Wikipedia:Motto of the day

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The Motto of the Day (MOTD) is a project dedicated to creating and displaying a daily unofficial Wikipedia motto included on various user pages. It is an effort to laugh a bit at ourselves, celebrate our achievements, and foster a sense of community. Mottos can be humorous or serious, but must reflect the community or purpose of Wikipedia. Nominate new mottos here.

The templates

To get the Motto of the Day, just place one of the following templates anywhere you like on your user or user talk page. User:Cremepuff222/RandomMotto, Template:Motd Cquote and Template: Random Motto display tables because the Template:Cquote2 which is used cannot handle tables. Do not place them in tables if you don't want the template to divide itself into visible rows and columns.

Template What you see Pros Cons
{{Motd framed}}
Motto of the day...

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The main template: the one displayed at the Community Portal Borders may clash if page already has borders
{{Motd}} Today's motto...

The World's Encyclopedia


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Stands out Cannot handle bold or italic text
{{Motd plain}} Today's motto...
The World's Encyclopedia
Can handle all styles of text None
{{Motd big}} Today's motto...
The World's Encyclopedia
Can handle all styles of text Makes intentionally small text normal
{{Motd bold}} Today's motto...
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Can handle italic text Cannot handle bold text
{{Motd cquote}} Can handle all styles of text Has trouble handling tables
{{Random Motto}} Auto-adjusts to fit where it is placed. Squashes itself if motto is long.
{{MOTD banner}}
Motto of the Day, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The World's Encyclopedia
Bright background. Draws attention to itself. None
{{User:Download/RandomMotto}} April 28's motto of the day...

→ Next mottoThe World's Encyclopedia

Generates a random motto for each page visit Can produce redlinks
{{User:Cremepuff222/RandomMotto}}

The World's Encyclopedia

— The World's Encyclopedia's Motto of the day

Next mottoThe World's Encyclopedia

Generates a random motto for each page visit Has trouble handling tables; can produce redlinks
{{User:DannyQuack/Userboxes/Motto}}
Today's motto...

The World's Encyclopedia


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Fits in small spaces; useful for columns; Random Message Is a userbox and cannot be formatted
{{User:Oxguy3/myboxes/MOTD}}
Motto The World's Encyclopedia
Looks like a userbox; fits in small spaces; useful for columns Cannot be formatted
{{User:Killeroid/MOTD}}
Today's motto: The World's Encyclopedia
Bright background. Draws attention to itself. None
{{User:Secret Saturdays/MottoBox}}
Ragtime Wikipe-tan.PNG The wise editors at Wikipedia have one thing to say to you:

"The World's Encyclopedia"

useful for columns It's considered too big for a userbox. It expands depending on the length of the quote.
{{User:Hi878/Random MotD}}
The World's Encyclopedia
Bright background. Draws attention to itself. Generates a random motto for each page visit. Can produce redlinks.
{{User:Hi878/Random and Today's MotD}}
Today's motto: The World's Encyclopedia

The World's Encyclopedia
Bright background. Draws attention to itself. Generates a random motto for each page visit, and shows the current. Can produce redlinks.
{{User:titusfox/MOTD}}
MOTD The World's Encyclopedia
Very Simple. May be too long to be a userbox when the motto is long.

You may also add the completely unformatted motto of the day by using {{Wikipedia:Motto of the day/{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}}, {{CURRENTYEAR}}}}. This allows you to create your own formatting.

Coordination, feedback, and questions

Every user is welcome to help coordinate the updating of MOTD. Any general inquiries and comments about the project are welcome at Wikipedia talk:Motto of the day.

Have an idea for a new motto?

Place your suggestions on the nominations page for review and consideration. Follow the instructions there for the correct procedure on how to do this.

Frequent contributors or supporters of the project

Templates

Typing {{User MOTD}} in your Userbox area produces

Motto Logo.png This user frequently contributes to the Motto of the Day. Do you?


and adds the page to Category:Wikipedians who contribute to Motto of the day.

There is also an icon that you can use. Typing {{User:Hi878/MotD Icon}} will create an icon in the corner of your userpage showing your support for MotD. It uses {{topicon}} so it would be positioned the same way as any other icon.

To be on a list without using one of these, you may want to visit the Participants page.

Invite new users

To invite new users, add the template {{subst:MOTD Invite}} to their talk page.

Barnstar

Motto of the Day even has its own barnstar award. To give it to someone who has contributed greatly to the project, simply use the template below:

{{subst:MOTD Barnstar|Your message here. ~~~~}}

…and you’ll get this:

MOTD trial finale.png The MOTD Barnstar
Your message here. ~~~~

Motto Shop

If you want to get a motto to live by on Wikipedia, try out our Motto Shop!

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