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This template displays the tag above and adds articles to Category:Current events or one of its dated subcategories.


  • Note that every article on Wikipedia has a General disclaimer indicating that the article contents may not be accurate.
  • As an advisory to editors, the template may optionally be used in those extraordinary occasions that many editors (perhaps a hundred or more) edit an article on the same day, for example, in the case of natural disasters or other breaking news.
  • It is not intended to be used to mark an article that merely has recent news articles about the topic; if it were, hundreds of thousands of articles would have this template, with no informational consequence.
  • Generally it is expected that this template and its closely related templates will appear on an article for less than a day; occasionally longer.
  • If you desire that an article be noticed as a topic about or related to a significant current event, see Wikipedia:How the Current events page works, and also Wikipedia:In the news/Candidates
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The template takes three parameters:

  • Parameter 1 overrides the word "article"
  • Parameter 2 overrides the words "current event"
  • Named parameter "date" categorizes into a monthly sub category for ease of maintenance. This will be added by a bot if omitted.


Code Result
{{current|section|date=September 2022}}
{{current||current election|date=September 2022}}

Template data

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TemplateData for Current

<templatedata> { "params": { "1": { "label": "Type (typically section)", "description": "Something to replace \"article\" in the template, typically \"section\"", "type": "string", "default": "article" }, "2": { "label": "Type", "description": "Allows modification of the current link instead of displaying \"current event\"", "example": "Current Aviation Incident", "type": "string", "suggested": true }, "date": { "label": "Date", "description": "The month and year that the article is identified as current.", "example": "May 2015", "type": "date", "required": true } }, "description": "This template generates a tag to indicate that the article documents a current event." } </templatedata>

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