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March 6[edit]

Categories for files[edit]

I thought I asked this question at the teahouse, but I can't seem to find it now and I don't think anyone provided me with an answer. I also asked this question at the wikiproject Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Podcasting#Categories_for_files. I'm just really confused why the Category:Podcast logos has a weird additional template and I was curious what the benefit was or why it's even worth doing. I want to figure out the best way to do it though before I start adding files to the category. TipsyElephant (talk) 00:48, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

@TipsyElephant: Just follow the instructions and add {{Non-free logo|podcast logos}} to the file page without adding the code [[Category:Podcast logos]]. If the logo is actually free then it should be moved to Commons and placed in commons:Category:Podcast logos. Categorizing via templates has many small benefits, e.g. giving consistency between being in a category and displaying a message on the page. Somebody might change one without changing the other, or only copy one of them to another page. {{Non-free logo}} doesn't currently use the parameter for anything else than adding the category but that might change in the future. It could for example check whether the category exists and add a maintenance category if it doesn't, or it could display special information about podcast logos. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:49, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

difficulty using Talk tab[edit]

Hi - whenever I click on the Talk tab, I'm taken to the same page/talk entry, which is completely irrelevant to whatever Wikipedia page I'm actually on. For example, whether I look up 'information' 'horses', 'tree' or anything else as a main Wikepedia entry, then click Talk, I'm always taken to a comment about a page called Outback Truckers. Please help! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:56, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Near the top left corner of each article, there's a link to its talk page. Near the top right corner of each article, there's a link to the reader's talk page (which in your case happens to mention "Outback Truckers"). Maproom (talk) 08:29, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Enquire about the status of "Ajeet Jaiswal, Anthropologist"[edit]

Dear Concern, Greeting I have submitted the content related to Dr. Ajeet Jaiswal, Associate Professor, Department of EPH, CUTN, India by the title "Ajeet Jaiswal, Anthropologist" and edited according to your guidelines and suggestion.

Kindly let me know the status of the same. When Wikipedia going to publish or put online the information of "Ajeet Jaiswal, Anthropologist".

Thanking You

sapna — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2007.sapna (talkcontribs) 07:12, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

2007.sapna, you have written a draft article on Ajeet Jaiswal on your own user talk page. This is not a good place for it; your talk page is intended for discussion between you and other editors. You should move it to a sandbox or to a draft, or ask someone to do that for you. It needs some improvements before it can be considered for acceptance as an article. Maproom (talk) 08:59, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
@2007.sapna: You have not submitted the page for review. You can use Wikipedia:Articles for creation like you did in 2017. That gives a button to submit for review. PrimeHunter (talk) 12:03, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

How to see through google books and other paywalls?[edit]

I always see references from paywalls like googlebooks and worldcat and I wonder how do people even get the books or articles. Do they pay? if not, how? I wanna contribute a lot but i cant find free resources. --Kurigo (talk) 08:39, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

@Kurigo: Google books often has previewable pages, so quite a lot can be done that way. You might take a look at the Wikipedia Library which can offer access to a number of normally paid-for sources, for free. Nosebagbear (talk) 11:52, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
WorldCat is not paywalled. It's a catalog that holds some bibliographic information about the source and often lists libraries near the reader that hold the source; it is not a place to read the source. WorldCat urls do not belong in |url= except when you are citing information on a WorldCat web page (not citing the source to which the web page refers). Because WorldCat names libraries that hold the source, including the OCLC identifier from the url (for example, 1140644064 from in |oclc= is good practice.
Trappist the monk (talk) 13:18, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
@Kurigo: Many books (about 20 million) are available at the Internet Archive. These are scanned library books, and you can "borrow" a copyrighted book for free, or download and keep a non-copyrighted book. -Arch dude (talk) 16:53, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
Kurigo, If you use Google's Advanced Book Search] and click on the "Limited preview and full view" option, the results will be full pages rather than "snippets". I use that feature often to obtain material for use in articles. Some preceding and following pages may not be available (depending on what the publishing company allows Google to provide), but it's a good feature nevertheless. Eddie Blick (talk) 01:32, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

Lost re-draft[edit]

Symbol redirect vote2.svg Courtesy link: Draft:Hubert Gordon Thompson

Please help. Yesterday I had continued to make a lot of changes to my re-draft of: Draft:Hubert Gordon Thompson following it having been declined. Today the whole new draft has disappeared. It has reverted to a previous version. Can the new one be retrieved? John Hague John Gordon Hague (talk) 10:57, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

@John Gordon Hague: From what I can tell from the article's history, there haven't been any reversions performed. Are you sure you clicked on the Publish changes button? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 11:18, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
John Gordon Hague (edit conflict) You have no edits from your account yesterday, deleted or otherwise, and no IPs edited it, so you didn't edit while logged out. Whatever you were doing, it appears you did not click Publish Changes when you were done, which would mean that your changes were unfortunately lost. 331dot (talk) 11:19, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Question about categories[edit]

I already asked a variant of this question here last month, but this time I think the answer might be different. Basically, there's a category page about a certain subgenre with a subcategory link about a particular book series. However, certain books from that series, but not all of them, are also on the category page, along with a link to the series page itself. I feel like I should either add all of the books from that series to the category page, or remove them from that same page (including maybe the series page itself). Could anyone please tell me what the right course of action here is?--Thylacine24 (talk) 12:09, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

The book articles go in the furthest branch of the category tree they can be in, as they are automatically in the higher categories -e.g. Category:Ships > Category:Steamships > Category:Steamships of Fooland > SS Fooland. The SS Fooland article is in the Steamships of Fooland category, which is in Steamships category, which is in the Ships category. Mjroots (talk) 12:30, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
@Mjroots: Okay, this is a bit different from the answer I got last month. Could you please tell me if this sort of thing varies by circumstance?--Thylacine24 (talk) 13:44, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
That is how it should work in theory. Some editors pay more attention to categories than others, hence discrepancies. Mjroots (talk) 15:28, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
@Mjroots: By "[t]hat", could you please tell me if you're talking about your answer or the one I got last month?--Thylacine24 (talk) 17:00, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
My amswer timed at 12:09 today. Mjroots (talk) 18:08, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
@Mjroots: Okay, thanks. The answer I got last time seemed closer to what the MOS says, but maybe you're right.--Thylacine24 (talk) 21:34, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
@Tylacine24: This probably doesn't ever apply to books, but per WP:DIFFUSE, most categories are diffusing, per Mjroots, but some are not, i.e. entries can appear in both a category and its subcategories, e.g Category:American films. Clarityfiend (talk) 19:44, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
@Clarityfiend: Could you please tell me why it doesn't "probably ever" apply to books?--Thylacine24 (talk) 02:31, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
I just haven't seen it, possibly because there are a lot more books than films? Clarityfiend (talk) 03:56, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Remove Information From Henry Paget, 7th Marquess of Anglesey[edit]

I can't seem to get to forms for REQUESTING AN EDIT, my moves for that seem to go in circles of help pages that don't help. So, I please seek your help to either make the change(s), or direct me to the proper page to request them. If possible for you to direct the request to the appropriate person or help desk, please do so.

I'd like Wikipedia to remove information From THREE (3) pages, in order to protect privacy and help prevent Identity theft from living individuals. The pages are all related family, parent, children, grandchildren. I hope listing them together makes more sense for everyone, and avoids confusion if separate requests were made.

On this page, under FAMILY, please remove the dates of birth for the five living children:,_7th_Marquess_of_Anglesey

Lady Henrietta Charlotte Eiluned Paget (b. 31 July 1949) Charles Alexander Vaughan Paget, 8th Marquess of Anglesey (b. 13 November 1950) Lady Elizabeth Sophia Rhiannon Paget (b. 14 May 1954) Lord Rupert Edward Llewellyn Paget (b. 21 July 1957) Lady Amelia Myfanwy Polly Paget (b. 12 September 1963)

Similarly, the following page is for the second child (above), and has similar issue, please remove dates and years of birth for the Marquess and his living children as noted below.,_8th_Marquess_of_Anglesey

Charles Alexander Vaughan Paget, 8th Marquess of Anglesey (born 13 November 1950) Benedict Dashiel Thomas Paget, Earl of Uxbridge (b. 11 Apr 1986) Lady Clara Elizabeth Iris Paget (b. 1988), actress.

On this page: Please remove the date of birth from the first line: Lady Clara Elizabeth Iris Paget (born 12 September 1988) the information also appears in the BIOGRAPHY SECTION: Paget was born on 12 September 1988 It also appears on the right, under her Lady Clara's photograph.

Because she works in multiple countries on multiple continents, privacy laws vary, making protection more important. While other source material has this data, the most readily available and FREE SOURCE, is Wikipedia, so we'd like to begin here.

Just a bit of info on hackers/identity thieves:

A professional hacker who has access to your birth-date can easily collect more information about you (including zip/post code, SS numbers and maiden's name) from these various sites and pile them up to cause you some serious damage. Such data can then be used to sign up for credit cards and even to apply for loans Policy on protecting confidentiality Your rights and access to your information

LordAnglesey8 (talk) 14:33, 6 March 2021 (UTC)  LordAnglesey8 (talk) 14:33, 6 March 2021 (UTC)  LordAnglesey8 (talk) 14:33, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
LordAnglesey8, I have removed unreferenced birth dates from all three articles; but I have for the moment left the years of birth inom the first two. I have also tagged Clara Paget as lacking references and possibly failing notability - certainly the references currently in the article do not show that she is notable by Wikipedia's standards. For future reference: there is no form: to request an edit on an article you are associated with, please post on the article's talk page, following the recommendations in edit request. --ColinFine (talk) 14:57, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

I can't seem to find how to request that personal information be removed from a page. I seemingly find the FAQs, but the links seem to go in circles.

If possible, could you make the changes, or direct to the appropriate help desk to make the changes to this page:

For personal privacy and identity theft, please remove the date/year of birth for the LIVING Marquess and heir. It appears several times on the page:

Please remove the birth year from this SECTION: Family history, 1815–present The second to the last line lists his son Charles Alexander Vaughan Paget, 8th Marquess of Anglesey (born 1950).

Also from this section: Marquesses of Anglesey (1815) Charles Alexander Vaughan Paget, 8th Marquess of Anglesey (born 1950) (JUST REMOVE BIRTH YEAR) The heir apparent is the present holder's son, Benedict Dashiell Thomas Paget, Earl of Uxbridge (born 1986) (JUST REMOVE BIRTH YEAR)

While not a concern for deceased family members and the historical record, for living members, especially those living and working in multiple countries on multiple continents, the rest of identity theft is significant:

Why your birthdate is a jackpot for hackers and ID thieves:

Your birthday isn't the only dangerous thing to share; identity thieves can also make good use of details like your birthplace and mother's maiden name. And it's tough to avoid sharing these details online

LordAnglesey8 (talk) 14:59, 6 March 2021 (UTC) LordAnglesey8 (talk) 14:59, 6 March 2021 (UTC) LordAnglesey8 (talk) 14:59, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

LordAnglesey8 You don't need to educate us about the danger of hackers; your requests will be considered, as your first was. 331dot (talk) 15:13, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
In particular, don't attempt to educate us by recycling material that's published elsewhere and is not explicitly labelled either as being in the public domain or as copyleft under one of the few licences accepted by Wikipedia. I am removing a large chunk that appeared to have come from this on Facebook. ¶ But as for your request, it seems reasonable. I have just now removed this stuff from the article Shirley Paget, Marchioness of Anglesey. By contrast, let's consider Tony Blair for a moment: whatever people may think of his relationship to war or his politics in general, I think they'd agree that there's a lot to be said about him and that the Wikipedia article does at least a tolerably good job at this. Yet just about all (though not all) the article says about his progeny is that the missus and he "have four children: Euan, Nicholas, Kathryn, and Leo." We don't get to read whether one son is Euan Archibald Blair or Euan Ptolemy Blair, or whether he was born in 1978 or 1982, let alone the date: which is as it should be. -- Hoary (talk) 06:11, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

Add citation for Charles Frederick Menninger[edit]

Hi I do not know how to edit one of your pages. However, I do have a reference for a "citation needed" on

Menninger is honored together with William W. Mayo and their sons with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on March 6.[citation needed]

This commemoration was in a trial revision of Lesser Feasts and Fasts, Holy Women, Holy Men published in 2010 (?) but did not make it into the final version published in 2018. (page 260-261)

See here pp 260-261

Some still use the 2010 commemorations, notably the Mission St Claire (page for March 6 2021)

Thank you. You may want to edit the text accordingly. S (talk) 15:40, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Hi there! You can suggest this edit on the article's talk page: Talk:Charles Frederick Menninger. Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 00:00, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

Requesting to re-using an old account after data loss[edit]

I need help that I created a Wikipedia account and lost it by data loss to my web. I need to use the existing account and logged in successfully. Can you tell me the way to proceed with existing account? (talk) 16:13, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Just log in with it. Any Wikipedia account would have survived your Internet issues; you'd just need to remember the username and password. —A little blue Bori v^_^v Takes a strong man to deny... 17:20, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Untitled question from Merlin1967[edit]

How do I enter a new person? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Merlin1967 (talkcontribs) 13:30, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Hi Merlin1967. That depends on quite what you mean by "enter a new person"? If you're looking to create a new article about a person or otherwise, then I'd start by reading Your First Article. --Paultalk❭ 16:21, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
@Merlin1967: It depends on your species. -Arch dude (talk) 23:36, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Deleted page[edit]

Hi, A site of our Miss Universe : Kecskés Enikő, who was crowned in 2018 had a site in Wikipédia. If you put her name in google there you could find age height etc. But this dissapeared. Why and who can creat it again? Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A00:1110:224:9803:98E3:5C7D:A362:E1E9 (talk) 16:22, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

There is an undeveloped draft at Draft:Kecskés Enikő but there is not and never has been an article at Kecskés Enikő. There did used to be an article on the Hungarian Wikipedia (of which no we have control over) at hu:Kecskés_Enikő that was deleted in December 2018 (apparently for being an undeveloped stub article). Google Knowledge Graphs, we have no control over either and neither does the Hungarian Wikipedia. --Paultalk❭ 16:48, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
Also she didn't make it to the Top Ten, so I'm not sure "crowned" is the right term. --Paultalk❭ 17:06, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
@Paul Carpenter:, I SERIOUSLY invite you to reread what you just wrote above. You're missing some key words.
IP, we have no control or influence over what the Hungarian-language Wikipedia has, as its standards differ from the English-language Wikipedia's and it is an entirely separate community. We also have no control over what Google presents in its Knowledge Graph, as that's culled from multiple different sources. —A little blue Bori v^_^v Takes a strong man to deny... 17:18, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
She was Miss Universe Hungary. Clarityfiend (talk) 21:26, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Username change[edit]

I just signed up but want to change my username as recommended. How do I do it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dcartelli1 (talkcontribs) 16:42, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Dcartelli1 Since this is your only edit, the simplest way is to just abandon this account (don't use it again) and register a new one. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 17:08, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

GA review time[edit]

This Long. --Paultalk❭ 17:09, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

How long does it take to get a response on a GA review? Dr Salvus (talk) 17:02, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Dr Salvus See Wikipedia:Good_article_nominations/Instructions#Step_3:_Waiting. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 17:11, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Interlanguage link pointing to wrong article[edit]

I'm trying to use {{ill}} to point to sv:Eric Lindholm (an actor), but {{ill|Eric Lindholm|sv}} results in Eric Lindholm (an Olympic athlete, also at sv:Erik Lindholm (friidrottare)), and directly specifying the title with {{ill|Eric Lindholm|sv|Eric Lindholm}} gives me the same result. Any ideas? DanCherek (talk) 18:37, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

@DanCherek: Reading through the {{ill}} documentation, I spotted the lt parameter. Using this: {{ill|Eric Lindholm (actor)|lt=Eric Lindholm|sv|Eric Lindholm}} produces Eric Lindholm [sv] -- John of Reading (talk) 18:49, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
Perfect! Thanks so much. DanCherek (talk) 18:51, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

March 7[edit]

Permission error? Why am I in the Blacklist?[edit]

When I notice that I can't make User page and Talk page, I thought 'Wait, Blacklist?' I don't know the reason why I am in the Blacklist. Can anyone help me? --₆₇₂₆₀₀About672599 (talk) 07:03, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

@₆₇₂₆₀₀About672599: You can't make a user/user talk page because your username triggers the title blacklist, speficially, because it contains 6 consecutive special chars. Victor Schmidt (talk) 07:12, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
@₆₇₂₆₀₀About672599: Probably, because you have some unspecified characters on your username. They are shown as "[box][box][box][...]About672599" on my device. Try changing your username. Hope that works. :) Meghmollar2017Talk • 09:15, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
The request has been approved. Thanks a lot. --About672599 (talk) 10:13, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

About references from letters[edit]

One editor asked me [off-wiki] if he could use letters and memoranda [of a military chief] and addresses of honour as citation for an article relating to a military personnel. I could not answer him instantly, instead asked some time from him. Can anybody help me regarding this issue: whether deeds (including letters, contracts, and such documents) can be used for citation? Meghmollar2017Talk • 09:10, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

I would have thought that this would be OK if the letters had been published in book form, but not otherwise but others may disagree with me. Spinney Hill (talk) 09:37, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

As Spinney Hill says, Meghmollar2017: unpublished materials cannot be cited, period. Are addresses of honour published somewhere (other than being read out, which would not count, I don't think)? If so, they can be cited - but they would probably count as primary sources, so would not contribute to notability. --ColinFine (talk) 12:22, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
Spinney Hill and ColinFine, thank you both. A collection of letters is to be published in no time. I think it can be added then for further verification. Meghmollar2017Talk • 13:11, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

I am listed in the list "Category:Wikipedia administrators willing to make difficult blocks" and I shouldn't be[edit]

I am listed in the list "Category:Wikipedia administrators willing to make difficult blocks" and I definitely shouldn't be, I am not an administrator or anything of the sort. HistoricalSimon (talk) 12:38, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

All is sorted now sorryHistoricalSimon (talk) 12:45, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

Draft declined needs review[edit]

According to WikiProject Articles for creation/Draft decline or reject help, an article is considered to fail, if notability wasn't met and can't be verified with WP:N, WP:GNG, and WP:NPOV. But Draft:Oxlade (singer), meets this guidelines and it not a case of Too Soon. I have made all required edit and improvement, as commented on the draft from the AFC help community, experienced editors and my draft submitted got rejected in quote "The subject of the article isn’t notable just yet."

Please I need an extra hand in verifying all am about to state, bellow:-

  1. The subject appears to be notable, being nominated twice at The Headies.
  2. Covered on reliable sources, as followed: [1], [2], [3] [4], [5], [6], [7].
  3. His releases has also been covered on reliable sources: [8], [9].
  4. He has performed at ART X Lagos.
  5. Meeting the following guidelines; WP:SINGER, WP:ANYBIO, and WP:GNG.

Where do I make improvement, cause I believe all adjustment have been made. If otherwise, please state them bellow.--JudeJnr (talk) 12:41, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

JudeJnr. Please see the considerable amount of advice you have received at Draft:Oxlade (singer).--Shantavira|feed me 12:55, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
Shantavira, please review, I just made a recent edit on the article and also here's a series of comment that show's I edited the draft. I also received praises from other editors, at the AFC on: I just submitted my first draft, and #AfC notification: Draft:Oxlade (singer) has a new comment. Thank's --JudeJnr (talk) 13:31, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

administrator of the Russian segment of Wikipedia nicknamed Sigwald[edit]

I just want to ask, until when will the administrator of the Russian segment of Wikipedia, nicknamed Sigwald, violate the rules of Wikipedia?

Besides: 1. Sigwald is not competent about the articles it deletes. 2). Sigwald is politicized. 3. Sigwald is subjective and biased. 4. Sigwald is biased towards the authors. Who is important to Wikipedia, Administrators or Authors? Konstantine Gunin (talk) 14:05, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

Konstantine Gunin Each language version of Wikipedia is a separate project, each with their own editors, policies, and practices. We cannot help you with any issues on the Russian Wikipedia, and you will need to use whatever process they have to bring up your grievance about this administrator. 331dot (talk) 14:07, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
31dot, Ok, please give me any whatever process to the Russian version of Wikipedia. It’s too much complicated to find in Wikipedia. I am the author. I don't have time for this. Konstantine Gunin (talk) 16:32, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
To be clear, Konstantine Gunin, you cannot get any help with the Russian Wikipedia here on English Wikipedia. Ask for help there, not here. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 16:36, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
Konstantine Gunin (edit conflict) There may be others here aware of proper procedures on the Russian Wikipedia, but I am not because I do not speak Russian. You would be best to ask other editors on the Russian Wikipedia. 331dot (talk) 16:38, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
31dot, It's a shame that you are not bilingual like me. But in any case, Welcome to Russia. I can meet you in Moscow. And I think we'll have a good time with any discussion about Wikipedia. Konstantine Gunin (talk) 17:03, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

LGBT charity UK[edit]

I am the C.E.O of LGBT CHARITY UK can you do a write up for me please — Preceding unsigned comment added by Galore1982 (talkcontribs) 18:19, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

First, sources. No sources, no article. —A little blue Bori v^_^v Takes a strong man to deny... 18:26, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
Simply, no. Want more detail? A search engine shows very little for "LGBT Charity UK", but it does reach the organization's website. This has an "about" page. The small print at the foot of this page makes it clear that the organization hasn't yet "launched". Most of the page is about four people: a "Founder Lord", another "Founder Lord", a "Trustee and Secretary", and a "Community Champion" -- none is described as "CEO". Chances are slim that an article will be created about the CEO of an organization that seems hardly to exist and doesn't seem to have a CEO; but if you can eventually provide reliable, independent, published sources for an article, the place to suggest the article would be Wikipedia:Requested articles/Biography/By profession#LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) figures. -- Hoary (talk) 21:05, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

Rollback button[edit]

Hi! Why when I press the "Rollback" button the tag of edits are "Undo" and "Twinkle"? But for user with rollback premissions the tag of edits is "Rollback"? Dr Salvus (talk) 22:01, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

@Dr Salvus: Users with rollback permission have another rollback feature which isn't made by Twinkle. See more at Wikipedia:Rollback. The tag shows which feature was used. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:51, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

My bio: Kerim Uras, Ambassador[edit]

I can not edit my own biography. Someone called "Random Canadian" reverts to the old version. How can you help? Thank you. kerimuras63Kerimuras63 (talk) 22:59, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

Kerimuras63, the editor in question explained the reversion: "Not providing a reliable source." In order to add information to Wikipedia articles, especially biographies, you have to support the changes with reliable, independent sources. If you can support the additions, their would be no reason to revert your edit. You can see WP:REFB for a guide to citing sources if you need help.
Also, since you claim to be the subject of the article, you must first disclose your conflict of interest. Thanks, EDG 543 (message me) 23:08, 7 March 2021 (UTC)
It is not "your biography". It is an encyclopedia article about you, and in no way "your own". You do not have any authority or control over it just because you are its subject. JIP | Talk 00:33, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Punctuation after ref[edit]

Hello, all. So, I see it all the time in newcomer's drafts—mistakenly placing the punctuation after the reference rather than before. I'm sure you've probably encountered it yourself. I've kindly corrected it many a time, but have found it to be quite tedious, especially when the mistake is consistently strewn throughout the entire article. I was wondering if anyone knew of a script or any other method that could automatically do this or at least speed up the process (more than just using ctrl+f to search for them). Thanks, EDG 543 (message me) 23:13, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

@EDG 543: Fixing punctuation after references is one of the many general fixes performed by AutoWikiBrowser, a tool you can use to edit Wikipedia articles. GoingBatty (talk) 23:25, 7 March 2021 (UTC)

March 8[edit]


Dear Wikipedia,

I am still having problems to talk to your writers. In an article I posed via Talk a remark. What happened? The writer did delete it without comment.

Is this the way we relate to each other?

Regards. (talk) 00:12, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Hi there! When Hob Gadling deleted your post on Talk:Hans Eysenck, the user added a comment in the edit summary stating "delete contribution that does not belong here because of WP:TALK". If you don't understand an action an editor made, you can ask a question on the user's talk page: User talk:Hob Gadling. GoingBatty (talk) 00:29, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
The page to which Hob Gadling pointed you starts The purpose of an article's talk page (accessible via the talk or discussion tab) is to provide space for editors to discuss changes to its associated article or WikiProject. Article talk pages should not be used by editors as platforms for their personal views on a subject. You weren't proposing a change, and seemed to be doing no more than giving your personal view. -- Hoary (talk) 02:00, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

First Draft[edit]

Hello All, light bulb New proposal

I created my first Draft I was hoping to get someone’s insight on how I did. Page can be found here: Draft:Nouveau Shamanic Thank You. Elvisisalive95 (talk) 06:41, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

The link to the NYT is broken, which is a poor sign. Also, you have used the same reference twice in two cases (NYT and Film School Rejects). You need to look at WP:OPCIT to see how to use the same reference multiple times. In terms of content, I think more explanation is needed in simple terms. Did you just copy what was written in the articles you were citing? Mike Turnbull (talk) 11:36, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
Note also that Nicolas Cage#Acting style already includes stuff about Nouveau Shamanic, Elvisisalive95. For a separate article there needs to be good evidence that this style is independently WP:NOTABLE. It can't inherit that notability from Cage himself, there have to be several WP:SECONDARY sources that specifically discuss the topic at some length. Shame Cage doesn't seem to have produced his promised book on it. Mike Turnbull (talk) 11:42, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

User:Michael D. Turnbull I’m not sure why that link comes up as broken, I googled the article again. Brought up the site, saw that the article was working. Then I took the link again re-posted it, yet when I click on it through Wikipedia it shows up as broken. If you were to Google the article it would show up. Strange, I’ll have to work on this. Also I’ll try to use more laments terms i read the article then did my interpretation of what was being said. I’m going to look for more sources and hope Cage does release his Oprah Best Sellers List book! Face-smile.svg Thank you very much! Elvisisalive95 (talk) 13:27, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

@Elvisisalive95: The link to the NYT you need is [10]. If you compare the source code here with that currently in your draft, you'll see the draft has a peculiar sort of "double" version of the URL. Mike Turnbull (talk) 13:34, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
Elvisisalive95, I'm not sure what was up with that link, but I've replaced it with the proper one. I also fixed the ref names, which were not functioning properly before. Thanks, EDG 543 (message me) 13:41, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
User:EDG 543 Thank you very much, when I click it here it works. But I just clicked on the link after your revisions of the draft and it seems to automatically come up again as broken. Check again and let me know if it’s the same on your end. Maybe it’s in need of a manual entry? Elvisisalive95 (talk) 13:45, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
Elvisisalive95, it was working for me when I had initially tested it, but it was broken again when I checked just now. I'm not sure why, but it had become a sort of double URL again, as Mike Turnbull had mentioned earlier. I fixed it manually, and it seems to be fixed now. Try it out to see if its fixed for real this time. Thanks, EDG 543 (message me) 13:53, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
User:EDG 543 I just tried, and eureka! It does work now! I truly appreciate that, good to know going forward! Tournesol.png Thank you Elvisisalive95 (talk) 13:57, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
Elvisisalive95, hey, no prob. Good luck on the draft! Thanks, EDG 543 (message me) 14:00, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Corona effects the editing frequency of wikipeida ?[edit]

Before corona , last year with avarage one edit per minute in ANI , but the editing speed reduced nealy one edit per ten minutes ..what may be the reason ? How to increase editing speed ?

(Trodento (talk) 03:15, 8 March 2021 (UTC))

It would be better if many people reduced their editing speed. It's likely that the results would then make more sense. -- Hoary (talk) 03:57, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
@Trodento: Please clarify what you refer to. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:53, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
I think the OP is trying to say that there have been fewer edits in general since covid? I'm not sure. 331dot (talk) 10:05, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
Other way around, I think: Wikipedia has seen a spike in people editing pages during the pandemic Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 10:58, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
I'm not sure edits to ANI is the best example of anything really, other than the amount of incidents being reported. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 11:17, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

How to delete[edit]

How do I delete my account? — Preceding unsigned comment added by D and D master 2016 (talkcontribs) 12:43, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

D and D master 2016 You can't, but see this link: WP:VANISH. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 12:49, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

A link needs to be edited:Sausage Companies Of The United States[edit]

Thanks to Wikipedia for providing this platform to talk through the helpdesk and communicate on some issues. I am here to request that our company named Showboat Sausages Brand is missing from a link on Wikipedia: Link but thanks to Wikipedia's terms & conditions that they provide the opportunity to discuss with them.

Company Name: ShowBoat Brand Sausage Link to Our Company: Link — Preceding unsigned comment added by Showboatbrand (talkcontribs)

Hello Showboatbrand, and welcome to Wikipedia. Your link is page which list WP:s articles about Sausage_companies_of_the_United_States, your company is not there because afaict, WP doesn't have an article about you. Maybe it should, I have no idea atm.
If you think WP should have such an article, there are 2 things you can try. You can post at WP:REQUEST, which tbh has a huge backlog. Or you can learn how WP-editing works, and try to make one yourself. I recommend you start with these links: WP:NORG, WP:TUTORIAL, WP:YFA and WP:COI. Also, per one of WP:s many many (many) rules (WP:ORGNAME) your username is not ok. If you want the org-name in there, something like "Kim at Showboatbrand" is ok. The easy way to fix this is to just abandon this account and make a new one. Good luck! Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 13:29, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Contacts with authorities of the Russian Wikipedia[edit]

Please give me contacts with the persons who are responsible for the Russian Wikipedia. I have spent too much time on this and cannot find them. All links lead to English Wikipedia. Konstantine Gunin (talk) 15:50, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Konstantine Gunin, friend, there is no single person or group of people "responsible" for the Russian Wikipedia. It is managed by thousands of volunteers, just like the English one. Thanks, EDG 543 (message me) 15:53, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
As I don't speak Russian, all I can suggest is that you start at "the Russian Wikipedia Main Page". and look for links to something resembling a Help Desk or Teahouse — surely Russians must drink tea ;-) Mike Turnbull (talk) 16:02, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
@Konstantine Gunin: This is a link to this Help Desk's Russian counterpart: ru:Википедия:Форум/Вопросы (transl. Wikipedia:Forum/Questions).
And this is a link from the Teahouse: ru:Википедия:Форум/Помощь начинающим (Wikipedia:Forum/Help for beginners). --CiaPan (talk) 16:19, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

User blocked[edit]

Hello my user is Aless28, I don't know why someone blocks me, I was trying to make a page for artists, please help me — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aless28 (talkcontribs) 16:57, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

@Aless28: This post is your only post on Wikipedia. User:Aless28 has not been blocked. Were you editing using a different username or IP address that was blocked? GoingBatty (talk) 17:00, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

@(talkI was trying to make a page the page is this one: my Ip address is blocked forever and also the page is now canceled I don't know why, it is an artist and I was making his page — Preceding unsigned comment added by CorvialG1927 (talkcontribs) 17:03, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

We can't help you. You'll need to deal with that at Italian Wikipedia. CUPIDICAE💕 17:05, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @CorvialG1927: It appears three users on the Italian Wikipedia deleted the article you created there because it was "obviously non-encyclopedic or promotional content". it:User:CorvialG1927 (which is not an IP address) was blocked there for misusing multiple accounts (as you have done here), which is called "sockpupperty" on Wikipedia. As Praxidicae said above, you can discuss it further on the Italian Wikipedia. GoingBatty (talk) 17:12, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

DJ biography?[edit]

I am looking to write a bio on a relatively big DJ from Africa and the Middle East but i am not sure if i am allowed to. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AceManager (talkcontribs) 18:26, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

AceManager, I see no reason why you wouldn't be allowed to... If you have a close relation to the subject (ex. the DJ is you, your brother, paying you to create the article, etc.) you must disclose your conflict of interest before beginning. Thanks, EDG 543 (message me) 18:31, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
FYI – Merging from a separate section below. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 18:52, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

I read that when writing a bio on someone they have to have a certain amount of fame is that true — Preceding unsigned comment added by AceManager (talkcontribs) 18:37, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

For the article to be accepted, it needs to establish that its subject is notable. That word is used in a non-standard sense here in Wikipedia: click that blue link to learn what it means. Maproom (talk) 18:46, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
If you're associated with the DJ or know them personally/professionally, then you should not write the article because of apparent conflict of interest. Also if your username is an organization/group you should change your username. If the person doesn't have external news articles about them, then I would hold off on creating an article until they do. I would read WP:MUSICBIO and see if they meet that criteria. AngusW🐶🐶F (barksniff) 18:59, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Anthony Lolli page - no response to talk requests for edit[edit]

Hi I have tried multiple times to submit a request for edit using the talk page on the Anthony Lolli. It states I have a COI but I have clearly stated that I am being paid to edit the page. My IP has been blocked for direct edit but just want to resolve the situation ASAP. Can someone get back to me with a way forward? Thanks Aude — Preceding unsigned comment added by AudeNF2021 (talkcontribs) 18:35, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

@AudeNF2021: In this edit by you, you added {{request edit|D|ADV}} to request someone reviews your request. However, by adding "|D|ADV", you accidentally declined your own request. You should have only added {{request edit}} with no parameters - see the instructions at Template:Request edit. Victor Schmidt and I have fixed the {{request edit}} templates for you. In the future, I suggest that you request work on one section at a time, as some editors may feel overwhelmed to review an entire rework of an article. (Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four keyboard tildes like this: ~~~~.) GoingBatty (talk) 19:43, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Adding images[edit]

No matter how hard I try, I can't put a picture into my userpage. It is very frustrating. Help!~~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by MarioFyreFlower (talkcontribs) 20:04, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

@MarioFyreFlower: What picture are you trying to add to your userpage? Has it already been uploaded to Wikipedia or Commons? What wikicode are you using to display the image? Do you have an old version of your userpage that shows what you were trying to do? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 20:37, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Why was my Article removed.... I thought it was constructive... and useful...[edit]

I submitted a legitimate article, and it was removed saying it was "not constructive"... How do I change the article so that it appears constructive and so that it doesn't get removed?

Screenshot of removed article:

Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by MAXmonkieROD (talkcontribs) 20:09, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Hello MAXmonkieRO, and welcome to Wikipedia! Phuzion reverted your edit, and probably could have left a more informative message as to why, instead of a generic, standardized template. However, the generic standardized templates are often useful. At any rate, there are a couple problems with your edit to Capping. First, Capping is a disambiguation page, not a proper article. Disambiguation pages are designed to solve the problem of multiple articles on different topics with the same or similar titles. They exist to direct readers to the appropriate article, when more than one could match the search term they used. Disambiguation pages should not have additional content. Your edit appeared to be adding a new definition of Capping for which we don't have an article, which is not the purpose of a disambiguation page. Second, assuming you were trying to add a new article, in addition to that not being the place for that content, you did not cite any sources for the content you added. Any time you add uncited content to anything in Wikipedia, do not be surprised when it gets reverted. Lastly, the content you added seems like it may be better included in existing articles like Capitalization, Caps lock, or Title case. A case may be made for adding a link to one or all of those articles to the disambiguation page on capping, but that's all that should be added, a link. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 20:35, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Red linked name[edit]

Please I need help, I see my name in red letters on wikipedia edit history and some other people in blue letters. I joined ten months ago, does it mean that I am not yet a verified wikipedia editor/creator? What does it mean please? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Faith Daniel Adepoju (talkcontribs) 20:57, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

It's ok to be red. I've been red since 2009...
Trappist the monk (talk) 21:01, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
Hello, Faith Daniel Adepoju. The red letters simply means that you have not yet created a user page. Click the red letters and the software will ask you if you want to start that page. Start it and type something about yourself as a Wikipedia editor. Click " Publish changes" and your signature will turn blue. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 21:10, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Report user for abusive behavior[edit]

What the best place to report someone for abusive behavior?RepublicanMMA (talk) 21:24, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

RepublicanMMA, I recommend going to Wikipedia:Requests for administrator attention. You are likely to find what you are looking for there. Thanks, EDG 543 (message me) 21:37, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Grammy Award[edit]

Hi Folks!! Is a Grammy notable? It's not something I really know about. Thanks. scope_creepTalk 23:51, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

User:scope creep, Grammys can be evidence of notability per WP:NMUSIC. TSventon (talk) 00:09, 9 March 2021 (UTC)
Thanks. scope_creepTalk 00:11, 9 March 2021 (UTC)
Hello, scope_creep. The Grammy Awards themselves are definitely notable, but that does not necessarily mean that every single person who has won a regional Grammy award for off-camera work is notable. It is an indicator of possible notability but not proof of notability. In the end, it comes down to to the question: "Has this person received significant coverage in multiple, independent, reliable sources?" If you can confidently answer " yes", then go ahead and write the article. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 06:08, 9 March 2021 (UTC)

March 9[edit]

Namdhari kuka lehar[edit]

Founder of kuka lehar SRI SATGURU RAM SINGH JI. Not sen sahib or bhagat jawahar mal. Please edit — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2402:8100:2184:E5C7:0:0:9A0D:8CBD (talk) 02:51, 9 March 2021 (UTC)

Could you please make your request more specific? Are you suggesting a change to an exiting article? Are you requesting a new article be created? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 04:19, 9 March 2021 (UTC)

Surrounding text with colour[edit]


I'm trying to surround text with colour and a border. The problem is, if the text wraps, the border surrounds it as a box but the colour doesn't, which looks bad. I'm using {{font colour}} to achieve the background colour for the text. Is there some other template I can use which will occupy the entire inner space of the border rather than stopping at the text? Here's the problem on my page: User:DesertPipeline#Wall_and/or_hall_of_fame. If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it. Thanks, DesertPipeline (talk) 04:40, 9 March 2021 (UTC)

DesertPipeline, would {{divbox}} work? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 05:35, 9 March 2021 (UTC)
User:Tenryuu: Thanks, that works. I can't get the same look as the previous method, but actually I think it looks good like this. DesertPipeline (talk) 05:51, 9 March 2021 (UTC)