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May 30[edit]

Difference between resources and external links?[edit]

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The following discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.

Difference between resources and external links? Ram nareshji (talk) 02:58, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

@Ram nareshji: Here's the difference:
  • Wikipedia:Reliable sources states "Articles should be based on reliable, third-party, published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy."
  • Wikipedia:External links states these links "include those that contain further research that is accurate and on-topic, information that could not be added to the article for reasons such as copyright or amount of detail, or other meaningful, relevant content that is not suitable for inclusion in an article for reasons unrelated to its accuracy."
You can read each document for further information. Hope this helps! GoingBatty (talk) 03:49, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

I want to edit Hillary Clinton wiki article using CNN News website. Will it comes under Reliable Source or External Link? Ram nareshji (talk) 04:58, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

@Ram nareshji: for an extensive article like that one, an "external link" is probably inappropriate. Add any useful information from your source into the correct place in the body of the text somewhere and use your source as a reference for that information. You don't add the reference by editing the "References" section. Instead you use special syntax. If you are unsure how to add a reference, see WP:Referencing for beginners. Use the "Show preview" button to check your work, and if you have problems, come back here. -Arch dude (talk) 05:07, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

So News articles like CNN, fox & BBC etc are not allowed to take as source for wikipedia articles? Ram nareshji (talk) 05:10, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

@Ram nareshji: News articles from CNN, Fox, and BBC are allowed as sources for Wikipedia articles. See Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Perennial sources#Sources for more details. GoingBatty (talk) 05:30, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

But User:Arch dude says it's inappropriate. See in his reply. I am confused. Ram nareshji (talk) 05:33, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

@Ram nareshji: What Arch dude said is yes, you can use news articles from those cites as references. You should not put their URLs as is in the "External links" section, and you should follow the steps outlined in WP:REFBEGIN (an easier version that Nick Moyes made can be found at WP:EASYREFBEGIN). —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 05:37, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
(edit conflict)@Ram nareshji: Those are reliable sources (WP:RS) and they can be used. As a general rule, in a well-developed article we use our sources as references instead of putting them in the "external links" section. Inside the reference, you will add the URL of your source, so it is an fact a link to an external site, but on Wikipedia we usually use the words "external links" to refer to entries in the "external links" section. In the past, we used to encourage editors to create "stub articles", with perhaps one or two paragraphs of text and an "external links" section instead of properly-formatted references, and we used those stubs as starting points. Now that we have articles for most major topics, we prefer to try for higher quality articles from the start, and major articles like Hillary Clinton do not have an "External links" section. -Arch dude (talk) 05:45, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

If I did not put their URLs as is in the "External links" section, then wikipedia shows me This section does not cite any sources Ram nareshji (talk) 05:48, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Ram nareshji, have you read WP:REFBEGIN or WP:EASYREFBEGIN and followed them? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 06:22, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Ok resolved. Ram nareshji (talk) 17:28, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

How wikipedia lost its old edits?[edit]

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How wikipedia lost its old edits? What went wrong while upgrading wikipedia back then? I think Edits before 2003 Ram nareshji (talk) 05:16, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Ram nareshji, are you asking about edit histories of articles? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 05:39, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Yes Ram nareshji (talk) 05:49, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Wikipedia's oldest articles. PrimeHunter (talk) 07:23, 30 May 2020 (UTC)


I-Robben Island sisiqithi esidumileyo ehlabathini.Kulapho kwavalelwa khona amabanjwa ezopolitiko.Omnye Wala mabanjwa ngowayesakuba nguMongameli woMzantsi Afrika,uNelson Mandela.Ekuhambeni kwexesha onke amabanjwa ayevalelwe apha akhululwa.Namhlanje esi siqithi,emva kokukhululwa kwamabanjwa ezopolitiko,sajikwa saba yimuziyamu.Sinomtsalane kubakhenkethi abaninzi.Ngoku esi siqithi sesifunqula imicimbi namatheko. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:02, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Please post in English; this appears to be in Xhosa. As noted below and in a previous instance, please discuss at the appropriate article talk page. Thank you. Eagleash (talk)


After Steve left medical school in June 1972,he remained in Durban and worked full-time for the Black Community Programmes which he had helped to build.He knew the needs of the black community and he believed in self-help.The apartheid laws and inferior Bantu education and medical services made it very difficult for black people to learn skills and to have the medical care that they needed.Black Community Programmes taught people how to read and write, and skills such as weaving and dress-making. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:14, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

As noted above, please discuss this edit at Talk:Steve Biko. 331dot (talk) 08:24, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Delsort archiving[edit]

I created Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Biology and for some reason despite being linked from the flat delsort page, AnomieBOT is not archiving closed discussions delsorted to this page, which has necessitated me archiving them myself (example). Can someone please explain to me why AnomieBOT is not archiving deletion discussions on this subpage? IntoThinAir (talk) 12:58, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

IntoThinAir, Probably a good question for @Anomie:, who of course runs the bot. CaptainEek Edits Ho Cap'n! 15:49, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
@IntoThinAir: You need to add it to Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Compact for the bot to find it. Anomie 17:09, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
 Done Done, thanks. IntoThinAir (talk) 17:28, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

If wikipedia is free for everyone/editors why donation banner at the top?[edit]

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If wikipedia is free for everyone/editors why donation banner at the top?

I know it's free for all. Its just a text site with pictures & videos but very few . For this , why wikipedia prompts me to donate? Sorry for rude if I am.[[User:|Ram nareshji]] (talk) 17:27, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

@Ram nareshji: While access to Wikipedia is free, Wikipedia still has expenses they need to pay for. GoingBatty (talk) 17:47, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Pay for what? Pretty sure I believe total data of wikipedia will be less than 1 TB due to text & pics and less videos Ram nareshji (talk) 17:50, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

@Ram nareshji: It's more than just a single 4TB hard drive sitting on a server in the cloud somewhere. The Wikimedia foundation has 800 servers and 350 staff. See Wikimedia_Foundation#Finances. The WMF projects as a whole are consistently in the top ten most active sites on the Internet, so the aggregate bandwidth is high. That requires lots of servers, each with lots of bandwidth, all of which costs money. -Arch dude (talk) 18:37, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
@Ram nareshji: See WP:DUMP. The English Wikipedia alone, just text, is several terabytes, not including pictures. You need to add to that all the other language wikipedias, plus commons, plus the other projects the foundation runs. And as mentioned above, data storage is just one part of the cost. RudolfRed (talk) 19:24, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
In addition to what the others have said, Wikipedia is asking for ‘’voluntary’’ donations. That doesn’t mean it isn’t free. ‡ Єl Cid of Valencia talk 19:29, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Long-running vandalism[edit]


There has been long-running vandalism on the Hamid Shirvani article (specifically removing negative coverage about Shirvani). There are examples here [1] and here [2] from earlier today and last January, respectively. Both IP addresses removed the exact same info and used the same edit summary. It just feels very strange. David O. Johnson (talk) 17:52, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Report at ANI page. Change title to serial vandalism. Ram nareshji (talk) 17:55, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Why do editors risk their accounts by editing?[edit]

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The following discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.

Suppose I edited some animal species (mostly not locked for new editors). I provide proper source. Next day, I may get ban due to wrong edit which also known as vandalism. Ram nareshji (talk) 17:54, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

A merely wrong edit is not vandalism, and a wrong edit is not going to get an innocent editor blocked for vandalism. --Orange Mike | Talk 18:43, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
[Edit Conflict] Editing in good faith, even if mistakenly, is never seen as vandalism: vandalism is editing with deliberate intent to damage Wikipedia – believe me, we can tell the difference.
Everybody who edits Wikipedia makes some mistakes at first, and hopefully fewer as they go on and learn more about the project. When someone makes a mistake (such as not providing an acceptable source, or providing an acceptable source in an incorrect way), someone else will usually revert it, and then the two (plus others) can (calmly) discuss what the best solution is, usually on the article in question's Talk page. This is called the Bold, Revert, Discuss cycle cycle and is how editing mistakes are meant to be handled. {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 18:46, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
Ram nareshji, if your intention is to behave this time, welcome back. Please, however, refrain from wasting everybody's time asking inane and pointless questions, particularly those drawn in from elsewhere. You will be banned again if you do that as some of us here do remember you. Britmax (talk) 19:33, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

how to use help channel[edit]

I want to retrieve for improvement an article I wrote that was rejected. I just want the text back so I can park it in my own sandbox. Clearly I am an idiot because the instructions added to my userpage are incomprehensible, or at least do not take me to anything that appears usable. I was trying to find the help channel but that is even worse; there is no place on the irc page that accepted a text message. I would be grateful if a real live administrator could contact me. thanks. user:alteripse Yes I wrote hundreds of articles here and was an administrator for years and helped people whenever I could. That was then; now the operations seem unrecognizable. Sorry.

Thanks Crow. that is the article. I had not recognized wp:refund. That was far simpler than trying to figure out the IRC channel. I got the banned message several times without having successfully typed a single letter. But the article is all I wanted. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alteripse (talkcontribs) 19:13, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

using text from website on wiki about page?[edit]

Dear Sir/Madam, I maintain the website and the wiki page for my organization. I am trying to update the wiki page with the same history text as on the website but it won't allow it saying it is a violation of copyright. How can I have the text be the same? How can I fix it so the information is the same for consistency? Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sitesantafe (talkcontribs) 19:06, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Sitesantafe. I'm afraid you are mistaken. You do not "maintain the wiki page": in fact the only role that you (and anybody else in your organisation) have in respect of Wikipedia's article about your organisation is to suggest changes on the article's talk page.
Many many people are under the misapprehension that Wikipedia is a vehicle for people and organisation to tell the world about themselves: it is not: that is called promotion, and is forbidden on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia, which contains neutral, sourced articles about notable topics. If your organisation is notable in Wikipedia's special sense - roughly, that several people who have no connection with the organisation have chosen to publish material about it in reliable places - then we can have an article about it, which should be almost entirely based on what those independent authors have published: Wikipedia has very little interest in what an organisation (or a person) wants to say about themselves. It in no way belongs to the organisation.
There are three other issues I must mention. First, editing with a conflict of interest is not forbidden, but you need to understand what this means, and be cautious; if in addition you are in any way remunerated for this work (eg if you are employed, even as a volunteer, and are doing this as part of your duties) it is mandatory that you make a declaration that you are a paid editor.
Secondly, the material on your own website, even if it is suitable in tone for a Wikipedia article, is copyright, and Wikipedia does not accept copyright material unless it has been explicitly licensed with a suitable copyleft licence: see donating copyright materials.
Thirdly, user accounts must be for individuals, and may not have names that suggest that they are representing an organisation. "Joanna at SITE Santa Fe" would be acceptable, but not what you have at the moment. Please either change it, or abandon it and make a new account. You still need to look at COI though. --ColinFine (talk) 19:38, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

error when i want to publish an edited article[edit]

"Error contacting the Parsoid/RESTBase server (HTTP 500)" this is the error message i got when i try to publish an article i edited. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gladson10 (talkcontribs) 20:39, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

@Gladson10: Unfortunately, technical glitches do occur from time to time, but they usually don't last long. If you see it repeatedly, report it at WP:VPT. RudolfRed (talk) 20:53, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

May 31[edit]

I edited some information about my dad. When I clicked "publish" they cited ERROR, ref tag . How do I edit a passage without this ref error coming up?[edit]

@RF Jeppesen: Ignoring the WP:COI issue for now, you created ref tags that have nothing in them, hence the error. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 00:57, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

What ban imposed on me?[edit]

All my posts are locked . I was shocked. Been using 2012, I never vandalize single article. I was posting in talk page only. Ram nareshji (talk) 01:45, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

@Ram nareshji: You've been copying and pasting questions from other websites onto the reference desks, copying and pasting text from unreliable sources onto talk pages. That goes against WP:COPYVIO, a site policy with legal implications. It doesn't matter if you're sticking to just the talk page, you're still causing trouble.
Take this tutorial to learn how to actually edit. Ian.thomson (talk) 02:07, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
Ram nareshji, taking a look at your talk page, wasn't there a similar issue to this discussed years ago? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 05:49, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Germ theory[edit]

The Germ Theory article has something weird at 2.3. I don't know how to report it, but I've never seen it before. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:57, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for letting us know. Someone improperly added a note commenting on the section, though the entire section was primary source based original research so I've removed that section. Ian.thomson (talk) 02:03, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

The main page talk page is not a talk page?[edit]

I'm wondering why one of the bullet points at Talk:Main Page says that it is not a talk page? Why is it not? Is it something special to the Main Page? RudolfRed (talk) 02:58, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Yes, you are correct, "this is not a talk page" are indeed words that you read when you read Talk:Main Page, and this is a problem that needs to be fixed. Unless someone reading this fixes it first, I will go through the steps to get it fixed. Good catch!
Now for the boring technical stuff, which you can ignore if it isn't interesting to you.
A Wikipedia page can include another Wikipedia page. The is called "transclusion".
In this case, if you try to edit Talk:Main Page you won't be able to find or edit the words "this is not a talk page" even though they are clearly part of the page. That's because the page contains this:
 = Main Page error reports =
 {{Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors}}
The above is what you will see if you click the edit link of the "Main Page error reports" section of Talk:Main Page
The above transcludes the page Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors which does contain the words "this is not a talk page" and indeed, is not itself a talk page. The advice "Do not use {{edit fully-protected}}, which will not give you a faster response; it is unnecessary as this page is not protected and in fact causes problems if used here, as this is not a talk page." is appropriate for that page, which is the page you get to if you click on the WP:ERRORS link instead of the edit link.
So that's why the page is wrong, but it still needs to be fixed.
(BTW, You can expect at least one reply to this comment from someone who believes that we shouldn't fix obvious errors if doing so is inconvenient or caused by existing stupidity in the way Wikipedia puts pages together for you to read. Nothing good comes from arguing with people who hold that position. They are the same people who think the old MS-DOS error message "Keyboard not found, Press F1 to Resume" was just fine.[3]) --Guy Macon (talk) 05:54, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
I have used {{talk other}} to omit the text on Talk:Main Page.[4] PrimeHunter (talk) 08:02, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I don’t think it’s an obvious error, especially given that Talk:Main Page is likely to attract visitors unfamiliar with Wikipedia.
Perhaps the root of the problem is that we transclude an entire non-talk page (not template) into a talk page, rather than just linking to it. That sort of thing just confuses everyone, especially when you have to introduce things like {{talk other}}. (Now we start the argument about whether it’s worth fixing. I’m not familiar with these pages, so I can’t really comment about that.) Brianjd (talk) 09:41, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanations and the fix. RudolfRed (talk) 17:26, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
And again, thanks for your sharp eye, catching an obvious error that nobody else noticed.
Given that I can be a bit pedantic about fixing minor errors, here is a free joke:
Q: How to you comfort a pedant?
A: There, their, they're...
--Guy Macon (talk) 18:30, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Is there a clean method for exporting articles as .docx?[edit]

I'm checking out the WikiProject WP:SPOKEN as narration is something I am good at. When I prep a copy for reading, I generally take a .docx file of it so that I can make small changes to it for easier reading. I see that most pages have 2 options under "Print/export" in the sidebar: "Download as .pdf" and "Printable version". While it's just an extra step for me to convert a .pdf into .docx, I was wondering if there was a script or something similar out there that would allow me to bypass doing that. I looked at Help:WordToWiki only to find it's more about the process in reverse. Thanks in advance. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 06:03, 31 May 2020 (UTC)


Resolved: Brianjd (talk) 11:45, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Suthanu,samyukthana,pragati,pragya,printha&sumithra(daughter) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2409:4060:31A:FC4B:27F:D1E:31E1:E990 (talk) 09:54, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

I see you've posted the same thing at Talk:Draupadi. You're going to need to write an English sentence, stating your question or request coherently, if you want people to help you. Please only do so in one place at a time (that article talk page is probably the better place to do so). Thanks. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 10:04, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Yes, they did, ignoring the instructions in {{edit semi-protected}} to write a complete and specific description of the request. I have rejected this request. Brianjd (talk) 10:12, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Feature proposal to Module:Interlinear[edit]

Hi, I left a short proposal to add a feature to Module:Interlinear at its talk page, Module talk:Interlinear. Seems like this talk page is not monitored by many but I was not sure where to ping to, so I'm leaving a message here. Could someone help me by delivering the message to people who might be interested in taking a look at it? Thanks. --Benzenekim (talk) 10:30, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

@Benzenekim: I would suggest that you ask User:Uanfala, who created the module and has been its most frequent editor. --David Biddulph (talk) 10:36, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
@David Biddulph: Thanks for the suggestion! --Benzenekim (talk) 10:39, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Justine Harun-Mahdavi deleting the page[edit]

Dear Wikipedia-Community, this is the page of Justine Harun-Mahdavi, autor of the book "Not without my husband". This is an autobiography and a historic book. It has been written in German and was translated in Farsi and has been published in different print media in Germany, in the USA and in Iran. She is now listed as a famous german/iranian autor. The main figure of the book are my mother Justine Harun-Mahdavi and my father Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Massoud Harun-Mahdavi, who has been a former iranian politician between 1969 and 1979 and now one of the most experienced iranian exile-politicians. So I cannot follow Jeff G.´s request for deleting this page and the uploaded pictures in any way. I hope you will avoid the deletion. If there is a need for confirming the information on the pages of "Not without my husband" and "Justine Harun-Mahdavi" and the recently by me edited page of "Massoud Harun-Mahdavi" then I would appreciate to receive some practical information how to upload pictures and documents. Unfortunaley I am not able to get through all the stuff you call "REGULATIONS" because as a dentist I´m in a full time job and I do not have the time to check all the regulations of Wikipedia. But I beleive that these informations are necessary and more than interesting for many people using Wikipedia. I recommend that your community should build up also a section to prove the positive sight and not only the negative sights of edited pages.

Best regards, --Sasan Harun-Mahdavi (talk) 12:02, 31 May 2020 (UTC) Sasan

How to Make Our Organization Page Live[edit]

Hello Team Wikipedia,

Can you please help us to live our organization's Wikipedia page live?

Draft URL:

Let us know your feedback to make it live.

Anandicejpr (talk) 14:16, 31 May 2020 (UTC)Anandicejpr

  • User blocked. Brianjd (talk) 14:30, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
  • This is apparently a cut-and-paste recreation of an abandoned draft deleted in 2016, complete with the various quality-control tags from the 2016 version. --Orange Mike | Talk 14:39, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Wrong information[edit]

Wrong information "Hausa Koko" is Nigeria from the Hausa tribe ( Hausas are the one of the three majority tribe in Nigeria), it is not Ghanaian. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:145:8003:6E30:6447:17BF:D421:6BBA (talk) 14:45, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Hello, please raise the issue at the appropriate article talk page and support your statement. If you wish, you are free to make the change yourself but you must supply a reliable source. Please link to pages where you are encountering difficulty and (Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four keyboard tildes like this: ~~~~.) Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 14:58, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Article not reviewed after my latest edits since February 24[edit]


The page Carmen Lebbos has multiple issues and the edits and issues history is clear for anyone who visits the page. However I followed up about this matter and got help from pro editors and followed their instructions, and added my edits on Talk page for Carmen Lebbos, another review was made and asked for additional fixes, I did those fixes and submitted as you can see on (this link) since February 24, and since then no review was made, is there something wrong in my request that it has not been reviewed? Please help, Carmen Lebbos is a very well known actress here since the 80s and I'm trying to fix the issues in her article.

--Saleemdeek (talk) 18:23, 31 May 2020 (UTC)saleemdeek

@Saleemdeek: You had made a request at Talk:Carmen Lebbos on 15 February, then it was declined on 17 February. On 24 February you confused the issue by editing your earlier request and changing the date on it, but (as I said and as you can see on the page) that request had already been declined. The response on 17 Feb to your request said: "Please feel free to submit a new edit request below when these changes are implemented", but you didn't do that. If you want to make a new request you need to use the template {{request edit}} and include the relevant detail. --David Biddulph (talk) 20:03, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Adding images[edit]

Hello, I added some new images to the article Hyborian War with appropriate fair use rationales, in preparation for its second FAC nomination. I'm not an expert on images on Wikipedia, but I did reduce the file sizes to ~30kb and relatively small length x height pixel sizes before uploading (based on previous experience). Apparently not small enough as a bot still came along and said the images were too large. That's fine, as normally another bot comes along within 24 hours and reduces the image sizes to whatever the acceptable parameters are. And indeed, the tags like this one and like this one say that's going to happen. But it's been over a week now and it hasn't happened—although it always has before. Is there a way for me to request the bot to resize the images? Or do I need to try again to resize the images outside of Wikipedia and upload them again? Thanks. Airborne84 (talk) 18:23, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Talk page in disorder[edit]

Resolved: Stray <ref> tags used as examples disappeared content when closing tags introduced. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 22:09, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

I just edited the talk page Talk:Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2019, with the effect that some sections, plus the paragraph I added, does not display. Here's the diff [5]. ??? Sechinsic (talk) 19:29, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

@Sechinsic: The most likely reason is that you introduced some closing </ref> tags, which interacted with the stray <ref> up in the section Question about in-line referencing. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 19:43, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
Seems to work. Fantastic! Many thanks from Sechinsic (talk) 19:54, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Some misdirection?[edit]

Not sure quite how to explain this, but here goes anyway!

I went to select 'Spooked (Pretty Maids album)' but each time I do, it redirects me back to 'Pretty Maids'!

Other Pretty Maids albums take me to the appropriate page, it only seems to be 'Spooked' that does it!

Can you help please?

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fat Chewbacca (talkcontribs) 20:36, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

@Fat Chewbacca: in 2010, the album was determined by consensus to not be independently notable enough to have its own article, so that article name is now a redirect to Pretty Maids. -Arch dude (talk) 20:48, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Bringing articles to featured status[edit]

I would like to bring the articles Astronomy and Universe to featured status. Do you think they are ready to be featured articles? If not, how can I improve them so they are ready to be featured articles? Interstellarity (talk) 21:13, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Interstellarity, This seems like an odd place to ask this question. That said, I am not involved in the process, so do not know whether there is a better place to have such a discussion. S Philbrick(Talk) 22:39, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
@Sphilbrick: Do you think Wikipedia talk:Featured articles would be a better place to ask? Interstellarity (talk) 22:41, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
Interstellarity, Probably, but again, I have never been involved. That said, I'm working on a review of one of the sentences in the Astronomy article, which I think needs some work. S Philbrick(Talk) 22:45, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi Interstellarity. I'm just passing through, with a question of my own, but happened to see this. You'll want to visit the page on Featured Article Candidates for information on this. At that page, you'll also find the link to the Featured Article criteria page, which is what you should measure the articles against to determine if they are ready to be nominated. If not, further down on the criteria page are essays from experienced Wikipedians on how to improve the articles. I recommend reading through a few Featured Articles to get an idea of what is expected. You can also find a mentor for Featured Articles here, if you'd like. Hope that helps. Airborne84 (talk) 00:42, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
@Airborne84: Thanks. I'll look into it. Interstellarity (talk) 00:52, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Haymarket affair - no picture of newer statue[edit]

I do not know how to add it but there is no pictures of the Mary Brogger monument in the article although there are several stock photos available online. I think it would be helpful to have the monument shown. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:602:0:1C59:F933:639B:96D6:AAE8 (talk) 21:31, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

There are a lot of photos, but they need to be freely licensed. If you can point one out, someone can help add it. S Philbrick(Talk) 21:57, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
(edit conflict)This appears to be part of the monument in question. That picture is on Commons, and is already used in Monuments relating to the Haymarket affair. Unfortunately, "stock photos" are rarely licensed in a way that may be used in Wikipedia. For example, I can't find a copyright statement on Mary Brøgger's site, so the pictures here must be assumed to be copyright. If somebody wishes to take a picture of the monument themselves, they can then upload the picture and license it as they do so. (I notice that both Haymarket affair and Monuments relating to the Haymarket affair say that this is not yet built, so they should probably be updated.) --ColinFine (talk) 22:02, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
ColinFine, I was initially struck by the "not yet built" comment, but upon rereading, I think that refers to "international commemoration wall, sidewalk plaques, a cultural pylon, a seating area, and banners". S Philbrick(Talk) 22:37, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria shriver[edit]

You have Arnold divorced in 2017 and Maria divorced in 2011 from each other — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:569:BC04:B000:65C0:FFFC:7ABE:DFD8 (talk) 22:07, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

This is best mentioned on the respective articles' talk pages. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 22:10, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
Arnold Schwarzenegger#Divorce says: "Schwarzenegger and Shriver finalized their divorce in 2017, six years after separating". Maria Shriver should probably be more clear about the difference. There are also sources saying they weren't actually divorced. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:28, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

June 1[edit]

How to set hydlide password system[edit]

Use megaman X password system — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1017:B824:538:7137:8BCD:6FE9:65DA (talk) 00:12, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Is this about Wikipedia?
P computing.svg This page is for questions about using Wikipedia. Please consider asking this question at the Computing reference desk. They specialize in answering computer questions and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that is what this Help Desk is for). Just follow the link and ask away. You could always try searching Wikipedia for an article related to the topic you want to know more about. I hope this helps. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:08, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

How to use citation needed on visual editor?[edit]

Hello there people! I've been using Wikipedia for a while, and I was just wondering how to put "citation needed" with the visual editor. Can you guys explain how to do that? Thank you! Ryan Huang-01 (talk) 00:13, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

@Ryan Huang-01: I've never used the visual editor, but look at this page: Wikipedia:VisualEditor/User_guide#Editing_templates. It shows how to insert a template while editing, and the example they provide is the Citation Needed template. RudolfRed (talk) 02:20, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
Ryan Huang-01, what I do:
  1. Set caret to where I want to put the tag
  2. Type {{
  3. Type in citation needed and select from dropdown menu
  4. Click the top-right button to add it —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 05:23, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors/Cite error ref no input[edit]

@Zorzon: The error at Jaynie_Anderson has been fixed by another editor. Next time, please link to the article that is giving the error and sign your name with ~~~~. RudolfRed (talk) 00:44, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Redirects appearing in default search bar[edit]


I have a quick question regarding redirect pages. I've made many of them myself but some are not appearing in the default search. For example "1992 US presidential election in Texas" appears but the 1996 one doesn't. What makes redirect pages appear in the default search bar?

--Skim127 12:55 1 June 2020 (UTC)

@Skim127: 1996 US presidential election in Texas was created 30 April 2020. Many pages created since around that date are not appearing in the autocomplete feature of the search box unless you type the entire title. It's a bug and also affects articles, e.g. 2006 LNBP season. See Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)/Archive 181#Possible issues with search function and phab:T253114. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:05, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Text highlighting querystring feature[edit]

Hi, I noticed that when accessing wikipedia articles from google search, there would be text temporarily highlighted in yellow. This occured using the #:~:text= querystring in the url.


I was wondering if there was any documentation about this feature or how to use it?

Thanks, 電放三葉 (RadioTrefoil) 01:46, 1 June 2020 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Radiotrefoil (talkcontribs)

@Radiotrefoil: This is a feature of Google Chrome and not related to Wikipedia. I also get highlighting with at my own site which is just simple html and does nothing to achieve it. I don't know whether other browsers support it or have similar features. Your link doesn't highlight in Firefox, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. I don't get such url's when I use Google search with Google Chrome so maybe it's a setting. You can ask for more at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Computing. PrimeHunter (talk) 07:54, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

question re twinkle welcome templates[edit]

is there a numerical limit on how many custom templates that I can add to Twinkle, for welcoming new users? I tried to add at least ten templates, but it seems to limit me to seven custom templates total. please ping me when you reply. thanks. --Sm8900 (talk) 02:28, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Hi, Sm8900. There might be somebody here who can answer that, but I would have thought that WT:Twinkle was a better place to ask. --ColinFine (talk) 09:14, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Edits were undone[edit]

I just spent quite a bit of time fixing a very flawed article in terms of both structure and biased information and am very confused as to why it was all undone. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yeoutie (talkcontribs) 04:07, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

@Yeoutie: your edits were reverted by another editor, probably because you made very large changes to History of the United States Democratic Party without first discussing them. This is one way we reach consensus, which we call bold-revert-discuss (WP:BRD). Your next step is to discuss your changes on the article's talk page. To see who reverted your edits, look at the page history. Ping the reverting editor, @Materialscientist:, as part of your discussion. Materialscientist is a very experienced editor who will probably interact with you in a positive way to reach consensus, so assume good faith (WP:AGF). -Arch dude (talk) 04:23, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Non notable songs that fails WP:NSINGLE[edit]

Category:Indian songs has lots of non notable Indian songs, most of they clearly fails Fails WP:NSINGLE. What should I do to get most of them mass deleted ? I started some PRODs but is there any more convenient approach? Thanks // Eatcha (talk) 05:25, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

I don't know, but throw Bloodmoney on the pyre if you learn how to start it, good luck! InedibleHulk (talk) 05:32, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
Hello, Eatcha. If the songs exist and the articles are not copyright violations, then they are not eligible for speedy deletion. Your only choices are PRODs or the Articles for Deletion process. Please read Wikipedia:Deletion policy for more details. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 05:37, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
If you nominate them for deletion, I strongly recommend you avoid a mass nomination. That would almost certainly get shot down. Clarityfiend (talk) 08:32, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
Resolved: Thanks everyone // Eatcha (talk) 11:07, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Become admin[edit]

I want to become admin how can i become that — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pratham Rawat (talkcontribs) 08:30, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Pratham Rawat You spend a significant amount of time(months if not years) developing a good edit history that contributes to the encyclopedia, shows that you understand Wikipedia guidelines, have good judgement, a good temperament, and have a need for the administrator tools. You would then be noticed by other editors who would then nominate you for a community discussion at Requests for Adminship to see if the community feels that you merit being given the tools. Keep in mind that you can perform probably 95% of tasks on Wikipedia without being an administrator. Administrators are no better than any other editor, they simply have tools that would be irresponsible for the entire community to have. 331dot (talk) 08:34, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
@Pratham Rawat: One of the questions you would be asked is "Why do you want to be an administrator?". Can you answer that here please? —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 08:03, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Publishing Challenges[edit]


I am having trouble with an article I recently created title "Canopy Forum" about an online platform.

When I selected "Publish" it seemed to go through and become a published article. However, now if I search for "Canopy Forum," no article comes up. I'm confused as to whether or not my article has been properly published or if I need to do something else.

This is not the first article I've written on Wikipedia and last time there was a whole template and a review process and it was very clear that my article was still considered a "Draft." Now, I honestly have no idea if my Canopy Forum article has been properly published or not. How can I tell / can you help me out with this?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond to my question. --TaraF99 (talk) 15:05, 1 June 2020 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by TaraF99 (talkcontribs) 15:04, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Hello, TaraF99. Your article has been published, as Canopy Forum, and if you search for it inside Wikipedia you will find it; but new articles do not get indexed by external search engines until they have gone through new page patrol, or for 90 days if the NPP hasn't happened in that time. Last time you must have used articles for creation, but this time you just created it directly in main article space.
In my opinion, the article will not survive NPP, because it has no independent sources at all: without these, the article cannot establish that the subject is notable. I believe that a patroller will either delete it or draftify it, depending on whether they think that suitable sources exist. I suggest you find some independent sources to establish its notability. (I may mention that in my view it is impossible to write an acceptable article without first finding independent sources, because the bulk of any article must come from such sources: Wikipedia is basically not interested in anything that the subject, or people closely associated with the subject, say or wish to say about the subject). --ColinFine (talk) 15:14, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
One more point: I see you have disclosed your status as a paid editor on your user page: thank you. This means that using AfC is strongly preferred to creating the article directly; clearly, from the above, that was just a mistake on your part; but it means tha the article does not necessarily get the scrutiny it should get. In any case, you should also put the {{connected contributor (paid)}} template on the article's talk page Talk:Canopy Forum. --ColinFine (talk) 15:19, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia page about me[edit]

Hi I’m Bob ‘Bobke’ Roll, my marital status is DIVORCED, please correct that!! Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:645:C47F:DBB0:514B:CA63:4F8E:261A (talk) 18:06, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Symbol move vote.svg Are you by any chance referring to a photo or text shown to the right of a Google search? Google's Knowledge Graph uses a wide variety of sources. There may be a text paragraph ending with "Wikipedia" to indicate that particular text was copied from Wikipedia. An image and other text before or after the Wikipedia excerpt may be from sources completely unrelated to Wikipedia. We have no control over how Google presents our information, but Google's Knowledge Graph has a "Feedback" link where anyone can mark a field as wrong. PrimeHunter (talk) 19:34, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
Is it this article? Bob_Roll? It doesn't mention marital status that I see. RudolfRed (talk) 19:50, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Exact time of an edit[edit]

How do I view the time of an edit with accuracy to the second? Or even better the edit's Unix timestamp? The history page only shows accuracy to the minute. -- (talk) 21:10, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

  • Great question. I didn’t even realise it was an issue. A long time ago, I changed my preferences to use the ISO 8601 time format (which includes seconds); you can do this too if you create an account. Other than that, I don’t know how to show the times to the second. Also, I don’t know to what precision the times are stored. Brianjd (talk) 08:11, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
As he said, if you create an account, you can see the timestamps in a number of different formats, including second in the ISO8601 variant. Try, in the history page, clicking on the timestamp itself, which should be linked. That will show you the page as of that version, including a box at the top which may have the more accurate timestamp in it (e.g., the last edit to Unix timestamp links to this). If that doesn't work, click on the prev link to the left of the timestamp, which provides a diff from the previous version, and may provide a different format of timestamp as well. Other than that, create an account. It's fast, easy, more anonymous that revealing your IP as you do when posting without one, and gives you access to all sorts of gadgets and settings to improve your experience. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 08:18, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

How to include a new profile?[edit]


I would like to know how to include a high profile person's biography on Wikipedia?

Thank you,

Sanjay Srivastava — Preceding unsigned comment added by Srivastavask (talkcontribs) 21:13, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not a social media site with profiles. It is an encyclopedia which has articles on subjects which meet its criteria of notability. If you believe that the subject satisfies that requirement, and if you are familiar with editing Wikipedia, you will find advice at WP:Your first article. --David Biddulph (talk) 21:31, 1 June 2020 (UTC)


Requesting an admin to complete this RM. The page protection is preventing me from performing the move. Thanks. Jerm (talk) 22:10, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

 Done bibliomaniac15 00:53, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

My fandom wiki[edit]

Can I link it I need members BorisKhlivski (talk) 22:57, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

No. See WP:NOTADVERTISING. --Guy Macon (talk) 23:08, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Capitalization of "to this" between quoted sentences[edit]

I'm currently writing a section on the talk page of an article to which I made an edit that I'm unsure about. In it, I write the following, double-spaced lines original:

"... I changed the following sentence:

[Original sentence]

To this:

[Edited sentence]"

Could anyone please tell me if the first letter of "to this" should be capitalized?--Thylacine24 (talk) 23:56, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

@Thylacine24: Talk pages do not use formal writing, so go with whatever you prefer or are comfortable with. RudolfRed (talk) 01:55, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@RudolfRed: Thanks for responding. I understand what you mean, but feel uncomfortable not using the correct capitalization. Could you please tell me what the formal rule is? Sorry to give you a hard time.--Thylacine24 (talk) 02:11, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Thylacine24: No capitalisation's fine. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 02:21, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Tenryuu: Thanks for telling me. (Edit: Added user reply template, sorry to not do so in the first place.)--Thylacine24 (talk) 02:29, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
  • @Thylacine24: We all have trouble with the user reply templates. They are supposed to notify a user that you have replied (this is called “pinging”), but apparently this doesn’t work unless you add the template in the same edit as your signature. If you forget to add the template the first time, then you will need to make another edit to add the template and add a new signature. (There may be other reasons that the notification doesn’t work. It’s so unreliable that in some cases you’re not even allowed to use it.)
Normally, I would ping the other user on your behalf. But in this case I think it’s not important.
By the way, why did you use {{nbsp}} after the ellipsis? Brianjd (talk) 08:18, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Brianjd: Thanks for replying. Could you please tell me if I shouldn't answer your question with the strikethrough? I feel like an annoyance to ask about it, but would also feel bad not to ask about it.--Thylacine24 (talk) 20:10, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Brianjd: Also, could you please tell me why you added a link to MOS:ELLIPSIS? I'm confused.--Thylacine24 (talk) 20:12, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Non-breaking spaces using space bar[edit]

Could anyone please tell me if a non-breaking space is what one gets when they hit the space bar on this website? This question pertains to my previous question on this page, and if the answer is yes, then I plan to remove the "nbsp" template from it and just use the space bar, to reduce memory usage. Sorry that I didn't ask this first; I was impulsive.--Thylacine24 (talk) 23:59, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

You do not get no-break space from the space bar.
Memory usage is a non-issue. More important is to use {{nbsp}} only when absolutely necessary (which is almost never); see MOS:NBSP. What you see on your device when an article is rendered is almost certainly not what I see, or what average readers see on their devices. Browsers are designed to use the display space as best fits the device they are rendering to; don't inhibit what the browsers do.
Trappist the monk (talk) 00:15, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Trappist the monk Thanks for responding. I asked this question because I was using an ellipsis and the Manual of Style section on ellipses says to use a non-breaking space. I understand that "[m]emory usage is a non-issue", but I would still prefer to just use the space bar, and not the "nbsp" template; it's an OCD thing. Could you, or anyone else here, please tell me if it's all right to use the space bar in the areas around an ellipsis? Actually, on reading the section more thoroughly at the moment, I learned that it distinguishes between non-breaking and regular spaces, so I guess I should just use the template. Still, any response is appreciated.--Thylacine24 (talk) 00:54, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
I am, how shall I say, space dot ampersand nbsp semicolon dot ampersand nbsp semicolon dot surprised by the degree of your interest. It's all right. -- Hoary (talk) 05:23, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Hoary: Thanks. Could you please tell mle if there's there a joke I'm missing here?--Thylacine24 (talk) 20:06, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Thylacine24: There is a way to generate a non-breaking space character, but it is undesirable and should not be used, since you can't visually see the difference when editing (or in the rendered article), and people (like me) will end up having to "correct" them since we can't see them. Use either {{Nbsp}} or &nbsp;. I personally use WinCompose to map it to a compose-key sequence.
Nbsps do have a couple important uses, including between a value and its related unit symbol (e.g., 110&nbsp;V), before an endash (more easily done using {{Snd}}), as well as before (and occasionally after) ellipses. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 08:31, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@AlanM: Thanks for the reply, but I don't I can remember all of that. Could you please tell me if it's all right to just use the "nbsp" template?--Thylacine24 (talk) 20:06, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

June 2[edit]

draft submission for review[edit]

I created a draft article named "Dodici Alternative Music Notation" in "userspace draft" and I clicked "submit your draft for review". There was no information indicating whether this submission was successful or not. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nova9944 (talkcontribs) 03:36, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

No your submission was not successful. After hitting the "submit your draft for review" button you need to save the change using the button that used to be called "Save changes" but which may have confused you by now being named "Publish changes". --David Biddulph (talk) 04:45, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Nova9944: Your proposed article is User:Nova9944/sandbox/Dodici Alternative Music Notation. It is not in draft space. However, as worthy as it may otherwise be, it can never be a Wikipedia article because it is "original research" (see WP:NOTESSAY and WP:OR) and is therefore not suitable for an encyclopedia. You should try to find a more appropriate venue for this research. You can start at WP:OUT). Good luck!. -Arch dude (talk) 04:48, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
(edit conflict) One point which you ought to address is that Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference, see WP:CIRCULAR. You probably ought to make appropriate wikilinks instead of those references. I notice that you have included no wikilinks at all in your draft, so a reviewer may suggest that you wikify it. You also need to read the Manual of Style; you have used curly quotes, inappropriate formatting of section headings, extra blank lines, ... I see, however, that another editor has nominated your draft for speedy deletion as a copyright violation, so the formatting problems may by now be academic. --David Biddulph (talk) 04:56, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
(edit conflict) For some reason the submission failed, but that's not the biggest problem as I am convinced that the submission will get declined.

Linda Gray is mentioned as Barry Gibbs wife. You've got the WRONG Linda Gray pictured.[edit]

You've got the wrong Linda Gibbs pictured as Barry Gibbs wife. The Linda Gibbs you've pictured is an actress and star of "Dallas," not the wife of Barry Gibbs. Please correct this gross error. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:12, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Cannot see a picture at Barry Gibb. Please provide a link to pages you require help with. If you are seeing something as a result of a Google search, Wikipedia has no control over what their knowledge graph shows, though they often imply that it comes from Wikipedia. There is a contact link at the foot of the panel. Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 06:24, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Redirect not working in link[edit]

Hello, I'm working on a draft article that references Digital Setting Circles. When I wikilink the phrase, it comes up red even though there is a redirect to Setting Circles, where Digital Setting Circles is a section. But when I search Wikipedia directly, the redirect works. Any ideas? Thanks! Pekoebrew (talk) 06:46, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Hi Pekoebrew, the reason is that you have linked to digital setting circles, while the redirect was the incorrectly capitalised Digital Setting Circles. I have moved Digital Setting Circles to Digital setting circles and hopefully solved the problem. TSventon (talk) 07:37, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Thanks guys, looks like that worked. Now I have a new problem... I logged out, and have forgotten my password. Repeated requests to reset have gotten no e-mail in return :( any suggestions? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:643:8580:2ED0:3996:1380:8E00:2CE2 (talk) 18:35, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Help with Links as part of Infobox[edit]

I recently noticed that in the infobox of the article Duchy of Bar, the link below the coat of arm is wrong and would like to remove it. However, when I tried to edit the source, I could not find the original link anywhere. StellarHalo (talk) 09:31, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Hello, StellarHalo. I believe I've fixed it. The template {{infobox country}} apparently generates a number of links automatically if the corresponding item is there; so if there is a coat of arms, it automatically generates a link to Coat of arms of Bar, which as you realised, is the wrong Bar. But there is a(n undocumented) parameter called linking_name which overrides the PAGENAME in these links. Since there isn't an article Coat of arms of Duchy of Bar, the infobox appears not to generate a link at all, but just text. --ColinFine (talk) 10:49, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Old page that needs to be updated[edit]

Hello, I am the new marketing manager of Upstream (mobile marketing) company. I need to edit the relevant page which hasn't been updated since 2011.

I did a lot of changes yesterday and today but they were all deleted. I need your help in order to update the page. How can this be done? I cannot start updating all content again, and then see it been deleted.

Please propose another way. It's very frustrating that you do not let me update content that has been there for so many years.

Even the key people, everything was turned the way it was before. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ArchKapa (talkcontribs) 13:10, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

You must read about conflict of interest, and you are not permitted to edit further without making the mandatory declaration of paid editing. --David Biddulph (talk) 13:19, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
I put some information about conflicts of interest on your talk page. If there are factual errors, you can report them at Talk:Upstream (mobile marketing) - an unaffiliated user can then make those edits, assuming they are sourced and not promotional. If you use Wikipedia to promote this or any other entity, you may be blocked. Thank you ‡ Єl Cid of Valencia talk 13:41, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Wrong Wikipedia Pages[edit]


I have noticed several pages that are wrong on Wikipedia... mainly political commentator pages are being hijacked by their opposition and using it as a way to slander and demonize them.

How can I report this?

Kind regards, Ben — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:38, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Ben. Remember that a WP-article is supposed to summarize WP:Reliable sources (as defined by WP) about the topic. If the topic is a living person, WP:BLP also applies. Pick one article you are displeased with. Either edit it yourself (see WP:TUTORIAL), or make suggestions at the article's talkpage, and see how that goes. If you remove well-sourced info, or add info without good refs, other editors will probably object. You may also want to WP:REGISTER. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 14:27, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

article page copyright issue[edit]

I have created a article page but there is an error for copyright, copyright to be, but this is our official web page. please approved this article — Preceding unsigned comment added by Swadhin.sip (talkcontribs) 17:21, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Swadhin.sip. Wikipedia doesn't own the copyright for this material. You can't simply copy information from elsewhere to Wikipedia. What's more, as you work for the company, you will need to read and abide by our conflict of interest policy. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 17:29, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Your user talk page has a link to Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials if the institute wishes to donate the copyright on its web page. As you are connected to the subject, you need to read about conflict of interest. The draft is certainly not fit to be accepted as an article, as it has no references to published reliable sources independent of the subject to demonstrate its notability under Wikipedia's definitions. --David Biddulph (talk) 17:32, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

updating my page[edit]

I am trying to update My wikipedia "Drew Correa". I am trying to upload a new photo and Fix the mistakes written.i am Drew Correa. Why does It keep Undoing my edits saying i am breaking the rules? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drewcorrea (talkcontribs) 17:44, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Your edits removed the infobox from the article, and without explanation. You need to read about conflict of interest and use the article's tak page to propose changes. You also need to read about autobiography and about page ownership; hint: it is not "your" page. --David Biddulph (talk) 17:56, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Draft problem[edit]

Hello, why those articles are draft? Draft:Bıyıklı Mehmed Pasha and Draft:Battle of Koçhisar — Preceding unsigned comment added by KaradumanMareşal (talkcontribs) 18:09, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

@KaradumanMareşal: They are drafts which you created, to do so you may have gone via WP:WIZ or WP:AFC or as your account may not yet be WP:AUTOCONFIRMED you may have been prevented from creating articles directly in mainspace. If you condsider they are ready for mainspace you can place {{subst:submit}} at the top of the source. This will submit them for review. This may take a few weeks as there is usually quite a large backlog. Just by way of information draftspace allows you to work on new articles in an environment which is less vulnerable to editing by others. Eagleash (talk) 18:30, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @KaradumanMareşal: I added a big gray box to the top of each draft, which contains some helpful information for you. When you're ready, you can click the blue "Submit your draft for review!" button. GoingBatty (talk) 18:37, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Category documentation of criteria[edit]

Is there a standard way to find the documentation for a category? Which would include the criteria for that category? The only way I know to do this is by analogy, after checking with other pages in a category. M.boli (talk) 18:34, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

@M.boli: The proper place for the documentation for a category is the category's page, such as Category:Stubs. GoingBatty (talk) 18:39, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Thank you! I have occasionally seen descriptions at the head of the category's page. But generally most categories seem to have no description, which left me thinking there might be some documentation elsewhere that I wasn't cognizant of. M.boli (talk) 19:04, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@M.boli: When you find such an undocumented category, please feel free to simply be bold and add documentation to it. If you are unsure of what the category was intended for, then you can try to discuss it on its talk page or on the talk page of some related project, but your best guess is better than no documentation because it will stimulate discussion. -Arch dude (talk) 19:48, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Password reset/account mixup[edit]

Hello, my username is Pekoebrew and I had been logged in for a very long time. I happened to log out this morning, and have forgotten my password. Further, it seems I have lost the email associated with my account, no longer have access to it. Any ideas how to recover? Thanks 2601:643:8580:2ED0:3996:1380:8E00:2CE2 (talk) 19:01, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Sorry, but if you don't recall the password and don't have e-mail enabled, then there is no way to reset or recover the password. RudolfRed (talk) 19:13, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Is there any way I can associate the username with a different e-mail address? I have had this username for over 12 years, don't want to lose it. 2601:643:8580:2ED0:3996:1380:8E00:2CE2 (talk) 19:29, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Title of article (Tatjana Patitz) is in talics.[edit]


Not sure if I am in the correct place, but noticed that the article title for model Tatjana Patitz is italicized. Not sure how to correct this. Thank you! ExRat (talk) 19:19, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

@ExRat: Is the inclusion of 'infobox artwork' later in the content causing the title to italicise? Not sure it serves much purpose so could be removed. Eagleash (talk) 19:30, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Yes. Deleteing the term "infobox artwork" seems to have fixed it. Thank you very much for your help. ExRat (talk) 19:33, 2 June 2020 (UTC)