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October 17[edit]

Susan Wojcicki Vandalism[edit]

Hi there, something is going on and YouTube is down. While YouTube is down, some unregistered users decided to vandalize the page by adding the death date and renaming the CEO of YouTube to CEO of PornHub.

David Isaac C. M. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 02:02, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

The vandalism has been removed and the page has been semi-protected for a couple of days so IPs and new accounts cannot edit directly. TeraTIX 02:28, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Word Processing Options[edit]

Hi, I have somehow managed to change my word processors action from the usual, where you position your caret, enter a letter and it is inserted into the word to: if your position your caret and enter a letter, instead of inserting it, it inserts and deletes the letter you are highlighting. This makes it impossible to go back and edit text as you cant insert, only insert and delete. I can't find an option to change it back. Can anyone help please many thanks  TUXLIE  07:50, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Have you pressed the "INSERT" key, usually in the upper right part of the keyboard? Try that. Chaheel Riens (talk) 08:12, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
@Tuxlie: Yes, what Chaheel said. The "normal" way your computer works is called "insert" mode. You can toggle "insert" mode on or off by hitting a specific "INSERT" key on some computers, or by using CTRL+"i" on most computers. -Arch dude (talk) 16:31, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the replies guys, that fixed my problem  TUXLIE 

Why has Internationalist Theatre a main space Wikipedia article since 2 yrs ago been put on NOINDEX_ Category ?[edit]

Sock blocked and unhappy that pet article isn't profiled in search engines as expected. Clueless that their activity has led to the reason why.
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 16:13, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Please assist in removing this anomaly since NOINDEX Category applies to articles of no less than 30 days and not to older articles,and in this casemore than 2 yrs old. So malfunction has occurred. {{Alizafar567 (talk) 09:03, 17 October 2018 (UTC)}}

@Alizafar567: As far as I can see, the page Internationalist Theatre includes the {{Undisclosed paid}} template, which in turn includes {{NOINDEX}} and that's probabaly a way the article falls into the NOINDEX category. When the paid editing issue gets resolved and the template is removed, the article will (possibly) get indexed normally. --CiaPan (talk) 09:39, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
@CiaPan: Thank you for the clarification for Internationalist Theatre . Why has the Wikipedia main space article since 2 yrs ago been removed from google and bing indexing and been replaced by which it is clearly not ? Thank you {{Alizafar567 (talk) 09:55, 17 October 2018 (UTC)}}
@Alizafar567: I have no idea, I don't know the history of Angelique Rockas and Draft:Angelique Rockas pages. I also do not know the algorithms and criteria ruling both web indexes. --CiaPan (talk) 10:32, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
@Alizafar567: The Angelique Rockas page shows up in this google search. Does it not appear to you? Eagleash (talk) 10:44, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
@Eagleash: Angelique Rockas EN does not appear on google search as a website link but only in the infoocx on the right hand side. It is still excluded from the index of website links.

And on the search we get Who has placed the Draft on Angelique Rockas main space Wikipedia entry? Redirect from Draft as you have done does not remove the prefix draft from the Main space entry? So what has happened? Thank you {{Alizafar567 (talk) 14:03, 17 October 2018 (UTC)}}

  • The Draft space article is in Draft space, not main space. We have no control how Bing chooses to index articles here. Also @Berean Hunter:. CrowCaw 14:55, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
@Alizafar567: I'm not entirely certain what has happened here, but it looks as if duplicate pages were created alongside each other one as a draft and one possibly directly into mainspace. In these circumstances it is not uncommon for the draft to be turned into a redirect as happened previously here. It is one way of dealing with the duplication although I'm not sure whether it is the most satisfactory. The mainspace article is at Angelique Rockas and the draft is at Draft:Angelique Rockas.
With regard to the failure to show in Google search, it seems Angelique Rockas also had a paid-editing template which was only removed yesterday so it might be a case of Google not quite catching up as yet. BTW there is no need to place curly brackets around your signature. Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 15:11, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Note: The paid editing template (which was removed by an Admin.) has now been reinstated. Eagleash (talk) 15:34, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Need To Information About Company[edit]

Please guide the steps to write article in wikipedia — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sansuielectronics (talkcontribs) 09:41, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

@Sansuielectronics: Hello and welcome to the Help Desk. I have posted some important information about your username on your user talk page, please review it as soon as you can. Regarding your question, you should not attempt to write about your company. You have what Wikipedia calls a conflict of interest. I assume you are an employee of the company, which also means you are a paid editor. You must disclose the latter per Wikipedia's Terms of Use. Both of those mean that you are too close to your company to be able to write about it objectively. Wikipedia has no interest in what a company wants to say about itself. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia that summarizes what independent reliable sources state about article subjects like a company. Those subjects must be shown to meet the relevant notability guidelines, such as the ones for companies. Not every company merits an article here, even within the same field.
If you just want to tell the world about your company, you should do so on its own website, social media, or other alternative forum. If your company truly merits an encyclopedic article here, you shouldn't be the one to write it. 331dot (talk) 09:48, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Hi, Sansuielectronics!
  1. Please see Wikipedia:Username policy, esp. the WP:CORPNAME section.
  2. Please see Wikipedia:Notability guideline, esp. rules at WP:CORP to see if the company really should be written about at Wikipedia.
  3. If so, then please see Wikipedia:Conflict of interest and make sure the company should be written about by you.
  4. After making sure you're OK to proceed, see WP:Verifiability, esp. the WP:SOURCES section.
Or just start at Wikipedia:Your first article, which will lead you through all basic requirements. --CiaPan (talk) 09:54, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Dwight Oliver Taylor[edit]

Wrong photo — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:8003:5D12:4700:A081:519F:404C:B791 (talk) 09:57, 17 October 2018 (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.--Shantavira|feed me 10:14, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

What photo? As far as I can see, our article Dwight Taylor (writer) does not contain any photo (and it did not contain one during 2018). Can you please show an URL to the page where the 'wrong photo' is? --CiaPan (talk) 10:26, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

@CiaPan: As implied above it is probably here. Eagleash (talk) 10:32, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
@Eagleash: Yes, I saw that. I also made the same guess myself. But I'm not asking about your, my or Shantavira's guesses, I asked about the fact IP-user observed. --CiaPan (talk) 10:36, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

I want to create Wikipedia Page.[edit]

Hello Wikipedia Team,

I am trying to create Wikipedia page, but i am not able to create it.

I am looking for a content writer who can create wikipedia content for me.

can you provide us wikipedia content writer details with their charges?

Please reply me ASAP.

Regards, Pradeep. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pradeepk123 (talkcontribs) 12:15, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia articles are created by volunteers across the globe. While it is technically not a violation of our Terms of Service for someone to create articles for pay, they must fully disclose what they are doing, and frankly they encounter a great amount of hostility from the volunteer community. We strongly discourage you from trying to do this. --Orange Mike | Talk 12:36, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
@Pradeepk123: I'm sorry but we cannot recommend someone you can hire to write about what I assume to be you or your company for you. That's something you will have to do yourself, but understand that anyone you hire cannot guarantee any certain result, such as the article surviving deletion. They will also need to comply with WP:PAID and declare that you hired them. Please note that Wikipedia is not for merely telling the world about your organization or you. The subject must be notable. Your best bet, if the subject truly merits an article, is to wait for an independent editor to take note of it and write on their own. I would strongly recommend against doing what you describe. 331dot (talk) 12:41, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
@Pradeepk123:If you decide to proceed against our advice above, then you will find someone. Do be aware that there are people who claim the ability to create a Wikipedia article, and some claim or imply that that they have extra privileges or abilities to get that article onto Wikipedia. This is untrue: do not pay these people until the article has remained on Wikipedia for a month if they make such a claim. If the subject is notable (by our definition, not yours -- see WP:N), a competent high-school student can create an article that will succeed. If the subject is not notable, an article by the best writer in the world will still get deleted. -Arch dude (talk) 16:45, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

How do I upload a photograph to a page? How do I replace a photograph with an updated photograph?[edit]

I am trying to add additional photos to the Essex, CT page under Culture and Attractions. Are there any help videos that would walk me through it? I did just add a site to to the historical places - Comstock Cheney Hall (aka The Ivoryton Playhouse) and I want to link that to a page- how do I do that? Thank you, Betsy — Preceding unsigned comment added by Eadamico (talkcontribs) 14:51, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Hey Betsy, thanks for stopping by. If you're just looking for some tutorials or guidance in uploading videos, there's a help menu at Help:Menu/Images and media that may be useful. Specifically, the first question (most important, really) is if the images in question are legally allowed to be put on Wikipedia. If you own the copyright on the images, or if they are in the public domain, you may upload them to Wikimedia Commons, which is the main media repository. If you do NOT own the copyright, or if the image copyright is held by someone else, or if the image copyright is of unclear status, it should probably not be uploaded (there are some exceptions to that, but it's too complicated to get into right now). If you do wish to upload images you are allowed to upload, here is the upload wizard in Commons. It will walk you through the process. Once it is uploaded this page will help you add them to Wikipedia articles. --Jayron32 16:49, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
@Eadamico: I fixed your link. Based on your struggles with that link, I think you might want to play around on a test page a bit to get a better feel for how these things work. You can use your own user page at User:Eadamico, or a separate page such as User:Eadamico/test. But even making little mistakes in a real article is not too bad. We'll just fix it. Now for the photo. First, make sure you are the photographer or that you otherwise own the copyright. This is essential because we must obey the law, including copyright law. Now, get the photo onto your computer in some way. Now, go the the main page of Wiki Commons, which is where we keep (almost) all our photos. click this link: c:Wikimedia Commons. Then, click on the "upload" button near the top right of that page, and follow the instructions after that. At the very end, the photo is saved into commons and you are told the syntax that you can then place in the article here at Wikipedia. Try that in your test page until you are happy with the way it is added, and then put it in the actual target page. Come back here is you have problems. -Arch dude (talk) 17:16, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Human Body Temperature[edit]

On the Human Body Temperature page you have two items with exact same info which I believe is incorrect. See below:

Fever >37.5 or 38.3 °C (99.5 or 100.9 °F)[4][5] Hyperthermia >37.5 or 38.3 °C (99.5 or 100.9 °F)[4][5]

As you can see they are exactly the same and leave a temperature gap to the next highest temp condition. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2607:FEA8:3C20:DC9:7839:BC5C:A75E:7CFA (talk) 16:28, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

I've added a heading to your question to separate it from the one above.
See the note just below the table in the infobox on Human Body Temperature. It points out that fever and hyperthermia differ in their underlying mechanisms, and that there are different cutoff temperatures defined in different sources. There is no universally accepted definition of the terms.
Also, please sign your comments on discussion pages like this one by typing four tildes (~~~~). Rojomoke (talk) 16:38, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Weird diff[edit]

Can someone look at Special:Diff/864505893 and identify what exactly was changed? If there's a difference, I'm missing it. Home Lander (talk) 17:40, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

(edit conflict)@Home Lander: The IP removed some extra whitespace after the "High School: Grade 9 to Grade 12 (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is offered in Grades 11 and 12)." They didn't change anything contentwise.--SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 17:44, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
  • SkyGazer 512, Home Lander, well, the most intriguing edit I've seen in my experience is this one, which had "no difference" in the subsequent edit, yet still was logged. Can you decode that?! Lourdes 18:00, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
    Lourdes, that's certainly a weird one. The only thought I have is that there was some invisible unicode-type character that was added (since it apparently added a byte to the page). On another note, I'm using reply-link to reply to your comment and seem to have found a bug - the script automatically fills in the username to tag the user being replied to, but it filled in your username with "❤️" instead of Lourdes. I'm assuming that's an old username of yours, so I might bring this up with the script operator. Home Lander (talk) 19:43, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
    Lourdes' current signature links to User talk:❤️ which redirects to User talk:Lourdes. The signature doesn't follow WP:SIGLINK which says: "Signatures must include at least one direct internal link to your user page, user talk page, or contributions page". PrimeHunter (talk) 20:08, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
    What PrimeHunter says is possibly the reason Home Lander. Tell me if the script now works. I've linked the talk page directly now. Warmly, Lourdes 02:17, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
    And on a side note Home Lander, I've now installed the reply user script and think it's maddeningly infatuating :D Enterprisey, cheers. Lourdes 02:34, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
    Good to hear, thanks! :) Enterprisey (talk!) 02:49, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
    Lourdes, sure enough, it works now. It's a great script, indeed. Home Lander (talk) 00:58, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Shoal Creek in Austin -- Flooding History[edit]

Your history of Shoal Creek is very well done. However, I wanted to let you know of one fact you might want to include. My parents built the first house on the west side of the creek past 38th street in 1949. The address was 4105 Jefferson. The first bad flood occurred on the night of Oct. 28, 1960. Around midnight, the creek was in our house about two feet high. All the homes in our neighborhood on the creek were flooded. The water was waste high in the street. flooding occurred because a developer about three blocks down the street above the creek on the east side was dumping waste into the creek and created a damn. The neighborhood took him to court but received little in a judgment. Joe Hornaday Jr. 2600:1700:F300:2CE0:A9D5:4330:6DD:8003 (talk) 21:29, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi, Joe. While this is interesting, we cannot use it in Wikipedia directly, because of the peculiar way Wikipedia works. We do not have (and do not want to have) any way of verifying who you are and that what you say is true. We only use material we find in reputable published sources. So, you may choose to (e.g.) tell your story to a reporter at your local newspaper. If they then publish it, we can pick it up here -Arch dude (talk) 22:00, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Earl of Dumbarton[edit]

I have totally stuffed up trying to add the correct pronunciation of this title. Please fix. Sorry. (talk) 21:55, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Hello IP user. The formatting error was simple that you inserted a new line after the citation. But I have reverted your change: the pronunciation of the place in Gaelic does not seem to me to be at all relevant to the pronunciation of the title in English. In any case, giving a Gaelic name for the pronunciation is extremely unhelpful to English speakers. I think you possibly meant to give not the pronunciation, but the Gaelic form of the name; but again, unless you can adduce a source that his title in English is the Gaelic form of the name, I don't see how that is relevant. The article on Dumbarton (which is linked) gives the Gaelic name and prnunciation of the place. --ColinFine (talk) 22:31, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

October 18[edit]

Jack Brooksbank[edit]

Please help with 2 areas of concern - Firstly, there are a lot of red words underneath the refs. on this page. I am unable to fix this up. - Secondly, I have added a file in the info box and it is all wrong Thanks in advance. (talk) 00:05, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

Fixed Abelmoschus Esculentus (talk to memy contributions) 00:13, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

Usernames that violate BLP[edit]

This came up at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion#Binksternet-related trolling.

If someone created a new account with the name User:example's real name is Larson E. Whipsnade and his social security number is 078-05-1120 (See[1]), is it true, as claimed at the MfD above, that nothing can be done and the user name will remain visible forever? Or can oversight/suppression by applied, just as with any other serious BLP violation? --Guy Macon (talk) 08:38, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

@Guy Macon: According to Help:RevisionDelete at MediaWiki, it's technically possible to remove usernames from revisions. I don't see any policy-related reasons why usernames that are serious violations of WP:OUTING or WP:BLP wouldn't be removed. TeraTIX 10:36, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
Accounts cannot be (technically) completely deleted, but local oversighters (locally) and stewards (globally) have ability to hide usernames that violates Wikimedia Oversight Policy, which makes it invisible to everyone but stewards, local OSes (if an account exist on their project), and certain number of WMF staffers. — regards, Revi 11:59, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
The username you mentioned is within oversight policy and would be suppressed everywhere it appeared. ~ GB fan 12:27, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

October 19[edit]

Jack Brooksbank[edit]

I have mucked up badly when trying to make a file on this article smaller. Please fix sorry. (talk) 00:52, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

No worries; should be fixed now. :-) ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 00:53, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Jack Brooksbank[edit]

Sorry - reference 3 should have the publisher in forward slanting italics but NOT (I think) in BOLD. I am too scared to fix this myself. Please help if you can. Thanks (talk) 01:12, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Fixed - See the change made here that fixed it. You just needed to remove three single-quotes on each side of the publisher title to change it from being both bold and italicized to being just italicized. Adding two single-quotes on each side will italicize the text (but not add bold font), three single-quotes adds only bolded font (no italics), and five single-quotes adds both fonts. ;-) ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 01:18, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

List of wedding guests of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank[edit]

In the section - "Bridesmaids and page boys" section, I have tried to do the link on Autumn Philips - who has her own page. But, it is in RED. Please help Thanks203.132.68.1 (talk) 02:19, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Fixed, you merely misspelled Autumn. MB 04:05, 19 October 2018 (UTC)


Hi, I am a new user(only was autoconfirmed today) and I want to know what should I do when I see vandalism. Can you take a look at this:, one sentence says "PICKLE REE divined..." is this vandalism because I'm pretty sure PICKLE REE does not show up in any of the books.

Thanks --Boothsift (talk) 04:07, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Most articles can be edited by anyone. This means that in most articles, vandalism can be reverted by anyone. This particular instance looked like the simple addition of a couple of words. Some IP kindly removed it. What's more problematic is what to do when you suspect alteration. I could explain, but a full explanation would be laborious for both you and me until you're familiar with the exploration of article history. This isn't hard to understand, once you familiarize yourself with it. Here is a silly fellow. (I always think of such people as male.) I "reverted" his last, stupid edit to an article. What I could have done instead is to use the "history" to see, and then to edit, the version of the article that preceded his silly interference. Attempting to edit an old version brings up a warning message. Ignore the warning message and instead simply click "Publish changes" (of course providing an informative edit summary). If you'd additionally like to make other improvements to the article, go ahead, but the article history will be easier for others to understand if you make these improvements in one or more separate edits. -- Hoary (talk) 04:23, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Stray reference[edit]

Hi, on the English Wikipedia page for Globeville, Denver, there is a stray reference at the very bottom of the page, just above the categories. This reference occurs by itself, after the regular references. I cannot fix this because I cannot find the reference anywhere when I edit the page. What is generating this stray reference and how can it be fixed? Thanks and best wishes, Jeffrey Beall (talk) 10:43, 19 October 2018 (UTC).

@Jeffrey Beall: The reference was coming from {{Neighborhoods of Denver}}. I have fixed it there.[2] PrimeHunter (talk) 10:59, 19 October 2018 (UTC)[edit]

This isn’t a reliable or unbiased source, imo. But its claims about education among GOP and Democrats are a major feature of Republican party. (talk) 19:34, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Please start a discussion on the article's talk page, proposing corrections. If you don't get responses, just edit the article. If you do get responses but cannot reach consensus, follow the steps at WP:DISPUTE. -Arch dude (talk) 01:02, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

Need help on grammar[edit]

I have edited the article of EOKA, a massive edit.[3] My edit was reverted, which caused me frustration as I had worked for 2 weeks and used 3 great books on the subject- probably the 3 best. The user who did the revert explained that grammar was one of the reasons he did it. When I answered him that he could just help to improve, he declined and proposed for me to go back to el.WP. Can anyone help me fix the grammar mistakes? You can find the version in my Sandbox. The section that need improvement is the "Armed struggle". Is this the appropriate place to ask for such help? Should I ask elsewhere? You can find the discussion, at the EOKA's TalkPage. Thanks.Cinadon36 (talk) 20:56, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Hello Cinadon36. You should not attempt to undertake such large edits that have a high probability of being challenged. You should attempt such edits small bits at a time, with edit summaries (which you've ignored). And if your edits are reverted, you need to take up the discussion on the talk page (which you have). And when you find that consensus does not exist on the talk page for your overall changes (it doesn't exist as of right now), then you need to propose the changes step by step, bit by bit, rather than en masse. So if it's only grammar that you wish to improve, without inserting heavily slanted POV statements, continue discussions on the talk page. Read dispute resolution for more information on this. Warmly, Lourdes 02:18, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Hello Cinadon36, I know nothing about the content, but your edit also introduced lots of BLOCK CAPITALS, and changed the spelling from British to American English. We don't do either of these on Wikipedia without good reason. Dbfirs 07:44, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Thank you both for your comments. Lourdes, I am following dispute resolution as you suggested. Hope it will get us somewhere. As for POV, it is not a POV edit I am trying to insert. But I do understand why they are objecting the edit on such a claim. It is because EOKA is a highly controversial and polarizing subject. Among the right-wingers Greek Cypriots, they are considered heroes. Among British were seen as villains, during the past decades. Among Turkish Cypriots were considered super-villains. That 's why any attempt to write the article according to mainstream scholars (RS) is seen a "POV pushing". I wish more users, not heavily interested in EOKA, could offer a helping hand. Is there a way to make a call to a non-POV audience? Would that be appropriate? User:Dbfirs Are you talking about the block capitals used in the translation of EOKA's first pamphlet? It was not me who added that text. Cinadon36 (talk) 08:20, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Sorry, yes, on looking again, I realise that the block capitals were part of a long quote. Dbfirs 12:47, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

How to translate the map legend (in German) to English in an embedded map, part of the article on The Vikings[edit]

url is,_Landnahmen_und_Siedlungsgebiete_der_Nordm%C3%A4nner_-_800-1050.png (talk) 21:00, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

The file is commons:File:Züge, Landnahmen und Siedlungsgebiete der Nordmänner - 800-1050.png. The German legend and also the German text on the map are part of the image made by Mediatus. The language can only be changed by making a new version of the file with image software outside Wikipedia, and uploading the new file with another name. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:45, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
Mediatus may have created this from files that are easier to edit than the PNG file. If so, he may choose to provide those files to you if you discuss it with him on his talk page. -Arch dude (talk) 00:57, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
I asked Mediatus in German to share a SVG or other source file, in case my German is less worse than his English (they seem to be mostly active in German). TigraanClick here to contact me 12:53, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Bold type.[edit]

   I changed the large page description to a single title.
   I wish to reverse the change.

Frank — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:05, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Please let us know which page you are referring to. This question is the only edit from that IP address. RudolfRed (talk) 22:50, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

October 20[edit]

Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "CIAAW2016" defined multiple times with different content[edit]

Hi there, I was browsing Standard atomic weight when I noticed that once of the references has some big red text with the error Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "CIAAW2016" defined multiple times with different content. This ref isn't actually directly defined anywhere in the article, though. It seems to be transcluded in from various templates, via Template:CIAAW2016. Actually, the documentation for this template also has the invalid ref tag error.

I'm not very experienced with templates, so I'm not sure how to fix it. I made an attempt with this edit by making the text value in both switch cases equal, but that didn't seem to work. Does anyone have any insight on what is causing this problem?

Actually, the duplicate text feels like a code smell. Is there perhaps a better way to write that template? Ahiijny (talk) 01:06, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

The error message disappeared when I purged the pages. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:33, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: Oh, that's good then. Thank you! Ahiijny (talk) 08:15, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Two different names on two different maps but same feature[edit]

(This was posted on WP:NORN but that forum is fairly low traffic) I have a question about how WP:NOR applies to maps. File:Micronesia and Marshall islands bathymetry.pdf comes from here and shows two seamounts named Aean̄-Kaņ and Wōd-Eņ Iōn̄. This publication has a differently styled bathymetric map of the same area, and this map shows two seamounts named Marovoiy and Nazimova. Based on a comparison of the two maps, Marovoiy = Aean̄-Kaņ and Wōd-Eņ Iōn̄ = Nazimova; would this conclusion be acceptable under WP:NOR? There is no source explicitly making the connection. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 08:40, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

Not OR, in my opinion. It's a standard technique to extract information like this while comparing landmass timelines using maps and see how the names of locations have changed. Lourdes 09:27, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Be really careful when it comes to disputed naming of Pacific features, as they're one of Wikipedia's perennial hot potatoes. Because of the region's history, it's not unusual for China, Russia, the US, Japan, Korea, and whichever European power happened to reach the region first to have each given something their own name, and some of Wikipedia's most venomous and protracted edit wars have been over the naming of minor Pacific geographical features (because they're too obscure for there to be an obvious WP:COMMONNAME)—Liancourt Rocks, which is currently up to 22 pages of argument about the name and counting, is one that sticks in my mind. In this particular case, I disagree with Lourdes; given the sensitivity, I'd say the only approach you can safely follow in this particular case is to actually describe the sources ("the US government labels it Aean̄-Kaņ, a Russian source labels it Marovoiy") rather than explicitly state that the two terms are synonymous and describe the same feature, or favoring one name over another. ‑ Iridescent 09:34, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
+1 to Iridescent's suggestion. Lourdes 09:59, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. It looks however like there is not enough material to write a dedicated article, so I've simply added the name information to List of seamounts in the Marshall Islands. It doesn't look like a case of a name change as much like a case where different researchers use different names. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 13:41, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

How do I merge the pages Working_in_Canada and Canadian_Job_Bank?[edit]

Back in March, William Graham proposed that the the page Working_in_Canada be merged in into the page Canadian Job Bank. No one has objected. As someone with some knowledge of Canada and the sites involved, I think this is an excellent idea. As a regular editor, do I have the power to go in and do this, or are some higher level permissions required? If I can do this, which is the best place to find some instructions? If I can't do this on my own, how do I get someone else to do it? Thanks for any help/advice! Frances Woolley Fwoolley (talk) 14:35, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

@Fwoolley: Please see WP:MERGE. WP:FMERGE gives step by step instructions (it's not as difficult as it looks at first sight!) but you should have a read of the entire page also. Come back if you need more help. Cheers. Eagleash (talk) 14:54, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

Help fixing link of existing article[edit]

Hi, I have an existing published Wiki for "Keith A. Schooley" ( which has recently had one of it's reference links changed to a PDF containing the same exact information from his Wiki article. Reference: "Building Effective Whistleblowing Programs". Murdock Global Advisers. June 2003. Retrieved December 22, 2015. The PDF containing the information has been moved to this location: The original link appears in reference #10 pertaining to this line: (Murdock Global Advisers listed Schooley along with seven other very notable whistleblowers as a result of his actions.[10]) Also, in addition to being at the #10 reference, it is also at #1. Is it possible for someone to remove the defunct link and replace it with the new one containing the original information? Very much appreciated, Hillary Chase — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hillary Chase (talkcontribs) 18:13, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

Finding Copyright tag for image[edit]

Hi, I am unable to find a copyright tag for an image. The tag is

Licenced under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) from an image located at the National Portrait Gallery UK.

It is for the image: File:Sir Leslie Alfred Charles Fry.jpg

At the moment it is unlicensed, and a bot has marked for it for death. Can anybody help. Thanks. scope_creep (talk) 19:47, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

Unfortunately, both NonCommercial and NoDerivs are deal killers for us here. We can only accept licenses which permit both commercial re-use and creation of derivative works. So unless you can get the image licensed differently.... --Orange Mike | Talk 19:56, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Hi Orange Mike, so that is what it means. That's why there is no mention of a tag. This is the licence page here, Licensing. Its looks like I need to licence it using Fair Use. scope_creep (talk) 20:15, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
Technically, fair use is not a license. It is a claim of a very narrowly-drafted exception to the rights which the photographer has in a work done 60 years ago. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:44, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Hi Tigraan, the template was knackered, but it is now fixed. I know, I have done a few of these Fair Use images, 170 odd I think. The copyright is truly byzantine. Thanks. scope_creep (talk) 12:55, 22 October 2018 (UTC)


Hi, I have a question about the review of article submissions.

I submitted an arcitle for review in June and haven't heard back yet. I just wanted to ask what I can do about this, since all my other articles were review within a few days.

Thanks Modussiccandi (talk) 20:26, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

@Modussiccandi: Draft:Siegburger_SV_04 has already been reviewed. If that is not it, please provide a link to the draft that you submitted for review. RudolfRed (talk) 21:20, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Note: It was re-submitted in July but little if anything was added to help it achieve notability. Eagleash (talk) 21:36, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

October 21[edit]

Account Creation Interface[edit]

Hi, I was reading more pages about how to use Wikipedia(its features, etc) and I came across Account Creation Interface and I accidentally registered even though I do not meet the requirements. I meant to press cancel, but since my computer is pretty laggy, it "approved" my request.

How do I remove my request?

Thanks. --Boothsift (talk) 01:10, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi Boothsift, I've declined your application to WP:ACC for you. :) stwalkerster (talk) 02:10, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

wish to cancel account[edit]

please cancel my account — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:22, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Since you did not log in, we do not know who you are. You are free to simply quit editing, or you may choose to blank or otherwise modify your user page. See Wikipedia:Retiring. -Arch dude (talk) 02:20, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Existence of God sidebar[edit]

I tried to add Spinoza's argument from the origin of the idea of God to the sidebar, but instead the sidebar has gone wrong, and now shows coding instead of a sidebar. I don't know how to go back on editing and reverse the process. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:15, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

You missed an ending ] in [4]. It has already been reverted. See Help:Reverting. Click "Show preview" to test your edit before saving. PrimeHunter (talk) 18:31, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Help moving page[edit]

hello, I'm trying to get a draft moved to become a public article but I don't have the privileges to move articles yet, can I get some help with that? I am leading a class on digital humanities tomorrow and will be asking students in the CRDM program to register with Wikipedia and help to fill out our program page — Preceding unsigned comment added by Etjohnso (talkcontribs) 20:49, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

@Etjohnso: Hello, unfortunately that would be a mass conflict of interest. You would have to have someone else do it as to keep a NPOV. Thanks, Kb03 (talk) 21:51, 21 October 2018 (UTC)
Alos, Etjohnso, if that draft is moved to mainspace, it is liable to be deleted very quickly, as it makes no attempt to establish that the course is notable. Remember that Wikipedia is not interested in what the subject of an article, or people associated with it, say, know, or think, about the subject. It is only interested in what people who have no connection with the subject have chosen to publish about it. It follows that unless there is substantial independently published material about a subject, no article can be written on it: that is what we mean by Notability in the Wikipedia world. Most universities, and some departments of universities, have enough published about them to give them notability, but not many university programs. Have you read Wikipedia:Education program/Educators? --ColinFine (talk) 23:19, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Creating an article[edit]

Hi Wiki,

I am trying to create an article for Obi Ozor, my CEO and I already have it drafted in a google doc.

It's been difficult adapting the template I created on the google doc on here.

Please is it possible I get assistance with it from over there? I could share the URL for the google doc with the team.

Awaiting your response.

Kind Regards. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Adebowale.J (talkcontribs) 22:49, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Adebowale.J. Wikipedia doesn't work like that. There isn't a "team": there are thousands of volunteer editors, who work on what they choose to work on. It is not easy creating a new article on Wikipedia, and I always advise new editors to spend a few weeks or months working on some of our six million existing articles (many of which could do with a lot of improvement) and learning how Wikipedia works before trying the challenging task of creating a new one. Furthermore, writing about somebody connected with you is even harder, because of your Conflict of interest: you are strongly discouraged from doing this (follow the link to see why). This is even more so if you are in any way paid to do this: you are required to make a declaration if that is the case.
Wikipedia will accept an article on Mr Ozor only if he meets the criteria for notability (in the special way Wikipedia uses the word): this means that several people who have no connection with him or his company have chosen to publish material about him, in reliable places (such as major newspapers, or books from reputable publishers): the article should be almost entirely based on these sources. Very little in the article should come from him himself, or from the company. Because of your connection, you are likely to find it difficult to keep to what has been independently published; and you may also find it hard to write in a neutral way about your CEO.
Finally, you should be aware that if you succeed in writing an article about your CEO that is accepted into Wikipedia, you (and he) will have no control over its contents thereafter: any editor will be free to edit it as they see fit, according to Wikipedia's rules and policies and what the published sources say. You might like to look at the essay An article about yourself isn't necessarily a good thing.
I'm sorry to sound so discouraging; but we have many people who mistake Wikipedia for a business directory, and think they can just post a profile here; they ofteny have a frustrating experience, so I wanted to warn you before you get too far into it. --ColinFine (talk) 23:35, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

October 22[edit]

Swing in waltz and foxtrot[edit]

I wonder why the article on foxtrot does not include the term "swing." In Europe and elsewhere, waltz and foxtrot are referred to as "swing dancing," (which has nothing to do with American swing dances such as East Coast Swing or West Coast Swing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:09, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestion. We are all volunteers, and each of of (about 100,000 of us this month) does whatever we get interested in. Please make this addition to the article yourself, but be sure to cite reliable sources (WP:RS). If you are not comfortable doing this, then please open a new section on the article's talk page and make your suggestion there. -Arch dude (talk) 04:34, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
Hello, the article on Foxtrot does include the term "swing" (e.g. "Today, the dance is customarily accompanied by the same big band music to which swing is also danced.") As Archdude mentions, you may choose to add more material on the connection between the two dance genres within the article, using reliable sources as citations. Do note that we also have a separate article for Swing dancing. Thanks, Lourdes 05:08, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Weird references rendering[edit]

Hello, why exactly is ref no. 24 here rendered so awkardly with regard to the excessive spacing before and after the line starting with Urbina, Ian (October 20, 2009)?--Neufund (talk) 15:15, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

I don't see any excessive spacing before and after that line, Neufund. --ColinFine (talk) 15:24, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. Well, that's funny, since I actually do!--Neufund (talk) 15:27, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
PS: The same problem occurs to me with the line Gueco, Luverne B. (24 September 2005) here: On my screen, a giant space is displayed before that line.--Neufund (talk) 15:44, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
I'm seeing the extra space for certain window widths, using Firefox 62.0.3. I've no idea of the cause, though. -- John of Reading (talk) 15:55, 22 October 2018 (UTC)