[further explanation needed]

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Use this template in the body of an article as a request for other editors to add further explanation to text that assumes expert understanding of a subject. When the problem is not with the level of information given, but simply with the wording, one may use {{clarify}} instead. For dealing with dubious information, please use one of the following: {{citation needed}}, {{verify source}}, {{dubious}} or {{disputed-inline}}. This template is a self-reference and so is part of the Wikipedia project rather than the encyclopedic content.


This is an in-line template, place the template immediately after the material in question, as one would do with a footnote. For example:

A fact that needs further explanation.{{elucidate}}

The above text will cause the tag [further explanation needed] to appear inline. This tag is linked to Wikipedia:Please clarify for further information.


Adding this template to an article will automatically place the article into Category:Wikipedia articles needing clarification.



This template allows an optional date parameter that records when the tag was added. One can specify the date manually. For example, to date the tag in the current month, enter {{Elucidate|date=July 2024}}.


Because it may not be immediately apparent to other editors what about the tagged passage is in need of further explanation, it is generally helpful to add a brief reason for the tag: {{Elucidate|reason=what the problem is}} (this is preferable to using an HTML <--comment--> after the tag, as it is more tidy to keep all of the {{Elucidate}}-related code inside the template). The |reason= parameter is not displayed or otherwise acted upon by the template; it is simply present in the source code for editors' benefit. If the explanation would be lengthy, use the article's talk page.


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