For general help on tagging pages, see Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Tagging pages for problems.

The following template messages may be added to articles needing a cleanup. Their purposes are to foster improvement of the encyclopedia and to notify readers about possible problems.

Unless otherwise noted, the cleanup messages, or tags, should be placed at the top—before other templates, images, or infoboxes, but after a possible hatnote (see WP:Hatnote#Placement). Certain tags can be placed at the top of an individual section, and others can be placed within the text itself (inline). Where the problem is not obvious, add an explanatory remark via the reason parameter as shown below or via the talk page.

Don’t insert tags that are similar or redundant. For example, all articles that read like essays have an inappropriate tone, and in fact they end up being automatically grouped in the same category, so it is unnecessary to tag with both {{Inappropriate tone}} and {{Essay-like}}. Similarly, if an article has many problems, tag only the most important, a lengthy list often being less helpful than a shorter one. A tag is not intended as a badge of shame. (See also: tag bombing.)

Please can you provide a date for the 'Date parameter' as we do not yet have a active botto add them yet.

Does the article meet inclusion requirements?Edit

Before placing templates on a page it is worthwhile to cast a critical eye over the page to determine whether it should, in fact, be included in this Wiki. Some articles can be tagged for speedy deletion or marked as an article for deletion.

Best practices in obscure or unpopular articlesEdit

On pages that have received little attention from editors or readers, cleanup templates can be used as a way to call attention to problems that need to be addressed by editors. Editors who want to help address these problems should look through the various cleanup categories such as maintenance and articles with content issues and try to address the problems so that the templates can be removed. Editors who do a lot of tagging of articles should also address the backlogs.

Best practices in heavily monitored articlesEdit

On pages that are being edited by a number of users, cleanup templates are used to inform readers and editors of ongoing discussions and attempts to fix the problems on the page. Such templates can be used to attract uninvolved users to discussions and cleanup efforts, and they can also serve as a warning to casual readers that the article may have problems and be subject to dramatic changes. In general, an editor who places a template message to indicate a problem like this should explain their rationale fully on the talkpage of the article. If the consensus of the other editors is that there is a problem or an editorial dispute that deserves such a clean-up template, then the editors should work to fix the problem as quickly and cleanly as possible so the template message can be removed. If the consensus is that there is no problem, then the message can be removed immediately. For heavily monitored articles, please do not add or remove template messages of this sort without using the talk page.

Use in sectionsEdit

Many of these cleanup tags require you to place |article as the first parameter when you use the tag at the top of an article. When you want the template to refer to just one section, however, you replace |article with |section (where the | is a pipe key found on most keyboards as a shift-backslash (\). See the specific template below to determine if such "section use" is supported and appropriate.

Tag consolidationEdit

If too many tags are put at the top of an article, the article can become eclipsed by the tags, especially with short or stub articles. Consider consolidating the tags into the {{Multiple issues}} template.

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  • Use the article=y parameter if you use the template for the entire article, and section=y if it is used only for a particular section.
  • To tag a specific issue, set any string of text to the parameter, such as issue=y
  • To specify the month tagged for the categories that sort articles by month, type issue=September 2020 or issue=April 2007


General cleanupEdit

Use one of these general tags when none of the more specific tags fit.

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  • This applies to general problems not addressed by other tags.
  • Please consider using specific cleanup tags first, as specific tags help other editors to easily identify problems in an article.
  • Use the reason parameter to specify issues identified, or post your comments on the talk page.
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  • Use this tag where the remaining sections of an article need cleanup.
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  • Use this tag where the whole article needs extensive revision.

Plain old editingEdit

Some articles just need someone with a good grasp of editing technique to give them a once-over.

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Style of writingEdit

Tractor Wiki is an encyclopedia. Tractor Wiki is not a dictionary, soapbox, how-to guide, blog, billboard, résumé, or crystal ball.

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