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Editor Assistance: Requests
  • The description of the issue with which you need help should be concise and neutral.
  • If you are asking about an article that was deleted, please provide the exact title so that we can check the deletion log.
  • Please avoid copying large quantities of article text to this page.
  • Remember to sign your posts.
  • Please click here to post your request. As always, please do not include an e-mail address or other private details.
  • Discussions related to content disputes might better be addressed at the dispute resolution noticeboard.
  • If you would like quick access to some advice for the most common questions and issues, this can be found in the Editor Assistance FAQ.
  • Resolved, stale and other old discussions are archived, but if you need to return to an archived discussion, you can start a new section and note the old discussion. You may search old discussions using the search box in the Previous requests & responses section adjacent to this pages contents index.
  • Assistants: Please tag old requests using the appropriate templates, e.g. resolved, answered, unclear, unresolved, stale, moved or stuck, after approximately five to seven days of inactivity. These templates and notes on their usage may be found at Template:Ear/doc. A thread can be archived after being tagged for two days.


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First Edit Advice/Direction?[edit]

Hiya hivemind-

I would like advice on how to go about my first edit on Wikipedia. I am an assistant to illustrator Rebecca Guay and after looking at her wiki page I'd like to start by updating her bio picture, which is four years old. Since I work with her, I will of course use a photo approved by her, but I have no idea how to go about validating myself first to get to this edit.

Any advice or direction is appreciated!

NudgyDragon (talk) 16:51, 13 January 2015 (UTC)NudgyDragon

Incorrect 'Largest Metro' on 'Ohio' state article[edit]


The main 'Ohio' article incorrectly lists the largest metro area of the state as Cleveland, with a footnote addressing the fact that this is not technically true. The largest metropolitan area in Ohio by a significant margin is Cincinnati. Cincinnati should be listed as the largest metropolitan area in the main menu of this article. If a footnote is included, it should be to address the fact that Cincinnati's metropolitan region spills into 2 bordering states and that Cleveland is simply the largest metropolitan area that doesn't spread into bordering states - the current menu/footnote is misleading and unfairly favors the Cleveland metropolitan area.[1]

This forum is to provide advice on how to edit Wikipedia, not to edit it on your behalf. Either make the desired edits yourself, if you can document them via reliable inline references as defined by Wikipedia, or request them on the article talk page. Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 20:54, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

The Ohio article is not available for public editing, which is how I came to be directed to this forum. If any more definitive direction could be provided to help to address this issue, that would be most appreciated.
You may either create an account and edit the article or post the request on the article talk page using the {{edit semi-protected}} template. Click the "Talk" link at the top of the article, then click the "New section" link at the top of the page that comes up. Give your request an appropriate, brief section name, then put the template on a line by itself followed by your request, and sign it with four tildes. Like this:
{{edit semi-protected}}
Your request. — ~~~~
Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 14:19, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

How to remove banners[edit]

I am Jay Gruska's assistant, and have been working on his Wiki page. How can I get the copy edit and formatting banners removed from his page? I have reformatted the page and handled some copy editing. Any pointers on how better to format/edit would be appreciated! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jademusicjg (talkcontribs) 19:52, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia strongly discourages individuals and their employees editing their own articles. (Click that link for details.) The changes you desire should be requested on the article talk page using the {{request edit}} template and left for other editors to resolve. Such resolution may be refused or may be pending for a long time. Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 14:25, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Maps on Featured Articles[edit]

Hi - wondering if someone can provide some advice. The British Empire article is a featured article, and obviously as such went through a lengthy review process to ensure it's all reliably sourced with no original research etc. The problem is that the headline map [2] is stored on Wikimedia Commons, where contributors have free reign to add whatever territory they see fit based on their own original research, running roughshod over all of Wikipedia's policies. To make matters worse, noone who is watching the British Empire page notices the changes to the image, because, being a Commons matter, they don't show up in the WP article edit history. Are there any guidelines here on how to deal with this, and is there a way to link to a specific version of the image so at least it's obvious in the B.E. article history if a change was made? Thanks! The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick t 22:57, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Why not just have a separate version of the file on Wikipedia? Then you could watchlist it here and place a {{keep local}} tag on it to prevent it from being moved to Commons. Gnome de plume (talk) 14:28, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
Didn't realize that was possible. Thanks! The Red Hat of Pat Ferrick t 00:01, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Rewrite of OIKOS Software article for submission[edit]

Please see above reference. I need a rewrite of the content to make it Wiki acceptable using reliable references. We used an outside source to write the article. The outside source still cannot get this published properly and it has been many many months.

Can we get a Wikipedian to help?

JaniceLeahy (talk) 13:39, 20 January 2015 (UTC)J LeahyJaniceLeahy (talk) 13:39, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Who is "we"? --Orange Mike | Talk 18:55, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Hi Orangemike - 'We' is OIKOS Software. The company hired an outside source to write the WIKI submission. The outside source has been trying to get the WIKI submission approved (after deletion) for months. Now they are radio silent. OIKOS Software would appreciate how to get this corrected and published. OIKOS Software received an email from a person claiming to be a WIKIpedian and said they could assist us with this file deletion. But when we asked for references or some other kind of validation of who they were (like WIKI does), that individual went radio silent. So, I figured I would go onto Wikipedia and try to locate a person who can help us. (talk) 19:25, 21 January 2015 (UTC)J Leahy50.169.100.55 (talk) 19:25, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Henryk Dobrzański[edit]

Henryk Dobrzański

Hello, with respect to the entry under the heading Death and legacy 'In 1949, Dobrzański's son, Ludwik, emigrated to England and became a property developer. He died in 1990 (December 15), in the town of Bedford'. Is anyone able to provide proof or verification that this is 100% factual please, i.e. was Ludwik indeed Hubal's son? Many Thanks (talk) 13:25, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

You'd be better off asking this question at the reference desk, since Editor Assistance is for advice on how to edit the encyclopedia whereas the reference desk is for seeking information about the subjects the encyclopedia covers. Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 15:10, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Many thanks for the steer in the right direction TransporterMan. (talk) 15:20, 21 January 2015 (UTC)


User SirThomasMoreLikeIt came to my attention when he edited Rochester Cathedral inserting the former denomination as Roman Catholic. Two points here: Roman Catholic is a redirect to Catholic Church, and the term Roman Catholic is a post-Reformation term. Prior to the English Reformation (1532 – 1559) the usual term would have been "the Church", or "the Catholic Church " in contradistinction to Orthodoxy. I corrected these two issues as gently as I could, see [3]. I noticed (from the redlinks) that the user had created neither user page nor talk page. The contribution list is interesting though: the first edit was today and seems to have been created for the single purpose of making this change. Indeed, apart from a couple of changes from "Anglicanism" to "Church of England" that's all that the user has done.

My first thought was to go through the list correcting it, but that starts to look like a personal attack particularly in those instances where it would have been a simple reversion (eg [4]). I did consider writing up the issue on the user's talk page, but this behaviour is atypical and inexperienced - would the user read a talk page? I'm also a little concerned that this behaviour is bordering of the sectarian ("those protestants sole our churches" or similar) and so needs to be handled sensitively. Rather that create conflict I thought it best to seek advice on how to proceed: hence this request. Martin of Sheffield (talk) 23:26, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

I see what you mean - a perhaps looming and continuing problem here ? Looking at the edit history it does seem that the editor has a particular angle to push, even if in good faith. I can't see why adding a 'Previous denomination' here is useful, when most churches changed denomination in the 16th century - do we go though them all and add this for consistency ? If denomination change was recent, or had historical importance specific to the church, then there could be an excuse, but (beginning?) a mass change - No. I think the editor would get tired of that job anyway. A constructive word on the user's Talk could be helpful. You could also revert with a "See Talk Page" starting the edit summary, then add a pro-forma reason on each church Talk. The other option is to keep a watching brief to see if this continues. Acabashi (talk) 03:22, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your intervention on his talk page (at Churches). I've also followed it up with an explanation, he seems to have taken some of it on board (Catholic, not Roman Catholic) but still seems to want to press on. I'll also keep an eye out for the technical issue of avoiding redirects. I've put this note here for completeness in case other editors read it, any further matters I'll move to your or his talk pages. Regards, Martin of Sheffield (talk) 14:11, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh[edit]

I don't know where to post the notification of this apparent error, so here will have to do (sorry if incorrect).

You have two differing dates for the birthday of this person. Obviously, one is incorrect. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:45, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Copied to article talk page. — TransporterMan (TALK) 13:57, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Possible Harassment i.e. Inappropriate Talk Section[edit]

On 17 January 2015 I went to the Teahouse to get advice on how to deal with what I feel could be considered "harassment", and may be against WP:FORUM guidelines, on the talk page of an article I have been working on Gun show loophole Section Entitled: Simple question for Darknipples since it insists on the existence of the Gunshow Loophole. When I posted a request on the article's talk page for deletion of the section, since it still makes me very uncomfortable, other editors objected. I reached out to IP editor that posted this section and asked for them to respond, which they have not done. I went back to the Teahouse recently and someone there suggested taking it to a "dark place" called WP:AN/I. I'm not sure I want to do that. Please help. Darknipples (talk) 20:22, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

The IP user's comment was posted on October 11, 2014. It was the last edit made by that user. You replied three months later. I suspect that by that time the IP editor had long forgotten about his/her comment. His/her unresponsiveness can be safely attributed to his/her no longer monitoring either the talk page of the article, or his/her own talk page. The best course of action would be to either produce a meaningful response to the concerns raised by the IP editor on the article's talk page, or to forget about them; attempting to have the IP editor's message censored is a waste of time, and will only serve to bring more attention to said message than it deserves. Iaritmioawp (talk) 22:01, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

@Iaritmioawp:, thanks for the quick response. I have responded on the talk page, but this section calls me out directly and tries to make me look like a fool in front of everyone, and will seemingly do so as long as the article exists. I am tempted to try using WP:AN/I at this point, if I have no other recourse. What if this editor comes back and posts more WP:HA sections on the talk page aimed at me? Thanks again for your advice. Darknipples (talk) 22:46, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

I removed it. We'll see how things go, and as my edit summary stated, I will ask for assistance at WP:AE if it is restored. Johnuniq (talk) 00:42, 29 January 2015 (UTC)