Wikipedia:Picture of the day

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The picture of the day (POTD) is a feature that is automatically updated each day with a featured picture on the English Wikipedia. Although it is generally scheduled by a small group of regular editors, anyone can contribute. If you have concerns about today's or tomorrow's POTD, please post at Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors. If you have concerns about an upcoming POTD, consider either fixing it yourself or posting at Wikipedia talk:Picture of the day.

Today's featured picture

The Hunting of the Snark

The Hunting of the Snark is a nonsense poem written by English writer Lewis Carroll between 1874 and 1876. The poem describes a ship with a crew of ten trying to find the Snark, an animal which may turn out to be a highly dangerous Boojum. Among the hunters is a lace-making beaver, and a butcher, whose only skill is in butchering beavers. This picture, the third of Henry Holiday's original illustrations for the poem, accompanies the following stanza:

Yet still, ever after that sorrowful day,
Whenever the Butcher was by,
The Beaver kept looking the opposite way,
And appeared unaccountably shy.

Illustration credit: Henry Holiday; restored by Adam Cuerden

Guidelines

  1. The picture must already be a featured picture. To nominate a picture, see featured picture candidates.
  2. Featured images are currently selected in roughly the order in which they were promoted (i.e. a first in, first out order). See the featured pictures candidates archive for this order. Exceptions are made for anniversaries of events or for national holidays.
  3. Not all featured pictures will appear as POTD. Wikipedia:Picture of the day/Unused has a list of those that have been skipped.

POTD on your user page

You can insert the POTD on your user page or talk page by adding the text {{Pic of the day}}. It will be displayed in a box of no more than 600 pixels wide and will include a blurb based on the article in which the image appears. A version without text is also available via {{POTD}}.

It is also possible to create your own custom POTD layouts, in case the already-existing versions will not look good within your user page design. Mix and match the following components to make your own. This system will only work for POTDs selected beginning January 1, 2007. Be sure to replace [date] with an appropriate date value. For a dynamically updating version, use {{#time:Y-m-d}} (example: {{POTD/{{#time:Y-m-d}}|image}}).

Template Description Renders as
{{POTD/[date]|image}} The name of the image, without the File: prefix Lewis Carroll - Henry Holiday - Hunting of the Snark - Plate 3.jpg
{{POTD/[date]|size}} The size of the image, without the trailing px 500
{{POTD/[date]|caption}} The image caption (blurb) The Hunting of the Snark is a nonsense poem written by English writer Lewis Carroll between 1874 and 1876. The poem describes a ship with a crew of ten trying to find the Snark, an animal which may turn out to be a highly dangerous Boojum. Among the hunters is a lace-making beaver, and a butcher, whose only skill is in butchering beavers. This picture, the third of Henry Holiday's original illustrations for the poem, accompanies the following stanza:

Yet still, ever after that sorrowful day,
Whenever the Butcher was by,
The Beaver kept looking the opposite way,
And appeared unaccountably shy.

{{POTD/[date]|title}} A link to the article the image represents The Hunting of the Snark
{{POTD/[date]|texttitle}} A linkless short caption, also useful as an alt attribute The Hunting of the Snark
{{POTD/[date]|credit}} The credit line of the image, including the genre (e.g. photograph, painting) Illustration credit: Henry Holiday; restored by Adam Cuerden

There are two additional predefined layouts:

  • {{POTD/{{#time:Y-m-d}}|column}}: This has the image and caption above each other with no borders. Used on some of the Main Page alternatives and also suitable for user pages.
  • {{POTD/{{#time:Y-m-d}}|row}}: This has the image and caption encapsulated in (usually) a single table row. This is the version used on the current Main Page.

It is also possible to permanently feature a POTD for a selected day. Just add a specific value for the date you want. For example, today's POTD is {{POTD/2019-12-05|image}}. Likewise, you can use date parameters with the other templates as well. If you like the pre-made formats, you can use date parameters there as well, like this: {{Pic of the day|date=2019-12-05}} or {{POTD|date=2019-12-05}}. Again, this system will only work for POTDs selected beginning January 1, 2007.

As a userbox

Code Result
{{User:CFeyecare/templates/POTD}}
Lewis Carroll - Henry Holiday - Hunting of the Snark - Plate 3.jpg This user enjoys the
Picture of the Day.¤
Usage

Random POTD

Use {{User:My Chemistry romantic/Templates/Random POTD}} to display a randomly selected POTD.

{{User:Tyw7/picofday}} also displays a randomly selected POTD, but without the header and footer.

POTD thumb

When you want to display the POTD like an ordinary thumbnail, similar to {{WP:Wikimedia Commons/POTD}}, you can use {{POTD Wikipedia}}. For instance, if you want a thumbnailed version, floated right, you can use {{POTD Wikipedia|float=right|title=yes|thumb=yes}}.

Older POTDs

If you want to permanently include a POTD that was selected between November 1, 2004 and December 31, 2006, use the following: {{Wikipedia:Picture of the day/[month] [day], [year]}} or {{Wikipedia:POTD/[month] [day], [year]}}. For example, {{Wikipedia:Picture of the day/December 31, 2006}}.

POTDs selected from May 2004 through October 2004 are only accessible in month-at-a-time archives and can only be placed on user pages by using standard image syntax.


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