Category:CS1 maint: url-status

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This is a tracking category for CS1 citations that use |url-status= with a proper assigned value when |archive-url= is empty or omitted. While not an error, cs1|2 templates that have |url-status= but not |archive-url= should be repaired. To repair, if the value is live, remove |url-status=. Otherwise, replace the citation or add |archive-url= and |archive-date=.


Generally speaking, |url-status= is only used when there is an archive. If there is no |archive-url=, this tag should not be used. This tag defines how the reference is displayed.

The basic options are:

  • live = the original URL is fine. (why was the archive url even needed..) This is rarely needed.
  • dead = The original URL is similar to a 404 page not found error. Most archived URLs are used for this case.
  • usurped = The original URL was taken over by something entirely different. Think spam or porn. The system won't display the original URL as it serves no use anymore.
  • bot: unknown = If are not a bot, never use this. It is for when a bot can not tell the status and needs someone to look at the original URL and make the decision. Take a quick look at the site and change this to the correct value.

Pages in this category should only be added by Module:Citation/CS1.


By default, Citation Style 1 and Citation Style 2 error messages are visible to all readers and maintenance category messages are hidden from all readers.

To display maintenance messages, include the following text in your common CSS page or your specific skin's CSS page (common.css and skin.css respectively):

.mw-parser-output span.cs1-maint {display: inline;} /* display Citation Style 1 maintenance messages */

To display hidden-by-default error messages:

.mw-parser-output span.cs1-hidden-error {display: inline;} /* display hidden Citation Style 1 error messages */

Even with this CSS installed, older pages in Wikipedia's cache may not have been updated to show these error messages even though the page is listed in one of the tracking categories. A null edit will resolve that issue.

To hide normally-displayed error messages:

.mw-parser-output span.cs1-visible-error {display: none;} /* hide Citation Style 1 error messages */

You can personalize the display of these messages (such as changing the color), but you will need to ask someone who knows CSS or at WP:Simple talk if you do not understand how.

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