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This backlog page lists tasks that should be done to improve Wikipedia (assuming the cleanup templates were placed correctly). Helping reduce backlogs is an important issue, so please feel free to help out and/or develop this page (or ways to quantify these things) further. Wikipedia talk:Backlog is the discussion page for this page, and the technical Village Pump page is where technical issues are discussed.


See Category:Wikipedia backlog for more categories, and Wikipedia:Task Center for brief guides.


Positive decrease – Backlog is reduced and has WikiGnome activity in 6 months range
Steady – Backlog stays the same or not applicable (e.g. FAC, GAN)
Negative increase – Backlog is increasing in 6 months range

Update the delta at {{Backlog status}} and refer to Internet Archive of this page.

Click any linked number for that category's articles prioritized by their number of incoming links.

Oldest backlogs by issue

  1. Category:Accuracy disputes (March 2008—19)
  2. Category:Article sections to be split (June 2024—3)
  3. Category:Articles containing potentially dated statements (January 2006—4)
  4. Category:Articles lacking in-text citations (August 2006—20)
  5. Category:Articles lacking page references (July 2008—1)
  6. Category:Articles lacking reliable references (January 2007—54)
  7. Category:Articles lacking sources (October 2008—24)
  8. Category:Articles needing additional references (October 2006—123)
  9. Category:Articles needing cleanup (July 2010—7)
  10. Category:Articles needing sections (July 2024—1)
  11. Category:Articles slanted towards recent events (May 2009—1)
  12. Category:Articles sourced by IMDb (July 2024—0)
  13. Category:Articles sourced only by IMDb (July 2024—0)
  14. Category:Articles that may be too long (December 2010—2)
  15. Category:Articles that need to differentiate between fact and fiction (December 2007—1)
  16. Category:Articles to be expanded (January 2007—13)
  17. Category:Articles to be merged (October 2023—22)
  18. Category:Articles to be split (March 2017—1)
  19. Category:Articles with a promotional tone (May 2009—3)
  20. Category:Articles with bare URLs for citations (March 2022—15,092)
  21. Category:Articles with broken or outdated citations (September 2019—1)
  22. Category:Articles with dead external links (March 2009—19)
  23. Category:Articles with disputed statements (March 2008—5)
  24. Category:Articles with minor POV problems (April 2010—4)
  25. Category:Articles with peacock terms (October 2009—5)
  26. Category:Articles with sections that need to be turned into prose (August 2010—4)
  27. Category:Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases (October 2009—42)
  28. Category:Articles with too few wikilinks (July 2024—0)
  29. Category:Articles with topics of unclear notability (September 2010—6)
  30. Category:Articles with trivia sections (January 2017—7)
  31. Category:Articles with unsourced statements (February 2007—1,224)
  32. Category:Articles with weasel words (March 2008—1)
  33. Category:BLP articles lacking sources (January 2007—31)
  34. Category:Dead-end pages (July 2024—0)
  35. Category:Orphaned articles (August 2014—56)
  36. Category:Recently revised (January 2024—1)
  37. Category:Self-contradictory articles (November 2013—2)
  38. Category:Unreferenced BLPs (August 2020—7)
  39. Category:Userspace drafts (before 2007‎—11)
  40. Category:Wikipedia articles in need of updating (November 2008—1)
  41. Category:Wikipedia articles needing clarification (February 2007—6)
  42. Category:Wikipedia articles needing context (October 2009—104)
  43. Category:Wikipedia articles needing copy edit (April 2023—28)
  44. Category:Wikipedia articles needing factual verification (November 2007—10)
  45. Category:Wikipedia articles needing page number citations (September 2008—1)
  46. Category:Wikipedia articles needing rewrite (May 2009—18)
  47. Category:Wikipedia articles that are too technical (November 2007—1)
  48. Category:Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention (April 2008—2)
  49. Category:Wikipedia articles with possible conflicts of interest (October 2009—4)
  50. Category:Wikipedia articles with style issues (December 2007—46)
  51. Category:Wikipedia external links cleanup (July 2014—4)
  52. Category:Wikipedia introduction cleanup (September 2009—55)
  53. Category:Wikipedia neutral point of view disputes (December 2011—3)
  54. Category:Wikipedia spam cleanup (August 2010—2)
See also
  1. Wikipedia:Articles requested for more than a year



For statistics on how a specific category's size has changed over time, use toollabs:apersonbot/cat-track. Not all categories are available; a category is only tracked if its page transcludes the {{CatTrack}} template. Otherwise, at present there does not appear to be any other project-wide collation of backlog statistics. A discussion may be required to determine if one is wanted or needed.



See also