Wikipedia:Wikibreak

A wikibreak, wikiholiday, wikivacation, or leave of wiki-absence is a period when even a wikipediholic must be parted from Wikipedia, although presumably only temporarily.

The pain involved varies from Wikipedian to Wikipedian. Some find it easy to endure, whereas others find the separation agonizing. Often the latter find themselves grasping at any opportunity to go online "just to check what's happening".

The degree of coercion also varies. Some remarkable individuals are actually capable of taking a voluntary wikiholiday: they are to be admired for their strength of character. Some people have to enforce their departure for their own good. Others still are forced into it through circumstances beyond their control: it is often at such times that wikiholics discover their condition.

Wikibreaks, and reducing activity while on Wikipedia, can reflect a serious issue if a person is going through serious difficulties.

Even the best Wikipedians need a break sometimes.

Generic templates[edit]

The wikibreak template[edit]

When taking a wikibreak, it is a good idea to inform your wikifriends that you are not active and indicate when you might be back. You can use the wikibreak template for this purpose. Let's say Example wants to go on wikibreak until Christmas. They would then place this text on the top of their user or talk pages:

{} 

They would get this:

For a longer break, they could also use {{Long wikibreak}}, writing

{} 

which renders thus:

The other wikibreak template[edit]

When taking a wikibreak, it is a good idea to inform your wikifriends that you are not active and indicate when you might be back. However, not all Wikipedians have the self-discipline to keep away for various reasons, so this template was created for those who feel like taking a wikibreak, but at the same time will return to make small edits every once in a while. Let's say Example wants to go on wikibreak until Christmas. They would then place this text on the top of his or her user or talk pages:

{} 

They would get this:

The WikibreakSwitch template[edit]

To keep a template that you can switch on or off, or even convert into many of the others shown below, use {{WikibreakSwitch|<status>}} where <status> may be OFF, ON, LONG, etc.

The tmbox template[edit]

If your message isn't covered by any of the templates on this page, you can use the generic {{tmbox}} template to create a similar-looking box containing your text and one or two images.

Specific case templates[edit]

Busy[edit]

The Busy Template

An alternative for those weaning themselves more slowly from Wikipedia is the 'Busy' template, which is designed for those who are being overtaken by "real" life (if you have one) work. Wikipediholics can use this template to assuage the guilt associated with long breaks from the Wiki. If Example were using this template, they would place the following text at the top of his user page:

{} 

or

{} 

and they will get this:

A topicon is also available Template:Busy topicon. Use {} to use it.

The Off and On WikiBreak Template

There are times when one is having trouble being able to consistently make contributions for some reason. If you are inconsistently able to make edits, add

{} 

to your userpage, which will bring this about:

The Moving template

When you move to a new location there is no help for it; you have to stop editing until your computer is found or edit from strange public computers.

{} 

Name auto adjusts as well as width. Code is based on the Deadline template.

Education[edit]

The School template

When school beckons, use

{} 

to get:

or

{} 

to get:

NOTE: This template uses parameters and has a syntax. Click here for a quick look.

The Busy on Weekdays because of School Template School can make weekday activity impossible, or, at the very least, quite difficult. To let people know that your activity on weekdays may be somewhat restricted, add

{} 

to your userpage, which will bring this about:


The Education template

A template for those students smart enough to make studying a priority. Type

{} 

and you'll see:

Also, you can use

{} 

to specify the date that your school finishes. To specify that your institution is a college or university, use

{} 

(either the type of institution or the actual name), which looks like this:

The Exams template Another template for those who have exams coming up soon, to add it just add the following text at the top of your user page:

{} 

and you will get this:

Alternatively, you can use

{} 

to specify the date that your exams finish. That will yield:

The Semi-wikibreak Exams Template

{} 

Health[edit]

For those of us who are sick or ill and would thus be partially inactive, Wikipedians can use this template to indicate this.

{} 

and the user will see this:


For those of us who are struggling with mental illness or psychological problems and would thus be partially inactive, Wikipedians can use this template to indicate this.

{} 

and the user will see this:

Note: DO NOT put this on another person's userpage without their consent, as this is potentially libelous (not to mention cruel).

Vacation[edit]

{} 

produces

{} 

produces

{}

Produces:

Technical related[edit]

The Computer death template

{} 

produces

The No Internet Access template

{} 

produces

The No-power template

{} 

produces

Grieving[edit]

If you are suffering a loss and you are grieving, you may use this: The User grieving template

{}

produces

Other[edit]

The Discouraged user template

For those users who have been disheartened by the wikiprocess through failure, edit wars, bullying, and other acts of not assuming good faith towards the user. They may also be suffering from a sense of wikifailure. Wikipedians displaying this template may periodically check their watchlist, but will not engage in editing. Wikipedians will typically return to their regular contributing activity once their faith in the wikicommunity has been restored or their existential wikistress has been resolved.

{} 

* In this case, the user is named "example".

Bonked/Fatigued templates[edit]

{} 

produces this:



The |superbonked=yes parameter can be used with {{bonked}} when you have been wikibonked so much that you will have to leave Wikipedia for sometime.

{} 


produces this:


Personal issues[edit]

{{Personal issues}} produces:

Due to personal issues, Wikibreak will be away from Wikipedia for an undefined period of time.

Stress[edit]

{{User stress}} produces:

Semi-wikibreak[edit]

A semi-wikibreak is a Wikibreak taken by Wikipedians who are not fully on a wikibreak but are not fully editing. There are many possible reasons for a semi-wikibreak, such as:

  • busy at work or school
  • going on vacation
  • new puppy isn't housebroken yet
  • toilet got backed up
  • slow internet connection
  • boyfriend or girlfriend needs more attention
  • kids need affection/cereal/ride to sports practice (Note: order may vary)
  • Super Bowl
  • AL/NL Pennant Race
  • Stanley Cup Finals
  • chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • March Madness
  • NBA Playoffs
  • FIFA World Cup
  • new xkcd strip
  • sharing computer with others
  • ran out of coffee
  • reading paper-bound volumes (apparently called "books")
  • partying
  • computer is broken
  • tired of Wikipedia
  • sleeping
Use
{{Semi-wikibreak}} 

Retirement[edit]

Retirement template[edit]

We hope this never happens, but sometimes good things must come to an end. If you are retiring from Wikipedia you can use the Retirement template:

{} 

and it will produce:

RETIRED
This user is no longer active on Wikipedia.

If you say:

{} 

it will say

EXAMPLE
This user is no longer active on Wikipedia.


Alternately, if you say:

{} 

This box will be produced:

Wikipedia-logo BW-hires.svgThis editor has decided to leave Wikipedia.

See also[edit]