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September 22Edit

How to edit wikepediaEdit

Wikepedia is giving wrong information about battle of chamkor. So it’s should be corrected. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ArmaanBhangu (talkcontribs) 03:15, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Hi @ArmaanBhangu, and thank you for using the help desk! The contribution you want to add currently needs reliable sources. I left a message on your talk page with more information. Happy editing! ––FormalDude talk 03:22, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Edit war on 2021 California gubernatorial recall electionEdit


There has been an edit war going on at the 2021 California gubernatorial recall election article involving the user LéKashmiriSocialiste who has made nine reverts in the last 24 hours. I'm not sure of the proper procedure. Thanks, David O. Johnson (talk) 03:25, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@David O. Johnson: How many times have they reverted the same content? If they were each their own revert, they probably haven't violated any rules. But if they are edit warring and reverting the same thing, they can only do that a maximum of three times in any twenty four hour period. ––FormalDude talk 03:34, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@David O. Johnson:I'd better you take a look of User:Scribetastic, who keep attacking others during the edit... Pavlov2 (talk) 03:43, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
That is a stellar article. scope_creepTalk 16:49, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Deaths in BaseballEdit

Can you fix the error i made on article i made please. (talk) 04:00, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

IP editor, please tell us what sort of mistake you made.--Quisqualis (talk) 04:05, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  Fixed! I noticed the error you made in the reference in the 2021 in baseball#Deaths section. At first I just fixed the |url= field, but then I replaced the entire reference with the original article from The Fresno Bee. Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 04:18, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Information about my fatherEdit

Hello! I would like to send you additional information about my father. I would prefer if one of your editors adds it but I would like to know if I can get in touch with someone about this. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:985:1dce:1:d51e:90f2:5378:2787 (talk) 15:53, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Use the Talk page of the article about your father to suggest edits. -Roxy the sceptical dog. wooF 16:15, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
You can also use the Wikipedia:Edit Request Wizard. Please include reliable published sources if you can. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 17:03, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Thanks for wanting to help. However, please be aware that we are not a typical Encyclopedia with a paid editorial staff who can check facts. Instead, we have about 100,000 active volunteer editors who operate in a chaotic fashion with no centralized oversight. Therefore, we have no mechanism for accepting non-published information from you about your father. We must rely exclusively on information that has already been published in reliable sources. If you can point us to such sources (e.g., books, newspapers, and many Web sites), then we can put the information into the article. -Arch dude (talk) 18:15, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Harv errorEdit

Hi Folks!! I have reference on the Draft:Republic of Indonesia in the National Revolution that is stating Harv error: linked from CITEREFHatta2011. I've had a mess about with the dates and put a refend tag in, that was missing, but can't see what is up with it. When you click on ref 15, it click onto it now, so the linking structure is there, but the warning still comes up. Thanks. scope_creepTalk 16:45, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

References that are used in the article text are not 'further reading'. §Further reading should hold only references to further reading. Consider moving the non-further-reading references into §Bibliography.
And, sort of related, I have a hard time imagining that 'TNI' (Tentara Nasional Indonesia according to TNI) is the surname of Markas Besar (which google translate says means 'headquarter'). Don't misuse the |last= and |first= parameters in cs1|2 templates. Unless an actual author can be named, I would rewrite that {{cite book}} template this way:
{{cite book |title=Sejarah TNI Jilid I (1945–1949) |publisher=Pusat Sejarah Dan Tradisi TNI |location=Jakarta |date=2000 |isbn=979-9421-01-2 |ref={{sfnref|TNI|2000}}}}
Sejarah TNI Jilid I (1945–1949). Jakarta: Pusat Sejarah Dan Tradisi TNI. 2000. ISBN 979-9421-01-2.
Trappist the monk (talk) 18:50, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Christopher AshleyEdit

I need to edit the top line of Christopher Ashley's entry which now reads "Christopher Ashley (born July 6, 1964) is an American stage director. Since 2007, he has been the artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse.[1]" How do I do that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chrashley (talkcontribs)

By making a request on the talk page, providing sources which support the edits you want made.A little blue Bori v^_^v Jéské Couriano 18:30, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Chrashley: I reverted your edits to the Christopher Ashley article because you replaced all the sourced information with unsourced information. If you are Mr. Ashley or are affiliated with him, you should declare your conflict of interest on your talk page and follow the advice Jéské Couriano provided above to request edits on Talk:Christopher Ashley (or use the Wikipedia:Edit Request Wizard. If you are not, then I suggest picking a new username to avoid confusion. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 18:51, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Unfortunately they've become seriously disruptive, ignoring talk page messages and warnings. They are also claiming to be Christopher Ashley. And apparently posting as an IP, on top of all that. Wikignome Wintergreentalk 20:16, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
and they've been blocked. Mjroots (talk) 06:55, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

History of street lighting in the United States Edit

I'm trying to stop a spam user from removing illustrations that go inside with the article it goes with. How do i go about reporting this person? he has 3 different accounts that he uses to spam and report users that fix the vandalism issues. Please help me and let me know what to do. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Haskinben7 (talkcontribs)

@Haskinben7: Accusing users of sock puppetry is a pretty serious thing. Which three users are you accusing of being socks? (As one of the users who has reverted your edits, I presume you mean me as one of the socks.) You could consider the fact that multiple different users disagree with your preferred version of the page, which is why you have now been reported at WP:3RRN. WikiDan61ChatMe!ReadMe!! 20:56, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Haskinben7:, you have accused other editors of sock puppetry, vandalism, and spam. Sock puppetry is at least conceivable here, though you have provided no evidence (and I can find none). But "vandalism"? And "spam"? I don't think you even know what the words mean. Maproom (talk) 21:34, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

[nonadmin note]Haskinben7 has been indefinitely blocked, and has stated their intention to leave Wikipedia. Larry/Traveling_Man (talk) 22:51, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

  • As an uninvolved editor, I find that the edits by User:Haskiben7 were completely justly reverted. Inclusion of detail of every kind of street light in the United States is needless trivia and only serves to clutter up the article. JIP | Talk 01:33, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]


Can you help make this page by searching using Google

Your sources are unacceptable, so the answer to that is "No, and disclose." —A little blue Bori v^_^v Jéské Couriano 23:36, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Please read WP:AMOUNT and WP:BAND. A subject must be notable to have a Wikipedia article. A Draft article will not be indexed by Google. -Arch dude (talk) 02:06, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

September 23Edit

non-sexist language for back when all competitors were men?Edit

Some articles on the early days of the World Chess Championship use sexist language. For instance World_Chess_Championship#Official_champions_before_FIDE_(1886–1946) says: "if a player thought he was strong enough, he (or his friends) would find financial backing for a match purse and challenge the reigning world champion. If he won, he would become the new champion." Now due to a variety of reasons no woman challenged for the world championship or even came close to doing so during that era. (The first instance of a woman even seriously competing near the top level seems to be Vera Menchik in 1929, she was probably in the top 100 in the world, but not close to being a world championship challenger). But still, the language "grates" for me. And in chess (unlike many physical sports), a female world champion challenger was (and is) at least a theoretical possibility.

So my question: is it appropriate to change "he/his" to "they/their" in the sentence above, even though it is about 1886-1946 when all the people it refers to were men? Adpete (talk) 00:10, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

I'd say changing to singular they is the best approach when talking about unknown individuals (such as the competitors of a sport, or the players of a game), so changing here would be appropriate. You will find many a editors who are against using singular they, though, especially in this context. My advice is to be bold and change it; you might be reverted, and then will have to discuss with the editors and see if people agree with the change. Isabelle 🔔 00:17, 23 September 2021 (UTC) P.S.: I'd advice not calling editors "sexist" though, or the language they might've used or still use. Isabelle 🔔 00:18, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
IMO, if and when a female challenger arises, that would be the time to change the language. Until then, it's been 100% male, so why obfuscate? Political correctness should only go so far. Clarityfiend (talk) 04:08, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
I mildly disagree with Clarityfiend. Cf's point may be valid when stating what did happen: all the contenders were male. But Adpete is considering text about what might have happened. There might have been a female challenger to Morphy (sure, there wasn't), and the explanation of the process should use gender-neutral language. Maproom (talk) 07:26, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
I think the problem is mainly solved by a rephrase. Here is an edit I did to another article: "matches were privately organized between the champion and challenger, and the challenger became the new World Champion if he won." [1] By moving the mention of issuing the challenge to elsewhere, it now doesn't use the pronoun until it refers to actual challengers (rather than potential challengers), where I think "he" is ok, and in fact "they" would read a little oddly (again, bearing in mind this is the period 1886–1946). Adpete (talk) 00:57, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

when was the site last updated?Edit

when was the site last updated? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1702:1BC0:27C0:A9E1:3D50:DB6B:5AD7 (talk) 03:27, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

08:24 (UTC) Firefangledfeathers (talk) 03:30, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Wikipedia (the site as a whole) is usually being updated several times per second. Click on the "recent changes" link on the left-had sidebar to see this. To see when a particular article was last updated click on the "view history" tab on the top tab bar of the article. -Arch dude (talk) 07:29, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
The bottom of wiki pages say "This page was last edited on ..." If you want the information to cite Wikipedia then see Wikipedia:Citing Wikipedia. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:40, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
There's an interesting visualization of Wikipedia:Recent changes at that shows when Wikipedia articles are updated (but not talk pages or pages like the Help desk). GoingBatty (talk) 17:15, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Does a method or script to prune my watchlist exist?Edit

I have ~2500 pages on my Watchlist and it's my main point of entrance to Wikipedia. There is another user who is very active on Wikipedia using the AutoWikiBrowser and adds/edits categories a lot. This is great, the work they do is great! However, my Watchlist often fills up with their edits that can't be excluded with any of the checkboxes that the Watchlist tool has available, to the best of my knowledge. I have the "page categorization" box checked, but it doesn't catch these.

I'd like to know if there's a way to either 1) not see edits made by this user, or 2) not see edits made using AutoWikiBrowser. I saw this discussion from a while ago which indicates that this is maybe a thing that could be scripted, but I am not a scripter and I'm not sure where I'd look for such a thing (and that link is long since dead). Any suggestions? My goal is to make my Watchlist more manageable by cutting about 75% of the AutoWikiBrowser edits made by this person. The person is doing a great job and I don't want to otherwise curtail their work, just slim down my Watchlist. Thanks for any advice. Jessamyn (talk) 03:46, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Jessamyn: The table at Wikipedia:User_scripts/List#Watchlist describes several scripts that tweak the watchlist display. User:Evad37/Watchlist-hideAWB may be the one you need. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:48, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Thank you, appreciate the help. Jessamyn (talk) 15:32, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@John of Reading: That was exactly perfect, thanks so much! Jessamyn (talk) 15:36, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Remove "Draft:" from the title of a pageEdit

I created a page and it has "draft:" in front of the page title and I'm not sure how to fix it. Can anyone help with this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by AuzburgerWRM (talkcontribs) 06:39, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

You would need to take the article to WP:AFC, but the draft in its current form would have little chance of being accepted into mainspace. It's almost entirely sourced to primary sources, and is very promotional. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 06:47, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  Courtesy link: Draft:Holland Healthcare Inc. GoingBatty (talk) 17:21, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@AuzburgerWRM: If you work for Holland Healthcare or have any other conflict of interest, you must declare it on your talk page. Also see WP:NCORP, Help:Your first article, and WP:SURNAME. GoingBatty (talk) 17:21, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

What is considered published?Edit

Is there a precise definition of publication? There is a speech being given in a few weeks regarding an article I wrote, the Proseminar in Homophile Studies. I have the transcript but will be there anyway to take down quotes, but is a speech given to the public "published", or does the transcript or a recording have to be publicly available too? If it requires a copy to be available, I wonder how to square this with dead links being acceptable. Urve (talk) 10:17, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Urve WP:PUBLISHED and WP:PUBLISH has some words on that. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 12:33, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Thanks. PUBLISHED was not what I was looking for, but PUBLISH was. I'll ask them to transport it to some accessible archives if (eg) posting on YouTube or something makes them uneasy. Urve (talk) 12:38, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Why did FormalDude undo my edit on Lewis (given name) and call it "unconstructive"?Edit

I'm autistic. It gives me trauma to see blue links on nationality names. Not only that, but it violates Wikipedia's rules of over-linking. --2A01:36D:1200:4530:B031:9D3D:4BB2:639C (talk) 10:22, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

I've left a message on their talkpage, as it also violates the manual of style for DAB pages, which says there should only be one link per line. Looks like someone else is fixing that on rest of the entries on Lewis (given name). Joseph2302 (talk) 10:29, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
(ec) Your edit was fine and in agreement with MOS:OVERLINK, specifically nationalities. In fact, I've gone further and removed more links and shortened descriptions. I don't agree that name lists must follow dab page guidelines, but the fewer bluelinks per person, the better. Clarityfiend (talk) 10:33, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
I'm sorry for causing any trauma. Obviously this was my mistake. Thanks for fixing. ––FormalDude talk 10:37, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

How to revert back two versionsEdit

I found a page with two sets of vandalism, now two years old of more. How do I revert both? Uporządnicki (talk) 13:40, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Never mind; I found it. Should'a looked first, sorry!Uporządnicki (talk) 13:44, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Uporządnicki, if you want to do this regularly you could look at Wikipedia:Cleaning up vandalism/Tools. (Perhaps you just did.) TSventon (talk) 13:48, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

artical creation..???Edit

how to create an artical on wikipedia??? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wikindia777 (talkcontribs) 13:58, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

You'll find advice at WP:Your first article. You'll also need to improve your spelling. - David Biddulph (talk) 14:04, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Hello, Wikindia777. If somebody said "I've just starting being a builder, will somebody tell me how to build a house?", most people would answer "First, spend a few years learning the building trade". A Wikipedia article isn't as big and complicated as a house, but it's much more difficult than it first appears, and most editors who try it before they have learnt how Wikipedia works have a frustrating time. I strongly advise you to spend a few months improving some of our six million existing articles and learning how Wikipedia works before you try this. --ColinFine (talk) 15:13, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

A 2O neededEdit

Hello, I'd appreciate it if someone could have a look over the image dispute at Insulate Britain protests? I'm not convinced by the uploader's explanation for the images, but am also not the most familiar regarding image copyright rules. Thanks, Pahunkat (talk) 16:53, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

What dispute? There is nothing at Talk:Insulate_Britain_protests. Don't engage in an edit war. If you have a copyright question you can ask at WP:MCQ RudolfRed (talk) 17:31, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
The questions seem to be on another user's talkpage. I have tagged some of the images on Commons for speedy deletion, as they are blatant copies of images from other sources. But apparently someone on Commons has reverted it.... They're obviously just copying images off Getty and newspapers, but it's Commons' problem to delete them. I'm not getting involved anymore, when idiots on Commons won't speedy delete them. Joseph2302 (talk) 17:40, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Google index not doneEdit

Hi I have created one article on Wikipedia: India Data Portal. But I cannot find this on google search. Please write to me why I am not seein this article in Goohle search.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Pramit4isb (talkcontribs)

Because there is a 30-day or NPP grace period on that, whichever comes first. This is intentional and is designed to blunt SEO. —A little blue Bori v^_^v Jéské Couriano 18:11, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
It's actually 90 days, or until it's reviewed. But this article looks like promotional spam anyway. Joseph2302 (talk) 18:20, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
And I'm pretty sure the user also needs to make a WP:Paid editing disclosure, looking at their username. Joseph2302 (talk) 18:21, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

"Best known for"Edit

Hi, is there a policy or a consensus around the use of the language "best known for" in biographies? I am pretty sure that I saw something at some point but I can't find it for the life of me. Thanks. JBchrch talk 18:26, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Not answering your question directly, but the phrase does crop up in a sock farm at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Best known for IP and a long-term abuser at Wikipedia:Long-term abuse/Best known for IP. - David Biddulph (talk) 19:41, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
I don't know about policy or consensus directly commenting on the issue, but I think it's very POV language. At minimum I usually take out the "best". DonIago (talk) 20:10, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Check the source first (often there is none), and if it says "Best known for," then use it. BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 20:33, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

How to track a rename requestEdit

Hello! So I put in a rename request using the one that requires a confirmed email and I"m wondering if there's anyway I can track it's status. If not would it be acceptable for me to make a new request at WP:CHU/SBlaze The WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#0001 18:30, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Hello I am Xavier Tassin creator of GeoFs flight simulator,Edit

I just wanted to say it will not let me edit my own information, correction it will, but it deletes it why, I have all the citations right, the change was made to the page about my game GeoFs web-page, and I said my new callsighn was Xavier001 so there would be no misconception among my fans yours sincerely Xavier Tassin, GeoFs creator ceo — Preceding unsigned comment added by Xavier Tassin (talkcontribs) 22:16, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Xavier Tassin, Wikipedia is not a venue for communicating with fans like on social media. It's just an online encyclopedia.--Quisqualis (talk) 00:31, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Xavier Tassin: Hi there! As creator of GeoFS, you have a conflict of interest (COI) with editing the Wikipedia article GeoFS. You should declare your COI on your user page, and not directly edit the article. Instead, you may suggest improvements on the article talk page, or use the Wikipedia:Edit Request Wizard. Be sure to include reliable published sources, if possible. Hope this helps, and happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 02:03, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

An old Wiki page that is gone?Edit

There used to be a wonderful Wiki page for Holly Ornstein Carter. Can it be reinstated? — Preceding unsigned comment added by HollyBYkids (talkcontribs) 22:31, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@HollyBYkids: Greetings, and welcome. I'm not finding a past or present article or draft, wonderful or otherwise, on Holly Ornstein Carter. The article Holly Carter exists, but this is about a different person from the executive director of BYkids to which I presume you are referring. I'm not an administrator and therefore do not have access to deleted content, but if the article had existed in some form, there's a good chance I could still find evidence that it had once existed, but I'm coming up empty. --Finngall talk 23:59, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@HollyBYkids: I'm an administrator and haven't found signs of such a page. The closest title match I can find in deleted articles is the unrelated Olly Carter. There was an article at BYKids which mentioned her a single day in 2017. Another article without the mention was deleted in 2019. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:08, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@HollyBYkids: To answer the original question with respect to BYKids, as the most recent incarnation of the article was deleted per WP:PROD, it could theoretically be undeleted by request at the appropriate noticeboard, but this wouldn't exempt it from being nominated for deletion by a more formal process if others feel that BYKids doesn't meet our notability standards for organizations. Further, there was a suspicion raised back then that the article creator was connected with the organization--we strongly discourage editing by people with such a connection for conflict of interest reasons. I hope this helps. --Finngall talk 00:38, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

September 24Edit

Assault Pistol - pageEdit

Never created a wikipedia page before, I have great knowledge on the technical specs in all aspects of firearms,I no longer study or do gunsmithing, just a red seal carpenter now, but have a vast knowledge in them, as well as tracking and hunting which I do not do anymore either, going to teach me about that to?

I thought wiki wanted facts? I found the page blank with a forwarding link. The Beretta Px4 is a pistol adding a shoulder stock and a high a capacity magazine makes a Beretta Cx4 assault pistol not a carbine. A carbine is a short barrelled rifle that is chambered for rifle rounds or a rifle short or long barreled chambered for hot pistol rounds aka carbine loads. The Beretta Cx4 is designed for standard pistol rounds not hot rounds, therefor is is not a carbine but a semi-automatic assault pistol.

Now I get crapped on for trying to correct something, then some tool says go play in the sand box, threaten to be banned from something I never joined, but sent money to in the past? I now know I wasted my money and you are likely never to get another dime.

Then why not just lock certain pages from editing? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:42, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Donations have nothing to do with editing the encyclopedia, and any donations you made are not linked to your account. Discuss the changes you want to make at the article's talk page. RudolfRed (talk) 01:49, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
No editor here is permitted to write an article entirely based on their own beliefs and experiences. The content you used to replace the redirect lacked any citation of reliable sources and was clearly based entirely on your own opinions and knowledge. This is called original research and is not permitted here. General Ization Talk 01:57, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
The final warning you received pertained to your edits at Beretta Cx4 Storm, which you persistently reasserted even after being reverted by another editor. It was not the result of your edits at Assault pistol, although those edits were also reverted for the reason I explained above. General Ization Talk 02:04, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
The sandbox post said: "If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox". The blue text sandbox is a link. Sandbox (software development) is a standard term in computing. It's not demeaning if that's what you think. I'm an administrator here and have several sandboxes. PrimeHunter (talk) 02:09, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Hi there! Creating a new article is one of the hardest things to do on Wikipedia. Just as it takes lots of shooting practice before you can hit a bullseye regularly, it takes lots of editing practice before you can be successful with a new article. There is a lot of good information at Help:Introduction, Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Adventure, and Help:Your first article. Hope this helps, and happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 02:12, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Please read On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog. Your claims of expertise mean nothing here. What matters is your ability to neutrally summarize what reliable published sources say about a topic. "I am a brain surgeon. I am a rocket scientist. I have a PhD in Ancient Egyptian archeology. I am an expert in primate skulls. I know who killed Jimmy Hoffa!" Nobody cares. We care only about your ability to summarize what published reliable sources say, and nothing else. Nothing other than that. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 05:23, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
WP:Expert editors may be of help to you. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 10:40, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

My first draft, what should i do next?Edit

Hello, i just finished my article, it is saved as a draft and i can see it. Now i can't find any button or a way to send my draft to editors for publishing... what should i do?

Another question: How long should i wait to hear back from editors? will they email me? or will they send me a message via my wikipedia account? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Amirabbasj (talkcontribs) 07:28, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

You mean Draft:Tellor (Blockchain), Amirabbasj? If so, the first thing to do would be to comment, in Draft talk:Tellor (Blockchain), on Theroadislong's suggestion that this draft was written for payment. Then you follow the other suggestions. When you think the draft is good enough to be an article, you can submit it for consideration as an article; it will be rejected (which means "Stop"), declined (which means "Keep on working at it"), or accepted. You'll learn of the result from a message on User talk:Amirabbasj. -- Hoary (talk) 07:44, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
You need to read Wikipedia's definition of notability. You will need to demonstrate significant coverage in multiple published reliable sources independent of the subject. --David Biddulph (talk) 07:47, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Thank for your answer Hoary, i can see Theroadislong's comment. But i cant find a way to reply. how can i do that? (Sorry for my basic question. im very new to wikipedia and don't really know how it works) Amirabbasj (talk) 09:32, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Hoary gave you a link to Draft talk:Tellor (Blockchain). Type in there, and sign your comments. --David Biddulph (talk) 09:35, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]


Dear usedtobecool You answered my questions from your help page as a sponsor I'm guessing and I don't know how to reply to you directly. I would like my fiancé's name Stan Shaffer left in not deleted! He is my late fiancé. The person who probably has been messing with page is my estranged sister who also paid for two violent home robberies and had ALL my past stolen including newspaper clippings, magazine articles and books I am in etc. I am told to make my page accurate, which it is not right now, to do another interview with an accredited journalist. Also I can send you my version of my life with the right timelines and updates. For example if you get a copy of Stan Shaffer's book on, say ebay, you will find that I edited it [ just the pictures] and am in it and it mentions all sorts of influential people in my life like Andy Warhol. Look up Louise Robey music and my "Anthology 1979-2009" is included. All this I want added please. There is so much more so what is the best way to proceed? Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by LokiOttawa (talkcontribs) 10:32, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

LokiOttawa, wikipedia doesn't particularly mind what you say about yourself, it cares about secondary sources, and what they mention about you. If you edited a book, then we can't confirm the information is reliable. You should also not edit a page you have a conflict of interest in, specifically about yourself, you should instead comment on the talk page on the article. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 14:24, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Usedtobecool: Courtesy ping. GoingBatty (talk) 14:49, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Seeing total number of edits on an articleEdit

Is there a way to see the total number of edits on any given article? Greg Dahlen (talk) 12:51, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Hi Greg Dahlen, on any article you can click the "View history" tab, then click on "Page statistics". That will bring you to an XTools page with the total edits and other interesting statistics about the article. DanCherek (talk) 12:57, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]


Why do articles in wikipedia.en appear automatically in Norwegian om my machine (not so on my mobile!? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kåefff (talkcontribs) 13:17, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@Kåefff: If you see Norwegian here at then your browser probably makes machine translation, maybe with Google Toolbar. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:51, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Help with EasyTimelineEdit

Only have basic knowledge of the EasyTimeline format. Is there a way to move the legend portion of this timeline further to the right to avoid obscuring the information there? SuperWIKI (talk) 14:12, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@SuperWIKI: There may be a "correct" way to do this, but for now, just extend the timeline to 2020 (or maybe 2030?). This seems to have worked for your second timeline. -Arch dude (talk) 14:28, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Arch dude: Until someone can find a proper solution, this'll do for now. Thanks! SuperWIKI (talk) 14:33, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Noticeboard for WP:SOAP?Edit

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign page has a number of problems, primarily that almost all of it's sources are a it's own website or electronic intifada which has been deemed unreliable.

I know of the existence of the Fringe Theories and NPOV noticeboards. But is there a noticeboard for WP:SOAP, or some other noticeboard for pages with generic or multiple problems where I can reach out for some help fixing this page?

-- Bob drobbs (talk) 17:33, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

I see you've tagged the article. That's a good start. You might consider looking for better sources, and if you want to confirm that some are unreliable, you can post at WP:RSN. If there are indeed unreliable, they can be removed and replaced with the citations needed template {{cn|date=}}. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 18:46, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Bob drobbs: You might also like to use the template {{Primary source inline|plural=yes}} which renders (after an existing possibly reliable primary source) as [non-primary sources needed] Mike Turnbull (talk) 21:10, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

question relating to an existing page in Dutch ('Hélène Passtoors)Edit


Wikipedia features a good page on "Hélène Passtoors" [2], and I feel that it is worth translating this page in English for a broader audience that may be interested. Given that the page already exists in one language, how does one go about to transpose it into English.

thanks for your assistance, Jan Vanheukelom

Vanheukelom2.0 (talk)

@Vanheukelom2.0: Welcome to Wikipedia and thanks for wanting to add to it. Check out WP:TRANSLATE for guidance on translating the article, including the attribution requirements. RudolfRed (talk) 19:36, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Vanheukelom2.0: Wikipedia:Translation mentions that en Wikipedia articles have to meet our notability criteria. It is generally worth checking this before starting work on a new article. TSventon (talk) 19:53, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
And, if the article is a biography of a living or recently-departed person, familiarising yourself with biographical requirements. —A little blue Bori v^_^v Jéské Couriano 21:46, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Template editors help neededEdit

Hi everyone, I've recently found a number of infoboxes where {{Switcher}} has been used to show maps. But it has this absurd limitation, where you can't give individual pictures/ maps with an appropriate caption. I wish to use it somewhere, but I can't due to this limitation.

For example, let's look at the maps at France infobox. There's a caption reading, "Location of France (dark green)", but it makes no sense if the reader selects "Show map of French overseas territories", which uses red color to denote French territory.

Thanks! ---CX Zoom(he/him) (let's talk|contribs) 19:39, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

@CX Zoom: I made {{Switcher}}. There is no such limitation. Just place what you want in the parameter. Below I changed [[File:France in the World (+Antarctica claims).svg|frameless]] to [[File:France in the World (+Antarctica claims).svg|thumb|none|French overseas territories in red]]. If you mean that you want to simultaneously change something before and after the radio buttons when a button is selected then it's not possible with the script (MediaWiki:Gadget-switcher.js) the template uses. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:30, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]
French overseas territories in red

Converting 18th century English pounds into today's American dollars + inflationEdit

I'm in the middle of a GAN and need help converting 18th century English pounds into today's American dollars. The David Hall (printer) article says, Franklin sold the business to Hall for £18,000 (equivalent to £2,845,608 in 2019)) of which £1,000 (equivalent to £158,089 in 2019) was to be paid by Hall annually for 18 years to buy out Franklin's share of the business. The reviewer has requested, "£2,845,608" probably nearest £1000 and then convert to $ for your brethren. + Similar for the next inflated figure. Can a knowledgeable editor edit the article accordingly using the correct template(s). Thanks.--Doug Coldwell (talk) 20:11, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

September 25Edit

Fair useEdit

a photo of a mural, public art, was removed from the artist's page. How can I reverse this. — Preceding unsigned comment added by UBU07 (talkcontribs) 07:34, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[]

  Courtesy link: File:Woman with Bicycle by Knox Martin.jpeg   Maproom (talk) 07:51, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@UBU07: I assume this is about Knox Martin and File:Woman with Bicycle by Knox Martin.jpeg. If so, the file was removed by JJMC89 bot ( a bot) because it was missing the obligatory fair use rationale. However, I am not sure if it would be possible to make a rationale that meets all of the non-free content criteria. In particular, I am not convinced that this picture would meet # 8 and given the fact that there is at least one other non-free picture of his works in that article, it probbably fails # 3a as well. Victor Schmidt (talk) 07:57, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[]


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