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Not to be confused with Template:Confusing​.
Use this template in the body of an article as a request for other editors to clarify text that is difficult to understand. When the problem is not with the wording, but the sourcing, one may use {{​specify​}} instead. For dealing with dubious information, please use one of the following: {{citation needed​}}, {{verify source}}, {{​dubious​}} or {{​disputed inline}}. This template is a self-reference and so is part of the Wikipedia project rather than the encyclopedic content.
This is an inline template which should be placed immediately after the material in question, as with a footnote. For example:
This sentence needs clarification.​{{​clarify​|date=June 2021}}
→ This sentence needs clarification.​[​clarification needed]
The wikilink on "clarification needed" is set to Wikipedia:Please clarify.
Abbreviated parameter sets
{{​clarify​|date=June 2021 |reason= }}
{{​clarify​|date=June 2021 |reason= |text= }}
Full parameter set
{{​clarify​|date=June 2021 |reason= |text= |pre-text= |post-text= }}
Parameter descriptions
This template allows an optional date parameter that records when the tag was added. If this template is added without the date parameter, the date parameter will be added soon after by a bot. Alternatively, you may add the date automatically (without requiring bot intervention) by substituting the template. That is:
is equivalent to
{{​clarify​|date=June 2021}}
. This technique also works if other parameters – |reason=​|pre-text= |post-text= – are given.
Because it may not be immediately apparent to other editors what about the tagged passage is in need of clarification, it is generally helpful to add a brief reason for the tag:
{{Clarify|reason=​What the problem is}}
(this is preferable to using an HTML <!-- comment --> after the tag, as it is tidier to keep all of the
-related code inside the template). If the explanation would be lengthy, use the article's talk page.
As well as being visible in the source code for editors' benefit, the reason parameter is, if provided, displayed when the mouse is hovered over the "clarification needed" link in the article.
The particular text needing clarification may be highlighted by wrapping this template around it:
As an example:
Text preceding the template,
{{​clarify​|text=unclear text,|date=June 2021}}
text following the template.
Text preceding the template, unclear text,​[​clarification needed] text following the template.
One can specify additional text to appear before and/or after the "clarify" tag using the two parameters listed above.
Examples follow:
  1. {{clarify|pre-text=remove or}}
    will cause the text "remove or" to appear before "clarify" like this:​[​remove or clarification needed]
  2. {{clarify|post-text=(complicated jargon)}}
    will cause "(complicated jargon)" to appear after "clarify" like this:​[​clarification needed (complicated jargon)]
  3. {{clarify|post-text=(see [[Talk:Example#Clarification needed|talk]])}}
    can be used to link to a discussion on the article's talk page; this example produces:​[​clarification needed (see talk)]
This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.
TemplateData for Clarify
Use this inline template as a request for other editors to clarify text that is difficult to understand. Place immediately after the material in question.
Template parameters
ReasonreasonA brief reason for the tag. Avoid using wikilinks, as they will be converted to plain text in the output.Stringsuggested
TexttextText fragment containing concerns the tag is supposed to address.Stringoptional
DatedateThe date the tag was added (this will be added automatically soon by a bot if not added manually).
Auto value
Pre-textpre-textAny string to be added before the "Clarify" tag, such as "?"
Auto value
Post-textpost-textAny string to be added after the "Clarify" tag, such as "complicated jargon".Stringoptional
Adding this template to an article will automatically place the article into Category:Wikipedia articles needing clarification​, or a dated subcategory thereof.
{{Clarification needed}}​{{Clarify me}}​{{Confusing-inline}}​{{Confusing-short}}​{{Define?}}​{{How?}}​{{Huh}}​{{What?}}​{{What}}
See also
Related inline templates
Message-box templates
Related pages
Inline cleanup tags
{{By how much​}}​{{​Definition​}}​{{​Definition needed}}{{Example needed}}{{Example needed span​}}​{{​Explain​}}​{{​How​}}​{{​How often​}}​{{​Misquoted​}}​{{​Quantify​}}​{{​Specify​}}​{{​Vague​}}​{{​When​}}​{{​Where​}}​{{​Which​}}​{{​Who else}}{{Why}}{{Year needed}}
or broken
Missing or
{{Additional citation needed}}{{Better source needed}}{{Better source needed example}}{{Check quotation}}{{Chronology citation needed}}{{Citation needed}}{{Citation needed span}}{{Citation not found}}{{COI source}}{{Deprecated inline}}{{Excessive citations inline}}{{Failed verification}}{{Failed verification span​}}​{{​Imagefact​}}​{{​Irrelevant citation}}{{Medical citation needed}}{{Medical citation needed span}}{{Nonspecific}}{{Not verified in body}}{{Obsolete source}}{{Page range too broad}}{{Primary source inline}}{{Promotional source}}{{Quote without source}}{{Request quotation}}{{Request quotation span​}}​{{​Retracted​}}​{{​Scientific citation needed}}{{Self-published inline}}{{Tertiary source inline}}{{Third-party inline}}{{Unreliable fringe source}}{{Unreliable medical source}}{{Unreliable source?}}{{Verify quote}}{{Verify source}}
General advice
The above documentation is transcluded from Template:Clarify/doc​. (edit | history)
Editors can experiment in this template's sandbox (edit | diff) and testcases (edit) pages.
Please add categories to the /doc subpage. Subpages of this template.
Categories: Coherency templatesInline cleanup templates
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