Template:Outdated link/doc

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Use {{outdated link}} when you find an external link within a paragraph or a reference citation that links to out of date information. Doing so will place a note by the URL and add the article to one of the Category:Articles with outdated external links categories.

Append this template directly after the link or template, leaving the original link intact. Not doing so will prevent detection from automated tools. This tag should be placed just before the </ref> that contains the dead link. The notice will then appear in the footnote reference (instead of in the body of the text, which is not recommended).

Usage[edit source]

Common form (with current date)

[outdated link]

Optional parameters[edit source]

Provides a history of the linked page via Wayback Machine. Set only if history actually exists, as otherwise it is misleading to users and editors.
Given in month name followed by year for use by the categorization system. Use date=September 2021
If you don't add a date parameter, a bot will date your entry with the month and year at a later time.
Bot accounts will specify the |bot= parameter to notify the others that the page was tagged by an automated process. Set as bot=ExampleBot.

Examples[edit source]

  • <ref>{{cite web |url=http://example.org |title=title |accessdate=2000-01-01 }} {{outdated link |date=April 2005 }}</ref>
  • <ref>Plunkett, John. [http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1601858,00.html "Sorrell accuses Murdoch of panic buying"],{{outdated link}} ''The Guardian'', London, October 27, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2008.</ref>
  1. "title". http://example.org. Retrieved 2000-01-01.  [outdated link]
  2. Plunkett, John. "Sorrell accuses Murdoch of panic buying",[outdated link] The Guardian, London, October 27, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2008.

Caveats[edit source]

  • Avoid using free links (e.g. http://example.org/{{outdated link}}) as software unable handle templates may read an incorrect link, add brackets if necessary.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 [ ] { | } < > character between the end of the external link and {{outdated link}}, as they are often use to format text

See also[edit source]

Dead link tools[edit source]