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{{Cleanup}} should be used with the following two parameters:

  • reason: the reason for requesting cleanup. This is useful for editors in case the reason for requesting a cleanup is not immediately obvious. The first character of the reason (immediately after the equals sign) should be lowercase, in order to preserve the sentence flow when rendered.
  • date: the month and year (e.g. October 2015) when the Cleanup template was added to the article; this helps to figure out how long an article has been tagged for cleanup.

For example, {{Cleanup|reason=the article is full of incorrect capitalisation|date=October 2015}} would display as:

The template should be placed at the top of the article requiring a cleanup. If practicable, please use a more specific cleanup template. Because {{Cleanup}} is general , specific problems should be identified in the reason field; a more detailed explanation of what needs to be done can be provided on the article's talk page. An article's {{Cleanup}} template may be removed without the problem(s) being fixed if it is not possible to identify what needs to be cleaned-up.

The template detects which namespace it is used in and changes accordingly:

The descriptor (on the preceding example "template") can be changed from its default using the first parameter, for instance {{Cleanup|section}} or {{Cleanup|disambiguation page}}.

Add a new section to the talk page explaining the type and extent of clean-up required so editors will know what to address, and when to remove this template.

Do not substitute this template.


This template will add pages on which it is used to a specific category Category:Articles needing cleanup containing pages needing cleanup or a dated subcategory thereof.

See also