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This page lists the templates used for quotations. The only quote templates still in normal use are {{Q}}, {{Cquote}}, and {{Wilde}}.

edit Why use quotations?

Neither Wikipedia nor any other encyclopedia have articles that start with quotations (though some fundamentalist religious writers quote scripture at the top of an article). Authors who use initial quotations for "realism" are mistaken. The overriding goal of the Introduction is to tempt the reader to dig into the remainder of the article. Any quotations should support this goal. Superficially, they should be serious, but the substance should be funny. A poorly written introduction can make the reader stop reading the article only a few sentences in.

Unless the author has a clear comedy idea in mind, the quotation should be by a well-known person, and it should be something the person actually said, or almost something he said, or especially something he would have said until you shamelessly took him out of context. Quotes should not be by "You" or "Me" or "Your mom" or "Some guy" or "Everyone". These quotes, and "apocryphal" quotes uttered by "A customer at Burger King," quickly break the encyclopedia gimmick and suggest you think you are lettering in the balloons of a comic strip rather than writing a fake encyclopedia article. The same applies to a series of "bickering quotations" that go back and forth. This is a form of comedy, but Uncyclopedia articles should begin by giving the impression that they are a Wikipedia article.

The tone of the quote should always be consistent with the "source's" style. Some sources have specific styles. Shakespeare's archaic English or Yoda's unusual grammar are extreme examples. Most sources don't have a well-known style, but you should still make the quote something the source could have said. For example, a 19th century writer would not have used terms like "noob," "wtf," or "lulz."


How To Be Funny And Not Just Stupid explains why you should avoid overusing Uncyclopedia memes such as Oscar Wilde. Any Wilde-ism quote ought to have something to do with Wilde (such as debauchery, time spent in prison, perversion, or some double entendre) and also have something to do with the article at hand.

Overdoing it

Quotations, like lists, can be overdone. In addition, a long list of quotations encourages anonymous editors to add just one more. If an article begins with more than two quotations, there ought to be a good comedy reason.

Quotations as a goal in themselves are pursued in our Unquotable namespace.

Header clutter

Avoid excess templates, quotes, or other "header clutter" at the start of an article. Placing a thumbnailed image above the text is acceptable, as the text will still show at the top of the article. Placing a legitimate {{Whoops}}, or other disambiguation at the top on an article is also acceptable, but that should only be used as a navigation tool, not as a joke. The introduction sets the tone of the article, and many readers associate header clutter with poorly written articles.

In-line quotations

Inside a paragraph, use quotation marks and other standard formatting, rather than breaking paragraphs with {{Q}}. For example, one should type that William Shakespeare said, "Brevity is the soul of wit." One should not use Q and say that:

“Brevity is the soul of wit”

This method abruptly ends the previous paragraph, and may start the following one just as abruptly. Interrupting a paragraph with {{Q}} breaks the flow of ideas and looks less encyclopedic. There is a reason books are written in paragraph form. If you must pepper your text with quotes with {{Q}}, be sure there is a clear comedy reason to do so.

edit Quotations

Template Effect Comments
(Used on)
~ You on Quotations
Meta quote template. {{{2}}} variable is auto linked. This is the standard quote template, and is in use
(Used on)
For piped links in the form of [[{{{2}}}|{{{3}}}]]. {{{4}}} is the subject. This template works like {{Q}}, but with less complete coding. It is only mentioned for archival purposes, and should not be used.
(Used on)
~ You
This template works like {{Q}}, but with less complete coding. It is only mentioned for archival purposes, and should not be used.
(Used on)
“Randomly randomize random randomness.”
~ Oscar Wilde
Random quotes are not funny, and this template should not be used
(Used on)
“This is a metasyntactic sentence, mainly because it sounds cool.”
~ Oscar Wilde on a template, not necessarily this one
This template is still in use. However, anything this template does can be done with {{Q}}.
(Used on)
Cquote1 {{{1}}} Cquote2
This is an alternative quote template. It is still in use.

edit Random quotes

Template Effect Comments
(Used on)
“For Templates/In-universe/Quotes, all seven deadly sins!”
~ Fritz Lang on Templates/In-universe/Quotes
, Metropolis, 1927
Random quotes are not funny, and this template should not be used.
Insulting words
(Used on)
dildo This template is from the largely trimmed back madlips page. This template should not be used.

edit Discontinued templates

The "OWQ" and "OWQL" templates for generating Oscar Wilde quotations out of a central repository, and the "Bushism", "Canned", and "Random" templates for generating "canned humor" [sic], will not be down for breakfast.

edit See also

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