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The {{WIR}} series of template serves two main functions.

Tracking pages

The primary function of the templates is to keep track of various pages for WikiProject Women in Red. They will categorize those pages in relevant tracking categories, which can then be used by bots to create Article Alerts and other similar reports.


To keep track of articles associated with specific edit-a-thons or initiatives, place one of the specific templates (e.g. {{WIR-1}} or {{WIR-00-2017}}) directly on the talk page, near the top. This will produce a banner such as

If the articles was not created or improved as part of a specific edit-a-thon or initiative, you can instead use a generic template such as {{WIR 2015}} to produce

General pages

To keep track of non-article pages, place {{WIR}} directly on the talk page, near the top. This will produce the following banner

Specific banners like {{WIR-1}} will also work on non-article pages.

Meta template

The second function of {{WIR}} is to serve as a meta-template, which can be used to create other edit-a-thon specific templates to keep track of articles created or improved during edit-a-thons and other events related to Women in Red. See #Which template should I use? below for a table of such pre-built templates.

The syntax is {{WIR|date=|meetup=|event=|event-type=|image=|image-link=}}, where

parameter Required? Description
|date= Yes The date the project happened. Accepts any sort of dates.
|meetup= Yes The edit-a-thon number of Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red (the # in Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/#).
|event= Yes The name of the event.
|event-type= No The type of event, if it is not an edit-a-thon.
|image= No To use a custom image, e.g. |image=1day1woman.png to use File:1day1woman.png. Otherwise the template will use File:Women in Red logo.svg by default.
|image-link= No To use a custom image link, otherwise the image will link to Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red.

Simple case

For instance, {{WIR-1}} uses

{{WIR |date=2016 |meetup=1 |event=Asian Pacific American Women}}

which produces

{{WIR-1}} can then be used directly on articles' talk page.

Complex case

A more complicated case, {{WIR-00-2017}}, uses

{{WIR |meetup=00 |date=2017 |event=#1day1woman |event-type=initiative |image=1day1woman.png |image-link=Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Meetup/00}}

which produces

{{WIR-00-2017}} can then be used directly on articles' talk page.

Which template should I use?

I created/improved an article during a certain meetup. Which template should I use?

Note: See {{WIR-doc}} for how to update this table if it is unclear.
Meetup Date Edit-a-thon Template Alternative
January 2018 Prisoners and detainees
January 2018 Fashion designers
January 2018 British Isles
February 2018 Black Women
February 2018 Mathematicians and Statisticians
February 2018 Island women
March 2018 Women's History Month/Art + Feminism/Whose Knowledge?
April 2018 April + Further With Art + Feminism
April 2018 Archaeology
April 2018 Military History
April 2018 Geofocus on the Indian Subcontinent
May 2018 Women of the Sea
May 2018 Villains
May 2018 Women in Sports
May 2018 Central & Eastern European women
June 2018 Celebrating LGBTQ Women and Wiki Loves Pride
June 2018 Singers, songwriters, songs by women
June 2018 Women in GLAM
June 2018 Russia/USSR

For instance, placing {{WIR-1}} on the article's talk page will display

I created/improved an article for the #1day1woman initiative. Which template should I use?

Year Date Homepage Template Alternative
2017 26 July 2017 – 31 December 2017 #1day1woman 2017 {{WIR-00-2017}} {{WIR-00}}
2018 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018 #1day1woman 2018 {{WIR-00-2018}}

For instance, placing {{WIR-00-2018}} on the article's talk page will display

What if I don't remember during which meetup the article was created/improved, or if the article was not created during a specific meetup?

If you don't remember during which meetup an article was created/improved, or that the article was not created/improved during a meetup use the generic

If you don't remember the year, {{WIR}} also works, but it is best to find out when the article was created/improved by browsing the article's edit history.

For instance, placing {{WIR 2015}} on the article's talk page will display

What if I want to keep track of pages other than articles?

For non-articles, like categories, templates, and the like, tag their associated talk page with {{WIR}} directly. The other templates will work, so you can replace {{WIR}} with a more specific {{WIR-###}}.

Help, I'm stuck!

Post a message at Template talk:WIR, explaining what exactly you are trying to do and someone will help.

You can in particular contact User:Headbomb, especially for technical questions, or support for things that don't quite fit the existing molds.

Mistakes in tagging

Sometimes Women in Red banners are accidentally or mistakenly placed on the talk pages of articles that were not created or improved for a WiR event. When it looks like a banner is placed incorrectly, please verify it was a mistake by checking the article's history, and feel free to remove the banner. Banners are often added to talk pages based on the event's list of outcomes, so it's a good idea to follow the link in the banner before removing it, so that the article can also be removed from the event's list of outcomes.

If you have questions about this banner's use, reach out to the user who added it or leave a message at the Women in Red talk page.

Namespace behaviour

The following is only of interest to {{WIR}} template maintainers and documentation writers, or during technical discussion about the templates

If placed directly on a Wikipedia talk page (like Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Women in Red), {{WIR-1}} will display the following short message

However, on an article talk page, the template will display the following long message

By default, the template gives the long message only on the Talk, Template, and Wikipedia namespaces. All other namespaces (e.g. Category talk) will have the short messages displayed. To force a specific appearance (this should likely only be done during discussions about the template), use

  • |namespace= - The desired namespace look (e.g. Talk/Category talk/Wikipedia talk/...)

Note this will only change the appearance of the template, not its categorization behavior.


The templates will categorize pages as follows:

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