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February 19[edit]

Question about the scope of Conflict of Interest (COI)[edit]

Two days ago, I was told I should not correct a recently added mistake I found on the California Highway Patrol page. I had posting my request for verification for several days with no response from the original poster or other editors. So, I deleted the inaccurate info. I was told I should not have edited the page because I had worked for the CHP 14 years ago. I was not basing my correction on my knowledge, but on direct contact with CHP HQ to see if things had changed in the 14 years since I left their employment. Basically, someone added incorrect information, without citing a source for the inaccurate information. There could never be any prove the added info was wrong because most organizations do not keep documentations on things they have not done. I was told that despite the material being added without citation (and being wrong based on statements from the CHP), I should not have attempted to revert the page back to its previous status because I once worked for the CHP.

So, here is my question. What level of previous and/or present contact or relationship with any organization/person/thing can I have before I should not edit anything about that organization/person/thing? I am a good researcher, and I have a very wide range of interests.

I am a citizen of an American Indian tribe. Does that mean I should not edit anything on American Indians, or just my tribe? My published work includes lots of information on many of the US and Canadian recognized tribes in North America. Does that preclude me from editing about all of them?

I helped to run computers at NASA's Johnson Space Center during Apollo and Skylab. Does that mean I should not edit anything about the American Space Program, just those missions, computers or some other subset?

While working in broadcasting and in theaters, I have worked with literally hundreds of entertainers of varying degrees of celebrity. You can see many of them in the 300+ photos I have put into public domain or other CC-rated licenses here at Wikipedia. Does this mean I cannot edit anything about any of them? What is the dividing line? Example, I worked as a stage manager for a one-night concert by the rock group Blue Oyster Cult in 1984. I have never encountered them again. Does COI mean I can never edit anything about them ever? Or, is there a limit to exposure or time basis for this call?

I have worked in many different professions during my 55+ years in the work force. Should I avoid any fields in which I once had a job?

I have traveled to 47 states in the USA, and much of Mexico. Does this mean I cannot edit about any place I have been?

I am not trying to be sarcastic. I am asking because I do not want to violate Wikipedia's rules.

Phil Konstantin Phil Konstantin (talk) 00:20, 19 February 2019 (UTC) (Philkon)

@Phil Konstantin: This verges on being out of scope for the help desk: we should probably direct you to WP:DISPUTE, or one of several other places. Briefly: There is a difference between interest and conflict of interest. Your degree of COI is a judgement call, which means editors may disagree. In general, I believe that the editor with the potential COI will generally have the best feeling for this. When there is a disagreement, treat this as you would a content dispute by trying to reach consensus on the talk page, and proceeding per WP:DISPUTE only if needed. Removing unsourced material is not a COI issue: any editor may remove unsourced material regardless of COI. -Arch dude (talk) 03:23, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Question about caption of image in infobox[edit]

Having just added a photo to an infobox (using Template:Infobox writer) in this article, I'm a bit puzzled by the use of the Caption parameter. I thought that it would override the caption at the bottom of the image, but instead it writes it at the side. I've had a look at WP:CAPTION but it doesn't cover this. Is this the way it's supposed to work? Laterthanyouthink (talk) 00:56, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

@Laterthanyouthink: Infobox parameters vary. Template:Infobox writer#Parameters says: "image Insert image name. Use only the file name such as abc.jpg, xyz.png, 123.gif, etc. Do not use syntax such as [[File:abc.jpg]] or [[File:abc.jpg|200px]]". PrimeHunter (talk) 01:15, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
Oops! Thanks for pointing that out, PrimeHunter. It looks as if someone has kindly fixed it up for me. I'll check it out on the computer when I get back home. Laterthanyouthink (talk) 01:49, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Making text flow to the left of a panel[edit]

Dear expert helpers,

I want to have a panel (not an infobox) on the right of the page, which I have successfully coded but I haven't been able to get the body text of the article to flow around (to the left of) the panel.

Here it is:

How can I centre
this heading??

Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque.

I'd also appreciate advice on how I can centre the heading. Cheers. SCHolar44 (talk) 01:18, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

How can I centre
this heading??

Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque.
@SCHolar44: You have a lot of odd or obsolete code. "width:100%" tells your outer borderless table to use the whole width of the window so there is no place for text to flow around it. Maybe my code gives the look and functionality you want. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:58, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
It certainly does! Many thanks! (Funnily enough, I had suspected the "width:100%" and substituted a smaller value to test it. Nothing changed -- but I now suspect I had changed one version in my text editor but not the version that went to the article draft.) And yes, the code was odd and obsolete -- culled from some examples around the place. I have analysed your simplification carefully. Much appreciation for your expertise and time -- not for the first time! SCHolar44 (talk) 02:13, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Mater Christi College[edit]

I could not find the publisher for ref number 3 - Please assist if you can. Thanks Srbernadette (talk) 04:19, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

The absence of a publisher parameter is the least of the problems. What is more significant is that the "reference" does not support the text to which you applied it, and that yet again you fabricated the content of the "quote" parameter, despite the fact that you have been warned in the past. If you use the "quote" parameter, the words in the "quote" must appear verbatim in the reference; do you understand that? Is there any clearer way that someone can explain it to you? I have tagged the reference as having failed verification, and removed the fictitious part of the "quote". --David Biddulph (talk) 06:25, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Please help[edit]

I have now found decent references RE Mater Christi College - but I got it wrong for reference 1 and 6. Please help. I am always grateful and am doing my best. Thanks. (talk) 07:35, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

I've reverted your edit so that you can get it right next time. --David Biddulph (talk) 07:38, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

clean up[edit]

How do i post a clean up request for an editor — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mimel123 (talkcontribs) 16:24, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Mime1123What article and what sort of clean up? ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:31, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
An index of template messages is here: Wikipedia:Template messages. --Cornellier (talk) 17:42, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Episode air dates[edit]

How do I include two air dates of an episode in an Episode sublist? --Ici22222 (talk) 17:37, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Ici22222 Template:Episode list/doc has a note at the bottom saying "{{Start date}} emits metadata as part of the parent template's hCalendar microformat. It is only needed once per episode, and may be harmful if used twice or more." So I think you should pick one of the dates to show as the "original air date" and add further information in a Note: Bhunacat10 (talk), 10:43, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Adding a caption to a double stack[edit]

Click "show" to see the images referred to
Tasmanian man, Tasmanian typeShilluk man, Nilotic type
Kiwai man, Papuan typeKhoikhoi man, Hottentot type
Central African man, Pygmy typeAeta man, Negrito type
San man, Bushman typeHula man, Papuo-Melanesian type
Illustrations of "racial types" from Man, Past and Present (1899) by Augustus Henry Keane.

The article Negroid contains a double row of historic "racial portraits" that would really benefit from a common caption (for various obvious reasons). This has been implemented as two parallel stacks (using {{stack}}). Any caption applied to either stack will stay in that column only and also displace the other column sideways. Is there a way to affix a common caption to both - something like an independent caption object that can be assigned to a group? --Elmidae (talk · contribs) 18:13, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

I modified the figure to use only one stack template and added a caption. Ruslik_Zero 20:44, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
OK, so transforming it into a single stack does solve one issue; thanks. Doesn't quite do what I want yet though, because the caption doesn't wrap if it's wider. See illustration. Any ideas?
 Done Alright, sidestepped the issue by combining all images into a composite. --Elmidae (talk · contribs) 16:06, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Very odd glitch: edit I did not make[edit]

Several days ago, I was following the recent edits of an editor of interest (read: likely vandal) and came to the article 4D film. 3-D is bad enough, what was this? Satisfying my curiosity with the first paragraph, and a glance at the filmography chart, I noticed that one term needed a Wikilink, and provided it. On to the next vandal, or so I thought. Today, I see I have been reverted. Wondering how a Wikilink could cause offense, I checked out the diff.

Much to my wonder, some (apparently young, fanboy?) editor very "invested" in the topic had gone through the article from beginning to end in an effort to "improve" it: improving one ref's "http" with an "s", adding a lot of unsourced content (including Michael Jackson's date of death), linking obscure terms like "rain" and lightning", rewriting a paragraph, and configuring some wording to conform to their concept of "proper" English prose. Included in their edit is my linking of (The National WWII Museum)! And yet, I got all the credit...

I live alone. My keyboard is at a 45-degree angle for my comfort, and, as far as I know, Mister Kitty cannot spell "Pokémon". Is there any predecent for this bizarre occurrence?--Quisqualis (talk) 18:41, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

@Quisqualis: You edited an old version from 26 January 2016.[1] This happens if you click Edit while you are viewing an old version or diff. I have not heard of bugs which can cause it. PrimeHunter (talk) 18:52, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
Ugh! Thank you for noticing my mistake. I try never to do that, but I did have food poisoning that evening...--Quisqualis (talk) 19:06, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

William Jackson, Secretary of Constitutional Convention[edit]

The picture at the top is wrong. That's Pierce Butler (or at least it's the same picture). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:37, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

The pictures on William Jackson (secretary) and Pierce Butler are different. Which article are you talking about? --David Biddulph (talk) 19:59, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Creating a page for TROPOPHILIA[edit]

I've been trying to create a page about TROPOPHILIA (i.e., the love for change) but have failed over and over. Please help! This term was coined more than a decade ago but diffused through this book by Dr. Wandemberg: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:50, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Neither our sister project Wiktionary, nor the latest Oxford English Dictionary recognises the term, so I think it might be WP:Too soon. A neologism used in only one book is probably not WP:Notable. Dbfirs 20:46, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Link thumbnail[edit]

There's an article whose link won't show the corresponding thumbnails when shared or posted. Only text shows. It is the article called Casa chorizo, in the English version of Wikipedia. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:27, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

It's unclear what you mean by "shared or posted". I guess you refer to a feature which sometimes shows a selected image from a linked Wikipedia page. Several such features use mw:Extension:PageImages. Per mw:Extension:PageImages#How does it select images?, only images in the lead (the part before the first section heading) can be selected as page image by this extension. Casa chorizo has no image in the lead so it has no page image. There are also features which do not use this extension and do show an image for Casa chorizo. I use Navigation popups in my Wikipedia account and see the first image when I hover over the article link. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:04, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
I think he's (she's?) referring to when you post a link on Twitter or Facebook and it sometimes shows a thumbnail, with a snippet of the article text. I just cleaned up the article and moved the images to the lede, and tried to post in Facebook but it doesn't seem to capture a thumbnail of the images. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 22:50, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
@Timtempleton: I don't think we should modify articles merely to accommodate the peculiarities of other websites. However, I agree that promoting the image up into the lede was an improvement for this article. This leads to the question: should WP:MOS state that we prefer that an article that has any images should have a image in the lede? -Arch dude (talk) 01:53, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
That sounds too strong if there is no representative image. For example, should the artist Daniel Arsham have a lead image of dancers on a set he designed? MOS:LEADIMAGE says: "It is common for an article's lead or infobox to carry a representative image—such as of a person or place, a book or album cover—to give readers visual confirmation that they've arrived at the right page." PrimeHunter (talk) 11:30, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

iCloud membership[edit]

How do I go about signing up for iCloud and paying for the membership. What does iTunes have to do with it? Is it possible to talk to a living breathing person? The system is telling me that I have an invalid logon which is my email address!! Please help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1700:B4A0:BD0:B543:7DB2:34E2:C486 (talk) 20:31, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

This help page is for asking questions about Wikipedia. You will need to contact Apple with your question, perhaps by starting at RudolfRed (talk) 20:46, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

how to get out of the sandbox[edit]


I have created a page in the sandbox. I fail to see how I now get out of the sandbox to have my page placed on the net.


Carey Linde — Preceding unsigned comment added by Careylinde (talkcontribs) 23:07, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Hi Careylinde - welcome to Wikipedia. It appears you wrote a short draft on your user page. It's not in your sandbox. If this is just meant to be your user page, you're fine - it's visible. If you're trying to create a draft in your sandbox with the goal of eventually loading this as an article in mainspace, there are numerous issues, not the least of which is that you're not allowed to write about yourself, and the material you've written is unsourced. Several sources in independent third party media are required to demonstrate notability, a key requirement for inclusion on the encyclopedia. I recommend you read Wikipedia:Your first article. Here's info about drafting an article or practicing editing in your sandbox. Help:My sandbox Cheers! TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 23:17, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
And some more specific info about autobiographies. Wikipedia:Autobiography. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 18:25, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Grammar question[edit]

In the lede of the article Aladdin, should "elevated" and "dīn" in "Excellent, Elevated of the Dīn" be capitalized? Musicfan122 (talk) 23:43, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

@Musicfan122: Probably not, but this is a question of editorial judgement, and you are an editor, just like the rest of us, so judge! As with all such, you may choose to just fix it and if someone disagrees, they can revert (see WP:BRD), or if you are unsure, raise the issue on the article's talk page and then wait a little for comments. -Arch dude (talk) 00:31, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

English is not my native language, that's why I asked. Musicfan122 (talk) 00:35, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Probably a question for the article's talk page? My 2 cents: "Elevated" cap yes, because it's a title; "dīn" cap no, because it's a concept. --Elmidae (talk · contribs) 00:36, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Yeah I should've posted this on the talk page, thanks anyway! Musicfan122 (talk) 00:40, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

February 20[edit]

Two Quick Questions[edit]

1: What is the most appropriate way to request for feedback on a drafted article before publishing as an official article?
2: What is the most appropriate way to gear in help from other users to realize a rough draft of an article?
Thanks. Hope non of ya'll get snowed out tonight although it very well may be inevitable...
Best regards, Dr. S DoctorSpeedWant to talk?

DoctorSpeed, put {{subst:submit}} at the top of your article to invite reviews Jimfbleak - talk to me? 07:06, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
Also, your references each need to follow the piece of text that they are verifying. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 07:09, 20 February 2019 (UTC)


if someone makes a negative quote why is that quote not allowed to be posted on Wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Themaninblack1969 (talkcontribs) 01:24, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

@Themaninblack1969: Depends on the context and the source of the quote. See WP:UNDUE and WP:RS. What is the source of the quote and what article are you trying to add it to? RudolfRed (talk) 01:29, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
@Themaninblack1969: Wikipedia is not a forum for you to share your personal opinions on something. – Teratix 02:02, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Unable to find content typed in the page while creating it[edit]

Was in between creating a page but didn't publish it. The browser crashed now I am unable to find the changes within in the User ID. I would like to recover the data that was lost as i have to recreate the entire page from the start. Kindly help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Srisrischoolofyoga (talkcontribs) 06:55, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Srisrischoolofyoga this message is the only contribution you have made while logged in. Either you didn't save it at all in which case we can't help you, or you edited while logged out, in which case you will have to check your logged-out edits. I've blocked your username, and I'll post editing advice on your talk page. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 07:01, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

What is (or should be) the policy regarding spellings, pronunciations and foreign names in the first sentance of an article?[edit]

I was just looking at the article on the Khazars, which has (IMO) an absolutely horrible first sentence:

The Khazars (/ˈkɑːzɑːrz/, /ˈxɑː-/; Persian: خزر‎, Azerbaijani: Xəzərlər; Turkish: Hazarlar; Bashkir: Хазарлар; Tatar: Хәзәрләр, Xäzärlär; Hebrew: כוזרים‎, Kuzarim;[9] Xazar; Ukrainian: Хоза́ри, Khozáry; Russian: Хаза́ры, Khazáry; Hungarian: Kazárok; Greek: Χάζαροι, Házaroi; Latin: Gazari[10][11]/Gasani[12][13]) were a semi-nomadic Turkic people with a confederation of Turkic-speaking tribes that in the late 6th century CE established a major commercial empire covering the southeastern section of modern European Russia.[14]

This is by no means the only article where you have to wade through multiple foreign/alternative names (often in foreign scripts) and IPA pronunciations before you get to the actual definition of the subject. In my opinion, this is very poor style: the first sentance should be clear and to the point, whereas this makes it hard to read and delays getting to the point. Plus, the English Wikipedia surely only needs to give the common English names for a subject in the first sentance. Other language names, where relevant, can go in an etymology or other appropriate section. Iapetus (talk) 15:04, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

See the guidance at MOS:FORLANG. --David Biddulph (talk) 15:09, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
Consider the solution in David. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 17:17, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
Good solution - took me a second to see it though because I didn't think to look at the footnote at first. For a more targeted location, check out David#Notes. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 18:22, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Account Delete[edit]

Can you please delete my account. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hair123443215 (talkcontribs) 18:32, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

User accounts cannot be deleted. Shellwood (talk) 18:35, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Template:Sister project links[edit]

I would like to draw attention to this inquiry by Czar, since I was looking for the same thing with respect to the transclusion in that section. Additionally, I wanted to ask why exactly it says "Do not place this template in a section containing columns." here.--Hildeoc (talk) 18:45, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Best place to ask is on the template's talk page, so we can continue there (not watching, please {{ping}}) czar 01:43, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

How do I fix errors on a page that was made about me?[edit]

How do I fix errors on a page that was made about me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2605:E000:1701:42A2:D0B8:136F:1898:1EE4 (talk) 19:41, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Place a note on the article's talk page, along with the template {{Edit request}}. RudolfRed (talk) 19:49, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
Also if the page in question is about you, please see WP:Conflict of interest. If you want other editors to do the editing for you, please provide more details such as the page and the specific errors that needs to be corrected. Regards, Darwin Naz (talk) 01:19, 21 February 2019 (UTC)


My question is why when I make a change to MY wikipedia page profile it keeps getting changed back? I have done this three times stating its my page. Yet I keep getting messages questioning my changes. Really?? Wallrace500 (talk) 20:00, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Wally Dallenbach Jr. is not yours, it is WP:s article about Wally Dallenbach Jr. If you are the subject, read and follow the guidance in Wikipedia:Conflict of interest. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 20:10, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
Wallrace500: Also look at AUTOPROB for advice for your particular situation. --ColinFine

(talk) 20:26, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Repinging Wallrace500 as I got the username wrong. --ColinFine (talk) 20:27, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
You can also check the article's "View history" tab, there you see who did what, and it is considered helpful to leave a short description of your edit in a Help:Edit summary. Talk:Wally Dallenbach Jr. is for discussing the article with other editors, there is no guarantee that there will someone who answers, but it is worth trying. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 20:29, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Responding to Grabergs, I understand WP is not mine. But the information on me is incorrect. Not a big deal. If it wants to have incorrect information on it so be it. I did my best to make it right. Didnt realize it was going to be this much trouble. All very confusing to make changes. ThanksWallrace500 (talk) 20:49, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

@Wallrace500: If there is incorrect information in the article about you, we want to know what it is, but you should not edit the article yourself. Instead, you should make an edit request on the article talk page(which someone linked to above) detailing the changes you feel are needed and any reliable sources you have to support the changes. Keep in mind that we can't just take your word on something, as all information needs to be verifiable. 331dot (talk) 20:55, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for your reply, Wallrace500. Yeah, some things about WP is difficult, editing an article about yourself is one of the worst, but for good reasons. For example, there is no (easy) way for the editors of the article to know if you are Dallenbach or someone who think it is fun to mess with his (sorry, WP:s article about him) article. However, we also want the article to be correct based on the WP:Reliable sources we can find, so we can probably get there but it may require some patient discussion. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 21:02, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Understand. Patience is not one of my stong suits lol. Thanks for the info.Wallrace500 (talk) 21:11, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

A problem with a fellow editor[edit]

You have probably gotten many messages about a certain user named Jingiby. He edits articles and no one seems to be checking up the things he is writing. He is also writing the articles in a rather sarcastic and humorous way, which I think is completely inappropriate for the public. I would like to inform you that he is constantly watching over Macedonian-themed articles and propagates the Bulgarian Agenda. I have gathered true information from Macedonia and have incorporated it into the articles I edit. To have it deleted is a big disappointment to me. I am patiently waiting your reply.

Thank you, Voas355 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Voas355 (talkcontribs) 22:16, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

@Voas355: Please provide WP:DIFFs of his edits. You can find them by checking his contributions page, opening the links that say "diff," and sharing those to show where he has been editing inappropriately. Ian.thomson (talk) 22:20, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Suspicions that an article is being policed by shills[edit]

I tried to edit a (controversial) article recently (using proper style and using sources), but I was reverted by a user who frequently edits the page. Involved in an edit war, I then added an NPOV tag to the page (since I was discussing the POV of the article in its talk page) - however this was also reverted. The user threatened to report me to an admin if I again tried to add an NPOV tag.

I have gone on to discuss the edit in the talk page, where I have been subjected to abusive language, accusations of incompetence, personal attacks, threats of outright bans - generally a suite of tactics, rather than objective, rational discussion. The editors I'm talking to do around 50 edits every single day on Wikipedia, on the same topic/group of articles. They know each other and talk to each other on their talk pages about edits.

Is there any process I can pursue? I feel like there is a clear group of users (possibly shills) who are coordinating their efforts and harming the neutrality and pleasant atmosphere of the articles. They own them completely and any attempt to change the article's content is impossible. Is there anything I can do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:25, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Please let us know which article this is about, so we can look at the talk page discussion you are referring to. RudolfRed (talk) 23:45, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for your offer to help. However I'm reluctant to be specific just yet, as I don't want to be punished for making accusations in the middle of a discussion - although I'm pretty sure the discussion won't go anywhere because they all seem to have an agenda to prevent me from making any changes whatsoever. Is it possible for you to investigate without revealing my identity? Can I report them anonymously? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:00, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
We literally can't help you unless you tell us what article it is. Also, editing while logged out to avoid scrutiny is specifically not allowed per WP:SOCK. shoy (reactions) 13:43, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
If you have describe their behavior objectively, then it warrants review by others. However, your behavior in coming here and asking for an anonymous review has the appearance of forum shopping and may prejudice others against you. You should read and follow WP:DISPUTE, since your attempts to reach consensus and work with other editors has failed. You should stick to objective argument about specific actions by other editors and not make sweeping accusations about motives. Let those actions speak for themselves: if you are correct, then outside reviewers will not need you to tell them that the others are acting improperly. -Arch dude (talk) 03:42, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
Email me the name of the account and I’ll review the incident for you. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 14:39, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

inserting a photograph into the page of an article[edit]

I want to insert a photo into the article of Frances E. Williams. The photo has been uploaded into the wizard. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sulamama (talkcontribs) 23:58, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Sulamama, it seems that you've figured this out. If you'd like more information, see Help:Pictures. †dismas†|(talk) 00:53, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

February 21[edit]

Megachile Pluto - Giant Bee[edit]

Does Megachile Pluto sting and if so does it use a traditional sting or its large pincers? Does it hurt? Does it make honey? Is the honey edible? Are there any medical benefits or uses? Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:37, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

This Help Desk is not for asking general questions, but for questions about how to use Wikipedia. You can try the Reference Desk, although we cannot give you medical advice. 331dot (talk) 15:39, 21 February 2019 (UTC)


Can someone take a look at this, I am unable to edit it - (talk) 17:14, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

Battle of Saragarhi (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)
Convenience link. --†dismas†|(talk) 17:40, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
Hi. I don't see any vandalism to that article, but rather a revert of removal of sourced content without explanation, and the article being semi-protected to try to protect it from further problems. The semi-porotection means that only people with registered accounts that are autoconfirmed (are four days old and have made ten or more edits) can edit it. You can still, however, make a request on the talk page for a specific edit to be made. See Wikipedia:Edit requests for how to make such a request. Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 08:05, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Requested moves/Technical requests[edit]

Good afternoon, I recently created my Wikipedia account and wrote my first article. It is located at:

Help me please, I cannot move my page (rename my article)! Now it is called "User:Natalia Rojcovscaia", but I need to call it simply "Natalia Rojcovscaia". For me, this is very strange, because from the beginning I called it "Natalia Rojcovscaia". Why did the word "User:" appear in the title?? Please help to remove this word and make the title of my article (page) only: "Natalia Rojcovscaia". I hope for your help!

-- Best, Natalia — Preceding unsigned comment added by Natalia Rojcovscaia (talkcontribs) 21:00, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

@Natalia Rojcovscaia: Each Wikipedia user has a user page: My user name is "Arch dude", so my user page is User: Arch dude. Your user name is "Natalia Rojcovscaia", so your user page is User:Natalia Rojcovscaia. A user page is not a Wikipedia article. It is a place for you as a Wikipedia editor to tell others about your activies as a Wikipedia editor. Completely separately from that, if there is a person named "Natalia Rojcovscaia", and if tat person is notable by our definition, not yours (SeeWP:N) then someone can create an article with that name. If you are that person, then you should not write tat article: see WP:AUTOBIOGRAPHY. If you choose to try anyway, then you should create a draft article and let other editors review it: see WP:YFA. -Arch dude (talk) 22:13, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
I'm afraid I've felt it necessary to delete the page. Wikipedia is not social media or a pace to talk about yourself, it is an encyclopedia. As noted above if youa re truly notable somebody will eventually write such an article, but it certainly should not be the article subject doing it. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:20, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

Link in Wikipedia to a page in Wikimedia Commons[edit]

I'm aware of Template:W, which allows me to insert a link to a Wikipedia article when, for example, I write text in the Description section of an image in Wikimedia Commons.

Can anyone tell me the template for a link in the other direction: in Wikipedia linking to a page in Wikimedia Commons? SCHolar44 (talk) 22:40, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

Hey SCHolar44. See Template:Commons cat. GMGtalk 23:05, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
For which purpose in which page? See Help:Interwikimedia links. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:07, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
I want to be able to say, in a Wikiproject Talk discussion, "An example is in this engineering drawing at Wikimedia Commons", where the words "engineering drawing" would be linked to the page at I don't want to use the code that produces the box with the Wikimedia Commons logao and "Wikimedia Commons has media related to", nifty though it is! SCHolar44 (talk) 23:37, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
I don't know of any such template, but if you're using it in a discussion and don't hugely care what it looks like, just prefix it with "c:". [[:c:File:Adelaide Type F1 and H trams end elevation (MTT original).png]] produces c:File:Adelaide Type F1 and H trams end elevation (MTT original).png. Nyttend (talk) 00:02, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @SCHolar44: You don't need a template. An interwiki link of form [[commons:pagename]] is fine in a discussion outside mainspace. It can be piped like other wikilinks. [[commons:File:Adelaide Type F1 and H trams end elevation (MTT original).png|engineering drawing]] produces engineering drawing. Link the file page and not the MediaViewer display of the file. c: is a shortcut for commons: but I prefer the latter because it's easier for others to see where the link goes. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:08, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
True, and if I had occasion to link Commons from mainspace, that's how I'd do it. I just suggested the unpiped link because of the context. Nyttend (talk) 00:17, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
Many thanks for your insights, PrimeHunter (and GreenMeansGo and Nyttend). I'll go with [[commons:File:Adelaide Type F1 and H trams end elevation (MTT original).png|engineering drawing]], which gives everything I need. A few minutes ago I also discovered -- completely by accident, I have to admit -- that {{File:Adelaide Type F1 and H trams end elevation (MTT original).png|these drawings}} gives me another option if I ever want to include "File:" Cheers, SCHolar44 (talk) 00:27, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
By the way, SCHolar44, you can use the reverse at Commons ([[:w:Main Page]] produces a link to Main Page here. Also, {{w}} works as a simple link here, although it formerly redirected to {{Welcome}}. This is mostly for interwiki purposes, e.g. bots copying image description pages, because gibberish resulted when Commons images with {{w}} links were moved here. See File:Template W for welcome.png for what happened when c:File:Carnegie Free Library in Beaver Falls.jpg was uploaded here for a Main Page appearance. Nyttend (talk) 00:35, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
@SCHolar44: I'm not sure what you mean by "include File:" but don't use {{File:Adelaide Type F1 and H trams end elevation (MTT original).png|these drawings}} to make a file page link. It happens to do it in this example for obscure reasons which may not apply in the future. It's code to use the English Wikipedia page "File:Adelaide Type F1 and H trams end elevation (MTT original).png" like a template, trancluding it with "these drawings" as a parameter. But the page File:Adelaide Type F1 and H trams end elevation (MTT original).png does not technically exist at the English Wikipedia (it merely displays a Commons page), and an attempt to transclude a non-existing page will instead link it. You can link a local file page by placing a colon in front. [[:File:Example.jpg]] produces File:Example.jpg. PrimeHunter (talk) 02:15, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Restore Deleted Bio[edit]

I had a Wikipedia Page about myself for the past 6 years but it has disappeared. I did not delete it. I would really appreciate any assistance in restoring it.

Thank you,,

Adele Scheele — Preceding unsigned comment added by Adelescheele (talkcontribs) 22:48, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

@Adelescheele: The article called Adele Scheele was deleted in September 2017 after discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Adele Scheele (2nd nomination). PrimeHunter (talk) 23:04, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

Reducing sizes of non-free images[edit]

Hi, I just uploaded File:Double Cross game cover.png, but since I know the image currently violates the non-free guidelines, I may need some help reducing its size. Anyone up for doing that? ToThAc (talk) 23:27, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

@ToThAc: the easiest option is to simply wait; there is a bot that automatically detects oversized non-free images and resizes them. If you want to speed that up, slap {{Non-free reduce}} on the page yourself, the bot will take care of the actual resizing in that case as well. Finally, you could always manually resize the file using an image editor and upload the new version by clicking "Upload a new version of this file".
But the more urgent issue is that your image is not used in any article. Orphan non-free images will be deleted after some time. And it lacks a written rationale for its use. Such images also face deletion. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 23:33, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! And don't worry, I quickly added it to my sandbox page, so it shouldn't be F5-eligible anymore. ToThAc (talk) 23:37, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
@ToThAc: it's eligible, because non-free files may be only used in articles, not sandboxes or any other pages. Non-free files should only be uploaded when the article is ready. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 23:51, 21 February 2019 (UTC)
I see... ToThAc (talk) 23:58, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

February 22[edit]

Data-mining citation templates[edit]

Is it possible to produce a list of articles in which a citation template contains both a certain URL and a certain string in the |publisher= parameter? In this edit, I fixed a template that cites a document from and says that it comes from Springer Publishing, and I'd like to find more pages with this kind of error. (For your reference — is Springer Nature, while the unrelated Springer Publishing is It's an extremely easy mistake to make, and if you're not familiar with the field, it's easy not to notice in someone else's writing.) Some citations take a bit of work to track down (some articles cover topics that are in the purview of both Springer companies), but when they cite something from a specific website, it's easy to know which one's right. Nyttend (talk) 00:29, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

insource:"Springer Publishing" insource:"" only gives 80 hits. A complicated regular expression search might find cases where they occur in the same citation but 80 seems low enough to check manually. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:40, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Making Wikitable Sortable elements visible to Android/mobile platforms[edit]

I was browsing the Longest recorded sniper kills page on my android Wikipedia app around Feb 19 and the List subsection on the page appeared as <nowiki>-marked code. Seeing this and with my experience on other MediaWikis (but not Wikipedia itself) I attempted to "fix" the problem, thinking that it was a code-error without actually seeing how it turned out, which, thanks to wolf, was reverted to avoid damaging the page. I was again browsing this page on the application on this date, and this issue is not yet fixed. How can one make Wikitable Sortable elements visible as an actual table on mobile platforms? Or is it some kind of an "incompatibility bug" between mobile Wikipedia apps and the actual site? Varxo (talk) 01:09, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

@Varxo: I don't have an Android device for testing but I guess sortable tables are usually displayed although they may not be sortable. The table does not use <nowiki>...</nowiki> [2] because it's sortable but because it's passed to {{row counter}}. It sounds like the Android app treats this nowiki differently from MediaWiki. The table is displayed (but not sortable) in the mobile version of Wikipedia [3] displayed in a desktop browser and probably also a mobile browser without a Wikipedia app. PrimeHunter (talk) 02:31, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
It would be nice if someone finally fixed phab:T203293. {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 02:53, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
Varxo is the only editor, along with an IP user, to experience this problem. Row counter is (I believe) a Lua code, it was created by Trappist the monk almost a year ago, it is now used on numerous lists and tablets and it is a very useful tool. (I'm pinging Ttm here so he's aware of this discussion). I edit WP primarily on my android smartphone, but also with my Windows laptop and have never had any problems where Row counter is used. I don't use the WP app, so I can't comment on that. If there is an issue with Row counter, as opposed to something else causing the problem, then it certainly would be beneficial to have it fixed. - wolf 06:39, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

How do I link to a specific (old) version of an image?[edit]

We're discussing an image on a talk page, and it'd useful to show thumbs of specific versions for comparison. If I try to link to the file name of a specific version, I get a red link. I don't know if the <!> is interfering, but I've tried escaping it and using &#x...; and it doesn't work that way either. — kwami (talk) 02:46, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

@kwami: You cannot display an old version of a file and you can only link to it by giving the url with external link syntax, e.g. [4] for the "Nuevo Leon" version at File:World marriage-equality laws (up to date).svg#filehistory. #filehistory links the "File history" section of a file page, and you could give a description like I did. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:06, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Thanks! — kwami (talk) 03:43, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Pilotless aircraft[edit]

If you study non-final rejection dated Aug 31,2017,Jan 11, 2018 and final rejection mail date Jun 5,2018 of Arnold’s US Patent application number: US 15/041,964 titled “Systems and methods for weather detection and avoidance”(Herein after Arnold’s application) that can be found at the attachment of "Image File Wrapper" under "Public PAIR" of official website of USPTO ( mainly over US patented my invention "US Patent number 8702033 B2(Herein after my invention)" then you can find that the scope, coverage rights of my invention will not be limited only on claim language(Claim 1-12 of my invention) but my rights can be on content of abstract, drawings and specification of my invention (please study examiner's view on Page 3 to 7 of non-final rejection dated Aug 31,2017 and Jan 11,2018, and Page 3 to 9 of final rejection mail date Jun 5,2018 of Arnold’s application).In the same way my invention will have the scope and right on apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory including computer program instructions (please study Examiner’s view of no. 12 of Page 5 of non-final rejection dated Aug 31,2017, no.11 of page 5 of non-final rejection dated Jan 11,2018, no.12 of page 6 of final rejection mail date Jun 5,2018 on Arnold’s application examination mainly over my invention).The scope and right of my invention will not be limited only on Systems and methods for weather detection and avoidance rather in the same way as the examiner’s view on Arnold’s application, the similar way can be implied on automated systems and subsystems of aircraft, automated weather inclement avoidance, automated sense and avoidance systems, flight path following and other automated systems and subsystems, computer systems for pilotless operations, computer systems for manned and unmanned, and optionally piloted systems and subsystems etc; these are only few examples to name.Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:29, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

I suspect, based on your question, that you found one of our over 5.8 million articles and thought we were affiliated in some way with that subject. Please note that you are at Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, and this page is for asking questions related to using or contributing to Wikipedia itself. Thus, we have no special knowledge about the subject of your question. You can, however, search our vast catalogue of articles by typing a subject into the search field on the upper right side of your screen. If you cannot find what you are looking for, we have a reference desk, divided into various subject areas, where asking knowledge questions is welcome. Best of luck.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 07:51, 22 February 2019 (UTC)


I don't know where to write this, but I want all of these stuff done on the Wikipedia asap: 1) Could someone please add the first volume cover and a plot to the article of One Piece? 2) Could someone please rename Case Closed into Detective Conan and add the first volume cover as profile picture? 3) Could someone please change the profile picture into the first volume cover of all manga series possible? Especially Vagabond, Rurouni Kenshin, Astro Boy, Buddha and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. 4) Could someone please create the articles of Almorzando con Mirtha Legrand, La Noche de Mirtha, Alberto Cormillot, Scatter Records, Music is my Girlfriend, all of the series of Weekly Shonen Jump and Weekly Shonen Sunday, all of the comics of Marvel and DC and all of the manga series of Osamu Tezuka? Please reply. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:49, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

All editing work in Wikipedia is done by volunteers who choose what and what not to do based on what interests them: no-one hands out assignments or decrees urgency because on Wikipedia:There is no deadline.
If you want particular articles created, you can place requests at Wikipedia:Requested articles, but there is a large backlog of requests and no guarantee that anyone will want to create a particular one.
You mention ". . . all of the comics of Marvel and DC . . ." Have you actually looked to see if such articles already exist? I'd be surprised if most such comics did not already have articles. Similarly, we already have an article on Osamu Tezuka which contains links to separate articles about many if not all of his manga series.
Your requests amount to an enormous volume of work. Has it occured to you that, since you are the one who wants all these things done, you are the best person to do them, once you have learned how? {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 11:26, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
  • OP blocked as evading their block/sock. 331dot (talk) 12:47, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Reporting minor issues[edit]

How should I report minor issues. Am not qualified to be an editor but sometimes I find things that should be fixed. Is there an easy way to just point out something that needs a fix? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Davidglickman3141 (talkcontribs) 11:03, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

@Davidglickman3141: Hello, by creating an account you have qualified yourself to edit. You can make changes yourself by clicking 'edit source' at the top of the page or section. Minor errors such as spelling mistakes or punctuation should be easy for you to fix but if you are making changes to article content please ensure that facts are supported by reliable sources. (See WP:REFB for a guide to how to do this). Please also see the links left at your talk page. You can also raise issues at article talk pages. Happy editing. Eagleash (talk) 11:46, 22 February 2019 (UTC)


I would like to replace the incorrect logo of Orlando Pirates FC (located on this page: with the correct current Orlando Pirates FC logo so that Google pulls the correct image through. Please see below:

Incorrect logo:

Correct Logo:

Please help me with this.


Sarina Sarina.naidu (talk) 12:47, 22 February 2019 (UTC) Sarina.naidu (talk) 12:46, 22 February 2019 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sarina.naidu (talkcontribs) 12:45, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

It looks like you figured it out. Sometimes it takes Google a little while to update their index. Let us know if you need any other help. shoy (reactions) 14:57, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Hello, Sarina.naidu. I'm afraid that you have made several mistakes in attempting to do this. I see that you have tried to disclose a connection, but you put it in the wrong place (twice): {{connected contributor}} needs to go on the article talk page (eg Talk:Orlando Pirates F.C.). Note that if you are in any way paid to do this work - not only if you are paid for this job in particular, but if you are doing this as part of a paid capacity - you must declare this using {{connected contributor (paid)}}). The template does no harm on your user page, but Wikipedia talk:DISCLOSE is certainly not the right place, and I have nominated that for speedy deletion.
Unfortunately, I have also nominated your upload of the logo for deletion, because you have claimed it as your own work. But the Orlando Pirates website says "© 2017 - 2019 Copyright Orlando Pirates ", so in the absence of any other information, Wikipedia (and the Wikimedia Foundation) has to assume that the copyright belongs to the company, and not to you.
It is possible, if you are indeed employed by the Pirates, that you have the legal power to assign copyright in the logo; but that is not the same as owning it yourself. If you do have this power, do you really wish to license it in such a way that anybody in the world can reuse the logo for any purpose, and make derivatives of it? That is what you have attempted to do already. If that is the case, then please read donating copyright materials. However, I think it much more likely that the Pirates do not wish it to be released in this way. Wikipedia has a standard way of handling logos (see LOGO: they are uploaded (to enwiki, not to Commons) with a Fair Use justification, and their use on Wikipedia must meet all the criteria in the WP:non-free content criteria.
I'm sorry this has been frustrating for you: the fact is that Wikipedia is not always easy to navigate, especially where copyright is involved. --ColinFine (talk) 15:11, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Call for help editing Wikipedia Initial Google Result Thumb Nail ( Potential Political Crises)[edit]

To go straight to the point,

My father is a political Figure in Africa and thus, when his name is googled, the initial result shown in the link below (Yemi Akinseye George ) reports that he is from " EKITI STATE " Where as he is from " ONDO STATE ".

The Google Result alone, is enough to damage his political career and insight violence against him.

Please any help on subject would be greatly appreciated.

I have been able to edit his actual wikipedia page ( ) to show his real state of origin "ONDO STATE" Which is situate in NIGERIA. However i cannot figure out how to edit the Initial Google Result Thumb Nail owing to my inadequate computer skills.

PLEASE HELP!!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:54, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Answered at the Teahouse. 331dot (talk) 13:01, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

How do I add color/shading to one particular row in a Wikitable?[edit]

How do I add color/shading to one particular row in a Wikitable? The table is below. Let's say that I want to use the color #EEDD82. How do I make the first row only to have that color shading? (The "heading" row that says Honorees of the Academy Juvenile Award.) And I still want to maintain the rest of the Table, as is. Especially so that the "sorting" function does not get eliminated. I've tried everything. Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 16:57, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Honorees of the Academy Juvenile Award
Year Ceremony Name Age Honor
1934 07th Shirley Temple 6 years, 310 days In grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.
1938 11th Deanna Durbin 17 years, 81 days For their significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and as juvenile players setting a high standard of ability and achievement.
Mickey Rooney 18 years, 153 days
1939 12th Judy Garland 17 years, 264 days For her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile during the past year.
1944 17th Margaret O'Brien 8 years, 59 days Outstanding child actress of 1944.
1945 18th Peggy Ann Garner 14 years, 32 days Outstanding child actress of 1945.
1946 19th Claude Jarman Jr. 12 years, 167 days Outstanding child actor of 1946.
1948 21st Ivan Jandl 12 years, 59 days For the outstanding juvenile performance of 1948, as "Karel Malik" in The Search.
1949 22nd Bobby Driscoll 13 years, 20 days As the outstanding juvenile actor of 1949.
1954 27th Jon Whiteley 10 years, 39 days For his outstanding juvenile performance in The Little Kidnappers.
Vincent Winter 7 years, 91 days For his outstanding juvenile performance in The Little Kidnappers.
1960 33rd Hayley Mills 14 years, 364 days For Pollyanna, the most outstanding juvenile performance during 1960.

@Joseph A. Spadaro: You can do this by adding style="background:#EEDD82;" to the part that includes the colspan text. I have added to your table to demonstrate. Bungle (talkcontribs) 17:07, 22 February 2019 (UTC)