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The Motto of the Day (MOTD) is a project dedicated to creating and displaying a daily unofficial Wikipedia motto included on various user pages. It is an effort to laugh a bit at ourselves, celebrate our achievements, and foster a sense of community. Mottos can be humorous or serious, but must reflect the community or purpose of Wikipedia. Nominate new mottos here.

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The templatesEdit

To get the Motto of the Day, just place one of the following templates anywhere you like on your user or user talk page. User:Cremepuff222/RandomMotto, Template:Motd Cquote and Template: Random Motto display tables because the Template:Cquote2 which is used cannot handle tables. Do not place them in tables if you don't want the template to divide itself into visible rows and columns.

Template What you see Pros Cons
{{Motd framed}}
 

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The main template: the one displayed at the Community Portal Borders may clash if page already has borders
{{Motd}} Today's motto...

Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.


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Stands out Cannot handle bold or italic text
{{Motd plain}} Today's motto...
Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.
Can handle all styles of text None
{{Motd big}} Today's motto...
Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.
Can handle all styles of text Makes intentionally small text normal
{{Motd bold}} Today's motto...
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Can handle italic text Cannot handle bold text
{{Motd cquote}} Can handle all styles of text Has trouble handling tables
{{Random Motto}} Auto-adjusts to fit where it is placed. Squashes itself if motto is long.
{{MOTD banner}}
Motto of the Day, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.
Bright background. Draws attention to itself. None
{{User:Download/RandomMotto}} June 24's motto of the day...

→ Next mottoOnce is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.

Generates a random motto for each page visit Can produce redlinks
{{User:Cremepuff222/RandomMotto}}

Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.

— Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.'s Motto of the day

Next mottoOnce is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.

Generates a random motto for each page visit Has trouble handling tables; can produce redlinks
{{User:DannyQuack/Userboxes/Motto}} Fits in small spaces; useful for columns; Random Message Is a userbox and cannot be formatted
{{User:Oxguy3/myboxes/MOTD}}
  Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.
Looks like a userbox; fits in small spaces; useful for columns Cannot be formatted
{{User:Killeroid/MOTD}}
Today's motto: Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.
Bright background. Draws attention to itself. None
{{User:Secret Saturdays/MottoBox}}
 The wise editors at Wikipedia have one thing to say to you:

Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.

useful for columns It's considered too big for a userbox. It expands depending on the length of the quote.
{{User:Hi878/Random MotD}}
Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.
Bright background. Draws attention to itself. Generates a random motto for each page visit. Can produce redlinks.
{{User:Hi878/Random and Today's MotD}}
Today's motto: Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.

Once is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.
Bright background. Draws attention to itself. Generates a random motto for each page visit, and shows the current. Can produce redlinks.
{{User:titusfox/MOTD}}
MOTDOnce is naught, twice is one too many, thrice is a habit.
Very Simple. May be too long to be a userbox when the motto is long.

You may also add the completely unformatted motto of the day by using {{Wikipedia:Motto of the day/{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}}}}. This allows you to create your own formatting.

Coordination, feedback, and questionsEdit

Every user is welcome to help coordinate the updating of MOTD. Any general inquiries and comments about the project are welcome at Wikipedia talk:Motto of the day.

Have an idea for a new motto?Edit

Place your suggestions on the nominations page for review and consideration. Follow the instructions there for the correct procedure on how to do this.

Frequent contributors or supporters of the projectEdit

TemplatesEdit

Typing {{User MOTD}} in your Userbox area produces

 This user frequently contributes to the Motto of the Day. Do you?


and adds the page to Category:Wikipedians who contribute to Motto of the day.

There is also an icon that you can use. Typing {{User:Hi878/MotD Icon}} will create an icon in the corner of your userpage showing your support for MotD. It uses {{topicon}} so it would be positioned the same way as any other icon.

To be on a list without using one of these, you may want to visit the Participants page.

Invite new usersEdit

To invite new users, add the template {{subst:MOTD Invite}} to their talk page.

BarnstarEdit

Motto of the Day even has its own barnstar award. To give it to someone who has contributed greatly to the project, simply use the template below:

{{subst:MOTD Barnstar|Your message here. ~~~~}}

…and you’ll get this:

  The MOTD Barnstar
Your message here. ~~~~

Motto ShopEdit

If you want to get a motto to live by on Wikipedia, try out our Motto Shop!