Wikipedia:WikiProject Userboxes

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This WikiProject aims to organise, expand and improve all Wikipedia's userboxes. We want to make it easy for users to make their own, and to find others, as well as create a standard for all userboxes, including a global prefix and image.

Initial interests are to help change to a global prefix, reform all userboxes to such standards, re-categorise, and maintain.

The need for organisation led to 32 people joining the project within two days of its being founded.


If <br /> is required to organize the description of the userbox, make sure it is in between <noinclude></noinclude> tags[where?] as this causes major problems (e.g. userbox stacking). More work for us.[clarification needed]


Anyone can assist, we currently aim to:

  1. Ensure all userboxes are within Wikipedia policy.
  2. Maintain the pages of Wikipedia:WikiProject Userboxes.
  3. Assist editors with designing and categorising new userboxes at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Userboxes/Ideas! (this page desperately needs more attention)
  4. Organise all userboxes, finding a place for them in Wikipedia:Userboxes/Galleries, and removing duplicates/orphaned userboxes.
  5. Organising categories, removing duplicates or unrequired ones (see also Wikipedia:User categorisation and WP:CFD).

Please raise any other issues which need to be identified on the talk page.


Users who wish to participate in the project are encouraged to add their name to the list of members. Add this page to your watchlist to keep track of discussions.


Remove all fair-use images from userboxes[edit]

  • Their usage violates fair-use policy.
    • "Fair use images should only be used in the article namespace. They should never be used on templates (including stub templates and navigation boxes) or on user pages."
      • Replace with text or another suitable image.
  • Only fair-use images need to be removed—NOT others.
  • Consider using the {{Images on userboxes}} template to notify the creator of Wikipedia policy regarding fair-use images on userboxes.

Userboxes without "user" prefix[edit]

All the 'Userbox' prefixes have been dealt with (besides templates for creation), so we need to move over any stray boxes we notice without any prefix (See Guide to moving userboxes, below), and look out for new additions under 'Userbox'.

Merge duplicates of same template [edit]

Duplicates need to be merged, choose the most suitable, turning the one for removal into a redirect, and following the guide below from step 2.

Diffusing large userbox categories [edit]

Category:Userboxes (and subcategories marked with {{Category diffuse}}) both have gained a large number of userboxes that can be categorised into subcategories or other categories. If you can, change the category tag to these other categories. Also, there is a problem with the sorting of userboxes, as most of them are categorised as "U": these all need to be categorised by the first letter after "User". When creating a new sub-category, consider adding parameter |topic= to the template {{template category}}.

Guide to moving userboxes[edit]

We are currently working on changing the prefixes of all known userboxes to 'User', for example {{User en}}. If you wish to help please follow the following guidelines for one userbox at a time.

  1. For any userbox without a 'User' prefix, move the template to a title with 'User' as the prefix (which will create a redirect from the original template);
  2. Go back to the redirect page and check what links to it. Visit every page which appears in that list, and change the template link on that page to the new name;
  3. When all links to the redirect page have been removed, then it is time to delete the redirect (delete yourself if admin, otherwise request here – Deletion can be performed as orphan and duplicate template).

Assistance and support[edit]

Should you need any help or assistance in any of your work, you are welcome to leave a message on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Userboxes. You are also welcome to contact me (Ian13) at my talk page about maintenance, helping out on this page, or anything else.

Users who make userboxes upon request[edit]

Wikitext userbox where used
This user will create userboxes for you, if you ask them.
linked pages
This user will make userboxes upon request.
linked pages
This user will create userboxes for you, if AND only if you ask them NICELY.
linked pages
{{User:Urban Versis 32/Userboxes/CreateUBX}}
This user will create userboxes for you, if you ask them on their talk page.
linked pages


These templates can be used in a variety of places to identify their inclusion in the project.

Code Result Usage
{{WP:UBS}} Navigational box to place at the bottom of userbox galleries.
WikiProject iconUserboxes
WikiProject iconWikipedia:WikiProject Userboxes is part of WikiProject Userboxes. This means that the WikiProject has identified it as part of the userboxes system. WikiProject Userboxes itself is an attempt to improve, grow and standardize Wikipedia's articles and templates related to the userbox system, used on many users' pages. We need all your help, so join in today!
WikiProject banner for talk pages.
{{User WikiProject Userboxes}} Our very own Userbox!
{{WP:KIS/WPUBX}} Our KIS label!
{{ub}} A banner for user pages.
{{Wikipedia ads|ad=191}} WikiProject ad to display on user pages.

See also[edit]