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Half an article in Italian ...?[edit]

Hi,
the last third of the article about Alsate, the Apache chief ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alsate ) is in - I think - Italian; probably not vandalism, more like some infelicitous editing, I hope - Idk. Sorry if this is the wrong place to give notice, btw. T 85.166.162.64 (talk) 00:58, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for the heads up - I needed a translation needed tag to the article. If it's not addressed soon, the non-English material can be deleted. Best ‡ Єl Cid of ᐺalencia ᐐT₳LKᐬ 01:30, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
I've changed the tag to {{Cleanup translation}} instead like I mentioned on the translation project page. Sakura CarteletTalk 01:55, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

English Wikipedia Account Request Second Email Never Sent[edit]

I received my email requesting an English Wiki page, but a second email to confirm was never sent. My first message said: "Once you click this link, your request will be reviewed, and you will shortly receive a separate email with more information. Your password is not yet available.". It's been 2 weeks and I never received an email. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 96.64.237.82 (talk) 01:28, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Have you checked your spam folder? The email may have been mistakenly sent there. It's also a possibility that the account request was turned down. Sakura CarteletTalk 01:49, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Updating a Brand Page[edit]

Hi there, Wondering what's kosher when it comes to a brand updating its outdated Wikipedia page. Can the brand do it without issue? Can a person not tied to the brand do it without issue? What are the risks involved in updating your own Wikipedia page? Thanks @WBrodribb — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.81.55.2 (talk) 01:46, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Hello WBrodribb, and thanks for asking about this. Anyone connected to the subject of an article as outlined in the conflict-of-interest guideline is strongly advised to refrain from editing the article directly and instead make edit requests on the article's talk page. If an editor is being paid for their contributions to an article, they must disclose this status per the Wikimedia Terms of Use (see the paid editing policy). If you do edit the article directly, you can run the risk of being blocked for promotional editing if you cannot write from a neutral point of view, which can be very hard for connected contributors. – Teratix 02:19, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

November 28[edit]

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Can you upload the 2019 Pro Bowl Logo please. 68.103.78.155 (talk) 02:27, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Why Didn't You Answer Me 2 Days Ago And Why Didn't you Upload the logo. 68.103.78.155 (talk) 15:29, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

New, Unwelcome 'PopUps'[edit]

Is there a way to stop these obnoxious "OnHover" popups that started about a year ago? I find it impossible to read an article of any length and scroll through it, without seeing these unwelcome windows intruding upon the reading material. Really? How much was this change vetted?

Navigating articles these days is like a game. I can spend hours some days reading Wikipedia, but have to take on extra skills to avoid this. You cannot scroll without having some popup take over your display. Disabling Java and Flash does not help.

I assume this is some sort of HTML5 extension? Isn't it just as easy for those of us who want to view a linked article, to open it in a new tab or window - rather than have it obstruct the entire article that we're already reading?!? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.111.230.40 (talk) 02:41, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

It sounds as if you may have accidentally enabled an optional feature "Navigation popups". To disable it, click on "Preferences" (near the top right corner of any page), select the "Gadgets" tab, and uncheck "Navigation popups". Maproom (talk) 08:11, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
Or perhaps you mean Page Previews? You can turn those off by clicking the cog icon on the bottom and selecting 'disable'. – Teratix 08:46, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, it's Page Previews. But unfortunately they cannot disable it without creating an account. It's default in non-logged interface. –Ammarpad (talk) 10:54, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
No, you can disable them without logging in, using the same method of clicking the cog at the bottom right of the popup. Disabling popups whilst not logged in sets a cookie, which means it'll be remembered on that device that you're on as long as the cookie remains there, but will not persist across multiple devices. --Deskana (talk) 11:13, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for that info. I struck my incorrect comment. –Ammarpad (talk) 11:34, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Help![edit]

How do I submit my summary of main points and conclusion of Research Project for publication? My Instructor said, "Contribute your passage to a Wikipedia

(Links to an external site.)

Links to an external site.

page related to your research topic. Just find an entry you feel relatively confident adding to, and go for it. Instructions on how to edit an entry are located on the main page of Wikipedia."

My paper was deleted already from Draft Talk which said it was posted there in error.


Please help me. Thanks, T — Preceding unsigned comment added by Teresa Huston (talkcontribs) 05:38, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

@Teresa Huston: I speculate from the way it was worded that your professor did not expect you to create a new article. Instead, It appears that you are expected to find an existing article to which you can contribute based on your research. Since research papers are written in a style that is different from an encyclopedia, You will need to add sentences, written in an encyclopedic style, and add citations to reliable sources (i.e., those that you found in the course of your research) to support your sentences. If I am incorrect and your professor did expect you to create a new article, then we have a whole series of points to raise with you and your professor, because the effort to get a new article into Wikipedia is generally large. -Arch dude (talk) 06:51, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
Teresa Huston, I hope your professor has read Wikipedia:No original research. Maproom (talk) 08:14, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Multiple pages[edit]

Hi,

Can i create multiple pages for a university? For example the university has to campuses can we create 2 separate pages. Will it be useful. Kindly suggest. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 123.63.243.250 (talk) 06:49, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

If a topic is notable by our definition, not yours, then it should have an article. See WP:N. thus, if the second campus has been extensively and independently covered in news articles, it may deserve an article. However, if you are associated in any way with the university, you should not write create the article:see WP:COI. Instead, you should create a draft and submit it. In many cases the desirability of a separate article is a matter of editorial judgement, and we are all editors here, including you. You should think in terms of what is best for a user of Wikipedia who is looking for information: will a separaet article be mor useful, or will it be detrimental? -Arch dude (talk) 06:59, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
Individual campuses of a university are unlikely to be independently notable, but may be worth adding a mention of the different campuses into the one article. Joseph2302 (talk) 07:27, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Deactivating the account[edit]

Hello,


We would like you to guide us in deactivating this account. We have issues with the username which we want to change. The page is showing name as user: Fwalla and we want to change the name.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Fwalla — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fwalla (talkcontribs) 08:49, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Hoping for a positive response.

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fwalla (talkcontribs) 08:47, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

@Fwalla:, You don't actually need to deactivate your account. If you need to change your username, it can be done at [here]. If you are facing problems in getting to the link provided by me, just follow the following steps:

1)Click the link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page .
2)In the left side navigation pane, under 'Tools', click 'Special Pages'.
3)Now, in that page, under the section 'Login / create account', click on 'Global user account rename request' and follow the instructions provided there.Adithyak1997 (talk) 09:16, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

(e/c) @Fwalla:You say "we"; who are "we"? That sounds like the account is used by more than one person, but a Wikipedia account may have only one user. And while I have your attention, your sandbox draft blatantly promotes Furniturewalla; promotional articles are not permitted. —teb728 t c 09:27, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
@Teb728: Sorry for not checking that. @Fwalla: Please read [this].Adithyak1997 (talk) 09:32, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
This account has been blocked by an admin as a spam user name making spam edits. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 11:40, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

What to do with an old user account[edit]

Can someone point me to the right discussion area to figure out what I can do with my old account, now that due to my own blunder I can no longer access it? Difficultly north (talk) Simply south alt. 13:42, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

@Difficultly north: There isn't really anything you can "do", per se. If you can no longer access it, it will just go unused. You can(and probably should) identify your current account as a successor to your old account.(which I now see that you did) 331dot (talk) 13:45, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
What should I tag the pages with? Retired or something? Or just redirect the lot? Difficultly north (talk) Simply south alt. 14:00, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
If it were me, I would post on the user talk page of my old account a statement saying something like "I was the operator of this account, but I can no longer access it and created my current account as a result." 331dot (talk) 14:01, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
Although the second account was created for other reasons and has been semi-active for many years. But I will say something similar. Does it look okay? Difficultly north (talk) Simply south alt. 14:10, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
Seems OK to me. :) 331dot (talk) 14:15, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Timezone of Edits?[edit]

What timezone are edits listed on the "View history" tab of Wikipedia pages? For example, this page shows the most recent edit as being 23:22 21 November 2015. Is that 23:22 UTC or 23:22 local time? — Preceding unsigned comment added by OlganITicIna (talkcontribs) 17:18, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

It depends on your settings. If you go to Special:Preferences and find the "Appearance" tab, scroll down to "time offset" where you can set how it displays for you. The default is server time, which is UTC. Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 17:20, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
I'm not sure if this is the way to reply, but thank you! OlganITicIna (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 19:02, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Removal of attribution... edit blanking.[edit]

Is it possible to have any attributions made by me for editing I have done in Wikipedia removed? Essentially to have every edit I have made to be removed? Hamster Sandwich (talk) 23:39, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

No. Please don't overreact; you ran into a jerk at WP:BN, and he followed you to your talk page. Ignore him. This is not in keeping with your "not going to harm, not going to help" philosophy. --Floquenbeam (talk) 23:46, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
No. The legal answer is that every time you press the submit or publish button you irrevocably agree to release your contribution under the CC BY-SA 3.0 License and the GFDL. Stephen 23:49, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
True, and thank you for your prompt reply. Hamster Sandwich (talk) 02:38, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Hamster Sandwich, and FWIW, the person who gave you the most grief isn't actually an admin themselves, and on that evidence would never become one Jimfbleak - talk to me? 07:05, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

November 29[edit]

What should be trusted more?[edit]

A website's "about us" page has one of its co-founders listed as "Devon Spinnler". However, secondary sources state his name is "Devon Townsend". Should the primary or secondary sources be trusted in this situation? CoolSkittle (talk) 02:13, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Can we have a link to the Wikipedia page in question (at least) and to the external page if possible? BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 02:55, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Draft:Cameo (website) (unfinished), primary source that states his last name as Spinnler, Cosmopolitan and New York Times sources that state his last name as Townsend. CoolSkittle (talk) 04:03, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
I think they're both right - his LinkedIn profile shows his name as Devon Townsend, but the URL is https://www.linkedin.com/in/devspinn/. Some searches show that he goes by Devon Spinnler Townsend. I pinged their pr firm for insight - I'm sure they'll be thrilled that someone is drafting an article about the company. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 06:54, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
I contacted the PR firm and this is what they said:
Devon’s name is Devon Spinnler Townsend.  Devon Spinnler Townsend has also been known as Devon Spinnler, the alias attached to his vine personality fame.
I can't find any corroborating sources, so it's probably best to use Devon Spinnler Townsend and cite a source with each last name. Or, if they get more media coverage, if they're notable enough, that should settle it, now that the firm knows to focus on the name. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 01:18, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject California/Los Angeles area task force[edit]

I am trying to resurrect the Los Angeles Area Task Force at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_California/Los_Angeles_area_task_force and redesign its opening page, but it seems to be linked somehow to a California Task Force somewhere. I am confused by this and don't see the purpose if there is no way to connect with the (perhaps nonexistent) leaders of said California Task Force. Specifically, the splash page, or opening page, for the Los Angeles Area Task Force is pretty awful, consisting of an indecipherable chart and a list of Academy Awards that have almost nothing to do with Los Angeles, except the Awards are (nowadays) held in Los Angeles. So how do I go about making WP:Bold changes to this page. I've already winnowed down the membership list to the folks who sincerely want to take part in the page's resurrection, as you can see by going to the Talk Page over there. Sincerely, BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 02:54, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Creating a musician page[edit]

I want to create a page for a musician . I need some help — Preceding unsigned comment added by 41.114.241.180 (talk) 06:58, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for your desire to add to Wikipedia. There's a process for requesting articles here. There's also some good general info about getting started as an editor here. Also, please sign your comments with the four tildes "~~~~", so we know who you are. If you do not have an account, I recommend you register for one and select a user name. This will be necessary if you want to create an article. Good luck! TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 07:29, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Start by reading Wikipedia:Notability (music). If you conclude that "Yeah, my musician fits those criteria, no problem", then continue with Wikipedia:Your first article. If not, pick another topic. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 08:37, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Center content in a table cell with visual editor?[edit]

Hello, I added two rows using the visual editor to the main table in this article for Ireland: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. Could someone tell me how to center the text using the visual editor (apologies if it is obvious)? AugusteBlanqui (talk) 10:40, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

@AugusteBlanqui: I have no idea how you can do that in Visual Editor, I never used it. I made the change with code editor: Special:Diff/871169289. Best regards. --CiaPan (talk) 11:29, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

"Alert from another wiki"[edit]

I got one of these in my notifications, but—d'oh!—instead of clicking to read it, I clicked the blue radio button which made it disappear. And now it isn't listed in the "all notifications" page, whether as read or unread. So I don't know what other wiki it was :D any ideas on how to see the notification again? I looked in at Commons, but the notification isn't now being shown. Any suggestions greatly appreciated! ——SerialNumber54129 13:11, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Serial Number 54129, unfortunately if you've read a cross-wiki notification, it is only visible on whatever wiki that notification is from. So you'd have to check the probable wikis that notification is from.. Galobtter (pingó mió) 13:28, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Many thanks Galobtter, of course, I can check global contribs (I presume). Cheers, ——SerialNumber54129 13:37, 29 November 2018 (UTC)Re-ping ——SerialNumber54129 13:38, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Nationalism leads to conscious errors[edit]

Hello!

I wonder if there is anything that can be done about the Croatian Wikipedia page and administrators? There is a town in Bosnia-Herzegovina, called Gornji Vakuf, which suffered a lot of damage and human suffering during the war in the country. The war in the town was between the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Croatian Defence Council. In 1992, the Croat nationalists renamed the town of Gornji Vakuf to Uskoplje. The town and the municipality remained devided until 2001, when the international community managed to push forward an integration of the devided town and municipality into one. Only, now the official name of the town and the municipality, in Bosnian and Croatian languages, is Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje. However, the administrators of the Croatian Wikipedia refuse to use the official name of the municipality and the town (Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje), and instead insist on using only Uskoplje, which, looking at a discussion about that issue, is rooted in nationalism. If Wikipedia is going to be trustworthy, then the official name of the town should be used. There is a judgement at the war crime tribunual for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at the Hague against six Croatian military men and politicans (Prlic, et al), which gives a little bit of insight to the Croat nationalist obsession of calling the town of Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje only Uskoplje. The Croatian Wikipedia administrators are consciously, and wholeheartedly, making an error by not using the correct name for the town and the municipality.

One of their arguments is that the Italian city of Rome is called "Roma" in Italian, but "Rim" in Croatian. By that logic, the name of the town Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje would in English be "Upper Inalienable Charitable Endowment Property-Narrow Meadow", and in Croatian, the word "Vakuf" (which comes from the Arabic word waqf) should also be translated. But that, of course, is not the case. It's just an example of nationalists trying to change history and reality by consciously making errors. And I haven't even mentioned the hugely erroneous article about the war in Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje, which falls nothing short of Croatian nationalist propaganda.

But anyway, since they have locked the article, is there a way to unlock it, or to actually change the name of the article and the town and municipality of Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje to its official name of Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje, instead of the current Uskoplje, in the Croatian Wikipedia? Even non-nationalist Croats have commented that the correct name should be used. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 193.142.61.38 (talk) 14:14, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

If your concern is about a specific article, as this seems to be, you should address it to the talk page of that article. 331dot (talk) 14:23, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
The place for discussion is not here on enwiki, but at hr:Razgovor:Uskoplje, where the matter has been discussed at length. --David Biddulph (talk) 15:19, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Croatian Wikipedia is a known problem, Croatias minister of education discouraged students from using it in 2013, and I've seen newsreports on it this year. But as en-WP editors, we have no influence with other language WP:s. Perhaps someone at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Croatia has any insights, but I think many of them have given up. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 16:39, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

HCR Manorcare Name Error[edit]

Hello, I represent HCR Manorcare and their name is wrong on Wikipedia's article [1]. There should be no space between Manor and Care it should be "HCR Manorcare" as it reads in their logo, on their Website (https://www.hcr-manorcare.com/), and on their recruitment marketing website (https://jobs.hcr-manorcare.com/). If this can be corrected as quickly as possible that would be wonderful. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.132.161.214 (talk) 15:29, 29 November 2018 (UTC) @64.132.161.214:, Please check now.Adithyak1997 (talk) 15:33, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

 Done TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 15:36, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
I assume that this is a recent change by the company, since the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post included the space several years ago. Dbfirs 15:49, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Recent sourcing supports the removal of the space [[1]] [[2]] [[3]], and also shows some missing turbulent history that needs to be added. Moving to talk page. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 17:22, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Sort order problem[edit]

I noticed a strange sort order problem on this category page: Category:American otolaryngologists. Paul Moses appears first in the list, instead of in the "M" section where he belongs. The Defaultsort tag in his article is correct, he appears properly alphabetised in other categories he belongs to, e.g. Category:Psychiatric research (not sure he should belong to that one, btw, there aren't any other people in it) but that one person/category combination is messed up. Looks like a bug of some sort, does anyone know how to fix it? Chuntuk (talk) 16:33, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Hopefully this edit has cured it. --David Biddulph (talk) 16:45, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Editing problem[edit]

I have a problem editing articles on a new computer (Windows 10) in Edit source mode. The additions/deletions do not occur at the place of the cursor but a few characters or lines ahead. Sometimes the edits behave as though they are in insert and replace mode. Do you have any idea why this might happen? It is making some kinds of edits impossible. Plantsurfer 17:20, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

What browser do you use? Ruslik_Zero 20:39, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Microsoft Edge Plantsurfer 22:36, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
I've several times had this problem on Firefox. If I cancel the edit and start it again, it usually goes away. I have suspected that it occurs when I start editing before waiting for the $%^&$%^& Javascript to display the $%^&* Edit Notice (on the Teahouse), but I haven't investigated it systematically. --ColinFine (talk) 00:22, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Change page name[edit]

I want to change the name of the page MLC Limited to MLC Australia but am unable to do so. Help? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shandy07 (talkcontribs) 19:41, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

@Shandy07: A page is renamed by moving it. You can request the move at WP:RM, explaining why the new name is appropriate. RudolfRed (talk) 20:36, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
@Shandy07: See discussion on Talk:MLC Limited. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 22:01, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Globally locked out admin[edit]

I seem to have been locked out. When I request a temp password and it is sent to my e-mail address of record, it is rejected, and I am informed: "Your account is globally locked". M'aidez! I fear I may have been hijacked. Orange Mike --204.194.251.5 (talk) 21:06, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Does this help? Probably not... too far back. Eagleash (talk) 21:36, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Today's message is at User_talk:Orangemike#Account -- John of Reading (talk) 21:40, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Licence for use of image on wikipedia[edit]

Hi, I would like to use images from this book, [4]. It is licenced with a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland (CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 SCOTLAND) Would I be able to use it, or would it be under fair use. The book is published in 1879. Thanks. scope_creepTalk 21:09, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

@Scope creep: I believe it is in the public domain, so you do not need to assert fair use. It was published in London (and Edinburgh, but London is what matters here) in 1879. That means UK law applies, and copyright expired 70 years after the author died, and the work is now in the public domain. The fact that someone is asserting a later copyright is not relevant. That later copyright applies to the derived work (i.e., the web site) and not to the work itself. -Arch dude (talk) 21:56, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Cool. Thanks Arch dude. There is a couple of image in the book. That is good news. I can illustrate the article at Garth Castle to some depth. scope_creepTalk 22:10, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
@Scope creep: To answer your question more generally, a license must permit reuse for any purpose. So if the item is still under copyright, then we cannot accept a "no-commercial-use" license. RudolfRed (talk) 22:45, 29 November 2018 (UTC)


November 30[edit]

Upload Image from Wiki Commons to Page[edit]

I just upload an image on Wiki Commons and I don't know how to upload it into the actual information on the person's page. How do I retrieve it once I'm in edit mode? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Marziopan (talkcontribs) 01:51, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

@Marziopan: Go to the commons page and you will find a tab 'use this file' by the Wikipedia logo part way down the page. Click that and you will get a pre-formatted link to C&P onto the page. If using in an infobox, just use the filename I.e. XXXX.jpg no 'file' or square brackets etc. Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 02:14, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Vandalism on Wikipedia app version of article[edit]

Hi,

I'm looking at the Latin America article on the Wikipedia app on Android and under the title "Latin America" (before the body of the article), it reads "Japon es un continente venezolano que va dirigido por un burro llamado isaac", which roughly means "Japan is a Venezuelan continent that is moved by a donkey named Isaac." I'm not sure how to remove the vandalism; it only shows up on the Wikipedia app, not the mobile or desktop versions. I checked the Wikidata entry [5] and it's not listed there.

I can include a screenshot, if needed.

Thanks. David O. Johnson (talk) 02:26, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

It's not there as it's been reverted [6]. I guess something has a very long cache time. Purging something may help but I'm not sure what. Nil Einne (talk) 04:01, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the response. Good to see it's been fixed. David O. Johnson (talk) 06:26, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Number appears in link[edit]

Dear helpers, In this quote box (see right) I have a link to a page on the web.

Interactive map
To view an interactive map click here --> [7]

Can anyone tell me how I can prevent the number in square brackets from appearing – in other words to have only the square-plus-arrow icon? Cheers, SCHolar44 (talk) 06:00, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

@SCHolar44: May be something like this would do? --CiaPan (talk) 07:31, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
Interactive map
To view an interactive map  -->click here
See more at Help:Link#External links. Don't try to only have the external link icon with no link text. The icon may be missing in some circumstances. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:14, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, CiaPan. :-D
PrimeHunter, how would I configure link text in this case, please? SCHolar44 (talk) 13:09, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
This is explained at Help:Link#External links. Write [url link text] as for all external links, where "url" is the url and "link text" is any text you want displayed on the link. With your url it becomes [https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1TDRa4IZPRneJOMkWavQCdxc9Lw6CAXJp&ll=-34.92724905265216%2C138.592709&z=12 link text]. It renders as link text. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:37, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
Many thanks for this, PrimeHunter -- I get it now. My excuse at present is being badly jetlagged... SCHolar44 (talk) 23:20, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

How to add a title to page/move the page[edit]

Please help me with the steps to move the page or to add a title to page submitted. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rajesh Hilsa (talkcontribs) 07:51, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

@Rajesh Hilsa: See WP:MOVE Abelmoschus Esculentus talk / contribs 07:52, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
I think the OP was probably referring to the sandbox draft at User:Rajesh Hilsa/sandbox, in which case the answer is that if the reviewer decides that the draft is fit to publish as an article the reviewer will move it to the appropriate title. It would be unwise for a new editor to try to move the draft to mainspace without waiting for review, as if the article were found not yet to be suitable for mainspace it might be liable to deletion. --David Biddulph (talk) 08:03, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
I've moved it to Draft and reviewed/declined it. Probably qualifies for G11. Legacypac (talk) 08:16, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
And it has been G11d. --Gronk Oz (talk) 14:36, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Text of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License[edit]

One car read Attribution—You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work.)

Ok, I want to translate an article from one Wikipedia to another. Where does the author or licensor specify how to do it? Is there a link or somehow? Should I write it down in the edit summary, would that be enough? Cinadon36 (talk) 13:07, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Yes, Cinadon36, that will be enough. See WP:Translation. --ColinFine (talk) 14:15, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
You can also add Template:Translated page to the talkpage if it's translated into English- and looks like there are appropriate other language templates for other language Wikis. Joseph2302 (talk) 14:39, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks mates! Cinadon36 (talk) 19:48, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Why is this article not appearing in Google search results?[edit]

I realise Wikipedia sets drafts so they are not indexed by Google but Coal in Turkey was approved in mid-October but https://www.google.com.tr/search?q=wikipedia+"coal in turkey" only shows the category on the first page of results. Any ideas why gratefully received. Chidgk1 (talk) 14:30, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

@Chidgk1: The page, though moved to the main encyclopedia, has not been formally reviewed. It needs to be marked as reviewed in order to be indexed. 331dot (talk) 14:37, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
@Chidgk1: Hello, new pages are not indexed by search engines for 90 days or until they have been reviewed, whichever is the shorter period. This page although accepted via WP:AFC has not yet completed the review process. Eagleash (talk) 14:40, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
@331dot: :@Eagleash: Thanks both of you for your prompt explanation. I requested a peer review at Wikipedia:Peer review/Coal in Turkey/archive1 but it seems to have been closed as nobody reviewed it. Is there anything I can do as I think it would be good to have it in Google search results now in case anyone would like to read it for COP24 which is just starting. As it is so short would either of you have time or anyone else reading this have time to to review it?

Chidgk1 (talk) 10:36, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

 Done Eagleash (talk) 10:58, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

How to specify a product unit with Template:val?[edit]

Template:val can link any units it recognizes, 1 mg/m3, like: mg/m3. However it's common in chemistry to grade units by component, like 1 mg Os/m3. But Val no longer recognizes the base unit, mg Os/m3, and every combination of every chemical and every unit can't/shouldn't be added to Module:Val/units. Is there a way to pass the top unit so Val recognizes it, along with some text (like "He" or "N2" or "Benzene") that it will append after the numerator? —wing gundam 16:37, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

@Wing gundam: The documentation says that an unrecognised unit can be any wikitext, so {{val|1|u=[[Osmium|mg Os]]|upl=m3}} yields mg Os/m3. Is that what you want?-Arch dude (talk) 02:30, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Ink color[edit]

I notice on the Roy Chadwick page that certain words appear in red ink instead of black or blue. How can this be edited? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chadwickfamily (talkcontribs) 22:24, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

@Chadwickfamily: Welcome to Wikipedia. A red link means that the linked article does not yet exist. It will automatically turn blue when someone creates an article for it. Also, regarding your username, please remember that accounts cannot be shared. You may be asked to change the name, since it implies the account is shared. RudolfRed (talk) 22:27, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:Red link. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 01:58, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Different files with the same name[edit]

Three times today it happened to me that I uploaded a file to the Commons and then found out that I cannot use it on this Wikipedia because it already hosts a file under the same name. Is there a way around this annoying problem other than requesting that the file be renamed? The latest example is commons:File:Earl Palmer.jpg, which would be a free alternative to the fair use File:Earl Palmer.jpg that we have now. Surtsicna (talk) 00:22, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

And now again with File:Betty Shabazz.jpg and commons:File:Betty Shabazz.jpg. I suppose the fair use files will be deleted now, but there are also cases of free photos on Wikipedia having the same name as those on Commons, so I still wonder how to deal with that. Surtsicna (talk) 01:43, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

@Surtsicna: See {{ShadowsCommons}}. The appropriate thing now is to request deletion (via normal channels) of the non-free files here locally in favor of free ones on Commons. More so, in this case, both the ones in Commons are of better resolution.–Ammarpad (talk) 07:16, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

2268 failed login attempts[edit]

I got this message today: "There have been 2268 failed attempts to log in to your account from a new device since the last time you logged in. If it wasn't you, please make sure your account has a strong password." I checked my contributions and there were none that I didn't make. I did change my password, but it looks like they didn't get in. But 2268 attempts - that must be an automated attack, right? Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 01:56, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Yes. There are other reports at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard#Password attack. PrimeHunter (talk) 02:59, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 06:59, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
Resolved

December 1[edit]

NCAA Football season navbox template[edit]

I'm trying to put in 2019 But the Template is blocked forever. 68.103.78.155 (talk) 02:30, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

The reason why you can't is because the page has been semi-protected due to being a high traffic template. If there's an edit that needs to be made to it, click the "view source" button where the edit button would usually be, then click the "submit an edit request" option, and follow the instructions to make an edit request. However, there are a few important points to consider. Specifically, it can only be used for clearly uncontroversial changes and you must state clearly what changes need to be made. You can find more information at WP:EDITREQUEST. Once you've made the request, an autoconfirmed user will come along and accept or decline the request, though this may take a while. If the change you're making is likely controversial, you should get a consensus on the talk page before using the edit request template. I hope this helps you out and let me know if you have any further questions. Regards, --SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 17:47, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Donation solicitation[edit]

I donated today but, as I continue to use your service, I still am getting hounded by giving pitches. I truly believe your service is commendable and that’s why I support it. Now that I’ve contributed, please turn off the pop-ups. Thanks so much. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2604:2D80:882B:A023:7D53:B8A9:86BC:1BD6 (talk) 02:47, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

I don't think it's possible to "turn this off". It's an authomatic thing, but you can close it everytime it appears.--SirEdimon (talk) 03:00, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
If you create an account then Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets has the option "Suppress display of fundraiser banners". PrimeHunter (talk) 03:05, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
To explain this a bit: if you choose not to create an account and log in, then the system has no way of knowing who you are, so no way of remembering anything about you. Wikipedia in any case has no knowledge of who has chosen to donate to the Wikimedia Foundation, but as PrimeHunter says, it can remember that a registered user has turned the message off. --ColinFine (talk) 10:18, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Creating a New Page for Johnny Reed[edit]

I am an entertainment professional and others have tried to find me on Wikipedia for my works. I've released 6 Music Albums, done voices for 100's of toys by major mfgs, and did the voice of King Kong, and co-produced independent films. How would I best go about creating a page with my information for the public? Thanks Johnny Reed — Preceding unsigned comment added by Johnny Reed (talkcontribs) 05:21, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

You or someone closely related to you is strongly discouraged from writing an article about you - see this page for more information about why. LittlePuppers (talk) 05:26, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
@Johnny Reed: See WP:AUTOBIOGRAPHY and WP:COI for why we generally do not encourage people to write or edit pages about themselves. Wikipedia is not a directory but a summarize of professionally-published mainstream academic or journalistic sources with no addition nor commentary.
If you're going to try to write an article about yourself anyway, here are the steps you should follow:
1) Choose a topic whose notability is attested by discussions of it in several reliable independent sources.
2) Gather as many professionally-published mainstream academic or journalistic sources you can find. Google Books is a good resource for this. Also, while search engine resutls are tnot sources, they are where you can find sources. Just remember that they need to be professionally-published mainstream academic or journalistic sources.
3) Focus on just the ones that are not dependent upon or affiliated with the subject, but still specifically about the subject and providing in-depth coverage (not passing mentions). If you do not have at least three such sources, the subject is not yet notable and trying to write an article at this point will only fail.
4) Summarize those sources left after step 3, adding citations at the end of them. You'll want to do this in a program with little/no formatting, like Microsoft Notepad or Notepad++, and not in something like Microsoft Word or LibreOffice Writer. Make sure this summary is just bare statement of facts, phrased in a way that even someone who hates the subject can agree with.
5) Combine overlapping summaries (without arriving at new statements that no individual source supports) where possible, repeating citations as needed.
6) Paraphrase the whole thing just to be extra sure you've avoided any copyright violations or plagiarism.
7) Use the Article wizard to post this draft and wait for approval.
8a) If the draft is accepted, never edit the article. If you see a change that needs to be made, make an edit request (based on our site's policies and guidelines) on the article's talk page.
8b) If the draft is rejected, pay close attention to the reason given, clicking any blue links in the explanation and reading up on that.
Doing something besides those steps typically results in the article not being approved, or even in its deletion. Ian.thomson (talk) 05:30, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

References for an Artist who is an illustrator[edit]

While creating a page for an artist who happens to be an illustrator, can I use his signed works in copyrighted books, independent articles on Urban Post, and articles in various magazines as references to prove notability? I did go through the guidelines for artist's page, but would like specific inputs since many of his illustrations are not available online, but are signed and feature in copyrighted books. Also is Urban Post regarded as being a trustworthy source and can be cited in the page? Thanks in advance, Vinvibes (talk —Preceding undated comment added 06:39, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Vinvibes. Nothing by the subject (whether signed or not) can contribute to their notability, which depends on whether other people have published material about them. I've never heard of Urban Post, and it doesn't seem to have been discussed at the reliable sources noticeboard; but when I go to their website, it looks to me as if they are basically a store. Links to commerce sites are discouraged, and I would doubt whether they count as an independent reliable source. What you need is to find a few places where people unconnected with your artist have chosen to write about him. --ColinFine (talk) 10:48, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
Hi, ColinFine - thanks for responding. For artists I read that their works could be used to prove notability. So, if the work in question is a part of a book written by someone else, then will it work as a reference? Because after all, it denotes the popularity of the artist if his services are sought by authors for their books...Vinvibes (talk —Preceding undated comment added 13:42, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
Unfortunately not. Anyone can publish a book these days, and they can ask any mate of theirs to illustrate it. Popularity doesn't count as notability of an artist in the Wikipedia sense.--Shantavira|feed me 14:06, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

you guys rock[edit]

im flat broke or id donate; but ill have money sometime within a year and plan to donate then; in the meantime, THANKS for existing; and may you all get the good stuff in life you deserve for your efforts and aid — Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.107.74.241 (talk) 06:51, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for your kind words! Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 10:42, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Ref icon not working?[edit]

Any idea if it's my machine or is the ref icon not working this morning? Rather than bringing up the usual box, into which I can paste the web reference, it's doing this <ref></ref>.

Any help much appreciated. KJP1 (talk) 10:56, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

There are many ref features. If you refer to the icon [8] then I don't know what it normally does but currently it's just inserting <ref></ref> for me. I use a "Cite" link on the right where four citation templates can be chosen. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:21, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
That's exactly it. Normally, it brings up a template box, in the middle of the screen, into which one can paste a web reference. I then go to ReFill to sort the bare url. Odd. I shall try your alternative suggestion for present, but the icon's much faster. Many thanks. KJP1 (talk) 11:26, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
@KJP1: I removed the dialog from the software, because it was basically not doing anything, yet did use a lot of code. This dialog was in place for features that were never added to that dialog. Some of those features were later added to Reftoolbar instead. The dialog can't be faster, since it's basically doing the exact same thing, only the moment at which you paste sort of moved. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 11:52, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
I do note that most other buttons insert some 'dummy' text that you can replace though. Maybe we should add that to the ref insertion as well. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 13:14, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
Char insert doesn't so the icon version of that shouldn't. Also, empty <ref></ref> tags will show an error message so that they can be noticed and fixed.
Trappist the monk (talk) 13:55, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
TheDJ - Hi, not being very technical, I'm afraid I don't understand much of that, but I did find the icon very useful. I've used it for years and basically, if putting in lots of web refs, one could just bang them all in using the icon and then use refill to tidy up. It was certainly faster as now I have to add in all the separate bits of data myself. If it were possible to reinstate the icon, I'd much appreciate it. KJP1 (talk) 15:14, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Plus 9[edit]

At [[Category:Candidates for speedy deletion as spam]] (nowikied here to avoid upsetting AnomieBOT) and similar CSD category pages, the CSD categories right sidebar always seems to add nine to the actual number for copyright violations. It's not a lag, it's always there. I've poked around, but I can't figure out how to fix it. Any ideas? Jimfbleak - talk to me? 14:08, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

@Jimfbleak: [[:Category:Candidates for speedy deletion as spam]] with a colon in front produces Category:Candidates for speedy deletion as spam without adding the page to the category. I first saw "Copyright violations (10)" but then it changed to "Copyright violations (0)". Note the box saying: "If this page has been recently modified, it may not reflect the most recent changes. Please purge this page to view the most recent changes." See Wikipedia:Purge. PrimeHunter (talk) 16:53, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

You have enabled both this script and the MediaViewer ...[edit]

When I open a picture in the english WP, it opens in a small black frame whith the name on top. Under this frame I read: "You have enabled both this script and the MediaViewer. You should decide for one script and disable the other." Ok, I have the MediaViewer on and I like it. But I have no idea what this script is and where I could switch it off. Thank you for help. --Meyer-Konstanz (talk) 13:45, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

That is likely coming from your global.js page. Try cleaning it –Ammarpad (talk) 17:44, 1 December 2018 (UTC)