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This article is written like a personal reflection or opinion essay that states a Wikipedia editor’s personal feelings about a topic. Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style . (September 2018) ( Learn how and when to remove this template message )
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  • 1 When to use
    • 1.1 When not to use
    • 1.2 How to use
    • 1.3 Notes
    • 1.4 See also
  • 2 TemplateData

When to use

Use this tag to identify personal essays. Personal essays describe the author’s own emotional feelings about a topic. Although Wikipedia is supposed to compile human knowledge, it is not a vehicle to publish users’ personal opinions .

This template should be used when the article contains the editor’s own personal, emotional comments on the subject. Use it when the article does not necessarily represent a blatant opinion or opinion piece, but is still overly judgementalist in tone.

When not to use

Do not use this template to tag fact-oriented pages that sound like they might have been written as research papers for school (called “essays” in some parts of the world). Instead, if those pages need a different writing style or tone, use Research paper , or general templates like Tone or Copy edit .

If the article is biased, but without expressing the editor’s emotions or value-based judgments, use tags like unbalanced or POV .

How to use

Place this:

date=September 2018

at the top of the article to alert editors to the inappropriate presence of editors’ personal reflections throughout the article.

  • To mark specific sections instead of the whole article, place Essay-like |section at the top of the section.
  • To replace the text “a personal reflection or essay”, you may use Essay-like |article or section|yourtext or Essay-like |2=yourtext
  • Articles tagged without the optional date parameter will be given the parameter by a bot .
  • Add a new item to the talk page explaining the problem so editors will know what to address, and when to remove this tag.
  • This template adds articles to dated subcategories of Category:Wikipedia articles needing style editing


  • This template will add tagged articles to Category:Wikipedia articles needing style editing .
  • This template is a self-reference .
  • Please do not subst: this template.

See also

  • Template:Essay
  • Wikipedia:Cleanup process
  • Wikipedia:Template messages/Cleanup
  • Template:Manual


This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for Essay-like

Use this cleanup template to identify personal essays

Template parameters

This template has custom formatting.

Type (typically section)1

This parameter allows an editor to replace the default word “article” with another word, usually the word “section”

Auto value
Replaced text2

To replace the template text “a personal reflection or opinion essay” with a custom description

Auto value
Month and yeardate

Month and year of tagging; e.g., ‘January 2013’, but not ‘jan13’

Auto value
The above documentation is transcluded from Template:Essay-like/doc . ( edit | history )
Editors can experiment in this template’s sandbox ( create | mirror ) and testcases ( edit ) pages.
Please add categories to the /doc subpage. Subpages of this template .

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