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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 {{totd3}}
Tip of the day...
Alphabetical list of articles

Sometimes, it might be useful to look up a subject in the same way you would do so in a book—in the index. Wikipedia has an index. To use it..

  1. click on the Special pages line of the Tools menu
  2. from the Lists of pages section, click on the All pages with prefix link
  3. at Display pages with prefix: type the beginning of the article's name into the box and press Go.

You will see a list of all pages that begin with what you typed.

You can reduce the number of articles displayed in this list by typing more of the name and pressing Go again. You can also find Wikipedia users in a similar way by changing the entry in the drop-down box labelled Namespace, from (Article) to User.

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

How you can helpEdit

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 WikiProjectEdit

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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 inviteEdit

To invite another editor to contribute to Tip of the day, copy and paste {{subst:Wikipedia talk:Tip of the day/Invitation}} 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 messageEdit

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 statusEdit

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 tipEdit

  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 archivingEdit

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.

{{subst:Bump}} produces:

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

{{subst:Bump|30}} produces:

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

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Tip library maintenanceEdit

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 {{Done}} 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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 maintenanceEdit

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 SuggestionEdit

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!


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

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)

New TotD Suggestion | Creating User Sub-pagesEdit

You may have seen some users have a guest book with an address of User: Jimbo Wales/guestbook or a page of the user's prized barnstars with an address of User: Jimbo Wales/Barnstars. These are called User Subpages. To create one, simply write in the search box User:your username/subpage name. Then click create user subpage and voilà, you have a subpage. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Porthysek (talkcontribs) 23:09, 16 November 2019 (UTC)

Comments re "Finding stubs and making them grow"Edit

Here are a couple of thoughts about the tips in this article.

1) The article says, "Then try Wikipedia:Requests for page expansion ..." That page, however, has a template saying, in part, "This page is currently inactive and is retained for historical reference." It seems to deal more with tagging articles as stubs than finding articles that have been tagged.

2) Wikipedia:Find or fix a stub, which is also suggested as a place to look, redirects to Wikipedia:Stub, which in turn offers little help in finding stubs. Fortunately, it contains the subsection Locating stubs, which includes in a bulleted list Category:Stub categories.

It might be more useful to readers of this tip to remove those two existing links, replacing them with a direct link to Category:Stub categories

Eddie Blick (talk) 03:35, 1 December 2019 (UTC)

Tip of the day for 20 DecemberEdit

Hey all, not sure where the best place to bring this up is, but looking at today's tip, Wikipedia:Tip of the day/December 20, it claims that if people use profanity on talk pages, they could wind up quickly banned. When has that been true apart from in personal attacks? Seems like an outdated tip (2006?) that needs to be modernised. Also seems like we're equating "blocked" with "banned". Thanks and regards, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 20:36, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

@Cyphoidbomb: Good call. Here's my first quick attempt to update it:
Sometimes the question is posed whether Wikipedia allows freedom of speech regarding profanity. Our primary goal is to build an encyclopedia. Freedom of expression is valued, but only to the extent that it does not get in the way of that goal. Including information about offensive material is part of Wikipedia's encyclopedic mission; being offensive is not. We have many articles about profane and sexual subjects‍—‌prick, fuck, shit, fart, and so on.
Although Wikipedia is not censored, you should avoid the use of profanities when interacting with others here. Not only is this unprofessional, it may well cause offense and could be deemed as harassment if directed at particular individuals. This could result in warnings and an eventual block or ban. Usernames containing offensive words are also swiftly blocked.
(Do we still need this in?: Repeated off-topic comments on article talk pages may also constitute a breach of policy.)
Thoughts? Nick Moyes (talk) 10:33, 21 December 2019 (UTC)
Hi @Nick Moyes: I can't tell if the existing language of the tip is actually a tip or a warning. It's also a little unclear what the focus is of the topic--are we trying to manage talk page behaviour or explain our stance on article censorship? I'd probably rewrite it entirely:
Wikipedia is a community editing project, and as such, it is crucial for editors to participate in talk page discussions. While profanity is not disallowed on talk pages, please consider the effect it may have on the quality of the conversation. Excessive profanity can often be perceived as hostility, which might be counter-productive to our overall goal of [[Wikipedia:Here to build an encyclopedia|building an encyclopedia]]. To learn about other talk page guidelines, see [[WP:TPG]].
I'm not married to any of the language, but we need some fucking focus on what the goddamned tip is! Oh wait, sorry. That's counter-productive.   Cyphoidbomb (talk) 12:31, 21 December 2019 (UTC)

2020-11-18 TOTD has a wikilink to a deprecated Firefox add-on.Edit

[...] and then use a tool like WP:LINKY to open the searches all at once into separate web browser tabs.

LINKY is a firefox add-on that hasn't worked since September 2015. The alternative suggested by the add-on's page is also deprecated. I suggest removing the problematic part of the TOTD. Thank you for your consideration. Opalzukor (talk) 13:45, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Upgrading today's tipEdit

Today's tip is "Good article nominations" (Wikipedia:Tip of the day/January 21) and I'd say it's a bit out of date. In my experience, articles don't need to undergo a peer review before GA, and articles don't need to be GA before FA. I don't know if that's controversial or not, which is why I thought I'd post here instead of making changes directly. The GA criteria have probably been refined over time as well, so all in all I'd propose this new version below for the tip, based on Wikipedia:Good_article_criteria and Wikipedia:Good article nominations/Instructions:

Good article nominations

Anyone may nominate an article to be reviewed for Good Article status, although it is preferable that nominators have contributed significantly to the article and are familiar with its subject and its cited sources. Nominators who are not significant contributors to the article should consult regular editors of the article on the article talk page prior to a nomination.

A good article is...

1. Well written: Prose and layout are clear, and comply with certain aspects of the Manual of Style (MOS).
2. Accurate and verifiable: Reliable sources are provided, and cited where necessary. There is no original research.
3. Broad: It covers the main aspects of the topic without going into unnecessary detail. It is encyclopedic.
4. Neutral: It represents viewpoints fairly and without bias.
5. Stable: It does not change significantly from day to day.
6. Illustrated: if possible and relevant, by relevant images with acceptable copyright status, fair use rationales where necessary, and suitable captions.
Mujinga (talk) 16:18, 21 January 2021 (UTC)

Problems with "Wikipedia-specific searching with Firefox" tipEdit

The link on that page is dead, and I think the whole tip is irrelevant, because Firefox now includes Wikipedia as one of it's search engines, from my experience. Thanks.EighteenFiftyNine (talk) 09:14, 31 March 2021 (UTC)

Return to the project page "Tip of the day".