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This page notifies editors of recent clarifications of or changes to policy or best current practice, major changes to templates, and the like. All editors are encouraged to watch this page.

Please note that older news listed here may no longer be current, and may in fact have been supplanted by newer standards of practice among editors.

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August 2020

April 2020

  • Completely new modularised methods are now in use for Bulgarian inflections with stress marks. Most of older templates will soon become obsolete.

March 2020

January 2020


December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

June 2019

  • The intonation scheme for Slovene has changed from the stress-based orthography to the tonemic orthography. The headwords of most entries have been converted, but inflection tables have not, and will need future work. Links to Slovene terms should be updated by editors as they come across them. There is also a new {{sl-IPA}} which generates IPA pronunciations when provided with the tonemic orthography.

May 2019

April 2019

  • The way tags are specified for WT:ACCEL has changed. Rather than specifying a single accel string, there is now one template parameter or table key for each tag. See WT:ACCEL#Adding the tags to a template for more information.
  • Many common templates that had a mandatory language code in the |lang= parameter will now also accept it in the first parameter, and using the first parameter is preferred because it is more consistent with other common templates like {{l}} and {{m}}. For instance, {{IPA|en|/wɝːd/}} is preferred over {{IPA|/wɝːd/|lang=en}} and {{inflection of|la|verbum||gen|p}} is preferred over {{inflection of|verbum||gen|p|lang=la}}.
  • Lists of often-linked entries in particular languages that haven't been created yet are now available at User:Jberkel/lists/wanted/latest. They serve a similar purpose to the subcategories of Category:Redlinks by language, but are more complete: they include links in many templates (not just {{l}}, {{m}}, {{t}}), and links to pages that exist but don't have a header for the language yet.

    If you are interested in a language and it is not in User:Jberkel/lists/wanted/latest, add its language code to User:Jberkel/lists/wanted/languages and it will be added when the next batch of lists is generated.

March 2019

February 2019

  • The {{cite}} and {{quote}} families of templates now support the following new parameters:
    • |translator= and |translators= (abbreviation: |trans=)
    • |text=, a synonym for |passage=
    • |t=, a synonym for |translation=
    • |tr= (in {{quote}} templates), a synonym for |transliteration=
  • In {{quote}} family templates, use of the parameter |lang= is now mandatory; if it is omitted, the entry on which the quotation template is used will be placed in "Category:Undetermined terms with quotations".
  • The CodeLinks gadget now makes most URLs in comments clickable, and links module names after require and mw.loadData to the module pages and tracking template names after require("Module:debug").track to Special:WhatLinksHere.


December 2018

  • The following updates have been made to the {{quote}} family of templates:
    • |language= and |lang= are now used to specify the language of the passage quoted, and will add the entry page to a category in the form "Category:Language terms with quotations". The parameters require a language code (see Wiktionary:List of languages).
    • |worklang= may be used to specify the language that the work as a whole is written in. This parameter takes either a language code or the name of one or more languages spelled out in full.
If there are no issues with the updates, similar changes may be rolled out to the {{cite}} family of templates in due course.
  • The above changes have been rolled out to the {{cite}} family of templates. The parameters |lang=, |language=, or |worklang= may be used to specify the language that the work as a whole is written in. The parameters take either a language code (preferred) or the name of one or more languages spelled out in full.
  • The {{cite}} family of templates now also has a |translation= parameter so that a translation of a passage can be added.

September 2018

  • Using a raw span tag to provide acceleration tags for WT:ACCEL is now deprecated, and may stop working in the future. Instead, provide it as a parameter to a linking or headword template. The documentation of WT:ACCEL contains more instructions.
  • The WT:ACCEL script has been improved/modified some more:
    • When going to the edit page, the edit window now automatically scrolls to where the new entry has been inserted.
    • The creation rules are no longer defined in User:Conrad.Irwin/creationrules.js, but in Module:accel and its submodules, where any user can create and edit them. The format has remained the same, except that it's now written in Lua. (A tip for people who want to run form-creation bots: you can now use expandtemplates to call Module:accel and have it generate an entry for you, so you don't have to do it yourself and your bot will always generate entries in the most recently defined format.)
  • {{derivcatboiler}} is now called {{derived cat}}, to match {{inherited cat}} and {{borrowed cat}} and their respective etymology templates. (October 2020: These templates no longer exist as they are unnecessary. Use {{auto cat}}.)

July 2018

  • To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press is offering individual subscriptions to OED Online from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 for £90 (usually £295). Subscription information is here.
  • Quotation templates in the {{quote-}} family (such as {{quote-book}}) now accept demand the parameter |lang=, which will categorize entries into categories in the format “Category:[Language] terms with quotations”.
  • The Wiktionary Discord server now has a bot which adds links to Wiktionary and other MW wikis in the server.
  • The English Wiktionary now has more entries than the English Wikipedia.

March 2018

  • It is now possible to ping editors by linking to their username (e.g. [[User:Foobar]]) in an edit summary.
  • The unofficial Wiktionary Discord server is still going strong, and open to all Wiktionary editors.

February 2018

  • The language name Azeri has been renamed to Azerbaijani on Wiktionary

January 2018

  • Interesting paper on Urban Dictionary; includes comparison with Wiktionary


November 2017

  • 19: WT:ACCEL, the gadget for automatically creating inflected form entries, has been significantly improved. It is now much better suited for use in inflection tables than before. The following improvements/changes have been made:
    • The entry generation now happens on the edit page, not on the page with the link. Information is passed through the URL of the link.
    • If the OrangeLinks gadget is enabled, links to existing pages will also turn green if they do not yet contain a section in the given language. The generated entry will be inserted at the correct location in the existing page.
    • If there are multiple inflections with the same form/pagename, the entries for them are combined into a single entry if possible, with multiple definition lines. Definition lines that use {{inflection of}} will be further combined into a single call to {{inflection of}}.
    • The order in which definitions appear in combined entries is determined by the order in which the links appear in the HTML code, which scans the entry from left to right, top to bottom. If an inflection table is organised by column, the data-accel-col= attribute can be provided on the table cells to adjust the order in which forms should be listed.
  • 12: {{bor}} now no longer includes the "borrowing from" text. Instead, it just shows the language and term, like {{inh}} and {{der}} already do. The parameter notext=1 is no longer necessary and will be removed by a bot, then disabled. The parameter withtext=1 causes the text to appear, but it is a temporary measure and editors are discouraged from using it as it, too, will be removed eventually.
  • 9: The use of "of" or "in" in place-name related topical categories has been standardised, and consequently some categories have been renamed. See WT:RFM#Standardising "of" vs "in" in place-name categories for a full list of the categories affected.

October 2017

July 2017

June 2017

  • 16: Translation tables now take an id= parameter, which specifies the senseid that this translation table belongs to, if the corresponding sense is tagged with {{senseid}} using the same id. This makes it easy to see which sense the translation belongs to, without relying on the gloss. In the future, a link to the corresponding sense may also be added to the table. Other entries can link to the translation table using this id, by linking to the fragment #Translations-(id), which also makes it possible to include a link from the sense to the translation table for easy access.
  • 4: Categories for agent nouns by language can now be created properly.

May 2017

April 2017

  • 24: The Cognate extension is deployed, meaning that Wiktionary no longer needs to host its own interwiki links. To learn more about tech news, add to the watchlist Wiktionary:Wikimedia Tech News/2017.
  • 14: As per this vote, the section "External links" (shortly also named "External sources") is deprecated. Use "Further reading" instead.
  • 14: As per this vote, the use of the "References" section is only allowed when the links or books prove something that is said in the entry. (For example, "References" may prove statements in the etymologies or usage notes.) Use "Further reading" for simple links and recommendations of other places to look, including Wikipedia, Webster, Encyclopedia Britannica, other dictionaries, encyclopedias and Wikimedia projects.

February 2017

  • 24: The template {{label}} can now access the language subvariety labels in Module:labels/data/subvarieties, if a language code has been included in the label's data file.
  • 6: Where appropriate and in order to follow current practice Greek nouns have been reclassified from invariable to indeclinable and recategorised as such. Any inadvertent errors brought about by template changes can be reported at the relevant headword line template, where changes can be followed.
  • 2: Two new table templates, {{table:German suits}} and {{table:Swiss suits}}, have been created.

January 2017