Template:Dead link

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Usage[edit]

Editors occasionally encounter dead links either within a paragraph or a reference citation.

Before considering whether to use the {{dead link}} template it is often useful to make a search for an archive copy of the dead link and thereby avoid using the tag altogether. All {{cite}} templates have the facility for adding Template:Para and Template:Para parameters for linking to an archive copy. Non-{{cite}} citations can use {{webarchive}}.

Using {{Dead link}} will place a note by the URL and add the article to one of the Category:Articles with dead external links categories.

Append this template directly after the link (after the link code's terminating ] if you are using wikitext), or, if you are using a {{cite}} template, directly after the {{cite}} transclusion (not inside it), but inside the reference, if any, i.e. before the </ref>, in all cases leaving the original link intact:

<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.example.org|title=The Example Website|accessdate=22 September 2012}}{{Dead link|date=July 2022}}</ref>

Not doing so might hinder detection by automated tools. If the citation contains multiple URLs (e.g. chapterurl and url) in a template, and only one is broken, you can use <!-- hidden text --> to explain which one is broken.

If the article uses clickable footnotes, then this tag should be placed just before the </ref> that contains the dead link. The notice will then correctly appear in the reference section instead of in the body of the text, and so WP:Link rot bots can properly find and fix the link.

Avoid using this template when the reference is fully adequate without the link. In this case, simply remove the link. For example, if a {{cite journal}} template is used with a DOI, remove the Template:Para parameter.

Common form (with current date)

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Optional parameters[edit]

url
Provides a history of the linked page via the Wayback Machine. Set only if history actually exists, as otherwise it is misleading to users and editors.
date
The date parameter consists of the full English name of the current month with initial capital, a space, and the year, not full dates; e.g., "January 2013", but not "jan13". Any deviation from these two rules will result in an "invalid date parameter" error.
bot
Bot accounts specify the |bot= parameter as a sign that the tag was added by an automated process. Set as bot=<bot name>.
fix-attempted
Set this to "yes" if you have tried unsuccessfully to find an archived copy, or a copy with a different URL. This will put the page in Category:Articles with permanently dead external links. Note that a link that is not in the Internet Archive (Wayback machine) can very often be found, e.g. by a search for the full title, in quotes, on the original Web site or the Internet at large, if the Wayback machine fails.

Notes:

  • The date-substitution template may be used to automatically generate the date, e.g., {{Dead link|{{subst:DATE}}}}. See Help:Substitution for more information.
  • The date= parameter need not be added by the editor: if not entered, a bot will soon add it.

Examples[edit]

  • <ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.example.org |title=Web page title |website=Example.com |accessdate=22 September 2012}} {{Dead link |date=September 2012}}</ref>
    [1]
  • <ref>{{cite news |title=Sorrell accuses Murdoch of panic buying |author=Plunkett, John |url=http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1601858,00.html |newspaper=[[The Guardian]] |date=27 October 2005 |accessdate=22 September 2012}} {{Dead link}}</ref>
    [2]
  1. "Web page title". Example.com. Retrieved 22 September 2012. Template:High-risk Template:Template shortcut

    Usage[edit]

    Editors occasionally encounter dead links either within a paragraph or a reference citation.

    Before considering whether to use the {{dead link}} template it is often useful to make a search for an archive copy of the dead link and thereby avoid using the tag altogether. All {{cite}} templates have the facility for adding Template:Para and Template:Para parameters for linking to an archive copy. Non-{{cite}} citations can use {{webarchive}}.

    Using {{Dead link}} will place a note by the URL and add the article to one of the Category:Articles with dead external links categories.

    Append this template directly after the link (after the link code's terminating ] if you are using wikitext), or, if you are using a {{cite}} template, directly after the {{cite}} transclusion (not inside it), but inside the reference, if any, i.e. before the </ref>, in all cases leaving the original link intact:

    <ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.example.org|title=The Example Website|accessdate=22 September 2012}}{{Dead link|date=July 2022}}</ref>

    Not doing so might hinder detection by automated tools. If the citation contains multiple URLs (e.g. chapterurl and url) in a template, and only one is broken, you can use <!-- hidden text --> to explain which one is broken.

    If the article uses clickable footnotes, then this tag should be placed just before the </ref> that contains the dead link. The notice will then correctly appear in the reference section instead of in the body of the text, and so WP:Link rot bots can properly find and fix the link.

    Avoid using this template when the reference is fully adequate without the link. In this case, simply remove the link. For example, if a {{cite journal}} template is used with a DOI, remove the Template:Para parameter.

    Common form (with current date)

    Template:Tlx

    Optional parameters[edit]

    url
    Provides a history of the linked page via the Wayback Machine. Set only if history actually exists, as otherwise it is misleading to users and editors.
    date
    The date parameter consists of the full English name of the current month with initial capital, a space, and the year, not full dates; e.g., "January 2013", but not "jan13". Any deviation from these two rules will result in an "invalid date parameter" error.
    bot
    Bot accounts specify the |bot= parameter as a sign that the tag was added by an automated process. Set as bot=<bot name>.
    fix-attempted
    Set this to "yes" if you have tried unsuccessfully to find an archived copy, or a copy with a different URL. This will put the page in Category:Articles with permanently dead external links. Note that a link that is not in the Internet Archive (Wayback machine) can very often be found, e.g. by a search for the full title, in quotes, on the original Web site or the Internet at large, if the Wayback machine fails.

    Notes:

    • The date-substitution template may be used to automatically generate the date, e.g., {{Dead link|{{subst:DATE}}}}. See Help:Substitution for more information.
    • The date= parameter need not be added by the editor: if not entered, a bot will soon add it.

    Examples[edit]

    • <ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.example.org |title=Web page title |website=Example.com |accessdate=22 September 2012}} {{Dead link |date=September 2012}}</ref>
    • <ref>{{cite news |title=Sorrell accuses Murdoch of panic buying |author=Plunkett, John |url=http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1601858,00.html |newspaper=[[The Guardian]] |date=27 October 2005 |accessdate=22 September 2012}} {{Dead link}}</ref>

    <references/>

    Caveats[edit]

    • Avoid using free links (e.g. http://www.example.org/{{Dead link}}) as software unable to handle templates may read an incorrect link. Add brackets if necessary.
    • Avoid complicated formatting. Nesting inside a template is generally not supported well.
    • Avoid using [ ] { | } < > characters between the end of the external link and {{Dead link}}, as they are often used to format text.

    TemplateData[edit]

    Template:TemplateDataHeader

    A template to indicate that the preceding URL is dead

    Template parameters

    This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

    ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
    Month and yeardate

    The month and year the URL was found to be dead, like "June 2013"

    Auto value
    {{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}
    Stringsuggested
    Bot namebot

    The name of the bot used to identify the dead link (not used by regular editors)

    Useroptional
    Wayback URLurl

    The dead URL, used only if there is a Wayback Machine archive

    URLoptional
    Fix attemptedfix-attempted

    Used to indicate that no archive copy is available

    Example
    yes
    Booleanoptional

    See also[edit]

    Dead link tools[edit]

    Template:Inline cleanup tags

  2. Template:Cite news Template:High-risk Template:Template shortcut

    Usage[edit]

    Editors occasionally encounter dead links either within a paragraph or a reference citation.

    Before considering whether to use the {{dead link}} template it is often useful to make a search for an archive copy of the dead link and thereby avoid using the tag altogether. All {{cite}} templates have the facility for adding Template:Para and Template:Para parameters for linking to an archive copy. Non-{{cite}} citations can use {{webarchive}}.

    Using {{Dead link}} will place a note by the URL and add the article to one of the Category:Articles with dead external links categories.

    Append this template directly after the link (after the link code's terminating ] if you are using wikitext), or, if you are using a {{cite}} template, directly after the {{cite}} transclusion (not inside it), but inside the reference, if any, i.e. before the </ref>, in all cases leaving the original link intact:

    <ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.example.org|title=The Example Website|accessdate=22 September 2012}}{{Dead link|date=July 2022}}</ref>

    Not doing so might hinder detection by automated tools. If the citation contains multiple URLs (e.g. chapterurl and url) in a template, and only one is broken, you can use <!-- hidden text --> to explain which one is broken.

    If the article uses clickable footnotes, then this tag should be placed just before the </ref> that contains the dead link. The notice will then correctly appear in the reference section instead of in the body of the text, and so WP:Link rot bots can properly find and fix the link.

    Avoid using this template when the reference is fully adequate without the link. In this case, simply remove the link. For example, if a {{cite journal}} template is used with a DOI, remove the Template:Para parameter.

    Common form (with current date)

    Template:Tlx

    Optional parameters[edit]

    url
    Provides a history of the linked page via the Wayback Machine. Set only if history actually exists, as otherwise it is misleading to users and editors.
    date
    The date parameter consists of the full English name of the current month with initial capital, a space, and the year, not full dates; e.g., "January 2013", but not "jan13". Any deviation from these two rules will result in an "invalid date parameter" error.
    bot
    Bot accounts specify the |bot= parameter as a sign that the tag was added by an automated process. Set as bot=<bot name>.
    fix-attempted
    Set this to "yes" if you have tried unsuccessfully to find an archived copy, or a copy with a different URL. This will put the page in Category:Articles with permanently dead external links. Note that a link that is not in the Internet Archive (Wayback machine) can very often be found, e.g. by a search for the full title, in quotes, on the original Web site or the Internet at large, if the Wayback machine fails.

    Notes:

    • The date-substitution template may be used to automatically generate the date, e.g., {{Dead link|{{subst:DATE}}}}. See Help:Substitution for more information.
    • The date= parameter need not be added by the editor: if not entered, a bot will soon add it.

    Examples[edit]

    • <ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.example.org |title=Web page title |website=Example.com |accessdate=22 September 2012}} {{Dead link |date=September 2012}}</ref>
    • <ref>{{cite news |title=Sorrell accuses Murdoch of panic buying |author=Plunkett, John |url=http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1601858,00.html |newspaper=[[The Guardian]] |date=27 October 2005 |accessdate=22 September 2012}} {{Dead link}}</ref>

    <references/>

    Caveats[edit]

    • Avoid using free links (e.g. http://www.example.org/{{Dead link}}) as software unable to handle templates may read an incorrect link. Add brackets if necessary.
    • Avoid complicated formatting. Nesting inside a template is generally not supported well.
    • Avoid using [ ] { | } < > characters between the end of the external link and {{Dead link}}, as they are often used to format text.

    TemplateData[edit]

    Template:TemplateDataHeader

    A template to indicate that the preceding URL is dead

    Template parameters

    This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

    ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
    Month and yeardate

    The month and year the URL was found to be dead, like "June 2013"

    Auto value
    {{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}
    Stringsuggested
    Bot namebot

    The name of the bot used to identify the dead link (not used by regular editors)

    Useroptional
    Wayback URLurl

    The dead URL, used only if there is a Wayback Machine archive

    URLoptional
    Fix attemptedfix-attempted

    Used to indicate that no archive copy is available

    Example
    yes
    Booleanoptional

    See also[edit]

    Dead link tools[edit]

    Template:Inline cleanup tags

Cite error: <ref> tag defined in <references> has no name attribute.
Cite error: <ref> tag defined in <references> has no name attribute.
Cite error: <ref> tag defined in <references> has no name attribute.
Cite error: <ref> tag defined in <references> has no name attribute.

Caveats[edit]

  • Avoid using free links (e.g. http://www.example.org/{{Dead link}}) as software unable to handle templates may read an incorrect link. Add brackets if necessary.
  • Avoid complicated formatting. Nesting inside a template is generally not supported well.
  • Avoid using [ ] { | } < > characters between the end of the external link and {{Dead link}}, as they are often used to format text.

TemplateData[edit]

Template:TemplateDataHeader

A template to indicate that the preceding URL is dead

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Month and yeardate

The month and year the URL was found to be dead, like "June 2013"

Auto value
{{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}}
Stringsuggested
Bot namebot

The name of the bot used to identify the dead link (not used by regular editors)

Useroptional
Wayback URLurl

The dead URL, used only if there is a Wayback Machine archive

URLoptional
Fix attemptedfix-attempted

Used to indicate that no archive copy is available

Example
yes
Booleanoptional

See also[edit]

Dead link tools[edit]

Template:Inline cleanup tags