'm no graphic artist, but here's an attempt:

Respect my authoritah!!!

- JScott06 21:06, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

I like it! Hope you don't mind be using it myself! 20px Deano (Talk) 21:34, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

No problem. Here's the new template. - JScott06 00:31, 29 December 2005 (UTC)
Please file under television and movies, if you haven't already. —James S. 02:12, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

Rebuke, common folks, fair use policy? Ian13ID:540053 19:10, 3 January 2006 (UTC)


What did Shakira do to earn this great honor? —James S. 02:27, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

She's an example. You can add whatever artist you want. --¿ WhyBeNormal ? 05:28, 30 December 2005 (UTC)


This one should be addressed. Preferably with the The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. --OneTopJob6 09:37, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

Try this one:
Answer to Life.png This user knows The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.

--OneTopJob6 09:45, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

User:BlueSquadronRaven/Userboxes/42 is older.
42 This user knows that 42 is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
--Jamdav86 10:58, 30 December 2005 (UTC)


Where's the Browncoat representation? It's quite surprising to see nothing in this area, given its spread presence elsewhere. I'd make some attempt to slap something together myself, but I just... suck at this type of thing. --Bacteria 09:34, 7 January 2006 (UTC)

Your post is pretty old, so maybe you've already spotted this (which, granted, still ain't the best..) {{user fireflyfan}} EEMeltonIV 05:57, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. I agree that it could look better. I kept looking under the Browncoat links because I figured someone would have used the word in the template. --Bacteria 11:40, 10 February 2006 (UTC)

Merged from "Hobbies"[edit]

How about a box for running? --CHIMES 15:30, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

Or hiking? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

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Specifically, for information about how to create your own userbox see WP:UBX --Mistress Selina Kyle (Α⇔Ω ¦ ⇒✉) 05:15, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

Electronics and vehicles?[edit]

It's a football AND a phone! --James S. 12:01, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

Gold Award[edit]

Saw all the Eagle and Boy Scout user boxes, and so tried to make a Gold Scout user box. Only concern is that Gold Scout is name for those who have earned their Gold Award (like Eagle Scouts have earned their Eagle Award), there might be some confusion. Any thoughts?

This User is a Gold Scout

Zidel333 05:37, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

  • It's called the Gold Award.evrik 06:04, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
Yes, I'm aware of that. I earn it. :D Created a redirect from Gold Scout to the article on Gold Awards.

Zidel333 06:27, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

Fair use and images on userboxes[edit]

Re-iterating what it says at Wikipedia:Userboxes, "The use of copyrighted work as fair use is not allowed on templates". A significant number of the interests userboxes are using fair use images, mostly logos. I've removed a small number of these but many more need to have these images removed. Based on recent events, it's likely that such activity is going to result in problems. Therefore, I'm asking (despite the presence of the above quote) if there is any defense of these images being used on the userboxes? --Durin 21:06, 16 February 2006 (UTC)

  • Based on discussions at Wikipedia talk:Proposed policy on userboxes, I've reverted my removals. However, I don't think there's legal support for keeping these images on the userboxes. I'll defer judgement to others more knowledgeable. --Durin 21:24, 16 February 2006 (UTC)

Need one ...[edit]

Need one for Wikipedians who have had paranormal experiences, and/or are interested in these matters, such as UFOs, aliens, ghosts other paranormal matters. Martial Law 04:10, 27 March 2006 (UTC) :)


  • Grey alien, for those which have had alien encounters.
  • Flying saucer, for those who have had a encounter with a UFO.
  • Bigfoot, for those that had a encounter with a Bigfoot.
  • Ghost, for those who have encountered ghosts, poltergeists.
  • Demon, for those who have encountered Satanic and/or demonic forces.
  • Angel, for those who have had a encounter with angels.
  • A "?", for those who have had a unclassifiable paramormal experience. State the nature of the incident.
  • A Chupacabra, for those who have encountered this creature, other bizarre creatures.
  • Magnifying glass image, for those interested in paranormal matters, are paranormal investigators.

Also state the nature of the incident, and if the incident is to be reported or not.

Also need this in the Wikipedians' listings: Wikipedians who have had paranormal experiences, are interested in these matters. Martial Law 04:22, 27 March 2006 (UTC) :)

Had a glitch, corrected same. Martial Law 04:27, 27 March 2006 (UTC) :)

As stated, need new images for these and related catagories. Martial Law 06:48, 27 March 2006 (UTC) :)


Can we have some more for science? Physics, Chemistry, Biology etc... ? Please? Saying just "This person is interested in X" thanks

Evolution Userboxes[edit]

Can we have a "supports Evolution" userbox, and "regards evolution as psuedoscience" userboxes? Thanks.

MSTCrow 10:41, 12 June 2006 (UTC)

Eye Check[edit]

Fx This user is interested in astronomy.

Can anybody actually read this? 07:19, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

I can. silvarbullet1 23:11, 17 August 2006 (UTC)
Me too. Paul Haymon 09:19, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
Read what? "Astronomy"? (You mean there's more?) Trekphiler (talk) 11:35, 1 January 2008 (UTC)
Give us the code for it. Parker1297 (talk) 20:32, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

Juggling, poi and circus skills[edit]

Correct me if I'm wrong but there seems to be no userboxes for those interested in circus skills. My speciality is juggling and my pals are into such skills as poi and unicyling, so is anyone up for designing a range? Knaw 22:24, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

If I could, I would. I want a Poi one! silvarbullet1 23:12, 17 August 2006 (UTC)
I love the juggling userbox, but why is there no boarder on the right side of the box? Could someone with some programming skills help out? Benstrider 21:04, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Civil Air Patrol[edit]

I see that the {{User:UBX/CAP}} box is listed on this page. Given that it is chartered as the Auxiliary of the US Air Force, I believe it would more appropriately be listed on Wikipedia:Userboxes/Regional Politics with the other military-related boxes. Safe to move? Huntster «TalkContribsEmail» 03:15, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Art lover, but not Artist?[edit]

Where's the Artist userbox? I saw one for "Professional Artist" and "Art Lover" but no plain "Artist". Help would be appreciated. Paul Haymon 09:18, 4 September 2006 (UTC)


Is anybody working on more Greek Organization userboxes? Right now there's only one, and that's by far not enough. If anybody is, I'm looking for a Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity one. Thanks! -Cooter285 18:52, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

This user survived an attack by a crazed astronaut. - Huh?[edit]

What's up with the userbox "This user survived an attack by a crazed astronaut." with a link to Lisa Nowak. That looks like a personal attack, or at least bad taste. --EarthPerson 18:38, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Homestar Please![edit]

Can someone please make a "This user is addicted to Homestar Runner" UBX? Thanks, StrongBad27 03:44, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

I Think...[edit]

That there should be a UBX that says 'All your base are belong to this user,' with a picture of CATS beside the text. Can anyone make one? Mack-the-random 18:51, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Padi.jpg[edit]

Nuvola apps important.svg

Image:Padi.jpg is being used on this article. I notice the image page specifies that the image is being used under fair use but there is no explanation or rationale as to why its use in this Wikipedia article constitutes fair use. In addition to the boilerplate fair use template, you must also write out on the image description page a specific explanation or rationale for why using this image in each article is consistent with fair use.

Please go to the image description page and edit it to include a fair use rationale. Using one of the templates at Wikipedia:Fair use rationale guideline is an easy way to insure that your image is in compliance with Wikipedia policy, but remember that you must complete the template. Do not simply insert a blank template on an image page.

If there is other other fair use media, consider checking that you have specified the fair use rationale on the other images used on this page. Note that any fair use images uploaded after 4 May, 2006, and lacking such an explanation will be deleted one week after they have been uploaded, as described on criteria for speedy deletion. If you have any questions please ask them at the Media copyright questions page. Thank you.BetacommandBot 00:14, 6 June 2007 (UTC)


This user is a member of BOINC.

(I can't get any of the BOINC .svg/.png images to work...)Trekphiler (talk) 11:48, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

Before deleting boxes that you consider inappropriate[edit]

For editors considering deleting boxes from this project page that you consider inappropriate, or otherwise object to, before you do so, please read WP:NOTCENSORED - Ahunt (talk) 18:08, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

I believe in magic userbox?[edit]

Is there an "I believe in magic/fairies" userbox? I would really love to have one that says that on my userpage, but I can't find it if it exists. And if it doesn't exist, I don't have the HTML skills to create one. Jcatgrl (talk) 02:17, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

I can make one (or two) for you. What would you like it or them to say? - Ahunt (talk) 13:40, 19 February 2009 (UTC)
One that says "This user believes that fairies exist" with a silhouette picture of a fairy, and one that says "This user believes in magic" with a magic wand or something similar. Thanks in advance! Jcatgrl (talk) 22:37, 27 February 2009 (UTC)
Okay those are easy! See what you think:
Code Result
Fée.svg This user believes that fairies exist
Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus.jpg This user believes in magic
I couldn't find a magic wand image so I used what I think is a fairly elegant painting of Circe holding her magic wand and offering the cup to Odysseus. If you would like something else it can easily be changed. It also turns out that magic on Wikipedia refers to dozens of different subjects. I linked it to Magic (paranormal) hoping that would be your area of interest.
Let me know if you would like any changes to these boxes - almost any parameters about them can be altered to suit! - Ahunt (talk) 15:39, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
Awesome! Those are perfect. Thank you! Jcatgrl (talk) 15:05, 23 March 2009 (UTC)
Glad that you like them! - Ahunt (talk) 15:47, 23 March 2009 (UTC)


i think there should be one for science stuff Parker1297 (talk) 19:46, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

See the hatnote at the top of the page: Wikipedia:Userboxes/Education#Favourite subject -

{{Template:User Astronomy Subject}}

Ring Nebula This user enjoys the subject of astronomy.


Thanks Parker1297 (talk) 20:30, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

Breaking up this page[edit]

The page is listed in Category:Pages with too many expensive parser function calls, which means the page needs to be broken up. I have been adding new sections and moving userboxes into these sections, which is in support of breaking up the page. Adding new sections also makes the page easier to search and less random. The two big sections Wikipedia:Userboxes/Interests#Various and Wikipedia:Userboxes/Interests#Other_Interests need to be merged together, and more sections pulled out of the merge. I don't yet have a proposal of how to break up the page, but that should be more apparent after more sections are created. Obankston (talk) 19:08, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Update: I moved "Music listening" userboxes to other pages (most of them were already there) and deleted this section. That action takes this page off the list Category:Pages with too many expensive parser function calls. Obankston (talk) 20:33, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Update 2: I merged "Scuba diving" userboxes to the page Wikipedia:Userboxes/Sports since they were duplicating and changed the entries to a single link to that page. This page had a better sort order for the section, so the other page had its sort order changed. There are additional entries on this page that could be considered sports and maybe should be moved also, but there is some overlap between interests and sports. Enough userboxes have been moved out of this page so the Category:Pages with too many expensive parser function calls is not an issue at this time, so the page does not need to be broken up at this time. Obankston (talk) 15:29, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

I would like my own template, please[edit]

How do I make one that says "I work in the world's oldest profession and edit on Wikipedia when business slumps" ? Bridgetttttttebabblepoop 01:02, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

No problem, I can make one up for you. Do you have an image in mind or should I find one for you, like this one? - Ahunt (talk) 01:27, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
Wow! Very good. Please put it on my user page. U R a Sweetie! Bridgetttttttebabblepoop 02:43, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

No problem, it is done and installed on your user page. Example below:

Code Result
A German prostitute's self-portrait in a brothel.jpg This user works in the world's oldest profession and edits Wikipedia when business slumps

Thank you for the barnstar! I will also add this userbox to the list at Wikipedia:Userboxes/Profession#Other. I thought it was more a "profession" than an "interest". Incidentally if you would like the box to have different colours, etc they can easily be changed. Let me know if you have any questions about adding boxes, changing colours or page layouts. - Ahunt (talk) 12:37, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

technical problems[edit]

please help and more list of userboxes pages ! it's this template usbk's fault — Preceding unsigned comment added by Annette Hi (talkcontribs)

I'm sorry, but I don't understand what you are asking here. Can you explain in more detail? - Ahunt (talk) 22:54, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

this page and others are in category Pages where template include size is exceeded and i cant see all userboxes Annette Hi (talk) 21:31, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

I think you are right - it needs to be split into two pages, the question is how best to do that, since there isn't an obvious way to split it! - Ahunt (talk) 21:37, 4 May 2013 (UTC)