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August 11[edit]

Automatic numbering rows on a table?[edit]

Is there a function which allows me to automatically number the rows on a table instead of hardcoding the row numbers?

Ex. I don't want to hardcode "Row 1", "Row 2", etc.

Number Column 1 Column 2
Row 1 Column 1 Column 2
Row 2 Column 1 Column 2
Row 3 Column 1 Column 2

It would make it easier to add a row(s) to the middle of a table without have to renumber the table, especially when the table has more than 200 rows. Thank You...

Roberto221 (talk) 04:45, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

{{row indexer}}
Number Column 1 Column 2
Row 1 Column 1 Column 2
Row 2 Column 1 Column 2
Row 3 Column 1 Column 2
Trappist the monk (talk) 08:06, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

How long 'til page is published?[edit]

Just added my first article, and I'm kinda wondering how long it'll take until it's actually findable? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stephaniegunnie (talkcontribs) 10:58, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

You have not yet added an article. You have produced a draft, but not yet submitted it for AFC review. Don't try to submit it for review yet, as it has no references. Try reading the guidance at WP:Your first article, and also read the Manual of style as there are many formatting errors such as inappropriate bold text. --David Biddulph (talk) 11:06, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

How long til approved?[edit]

Hello, I am writing to ask how long til the page that I created will be approved? It's been over a month and I am not sure how long the wait time is expected. Is there something else that needs to be done in order to get this page active? Thank you for your assistance and I greatly appreciate your time.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Bcapley (talkcontribs) 14:30, 11 August 2018 14:30 (UTC)

The current wait time for AfC review is about two months. Catrìona (talk) 15:16, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict)@Bcapley: Hello, Presumably this relates to Draft:Bishop Bryan Ouellette? If you consider that it is ready for submission for review you can place {{subst:submit}} at the top of the draft which will place it at AfC to be reviewed. First though, you should read WP:WFA and also WP:MOS. There are some minor fromatting issues which will need to be corrected. Some useful links have also been left at your talk page and you should read those as well. Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 15:21, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
I think @Eagleash: means WP:YFA, not WP:WFA. Don't worry about trying to achieve Featured Article status just yet. Rojomoke (talk) 23:32, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Section headings[edit]

In Aladdin (soundtrack), there's a bot that keeps reducing the equal sings in the "notes" subsection from 5 on each side to three, saying that it "violates MOS:HEAD". However, the policy explicitly states "...and so on to =====Title=====", meaning that five signs on each side do not violate the guideline and are within the limit. Can someone look into this? Thanks. Javiero Fernandez (talk) 22:20, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

@Javiero Fernandez: The bot is right. You are trying to place a level 5 heading directly below a level 2 heading. "and so on" means a sequence of subsections which are each one level below the previous subsection. MOS:GOODHEAD explicitly says: "Nest headings sequentially ... Do not skip parts of the sequence". PrimeHunter (talk) 23:13, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

My article has been rejected because it is about multiple potteries.[edit]

That's what I want it to be. There is little information about potteries in Canada. There are a few of them and they should be pulled together in one page. Do I have to create a separate page for each pottery?

Also I want to upload example images of pottery and marks, but the system won't let me do that.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Sandycampbell (talkcontribs)

  • @Sandycampbell: My usual advice if you're going to write an article about anyone or anything:
1) Choose a single topic whose notability is attested by discussions of it in several reliable independent sources. In this case, Pottery in Canada could be such a topic if there were relevant sources about pottery (in general) from Canada. You cannot combine sources about different specifics to arrive at a general claim.
2) Gather as many professionally-published mainstream academic or journalistic sources you can find.
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. In this case, you will want to avoid the websites of potteries or websites that sell their products.
4) Summarize those sources from step 2, 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.
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.
8) Expand the article using sources you put aside in step 2 (but make sure they don't make up more than half the sources for the article, and make sure that affiliated sources don't make up more than half of that).
Doing something besides those steps typically results in the article not being approved, or even in its deletion. Ian.thomson (talk) 23:23, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
  • @Sandycampbell: An article on Pottery in Canada would ideally cover general history, current developments, relation to the global pottery scene, etc. Wikipedia does have "List of..." pages, and List of Potteries in Canada or List of Canadian Potteries are plausible approaches. Where the individual items are not notable enough to have their own articles, the list itself can still be notable; but that can be contentious.
You can add images if they are appropriately licensed. Even if you are the photographer and are willing to release the photo under CC-BY-SA or similar, it might be tricky: is the maker's mark itself subject to copyright? Wikipedia includes plenty of logos where fair use is claimed: you will probably be better off uploading the image files to WP rather than Commons. If you re-draw the marks yourself rather than getting photographs, does that change things? (Maybe not, copyright can be very broad.) Compare Blue Mountain Pottery, which does have a photo of the mark.
Keep developing the page! Add some structure with ==sub-headings== and/or * bullet lists. Even if it never makes it to main-space, you'll build up a collection of information that could be useful in other articles. I would suggest moving the content out of your sandbox to a subpage, like User:Sandycampbell/sandbox/Canadian Potteries. One approach is to create the red link at the top of your sandbox (or somewhere else convenient), then use that to create the sub-page: that way you can easily navigate back to it.
If the article comes across as just a business directory, then it won't be suitable for the encyclopedia, but could still be useful to you as a reference whilst researching the topic [hint]. If you do manage to get good coverage of the potters' marks, historical potteries, etc. then that could hold wider interest.
Also, you could make contact with people at WP:WikiProject Canada or WP:WikiProject Visual arts.
It can take time to gather sources, so the big question is: are you interested enough in the topic for it to be a long-term project?
Good luck! Pelagic (talk) 03:01, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

August 12[edit]

Minor redirect clean-up - best process if any?[edit]

Hi, not sure if this is the best forum to ask. I came across Angus Vicker. (with a trailing dot). Angus Vicker (no dot) also exists and also redirects to Henry Felsen.

Is it appropriate to clean up the redir having the typo? It doesn't do any harm, but nor does it add value. I was going to tag it with {{Db-r3}}, but the text of that template says it applies to "a recently created redirect from an implausible typo or misnomer" [emphasis added]. Despite that wording, can we speedy old pages? Or do I need to post it to RfD (which seems like a big process to apply to a small issue)?

Cheers, Pelagic (talk) 01:36, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

You could tag it for csd as a housekeeping task or as a bad title. I've anyway done it for you. Lourdes 08:16, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Stop accidental rollbacks[edit]

So apart from me being a bit more careful, is there a way to stop accidentally rolling back edits. When on mobile and sometimes trying to click through to read or look at peoples edits, I'll hit the rollback button by mistake (managed to do it twice today). Even if I hit the cancel rollback option, I find that the rollback has still be actioned. NZFC(talk) 05:46, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Brilliant, thank you Lourdes. NZFC(talk) 08:31, 12 August 2018 (UTC)


Hi, is there anyone who could update this article? There was a successful launch a few hours ago. Thanks! Ericdec85 (talk) 10:33, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

It appears to have been done, but the point of Wikipedia is that you could do it yourself. Matt Deres (talk) 14:35, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

What do with obvious non-declared COI editing that abides by discussion rules??[edit]

I've been keeping an eye on the TerraCycle article for a few months now after adding a criticism section and becoming aware that there have been several accounts over the last few years who have only added positive coverage of the company to that article and deleted negative coverage.

Sure enough, after a few weeks, one of those accounts deleted the criticism section. I restored it and put a section on the article talk page, pinging them and warning them not to do it again. The account replied and apologised for not abiding by discussion rules, providing a draft for an "improved" section. The problem is that this "improved" section is obviously written in favour of the company, deleting critical sources and adding in apologies, weasel words and uncritical sources.

I then put a copy-paste section asking for disclosure of paid editing on the account's talk page, to which they replied that they were, in fact, an enployee of TerraCycle. The account has now also gone ahead and put in the new criticism section after I haven't replied to the talk page discussion for a month due to real-life commitments.

I'm therefore asking for help with how to proceed with this situation: Even though the account seems to abide by normal discussion guidelines and has a civil tone of conduct, it is in my eyes obvious that there is a formally undeclared form of paid-for-editing going on. There have been half a dozen accounts involved in this practice on that article in the past, all of which stopped editing at some point, only for the next account to be opened a few months after. Should or can I still expect good faith editing here? And what should be the next stepts?

Thanks for your help! Zarasophos (talk) 14:49, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

  • If that editor claimed to be an employee, then they are not in fact abiding by the rules. See WP:PAID. First, the editor must declare paid status to comply with the terms of service of the owners of this web site. This is a higher level of constraint than the policies and guidelines of the volunteer Wikipedia community. Next a paid (or other COI) editor is not supposed to edit an article directly at all. They violated this guideline when they moved the proposed edit into the article. Your next move is to revert their edit and tell them to read WP:PAID.-Arch dude (talk) 16:02, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Look at the sentence just above the "publish changes" button on any edit page. The "terms of use" that you agree to are linked to this Wikimedia Foundation page. You agree to these terms when you hit the button. -Arch dude (talk) 16:08, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
Zarasophos, I reverted their changes and and left a message for the editor on the talk page of the article. When I have a bit more time, I will look over their suggested changes and give them feedback on it. First thing I notice their is no sources provided by the user but there maybe still stuff that could be changed. I suggest you comment on their proposed changes as well to help. NZFC(talk) 19:38, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Assessing consensus[edit]

I need help with assessing consensus. I saw on my watchlist that User:Legobot removed an "expired RFC template" on Talk:Blond. I took this as the discussion period had ended and I saw that one option was most popular so I tried to edit the article to reflect that. But I have been reverted three times by one person who has made no comments, only saying "I don't think so" and "no consensus", but the consensus seems clear to me. What do I do? NICHOLAS NEEDLEHAM (talk) 16:43, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

If you believe a discussion needs formal closing, you can request it at WP:RFCl. Regards SoWhy 18:35, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

August 13[edit]

Adding a Youtube video as a reference.[edit]

Having trouble adding a Youtube video as a reference. According to the guide found on Wikipedia of how to add one, it still won't work? I believe it is the Reference name that is the problem, and what the error says is causing it not to be added. Could it be something else not allowing it to be used as a reference?Hallow88 (talk) 00:21, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

This doesn't address your technical concerns, but there is consensus that YouTube is not a generally reliable source, unless it's a reliable source which has a channel on YouTube (for instance, the CNN YouTube channel.) Catrìona (talk) 00:26, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
And you'll find out how to format a reference at Help:Referencing for beginners. Your attempt was malformatted and misplaced. --David Biddulph (talk) 00:36, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

The video is of a official song and has been given permission to use by the owner, along with the same song as an earlier version with a different background singer.Hallow88 (talk) 00:41, 13 August 2018 (UTC) I have read the whole HELP page, but I keep getting this error only: Cite error: A list-defined reference named "Youtube|qgz9rXS8kTQ" is not used in the content (see the help page). What am I adding wrong here, how is the name correctly added?Hallow88 (talk) 01:12, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

You could try making a new section called "External links" and adding it there, minus the <ref> tags. Catrìona (talk) 01:38, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Probably a better idea thanks for the help.Hallow88 (talk) 01:48, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

How to reedit item after published?[edit]

Hello, I am new here, I want to know how to reedit an item when the item has been published? Or the item could not be edited again after published? Thank you!--Belle Tong (talk) 01:42, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Belle Tong. A large majority of pages here can be edited simply by clicking the "edit" button at the top of the page, or the "edit" button for the specific section you wish to edit. A small percentage of pages are protected, usually because of persistent vandalism. If you mention a specific page, we can give you advice if that page is protected. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 01:51, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Is there any other language could be used when edting an item?[edit]

Hello, I am new here. I want to know besides English, is there any other language could be used when editing an item? Thanks!--Belle Tong (talk) 01:57, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Belle Tong. This is the English language Wikipedia and all substantive content here should be written in English. It is acceptable to use references in other languages. If you want to write encyclopedia content in other languages, we have versions of Wikipedia in almost every significant language. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 02:05, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
Hi Belle Tong. You probably need to read WP:Your first article and WP:Referencing for beginners before you create any more articles. English uses the definite article ("the") in lots of places where you omit the word. We can help with proof-reading and correcting your English to make it encyclopaedic, but Wikipedia is based on references, and you do need to include them. You might like to create future articles in WP:Draft space where the English can be polished before going live. Dbfirs 06:11, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
... later ... I see that your article has been moved to draft space where you can work on the English, the references, and formatting it as an encyclopaedia article. Dbfirs 19:27, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
Link: Draft:Pipe spool fabrication. --CiaPan (talk) 13:49, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Belle Tong: If you're interested in Wikipedias in other languages, you may find interesting the Wikipedia article on Wikipedia itself: Wikipedia, esp. the section Wikipedia#Language editions.
See also the page List of Wikipedias linked there, which lists English Wikipedia's articles about Wikipedias in other languages and provides links to those Wikipedias, too. --CiaPan (talk) 13:58, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge[edit]

After "support" consensus on the above's Talk page, I have added on the above page in a small section - "The Kate Middleton Effect" - that still has it's own page - which should now be removed. I hope I have done the correct editing here - over a month has passed since the "warning" was placed on the top of the page of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Please see Kate Middleton effect and please remove page as discussed. Thanks (talk) 04:57, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

It has already been merged and redirected to the main article. Keivan.fTalk 14:34, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Using some old photos taken in Japan via 1979[edit]

I found some photos that were taken in 1979. These involve a bank robbery incident and I'm aware that Wikipedia's public domain law is suppose to be for photos in 1970. I'm trying to see if it's fine to use them in portraying a historical event. Ominae (talk) 05:37, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

I assume by your statement that the photos are still not in public domain. So the short answer here is, no. Lourdes 16:17, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Are you in possession of the physical photos? If yes, are you the original photographer or the legal heir of the photographer? If so, you are the presumptive owner of the copyright, and you can upload it and grant a CC-BY-SA license. If you are not the owner of the copyright, then you cannot upload the photographs. -Arch dude (talk) 16:27, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
Got it. The photos are in the Mainichi in the late 70s. Ominae (talk) 01:25, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

2018-19 United states tv Schedule[edit]

Can you fix the NBA Saturday Primetime Reference I Made can you fix it please. (talk) 19:18, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Why Didn't you answer me five minutes ago. (talk) 19:26, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Can someone ban this editor from Help Desk, seriously. They seem to think it's their own personal help desk and have a number of times now asked for stuff that is WP:TOOSOON as well as comments like the second edit where they don't remain WP:CIVIL even after being told before that this is a page of volunteers and there is no rush to publish stuff in articles. They also have been told previously to link to articles they are requesting help on but continue to not provide the link, they are experienced enough to know better. NZFC(talk)
Would love to, but the user has a frequently changing IP address. So the ban would be impossible to enforce properly. Joseph2302 (talk) 19:50, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

What's the deal with the user right headers?[edit]

E.g., the ones for crats, NPRs, and pagemovers. How should I treat these — as policies, guidelines, essays, or infopages? — pythoncoder  (talk | contribs) 20:28, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

pythoncoder, I have read through you question multiple times and am no closer to understanding what you are asking. Can you link to what you are talking about? ~ GB fan 21:44, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
GB fan — Sorry for the confusion. I meant, are they policies, guidelines, or something else? — pythoncoder  (talk | contribs) 21:57, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
pythoncoder I'm also still not clear on what you're talking about. Do you mean topicons or userboxes, like {{new page reviewer topicon}} and {{user wikipedia/New page reviewer}} like the ones you have one your userpage? User-rights are neither policies nor guidelines. Vexations (talk) 22:07, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
The thing at the top of e.g. WP:CRAT that takes the place of a "this page is policy" message. — pythoncoder  (talk | contribs) 22:16, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
pythoncoder, are you talking about the box that says; This page contains information about bureaucrats, relevant policy and guideline considerations concerning the use of the bureaucrat privilege, and details concerning the use of the bureaucrat tools on the English Wikipedia.? If you are, you should treat it as exactly what it says in that box. ~ GB fan 01:18, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
One can see how it is confusing that Wikipedia:Administrators use {{Policy}} and hence is clearly labelled as policy, but other information pages related to user rights, such as Wikipedia:CheckUser {{procedural policy}} or pages such as Wikipedia:Bureaucrats use their own header. --Vexations (talk) 01:32, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. — pythoncoder  (talk | contribs) 01:41, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

How to edit references?[edit]

Sorry if this has been answered before, but I could not find it in the archives.

I found an entry listing several references that meet the Wikipedia "External link spamming" guidelines. Clicking the "Edit" link, either at the top of the page, or next to the References section, gives me the source editor but does not show any of the links on the page, only a list of categories. I tried this with another entry, just to see if this was a peculiarity of this one page, and had the same experience.

How do I edit/delete these references?

The entry is this:

You should be able to see the coding for the references if you click the "Edit" at the top of the article, or any of the article sections. You are correct, if you click "edit" at the "References" section, all you'll see is code. This article uses inline citations, as is proper. The first reference is encoded this way: "<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=False Kiva | Andre Gunther Photography | |date= |accessdate=2010-03-16 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=2010-04-04 |df= }}</ref>", and appears as the first reference within the "References" section. I hope that helps. 78.26 (spin me / revolutions) 21:11, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

August 14[edit]

notwithstanding ( not comparable)[edit]

In the above subject line I show how notwithstanding is presented. I do not understand the word not, not comparable to what? What is notwithstanding not comparable to or with? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

This is Wikipedia. After some searching I guess you refer to wiktionary:notwithstanding#Adverb at our sister site Wiktionary. "comparable" is a link to wiktionary:Appendix:Glossary#comparable. "notwithstanding (not comparable)" means that the adverb "notwithstanding" is not comparable. The meaning of this is described at the link. You cannot say "more notwithstanding" or "most notwithstanding". See also Adverb#Formation and comparison. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:29, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Thomas Davis (priest)[edit]

Please help - I have added a file (photo) which SHOULD go at the top of the page. Please re-place it if you are able. Thankyou (talk) 01:29, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

I think it's better where it is. If it were moved into the Lede section, it would create too much white space. {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 03:38, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
HELP PLEASE - I have accidently removed the Lede. Plesae replace if able. Thanks (talk) 03:42, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Please return the Lede sentence. I removed it accidently whilst attempting to "improve" file. thanks (talk) 04:00, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

 Done Eagleash (talk) 04:09, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Once again, please do not create additional threads with the same heading. Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 09:56, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Categorisation for people trying multiple times[edit]

Annie Aves is primarily known for having been tried multiple times for the same crime(s). Is there a categorisation for that? I'm sure there must be, but I can't find it. Stuartyeates (talk) 03:42, 14 August 2018 (UTC)


Question for administrator

<Wondering what else do i update to have this document accepted on Wiki> — Preceding unsigned comment added by Parvez.Shine (talkcontribs) 04:59, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

As the reviewers have suggested, better sourcing to establish notability. Please read the advice given in the pink and grey box on the draft: follow the links, read the instructions, then ameliorate the draft accordingly. Sam Sailor 05:37, 14 August 2018 (UTC) (Closing {{Admin help}}, not a question that needs admin intervention.)
  • At Wikipedia, the term administrator means a very specific set of additional chores and the permissions that go with them. Almost all editorial decisions and tasks are done by editors, not administrators. Just like you and the rest of us, the reviewers are editors and can handle the acceptance or rejection of this draft without administrative action. Such decisions are made by consensus. -Arch dude (talk) 14:23, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Help ![edit]

Help ! I Forgot My Password my User Name is User:TheBigBoss3900 is there any way to change my password to a easier one? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:49, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

No you can't change your password without logging in. You may register another account if you want. ~ Abelmoschus Esculentus (talk to me) 05:51, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Yes, you can. If you entered your e-mail address when you signed up, you can have a new password generated. Click on the "Log in" link in the upper-right corner. Enter your user name, and click the button near the bottom of the page called "Mail me a new password". You should receive an e-mail message with a new random password; you can use it to log in, go to your preferences, and change your password to something you'll remember. Sam Sailor 06:14, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
But your account hasn't stored an email address. If you don't remember the password then you have to create a new account. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:26, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Yes that's why I said can't change the password. ~ Abelmoschus Esculentus (talk to me) 09:36, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
PrimeHunter, where do you lookup if an account has an email address stored? It is, as far as I know, perfectly possible to register with and confirm an email address and then disable WP:EMAIL. Sam Sailor 09:57, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
@Sam Sailor: "This user has not specified a valid email address." If the user blocks others from sending email, I think the message will be different. ~ Abelmoschus Esculentus (talk to me) 10:01, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Right. The quote is from Special:EmailUser/TheBigBoss3900. It can also say "This user has chosen not to receive email from other users." My user page has given my name for 12 years but I recommend only referring to users by their username, signature name or variations of them. Otherwise it can be confusing to others, and some users later remove their name for privacy reasons. PrimeHunter (talk) 10:14, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
There is a special case. If a user has set an address but not confirmed it then Special:EmailUser says the same as when no address is set but the user can still use Special:PasswordReset. At least a mail is sent. If the address isn't confirmed then it may be because they cannot receive mails. I don't know whether others can distinguish between no address and an unconfirmed address. PrimeHunter (talk) 10:21, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Thank yoy, PrimeHunter and Abelmoschus Esculentus, you are both right. I disabled WP:EMAIL on this account, and logged in from my alt account and went to Special:EmailUser/Sam Sailor, and it then returns "This user has chosen not to receive email from other users." @PrimeHunter: Note taken in re username. Sam Sailor 10:26, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Column formatting[edit]

If my browser window isn't pretty wide, I end up with just one column of films in Warren Hymer. Is there a remedy? Clarityfiend (talk) 06:29, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

{{clear}} before the filmography section will allow the columns to use space below the infobox but will create whitespace to the left of the infobox. I would prefer this option but it would look better with a longer lead or a new short section before the filmography. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:21, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

How long does it usually take to process a copyright violation on English Wikipedia?[edit]

The article Xinjiang reeducation camps was found to include copyright violation content. According to detectors, there are about 60% content from the original article being copied from other sources. SInce then, the article have been rewritten to exclude copyright-violation content at Talk:Xinjiang reeducation camps/Temp. How long would one need to wait before the content in the temp page can be copied over to replace the original copyright violation page?C933103 (talk) 09:40, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

  • @C933103: the instructions in the big copyvio notice are not completely clear. It appears to me that you are free to replace the article with a rewrite at any time. You are then supposed to add a note to the article's talk page to indicate that you have done so. If an editor who is more experienced at handling copyvio does not agree, then I hope that editor will update the instructions. I think you should just replace the article now, but if you prefer to get a better opinion, feel free to contact any of the regulars editors of Wikipedia:Copyright problems to ask for guidance. those are the guys who will deal with the problem if I'm wrong. -Arch dude (talk) 18:00, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Gray box at top of history at International Congress of Mathematicians[edit]

International Congress of Mathematicians#History seems to start with a gray box that I can't figure out where it is coming from. Ideas?Naraht (talk) 13:00, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Fixed. The {{multiple image ... }} was indented by one space, causing something weird and unintended. Maproom (talk) 13:39, 14 August 2018 (UTC)


Hi guys,

In the section "Launch history" of this article, there is a graph about the launches. The figures on the left are the number of launches. It looks very strange that the numbers used are 2.5 then 5 then 7.5 and so on. There will never be 2 launches and a half so I guess it would make sense to use 2, 4, 6 and so on. I don't want to mess up the graph so if anyone is good at it, thanks for doing it! Ericdec85 (talk) 13:04, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

  • @Ericdec85: This is a "feature" of the chart module, and there is currently no workaround. See: Module talk:Chart I have never programmed in Lua. If you know how, feel free to fix it. -Arch dude (talk) 18:55, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Responding to comments[edit]

How do I respond to a comment on on a talk contribution of mine about the article PhoeniciaBeebledum (talk) 14:40, 14 August 2018 (UTC)Beebledum?

There is an "edit" link alongside the header of the section at Talk:Phoenicia#Appropriateness of predominance of names Phoenicia, Phoenician, Punic, etc. Add your comment after the one to which you wish to reply, and indent your reply by preceding it with one more colon than the message to which you are replying. --David Biddulph (talk) 14:49, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Ref date consistency in talk page[edit]

Hello, I was visiting the WP:REFBPLAIN page earlier when I saw that the publication and access dates are of different styles (the former being MMDDYY, and the latter a numerical date). It's a small detail, but it may confuse newcomers and make them ignore page date consistencies in the future (whole page using only MMDDYY, DDMMYY, or digits) when they edit. Can we change the access date to MMDDYY instead? aNode (discuss) 14:58, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

There is no requirement that access and archive dates have the same format as publication dates (which should be the same format as other dates in the article). See MOS:DATEUNIFY.
Trappist the monk (talk) 15:08, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Module mistake[edit]

I am a wikipedia user who edits in English and Malayalam wikipedia. My doubt is: Why does a module page appear like a normal page?Please check [[1]] page. Adithyak1997 03:21, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

@Adithyak1997: Page information says "Page content model wikitext". A local administrator will have a "change" link on the page I linked. The English Wikipedia version [2] says "Page content model Scribunto". I'm not sure why the Malayalam version says wikitext. The page was imported from the English Wikipedia. Your signature must link to your user page, talk page or contributions per WP:SIGLINK. The easiest way to get a valid signature is to leave the signature field blank at Special:Preferences and have no check mark at "Treat the above as wiki markup". PrimeHunter (talk) 21:16, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Some articles with page images do not show with page images icons in Special:Nearby lists[edit]

The University of Colorado Boulder page has a page image listed on it's page information and there it seems to be correctly selected based on the logic documented on mediawiki's image choice algorithm. But if I'm looking at the list that appears in Special:Nearby for coordinates that would include it (e.g. 40.0140226,-105.2505826) the image icon isn't displayed next to its list entry. Is there additional criteria for page images for them to be displayed in Special:Nearby? This is the most recent example, but I see this issue often. Thanks. - Scarpy (talk) 20:04, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

@Scarpy: The page image File:University of Colorado seal.svg is non-free. Some features will only display a free page image for copyright reasons. Special:Nearby appears to be one of them. The API can show whether a page image is registered as free. Compare pilicense=any and pilicense=free when requesting a page image for University of Colorado Boulder. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:51, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Changing photograph[edit]


I represent my grandmother, Lucienne Bloch, and on her Wikipedia page there is a photograph of her with a fellow she met once.

I'm hoping to switch this photograph out with one of her by herself.

Tried to see if there was any info in FAQ but couldn't find anything.

Not sure if this is a general knowledge question or not. Sorry.

Not sure how I find out if you respond to this or not. It's a little confusing.


~ Lucienne Allen — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lucienne1 (talkcontribs) 21:21, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

  • The person who owns the copyright to a picture can upload the picture. In general the photographer (or the photographer's heir) owns the copyright. Go to c:main page, click on the "upload" button near the top right, and follow the instructions. This uploads the picture to Wikimedia Commons, and from there your article can accesss this new picture by using the filename you gave it. If you have problems, please come back here again and we'll try to help. -Arch dude (talk) 21:32, 14 August 2018 (UTC)