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July 13[edit]

Exclude subpages in search[edit]

Is there a way to search for a topic in top-level pages only? This would be useful if you wanted to exclude archived discussions. (Please {{ping}} me when replying.), YBG (talk) 00:40, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

YBG: If you click on Wikipedia's search facility without entering any text, you get to a page where you can do a search while specifying what types of page to search; so you can select "(Article)" only, with no discussion pages etc. Alternatively you can use Google to search within Wikipedia, it only indexes articles so it shouldn't find you anything from Wikipedia discussion pages. Maproom (talk) 08:12, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
@Maproom: That doesn't really help. I was trying to find current stuff in MOS or WP without the clutter of old discussions. YBG (talk) 21:07, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
I don't know a general method but adding -intitle:Archive to the search may be good enough for your purpose. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:32, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: That's a great idea, and may be event better for the purpose I wanted than what I tried: -intitle:/ which didn't seem to work. YBG (talk) 21:07, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Kevin Stocker page has false info under post playing career[edit]

Could you please delete the info under the Post Playing Career of Kevin Stocker. None of the info about the Kruk and towel stuff ever happened. All false. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1003:B002:D512:F0B7:FA7D:BC2C:87CF (talk) 01:59, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Looks like it was only put up in the last day or so. Anyways, its gone now, as there was no reference and a quick google didnt bring anything up. Curdle (talk) 03:20, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Well this is embarrasing[edit]

So this genius reset his password a couple months ago, and has managed to forget the passwords to both his Wikipedia account and associated e-mail. While I chose the option to stay logged in for 365 days, which gives me several months still, I'd love to figure out how to resolve this before I'm locked out of my account. Any way to remove my associated e-mail address? The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 02:09, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Presumably you have already explored options for recovering access to the email? Monty845 02:16, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
AFAIK, Blade, you've screwed the pooch. Seriously, though, you have my sincere sympathy. --Orange Mike | Talk 02:18, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
Perhaps. I do have a different e-mail I used with this account from 2012 through most of 2014 which I can still access, and if all else fails I can keep trying to get into this one. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 02:22, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
Certainly not a great option, but if all else fails, you should probably be able to convince a crat to transfer your user rights to a new account. Monty845 02:40, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
There's that. But it still seems like there should be a less drastic solution. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 02:46, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
If I can create an account using this one, and use an attached e-mail, maybe that'd work? Plus I have a committed identity. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 03:12, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
Since you have advanced user rights, you can create a phab: request for a new email address to be stored for your account. They want proof you are the real user but that should be possible when you are already logged in. The only example request I could find is phab:T176480 but there are others. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:28, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
Since for some reason I'm only logged in on enwiki I did it via e-mail, from the address I used to use with this account. Hopefully that sets things into motion. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 12:59, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
I'd forgotten how confusing I find the interface there, so I have no idea if it went through, but at least I tried. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 15:29, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
Is the email account a paid for one? Their support is usually more helpful because it means retaining a customer. I know how you feel though, it took me five years to get one account back, after the company involved killed the free email account it was tied to. - X201 (talk) 13:13, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
I wish I had been smart enough to do that, but it's a free Gmail. The old one associated with my account, which I used for Phabricator, is an AOL. Awaiting a response there, hoping I did it right. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 13:30, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Edward IV of England[edit]

Sorry - please restore the info. etc that I accidently removed when trying to replace a file. (talk) 04:14, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

 Done Please be more careful next time. ~ Abelmoschus Esculentus (talk to me) 04:15, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Can I annotate my contributions list?[edit]

Is there any way I can add publicly-viewable notes to edits on my contributions page? Sort of like edit summaries, but added after the fact? It's just that I made some edits when I was really young (as early as 11 years old) that I'm kind of embarrassed to leave there without context because, besides being against Wikipedia policies (which I didn't know back then), they're clearly motivated by something so counter to how I feel now. I don't want the edits removed from my page (if that's even possible), as I'd rather leave them there for posterity, plus they are pretty funny and quite ironic. But I would like anyone who looks at them to see the proper context behind it. If there's no way I can add notes to my previous contributions myself, would there be any way for an admin or sysop to retroactively modify my edit summaries or something? All I really need is some way to publicly post something that will be visible on my contribs page when sorted by "oldest".

Oh, and don't think I don't know exactly where you're headed right now. Here's a link, to save you the trouble. Specifically, the edits I'm referring to are the ones that removed things like profanity and nudity, with descriptions that made it sound like I'm greatly in favor of censorship. Which of course, now, I'm quite against. I think my motivation was that I was paranoid my parents would see that stuff and tell me I'm not allowed to use Wikipedia, so I wanted to remove the stuff from Wikipedia. XD

flarn2006 [u t c] time: 04:30, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

  • I know of no way to annotate your contributions. I suspect that anyone who cared about them would likely visit you user page, so your best approach would be to write a little history there of your experiences of growing up as a Wikipedia editor. -Arch dude (talk) 04:57, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
  • It's possible for admins to hide edits and/or their summaries in the histories of articles, but the circumstances are quite specific, such as copyright infringements, and wouldn't cover your situation. I think Arch dude's suggestion is the best way forward. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:42, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Okay, that's what I'll do. Thank you. flarn2006 [u t c] time: 17:58, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Edward IV[edit]

Please remove the "dubious" after ref number 51 - I have added a valid citation. I have done it now - I hope it is OK; it ties in well with the current text. Thanks (talk) 04:44, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Note: This has been Fixed by the OP. Eagleash (talk) 08:49, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Changes won't save[edit]

I'm obviously doing something wrong and ready to tear my hair out. I've now spent hours trying to update a bio. I've followed all instructions, made the changes, everything looked good. I clicked the PUBLISH box. When I tried to leave the page to READ the article, a pop-up window said "Changes may not be saved" if I left the window. Sure enough--they weren't. I tried editing again. After I made all the changes again and tried to PUBLISH, I got a message that someone else was trying to edit the article at the same time (probably me), and I had to compare my changes to what was currently published and merge my changes into the current article in order for them to be saved. I did that and clicked PUBLISH. Same thing--nothing updated. What do I need to do to save the updates? — Preceding unsigned comment added by AbbyMcClure (talkcontribs) 07:01, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

I've had an edit conflict with myself in the past (possibly because of my slow internet connection), but you did successfully make two edits. These were reverted. Please find WP:Reliable sources for your changes. I note that you have not declared your WP:Conflict of interest in the article you were editing. It might be better to suggest the changes on the talk page of Doris Day. Dbfirs 07:06, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Where to put an abbreviation definition[edit]

So I come across a mysterious abbreviation, EIIN, in an article about a school. I've established to my own satisfaction that this stands for "Educational Institute Identification Number" and is assigned by the Bangladeshi government to schools there. Several articles reference either 'EIIN' or variations of the fuller name.

Neither the Ministry of Education (Bangladesh) and Education in Bangladesh talk about this EIIN, and unfortunately the Bangladesh Ministry of Education site is all in Bengali.


The ministry said the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BENBEIS) would not provide the Educational Institute Identification Number (EIIN) to an institution set up without prior permission. [1]
Dhaka, Sep 25 (UNB)- Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (Banbeis) on Monday launched a service through which Educational Institute Identification Number (EIIN) could be collected through online application. [2]
The upazila or thana education officers have been assigned to open institution wise Educational Institute Identification Number (EIIN) and Monthly Payment Order (MPO) Institute Code for preservation of necessary application documents. [3]

I would really like to point all the uses of EIIN in articles here to some definition. Should that be a separate page that is essentially a stub? Should I create a stub section within Ministry of Education (Bangladesh)? Other suggestions? Shenme (talk) 07:07, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

  • In my opinion (which is thoroughly uninformed about Bengladeshi topics) the refs you showed are enough to support a short section at Ministry of Education (Bangladesh), to which you can then redirect EEIN; you can then wikilink EEIN appearances in other articles. I doubt a standalone article would hold water, as EEIN does not seem notable to me (again, based on the sources you presented); but a short section need not be about a notable topic, the bar of WP:DUEWEIGHT is much lower. As for the location, since EEIN is an administrative concept, I would argue it belongs to the "ministry" rather than the "education" article. TigraanClick here to contact me 08:36, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

The three-revert rule[edit]

where do I complain when a user breaks "The three-revert rule"? How do I notify admin?Τζερόνυμο (talk) 08:49, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Τζερόνυμο Hi, I believe this is about Souliotes article. 3RRR could be reported at WP:AN3. Please You must notify any user you have reported by inserting {{subst:an3-notice}} on the user talk page. Thank you. CASSIOPEIA(talk) 11:26, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Non-free image[edit]

Recently, I uploaded a non-free image of a living Pakistani politician but it was tagged for deletion by ZI Jony who says the file should be replaceable with a free licensed image because it is of a living person. I tried to explain him on my talk page that there is no free equivalent available yet and the copyright holder is not willing to release it under the Wikipedia compatible license. Please suggest if this non-free image can be kept in the absence of free-licensed image? --Saqib (talk) 13:07, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

  • @Saqib: Unfortunately, no. The fine print of WP:NFCC #1 says Non-free content is used only where no free equivalent is available, or could be created (...) which has long been understood here to mean that no photography of a living person will be accepted (since someone could in theory go ask the subject, take their photo, and release the rights). In my minority opinion, that rule should be relaxed in certain cases, but here I would think that a (former) Pakistani MP is not a recluse hermit who cannot be approached. TigraanClick here to contact me 16:43, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Question about page mover[edit]

Hello. I was planning on request the page mover permission once I get to 3,000 edits. As I am involved with WP:Requested moves, and also has moved some pages myself. Just one question though. Does consensus have to go my way in the votes that I propose in order to get the permission? I know quite a few of my RM's have not been unsuccessful, but my RM's are all good faith, so I was just wondering. Your help will be appreciated. Thanks. The Duke of NonsenseWhat is necessary for thee?. 16:51, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

My Archive[edit]

My archive on my talk page only shows 1 archive. I have a second archive which I originally called "2" but I renamed it to "2017". It's not showing up. How can it be fixed to show as "2017"? And can you fix it so that my first archive which is named "1" shows up as "2012 - 2016"? Thank You...

Roberto221 (talk) 19:40, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

@Roberto221: I'm pretty sure the auto parameter only detects numbers. The first archive (2012 - 2016) shows up because User talk:Roberto221/Archive 1 redirects to it. The second archive, 2017, doesn't - but you can solve this by creating User talk:Roberto211/Archive 2 as a redirect to that page, or moving the page to the /Archive 2 title. Hope this helps!--SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 19:55, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
@Roberto221: I have used Template:Archives#Archive list to create User talk:Roberto221/archivelist and use it in User talk:Roberto221.[4] I see you have now created User talk:Roberto221/Archive 2012 and User:Roberto221/Archive 2012. Talk page archives should be subpages of the talk page. Can I delete User:Roberto221/Archive 2012? If you want User talk:Roberto221/Archive 2012 to be linked in the archive box then you must manually edit User talk:Roberto221/archivelist. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:17, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Wrong Museum Title[edit]

The museum recently changed its name from Old Coast Guard Station to Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. We are unable to edit/fix the name to show the correct name. The info in the article is correct in using Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. The photo is also incorrect, as it shows the older sign.

Please help us edit the name? Thank You. Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum staff. — Preceding unsigned comment added by VBSRM (talkcontribs) 20:18, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

@VBSRM: Old Coast Guard Station Museum has been moved to Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:38, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
I have just tagged the article as a WP:COATRACK as it contains very little information about the museum itself. Meanwhile it has fairly detailed sections about topics such as the history of the USCG and related organizations. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 22:27, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

hostile and misleading information placed in my biography[edit]

Niall O'Dowd biography: Incorrect and hostile information entered into my biography I discussed this with a volunteer this am who was helpful.The person who entered the edit gave an Irish language handle that literally means "Man without a name" I am accused of being a racist, after 25 years working with many ethnic groups on immigration reform.I recently consulted with the Haitian News newspaper in NYC on how to improve their publication. I am proud to have hired African American employees.I am accused of being an unofficial mouthpiece for the IRA which is ridiculous and dangerous and I am attacked by an anti-Irish immigrant woman. Here is some of what I said and your volunteer's response [email address redacted] 8:45 AM (8 hours ago) to me

[08:17] <Thomond> the people quoted in this new version are Ed Moloney an implacable enemy of the Irish peace process as he wanted the mayhem to continue and he deeply resented my work. 2, Liam Hogan a man with no academic credentials whatever even though he tries to invent them and Trina Vargo an outspoken critic of migrants from Ireland [08:19] <Thomond> Its like asking Donald Trump his opinion of Hillary Clinton and then presenting it as authoritative [08:19] <@slakr> right; those are editorial problems. It's quite likely unacceptable if the sources are that severely biased, but that's a decision that's made via research and in-depth knowledge of the topic, which isn't clear-cut defamatory issues [08:20] <Thomond> so what can i do short of trying to remove my page which Ii hate to do but I am not recognizable in this new and very damaging portrayal of me [08:21] <Thomond> can I add the following paragraphs were inserted by and say known biased sources ? [08:22] <@slakr> I think the main thing is that several of those sections/issues are probably inappropriate to have on the BLP unless they're directly covering you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Thurles2 (talkcontribs) 22:22, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

What article are we talking about here? Do you claim to be Kieran McLoughlin, or Niall O'Dowd, or who? Why have you not been discussing this on the talk page of the article, with (of course) full disclosure of your identity if you are the subject of the article? --Orange Mike | Talk 22:32, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Please see our policy on biographies of living people: WP:BLP. Unreferenced assertions should be removed immediately. You appear to meet our definition of having a conflict of interest: please see WP:COI. Therefore, you should not edit the article yourself, but instead add a new section to the article's talk page suggesting recommended changes, with references to reliable sources (WP:RS) for any new material. A mere assertion that unreferenced existing material is incorrect is all we need to remove it for you, but we will not in general remove material that is referenced to a reliable source. You may dispute the reliability of a source, or point to another reliable source that disputes a referenced assertion. Please place the magic incantation {{edit request}} (with the brackets) on your new section in the article's talk page: this will attract the attention of an editor who will come along and edit the article for you. -Arch dude (talk) 00:49, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

July 14[edit]

Deletion of several articles with hoax information[edit]

Hello. After finding that the "Spanish tickler" was one of Wikipedia's longest lasting hoax articles, I checked similar articles regarding torture devices and found that many have little few sources and that the sources are not reliable - they tend to be the websites that were used in the "Spanish Tickler" article.

I've searched for more information and found nothing regarding historical or scholarly reference to them.

I am having trouble understanding the guidelines on how to properly nominate articles for deletion. I have basically just copied and pasted the template regarding the nomination of deletion onto the article pages.

The articles that I would like to have deleted because they are likely hoaxes are: Mask of infamy, Knee splitter, and Heretic's fork.


BananaBaron (talk) 02:45, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Hello there. WP:STFW has some helpful information on the nomination process. Please let me know if you have issues with following the steps. Regards, Snowycats (talk) 03:20, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Caption error in infobox military conflict with a location map[edit]

Operation Grouse
Part of German occupation of Czechoslovakia
Help desk is located in Eastern Moravia
Help desk
Help desk
Help desk
Help desk
Help desk

German cordon area[1]
Date16–22 November 1944
LocationMoravian-Silesian Beskids
Result Dispersal of partisan forces
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany Czechoslovakia Jan Žižka partisan brigade
Czechoslovakia Wolfram group
Commanders and leaders
Soviet Union Dajan Bajanovič Murzin (cs)
13,059[2] ~ 200
Casualties and losses
6 killed, 3 wounded[3] 8 killed, 4 captured[3]
13-40 civilian suspects were arrested and executed[3]
Murzin was wounded and not effectively in command

Hi, I'm having trouble with an unwanted automatic caption appearing when I use a location map as the image parameter in the infobox military conflict template. Is there any way to suppress the unwanted caption (on this page, it appears as "Help desk (Eastern Moravia)"? Thanks in advance! Catrìona (talk) 06:11, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

@Catrìona: per the template parameters If caption is defined but is not assigned a value, the map will not be framed and no caption will be displayed. I have done this by adding | caption = within the template but not adding a caption after the equal sign. Does this fix your problem? TheDoctorWho (talk) 07:12, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Yes, thank you very much! Catrìona (talk) 20:31, 14 July 2018 (UTC)


  1. ^ Suchánková 2013, p. 49.
  2. ^ Hrošová 2012, pp. 96-99.
  3. ^ a b c Hrošová 2012, p. 100.

why are the reviewers politically driven instead of fact driven?[edit]

i have seen a lot of pages keeping out facts that don't fit with their political agenda . i find this insulting please fix this highly political bias — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:19, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Please provide an example (link to a page). Eagleash (talk) 08:52, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
On scientific topics, we tend to keep out fringe theories that serious scientists won't entertain. On political topics, things are more difficult because some editors have strong political biases. As a matter of policy, we tend to include those views that are supported by WP:Reliable sources. If there are facts that you want to include, please mention the sources that support your view. The talk page of an article is usually a good place to discuss controversial additions. In the case of your giraffe edit, the content was reverted because it was put in the wrong place. Dbfirs 14:58, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Incorrect Name[edit]

My name is Clarence Steven McGann.

the wikipedia bio lists me as Charles Steven McGann.

This needs to be corrected.Csmcgann (talk) 09:33, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

 Done ~ Abelmoschus Esculentus (talk to me) 09:41, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Reverted. User:Abelmoschus Esculentus, the only live reference in the article, to, gives the name as Charles. Csmcgann, please point us to a reliable source that supports your assertion. We can't take your word for it, or even that you're the subject of the article. Rojomoke (talk) 11:17, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
@Rojomoke: I just checked the blackpast source. It's a blog and a tertiary source. The two sources of that blog also used the name "C. Steven McGann". Only the writer of that blog "named" him as Charles. We ALSO can't take the word of that source because it's not even reliable. ~ Abelmoschus Esculentus (talk to me) 11:41, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Very true. But it's the only source we've got, except for the uncorroborated claim from the OP, who may or may not be McGann. I see you've removed the name completely, which is probably the best solution for now. Also, the article has been proposed for deletion. Rojomoke (talk) 14:20, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Question: What is the purpose of article Talk Pages?[edit]

I'd like some clarification, please. What is the purpose of article Talk Pages? I was told by another editor that a Talk Page is for suggesting specific changes to an article. It is not to be used for making general suggestions to an article, I do not believe that to be accurate. So, I am here asking if that statement is true or not. If interested to see the original conversation, it is linked here: Talk:Peter Strzok#July 12, 2018, Congress hearing. Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 12:27, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

You were told that they were not for general complaints. Wikipedia:Talk_page_guidelines is pretty clear. Vexations (talk) 12:45, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
My post was a suggestion, not a complaint. As I stated in that discussion. And the other editor focused on "specific" versus "general". So, rather than parse words about it being a "suggestion" or a "complaint" (really, what's the difference?) ... I will ask the question differently. Was my post appropriate or not for that Talk Page? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 13:16, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
This is a general help desk, it can't give a definitive answer to questions such as this one, only opinions. You made a complaint, you were told you could add whatever "other side" you were referring to if you had reliable sources. I don't understand how it devolved into a metadiscussion about talk pages which seems a diversion from the issue raised by the other editor's response, which was both "you can fix it" and "we would need more specifics to discuss your post". It's certainly true that we expect specific issues to be raised when someone has a complaint, which is why some templates are removed from article pages when they aren't followed up by specifics. Doug Weller talk 13:42, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
So my original post was inappropriate for that Talk Page? And I should remove it? Correct? Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 13:47, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
It doesn't have to be removed but the discussion went badly off-track because both users in my opinion are acting poorly for editors with 70,000+ edits. Just stop bickering and make a more constructive suggestion or edit the article yourself. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:08, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Egypt national football team[edit]

I can’t understand why in English Wikipedia the name of Egypt national football team is written in Egyptian Arabic and in Italian Wikipedia is written in Arabic. I ask for a long time on but no answer provided... -- (talk) 13:28, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

In English Wikipedia, the name of Egypt national football team you mentioned is a translation which can be included. Italian Wikipedia is not English Wikipedia, please do not ask anything other than English Wikipedia here. Thank you. ~ Abelmoschus Esculentus (talk to me) 13:34, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Wikipedia languages are edited independently. The English Wikipedia has more features than other languages. We have both Template:Lang-ar for Arabic and Template:Lang-arz for Egyptian Arabic. Egypt national football team uses Template:Lang-arz. The Italian Wikipedia has no such template. Their article uses it:Template:Arabo for Arabic. It appears they can currently not add Egyptian Arabic text with the preferred template method for foreign language text. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:49, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Help with formatting CC0[edit]

The title I typed into the heading of this section was...

"Help with formatting CC0"

...but when displayed, the 0 is smaller than the CC.

How do I get it to display CC0 properly?

Related: See and Creative Commons license#Zero. --Guy Macon (talk) 15:42, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

I suggest you ignore it if it's just a discussion heading. Some fonts have digits which are lower than capital letters. See e.g. Level 1 and level 2 headings happen to use such fonts by default. Something like == Help with formatting <span style="font-family:times">CC0</span> == would change it. PrimeHunter (talk) 17:09, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! Just out of curiosity, what would be the preferred method for use in an article title? I wouldn't want to force a particular font on someone if they have chosen another. Would setting the size to 1 em work? --Guy Macon (talk) 17:23, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
style="font-size:1em" would change nothing but just give the normal size for the font and circumstances. Something like style="font-size:1.3em" could be applied to the digit alone but would look awful in other fonts. I don't know a preferred method and haven't seen any discussion or applied method. style="font-family:times" is better but not ideal. It could be applied to the whole heading to avoid a jarring font change for some users during the heading but then there might be a jarring change between separate headings. PrimeHunter (talk) 17:55, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Help with formatting CC0 (font demonstration)[edit]

This heading is a demonstration which requires a second level 2 heading with nearly the same text as above but another font in "CC0". PrimeHunter (talk) 17:09, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Where can I find information on assessment of Wikipedia moving to CC BY-SA. 4.0?[edit]


I know that Wikipedia moving to CC BY-SA 4.0 has been considered but I can't find any statements on progress/discussions/considerations anywhere. Can someone point me to it?


John Cummings (talk) 17:02, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

John Cummings, the only thing I've seen is this deletion request last month that talks about reasons for not moving to 4.0. StarryGrandma (talk) 20:32, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
I don't see any way that Wikipedia as it exists today can comply with [ ]. When you make an edit to a page, it is currently licensed under the CC BY-SA 3.0 License, which means that I can edit your edit. Under CC BY-SA 4.0 my edit would have to indicate that I made modifications to your licensed material. --Guy Macon (talk) 04:34, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Junior bridgeman[edit]

How come there's no articles on former nba player Junior bridgeman? Like his enterprises.with Wendy'sand Coca-Cola etc .why is his information so limited. How can u prove to be impartial fair and balanced ? With limited m imformation on so many people? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1:9117:AB0E:E889:B7B:3241:8C4A (talk) 21:01, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

perhaps you are looking for Junior Bridgeman. MarnetteD|Talk 21:22, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
If you find good, reliable sources to provide extra information that is worth including, then feel free to add it (with the relevant citation). It's not somebody else's job. --Gronk Oz (talk) 22:52, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

July 15[edit]

Help with citation[edit]

Hi all, I tried to update a article but I think I got the format in the citation wrong. There's some red text at the end of the last paragraph in this link:

Sorry about this but if someone could fix up my edit I'd appreciate it. I couldn't find the error own my own. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:306:35CD:1EF0:75F7:2D09:8369:44D (talk) 00:20, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

I fixed it for you here. You forgot to add <ref> before the citation. It's a common mistake. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. HickoryOughtShirt?4 (talk) 00:27, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
You fixed the red error with [5]. |website= is for the title of a website, generally not a domain unless the domain is also used as title. I would have removed it and used |publisher=The Carter Center instead. Their website doesn't appear to have a title. That's the common situation for a non-Internet organization which has a website. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:43, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Alright, I have altered that. HickoryOughtShirt?4 (talk) 00:47, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Missing info[edit]

Hi. If I can't find a topic I'm looking for can I find the information myself and create a page with the facts I've found out? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:50, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

  • The general answer is "yes!" but we do have guidelines and policies, and a guide to get you started. But first a caution: your topic must be "notable", as we define the term, not as you define the term. Please see WP:NOTABLE. This depends crucially on you citing reliable sources, as we define "reliable". See WP:RS. If the topic is not notable, your article will not remain in Wikipedia but will be deleted, which leads to a truly frustrating experience. OK, now to the fun stuff: Please go read Your first article. If you have further questions about this, please come back here. -Arch dude (talk) 02:21, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

im new and have mental illness i need support from someone or someones[edit]

could i get a tutor or someone can help me with my new pages ? please thank you. Hawaza91 (talk) 00:55, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

@Hawaza91: Hello, and welcome. Yes, there are editors available to assist. Please see WP:MENTOR and Wikipedia:Adopt-a-user/Adoptee's Area for more information. Cheers. Eagleash (talk) 03:07, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Help with a translated page[edit]

Thank you in advance. I have finished translating from German Wikipedia their article on Antonio Garzya. It is the only page on him on any Wikipedia. I have the translation and would like to know the best way to flow it into the English Wikipedia. I did this years ago a few times, but now I don't seem to be able to remember what I did. Any help would be greatly appreciated. jeffmattJeffmatt (talk) 02:03, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Help on translation is available at WP:Translation. --David Biddulph (talk) 02:11, 15 July 2018 (UTC)


Masinari (talk) 04:40, 15 July 2018 (UTC)Dear Help Team,

A friend of mine inserted her personal self-promoting information into an approved and long running article regarding my persona.

I was alerted by people in the industry that what was inserted was clearly personal self-promoting information by the other person. In an attempt to ensure that that self-promotion by the other individual was removed, and not knowing much about how articles are created/managed on wikipedia, I accessed the article and deleted that section that was added for self promotion by that individual and updated it with recent awards/recognitions. I did not know that any article content can be created only by others.

Knowing that now, please correct on my behalf and eliminate those insertion by the self promoting individual and restore the article to its original content as approved and long running.

I much thank you in advance and look forward to hearing from you,

Best Regards,

Matthew AsinariMasinari (talk) 04:40, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

This must be about Matthew Asinari. It seems that the information complained of has now been removed, as unreferenced. Maproom (talk) 07:59, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

New section[edit]

HILuke Eldridge (talk) 06:06, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi Luke, do you have something you need help with? Kosack (talk) 06:10, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

The template to announce article copied by newspaper[edit]

Hi, In past i had seen somewhere a template that informs the talk page that the article data was copied by this and this newspaper without any credits. Can someone point me to that. this site basically copied bunch of stuffs on their page from an old version of the wiki article on that day--DBigXray 10:05, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

DBigXray, are you referring to {{Backwards copy}}? Deor (talk) 18:25, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Correct. thats exactly I was looking for. --DBigXray 19:57, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Macrons on n[edit]

Is it possible to add an "n" with a macron? Apparently some Marshall Islands names are written like that, but the fancy script on the edit page has no "n" with a macron. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 11:57, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

n̄ seems to work. Vexations (talk) 12:09, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
  • I don't know how Vexations typed his n̄, but you can copy and paste it, or if all else fails you can go to the Macron (diacritic) article and copy it from there. -Arch dude (talk) 18:07, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
    • I'm using a Mac, I switch my keyboard to unicode hex (you may need to add it first in your keyboard preferences), type an n en the unicode value 0304 while holding the option key. Alternatively, bring up the Character Viewer with control+command+space. The combining macron is in the Phonetic Alphabet section. Type an n and click on the macron to add it. The order doesn't matter, n first or macron first, both work. Vexations (talk) 20:44, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
If you know the Unicode hex value 0304 of macron then you can type n&#x304; in wikitext to produce n̄. If you know the decimal value 772 then type n&#772; to produce n̄. If you prefer the real character in the wikitext then preview and copy-paste the character. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:06, 15 July 2018 (UTC)


How to edit Former Chief Minister K.Kamaraj page.How to use the algorithm .How to do changes through mobile phone — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arockia Lourdhu Nayagam Nada (talkcontribs) 12:30, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

@Arockia Lourdhu Nayagam Nada: scroll to the bottom and click “desktop”. This will change your view to desktop mode which I think is better, then press “edit source”. Abelmoschus Esculentus (alt) (talk to me) 13:20, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

redirect to ask here[edit]

(main message is at WP:RD/E under "should I refer to a wikiproject, or ask another wikiproject for input?")

Earlier I came across a movie/ film, where the info box earlier says it was based on a game. But is that related to a movie/ film? At said page/ article. If it does not mention that, and was based off of that. Other than having WP:TRIVIALCAT. Then my concern is I don't know if its only that one page/ article, or the info box says other things too. Where two unrelated names or companies help did something, as only one of the two did. Like in one instance, from a while ago. A mobile game is by Square Enix and in the listed info it had Ubisoft there, when using the <br>. Well that instance was shown in this show.

Then I'm not sure if there's more strange edits like that. If they edit in places where it has more than one wikiprojects? And would I notify the other. Tainted-wingsz (talk) 15:02, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

  • I'm not sure I understand your question or questions. I do notice that you edited the infobox at Real Girl (film) to remove the games from the "based on" parameter and replace them with the manga. Removal is fine as they were unreferenced, but adding the manga is questionable since this is also unreferenced. If another editor finds refrences in reliable sources that the movie is in fact based on the games, then it is perfectly acceptable to add that information to the infobox, with references: it's not more trivial than many other facts. -Arch dude (talk) 17:57, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
(From; Real Girl) It is based on a manga. But to add something that came from a game studio too, seems off. Does a dance game relates to the movie/ film? I don't know, but if it was featured, then o.k. and some dubious categories. Then the one that added it. I accidentally pressed their talk page instead and at the end, it has a message about returning from a WP:SOCK. But I don't know anything in "untested waters" by that sentence? Tainted-wingsz (talk) 19:29, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
  • You removed some unreferenced material, and that's fine. Do you have any further questions about using or editing Wikipedia? -Arch dude (talk) 21:32, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

No, not anymore. If the same problem arise, where will I ask instead of here next time. Its been a while since I last did. Tainted-wingsz (talk) 22:13, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

  • You are free to always revert unreferenced material that you feel is incorrect, after first making a reasonable effort to find a reference. If another editor then re-instates the material, you should discuss it on the relevant article's talk page by creating a new section and notifying the other editor. Assume good faith (WP:AGF) and try to reach consensus about what should be in the article. Feel free to come back here if you you need further help. -Arch dude (talk) 03:14, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Nobvak Djokovic[edit]

Can somebody correct a nonsense "Highest rankin No. 114 (30 November 2009)" info about Novak Djokovic? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:30A:2C92:E500:7467:5DC:394F:E294 (talk) 16:50, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

  • Note: Looks like it's already been fixed. Eagleash (talk) 18:23, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Incorrect information from a spam bot source regarding fantasies about the blackhill transmitter in scotland[edit]

I've tried to edit the page but the spam botter keeps putting incorrect information back up again.

I work in the blackhill transmitter station at "blackhill" and with regard to radio stations coming from the 2 masts at kirk of shotts the only radio services being broadcast by us are Bauer central scot DAB 11D, SDL national and BBC DAB along with freeview HD services on the south tower, the north tower only broadcasts DVB-T1 standard definition tv

BBC radio's 1,2,3,4 and scotland FM services to Lanarkshire, Glasgow and the west are broadcast at 20 kilowatts from our other mast at "kirk of shotts" and the only commercial FM station we carry is Classic FM 101.70mhz.

All other frequencies allocated to local radio in Glasgow is beamed at lower power fro Cathkin braes and 96.3 from Seargent's law over Paisley along with Bauer Glasgow DAB 11C, as with Edinburgh services are broadcast from Craigkelly or Swanston sites.

The orrendous incorrect information on the page I provided the link to is wholly incorrect and in breach of British as well as EU laws on publishing false information, and if the page is verified it will be verified bt ann autobot verification service, such information would NOT be verified by Arquiva.

If the page is not deleted and source users account blocked or deleted we at Arquiva along with Ofcom will have no alternative but to seel legal action in accordance with the wireless telegraphy act and further action from Ofcom may result if you do not comply with this legal reasonable request very promptly, we expect the page deleted in such a way it can NOT be re-published.

If you refuse to remove the page action will be taken and we expect you to comply with this request before we need to take legal steps, ideally within 48 hours but if it is not gone within the next 5 working days, friday 20th july 2018 then we will take this to both the company's lawyers and to OFcom, where we will also be suggesting to Ofcom to block wikipedia out of the UK IP address group as being a source of incorrect and legally infringing and damaging lies. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gaz Young (talkcontribs) 21:21, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

  • Please immediately read Wikipedia:No legal threats. If you do not remove or renounce this threat, you will be blocked from editing Wikipedia until such time as you do that. This is separate from any action that we need to take to remediate the problems you describe. Our usual in-wiki mechanisms are generally effective, but a threat of legal action is very likely to slow them down. After you withdraw this threat, we can proceed. The 70,000 so so editors that are active this month are all volunteers. We are not lawyers, and we cannot help you if the WMF lawyers need to get involved. -Arch dude (talk) 21:40, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @Gaz Young: Your edits were reverted by Jessicapierce, not a spambot. You might want to ask her why she reverted your edits. In the future, please try to use edit summaries and provide reliable sources for your edits. As is clearly stated in the disclaimer at the bottom of every page, Wikipedia makes no guarantee of validity of any content. All content is created by volunteers, and it is not feasible to check to truth of every edit, although most vandalism is caught and reverted. Some false information is not grounds for an article to be permanently deleted. Making legal threats does not help in this regard and will get you blocked from editing Wikipedia in the future (see WP:NLT). LittlePuppers (talk) 21:43, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
The poster was probably referring to attempted edits blocked by the edit filter.[6] PrimeHunter (talk) 21:57, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

This account (Gaz Young) is currently blocked. The latest block log entry is provided below for reference:

21:42, 15 July 2018 CambridgeBayWeather blocked Gaz Young with an expiration time of indefinite (account creation blocked) (Making legal threats) --Guy Macon (talk) 21:52, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Ofcom shows Black Hill as a transmitter on several of its maps ( shows only Black Hill for Smooth) - Wikipedia only uses published sources. If the facts have changed we have to wait for them to be published, so you could ask Ofcom about updating the information on their site; it looks like they do update them as some have more than one map, with the older one having "superceded" written across it. Peter James (talk) 23:35, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
I'm inclined to doubt the bona fides of "Gaz Young", as he fails to spell correctly the name of the company he claims to represent. As someone who until recently worked in the Telecomms industry (former colleagues have climbed that tower to repair/replace some of the many mobile phone antennae mounted on it – the photos were spectacular), I would note that the various signals transmitted from a given facility such as this is volatile due to operational necessities, and any publicly published list will very likely out of date – it's hard enough for the actual users to keep track of each other (which makes the arrangement of transmission interruptions to allow safe working quite challenging). {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 04:30, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

July 16[edit]

List of countries by time devoted to leisure and personal care[edit]

I have no idea what to do with List of countries by time devoted to leisure and personal care. It's been sitting there with the copyvios for 4 yrs, create by a blocked sock.

The text is copyvio.

The table figures don't match the source.

The figures at the source make no sense.

Redirect to OECD Better Life Index?

Speedy? Fix? Run screaming?

Convenience link(s):

Many thanks.

Anna Frodesiak (talk) 06:19, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Wouldn't this fall under WP:G12 speedy deletion? Clarityfiend (talk) 06:49, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Maybe, Clarityfiend. But if we can revdel the text and save the figures, then all would be well. It's just that the figures, well, where are they from? Made up? Anna Frodesiak (talk) 06:52, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Aren't the figures (and by extension the rankings) the cause of the copyvio? Clarityfiend (talk) 07:08, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
The figures are permitted. The text is not. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 07:11, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
I've asked here to be sure: Wikipedia:Media copyright questions#Policy regarding use of data sets.
Anna Frodesiak (talk) 07:18, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

elisha shapiro page[edit]

got a notice that a page about me might be deleted. I went on it and tried to edit and fix things that might be out dated. I did not create the Elisha Shapiro page. but I wanted to make sure there were interesting links there, so I just tried to update them. it is useful for me to have the page about my art career. hope you don't delete it. thanks, elisha — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elishashap (talkcontribs) 07:58, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

The article needs WP:Reliable sources if it is to remain on Wikipedia. It would probably be best if you suggested improvements on the talk page of the article (because of your conflict of interest). As I expect you know, Wikipedia is not for promotion of careers, but just reports relevant facts that are found in the sources. Dbfirs 08:07, 16 July 2018 (UTC)