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This template can be used in a dictionary entry to provide a quotation from a Usenet newsgroup.

To create a citation in a "References" section or on a discussion page, use {{cite-newsgroup}}.

Sample templates[edit]

Most commonly used parameters
#* {{quote-newsgroup|author=|authorlink=|email=|title=|newsgroup=|id=|url=|date=|accessdate=|passage=}}
All available parameters
#* {{quote-newsgroup|author=|authorlink=|last=|first=|email=|title=|trans-title=|newsgroup=|id=|url=|date=|year=|accessdate=|passage=|brackets=|translation=|transliteration=}}

Certain basic parameters can be used in the template without any named parameters, as follows:

#* {{quote-newsgroup|[date]|[author]|[title]|[newsgroup]|[url]|[passage]}}

This will not work if any of the parameters contains an equals ("=") sign. The value of any parameter containing an equals sign must be surrounded by <nowiki> tags, like this: "<nowiki>http://foo.com?id=bar</nowiki>". Alternatively, use a named parameter such as url.

The following example:

{{quote-newsgroup|author=Peter da Silva|title=Re:Microsoft versus Digital Equipment Corporation|newsgroup=alt.folklore.computers|id=g0hq1u$2hkn$3@monolith.in.taronga.com|url=http://groups.google.com/group/alt.folklore.computers/msg/032c30495567b213|date=16 March 2008|passage={{...}} otherwise the pager needs to start doing a bunch of unnecessary '''yak shaving'''.}}

produces this:

2008 March 16, Peter da Silva, “Re:Microsoft versus Digital Equipment Corporation”, in alt.folklore.computers, Usenet[1], message-ID <g0hq1u$2hkn$3@monolith.in.taronga.com>:
[] otherwise the pager needs to start doing a bunch of unnecessary yak shaving.


All parameters are optional, and may contain inline interwiki or external links as needed.

Parameter Remarks
last and first
The name of the author of the newsgroup post quoted. Use either author, or last and first (for the first name, and middle names or initials), not both.
authorlink The name of an English Wikipedia article about the author, which will be linked to the name(s) specified using author, or last and first. Do not add the prefix ":en:" or "w:". (Alternatively, link each person's name directly, like this: "author=[[w:Kathleen Taylor (biologist)|Kathleen Taylor]]" or "author={{w|Samuel Johnson}}".)
email The author's e-mail address.
title The title of the newsgroup post, typically the "Subject:" header.
trans-title If the title of the newsgroup post is not in English, this parameter can be used to provide an English translation of the title.
newsgroup The newsgroup the post was posted to. If it was posted to multiple newsgroups, indicate the main one.
id The message ID from the "Message-ID:" header of the post. Do not include the angle brackets as these will be inserted by the template.
url The URL or web address of the newsgroup post, for example, on Google Groups.
accessdate The date when the URL was accessed.
The date or year that the newsgroup post was posted. Use either date, or year, not both.
passage The portion of the newsgroup post being quoted. Highlight the term defined in bold in the passage quoted like this: "'''cyberspace'''".
brackets Use "brackets=on" to surround a quotation with brackets. This indicates that the quotation either contains a mere mention of a term (for example, "some people find the word manoeuvre hard to spell") rather than an actual use of it (for example, "we need to manoeuvre carefully to avoid causing upset"), or does not provide an actual instance of a term but provides information about related terms.
translation If the passage quoted is not in English, this parameter can be used to provide an English translation of it.
transliteration If the passage quoted uses a different writing system from the Latin alphabet (the usual alphabet used in English), this parameter can be used to provide a transliteration of it into the Latin alphabet.
indent Instead of using wikitext outside the quotation template to indent it (for example, "#* {{quote-newsgroup|..."), you can use this parameter to specify the indent inside the template (for example, "{{quote-newsgroup|indent=#*|...")

Technical information[edit]

This template makes use of {{quote-meta}} and {{quote-meta/source}}.

See also[edit]

  • {{cite-newsgroup}} – for citations in "References" sections and discussion pages
  • {{cite newsgroup}} – the English Wikipedia template that this template was originally based on