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If an article is not written in an encyclopedia-like style, add the {{tone}} template at the top. This template creates a banner stating the problem at the top of the article's page, and also adds its tagged articles to one of Wikipedia's administrative categories: Category:Wikipedia articles with style issues (shortcut to that category: CAT:STYLE).

For more about the way an encyclopedia's article is written, see Wikipedia's Manual of Style or Wikipedia:Template index/Cleanup § Style of writing.

Note: This template is a self-reference, and should not be substituted.


{{Tone}} or {{Tone|{{subst:DATE}}}}

Specific area

To make the banner apply to a more specific area, add |section, or |article:

{{Tone|section}}, or to include the date (recommended), {{Tone|section|{{subst:DATE}}}}
{{Tone|article}}, or to include the date (recommended), {{Tone|article|{{subst:DATE}}}}

Linking to a section on the talk page

To link to a relevant discussion on the article's Talk page, add the |talk= parameter. The argument (the part after the equals sign) can be either a section title on the article's own talk page, or the name of another page where discussion appears (with or without a specific section):

{{Tone|talk=Discussion of tone issues}}
{{Tone|talk=Talk:Another Article#Relevant discussion section}}


This template will add tagged articles to dated subcategories of Category:Wikipedia articles with style issues by month and to Category:All articles with style issues.


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TemplateData for Tone

Use this template to indicate that an article is not written in an encyclopedia-like style.

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

Month and yeardate

Month and year of tagging; e.g., 'January 2013', but not 'jan13'

January 2013
Auto value
Type (e.g., section)1

Text to replace the word "article", usually "section"

Auto value
Section name on talk pagetalk

Section name on talk page where further information or discussion can be found


See also

Lists of related article templates

Lists of other types of article templates

There are also messaging and tagging templates available for:

Templates that might be a better fit than this one

Wikipedia's tagged articles: backlog by template's category

Wikipedia:Backlog lists tasks that should be done to improve Wikipedia (assuming the cleanup templates were placed correctly). Helping reduce backlogs is an important issue, so please feel free to help out.

Click any linked number for that category's articles prioritized by their number of incoming links.