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February 14[edit]

Creating a Wikipedia Page for my father who was an artist in Latin America[edit]

Good evening,

I would like to know where should I start my father's Wikipedia Page. My father was a well know musician whose music still very much popular during Christmas Season.

I will start by using the Talk page, but if there is another page that I should use, please let me know.

Thank you,

Carolina Oropeza — Preceding unsigned comment added by Caribana10 (talkcontribs) 01:33, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

@Caribana10: Start your article as a "draft" (i.e., an article whose title starts with the letters "Draft:". But first, carefully read WP:YFA. But even before that, make sure that you are convinced that you can show that your father is notable by our definition. See WP:N. Any notable subject deserves an article. Any non-notable subject should not have an article and if an article sneaks in somehow, it will be deleted, leaving you frustrated and leaving us with cleanup work to do. Since you have an unavoidable COI (WP:COI) you will need to be careful, as it is very hard to write an unbiased article. However, since your article will be in draft space, the reviewers will help you with this. Good luck! Don't get discouraged. -Arch dude (talk) 02:33, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
Hi Caribana10. Please note that your user page and your talk page are not the correct places for starting articles. I see that you have previously abandoned Draft:Oswaldo Oropeza in the past, so you could use a sandbox (User:Caribana10/Oswaldo Oropeza) to develop your article about your father. Drafts can be deleted if they are abandoned for six months. It will never be a page "for" your father or "your page", and others will edit it. Also you have a WP:Conflict of interest, so the best approach would be to find the independently published sources first, and just summarise what these say, rather than write what you know. Dbfirs 08:39, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

How to officially publish a page[edit]

Hi! I'm very incompetent and can't seem to figure out how to actually publish my page. I click publish changes, but when I go onto a different device and try to look it up, it doesn't come up, and I feel like I'm missing a step. Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Brooksies123 (talkcontribs) 03:56, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

You haven't yet submitted your draft for AFC review. But don't do that yet, as you don't have inline citations; please read WP:Referencing for beginners, & also read the advice at WP:Your first article. --David Biddulph (talk) 04:18, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
To clarify, the terminology is a bit confusing: the "Publish" button just saves your changes. Gronk Oz (talk) 04:33, 14 February 2019 (UTC)


Is there are pages listing all the templates, like NPOV, COI etc, that are available?--Jack Upland (talk) 08:54, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

You may find Category:Article message templates a useful starting point. --David Biddulph (talk) 09:03, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks.--Jack Upland (talk) 09:06, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
@Jack Upland:, Wikipedia:Template messages is pretty comprehensive, and Wikipedia:Template messages/User talk namespace has all user talk page templates on it. Beeblebrox (talk) 23:35, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Reversion of unconstructive edit[edit]

Hello, I'm very upset with the fact that I tried to edit a Wikipedia page and shocked that it does not come up on my peers web pages. What is going on. Please let me know right now.

Kind regards, le-Mags — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:35, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

The edit you made to Web 2.0 was clearly not an improvement to Wikipedia, and was reverted immediately. Wikipedia is an encyclopdia, not a chat room. Maproom (talk) 09:41, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Weird[edit] and have MfD tags but no template or MfD page Abote2 (talk) 10:58, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Template:User html5 was nominated for deletion in a wrong way which affected pages transcluding it. I have fixed it. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:30, 14 February 2019 (UTC)


I Tired to Upload the Logo but Nothing Showed up. (talk) 14:43, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

What NO 2020 NCAA Men's Final Four Logo. (talk) 01:45, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

Adelekan ...police chief information about him....[edit]

Why is there no info on police chief Adelekan .... You can’t know anything about him just jumps to crime nothing about him or how he got to be where he is — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:25, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

If he is WP:Notable in the sense that he has been written about in WP:Reliable sources, then you can request an article at WP:Requested articles, or even start a draft article yourself. Dbfirs 15:38, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Rowspan help[edit]

Hi all, I'm not very good with table formatting. Can someone please look at List of highest-grossing Indian films#Tamil. There are two films ranked #6. I'd like to rowspan the "6", but only want the green band, which connotes "currently in theatres" to be on the film Sarkar. I'd appreciate a hand with this, because the style stuff is making my brain hurt. Thanks! Cyphoidbomb (talk) 15:30, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

@Cyphoidbomb: Is my attempt good enough? I don't know how to get a combined "6" cell with two background colours. -- John of Reading (talk) 15:43, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
@John of Reading: That's exactly what I wanted. I assumed though there was some shortcut method of saying "make everything after this parameter green" so that we didn't have to do the line-by-line formatting. Now I'm tempted to take the green out of all the rank columns... Anyhow, thanks for the help on this! Cyphoidbomb (talk) 15:50, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

PCI DSS article verification...[edit]

I would love to verify the articles and submit all kinds of data, documents and software configurations remotely set to verify. WLAN and COE data etc. needs expert help. If possible please reach out and help me with a walk through and play by play assistance. My data and privacy was lost, I am not worried about sharing my number... call me to help and gather data galore.

Kristen [Personal info removed -- Ian.thomson (talk)] — Preceding unsigned comment added by MissKris10 (talkcontribs) 16:09, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

@MissKris10: Don't post your phone number, it comes across as spam.
See User:Ian.thomson/Guide for a walk through on a variety of topics. Ian.thomson (talk) 16:12, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Mediator fluent in French needed for COI situation[edit]

I've been trying to work with Fbeguin99 (talk · contribs), but there's clearly a language problem interfering. I'm guessing someone fluent in French would be able to help judging by Fbeguin99's contributions to the French-language Wikipedia. --Ronz (talk) 16:58, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

I might be of use, at least in the linguistic department. Feel free to go to my talk page or ping me on the talk page of the article concerned. --Cornellier (talk) 23:19, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

my project[edit]

lawyer-admini have to get in contact with michael

about copyrigt info — Preceding unsigned comment added by Conotate (talkcontribs) 18:41, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

What page do you need help with? WelpThatWorked (talk) 19:13, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
  • See WP:COPYRIGHT for information on the copyright status of Wikipedia itself, WP:COPYVIO for information on how Wikipedia deals with copyright violations in its articles, and the article copyright for general information on copyrights. Nobody monitoring this page is a lawyer or authorized to speak for the Wikimedia Foundation in an official capacity, contact information for copyright and/or legal issues can be found here. Beeblebrox (talk) 20:58, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

I am interested in what pages (redirects) I created have since been deleted[edit]

According to this, two of my pages are deleted. I would like to know which ones are they, but the companion "Pages" tool does not work for redirects, so I guess my deleted pages are redirects? Can any user (one of Administrators, Oversighters, Researchers, or Checkusers) satisfy my curiosity? Notrium (talk) 22:59, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

@Notrium: Your two deleted edits are both related to the page move of Catholic clergy involvement with the Ustaše to Catholic clergy involvement with the Ustaše and Axis occupiers of Yugoslavia. When you did that, you automatically created redirects from the old title to the new title. Due to the weird way the software handles page moves, when someone reverted your move of the article the next day, it automatically deleted those redirects prior to the move. One deleted edit is the article redirect, and one is the talk page redirect. --Floquenbeam (talk) 23:09, 14 February 2019 (UTC)
Floquenbeam, thank you for the explanation, you are very kind. :)
Just FYI, one way to do deep analysis of your edits without admin tools is to use {{rfplinks}}. It provides links to all sorts of edit analysis tools. Beeblebrox (talk) 23:32, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

February 15[edit]

Mark Dice[edit]

Bold text

Mark's page needs to be updated --- so would you please update it ? He has over a million subscribers.....but that's not even in

there .......also   he   has  funny  ...  and  truthful  videos   that  are  very  cool.   He   is a great guy and has also written  more books than  just  the 1. 

Thank you, Laura ' — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:983:280:62C2:F13B:53C7:AD7A:F069 (talk) 00:04, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Please post your suggestions on the article's talk page, along with citations to reliable sources. RudolfRed (talk) 01:46, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
You should not be posting this because Mr Dice told you to come here. Read WP:MEAT Legacypac (talk) 01:57, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

North Korea[edit]

SOmeone as erroneously written that North Korea is 1.200.000 square km in area in the infobox of the article for North Korea. It is obviosly wrong. Should I correct it outright? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Soccererer (talkcontribs) 01:14, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. A user had vandalized the page, and I have now restored it to the last good version. L293D ( • ) 01:37, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors/Cite error included ref[edit]

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mpho Snail (talkcontribs) 12:51, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

@Mpho Snail: With this edit you removed a reference but left the opening ref tag in place, thus causing the error message. Please provide a link to a page where you are encountering difficulty. Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 13:15, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

The Image I want to use for a page[edit]

So the image I want to upload is of RAF Pilot Tadeusz Kotz but I'm not entirely sure if the image can be used it is from . — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jediaj02 (talkcontribs) 13:43, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Interview as reference[edit]

Hey all, for those of you who have stellar familiarity with BLP editing, please see Talk:Karan_Aujla#Youtube interview. The issue is this: There is an interview on YouTube from which some editors wish to derive information. However, that YouTube interview is not on a verified channel, so there is a risk that it is a copyright violation. What do you typically do in this case? Let's say the article subject says in the video "I was born on DD/MM/YYYY." Do you update the article with the information and omit the source (probably not), or ignore the content until you can find a more stable source? Seems like if the content is verifiable, it can be included, but I'm never a fan of not including a reference. If you are so inclined to leave some advice at the discussion, I would appreciate it. Regards, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 16:41, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Need help figuring out whether I am talking to an imposter[edit]

Resolved ~ Amory (utc) 17:17, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

See User talk:Larry Sanger#Globally blocked. --Guy Macon (talk) 16:47, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Help with Draft:Mohammad Bahiraei[edit]

Hello I had created this draft page:

How can I public this page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Veronika m666 (talkcontribs) 17:00, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Welcome to the Teahouse Veronika m666. If your draft is ready for review, click the "Submit your draft for review" button. —teb728 t c 21:51, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Notices on page[edit]

Hi all editors,

I published and corrected duly by one of the editor. Now there are still 2 notices which now seems not right for the page. How should I remove the notice? I wrote to the contributor who flagged it with notice but he's not replying. Kindly please enlighten. I am a learner. Shwetamits (talk) 17:03, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Domenico Morgante's Treaths[edit]

It's normal? He's trying to improve his voice but I've been threatened ("Presto ci vedremo in Tribunale"). Driante70 (talk) 17:30, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

We would like to be included in Wikipedia[edit]

Hello, We would like to be included in Wikipedia and come up in Wikipedia when someone does a search for services/products that we offer. How do we go about it? I appreciate your help.

Best wishes, Mariza CEMTEK KVB-Enertec — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:01, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Hi Wikipedia is not a trade directory or a publicity medium, but if your company has been written about at length in independent WP:Reliable sources, then you could request an entry at Wikipedia:Requested articles. The content should be a summary of what the sources say, and might be good or bad. The article will not be under the control of your company. Dbfirs 18:07, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
Hello Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, and as an encyclopedia Wikipedia is only interested in what independent reliable sources state about article subjects that meet Wikipedia's special definition of notability; for companies, that is written at WP:ORG. Wikipedia has no interest in your company's internet presence, search results related to your company, or what it wants to say about itself. Note that a Wikipedia article is not necessarily desirable(click those words to read more); anything good or bad can be in a Wikipedia article as long as it appears in an independent source. 331dot (talk) 19:22, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Harry Robertson[edit]

I created a wiki article for Harry Robertson, painter. When I google "Harry Robertson, painter wikipedia" it shows a link to "Template:Harry Robertson (painter) - Wikipedia" and it still says "draft" in the link. But when I go to the page within Wikipedia and ask to move it, it is already an article. What did I do wrong and how do I get the "Template" and "draft" verbage removed? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Clquinn (talkcontribs) 19:01, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

@Clquinn: The page Harry Robertson (painter) is now in the main space. Search engines like Google do not index Wikipedia articles until they are formally reviewed, which someone following the New pages feed will eventually do. Once that occurs, it typically takes some time for Google to then index it. 331dot (talk) 19:26, 15 February 2019 (UTC)


I don't want notification please tell me how to off notification — Preceding unsigned comment added by 956hasan (talkcontribs) 19:15, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

956hasan Under your Preferences (in the top right corner if you are using a computer), there is a Notifications tab, where various options are given to you. 331dot (talk) 19:23, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Remove double boldface in transclusion[edit]

Hello verybody! How can I fix the typography in Portal:Peru, section "In the news", by making the link 2019 Abancay landslide included within the current transclusion be displayed, if at all, then in regular instead of double boldface, as is presently the case? Is boldface actually appropriate here? Grateful for any support,--Hildeoc (talk) 19:46, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

What do you mean by "double bold face"? Ruslik_Zero 07:57, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
I've posted about this at Template talk:Transclude selected current events#Double bolding. Hopefully a LUA expert can sort this out. -- John of Reading (talk) 08:31, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

Updating my Boss's Wikipedia Page[edit]


I work as an assistant to filmmaker Mathew Cullen, and I've been trying to update his personal Wikipedia page with information that he's created and asked me to implement - all of it factual and of a personal nature regarding his career and his feature film, London Fields.

I spent considerable time and effort yesterday trying to make these additions, only to have someone remove them - why is this happening? — Preceding unsigned comment added by MovieMan2019 (talkcontribs) 20:19, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

MovieMan2019, Per WP:COI We do not allow edits that come from a biased source. The things you added were also excessive and unsourced, leading to their deletion. Try starting a discussion on the Talk Page to determine what should be added, and to get someone uninvolved to add them. Good luck! WelpThatWorked (talk) 20:26, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
MovieMan2019 If you are editing for your boss, you are required by Wikipedia's Terms of Use to review and comply with the paid editing policy as well. 331dot (talk) 11:05, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

Credible Sourcing[edit]

Hello! I wanted to know if a company founder's LinkedIn profile can be used as a credible source (i.e for education)? Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by ZoeShanks (talkcontribs) 20:30, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

@ZoeShanks: See WP:ABOUTSELF. A LinkedIn profile is just what that person says about themselves so it's not necessarily verified. It can never be used to establish notability (which is required for all new articles). Ian.thomson (talk) 21:14, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

IP ban please[edit]

I am a student at a school in Idaho, which the other students have discovered that they can edit any page and have done vandalism as of late. I want to propose an edit ban for our IP so that they stop interfering with our important site. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:52, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

We don't proactively block like that. If you have some examples of vandalism you can show then it be looked at. RudolfRed (talk) 21:00, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
-Alright, If that's the case I'll try to ignore the edits. Thank you for letting me know. One kid today has been editing multiple pages today and it kind of upset me to see them bothering the site, the people on this site are amazing and I hate the disrespect they are showing.— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)
Again, could you point to some examples of vandalism that we might look at? For example, giving us the title of an article they're vandalizing, or even providing a WP:DIFF? Just saying it's happening doesn't really help, there's always vandalism happening somewhere. Ian.thomson (talk) 21:12, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
I clicked on the IP's contributions and saw a couple of items that have already been reverted. [[1]] [[2]] [[3]] Probably worth a warning but that won't likely change anything as long as the students are goofing around. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 21:18, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
I reported the IP, but an admin said that the IP didn't vandalize enough for being blocked. At least I tried.--SirEdimon (talk) 23:17, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

First post[edit]

Hi, I'm posting my first Wiki page/article. How do I get this to be visible on public Wikipedia? See — Preceding unsigned comment added by Emlec (talkcontribs) 21:03, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

@Emlec: The two main problems I'm seeing are:
I've left more detailed instructions on how to write articles that won't be rejected or deleted on your user talk page. Ian.thomson (talk) 21:20, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Lara Trump's maiden name[edit]

Her bio says born Burgess. But it also says née Yunaska. Seems like a mistake, but I'm not an editor. If it's correct, just ignore this and sorry. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:8804:4902:3A20:E8E4:6C73:3164:5737 (talk) 21:44, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Burgess was added in vandalism 5 days ago. Thanks for pointing it out. —teb728 t c 22:09, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

February 16[edit]

MIsh Mash of Two Celebrities[edit]

I am trying to figure out how to fix the Wikipedia that shows up for Wendy Barlow. There is a tennis player from Canada named Wendy Barlow, but the pictures and much of the information is about a different public figure who is WWE wrestler's wife Wendy Barlow. Magazines, which is embarrassing, use Wikipedia to cite her age and say that Ric Flair's new wife is a Wimbledon tennis player. I am their publicist and trying to change this. Obviously, I don't want to take away the other woman's wiki but how to do i delete the stuff about her being married to Flair and the pictures that come up immediately. How do I create an entirely new profile for her as well? Thanks!

Here is the incorrect profile. That is however, my client Wendy at the top. But unlike credible media sources have been saying she does not play tennis etc.

Would be grateful for any direction or assistance. Thanks! Elisa — Preceding unsigned comment added by Atlantapeach (talkcontribs) 02:06, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

We only have an article about the tennis player Wendy Barlow and it has never contained an image.
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.
This is the version before you made changes February 10. It doesn't mention Ric Flair. Is there anything in that version about your client, or is it all about the tennis player as it should be? I have reverted the article to that version. You shouldn't be editing articles about your clients directly. See Wikipedia:Paid-contribution disclosure. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:00, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
@Atlantapeach: See Wikipedia:Articles for creation and Wikipedia:Notability (people) if you consider submitting an article about your client. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:02, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
There is nothing in the Wikipedia article Wendy Barlow about a wrestler's wife. It is unlikely that she is notable enough to justify a Wikipedia article about her. If some other website, such as Google, pulls information out of our article about the tennis player, and then does a bio-mashup with the wrestler's wife, you will have to contact the other website to get their mess straightened up. --Orange Mike | Talk 03:03, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
Ric Flair briefly mentions his wife Wendy Barlow. I have added this note about her at the top of Wendy Barlow to avoid confusion in Wikipedia readers:
We are not responsible for Google or magazines. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:11, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

Eddie Hall: incorrect talk page associated with this article[edit]

There are articles on two different people named Eddie Hall. One is an athlete, the other is a racing driver. The talk page for the athlete's article is actually for the racing driver. How do we fix this? Thanks... BuzzWeiser196 (talk) 11:48, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

Well spotted. talk:Eddie_Hall was a redirect to talk:Eddie_Hall_(racing_driver) following a page move. I've broken the link and left a brief note.  Done Martin of Sheffield (talk) 12:07, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

Template:Cite web - missing parameter(s)?[edit]

Please see my new section "Template:Cite web - missing parameter(s)?" at: Help talk:Citation Style 1#Template:Cite web - missing parameter(s)?

Hedles (talk) 12:23, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

Template:Sister project links[edit]

I would like to draw attention to this inquiry by Czar, since I was looking for the same thing with respect to the transclusion in that section. Additionally, I wanted to ask why exactly it says "Do not place this template in a section containing columns." here.--Hildeoc (talk) 13:37, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

Supported Copyright tag[edit]

Hi Folks, is this copyyright tag supported. CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 Possibly asked this before. scope_creepTalk 19:22, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

No. NC means "noncommercial", and ND means "no derivatives", both of which disqualify an image for use in Wikipedia. Deor (talk) 19:30, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
@Deor: I guess I can convert it to fair fair use, and get it shrunk. scope_creepTalk 19:50, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
@Deor: Thanks. scope_creepTalk 09:03, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
@Deor: Thanks. scope_creepTalk 09:04, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

Helen Kapalos article[edit]

I deleted a line in this article which is repeated elsewhere in the article with exactly the same reference number. It is now showing an error in the references below i.e. reference no. 1. How do I fix it? The second line of text in this article is the one repeated elsewhere, which has been deleted. (talk) 21:05, 16 February 2019 (UTC) Editrite!

Hi. I've undone your edit which removed the reference to the supporting source. The lead (first paragraphs) should summarize the rest of the article, so the information should be in both places. StarryGrandma (talk) 21:16, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

morgan Freeman[edit]

Morgan freeman was born and ia from greenwood missiaaippi — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2605:6000:55C3:D600:D579:51F9:9DA8:D50D (talk) 22:21, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

You need to discuss this at Talk:Morgan Freeman, not here. --Orange Mike | Talk 22:34, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

February 17[edit]

Cauley Woodrow footballer for barnsley[edit]

As a family member of Cauley Woodrow I have just removed the names Martin Patching from his name as he does not wish to have this listed, Cauley legally removed the names Martin patching from his name many years ago, we have contacted Wikipedia on many occasions regarding this and was assured that this would be monitored to not happen again. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shangoman1964 (talkcontribs) 00:31, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

Pinging the editor who made the change, to be sure they are aware Mattythewhite.--Gronk Oz (talk) 01:06, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
To be clear, it was added in this edit by an IP, and I then sourced it. I think evidence via OTRS of the above would be useful. Thanks, Mattythewhite (talk) 01:10, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
@Shangoman1964: sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for taking the initiative to fix it up. Unfortunately, we can't stop the media from publishing that information, as happened in this case - an editor probably saw it in a newspaper and put that information into the Wikipedia article. Wikipedia does have a policy of respecting the privacy of living people (here), so I have gone through the article and added instructions for future editors not to add his full birth name. It is not a perfect guarantee that they will observe it, but it certainly should help. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.--Gronk Oz (talk) 01:18, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
Mattythewhite, sorry if I mis-attributed that change.--Gronk Oz (talk) 01:18, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
Gronk Oz I've reverted the change, as this is exactly the sort of thing that needs to go through OTRS, to verify this is actually the subject asking. Joseph2302 (talk) 11:25, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
@Joseph2302: now you've got me confused. (I know, some people say that doesn't take much!) I looked at that page you linked, and it describes OTRS as "an organized way for multiple people to categorize and respond to third party emails". But this isn't about emails at all. It's about respecting privacy where requested. So what am I missing here?--Gronk Oz (talk) 12:08, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

Note Shangoman1964 has now disrupted the page removing the entire infobox and some referenced content. I have restored it. I agree this needs OTRS attention as we have do not know who is editing as Shangoman, whether it is Woodrow or somebody acting on his behalf or someone else entirely. OTRS can establish identity and a reason for the request. Eagleash (talk) 12:44, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

/* Nuclear power plans */ edited deadlink[edit]


I have suggested a better link for above-mentioned deadlink and edited it. I want to know that after how many days its actually appear on that page.

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kaushik buha (talkcontribs) 04:06, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

@Kaushik buha: your changes appeared instantly on the page, and were removed very quickly by KH-1 because they appeared to that editor to be "refspam": i.e. links intended primarily to drive users to a commercial site. I think you made a good-faith modification and that KH-1 made a good-faith decision. You need to discuss this on the article's talk page and reach a consensus about whether or not the links are improvements. Please assume good faith (WP:AGF). -Arch dude (talk) 05:45, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
@Kaushik buha: The edits were reverted as noted above. You have raised the matter at the other editor's talk page which is an alternative to raising it at the article TP. Eagleash (talk) 05:54, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

Map for church article[edit]

Hi Folks, I have this article: Abbey of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian. I'm planning to add an infobox. I found this: Template:Infobox church, but I noticed it doesnt have a map on it. I came across the French version of the article, and it had a map, that put me on it:[4]. The French infobox with ok with the map. Is there any way I can add a map onto the Infobox:church. I was looking for a module where I could link another infobox, but couldnt see anything. Is there another way, possibly another infobox that would be suitable. Thanks. scope_creepTalk 09:09, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

I just noticed it has a map section. I'm must have been sleeping again. Thanks. scope_creepTalk 09:12, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
I think the parameters are "pushpin map, pushpin label position, pushpin map alt, pushpin mapsize, map caption and coordinates"? For the "pushpin map" name, I think it needs to use an existing template from the location map templates category. Bungle (talkcontribs) 09:17, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

أمجد فتحى[edit]

ده عيل لا مؤاخذه — Preceding unsigned comment added by MoslehAmr (talkcontribs) 10:23, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

This is the help desk for the English Wikipedia, so questions should be in English. If you are looking for a Wikipedia in another language, you can find a list at meta:List of Wikipedias. --David Biddulph (talk) 12:16, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

Properly citing autism advocates as "well known" on a page[edit]

This concerns the page National Council on Severe Autism. The sentence I want to add is: "The organization was founded in May 2018 by well known autism advocates including Jill Escher, Feda Almaliti, Amy Lutz, and Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation."

Psychology today cites them as well known, and gives specific examples proving that they are well known ( However, this article is written by one of the NCSA's board members, though this article is technically independent of the NCSA.

Is it an okay source to use for this purpose?

Ylevental (talk) 14:09, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

  • Ylevental, this question should have been placed at WP:RSN, or on the talk page of the said article. Do that from now on. Now that you're here, the answer is no, it doesn't seem okay. First, your source is a blog. Second, it's a primary source. These make it not a very sparkling source. "Well-known" is an exceptional claim, and you would need multiple high-quality independent sources to prove these people are well-known. So, once again, no. Also, you should read WP:3RR and understand why you might get blocked if you continue edit warring at that page. Lourdes 15:05, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
I'll remember and I will try not to edit war. Though there has been a lot of plain vandalism on that page. Ylevental (talk) 19:55, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
And you've been part of it with your biased editing, YL. 2001:8003:58DD:C700:EDCE:9B6F:49F3:DF40 (talk) 22:38, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

What's that floating "curation" toolbar on the right?[edit]

That gray thing on the right is the Curation Toolbar

I stumbled across United States support for ISIS after it was mentioned on the fringe theories noticeboard, and it has a floating nonscrolling "curation" toolbar on the right. It look like the one at Wikipedia:Page Curation#Curation Toolbar.

I ma not seeing it on any other page and I don't think I did anything to enable it (maybe it got turned on by accident when I was setting up RemindMe or LintHint?). How do I turn the annoying thing off? --Guy Macon (talk) 15:00, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

  • Guy Macon, there's a small x on the top of the toolbar. Click on that. Alternatively, you can also go to Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets and click on "Disable the page curation toolbar. Lourdes 15:14, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
  • How... how do you patrol pages without the curation script? GMGtalk 15:17, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
    • I go to and click on the review button to pick a page to patrol. If I want to mark it as patrolled, I click on "Mark this page as patrolled" at the bottom right of the page. --Guy Macon (talk) 16:05, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
    • Clicking the x made the toolbar go away. Thanks! If I ever want it back, how do I turn it back on? --Guy Macon (talk) 16:05, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
      • Guy Macon, when you are viewing any article that you wish to curate, go to the left side toolbar and click on "Open Page Curation". Lourdes 16:27, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

HTML and its computer programming codes[edit]

I am not that familiar with the "computer programming codes" that Wikipedia uses. I think they are called "HTML" (or some such). In any event, I sometimes use computer formatting codes, such as these: <big> and </big> to increase font size... <small> and </small> to decrease font size ... <i> and </i> to italicize font... <strike> and </strike> to strike-out text ... and so forth. My question: Is there a Wikipedia page that lists all (or most) of these codes and explains them? So, for example, if I wanted to "bold" the font, and I did not know the correct code to do so, is there a Wikipedia page for guidance in such inquiries? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 15:45, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

In general wiki source code does not use HTML. You'll find guidance on wiki markup at Help:Wikitext. Before trying to bold the font, or applying similar formatting, please read the Manual of Style. --David Biddulph (talk) 15:54, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
@David Biddulph: Thanks. I will check that page. But, I don't understand what you are saying. I see that sort of "mark-up" (if that's the correct word) all the time, here on Wikipedia. That's how I "learned it". When I see that someone uses a "strike-out" for text, I go and look at it more closely ... and I see that it was accomplished with the codes of <strike> and </strike> . And, similarly, with the other formatting codes (that I listed above). So, why do you say that Wikipedia does not use HTML? Are you saying that Wikipedia does not use the codes that I listed above? Or, are you saying that these types of codes (that I listed above) are not called "HTML"? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 15:59, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
See Help:HTML in wikitext. --David Biddulph (talk) 16:05, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
@Joseph A. Spadaro: This is a matter of definition. Technically, HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) is the syntax that is processed by an HTML parser. Wiki markup is not parsed by an HTML parser, it's parsed by the wiki markup processor which uses wiki markup syntax. Wiki markup syntax includes some elements of HTML syntax. Thus, the shorthand usage of "HTML" to mean "some elements of HTML syntax" is technically incorrect, but it is common usage through the industry. -Arch dude (talk) 16:46, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
@Arch dude: OK. Thanks. So, does Wikipedia have a "user's guide" (or an article) that contains a list of the commonly used codes that a Wikipedia editor may need at times? Such as: <strike> and </strike> ... or <big> and </big> ..., etc.? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 20:18, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
Help:Cheatsheet does the most common Wiki mark-ups. The most frequent don't use HTL-type code Jimfbleak - talk to me? 20:37, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

turning a redirect into a disambiguation[edit]

I'd like to turn Ten Talents into a disambiguation to Ten Talents (cookbook) vs. Parable of the talents or minas but this is something I know I will completely screw up as I've done that before when I thought I was following directions. I'm willing to try anyway, but I thought I'd come here and ask whether it would be better for me to go ahead and try (and possibly cause extra work for others) or just ask for help. valereee (talk) 16:40, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

We only make a disambig page when none of the entries is considered the primary topic. In this case the parable probably has the edge on "long-term significance", and because the cookbook article is new there is no clear evidence in "usage". So for now I've added another hatnote to the parable article: Bhunacat10 (talk), 17:16, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

What is the computer code in Wikipedia to change font color of text?[edit]

What is the computer code in Wikipedia to change font color of text? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 21:25, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

@Joseph A. Spadaro: According to what I found at, you can use {{color}} or {{font color}}. RudolfRed (talk) 21:36, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
@RudolfRed: Great. Thanks. So, where does one find some "official" names that we can use for the colors? Names that are ordinary words like "blue" or "light blue", etc. (As opposed to those hexadecimal computer codes and values, like #0000FF for blue.) Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 21:44, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
See Web colors. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:22, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

"Misunderstood" individuals[edit]

Here's the entirety of the Alan Balatine article:

Alan Balatine (fl. 1530s? – 1560) is a supposed historian mentioned by Edward Hall in the list of the English writers from whose works he compiled his Chronicle. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography makes it clear that this person is very likely a misnomer for John Bellenden, and never actually existed.

The article's in Category:Fictional historians. Is such a person fictional, and if not, do we have a category for this concept? "Fictional" sounds like a character that was made up, e.g. Bilbo Baggins in his compilation of the history known as the Silmarillion, but Balatine is the result of a misunderstanding presented as an actual person. Unfortunately I wouldn't know what to call such a person; he's not a hoax because hoaxes are intentional falsehoods, he's not pseudepigraphical because pseudepigrapha are false ascriptions of texts to real persons (not real ascriptions of texts to false persons), and I can't think of another term. No point in asking at talk, as it's never been touched except to add wikiproject tags in 2011, and aside from a 2015 expansion on his nonexistence, the article's not had a real content edit since 2011. Nyttend (talk) 23:18, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

@Nyttend: If the ODNB makes it clear that Balatine was likely a misnomer for Bellenden, why can't this information be included in the John Bellenden article and the Balatine page made into a redirect? – Teratix 01:02, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
(ec)@Nyttend: Probably added as in an overzealous attempt to have a Wikipedia article for every entry in the DNB. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Dictionary of National Biography. In this case feel free to move the info into the John Bellenden article and change this to a redirect. The project is supposed to try to add an article for every "legitimate" DNB article, and I don;t think this one qualifies. -Arch dude (talk) 01:04, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
Ah, good point. Thank you. Now done. Nyttend (talk) 01:14, 18 February 2019 (UTC) Why is this locked?[edit]

Why is this article : , locked from editing?

Doesnt that go against wikipedia standards that every article is open for editing? How come its only this one and another "palestinian"-regarded article thats locked, and nothing else? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:47, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

Because the arbitration committee decided that articles about the Israel-Palestine confilct should be restricted to extended-confirmed editors because of disruptive editing. {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 23:55, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

Is it alright to do this?[edit]

Is it alright to upload a photo for a draft article?
- Stinkyjaden (talk) 00:41, 18 February 2019 (UTC)Stinkyjaden

It is, of course the usual requirements for the photo itself must be met. Please do it here. --Cornellier (talk) 00:45, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
@Stinkyjaden: just to be safe to avoid misunderstandings: freely licensed or Public Domain images are perfectly fine in drafts and can be uploaded to Commons as noted. But non-free images under a claim of fair use are not allowed in drafts (see Wikipedia:Non-free_content_criteria #9). For non-free images - such as logos, posters, and covers for infobox, screenshots and similar non-free files - you should wait with an upload to English Wikipedia (not to Commons), until the draft has been published in mainspace. GermanJoe (talk) 01:00, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

I’m looking for a specific article that I don’t know the name of.[edit]

The only clue/hint that I can give, is that at the top of the article there’s a picture of a GBU-43/B MOAB, its color is orange.-- (talk) 00:56, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

Are you looking for 2017 Nangarhar airstrike? {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 01:07, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
@Pppery: See Bomb. -Arch dude (talk) 01:14, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
I saw that too, but it seemed more likely that the IP would be looking for a more specific article, and would have remembered the title "Bomb". {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 01:19, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
@Arch dude: l suppose that you nailed it.-- (talk) 01:26, 18 February 2019 (UTC)