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June 19[edit]

The Hues Corporation[edit]

Hello my name is Kenny James I was one of several lead vocalists of the recording group The Hues Corporation that had the 2 million selling song, Rock The Boat. While viewing the bio I realize that my name was not admitted as one of the members. I spoke to someone about a year ago who said they needed proof before anything could be edited.

Well I have several pieces of that and I would like to know what the next step for me should be to get the bio corrected.

Kenny James — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:8801:2B80:B00:CC5C:3837:5C7A:D2C8 (talk) 00:00, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Since you have a conflict of interest (see WP:COI), you should not edit the article yourself. Instead, suggest the change in a new section on the article's talk page. and add the magic formula {{request edit}}. Make sure to provide links to reliable sources that verify the facts: see WP:RS. Links to reliable sources are the only acceptable form of proof. -Arch dude (talk) 00:53, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Actually, that is not quite correct. Citations of reliable sources are the only acceptable form of proof. Sources do not need to be online, although it is helpful if they are. @Arch dude:. DES (talk)DESiegel Contribs 00:41, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes. Sorry, I oversimplified, the details are in WP:RS. The sources must be verifiable by members of the public without having to ask Mr. James for them, this distinction is usually applied to things like books in libraries, and usually in support of historical facts from the pre-Internet era. I simply assumed that membership in a band could be verified somewhere on the Internet. -Arch dude (talk) 02:32, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Deleted Wikipedia article.[edit]

Hello! Yesterday, I created a Wikipedia article for Filipino singer 'Steven Paysu' but someone redirected it to 'Tawag ng Tanghalan (season 2)' Wikipedia article. Can I ask how to recreate a wikipedia article about Steven Paysu without redirecting it to its related Wikipedia article? Thank you.

  • HitroMilanese changed Steven Paysu to a redirect with the comment "not notable enough as per WP:BAND or WP:GNG". To have an article, the subject must be notable (WP:N). We have developed some specific guidelines about what constitutes notability for many types of article; in that editor's opinion, your subject does not meet the criteria in either WP:BAND or WP:GNG, so a standalone article is not appropriate. Please read those guidelines. If you disagree with the editor, amass some reliable sources (WP:RS) to make your case, and then work with that editor in the editor's talk page. If the two of you cannot reach consensus, come back here and we can provide additional guidance. Please start by assuming that both you and the other editor are trying to make Wikipedia better (WP:AGF). Failure to do this will almost certainly work against you. -Arch dude (talk) 01:29, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

What local language is English wikipeadia[edit]

I'm just wondering as sometimes I need to choose to use center ot centre and other wordls that change depending on what local version of english you use. Especially for template and pother pages that aren't releated to a region. — Preceding unsigned comment added by BrandonALF (talkcontribs) 01:25, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Please see WP:ENGVAR. Basically, each new article starts in the variant of English chosen by the article's creator. Other editors are expected to continue to use that variant in that article, with very few exceptions. It's expected that a new article's creator will use the appropriate variant when an article is about a subject that is strongly associated with that variant. -Arch dude (talk) 01:33, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
    • Though I suspect we come up against what is simply ignorance in some cases. I recently felt the need to revert what were probably good faith edits that changed the spelling of some words in an article from Australian English to American English, the article? Australian English. HiLo48 (talk) 00:00, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Viewing diffs of all changes since last visit on watchlist[edit]

Is there a one-click way to view changes to pages on my watchlist since I last viewed them? The closest method I know of is to use the expanded watchlist, but I still want to view only the most recent change on my watchlist – what I'm looking for is a way to maintain this compact watchlist while still being able to view the cumulative changes (if there have been multiple edits) to articles on my watchlist as opposed to only the most recent diff. Mélencron (talk) 01:47, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Mélencron You may want to try the beta feature "New filters for edit review". In Wikipedia, click on "Preferences", then click on "Beta features", and look for ""New filters for edit review". When you get it, you can select the filters you want and I am guessing one of the filters will get you the feature you want. Let me know how it goes. Thinker78 (talk) 23:53, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Popups are a nuisance[edit]

Wikipedia is the best web site ever. However, the popup upgrade while scrolling over anything in blue is an annoying nuisance. Kindly revert back.

Thanks and keep up the good work — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:49, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

  • If you create a login, you can disable this feature. The developers make the decision for the behaviour for users who are not logged in. -Arch dude (talk) 04:06, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Unregistered users can disable it on a cogwheel in the popup. Registered users can also disable it at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-rendering. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:20, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Notification for user link[edit]

Hi, Is there a way to get a notification if someone links to my user page? The same way you do if some links to a page you have created. Yesterday someone left some vulgar remarks about myself on a page and while it was removed, I only found out about it by accident as I happened to edit that particular page and I would like to avoid this in the future. Thanks Murchison-Eye (talk) 05:12, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

@Murchison-Eye: Hi. You will get a web notification when someone links to your user page if the “Mention” option is enabled in your preferences. I’m fairly certain this is enabled by default, but if it’s disabled for you, you can enable it by either tick box (or both of them). Ticking the “Web” box causes you to receive a notification on the Wikipedia website whenever somebody links to your userpage on any page or in an edit summary or mentions you using the Reply to template (aliases: {{ping}}, {{re}}, {{replyto}}, {{reply}}, and {{yo}}). If you tick the “Email” box, the email address connected to your Wikipedia account will get an email message whenever somebody links to your user page or mentions you.
You can read more about mentions and notifications on the Wikipedia:Notifications page. Interqwark talk contribs 05:19, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Hi @Interqwark:, Thanks for your fast reposnse. That page does have the information I was after, however as per "if the mention is not on a completely new line with a new signature, no notification will be sent." It looks like if someone vandalises a page and links to your profile you will not get a notification because there will not be a "signature". Thanks for your help. Murchison-Eye (talk) 05:26, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes, unfortunately, there is no way to get a notification if somebody links to your user page without inserting their signature in the same revision, as far as I’m aware. Interqwark talk contribs 05:27, 19 June 2018 (UTC)


I remeber there was a page where ask questions with a typical signature system; in the editing page you was not able to save before have signed. Am I right? I do not remeber where it is.Pierpao (talk) 14:41, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

I don't know of any such page. Or perhaps I have not understood your question. Perhaps you could tell us why you're looking for the page and we could understand your query better. Warmly, Lourdes 16:58, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@Pierpao: Wikipedia:Teahouse had a feature like that when you posted Wikipedia:Teahouse/Questions/Archive 713#Module programming. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:09, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
To the best of my knowledge, Pierpao, neither the Teahouse nor any other page on en.Wikipedia forces a signature. There is a script or "bot" User:SineBot, which signs on behalf of editors who omit a signature in many cases, this page and the Teahouse are among those that it covers. However, it does not catch all unsigned comments. There is an individual editing preference, at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-editing which prompts a user not to omit an edit summary, but I don't know of a similar gadget to prompt for a signaure. DES (talk)DESiegel Contribs 00:37, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
The Teahouse feature was made by 'Enable the Teahouse "Ask a question" feature' at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets, but it has been disabled.[1] When users clicked a special link on the page to ask a question, it used code in MediaWiki:Gadget-teahouse/content.js to make a simple input box for the question and not allow saving without a signature. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:00, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Male mallard ducks[edit]

Some male mallards are changing their plumage to brown like the female mallards, are they changing from male to female? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:28, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

No, it's called "eclipse plumage", and is common to all ducks, not just Mallards. DuncanHill (talk) 15:40, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

weird section and formatting previews[edit]

When I am editing now in a box suddenly there is an increase in font size around section titles proportionate to the number of =s I surround it with (which become a blue color) and if I italic or bold the apostrophes also become blue while the text within becomes italic or bold as appropriate.

Admittedly this is pretty neat and I could get used to it, but I don't remember changing any settings and would like to know if it is possible to remove this feature somehow in case I can't get used to it. Did I possibly misclick somewhere or was this enabled as a new default? It appears tildes (~s) also go blue... ScratchMarshall (talk) 17:25, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

@ScratchMarshall: To toggle this feature off, click the pencil icon to the left of "Advanced" in the toolbar above the edit area. (Apologies to PrimeHunter for copy/pasting from their earlier post – I activated this feature myself before it became default, and I just went crazy looking all over Preferences because I couldn't remember where this setting was located. Face-smile.svg) –FlyingAce✈hello 20:55, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@FlyingAce: thanks! "Syntax highlighting" eh? Clicking this fixed it and made it go away, I must've clicked it by accident and hadn't noticed the button highlighted. It is a pretty cool feature, I never even knew about it until this happened. Might actually keep it on, kind of enjoying these purple-texted templates. Guess it could pay to experiment with more buttons to gain awareness. ScratchMarshall (talk) 12:43, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Wikipedia has several syntax highlighting features but this one is new outside the Beta features and was enabled by default a week ago. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:26, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Unable to change map at Glenborrodale[edit]

Hi I'm unable to change the map on the is article. I can't why it is not changing. Any ideas? It should be Scotland Argyll and Bute, but for some staying as Highland. Take a look at this Bruan, it should be a smaller like that. I have been adding references, images and other stuff to List of places in Highland, including updating the maps, and all of them no problem. Thanks. scope_creep (talk) 19:26, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Figured it out. Thanks. scope_creep (talk) 20:01, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Derogatory words[edit]

Looking at Kevin kilbanes footballer Wikipedia I noticed a derogatory edit to describe his daughter. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:04, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Hello, IP user. It looks like GermanJoe has already removed the vandalism from Kevin Kilbane. Thank you for the heads up! –FlyingAce✈hello 20:21, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
There were several bits of vandalism as well as that noted above. Theye've been fixed. Eagleash (talk) 20:22, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
(ec) Thank you for pointing this out - I have reverted this hurtful edit. Of course you can also remove such blatant issues immediately yourself, when you notice them. We also have a specialized forum at WP:BLPN for such issues and an IRC channel, if you would like to report similar future issues in a non-public venue. GermanJoe (talk) 20:23, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Question on copy right.[edit]

Would it be in any way violation of copy right policy, if I use a book (of 800 pages) and create an article that could be seen as an extended summury of that book?Τζερόνυμο (talk) 20:46, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

  • First, before you create any Wikipedia article, the subject of the article must be notable. See WP:N. I assume that your article is about the same subject as the book, and not about the book. If the article is intended to be about the book, then an extended summary is not appropriate. Next, if your article is about the subject of the book, then you need reliable sources WP:RS about that subject to establish notability. If the book is itself a reliable source (say, a college textbook from a major university press) then you may use to as a reference for facts in the article up to and including all of the facts in the article, although I doubt this would result in a very good article. Now for copyright: facts in the book are not subject to copyright. Copyright covers "creative elements", and you must not copy these, these include word choices and sentence structure, but they also include other structures such as the way the topics are ordered and divided into chapters. Structure is "creative" unless it is the only reasonable way to subdivide the subject, or if it is a broadly accepted way to organize the material (e.g., chronologically.) -Arch dude (talk) 21:45, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I forgot to answer your specific question. I discussed copyright law, not policy. Wikipedia's policy is to adhere to copyright law. If you add material to Wikipedia that violates copyright law, the material will be removed, and if you do this repeatedly, you will be blocked. -Arch dude (talk) 22:03, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks Arch dude, your answer is really informative. Τζερόνυμο (talk) 10:12, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Glad you liked it. One interesting point: a copyrighted work can contain creative elements that are in the public domain because the author used public-domain works instead of copying them. If you re-use these elements, you are not infringing the author's copyright on that later work. If you do this you should attribute the original work instead of the copyrighted work. An extreme example: textbooks are copyrighted. Almost all plane geometry high-school textbooks published up to at least 1970 use the same structure, that structure is in the public domain because it was used in Euclid's Elements. -Arch dude (talk) 17:13, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

sync Android Saved articles to a laptop browser[edit]

Hi, on my Android I have many saved articles. I would like to read them from a browser on my laptop. Is this possible please? Thanks. Richard — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rallen444 (talkcontribs) 21:12, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

The saved pages are probably located as HTML files somewhere on your phone. Use the File manager to locate where they are and transfer them via USB as you would movies or music. I doubt very much there's any sort of cloud-based system for it. Ian.thomson (talk) 21:35, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@Rallen444: I guess your question is about a feature of the Wikipedia App for Android. There may not be a way to do what you want. See mw:Wikimedia Apps/Android FAQ#Synced reading lists. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:14, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Great Western Railway (train operation company) issues[edit]


The GWR page has issues with the main picture being constantly changed, It calmed down for a while but now it has been changed again, I reverted it, and then got abuse for user Davey2010. Is it possible to put tighter controls on this page to stop the constant editing, and false information being put on it. (talk) 23:29, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Seek consensus on the talkpage for your changes otherwise you could find yourself blocked. –Davey2010Talk 23:39, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I must say I am quite disappointed by Davey2010's behavior, in particular this diff whose edit summary was not called for. This being said, your own behavior is not much better, complaining here about abuse and false information (without substantiating either, and I do not see that in the edit summaries) and calling for editing restrictions. Could neither of you bring up the image question on the talk page? See our dispute resolution process. TigraanClick here to contact me 16:02, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I do agree that certainly could've been worded better but the point still stands - Images shouldn't be replaced with worser ones - Ofcourse "worse" is subjective but either way my edit was to restore the long standing image - I'm not trying to be awkward but as per BRD the onus is on those changing the image to seek consensus, As I said my change was simply reinstating a long standing image, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 16:31, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

June 20[edit]

No notifications for watched articles[edit]

I'm not receiving notifications for changes to a good number of articles I've watched. Is there a known issue? Cheers soibangla (talk) 01:24, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

FYI: I just clicked "edit" on a high-volume article that I had watched for notifications weeks ago, then closed the article without making changes, and immediately starting receiving notifications after not receiving them for many days. soibangla (talk) 01:35, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

@Soibangla: Are you referring to email notifications? Help:Email notification#Watched pages says: "Once you miss the email for a particular page change or don't visit the page (or ignore the email), you will not receive any more emails for that page". Does that answer your question? PrimeHunter (talk) 09:22, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes, emails. I rarely (if ever) fail to check the notifications, and it seems to me that if I fail to check them just once that it shouldn't stop the notifications forever, it might be nice if the "sensitivity" of that setting could be adjusted, such that if an editor doesn't check the notification, say, five times, then it gets turned off. Cheers. soibangla (talk) 17:10, 20 June 2018 (UTC)


I have accidently deleted the opening section of this page - I was trying to alter the box. please fix up. Sorry175.33.198.186 (talk) 01:44, 20 June 2018 (UTC) Hi, it has been fixed by C.Fred - see here [2]. You could visit Help:Editing for more info on how to edit in Wikipedia.Thank you for informing and have a good day. CASSIOPEIA(talk) 02:01, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
CASSIOPEIA FYI: Anonymous IP's don't receive pings (WP:PING). Thinker78 (talk) 01:31, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
Thinker78 Greetings, thanks for informing and I did know that for I have sent a talk back to the IP editor after my message above - see here [3]. Cheers. CASSIOPEIA(talk) 01:45, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

How to remove interlinks from the table?[edit]


I need some help with Wikipedia editing.

I was removing interlinks of pages that does not exist on Wikipedia. However, on this page List of companies of Russia, there is a table where I am finding it difficult to find the option of removing the links, for example, for number 14 in the table, it takes on the option of editing the table which is complicated. However, I was able to remove some links where companies did not have the russian link in front of the their name in the table.

Need some help doing this.

Thanks, Motivatedjack (talk) 05:18, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Motivatedjack Hi, You need use "source edit mode" to remove the link. I have removed the wiki links on subjects without articles in Wikipedia. Please see the here on what I have done. Thank you. CASSIOPEIA(talk) 07:37, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
CASSIOPEIA Hi, Thanks a lot for your response. I analyzed the thing you did and I got it. Motivatedjack (talk) 08:18, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
Motivatedjack Hi! Be sure to try to follow the red link guideline where applicable. The list itself has an article-first restriction so I understand why you are removing links from the list, although I have to mention that the restriction notice is somewhat wrong because in order for something to be notable it does not mean that it has an article in Wikipedia. That's why many articles are created in a daily basis in the first place, because they are notable and there is no article about the subject. If you want to go through the trouble you could try to find reliable sources establishing notability of the red links and creating the articles. Cheers! Thinker78 (talk) 03:53, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Not Neutral, and bullying...[edit]

Take this content dispute to Talk:Noah's Ark

--Greenpastures (talk) 05:25, 20 June 2018 (UTC)Greenpastur--Greenpastures (talk) 05:28, 20 June 2018 (UTC)es== Not Neutral, and bullying... ==

The article about Noah's Ark refers to it as a myth, this article is not neutral. I have contacted one of the writers, he insists on using the word "myth" instead of account. In our writings to each other, it seems he has a hostility towards those who hold a non-myth view. I asked him to change the wording, The Genesis flood Myth, to The Genesis flood account, he could also use the word, "story". This is in the second paragraph of the article. Others join in with him to bully. Please help with this.

Greenpastures — Preceding unsigned comment added by Greenpastures (talk • contribs) 05:19, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia depends on reliable sources. There are none for the Noah's Ark story. HiLo48 (talk) 05:43, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
The OP was blocked for edit-warring. After the block expired, they continued with the same behaviour. Including a rather odd edit summary[4] which I've asked them to explain. Doug Weller talk 07:56, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Greenpastures Good day. Almost all your edits since June 12 till todate are edits performed on Noah's Ark and Noah. You have been warned by admins NeilN, Doug Weller and Ian.thomson and you were blocked by another admin Jezebel's Ponyo on June 14, 2018 for edit warring. Information and explanations on why the edits were reverted (controversy's topics need consensus agreement from editor and content need to be supported by independent, reliable source have been posted on your talk page). To insist on claim that Noah's Ark as an event without support of reliable sources is not written in a neutral point of view and in no incidents any bullying were made by any of the editors who reverted your edits. Do note, even if the event is true and you have witnessed it yourself (that would be consider primary source), without any independent, reliable source (secondary source), it is still impermissible to entry the content - please see Wikipedia:But it's true!. Thank you. CASSIOPEIA(talk) 08:06, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
  • In addition to all of the above, the help desk is not part of the dispute resolution process, so posting here will not help you. Please use the dispute resolution process. See WP:DISPUTE. -Arch dude (talk) 17:21, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

It seems you did not read my response to Ian on my talk page. I explained his errors in his personal writing to me, he never responded. Did you read it? The source for the Noah's Ark "myth" that is referred to is the Bible. The source is the Bible, that is understood. In my understanding, changing the non-neutral word "myth" to account does not change the information from his source. Isn't this allowable? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Greenpastures (talkcontribs) 03:25, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

@Greenpastures: I did not respond because you completely missed the point of what I explained and what others have tried to explain to you. Maybe if you tried paying attention to what others say things would be easier for you. Also, go read WP:GEVAL and actually look at the citations in the Noah's Ark article until you see the problems with everything you've been saying. Ian.thomson (talk) 03:37, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

The help desk is not part of the dispute resolution process, so posting here will not help you. Please use the dispute resolution process. See WP:DISPUTE. Further comments here will be deleted.-Arch dude (talk) 03:51, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Edit a page with latest information.[edit]

Dear Sir/madam,

I am writing from Bhutan and wikipedia maintains a page dedicated to My football Club, Transport United FC from Bhutan, the page still contains old data and have not been edited. I would like to update this page. How do I do it?? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:57, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Hello, IP user from Bhutan. Anybody may edit most articles in Wikipedia, so you can edit the article diretly. However, there are some requirements if you want your edits to be kept - most importantly, any information you add must come from a reliable published source. (Doesn't have to be on the Internet, and doesn't have to be in English, as long as a reader can in principle get hold of it and verify the information you have added.) If you are uncertain about doing this, make an entry on the talk page Talk:Transport United F.C., saying exactly what changes you think would be good (with citation of sources if possible). If you add {{edit request}} (with the double curly brackets) somebody will see that request and probably make the changes. --ColinFine (talk) 16:13, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Monster High: Boo York, Boo York[edit]

Hi, 3 editors who are most likely sock puppets insist on adding a big lump of content that makes the article a 95% copy of the Monster High wikia article on the film. Ive tried removing it as a copyvio but is copying from wikia a copyvio? they did first leave refs to wikia which is not allowed and no other attribution. Please advise, thanks Atlantic306 (talk) 16:23, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Wikia cannot be used as a reliable source (see WP:RS) so the "facts" in that material are unsourced and may be removed, but not because of copyright. Wikipedia articles are (apparently) under a compatible license, so we could use the material without copyright violation if we attribute the source, but this point is moot because we cannot not use the material in the first place unless it references reliable sources for each fact. Put the attribution to Wikia back in as long as the material is still there, and then figure out what to do using a discussion on the talk page. -Arch dude (talk) 17:44, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I just checked the article. It has no reliable sources to establish notability (see WP:NFILM) and should be nominated for deletion (WP:AFD) unless its notability is established. However, as an involved editor you should first attempt to provide sources to establish notability, and nominate only if you cannot find them. Please continue this on the article's talk page, and if you cannot achieve consensus, follow the dispute resolution process, this help desk is not part of that process. See WP:DISPUTE. -Arch dude (talk) 18:00, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I've tagged the plot section for WP:FILMPLOT as the section is excessively long, 933 words. It really needs to be rewritten to a shorter summary 400-700. If the wikia version is a copyright violation, like copied from someone else's summary on the Internet or book review, then remove it. AngusWOOF (barksniff) 18:25, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
    • Thanks for the advice, agree about the plot but regarding the notability it seems more likely to rest on the soundtrack which charted and is part of the article but the wikia content is certainly problematic and ill check it again tomorrow to see if its come from elsewhere, thanks Atlantic306 (talk) 18:46, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

CASSIOPEIA has placed a CSD G12 speedy deletion tag on it. Is that appropriate for this article? Can't we just WP:TNT the summary? AngusWOOF (barksniff) 00:02, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

AngusWOOF, Good day. CSD tag would be removed by admin after an assessment if admin deems it is appropriate. thank you. CASSIOPEIA(talk) 01:03, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
I have rewritten the summary with my own wording so I don't understand why you are templating me WP:DTR with an earnest attempt to cancel the CSD. Per the CSD notice, "If this article does not meet the criteria for speedy deletion, or you intend to fix it, please remove this notice, but do not remove this notice from pages that you have created yourself. " (my emphasis in bold). AngusWOOF (barksniff) 01:07, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
AngusWOOF, Ok then since you have reworked on the copyvio plot section. Action as you deem fit. Thank you. CASSIOPEIA(talk) 01:11, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

John D. Lee[edit]

In the article about John D. Lee, the photo atrributed to be Lonely Dell Ranch is in fact a building built after my GGG Gpa Lee died, it was a military fort. The ranch is about a mile away from it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:02, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Hello anonymous editor. Can you please tell us exactly which article and which picture you're talking about? There is no Lonely Dell picture on either of our John D. Lee or Lee's Ferry and Lonely Dell Ranch articles. The picture of Lee's Ferry Fort is labelled as such. Rojomoke (talk) 03:23, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

June 21[edit]

Kinnaird, Gowrie[edit]

2 problems - Please place the new refs ABOVE the blue VTE box. Please also fix up the red link on the Laird page in the "Traditional and current styles" section. Thanks - I cannot do this. (talk) 07:00, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

 Done @ The references were fixed up by Cmr08 adding a {{reflist}} template at the place where the list of references should go. --Gronk Oz (talk) 08:07, 21 June 2018 (UTC)


Please fix up the red link on the Laird page in the "Traditional and current styles" section. Thanks - I cannot do this. (talk) 07:00, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

 Done @ the / in the wikilink should have been a |. --Gronk Oz (talk) 08:02, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Is this original research or not?[edit]

I was editing Blacks in Liverpool, but before doing so, I was considering adding a link to a Google Street View capture of a street with many Afro-Caribbean-owned stores.

I know about Wikipedia:No original research, but is Google Street View a reliable source or original research? --Chelston-temp-1 (talk) 09:31, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

  • In general, an external link is not original research. Also in general, a photograph is considered (at least in Commons) to be reliable; in my opinion, Google Street View is a reliable source: The provenance of those pictures is a lot better documented than the provenance of a typical picture on Commons. Unless you make inferences in the text you write about it, there is no original research here, the "original research" would be the inference that these stores are "Afro-Caribbean-owned". That assertion must be backed up by a reliable source. -Arch dude (talk) 14:53, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Communion and Liberation[edit]

I have no idea where to ask the question. However, the article was recently influx of accusation and tabloid journalism material from ip user, anywhere to find help to read the original Italian citation and cleanup the article? Matthew_hk tc 15:44, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Discuss content issues on the articles's talk page. Please start by assuming that the other guy is trying to do the right thing (WP:AGF), even if (or especially if) the first comments appear to be contentious. If you cannot reach a consensus there, then follow the procedures at WP:DISPUTE, for help with translation, look at Wikipedia:Translators available. I have not used it, so I'm not sure that's the right lace, but they can probably direct you as needed. -Arch dude (talk) 16:30, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

How to change a heading[edit]

I have been editing Dorset Green Technology Park ( to show that it is now called Dorset Innovation Park. But I can't change the title. Is it better to create a new 'Dorset Innovation Park' wiki page and recreate my edits?

Thanks, Sarah — Preceding unsigned comment added by Powellpisareva (talkcontribs) 15:52, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Start by reading WP:COI and WP:PAID. Ian.thomson (talk) 15:54, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
And do not create a new page. Articles must be moved to change name. PrimeHunter (talk) 16:00, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
The title of an article should be the name most commonly used for it, rather than its "official" name. None of the references in that article uses the name "Dorset Innovation Park". Maproom (talk) 16:37, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Crating a new Wikipedia page about myself/channel[edit]

Apologies in advance if I'm asking in the wrong section, but I was wondering where I can find the guidelines if I wanted to create a Wikipedia page about myself/my youtube channel. Is this even allowed? — Preceding unsigned comment added by YummyCarrot (talkcontribs) 16:28, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Hello, YummyCarrot. Per Wikipedia:Autobiography, this is strongly discouraged. If you or your own Youtube channel meet Wikipedia:Notability, there's a good chance someone else will write about it. Home Lander (talk) 16:31, 21 June 2018 (UTC)


How do I wikilink Bible texts? I have been told to do so by my GA reviewer. Jenhawk777 (talk) 18:09, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Many versions of the Bible are available in many places in the Internet. Our sister project, Wikisource, has many, at s:Bible. A sample link looks like this: s:Bible (King James)/Psalms#Psalm 23. You will probably want something like this: [[s:Bible (King James)/Psalms#Psalm 23|Psalms:23]], which will display as Psalms:23-Arch dude (talk) 19:20, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
Thank you so much!! I had no idea this could even be done when my reviewer told me to do it. I said YIKES and tried not to panic! You have saved my vegetarian bacon! :-) Jenhawk777 (talk) 03:11, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Incorrect info[edit]

Hey Help Desk Team,

We are in the process of updating our company's digital presence and we're having some problems with Google pulling in incorrect information from Wikipedia.

Our company, Helix TCS Inc, provides technology, compliance and security services, however when running a Google search for our stock symbol (HLIX), Wikipedia is displaying information for a restaurant company, Spicy Pickle; in order for Google to update our search results, we have to update our company page in Wikipedia.

How might we go about updating our company page so that Google pulls the correct information about our company?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Stock Symbol Google Search:

Incorrect Wikipedia Page: — Preceding unsigned comment added by HelixTCS (talkcontribs) 18:39, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

  • That's a new one. We have no control over what Google displays, they pull info from wherever they want to to build that box that they display. We can usually guess where in Wikipedia they pulled the info and why, but I sure can't find the connection in this case. Do you have a particular one of our 5.6 million articles in mind? -Arch dude (talk) 19:00, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Yuo can ask Google to fix this. Click on the tiny little gray "feedback" link below the right-hand lower corner of their silly box. -Arch dude (talk) 19:09, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Note that editor has been blocked as spam user name making spam edits Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:36, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Etta place[edit]

Get it right ,do your research, Etta Place, wasn't born in Texas, she was born in Montclair PA.. my grandma Helen place, grew Up in the same house. . Research. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1:C515:E742:D064:B1A3:456E:3A78 (talk) 19:12, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Welcome to Wikipedia, the encyclopedia anyone can edit. "Anyone" includes you. We are all volunteers here, and each of us edits whatever we feel like. Most of us do not react well to being scolded and will just ignore you and go to some other problem area. If you see a problem, feel free to fix it, If you can find a reference in something we call a reliable source: see WP:RS. We can't just take your word for it: for all we know you are a scammer of some sort. If you are uncomfortable with editing the article, make a suggestion on that article's talk page. -Arch dude (talk) 19:28, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
The article Etta Place does not mention a birth place. It only states that she lived in Texas, it does mention several women who might be the basis for Place. It could use better sourcing. MarnetteD|Talk 19:45, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
It appears that OP didn't didn't do their research. A google search for Etta Place does list Texas as a birth state, and many people mistakenly assume the information came from Wikipedia, it did not.--S Philbrick(Talk) 20:04, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
Indeed. The most our article says is:
"According to a memorandum from the Pinkerton Detective Agency, dated July 29, 1902, she was "said ... to be from Texas".
If the OP has any information published in a Reliable Source as to where she actually came from, we (and many historians) would be very grateful for it. For obvious reasons, what some anonymous person on the Internet claims that his/her grandma once told him/her does not cut it as a published reliable source that others can consult, even if the claim is true and the grandma was both honest and correct. {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 08:53, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Unwatching talk pages[edit]

Is it possible to unwatch talk pages, but still watch the article?💵Money💵emoji💵💸 19:51, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Only by editing a css page for your account to hide individual entries in the watchlist. Your css is public. See Help:Hide Pages in Watchlist. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:01, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Formatting biographies[edit]

Does somebody know how to format the type of content that appears on the side of the article in the frame? Like in the celebrities biographies where we can see a photo, caption, and some details below (born, occupation, children,...) It would be great if there is a way in "visual editing." — Preceding unsigned comment added by HisroyK (talkcontribs) 22:27, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Click on the box in Visual Editor and a link to edit its details should appear. Alternatively, you can edit the details in source mode. TeraTIX 23:34, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
@HisroyK: I'm not sure what you mean by "format". You can generally only fill out text fields and add images in infoboxes, not change the formatting which is controlled by code in the infobox template. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:50, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

June 22[edit]

Clan Hunter[edit]

I have failed in my attempt to add a file - photograph - on this page. Please help repair. Thankyou (talk) 04:30, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Try reading Help:Pictures. --David Biddulph (talk) 04:40, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
I am still failing - but thankyou for the encouragement and I actually got it right last time I added a file to a page - but I have had to give up on this one. Please help if you can. Thanks175.33.198.186 (talk) 05:08, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
I have added it with [[File:Aylmer Hunter-Weston.jpg|thumb|Aylmer Hunter-Weston]].[5] PrimeHunter (talk) 09:26, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

1990s called, why can’t I ask a question?[edit]

Hello, this is the 1990s. I’d like to know why this website still looks like something I built in my basement? Please kindly reply to me. Thank you very much. Also, do note, Mosaic is no longer popular so neither should this ugly design theme be. Peace’n’cookies yo! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:24, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

If you create an account you can choose other skins at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-rendering. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:44, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Automatically remove red links from page[edit]

Hi all,

I have been looking around (Inlcuding in the WP:WikiProject Red Link Recovery) for information on how to remove all red links from an article (The article in question 2002 WPA World Nine-ball Championship, was translated from the German Wikipedia; which has red links, and more pool players on), as the ones that have been translated are non-notable. The only thing I've seen is that it may be possible via AWB; but didn't go into details. Is there any way to change this information (as I may need to use this more than once, and manually it's quite the job)? Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 11:45, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Please note, I also posted this question on the Help talk:Link, page; but I saw it wasn't particularly active, so re-posted here. If I recieve a response, I'll remove the question. Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 09:36, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Web citation with a comment[edit]

When you want to set a reference with Template:Cite web and an additional comment (not a quote from the source) ... the only way is to write the comment outside of the template - there is no parameter for that purpose. Right? Is this the same situation for all like templates used for references? --KnightMove (talk) 11:48, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Trappist the monk (talk) 11:49, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors/Cite error ref no input[edit]

On the Death Grips Year of the Snitch album page, I removed a piece of text that was attached to a reference, however I cannot figure out how to remove the respective reference, the text deleted was referencing the album being leaked, when it all actuality the album was released in countries that are a day ahead of the United States, which caused internet users from the United States to rip the album from the respective countries' media platforms. The reference stands towards a statement made towards the end of that line, which was rather redundant, that said the album was released on multimedia platforms, which most mainstream artists do.

Once again, I'd like to know how to remove a reference from the page to increase its accuracy.

I appreciate it,

Hunter Johnson — Preceding unsigned comment added by H7Johnson (talkcontribs) 12:53, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

H7Johnson Greetings to you. Content needs to supported by independent, reliable source. If the source did not indicated what the content claimed than the content should not be there, unless a new source that reflects the content would be replaced the formal. What you need to do is to removed the wrong reference and replace a new,correct one. Let us know if anything else we could help. CASSIOPEIA(talk) 13:11, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict):@H7Johnson: Your initial edit successfully removed the content AFAICT but this edit added extraneous ref tags which produced the error message. Now removed. Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 13:15, 22 June 2018 (UTC)