Template talk:rfe

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Page created by --Richardb 12:52, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
For symmetry with other request lists, such as rfp for pronunciation. Lists all words needing an etymology in the one category, and on the one page.--Richardb 12:52, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Template use[edit]

This is redundant. {{etystub}} already exists for this purpose.

Note that automated addition of etymology stub tags is highly discouraged. Yes, we would like etymologies identified for all entries eventually but for now, we are trying to get the language covered; having the tag appear in every entry is off-putting to readers and newcomers. So please remember to use these sparingly.

--Connel MacKenzie 19:27, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

Make this template language sensitive[edit]

It would be good if this template were language sensitive, such that one could e.g. do {{rfe|lang=Dutch|reason}} to have the article added to Category:Requests for etymology (Dutch). I could do this, but would like some suggestions about the category names and creation. H. (talk) 14:55, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

I strongly support this motion. I actually came here to suggest it and saw that Hamaryns had already made the proposal. __meco 11:59, 6 June 2007 (UTC)
Done; uses the language code, though, so you would actually write lang=nl. -- Visviva 12:16, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
Which relies on the language code template being unlinked. (yet again ;-). Why not just the language name? This template doesn't need the code for anything? Robert Ullmann 12:33, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
True, true, sorry about that. So much for the ol' brain. ... Somewhat tangentially, it would be helpful if there were some sort of convention so that (for example) templates that take the language code would use "lang=" and those that take the language name would use "language=". However, it's probably too late for that (or is there such a convention that I'm not aware of?) -- Visviva 13:39, 11 September 2007 (UTC)


Taxonomic names often have problematic etymologies. I know that there are hundred of rfes for such entries. But this template fails to categorize them. DCDuring TALK 10:32, 14 October 2012 (UTC)

Suggestion to tweak[edit]

Just wondering if it's worth thinking about tweaking the wording to something like the following (obviously, to prevent people copying & pasting)

"This entry lacks etymological information. If you have information regarding the origin of this term, please add it, in your own words, to the page as described here"--Person12 (talk) 13:40, 10 June 2015 (UTC)


Why does this template require a lang code but does not add a category 'Lang words lacking etymology'? Korn [kʰũːɘ̃n] (talk) 16:58, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

Beer Parlour convo[edit]

See [[Wiktionary:Beer_parlour/2019/October#Merging_{{rfe}},_{{rfelite}},_{{etystub}}]]. Canonicalization (talk) 14:26, 16 November 2019 (UTC)

Conditions for being a box rather than inline?[edit]

Using templates besides {{m}} and {{l}} (e.g. {{cog}}) in the 2nd param automatically makes the rfe notice a box instead of inline, why? (pinging @Benwing2) Julia 17:03, 12 February 2020 (UTC)

@Julia The way the template determines whether to display as a box or inline is by counting the number of characters in the 2nd param (more than 100 and it's displayed as a box). This happens after expansion of templates in the param, so I assume what's happening is that a template like {{cog}} generates a large amount of text, which trips the 100-char limit. I can probably make the template ignore HTML when counting chars, which should fix this. Benwing2 (talk) 01:54, 13 February 2020 (UTC)