Wikipedia talk:Tip of the day

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This is the coordination page for the Tip of the day department.

See Tip of the day scheduling queue for the complete schedule of tips.

Postscript-viewer.svg See Wikipedia:Tips for the complete library of tips arranged by subject.

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The tip of the day (or TOTD) is a helpful tip on how to use or edit Wikipedia. It is displayed by template on prominent help and community pages (and many user pages), presenting a different tip each day. The template displays the tip page named for the current date. The year is left off of the page titles, so that the same collection of tips redisplays automatically year after year.

Our purpose here is to keep the tips relevant. This means keeping tip pages up-to-date, and replacing tips with new ones when they become obsolete. In addition to this, we are constantly on the lookout for better tips to improve the overall collection, replacing not-as-useful tips with more useful ones.

As you probably guessed, that means there are 366 tip pages that need to be maintained. We welcome your help in maintaining and adding tips.

Template {}
Tip of the day...
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Contribute to Wikipedia by translating content. WikiProject Intertranswiki is a collaborative effort to improve Wikipedia by importing and translating content from foreign language Wikipedias into the English Wikipedia. See the category WikiProject Intertranswiki for the list of languages. Use your multilingual skills to help improve Wikipedia.

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To add this auto-updating template to your user page, use {{totd3}}


How you can help[edit]

To suggest a new tip or report a problem with a tip, create a new section at the very bottom of this Talk page to let us know. Feel free to make corrections directly to tip pages, and please let us know at the bottom of this page when you do. Other ideas and comments are also welcome.

To view and check the TOTD a day before it goes live, place {{totd-tomorrow}} on your user Talk page (including the four curly braces).

If you would like to join this department, please add yourself to the participants list below.


Invitation to the Tip of the day WikiProject[edit]

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Hello Tip of the day,
You are invited to join the Tip of the day, a WikiProject and resource dedicated to providing useful daily advice on how to use or develop Wikipedia more effectively.
To join the project, just add your name to the participants list. We're so glad you're here!

How to invite[edit]

To invite another editor to contribute to Tip of the day, copy and paste {} into a new section on their talk page. Feel free to include your own personal message as well. Cheers!


There is a bot automatically generated list of active editors.

If you'd like to be kept up-to-date on what is going on with TOTD, and receive task assignments, please add your name below:

Welcome message[edit]

Here is a plain Welcome message for posting to new participant's talk page. To post the message copy and paste this:
{{totd plain welcome}} (including the four curly braces).

Remember to sign the message with your four tilde signature: ~~~~

Light bulb * Welcome! Thank you for your recent edits for the Wikipedia Tip of the day and for joining the Tip of the day department.


  • New tips (or major rewrites) should be proposed via a New section at the very bottom of this Talk page. Ping other editors if possible. Wait for comments and consensus.
  • Minor updates and copy-edits to existing tips can be done directly at that tip's RAW template found via the Tip of the day scheduling queue.
  • The 366 slots (one for each day of the yearless calendar, including February 29 for leap year) are set up on Wikipedia:Tip of the day so whenever any new tip is added, or an obsolete tip is removed, one of the 366 days needs to be chosen. Put the new tip in a slot that is already duplicated in another slot (e.g.- the same tip is repeated for January 17 and July 17). Replace the duplicate slot that is coming up the soonest using the general workflow checklist below.

Discussion status[edit]

To use, click on the Discussion subpage link above, copy and paste into top of each new discusion.

General workflow checklist to add a new tip to replace an existing tip[edit]

  1. Directly place the updated (Done) tip into the Tip of the day scheduling queue at one of the 366 subpages by editing the tip.
  2. Update the tip's description at:
    1. Wikipedia:Tip of the day#Chronological list of tips.
    2. WP:ALPHATIPAlphabetical list of tips page.
    3. Wikipedia:Tips, the complete library of tips arranged by subject (pipe the description, link the date to the piped description per the other listings).
      1. If you add a tip you may need to remove a tip too. Check for duplicates.
  3. Update Wikipedia talk:Tip of the day#Tip library maintenance below. You will also need to remove the added date from other months where it is duplicated- e.g.- if you add a tip in place of one in January and it is duplicated in July you will need to remove the January reference in the July maintenance listing.

How to prevent new tip archiving[edit]

Use Bump which is a wrapper for the invisible template {{do not archive until}} that is used to prevent bots archiving a discussion thread.

It produces a visible message that the thread has been bumped, and how long for (defaults to 30 days), if a value of days has been specified. It will auto-sign the notification.

{} produces:

Bumping thread. Example (talk) 09:45, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

{} produces:

Bumping thread for 30 days. Example (talk) 09:45, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Ambox warning pn.svg Always use the subst prefix, and place under the section title.

Tip library maintenance[edit]

As of August 1, 2016, the count of tips (from the scheduling queue) contained within the Tip library:

From the above list, it appears that there are not 366 unique individual tips, which opens the door for new tips to be added to the schedule as well as removal of duplicate tips.

To keep the Tip library in step with the scheduling queue, additional editors may help by reviewing the Tip library and performing cleanup. When each month is completed, please add the {} template to that month's line in the list above.

Until we reach 366 tips, new tips can be placed into the TOTD Schedule Queue by replacing a duplicate entry from the monthly maintenance lists below.

January maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
January 1 Where to begin? January 1
January 2 Article development January 2
January 3 Are your hands full? (Use search box as a small
but convenient clipboard)
January 3
January 4 How to make your watchlist easier to read January 4
January 5 How to improve Wikipedia's reliability January 5
January 6 How to send a message to other editors January 6
January 7 Image processing tools January 7
January 8 What are dummy edits good for? January 8
January 9 Digital audio editors January 9
January 10 Introduction to navigating Wikipedia January 10
January 11 Captions January 11
January 12 Avoiding common mistakes January 12
January 13 A self-guided tutorial January 13
January 14 Article quality assessments January 14
January 15 Archives for lengthy pages January 15
January 16 Article banner templates January 16
January 17 What is a Talk page? January 17
January 18 How to easily recall a username January 18
January 19
April 19
Preview tomorrow's Featured Article
Preview tomorrow's Featured Article
January 19
January 20 User scripts examples January 20
January 21 Good article nominations January 21
January 22 Using intuitively named templates to
reduce or enlarge font sizes
January 22
January 23 Search and replace while editing an article. January 23
January 24 Search & replace in thousands of articles with AWB January 24
January 25 Ask for help at Wikipedia's Help Desk January 25
January 26 Souping up your Smartphone editing of Wikipedia January 26
January 27 The semi-automated article peer-reviewer January 27
January 28 How to request help on your Talk page January 28
January 29 Intruder alert! Intruder alert! (Vandalism-level warning) January 29
January 30 What are page history diffs? January 30
January 31 Find articles for cleanup January 31

February maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
February 1 Automatic page loader. February 1
February 2 Redirect synonymous topic names February 2
February 3 Fixing bare URLs to prevent link rot February 3
February 4 Join a WikiProject. February 4
February 5 Getting real-time help via IRC (Internet Relay Chat) February 5
February 6 Articles about books February 6
February 7 How to provide a link to a specific Google Search February 7
February 8 Wikipedia Search box – basic February 8
February 9
March 7
April 7
August 9
Please summarize your work using the Edit summary box
March 7-Please fill-in edit summaries
April 7-Automatic edit summary reminder
Aug. 9-Abbreviating edit summaries
February 9
March 7
April 7
Aug. 9
February 10 Referencing for beginners February 10
February 11 Another way to search Wikipedia with Google February 11
February 12 Introduction to tables February 12
February 13 Shortcut for minor edit box February 13
February 14 Spreading the WikiLove February 14
February 15 Templates for Age and Dates February 15
February 16 Thanks – send a notification February 16
February 17 Mobile view sidebar from the desktop February 17
February 18 Using the Authority control template February 18
February 19 When to use subpages February 19
February 20 How to enable right-click section editing February 20
February 21 Biographies February 21
February 22 Wikipedia banners and buttons February 22
February 23 Help for new contributors February 23
February 24 Calendar date display for your user pages February 24
February 25 Screen readers for accessibility February 25
February 26 Editing projects for school and university classes February 26
February 27 What is Page curation? February 27
February 28 Writing articles for The Signpost February 28
February 29
March 12
August 17
October 7
Please sign your name on talk pages
Please sign your name on talk pages
Please sign your name on talk pages
Please sign your name on talk pages
February 29

March maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
March 1 How to plant a CategoryTree! March 1
March 2 Test-drive your edits using a sandbox March 2
March 3 Become clairvoyant with Navigation Popups March 3
March 4 Supercharge your browser March 4
March 5 How to create a link to another article March 5
March 6 Use the Article Wizard to easily create new articles March 6
March 7
February 9
Please fill-in edit summaries March 7
March 8
April 28
March 8-How to get a list of a page's subpages
April 28-Getting a subpage listing
March 8
March 9 Becoming an Administrator March 9
March 10 Where to post requests March 10
March 11 How to make links look the way you want March 11
March 12
February 29
Please sign your name on talk pages -
March 13 Are you lost? March 13
March 14 How to create a new page March 14
March 15 Wikipedia's top ten power tips March 15
March 16
October 31 (keeper)
Do you need administrator assistance? October 31
March 17 How to turn redirects green March 17
March 18
April 10
Cite your sources March 18
March 19 Link tricks March 19
March 20 Running MediaWiki on your own computer March 20
March 21
October 15
Navigate faster using Wikipedia shortcuts October 15
March 22 Searching Wikipedia with regular expressions (regex) March 22
March 23 Getting your edit count March 23
March 24 Transclusion vs. Substitution March 24
March 25 Link to Wiktionary word definitions using Wikt: March 25
March 26
April 17
March 26 – SuggestBot is a fun way to pick pages to edit
April 17 – A fun way to pick pages to edit
March 26
March 27 Work faster with keyboard shortcuts March 27
March 28
June 16
June 28
Ask intelligent questions March 28
March 29 Working on the Main page - I March 29
March 30 Working on the Main page - II March 30
March 31 Toolbar links to access the WP pages you use the most March 31

April maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
April 1 Don not believe everything you read April 1
April 2 Visit the Village Pump for technical issues April 2
April 3 Stop by the Reference Desk April 3
April 4 Where to upload images and media files April 4
April 5 How to fix unsigned comments April 5
April 6 Don not use forums or emails as sources April 6
April 7 Automatic edit summary reminder April 7
April 8 Collaborations April 8
April 9 Search box bookmarklet for your browser April 9
April 10 Cite your sources March 18
April 11 Edit Wikipedia faster with AutoWikiBrowser April 11
April 12 Help Wikipedia help you April 12
April 13 Motto of the day... April 13
April 14 Create a user account April 14
April 15 Copyrights? Copyleft April 15
April 16 Uploading Free Images April 16
April 17 A fun way to pick pages to edit April 17
April 18 How to change your username April 18
April 19
January 19
Preview tomorrow's Featured Article -
April 20 Explore Wikipedia's contents April 20
April 21 Featured article candidates April 21
April 22 Wikipedia search box focus April 22
April 23 How to move/rename a page April 23
April 24 The Wikipedia Adventure! April 24
April 25 Super-customize your account with gadgets April 25
April 26 Keyboard shortcuts April 26
April 27 Now what? (Are you lost, and do not know what to do?) April 27
April 28 Getting a subpage listing April 28
April 29 Setting Wikipedia time to your time zone April 29
April 30 How to make links to articles April 30

May maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
May 1 To search a specific namespace,
include the prefix in searches
May 1
May 2 Time-saving links: the "pipe trick" May 2
May 3 Prove it with ProveIt May 3
May 4 Time-saving links II May 4
May 5 Browsing Mobile Wikipedia on your big screen May 5
May 6 Linking to a section of an article May 6
May 7 Sister projects & interwiki linking May 7
May 8 Displaying one page within another = Transclusion May 8
May 9 Using templates May 9
May 10 General topics lists May 10
May 11 Userboxes May 11
May 12 List building May 12
May 13 When is a Wikipedia project a WikiProject? May 13
May 14 Centralizing project discussion May 14
May 15 Redirects May 15
May 16 Footnotes May 16
May 17 How to add hidden editor notes in an article May 17
May 18 How to review user contributions May 18
May 19 Use your browser's toolbar to navigate Wikipedia May 19
May 20 Formatting disambiguation pages May 20
May 21 Featured content May 21
May 22 Table of contents May 22
May 23 Transclusion caveat May 23
May 24 Go to the right desk May 24
May 25 Please return the favor May 25
May 26 Check your work before you save, using Preview May 26
May 27 Where on the page to put images May 27
May 28 Placing templates May 28
May 29 Placing "External links" sections May 29
May 30
Sept 24
Main page - Did you know May 30
May 31 Shortcuts May 31

June maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
June 1 Placing category tags June 1
June 2 Page history June 2
June 3 Tag your image uploads June 3
June 4 Placing interlanguage links June 4
June 5 Sorting entries in the categories June 5
June 6 Look before you leap June 6
June 7 How to start a new article June 7
June 8 Talking to Wikipedians June 8
June 9 Cite the source on all image uploads June 9
June 10 Preventing markup glitches June 10
June 11 Use your watchlist June 11
June 12 Navigation popups June 12
June 13 How to insert a picture into an article June 13
June 14 Wikipedia-specific searching within Firefox June 14
June 15 Section edit button June 15
June 16
March 28
June 28
Ask intelligent questions
clock In progress, see ARCHIVE
(June 16) – Thanks – template WikiThanks
March 28
June 17 Beware of instruction creep June 17
June 18 Fix double redirects June 18
June 19 Alphabetical list of articles June 19
June 20 Screenshots June 20
June 21 Please read department instructions June 21
June 22 When not to use links June 22
June 23 A better wiki editor: WikEd June 23
June 24 Change text size quickly (with Ctrl-mouse wheel) June 24
June 25 Portals June 25
June 26 What are templates used for? June 26
June 27 Pretty tables June 27
June 28
June 16
March 28
Ask intelligent questions June 28
June 29 Wikipedia for your mobile... June 29
June 30 Custom signatures June 30

July maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
July 1 Citation Requests July 1
July 2 Love thy neighbor July 2
July 3 Posting on the Wikipedia Community Bulletin Board July 3
July 4 Band articles July 4
July 5 List the things to do for an article July 5
July 6 Wikipedia's Manual of Style July 6
July 7 Welcoming Committee July 7
July 8 The three revert rule July 8
July 9 Avoid using neologisms July 9
July 10 The fastest way to end a conflict: walk away July 10
July 11 Jump to the search box ⇧ Shift+Alt+F July 11
July 12 How to use red links July 12
July 13 Wikipedia:Today's articles for improvement July 13
July 14 Using Math July 14
July 15 Be forgiving to new users July 15
July 16 Search Wikipedia from any website July 16
July 17 Join the fight against vandalism July 17
July 18 Short link pipe trick July 18
July 19 Ten things you may not know about Wikipedia July 19
July 20 How to make a table on a page July 20
July 21
October 1
July 21 – Displaying tips on your userpage Note.
Do not change this tip. It is a linked tip on displaying tips! :-)
Oct. 1 – How to display the Tip of the day on your user page
July 21
October 1
July 22 What did he say? July 22
July 23 Wikipedia industrial-powered search July 23
July 24 Forums and emails are not acceptable sources July 24
July 25 Wikipedia in brief July 25
July 26 Wikipedia's dozen most essential tips
Contains wikilinks to many tips
July 26
July 27 Wikipedia's ten most powerful tips July 27
July 28 Your very own Wikipedia bookmark page July 28
July 29 Another way to read or share Wikipedia: Books. July 29
July 30 Wikipedia's Quick directory July 30
July 31 How to link to a category without categorizing the page July 31

August maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
August 1 Customize appearance of dates August 1
August 2 Find uncategorized articles August 2
August 3 The lead section August 3
August 4 Articles for Creation (AFC) process August 4
August 5 In conflicts, reach consensus August 5
August 6 How to add an article to a category August 6
August 7 Title searches August 7
August 8 How to watch for pages that do not exist yet August 8
August 9 Abbreviating edit summaries August 9
August 10 How to create a category August 10
August 11 How to search Wikipedia with Google August 11
August 12 How to create reusable boilerplates August 12
August 13 Acronyms and initialisms August 13
August 14 To see everything on Wikipedia about a subject area... August 14
August 15 Explaining Wiki markup to other users August 15
August 16 How to create a subcategory August 16
August 17 Article size August 17
August 18 How does Wikipedia stack up? August 18
August 19 Speed up your learning curve... August 19
August 20 What the world knows about us August 20
August 21 How reliable is Wikipedia? August 21
August 22 When and how to exclude Wikipedia from your Google search August 22
August 23 How to link to a category August 23
August 24 Power-editing with AutoWikiBrowser August 24
August 25 Where to look for help August 25
August 26 How to link to a section of an article August 26
August 27 Join the Recent Changes Patrol! August 27
August 28 Where did that fact come from? August 28
August 29 How popular is Wikipedia? August 29
August 30 Google search link August 30
August 31 My link disappeared! August 31

September maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
September 1 Wikipedia's top ten essential tips September 1
September 2 Spell Checkers September 2
September 3 Install your first javascript September 3
September 4 Guestbooks September 4
September 5 How to use Wikipedia offline: xowa September 5
September 6 Subject bar template September 6
September 7 Article construction stages September 7
September 8 Wikipedia Search box - advanced September 8
September 9 Good article reassessment September 9
September 10 Biography articles needing attention September 10
September 11 Article deletion process September 11
September 12 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) September 12
September 13 Copyright Cleanup September 13
September 14 Wikipedia Database reports September 14
September 15 CopyPatrol Tool September 15
September 16 Featured world of Wikipedia September 16
September 17 Highlight text on any website, then search
Wikipedia for it with a single click
September 17
September 18 Difference between wikiprojects and portals? September 18
September 19 Graphics Lab September 19
September 20 Wikipedia toolbar for Firefox September 20
September 21 How do you pronounce that? September 21
September 22 External links September 22
September 23 Counting your edits September 23
September 24
May 30
Main page - Did you know May 30
September 25 How to link to word definitions September 25
September 26 Tagging pages for problems September 26
September 27 What is BRD? the BOLD, revert, discuss cycle September 27
September 28 Your customizable Wikipedia navigation hub September 28
September 29 Topic lists September 29
September 30 Interwiki links and shortcuts September 30

October maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
October 1
July 21
How to display the Tip of the day on your user page October 1
October 2 Wikimedia-wide issues October 2
October 3 Editcountitis October 3
October 4 Category tips October 4
October 5 Avoid trademarks October 5
October 6 Wikipedia-specific searching with Google October 6
October 7
February 29
Please sign your name on talk pages -
October 8 User scripts October 8
October 9 Linking articles: the internal link October 9
October 10 How to find legal photographs and graphics October 10
October 11 Keep track of your questions October 11
October 12 How to transclude a page into the page you are editing October 12
October 13 Why have lists when there are categories? October 13
October 14 Wikipedia Search Box for Firefox October 14
October 15
March 21
Navigate faster using Wikipedia shortcuts October 15
October 16 Power tool: Navigation Popups
clock In progress, see ARCHIVE
(October 16) – Thanks – detail logs
October 16
October 17 Power search Wikipedia using AutoWikiBrowser October 17
October 18 Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other
Contains wikilinks to many tips
October 18
October 19 Translating content October 19
October 20 The five pillars October 20
October 21 Using Special:MyPage to make private links October 21
October 22 Double click editing October 22
October 23 Be neutral, like Wikipedia October 23
October 24 Wikipedia has 22 sections, called namespaces October 24
October 25 How to see a list of the pages in a namespace October 25
October 26 A plain & simple introduction October 26
October 27 Basic copyediting October 27
October 28 S.W.A.T., T.I.M, & the U.S.D.A October 28
October 29 How to enhance Recent changes
Note: twice at Tips library
October 29
October 29
October 30 Namespace entry points October 30
October 31 (keeper)
March 16
Do you need administrator assistance? October 31

November maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
November 1 Flashback to Wikipedia's past November 1
November 2 Report problems on noticeboards November 2
November 3 Wikipedia's alphabetical index of articles November 3
November 4 Help reduce the Wikipedia backlog November 4
November 5 Wikimedia links and shortcuts
Note: twice at Tips library
November 5
November 5
November 6 Advanced signatures November 6
November 7 Be neutral when editing Wikipedia November 7
November 8 Linking to non-Wikimedia wikis
Note: twice at Tips library
November 8
November 8
November 9 "Where do I begin?" November 9
November 10 Editing articles for web accessibility November 10
November 11 The Wikipedia Curriculum November 11
November 12 Giving editor awards November 12
November 13 Spoken Wikipedia November 13
November 14 Mediation November 14
November 15 Wiki-exploration: beyond Wikipedia... November 15
November 16 How to turn links to disambiguation pages orange November 16
November 17 Fansites, forums, & other web page articles November 17
November 18 How to provide a Google search in a link November 18
November 19 User Sub Pages November 19
November 20 A comprehensive index for editors November 20
November 21 Welcome to Wikipedia! November 21
November 22 Making the editbox more visually pleasing November 22
November 23 Permission requests November 23
November 24 Lead Section Size November 24
November 25 Try to see it my way! November 25
November 26 Pick from a list of template parameter choices November 26
November 27 World of fiction November 27
November 28 Same titles, different meanings November 28
November 29 Brilliant pictures November 29
November 30 Undoing edits November 30

December maintenance[edit]

Tip Tips library
December 1 No copies of primary sources December 1
December 2 Dates in Wikipedia articles December 2
December 3 Find stubs and expand them December 3
December 4 How to look at the changes to an article December 4
December 5 How to customize your signature December 5
December 6 When to use external links December 6
December 7 How to adjust the height of your edit window December 7
December 8 How to add a picture to an article December 8
December 9 How to skip scrolling and clicking December 9
December 10 Wikipedia etiquette = Wikiquette December 10
December 11 Section editing December 11
December 12 What writing style to use December 12
December 13 Where to write about current events December 13
December 14 Link articles to their foreign-language counterparts December 14
December 15 Advice for parents December 15
December 16 Automating tasks on Wikipedia December 16
December 17 Wikipedia needs pictures. How you can help... December 17
December 18 Accuracy, quality and peer review December 18
December 19 What can be included in Wikipedia? December 19
December 20 Freedom of speech and profanity December 20
December 21 Cannot find what you are looking for? December 21
December 22 Why create an account? December 22
December 23 Your user page December 23
December 24 Wikimedia has mailing lists December 24
December 25 Upgrade Recent Changes in my preferences December 25
December 26 Watching for changes December 26
December 27 If you have privileged access to web pages... December 27
December 28 Help test the MediaWiki software December 28
December 29 Troubleshooting Wikipedia's look and feel with skins December 29
December 30 Come visit the Teahouse December 30
December 31 Not everything that is true is verifiable December 31

Tip Suggestion[edit]

Advice For New Editors Don't be nervous about editing Wikipedia. Wikipedia was founded so that everyone can edit and contribute. As long as you're making good-faith edits, you'll be fine. Just be yourself!


Error URL at January 27 TOTD[edit]

Today, I removed the url from Wikipedia:Tip of the day/January 27 because it was incorrect. And I was unable to find an equivalent. Below is the wikicode.

Or, run the semi-automated article peer reviewer online here.

I was able to locate another URL at here that explains a bit.

And at URL here I am not able to locate anything to run Peer_reviewer. If anyone else is able to fix this it would be great. For now it can be removed from January 27 TOTD. Regards, JoeHebda • (talk) 16:20, 27 January 2018 (UTC)

Totd template in Nederlands.[edit]

There should be a template in the Dutch Wikipedia! Dr. Sroy (talk) 07:57, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

@Dr. Sroy: First, you need a set of tips for the template to display.
You set them up on a yearless year, so that they repeat year after year, indefinitely.
Once the set is created, it is fairly easy to keep up with the maintenance of the tips at one tip per day, especially if there are multiple editors monitoring them.
Not all of the English Wikipedia tips will translate, because not everything that is in the English WP is in the Dutch Wikipedia.
So, you'll need a team to write tips, and also at least one translator if you want to reuse the English WP's tips.
Feel free to ask any further questions you might have.    The Transhumanist 09:25, 14 February 2018 (UTC)
Greetings @Dr. Sroy: and @The Transhumanist: In my wanderings of Wikipedia today I found Wikipedia:Translation page and WikiProject Intertranswiki for Translating content from foreign language Wikipedias. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 12:43, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks,@JoeHebda:. This must help in some way! But since I am busy with my studies in my real life, I would like to have worked in collaboration. Else it is challenging for me alone.
I was very disappointed from my experience in the Tsonga wiki where I gained temporary adminship to technically reform the wiki... But I was alone!
Anyway thanks, enjoy! Happy editing!Dr. Sroy(aka.ARKA) (talk) 14:13, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

Potential tip topics[edit]

Here is a list of items to possibly make tips about. Feel free to add to it. I placed it here as a convenient idea repository for future reference. The Transhumanist (talk) 17:21, 28 February 2018 (UTC)


The Tip of the day article is up for deletion again. Nobody seems to be able to find references to prove that it is a notable topic. Ironically, search results about tip of the day features are obscured by actual tip of the day features. Thousands of them.     — The Transhumanist    22:14, 8 April 2018 (UTC)

Another one bites the dust: Tip of the day[edit]

See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Tip of the day (2nd nomination).    — The Transhumanist   07:50, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Smooth Operator[edit]

This department is operating so smoothly, that I nearly forgot all about it.

So, here's a theme song.

Enjoy.    — The Transhumanist   22:08, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

TOTD needing an update[edit]

Hey, Y'alls. This tip for August 29 links to seven year old data. Should we spruce of the landing page, or overhaul the Tip? (courtesy pings to JoeHebda and The Transhumanist). Having fun! Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 04:17, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

JoeHebda {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 04:20, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

@Checkingfax and JoeHebda: Updating that stats page would be quite an undertaking. We should probably focus on tips, and portals. ;) Overhauling the tip sounds like a very good idea.    — The Transhumanist   05:50, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Deletion tip[edit]

Why the hell is todays Tip of the day instructing people on how to delete content? Deletion of content is one of the worst procedures wikipedia has. Idiots using it constantly damage our knowledge base on a daily basis. And you are encouraging more people to undertake it? There are far too few of us in the Article Rescue Squadron trying to help retain the valuable contributions from our editors. Sometimes I feel like a one armed paperhanger, overwhelmed by the mass of content under constant attack, frequently with a total ignorance of what is before their eyes. We have a whole class of sharks, who smell blood in the water and take every opportunity to wipe out content. Their army of clones !vote content away with little regard to . . . facts. They wikilawyer even the most prominent of WP:RS into disregard in order to achieve their goal of a successful deletion and a brownie point in their cap. The world's knowledge be damned. The most important step, WP:BEFORE, is ignored by them and is ignored by your Tip of the day. So with this "Tip" you have potentially recruited and released ill-informed new members to join the black army. And because they were encouraged by this official looking source, they probably think they are being helpful.

Wikipedia depends on outside experts for the majority of their content. Many do not know the ways of wikipedia writing. They might not post something in the correct form or use our sourcing system. That does not mean their contributions are invalid, they just need help. WP:BEFORE, meaning a search with your favorite search engine, can help inform you if their contribution is valid or BS. Responsible editors should take the knowledge they gain from WP:BEFORE and help FIX the problem, rather than to destroy the content. Once stamped with the blackball of deletion, even without WP:SALT, that subject may never return to wikipedia. Its addition will be discouraged and potentially fought.

If you are going to inform people how to do something, give them the complete story. Do it right, or don't do it at all.Trackinfo (talk) 20:00, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

I added a couple of things to the tip that should be done before deletion. Perhaps someone also wants to add WP:BEFORE. Shouldn't the first step before deleting be: try to fix the issue? We shouldn't use "Do it right, or don't do it at all." as a reason for deletion, even for a tip on deletion. WP lives on incremental improvements. StrayBolt (talk) 23:44, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
The sentiment behind WP:BEFORE is to inform yourself before you act. Obviously the intent is to fix the problem, rather than to destroy all that is before you, which is what deletion does, but if you don't understand the subject, you have no business commenting in the first place. With no understanding, you have no idea IF a problem exists.
My sentiment behind the Do it right, or don't do it at all. statement is with the tip displayed yesterday, you have now potentially released onto wikipedia, a new horde of half informed helpers. Face it, there are a lot of people who want to help and don't know how. You have told them how to do it, WRONG. They now have the tools to destroy wikipedia incrementally as you say, without the understanding of what to do BEFORE they destroy. If they knew about doing BEFORE, they could actually turn into real helpers. There are not nearly enough editors on the other side to retain the rationality of our content against the destruction. It takes far more work to save an article, with research and editing even before litigating, than it does to drop it into the AfD system, where it will get immediate support from the echo chamber of uninformed !voters who get their joy out of destroying content. Trackinfo (talk) 22:47, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

October 19 tip - Translating content[edit]

Greetings, While visiting Teahouse (WP:TH) today, there was an inquiry about language translation. Thanks to Pretended leer (talk) for the answer. The previous October 19 tip was a duplicate for January 19, so I replaced with this new one for translating. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 13:40, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

"Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other" tip[edit]

In the second section ("Half-a-dozen power tips:"), the first link is incorrect. I don't know what "link tricks" is supposed to point to, but the link actually leads to Wikipedia's Quick directory. Also, with item 3, "Wikipedia shortcuts" leads to Wikipedia's Manual of Style (not the full manual but a brief introduction to it). Eddie Blick (talk) 02:10, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Thanks Eddie Blick (talk) for feedback. Looking at tips this is for Wikipedia:Tip of the day/October 18, so I located the correct days and updated. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 14:09, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for doing that, JoeHebda! Eddie Blick (talk) 15:48, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Now that the Mediation Committee has been disbanded...[edit]

Someone should probably either update this tip (last edit was on 27 December 2015) relating to dispute resolution or replace it with something entirely different. Thanks. theinstantmatrix (talk) 00:45, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

@Theinstantmatrix: - Thanks for the heads-up. I updated this Nov.14 tip. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 02:20, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

November 15 tip shows broken formatting in templates[edit]

Basically the layout and formatting is broken when displayed in {{totd CP}} and {{totd b}}for today's tip (but {{totd}} is fine). This can be seen in action on the template page and at the top of this page. — AfroThundr (u · t · c) 02:49, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

@AfroThundr3007730: - Thanks for reporting. I updated Nov.15 tip to use {{Wikipedia's sister projects (fluid)}} instead, and checked/tweaked allthe Totd templates. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 14:26, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
@The Transhumanist: - Greetings, After making change to fix Nov.15, I went through TOTD templates & updated. Mainly size of lightbulb image, now image is missing from tips. And I'm totally at my whits-end how to fix. Purging pages does nothing. Asking if you could help please. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 21:28, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
The image was never on the individual tip pages. It is inserted in the tip templates. Face-wink.svg    — The Transhumanist   23:38, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
P.S.: @JoeHebda: (ping)
@The Transhumanist: - The problem is when clicking on "Next tip" or "Prior tip" the lightbulb disappears. It never did that before. When at tip templates page, & clicking on a template, the lightbulb shows once only; then disappears at click of "Next" or "Prior" buttons. JoeHebda (talk) 01:05, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
If you check the histories for the individual tip pages, you will find that the lightbulb file has never been on them. If it was, then two bulbs would pop up on the daily display of the tips: once from the tip pages, and once from the display template.    — The Transhumanist   01:53, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

November 18 Tip[edit]

The tip titled "How to provide a Google search in a link" includes the suggestion "... then use a tool like WP:LINKY to open the searches all at once into separate web browser tabs." That suggestion could prove to be a problem because the Wikipedia:Linky tutorial says, "Unfortunately, Linky stopped working with Firefox version 44 (September 2015)." Perhaps the mention of Linky could just be deleted, ending the paragraph with "... entire search session." Eddie Blick (talk) 02:02, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

February 26 Tip[edit]

I don't know how old this tip is, but it links a nonexistent Special:Courses and an inactive and retained for historical reference Wikipedia:Course pages. Is it just way past its sell-by date or can it be fixed? – Athaenara 00:54, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

How to get a list of a page's subpages[edit]

This tip, due to appear soon, states that portals always have subpages. That's no longer true. Certes (talk) 19:11, 6 March 2019 (UTC)

Thanks Certes - I changed Wikipedia:Tip of the day/March 8 accordingly. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 14:15, 7 March 2019 (UTC)

Possible addition to "Where to post requests" tip[edit]

Wikipedia:WikiProject Resource Exchange/Resource Request might be a good addition to the list of links for various kinds of requests. Eddie Blick (talk) 01:01, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

tip:Citing sources[edit]

to cite a source while making an article, click on the "cite" button at the top of the editor. its icon is a quotation mark. Qwertydude56 (talk) 22:23, 21 March 2019 (UTC)

TotD: March 22nd (Searching Wikipedia with regular expressions (regex))[edit]

OK, so Wikipedia:Tip of the day/March 22 really flops. It needs a simple introduction to explain how useful what we're about to tell you is going to be (rather than diving into technical-speak right from the start). I simply lost the will to live when I tried to understand what this 'tip' was telling me. Am I alone in thinking that? Nick Moyes (talk) 01:29, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

TotD: March 27 (shortcut keystrokes)[edit]

Notwithstanding that many of the keystrokes shown in Wikipedia:Tip of the day/March 27 don't work on Google Chrome for me, neither does the English.

"⇧ Shift+Alt+M to move the current page and its talk page..." (shouldn't this read: "to move between the current page and its talk page..." ?

"⇧ Shift+Alt+Y to open a list of your user's contributions..." (shouldn't this read: "to open a list of your user contributions..." ?

Nick Moyes (talk) 22:56, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

Hi @Nick Moyes: - Recently I've organized accesskeys for the Chrome browser. For my own personal wikipedia contributions here's my shortlist:

  • Alt+c - Display content page
  • Alt+t - Display Talk page
  • Alt+ - Browser page back

  • Alt+Shift+e - Edit current page
  • Alt+b - Jump to Edit summary
  • Alt+p - Preview
  • Alt+s - Publish (save)

  • Ctl+⇧ Shift+r - Reload current browser page
  • Ctl+w - Close browser window (tab)
  • Ctl+9 - Go to Last browser window (tab) - on the Right.

  • Alt+n - My talk page
  • Alt+. - My user page
  • Alt+y - My contributions

In addition to above there is the comprehensive Table of keyboard shortcuts that might be added to the TOD tip as a "Read more" line. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 23:53, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

Thanks, JoeHebda. Useful. I'll still leave this TotD for someone else to correct, I think. Nick Moyes (talk) 00:21, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

TotD: March 28[edit]

Wikipedia:Tip of the day/March 28 misses out the Teahouse, and focuses too much on the rather esoteric WP:REFDESK.

Would this be better:

Ask intelligent questions

When asking a question at the Teahouse or Help desk, please include all the facts needed to answer your question - especially the page title you're enquiring about. At the Reference desk, for example, do not ask "who was president in 1900?" without mentioning the country you are interested in. This prevents volunteers at those help fora from having to ask follow-up questions before providing answers. Friendly reminder: the Teahouse and Help desk are for questions on how to use or edit Wikipedia, while the Reference desk is for questions about anything else (real world questions).

Read more:

Nick Moyes (talk) 23:12, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

as I've not seen any response, am now pinging @JoeHebda, Ammarpad, The Transhumanist, Thinker78, and Teblick: - as this tip is currently live today, any chance of a quick consensus on whether you'd be OK to see this small improvement made to the wording made? Regards, Nick Moyes (talk) 11:33, 28 March 2019 (UTC) (Teahouse Host)
It looks really better. And you can just apply it per WP:SILENCE. – Ammarpad (talk) 11:55, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
 Done Thanks Ammarpad. I didn't want to step on any collective toes here. Perhaps I'll do the same with my post immediately below this one, as that got no response either. Nick Moyes (talk) 16:48, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

TotD: April 19 - Setting Wikipedia time to your time zone[edit]

Would this addition of a time userbox be a worthwhile addition to: Wikipedia:Tip of the day/April 29? See below:

Setting Wikipedia time to your time zone

Wikipedia's servers record activity based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC for short). You can set your user preferences to display time for the time zone you are in.

If you do this, Wikipedia will show all times in Recent changes, page histories, and contribution histories based on your local time zone. However, when you sign a talk page with ~~~~, the timestamp is created in text, so it has to be displayed in UTC. Automated logs such as image file uploads are also shown in server time (UTC).

To show other users what time zone you are in, you could even add a time userbox to your own user page.

Read more:
oops. I forgot to sign this suggestion. Nick Moyes (talk) 19:56, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

 Done I've added this one line addition as there were no objections. Nick Moyes (talk) 23:53, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

New TotD suggestion - Syntax highlighting[edit]

I can't find any Tip of the Day which explains Syntax highlighting, which I find immensely useful. So I'd like to propose something along these lines for discussion and development:

Can't see the wood for the trees?

When editing a page with classic editor, it can often be hard to tell article text apart from other text, such as references, wikilinks or template text. Try turning on 'Syntax highlighting' to show different types of text in different colours. Simply toggle the marker pen icon (Codemirror-icon.png) in the editing toolbar. It's just left of the 'Advanced' option. Article text now stays black, but wikilinks appear blue, templates purple, whilst reference commands appear green.

Thus, without Syntax highlighting, this sentence:

Over 7,500 cultivars of the culinary or eating apple (Malus pumila) are known.[1] Those varieties marked agm have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2]

appears like this in source editor:

Over 7,500 [[cultivar]]s of the culinary or '''eating [[apple]]''' ('''''Malus pumila''''') are known.<ref name="Elzebroek">{}</ref> Those varieties marked {} have gained the [[Royal Horticultural Society]]'s [[Award of Garden Merit]].<ref>{}</ref>

With Syntax highlighting turned on, it looks like this:

Over 7,500 [[cultivar]]s of the culinary or '''eating [[apple]]''' ('''''Malus pumila''''') are known.<ref name="Elzebroek">{}</ref> Those varieties marked {} have gained the [[Royal Horticultural Society]]'s [[Award of Garden Merit]].<ref>{}</ref>

I'm sure my demo would need a better (and shorter) sample of wikitext, but it gives something to go on. Cheers, Nick Moyes (talk) 22:56, 8 April 2019 (UTC)


  1. ^ Elzebroek, A.T.G. (2008). Guide to Cultivated Plants. CAB International. p. 27. ISBN 1-84593-356-7.
  2. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 63. Retrieved 2 April 2018.

  • Yes Nick Moyes (talk), a good idea for a tip - helpful for new editors. For me, I've got that Syntax Highlighter turned OFF because it slows down the editor & rarely needed. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 15:49, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
@JoeHebda: OK, glad to know it might be useful. Forgive me, I'm not quite sure of the process or the next steps. Could you elucidate? I can work on it further to reduce the example size of text, if you wish, or leave it to the team here. If I did it, I'd probably need a steer as to what's the maximum acceptable length of such a tip. Obviously, this one's rather larger than most. Nick Moyes (talk) 17:36, 9 April 2019 (UTC)

A new newsletter directory is out![edit]

A new Newsletter directory has been created to replace the old, out-of-date one. If your WikiProject and its taskforces have newsletters (even inactive ones), or if you know of a missing newsletter (including from sister projects like WikiSpecies), please include it in the directory! The template can be a bit tricky, so if you need help, just post the newsletter on the template's talk page and someone will add it for you.

– Sent on behalf of Headbomb. 03:11, 11 April 2019 (UTC)

Totd: October 14 - out of date?[edit]

Wikipedia:Tip of the day/October 14 seems to be out of date. I have just tried, and failed, to follow it. I cannot find alternative search options in the way this tip describes - only by going to Options>Search can I modify which individual search engine is used (which does include Wikipedia). I have Firefox version 69.0.3, though infrequently use it. Pinging The Transhumanist, who created it. Nick Moyes (talk) 14:58, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

Totd October 16th - out of date?[edit]

Wikipedia:Tip of the day/October 16 now seems out-of-date in its current form as we have had 'Hovercards' (Page Previews) enabled by default for every editor since it came out of beta in 2018. Selecting 'Navigation popups' from one's own special preferences overrides the default Page Previews, which I think for many editors could be a retrograde step. The wording was fine at the time (2015) but now merits an update. I offer an alternative text for consideration below, and have also created a new Navigation popup screenshot (the previous one was from a time when there were just over 1 million articles on Wikipedia! Pinging @JoeHebda and The Transhumanist: for your thoughts. Nick Moyes (talk) 20:09, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

Power tool: Navigation popups versus page previews
2019 Navigation popup preview - Main Page.png

By default, every user can hover their mouse over blue wiki-linked text and see a 'page preview' of the linked article. They can then decide whether to click to go there.

But if you activate the 'Navigation popup' tool instead, it empowers your mouse arrow! Now, when you hover over a link (e.g. Wikipedia) you not only get a preview as before, but also have extra page information, plus various actions you can perform.

A useful menu option for power users is "actions". When you select one, it applies that action to the page specified in the link you are hovering over. Examples include edit; view history; add linked page to your watchlist; view last edit; see what else links there, or go straight to its talk page.

You can even get popups within a popup (by hovering over links in the preview)! If the article doesn't preview, simply activate it from the menu provided within the Navigation popup box (just hover over the word "popups" and select "enable previews").

To activate this feature, click on the gadget tab of Preferences and check the 'Navigation popups:' box. This overrides the standard 'page preview' function that all users see. You must be logged in to activate and use Navigation Popups.

Hi @Nick Moyes: - Just my option, the October 16 tip might still be valuable as-is for people like me who have that thing turned off to get more WikiPedia editing speed. Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 15:33, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Oh, you rather surprise me by saying that, JoeHebda. It was only my aim to highlight the existence of the normal page preview, whilst still clearly advocating Navigation popups as a potentially valuable tool worth trying by some editors. My feeling was that the as-is version seemed to imply this was the only way to get a page preview by hovering over a link, when that's clearly not the case nowadays, as it was when this tip was originally written. (I have to say, since activating it today, I am finding the extra functionality of Nav popups quite nice, even if the preview is a bit on the small side. I might stick with it for a while.) Meanwhile, I've slightly precised my alternative suggestion, in case that's any better. I'll leave the decision with you as I'm still unclear on the processes of gaining consensus on whether and how updates/ changes are made here. Meanwhile, I'll still carry on make the odd tweak to existing Totd's if you're happy with my contributions? Cheers, Nick Moyes (talk) 19:51, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
Answering @Nick Moyes: - From some of your previous improvements to T-O-D, I would say to just go ahead & make whatever changes you feel are necessary. Because there is no huge community of editors here at TOD, there would be no need for consensus for the day-to-day updates. Any major structural changes would probably call for a consensus. I've moved on to other wikiprojects although all TOD are still on my massive Watchlist. JoeHebda (talk) 20:02, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
JoeHebda OK thanks. I'm not precious about my suggestion for Totd October 16th, but I do think it should be seen as an improvement. Given there are only two days to go to get a consensus to keep as is or to update, I'm pinging @Learnerktm, Blackhat999, Checkingfax, Zppix, Teblick, Ammarpad, Thinker78, and The Transhumanist: for their input here. Regards, Nick Moyes (talk) 09:02, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
My first impression is that this change would be useful. Thinker78 (talk) 23:14, 14 October 2019 (UTC)