The Orphanage is a place where orphaned pages and files are "stored" to prevent them from appearing in Special:LonelyPages and Special:UnusedFiles. Pages (or images) should not be linked here just because they appear in these special pages, but linked because they are "orphans". (See the definition of "orphan" below.)

What is an orphan?Edit

An orphan is an article with fewer than three incoming links which meet the criteria for linking below.

Criteria for an orphanEdit

An article is orphaned if fewer than three other articles link to it. The following pages do not count toward the three incoming links:

  • Disambiguation pages
  • Redirects
  • Lists
  • Discussion pages of articles
  • Pages outside of article space

List of orphansEdit

A list of orphaned pages and articles may be found at Special:LonelyPages


A list of orphaned photos may be found at Orphanage/Photos.


A list of orphaned templates may be found at Orphanage/Templates.