Wikipedia:Editor assistance/Requests

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Capital PunishmentEdit

I just happened across the subject article and was taken aback by the use of the term “homicide” to describe it. No matter your personal views about capital punishment, it is not homicide according to the strict definition (see article on “homicide” in wiktionary), which describes it as a crime committed by a person.

I would have changed the Wikipedia article on “Capital Punishment” myself to use an accurate term to describe it (“ending the life” is a decent way to put it; just plain “killing” would be OK if you prefer to be more crass about it) but the article is locked to editing. I recommend someone either unlock the article or fix the inappropriate term.

Thank you!

2601:192:100:297B:94F1:DF2F:51EE:233E (talk) 17:50, 15 February 2021 (UTC) Tom Green

Not that Wiktionary is a WP:RS, but the first definition there is "The killing of one person by another, whether premeditated or unintentional." Another source says Homicide is when one human being causes the death of another. If one accepts the meaning "One person kills another", it fits. However, suggestions to change that article should start at Talk:Capital punishment (not locked). Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 18:15, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Editor assistance requiredEdit

Certified Professional Coder (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) published via afc process and after few day another editor placed COI and I have responded to all queries mentioned by editor. Since than I am trying to get in touch with editor (on editor talk page, my talk page, article talk page) for guidance on what are next steps or if there is something more I can do to improve article. Assuming he/she is busy or not available I am asking for help/guidance on what I should do next?

I am new to Wikipedia editing and need guidance on next steps like if I have to do more research on topic to find references like book (I am able to locate one ) or something else. Jamesinhere (talk) 19:59, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

I know nothing about books on Wikipedia editing. My guess is that, if there are some, they would not be particularly helpful in this somewhat complicated situation. Unfortunately, the best way to learn - which really isn't very good - is to deal with issues as they come up. Hang in there!
I'm thinking that the reason you haven't heard from the editor who did the re-direct (GSS) is because GSS doesn't know that you're asking. To get GSS's attention either post on GSS's talk page or start your post on the article's talk page with "{{ping|gss}}" or one of its variants. Simply typing a link to GSS's talk page doesn't do the trick. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 17:03, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
@Butwhatdoiknow: I have already posted multiple times on GSS talk page and article talk page as well. , now I am using "{{ping|gss}}" and hopefully will receive GSS reply. Thanks for advice.
I am just wondering if an editor is not available can't any other editor take over this? Jamesinhere (talk) 21:48, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
Yes, any editor can modify what a prior editor did. But, how do you interest an editor in doing that in your case? Perhaps through one of these options. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 15:19, 19 February 2021 (UTC)

African American worthy of a WikipediaEdit

I would like assistance in creating an article for a subject named Rashad McCrorey. After several attempts I am now rightfully considered havingCOI. However. I feel guilty that my lack of experience in creating article has significantly hurt this person's chance of having a Wikipedia article as I do not know him personally, nor has he paid me, or asked me to write the article.

The subject has established borderline notabilty with Features on CNN, ABC World News, Forbes Magazine, Black Enterprise and more. He has far surpassed the Wikipedia 3 and is notable for 2 "seperate" actions. First for helping Black Americans visit Africa (specifically Ghana) and 2nd for choosing to move to Africa during the covid 19 pandemic. These actions have all been covered by the previously mentioned news cycles...

I believe an experienced editor would have more than enough information to create an article for the subject and format the page properly for review.

It would be good to have more African Americans on Wikipedia who are not athletes, entertainers or discussing negative images of Black Americans such as mass incarceration and drug abuse.

I have a stub draft where you can find some of the more High Profile 3rd party independent news sources including CNN, ABC World News, New York Daily News, Forbes Magazine and More...

please give guidance... — Preceding unsigned comment added by NanaKofiER (talkcontribs) 23:34, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

Courtesy link: Draft:Rashad McCrorey. It seems from the draft that all he's "notable" for is getting stranded abroad by Covid quarantine regulations. Maproom (talk) 08:45, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
To read more, go to Wikipedia:Notability#Notable_topics_have_attracted_attention_over_a_sufficiently_significant_period_of_time. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 15:06, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
For further context, see the editor's history [1] and the conversation at my talk page [2]. There's reason to have a closer look at ref-spamming in articles such as Tourism in Ghana, which is seen as an opportunity to squeeze Mr. McCrorey's name into multiple places. 2601:188:180:B8E0:8804:65CA:7CE3:366C (talk) 16:45, 17 February 2021 (UTC)

Photo montages of cities' articlesEdit

Hi, i don't know if i'm right here, but it would be nice if someone could help me - i tried to make look nicer some photo montages of some cities, but there is someone - and (s)he is the only one who keeps doing it all the time - who reverts my changes. The cities affected are mainly Lübeck and Dresden, but also Schwerin, Stralsund, Erfurt, and Leipzig. It would be nice if someone could have a look at my changes and at the changes of the user who reverts my edits all the time, and also at what (s)he wrote on my talk page. One of her/his arguments is, that no photos of buildings' interiors may be included in photo montages of cities. I'd like to know if that is correct, and how many photos are allowed in a city's photo montage.

Example Lübeck: i made this photo montage:

and the user changes it to just this one photo:

and says that i have to reach consensus on the talk page for the photo montage. This can't be true? Thank you in advance.TheCarlos1975 (talk) 17:13, 18 February 2021 (UTC)

@TheCarlos1975: Since you've posted this at the help desk, it's probably best not to post the same question here as well - WP:CROSS-POST. -- John of Reading (talk) 17:40, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
Thank you John of Reading, i posted the question here as well, because i only found this page after i had already posted the question at the help desk. I thought this page here is more appropriate for the question, and i think my question might not be answered adequately at the help desk, because it rather belongs here. It would be nice if you or anyone would help me. Thank you.TheCarlos1975 (talk) 17:54, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
TheCarlos1975, you were given a clear answer at the help desk (which was the appropriate place), you didn't like it, so you're having another shot here. Sorry, that doesn't work. Maproom (talk) 23:36, 18 February 2021 (UTC)

Third opinion helpEdit

Gospel for Asia (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Hello, I recently asked for a 3O to provide an independent opinion on a content dispute between editors concerning the lead. The 3O denied my request for this opinion. The 3O editor labeled me as a single-page user and deemed me therefore biased in my edits. Would it be possible for someone to look at the merits of my edits and claims versus another editor's claims without solely analyzing my history as a user? I am a new Wiki user and I find the platform exciting, but every edit I make is reverted or deemed biased. I have tried to compromise with the editor who reverts my changes in the talk page, but it has not worked. I am looking for direction, please. Thank you for your time - I appreciate your help! Shelbychesbro (talk) 18:04, 18 February 2021 (UTC)shelbychesbro

It looks like the third opinion editor found your edits to reflect a lack of neutrality in and of themselves. That editor's suggestion to edit other pages was most likely meant to say that, while you probably shouldn't edit on this topic, you should feel free to edit on other topics. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 17:17, 19 February 2021 (UTC)

Cultivation theory: Got feedback for ongoing rewrite?Edit

Cultivation theory (re: effects of modern media) saw short bursts of growth over many years, achieving verbosity (see pre-rewrite version) seldom seen by this editor. Much revision is done, much more is needed. What Talk pages or Noticeboards might welcome such a request? Today, I added a {{Multiple issues}} template, and now figure it best to invite others for input. azwaldo (talk) 23:59, 18 February 2021 (UTC)

Just make the revisions you believe are appropriate. If someone thinks you've done it wrong then they'll change, revert, or post on the talk page. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 17:25, 19 February 2021 (UTC)

Will Estes BioEdit

Please replace the bio you have on Will Estes's Wikipedia page to the below. His last name is NOT Nipper. Thank you.


Will Estes has amassed a diverse body of film and television credits, challenging himself with each role. On the small screen, Estes received critical acclaim for his performances as Jamie Reagan in "Blue Bloods" and as JJ Pryor in “American Dreams.” Additional television credits include a starring role in “Reunion,” and guest-starring roles in “The Cleaner,” “In Plain Sight,” “The 11th Hour” and many others. Also, Estes starred in the television movies “Dive from Clausen’s Pier,” “The Familiar Stranger” and “See You in My Dreams.”

Highlights of Estes’ feature film credits include his role in the Academy Award-winning World War II film “U-571” and the third installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Additional feature film credits include “Mimic 2,” “New Port South,” “Terror Tract,” “Blue Ridge Fall,” “May” and “Not Since You.” Estes’ 2011 indie feature, “Magic Valley,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2012 he starred in two independent films: the award-winning “Line of Duty,” playing a drug dealer searching for redemption, and the noir thriller “Automotive,” which premiered at the 2013 Dances with Films Festival in Los Angeles. Also, he appeared in the psychological drama “Anchors.”

When Estes is not on set, he spends time with his dogs, friends and family. He is a surfer and a cyclist. His interests include film, literature and mixed martial arts. Estes’ humanitarian efforts include the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Wildlife Fund, Heal the Bay, Best Friends Animal Society, wild land conversation, humane treatment of animals, and Vote Solar because they’re consistent with his belief in advocating sustainability. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:30, 19 February 2021 (UTC)

The way to correct articles in Wikipedia is to click the edit button and make the changes. Note that any new content should be supported by a reference to a reliable source. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 15:05, 19 February 2021 (UTC)

Converting a page to a biographyEdit

I was able to get a page published for Thomas Adam Regelski but now realize there is a biography template that would have been much better for his page. How do I convert his existing page into the biography template format? I have tried on my own with no success. Kruguitarz (talk) 13:31, 20 February 2021 (UTC)Kevin Kruger

Are you talking about {{Biography}}? It appears limited to new pages. Since you're dealing with an existing article you'll need to make individual edits to bring it into conformity with the layout at {{Biography}}. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 15:27, 20 February 2021 (UTC)

Disruptive editingEdit

I just made a Sepak raga article but not long after, my article was interrupted by Heinztabs, he changed it according to his nationalist view, this is also very strange, how can an account that only edits a few pages to know my new page, except he is an account specifically spying on me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Northheavensky (talkcontribs) 13:41, 21 February 2021 (UTC)

Take a look at Wikipedia:Dispute_resolution_requests for some options to deal with this situation. (Looking over your edits I see that you rarely add edit summaries explaining your changes. I encourage you to change to almost always adding an edit summary. See Help:Edit_summary#Always_provide_an_edit_summary for more on this topic.]] Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 16:31, 21 February 2021 (UTC)

Edits get reverted without proper explanation againEdit

I edited the article Sepak Raga based on the references, but the other editor, Northheavensky called it "vandalism" for no reasons and did not even engage in the talk page Heinztabs (talk) 03:26, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

my response : I just realized that he has copied the article from Sepak takraw, note, I was previously involved in an edit war with a blocked editor AksIarsd he tried hard to restore the page I edited, there is a similarity between the two that the account was created specifically to disturb/restore my edits. not only sepak takraw but also Baju kurung and songkok — Preceding unsigned comment added by Northheavensky (talkcontribs) 05:02, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

To you both: This is not a page for airing grievances. Take a look at Wikipedia:Dispute_resolution_requests for some options to resolve your differences. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 06:03, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

Changing Sauli Niinistö Malay wikidata descriptionEdit

Help changing Sauli Niinistö wikidata Malay wiki description to " Presiden Finland ke-12 " — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aidlfarhn (talkcontribs) 18:49, 25 February 2021 (UTC)

Question regarding achieving consensus (or lack thereof) for a biography of a living personEdit

Hi! I am a (relatively) new editor in Wikipedia and am unsure how to go about this process. Recently, there was a dispute regarding the page of Padma Lakshmi. There was a non-registered user (just IP number) who added the ethnicity/birthplace/birth nationality of the individual to the lead of the biography. I reverted this per MOS:Ethnicity but then a separate registered user reverted me and stated that I need to start a talk page on the matter and that I cannot revert until consensus has been achieved, which I did. Today, something similar happened with regards to the nationality of the same subject in question and the same thing happened subsequently. I am in discussion with the user who disputed my edits via the subject's talk page but my questions are with regards to what the "stable version" of the article is and also what version of the article continues if there is no dispute resolution? I have evidence for why the additions stated by the other editor are in fact not factual which I have provided in the Talk page. If there is no consensus, does the disputed material remain in the article? What is the protocol? Does WP:Onus apply here?

Thank you, Apoorva Iyer (talk) 21:59, 25 February 2021 (UTC)

Apoorva Iyer, hard to say. People sometimes cherry pick policies and guidelines to support whatever they want. For example, if I wanted to get rid of an edit no matter what, I could argue WP:ONUS or WP:BLP. If I wanted to argue for the pre-edit war version, I could argue WP:BRD. Looking at how minor the edit war is (over including the word "Indian" in the lead), I would recommend taking that one to the talk page, which should hopefully defuse the situation. –Novem Linguae (talk) 16:51, 26 February 2021 (UTC)
Thanks so much for your response. I have been discussing it on the talk page but I have a feeling we may not come to an agreement. I hope we do though. What is your recommendation if Talk page discussion leads to an impasse? Would you recommend getting a third opinion at that time? And how long should I wait until I do so? Thanks again. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Apoorva Iyer (talkcontribs)
Apoorva Iyer, you're very welcome. This is all just my personal opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. If I get out-consensus'd on a talk page over something minor, I usually just accept it and un-watchlist. I've had it happen to me a couple of times. It's not fun, but it's the mature thing to do, and it will help avoid making enemies in the long run. But! Based on who was reverting you, you're only at 1-2. Some other people may chime in on the talk page. So could go either way. –Novem Linguae (talk) 17:45, 26 February 2021 (UTC)


Hi there, I'm looking for a place to apologise and explain my edit actions regarding the subject above. My previous questions e.g. did not satisfy. Thanks for help? Regards. Ema--or (talk) 23:54, 25 February 2021 (UTC)

@Ema--or: I couldn't find a Mansigh article. Generally, you can explain your edits on the talk page for the article where you made the edit. With regard to apologies, as explained to you at Help, if you have made an inappropriate edit the best course of action is often to learn from your mistake and move on. Butwhatdoiknow (talk) 15:49, 2 March 2021 (UTC)

Disambiguating "Bhrama"Edit

Bhrama (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)

I would edit the current redirect myself and turn it into a DAB, except i have no idea how to phrase it.

Or i suppose a hatnote at Brahma might work, but i don't know if that's indeed a common typo which would deserve direct access instead of the Bhrama (Hinduism) article.

Maybe even a 3rd approach, changing the redirect to go to the only article that matches the term as spelled out, and add a hatnote there towards Brahma.

And now i really can't decide which of those three should be the result. :-| Hope y'all have a better time with these. -- (talk) 02:15, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

  Done. I changed Bhrama to point to Bhrama (Hinduism), and I added a hatnote to Bhrama (Hinduism) that says "This article is about a Hindu concept. For the Hindu god of creation, see Brahma." Feel free to adjust if needed. –Novem Linguae (talk) 03:33, 1 March 2021 (UTC)


Seeking some assistance finalising the article Draft:SysCAD for submission (chemical process engineering software). Please let me know if you would be available to review. DanMunchie (talk) 12:38, 2 March 2021 (UTC)

Page needs a rewriteEdit,_Ontario) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:18, 2 March 2021 (UTC)

I reverted to a revision from before the conflict of interest editing. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. –Novem Linguae (talk) 22:41, 2 March 2021 (UTC)