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[sic]
Template documentation (for the above template, sometimes hidden or invisible)

Description

This template can be used on any quoted text that contains a textual error, and is deliberately left uncorrected because it was faithfully reproduced from the original source.

Sic is Latin for "thus"; in full, sic erat scriptum, translates to "thus was it written". It is used to indicate that text was copied as is from the source, without any modifications. See Wikipedia:Sic and Wiktionary:sic.

Usage

Simply add {{sic}} after the quote in question to display the template. By default, it will link to the Sic Wikipedia article and has a tooltip.

For example, if this was added to the page:

"The quick brown fox jumps oer{{sic}} the lazy dog."

It would look like this:

"The quick brown fox jumps oer [sic] the lazy dog."

Ambiguity over error

If the correctness or incorrectness of an error cannot be determined, a ? can be added to indicate doubt. Examples of when you might want to use this include:

  • The quoted source might not be available online, or not without a paid subscription, etc.
  • A quoted passage contains a spelling error but is ambiguous as to whether the statement was originally printed this way.

A question mark can be added by specifying a ? to the first un-named parameter, as shown below.

"The quick brown fox jumps oer{{sic|?}} the lazy dog."

"The quick brown fox jumps oer [sic?] the lazy dog."

Obfuscating the error

In some cases, you may want to wrap the textual error with the template in order to prevent automated tools, such as AutoWikiBrowser, from automatically correcting the error (Which would not be appropriate). The template supports two parameters, intended for "eating" the error in question.

"The quick brown fox jumps {{sic|oe|r}} the lazy dog."

"The quick brown fox jumps oer [sic] the lazy dog."

In the above example, automated tools would be prevented from changing "oer" to "over" because the error is now surrounded by the template, and in general automated tools should leave content inside templates alone.

The above can be used alongside the ? method, but the ? must come first.

"The quick brown fox jumps {{sic|?|oe|r}} the lazy dog."

"The quick brown fox jumps oer [sic?] the lazy dog."

Leaving editor notes

Notes can be left within the template for editors to see using the notes parameter. These notes are not visible to the reader when the page is rendered.

"The quick brown fox jumps oer{{sic|notes=Should be spelled "over"}} the lazy dog."

"The quick brown fox jumps oer [sic] the lazy dog."

Hiding the link

By default, the template links to Wikipedia:Sic; however, this is not desirable in all cases. For example, if {{sic}} is used multiple times in a row, it would be awkward to have them all link to the same page. It is also undesirable to have {{sic}} display a link if it is used inside of a link, as this breaks the wiki markup.

For that reason, the link can be disabled by specifying |nolink=y.

"The quick brown fox jumps oer{{sic|nolink=y}} the lazy dog."

"The quick brown fox jumps oer [sic] the lazy dog."

Hiding the tooltip

By default, the template has a tooltip, which is displayed when the cursor is moved over the template. This can be disabled if so desired with |notooltip=y.

"The quick brown fox jumps oer{{sic|notooltip=y}} the lazy dog."

"The quick brown fox jumps oer [sic] the lazy dog."

Both nolink and notooltip can be used together.

"The quick brown fox jumps oer{{sic|nolink=y|notooltip=y}} the lazy dog."

"The quick brown fox jumps oer [sic] the lazy dog."

Hiding the [sic]

Finally, the [sic] can be hidden, and the template can be used solely for preventing automated tools from correcting the error. Use |hide=y to do this.

"The quick brown fox jumps {{sic|hide=y|oe|r}} the lazy dog."

"The quick brown fox jumps oer the lazy dog."

The notes parameter can still be used even if the [sic] is hidden, and will continue to serve as a hidden note for editors.

Credits

This template was based off the one on Wikipedia with the same name.

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