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Template:Orphan is responsible for populating sub-categories of Category:Orphaned articles.


The template message is visible on all pages where the date parameter is set to either the current month or the previous month (currently Template:Monthyear or Template:Monthyear-1). It is also visible on all pages where it is used inside the {{multiple issues}} template. Older-dated orphan templates used outside of the {{multiple issues}} template are invisible by default, but are still categorized. To override the default and make the message visible on all pages where it's placed, put the following line in your common.css file (create the file if you don't have one yet):

.ambox-Orphan{display: table !important;}
This may not work in some older browsers - if it doesn't work, use
.ambox-Orphan{display: block !important;}

Alternatively, to never see this tag, you could instead add to your common.css:

.ambox-Orphan{ display: none !important; }

The orphan message box is invisible on this page by default. If you have correctly installed the above common.css the orphan message box is visible here.

When to use

This template should only be put on articles which meet the orphan criteria.

How to use

The simplest way to add this template to an article is to copy and paste either {{Orphan|date=June 2021}} or {{Orphan|{{subst:DATE}}}} at the top of the article.

  • Please do not subst: this template.



You may use a date parameter with this template, for example {{Orphan|date=June 2021}} to help with the categorisation of articles requiring links. If you leave it out, a bot will fill it in (but this will result in more edits and watchlist alerts, so adding the date right away is preferred).


If you have made an unsuccessful attempt to de-orphan the article, then please add the month/year of the attempt to the template, like so:

{{orphan|date=Month Year|att=Month Year}},

where the "date" parameter is the date the template was ORIGINALLY placed on the page, and the |att= parameter is set to equal the CURRENT month and year. This places it in Category:Attempted de-orphan for that date and also hides the article message box.


If the article only has one or two links to it and it is felt more are required and possible the few option can be used. For example, {{Orphan|date=June 2021|few=June 2021}}

Setting the |few= parameter populates Category:Low linked articles.

Per this request, AWB does not remove {{orphan}} if |few= is set.

Per the discussion at template talk:Orphan#"Few links" template?, this parameter was limited to populating Category:Low linked articles, and the "as few other articles link to it" message was removed.


If the article has no link and probably never will, but is well categorised the incat option can be used. For example, {{Orphan|date=June 2021|incat=June 2021}}

Per the discussion at template talk:Orphan#"Few links" template?, this parameter was, but is not currently, used in the template itself.


This template places the article into "Category:All orphaned articles" as well as "Category:Orphaned articles from {{{date}}}". If the "att" parameter is set, the article will still be in Category:All orphaned articles, but instead of placing the article into "Category:Orphaned articles from {{{date}}}" (e.g. Category:Orphaned articles from June 2021), it places it into "Category:Attempted de-orphan from {{{att}}} (e.g. Category:Attempted de-orphan from June 2021).