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Template:Orphan is responsible for populating sub-categories of Category:Orphaned articles. There are currently 1,462 orphaned articles.

Visibility

The template message is visible on all pages where the date parameter is set to either the current month or the previous month (currently September 2017 or August 2017). It is also visible on all pages where it is used inside the {{multiple issues}} template. Older-dated orphan templates used outside of the {{multiple issues}} template are invisible by default, but are still categorized. To override the default and make the message visible on all pages where it's placed, put the following line in your common.css file (create the file if you don't have one yet):

.ambox-Orphan{display: table !important;}
This may not work in some older browsers - if it doesn't work, use
.ambox-Orphan{display: block !important;}
instead.

Alternatively, to never see this tag, you could instead add to your common.css:

.ambox-Orphan{ display: none !important; }

The orphan message box is invisible on this page by default. If you have correctly installed the above common.css the orphan message box is visible here.

Rationale

With over 100,000 orphaned articles in the project, WikiProject Orphanage has an extreme backlog. The tags on newly created articles are visible for a month or two, in hopes that the article's creators or reviewers will tend to the issue. After a couple of months it's assumed that the WikiProject will need to take on the task, and project members use their common.css files to keep the templates visible. The community consensus is that this issue is insufficiently critical to merit notifying general readers of the issue for more than a couple of months, unless the article has {{multiple issues}}. Please review the discussions related to this on Template talk:Orphan and its archives.

Automated placement and adjustment

Several semi-automated tools and bots facilitate orphan-tagging. Some notes on tool implementation:

When to use

This template should only be put on articles which meet the orphan criteria.

How to use

The simplest way to add this template to an article is to copy and paste either {{Orphan|date=September 2017}} or {{Orphan|{{subst:DATE}}}} at the top of the article.

  • Please do not subst: this template.

Parameters

date

You may use a date parameter with this template, for example {{Orphan|date=September 2017}} to help with the categorisation of articles requiring links. If you leave it out, a bot will fill it in (but this will result in more edits and watchlist alerts, so adding the date right away is preferred).

att

If you have made an unsuccessful attempt to de-orphan the article, then please add the month/year of the attempt to the template, like so, {{orphan|date=Month Year|att=September 2017}}, where the |date= parameter is the date the template was originally placed on the page, and the |att= parameter is set to equal the current month and year. This places it in Category:Attempted de-orphan for that date and also hides the article message box.

few

If the article only has one or two links to it and it is felt more are required and possible the few option can be used. For example, {{Orphan|date=September 2017|few=September 2017}}

Setting the |few= parameter populates Category:Low linked articles.

incat

If the article has no link and probably never will, but is well categorised the incat option can be used. For example, {{Orphan|date=September 2017|incat=September 2017}}

TemplateData

This is the TemplateData documentation for the template used by the new VisualEditor.

Orphan

This template should only be put on articles which meet the orphan criteria.

Template parameters

Parameter Description Type Status
Date date

The date this template was added to the page. (Input: Monthname Year)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
De-orphan attempt att

If you have made an unsuccessful attempt to de-orphan the article, please fill in this field to record the attempt. (Input: Monthname Year)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
Few linked articles few

If the article only has one or two links to it and it is felt more are required and possible this option can be used. (Input: Monthname Year)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional
In Category incat

If the article has no link and probably never will, but is well categorised this option can be used.(Input: Monthname Year)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
String optional

Categories

This template places the article into "Category:All orphaned articles" as well as "Category:Orphaned articles from {{{date}}}". If the "att" parameter is set, the article will still be in Category:All orphaned articles, but instead of placing the article into "Category:Orphaned articles from {{{date}}}" (e.g. Category:Orphaned articles from September 2017), it places it into "Category:Attempted de-orphan from {{{att}}} (e.g. Category:Attempted de-orphan from September 2017).