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October 27[edit]

Adding sources[edit]

Why do I have to solve a CAPTCHA every time I add a link as an external source? Pcfan500 (talk) 06:58, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

@Pcfan500: I'm 99% sure that it's because your account has not been auto-confirmed yet. Dismas|(talk) 07:39, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Yes, or maybe you want the explanation at Special:Captcha. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:16, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

which is re-usable for another mission: Rockets, Space-Craft or Space Flight?[edit]

Ram nareshji (talk) 07:25, 27 October 2014 (UTC) which is re-usable for another mission: Rockets, Space-Craft or Space Flight? & also tell if space-craft has solar panels so how they reach earth safely & re-usable for next mission? i am going to create a wikipedia article about re-usable space-crafts, that's why i am creating this section.

Soyuz Spacecraft has two solar panels.
Soyuz Spacecraft has two solar panels, so while returning earth, how solar panels will get closed

This page is for asking questions about how to use and edit Wikipedia. I suggest you read our article on reusable spacecraft and ask any further questions at the science reference desk.--Shantavira|feed me 08:57, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
You will also find Soyuz (spacecraft)#Design helpful. -- John of Reading (talk) 11:28, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Margarine - an observation[edit]

Around eleven hours ago, a friend, looking at Wikipedia on a smartphone, pointed out to me that the article margarine was totally empty. I checked on my own smartphone, a different make; and found it was indeed empty. Only the "Mobile" view was affected, the "Desktop" view was normal. Other articles appeared normally in both views. But now, with no intervening edits to the margarine article, it appears normally in my "Mobile" view. Can anyone explain this? Maproom (talk) 08:05, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

FWIW, the mobile page displays as expected on my old Galaxy S2. Rwessel (talk) 13:49, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Edit request at the Gamergate controversy page[edit]

Hi, I wish to edit the talk page of Gamergate controversy, but to my surprise it's been protected, and I do not wish to create an account. I wanted to raise some concerns about sourcing on the page of Milo Yiannopoulos, a figure involved in the controversy, and some of the harassment he allegedly received.-- (talk) 09:34, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

You can request edits to the page by posting at WP:RFED. GB fan 10:11, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Yes. Alternatively, you can research all of the advantages of creating an account, which, among other things, gives you more privacy, not less, than editing from an IP, and auto-confirm the account and edit the article. Robert McClenon (talk) 15:58, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Problem with way biography is ordering itself by first not surname in categories[edit]

Hi, hope someone can help as I'm a bit baffled as to why Prudence Glynn is filing itself under P and not G in the various categories I've placed her in. I've check the persondata again and I did order the name as Glynn, Prudence. Can anyone explain what I need to do to fix this? Many thanks. Libby norman (talk) 09:58, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

There was no {{DEFAULTSORT}} set up. I've fixed that. Dismas|(talk) 10:04, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Thank you so much Dismas. Will remember that in future. Libby norman (talk) 10:06, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

portal de internet[edit]

portal de internet — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:28, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Do you have a question? Perhaps internet portal would help you? Dismas|(talk) 10:29, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Or Portal:Internet or es:Portal (Internet)? PrimeHunter (talk) 11:09, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Soyuz (spacecraft) wikipedia article is wrong please modify it....[edit]

Actually Soyuz T-10 displaying at Nehru Planetarium right now, then how soyuz wikipeda article is showing Status In service in infobox? Ram nareshji (talk) 10:49, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

The reason that the Soyuz (spacecraft) article is showing the status as "in service" is that the Soyuz spacecraft is indeed in service. Soyuz TMA-13M is currently docked to the ISS. --David Biddulph (talk) 10:57, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Yes. They made more than one capsule, one of them is on display and another one is still in service. Britmax (talk) 11:16, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

revision history statistics[edit]

"revision history statistics" link is down,,,,-- (talk) 13:26, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

It's up again. PrimeHunter (talk) 18:29, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: But it is still slow as is the user edit count (contributions > edit count). Also the revision history statistics seems to be missing data from at least October 25 (see e.g. All England Plate) and perhaps subsequent days as well. Is there a location to report these technical glitches and see what the issue is/was?--Wolbo (talk) 00:59, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
The Xtools maintainers ask for reports to be posted at I see you have already posted there. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:48, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter:, Thx, but as you can see they claim it is not their issue because other tools such as 'edits by user' (article > view history > edits by user) show the same problem. The main point is that there does not seem to be a an easily accessible central location where a user can find more info on (perceived) technical issues such as these (or report them). Even the main help page does not have a section dedicated to technical issues. I find that surprising. I spent considerable time trying to find any info on the issue of these tools being down / unresponsive as well as the missing data and still have no idea what the problem was and whether the missing data will be (re-)added. --Wolbo (talk) 12:47, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Technical issues in general are often reported at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical). It isn't always the right place for a given issue but you often get some info or a link to a better place like Bugzilla. See Wikipedia:Bug reports and feature requests. I don't know the best place to report or seek information about the missing data you mention. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:23, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
That indeed seems like the appropriate place to go with questions on technical issues. Unfortunately it is completely non-intuitive for an editor looking for 'technical' and 'help' to go there. The term 'Village pump' provides no intuitive connection whatsoever, it sounds more like a social gathering place. To at least somewhat alleviate this I added a link to Wikipedia:Village pump (technical) on the main Help page. Should be more prominent in my view but it is a start.--Wolbo (talk) 14:57, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Request edit[edit]

Honorable Wikipedia Authorities,

Greetings !

I am an actor called RAHUL SINGH and my wiki profile was created by an over enthusiastic person who probably likes my work but has put several wrong names and figures (including wrong date of birth & film names), and that too without my permission !

With the help of someone, i tried rectifying those mistakes but Wikipedia has undone my corrections.

If wiki wishes to check weather it is ‘’ truly ‘’ me writing to you, we can skype and you will know. The other option is to check me on facebook.

Please let me make corrections and upload facts on the site. If this is not possible please delete the entire page. I have serious objections to wrong information about me, particularly because it’s on such a great and genuine site.

When you completely delete the page, I will then ask a professional to create a new and organized one with facts. It’s a question of my career being represented in the correct light. Please help.

Thank you,

RAHUL SINGH — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sober rsingh (talkcontribs) 13:52, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

If you are aware of errors in the page, we encourage you to report them on the article's talk page. You should give references to reliable published sources where possible (we do not regard Facebook as a reliable source). Then an unbiassed editor is likely to act on your suggestions, and change the article. We strongly discourage people from editing articles about themselves, or from paying agents to do so, as this ofetn leads to biassed articles: see Wikipedia's policy on conflict of interest. Maproom (talk) 14:05, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Questions about searching.[edit]

  1. How do I turn off accepting pluralization? I want to be able to search for pages with "John Hopkins" in them and do *not* want the search to care either way whether "Johns Hopkins" is on the page or not. (So "John Hopkins" -"Johns Hopkins" isn't the answer)
  2. Is there any way to search the text of the pages rather than the way they are rendered (so I can search for "Publisher=John Hopkins" inside the text for a use of a Template)
  3. Is there any way to search for text *only* inside references?
  4. Where should I be asking these questions other than here?Naraht (talk) 14:14, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
  • I refactored your question to use # for an ordered list.
  • If you enable the new search through Preferences → Beta features → New search, then mw:Help:CirrusSearch should help. I'm still learning this myself.
  • But, the new search is not available today. --  Gadget850 talk 14:45, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
  • New search is now available. --  Gadget850 talk 15:40, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Already using CirrusSearch (having selected in Beta), I'll ask on the talk page for that (which *really* seems good for that). Thank You.Naraht (talk) 19:08, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Leon Johnson[edit]


I was on the "People from Burke County, North Carolina" Wikipedia page and I was trying to add the American Football player Leon Johnson, Leon Johnson (American football)

But I couldn't figure out how to add him from the "edit" tab. He is from Morganton (as his Wikipedia entry notes). So can someone please put in a link to his page and add his name to the list? I would, but I couldn't figure it out.

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:15, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

I have added his name to the list. Maproom (talk) 15:40, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Did you want to add him to Category:People from Burke County, North Carolina, which does exist, instead of the existing redlink to Category:People from Morganton, North Carolina which doesn't? --David Biddulph (talk) 16:01, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Peer reviews and when to act on them[edit]

Just a quick question, I presently have a peer review open in which someone has suggested splitting an article into two separate pieces. It seems like a sensible idea, but as it's quite a dramatic change to make, should I wait for the discussion to close before I start splitting text off into other articles? Thanks, This is Paul (talk) 17:59, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi Paul, be bold and go for it. I checked the discussions and article. I am no expert in this, and I am not quite sure if a split is really needed, but I can see the logic in doing it, and would not oppose a split of this article. You started the article and are the main author, and the other involved people have been informed or already approve. I think it is fine if you make the changes, no need to wait for the review. All the best, Taketa (talk) 18:20, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll make a start. This is Paul (talk) 18:24, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

obscenity in Francis Crick bio[edit]

I just looked up the bio of biologist Francis Crick and the first two paragraphs are laced with sexual profanity.

Regards, Molly W. (talk) 19:33, 27 October 2014 (UTC)University of Chicago Medical Center


Francis Hairy Dick, OM, FRS (8 June 1916 – 28 July 2004) was an prostitue that liked big women English molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, most noted for being a co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953 with James Watson. He, Watson, and Maurice Wilkins were jointly awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material".[1][2]

Everyone wanted to frick the Crick with ayour stick hard as ayou brick was an important theoretical molecular biologist and played a crucial role in research related to revealing the genetic code. He is widely known for use of the term "central

Don't worry, it's been reverted by cluebot [1]. --lTopGunl (talk) 19:35, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, as long as people think profanity is a substitute for cleverness, that simple bot will keep an eye out. Judging from the edit history, you just happened to be in the wrong place at precisely 19:01. InedibleHulk (talk) 19:43, October 27, 2014 (UTC)
Unfortunately our caching system means that unregistered users sometimes don't see the most recent version. If a vandalized version was reverted in seconds as here then there is a risk that some users still see it long after. You can purge the page if it happens. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:49, 27 October 2014 (UTC)


Just noticed that somebody innapropriately edited the page

Moscow (Russia) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:17, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Twice, but in each case the vandalism was reverted in less than a minute. The vandal has now been blocked. --David Biddulph (talk) 21:40, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

October 28[edit]

Print/export:Create a book features ...[edit]

I was wondering if you could select certain sections of the "books" you want to create or generate. Say, you want to change the margin and discard the "Contents" box as well as the "see also" and the tailing References" ... sections and, if possible, could you do that for all pages or "books" you have selected?

Is there a step-by-step guide to using this feature?

I could have my way around it if I am able to save the document as ODF but then I click on "Show book (2 pages)", the only option I see is "PDF"

thanks, lbrtchx — Preceding unsigned comment added by Deor (talkcontribs) 00:43, 28 October 2014 (UTC)


Please include whether these professional athletes are college graduates once they leave early for the NFL or NBA. Please also indicate their major or area of study.--Thank you kindly. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:02, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Which professional athletes? You haven't indicated which of our four million articles you are talking about. If you think that an article can be improved by adding some information, you are welcome to edit the article and add it (if you have a reliable published source for the information), or to suggest on the particular article's talk page that this information be added. But note that Wikipedia is entirely edited by volunteers, so you will need to engage somebody's interest to get them to research and add the information. --ColinFine (talk) 12:13, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Witches Bru page by Roger Gary[edit]

My name is Roger Gary. I am the one who created the Witches Bru page on Wikipedia. I would like to make some changes on the page but I cannot remember the password. I also believe that the email I used to log-in was an old one of mine and has since been cancelled. How can I make the necessary changes?

Roger Gary — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:00, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

@ You don't need to be logged in to edit a page. Another thing you could do is create another account - NickGibson3900 Talk 09:05, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
We don't have an article on Witches Bru, but there is a draft of one at User:Roger_Gary. However, unless you can find some third-party reliable sources to back up the information there and establish that the band is notable, it cannot become a Wikipedia article. See WP:BAND for the criteria for inclusion. AndrewWTaylor (talk) 09:16, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Article submission[edit]

Once an article is completed how do you submit it to be reviewed and posted? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sciambro (talkcontribs) 11:26, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

You can submit it for review by added {{subst:submit}} to the top of the draft, but I've added {{AFC submission|T}} which gives you a submit button. --David Biddulph (talk) 11:55, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
I see that the template and the submit button were there in an earlier draft, but you deleted them in this edit. --David Biddulph (talk) 12:17, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

drop down menus[edit]

Hi I am having problems with openin the drop down menus on the wikipedia mobile site , is there a problem or is it just me?

Thanks in advance — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gadget8103 (talkcontribs) 12:12, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

I have this problem when I browse the desktop version of the site on mobile, but not with the mobile version. Does the same go for you, or do you have issues with the actual mobile site? Martijn Hoekstra (talk) 12:22, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Quarterly journal date format[edit]

Copied from Help talk:Citation Style 1#Quarterly journal date format:

I have a copy of the Second Quarter 1973 issue of Automobile Quarterly that I have used as a reference in articles on Triumph, Messerschmitt, and ALCO automobiles in general, and on the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 and first generation of the Pontiac Grand Am in particular, as the magazine has articles on these cars.

However, the date given for the magazine is "Second Quarter 1973", and this triggers an error response in the "date" entry in Template:Cite journal. Is there a solution to this, other than just giving a year and a volume and issue number instead of the date as stated in the magazine?

Sincerely, SamBlob (talk) 14:25, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

You asked this at Help talk:Citation Style 1. Give it a bit and the issue will be addressed. See WP:MULTI. --  Gadget850 talk 14:27, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Is there a tool to send RFC to eds who contributed to discussions that are now archived?[edit]

Last year, a certain AFD closed with soft peddled advice to address certain policy issues. Today, a poll is current on the article talk page. I'd like to let everyone who took time to opine in the last AFD know about the poll, but there are too many to deal with manually and I don't want to just do a subset to avoid accusations of improper canvassing. Is there a "broadcast" tool that allows one to auto-contact a page's contributors? Here is the particular AFD in question and here is the list of contributors.
If you don't know, where else do you suggest I ask?
Thanks NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 14:43, 28 October 2014 (UTC)



Did you have a question about how to use Wikipedia? (BTW, use of all capitals is considered shouting on the internet).--S Philbrick(Talk) 16:57, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Citing patents by inventor with duplicate name[edit]

I'm working on drafting an article on electronics engineer Bob Adams. (Full disclosure: I work for a communications firm that supports Adams' employer Analog Devices, and will be requesting that a neutral third party review, edit and publish the draft if it's deemed suitable.) According to an Analog Devices press release, Adams has been granted 32 patents, and I'd like to cite this information from a neutral source in the draft if possible. However, a search in the USPTO database includes some irrelevant results related to other inventors of the same name. Is there a way I can distinguish in my citation which results are related to this specific Robert W. Adams in order to state the number of patents in the draft? Mary Gaulke (talk) 16:02, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

If no neutral third party reliable source has made note of this, then it's original research and synthesis, and has no place in the article. --Orange Mike | Talk 17:55, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Ah, I thought that might be the case. Thank you for confirming! Mary Gaulke (talk) 21:36, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Template Help - Global Way of Centering Group Titles - or not?[edit]

QUESTION: At the moment, I'm able to "center" each template Group Title within a template "box" as follows: < center>Group1 title< /center> => < center>Group2 Title< /center> => and so on - BUT - Is there some "Global" way of centering *all* Group Titles in a template more easily - by adding some particular code (or equivalent) to the template source code? - in any case - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 16:27, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done - if interested, question answered *very well* (imo) at the Village pump (technical) as follows:

Copied from a similar Question at the "Village Pump" (technical) (20141029):

— Template Help - Global Way of Centering Group Titles - or not? —

QUESTION: At the moment, I'm able to "center" each template Group Title within a template "box" as follows: < center>Group1 title< /center> => < center>Group2 Title< /center> => and so on - BUT - Is there some "Global" way of centering *all* Group Titles in a template more easily - by adding some particular code (or equivalent) to the template source code? - in any case - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 13:33, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Add |groupstyle=text-align: center and remove the obsolete <center> tags. See {{Moon spacecraft}}. --  Gadget850 talk 14:04, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
@Gadget850 - Thank you *very much* for your suggestions - they are *very much* appreciated - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 14:08, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
@Gadget850 - BRIEF Followup => Seems your suggestion *centers* the title for "Groups" very well - but does not seem to *center* the titles for "Subgroups" - is there additional code to *center* the titles for "Subgroups" as well - Thanking you in advance for your reply - and - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 14:20, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Each subgroup is invoked through {{navbox subgroup}} which has its own |groupstyle=; it is not inherited from {{navbox}}. --  Gadget850 talk 14:28, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Yes - Thanks again for your help with this - it's *very much* appreciated - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 14:56, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Could someone help me with humanification of a code from {{Mars Quads - By Name}}? This template is a technical disaster, and has many obsolete tags. --Rezonansowy (talk | contribs) 15:43, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

I converted <center> to the appropriate markup within the <div>. --  Gadget850 talk 16:02, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the {{Mars Quads - By Name}} update as well - it's *very much* appreciated - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 18:49, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
In any case - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 19:02, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Mobile Search Field Won't Accept Input[edit]

A recent problem on my Blackberry Torch 9800. Mobile (English) site, which used to work flawlessly, no longer accepts any keystrokes (physical or virtual) in the "Search Wikipedia" header. Any suggestions? (talk) 17:57, 28 October 2014 (UTC)


Hi! I am trying to add an article to a SECOND category and dont know how. Ie, it is currently categorized under Hybrid Martial Arts (and I did the code for that) but dont know the code to add a second one, namely Self-defense. Could someone please help me?JudithM79 (talk) 19:01, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Seems to be solved [2]. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 19:19, 28 October 2014 (UTC)


After seeing the article Nodalotaluk for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I immediately thought a minor character only ever seen once in one panel of one story, with an article with no actual content edits in seven years, wasn't notable enough to have her own article, so I made a merge request to List of Donald Duck universe characters, which ran through unopposed, so I added a section about her to the list article and deleted the link to her own article from the navbox template. But another editor thinks she's even less notable, and has put her article up for deletion. Am I allowed to change the article into a redirect to the list article while it's still undergoing deletion discussion? If the decision is to delete the article, am I allowed to resurrect it as a redirect? I have absolutely no intention of resurrecting it as a full article, because I think she's not notable enough. JIP | Talk 19:27, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

It's probably not a good idea to redirect while the deletion discussion is ongoing. If the contributors to that discussion agree with your merge, you (or someone else) can change Nodalotaluk to a redirect after the discussion is closed. If the verdict is "delete", I guess your addition to List of Donald Duck universe characters will have to be reverted, since you copied from the Nodalotaluk article material that someone else wrote, and that material will be unattributed to its author if the edit history of Nodalotaluk is gone. The situation is something of a mess; you really shouldn't have merged the content after the AfD was initiated. Deor (talk) 23:55, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
OK, I understand. If the outcome of the AFD debate is "merge", I will change the article to a redirect. If it's "delete", I might have to remove the addition of Nodalotaluk I made to the list article. If, by any remote chance, it is "keep", then I don't know what to do. Should I initiate another merge discussion or just go ahead and change the article to a redirect? However, I don't think Nodalotaluk is anywhere near notable enough for the outcome to be "keep". JIP | Talk 20:56, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
@JIP: If the result should be "keep" (I agree that it's unlikely), you could just replace the text of the entry in the list article with {{main article|Nodalotaluk}}, to match the other entries in the list that have separate articles. Deor (talk) 10:56, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

How about actual balance in commentary -- not just progressive political views as the norm[edit]

I often use your site, and I am cautiously happy with it.

I recently researched the cost of illegal immigration and could not helpn notice the obvious bias in the commentary.

You describe the Heritage Inst as "conservative" but NEVER described any other similar organization as "liberal" or "progressive" in outlook.

How about living up to your claim of non-partisanship????


Tom Reeve — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:37, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

I don't know which of our millions of articles you refer to but you can post specific suggestions on its talk page. See Help:Using talk pages. The official website of The Heritage Foundation is It says "conservative" seven times on the front page alone, including "Our mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies" and "Conservative policy research since 1973", so "conservative" seems a very uncontroversial description. I don't know which other organizations you have in mind. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:20, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
Or considering you said "Heritage Inst", is this not about The Heritage Foundation but about Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in Somalia or Heritage College & Heritage Institute in Denver? Those pages do not say conservative but maybe you refer to a page mentioning them. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:28, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
There's also one in Tunis. Under the Ministry of Culture, under Mehdi Mabrouk, under Hamadi Jebali, under the Ennahda Movement, under moderate Islamism. InedibleHulk (talk) 20:49, October 28, 2014 (UTC)


can somebody fix this timeline — Preceding unsigned comment added by PacoDaKing14Sportz (talkcontribs) 19:40, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Not knowing anything about Wikipedia timeline syntax, through trial and error, I got as far as to get it to display something and not just give errors. I don't know enough about timelines to fix it any further, someone else can take the charge from here. JIP | Talk 19:48, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

I am not entirely sure why there needs to be a timeline here anyway. There hasn't been any change in the members or their roles, so it seems redundant. Anon126 (notify me of responses! / talk / contribs) 00:32, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Not only that but the text over the colors is too small and black text on various colors doesn't always work as far as readability goes. Dismas|(talk) 01:16, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Developing a page[edit]


Our team has created a Wiki page for a client. Why does "User" appear in front of the name? I am trying to figure out how to get rid of that but I can't figure it out.

Thanks, Derek — Preceding unsigned comment added by Paul Crehan (talkcontribs) 22:21, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Adding a link to the page in question, for quicker access: User:Paul Crehan. ‑‑Mandruss  22:25, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
The pathetically promotional "Wiki page for a client" has been deleted. This account has been blocked indefinitely because by this account's own edits, it is not Paul Crehan but a "team" editing on his behalf, thus constituting an impersonation, a group account, AND a hopelessly promotional ("spam-only") account. --Orange Mike | Talk 23:02, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

October 29[edit]

Adding new sites for our displays to be found[edit]


I am a member of the Bull Creek Aviation Museum in Perth West Australia,

I have just found that our Museum is not listed in any of the sites for Aircraft engines,( or aircraft) we have at the Museum, some run, others are display only, I was adding them to your Wikipedia page with our web page site details so people can look up our engines too.

Please can you let me know how to continue to add more aircraft and aircraft engines ( we have some 30 engines on display) to Wikipedia sites without falling foul of your spam etc rules, — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:55, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi, you are correct that we don't allow spam links to external websites. So please don't add any weblinks to Wikipedia pages. However, you are in luck. Wikipedia has a page about your museum at Aviation Heritage Museum (Western Australia). If it is relevant, you can link to that internal page from other pages. Btw, it would also help to promote your museum if you make some more pictures of the museums airplanes and upload them under a free licence to Wikipedia. We welcome pictures like that. Other people will certainly make good use of those pictures on article pages in over a hundred languages, and anyone who sees the pictures and looks up more info on the pictures will find your museum. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 05:49, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
A slight correction to what Taketa says: please upload any pictures to Wikimedia commons rather than to Wikipedia: that is required if other language Wikipedias are are to be able to use them. --ColinFine (talk) 11:49, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Created an article[edit]

Hello, I created an article for this section, but when I look for the Wikipedia page that I created I see 'Redirected from user - my name-' how can I do to find directly the page instead of

Thank you in advance! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nobili Vitelleschi Camilla (talkcontribs) 06:05, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

The article is at Sommer Contemporary Art. Dismas|(talk) 06:40, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Ah! I see now. You moved the page twice. You initially wrote it on your own userpage (which is something that most people don't do) and then moved it to the Wikipedia name space. Then moved it again to the main article space. But now the notices that people have left on your talk page are on the talk page for the article. I feel we'll need an administrator to sort this out. Dismas|(talk) 06:46, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
It was also posted to Wikipedia:Teahouse/Questions#Page Redirected from -. It has been sorted out. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:20, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

The Daily Star article on "Stone Taking Over Farmlands”[edit]

Sir, I am highly impressed to read the article “Stone Taking Over Farmlands” (source: The Daily Star today, dated 29-10-2014). I was totally ignorant about the importance of stones in soil. It may be well known to other educated individuals. But from my understanding i says, this message should be disseminated among general citizen. While Bangladesh is enumerated as an “Agriculture Dominated Nation ('krishi Pradhan desh)”, is such information included in our School Lesson? I am not aware of such lesson! Sir; yourself is running a TV Channel; dissemination of all the important factors including stones in the Farmland is possible. Forgive me for my ignorance! Almighty prosper our nation’. Dr Lailun Nahar — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:14, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Hello Dr. Nahar, you are apparently trying to contact The Daily Star, but you have in fact reached the help desk of Wikipedia, an encyclopedia. —teb728 t c 07:38, 29 October 2014 (UTC)



This sounds as if you have in fact created a "user page", not an article. Please take a look at this guidance on how to go about creating an article. However, if you plan to input an article about your own company, please refer to our conflict-of-interest policy before you do so, as Wikipedia is not here for advertising or promotion. Finally, please do not type messages in block capitals on the internet, as this is regarded as "shouting": Noyster (talk), 10:16, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
You were not logged in when you posted here so we don't know which page it is about. You can ask for a review by adding {{subst:submit}} to the page. The review may take some time but if it is approved as an article then it will be moved to the real encyclopedia. However, most people writing about their own company don't do it in a way satisfying our policies. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:11, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Difficult editor[edit]

What is the best way to deal with an editor who often in his comments in Talk page discussion personally insults co-editors? I have left a note on his Talk page reminding him of WP:CIVIL and WP:PA and suffered from it ever since. Is there a formal sanction for this behavior? --P123ct1 (talk) 09:38, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Yes - repeated personal attacks are valid grounds for a block. You can report the other editor to an administrator, either directly or by posting at WP:ANI. Yunshui  09:48, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Yunshui. --P123ct1 (talk) 10:21, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Redirects with no incoming links[edit]

Dear editors: While looking for something else in Wikipedia:Articles for creation I came across this redirect: Wikipedia:Articles for Creation/Rick Lax. At some time in the past this was likely a draft that was placed in the wrong namespace and then moved out to mainspace. There are no incoming links for which to preserve it, and no one would search for Rick Lax there. Should I deleted this under "Housekeeping", or maybe "Implausible redirect"? —Anne Delong (talk) 12:47, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi Anne, the history says you are right. An editor moved it, and eventually someone approved it as well. I would delete, and file it under WP:G6, since this is uncontroversial housekeeping. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 13:04, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Gregory Lewis[edit]

I wish i could stay instead of being up for deletion. --29djeg (talk) 15:38, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

And we wish you would be a good contributor. Looking at Gregory Lewis and Paul Kitterman it is evident why they were deleted, and Pizza time will be deleted as well. Take a look at the links in the welcome message on your talk page. Edit a few articles and make good contributions. Lear how Wikipedia works. Then think about creating articles. --  Gadget850 talk 16:48, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Has anybody else noticed that we get a lot of this here? I'm thinking someone should identify the page(s) where new users learn the first thing about creating articles, and add language like the above there. Prominently. It would save them and us a lot of wasted time. ‑‑Mandruss  20:14, 29 October 2014 (UTC)



L'entité Pyrex a été entièremet cedé par Arc International à Aurora Resurgence Private Equity depuis janvier 2015. La marque appartien à la société International Cookware, le siege social est à Chateauroux en France.

Je vous prie d'actualiser les données concernant la marque Pyrex.

Si vous avez besoin de plus de renseignements, n'hésitez pas à me joinder.

Emma GAI

 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:58, 29 October 2014 (UTC) 
Ceci est le Wikipedia anglais. Le Wikipedia français est à fr:. --David Biddulph (talk) 16:05, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Removed personal contact info Rojomoke (talk) 17:53, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
I think 188 is writing about the article Pyrex here on en:Wikipedia, which says "France-based cookware maker Arc International acquired Newell's European business in early 2006,[6] and currently owns rights to the brand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa." He claims that the brand has been sold to Aurora Resurgence from January 2015. But it is still 2014, so I see no need to update the article yet. Maproom (talk) 18:10, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

How do I get a page created?[edit]

I am trying to write a page for an author I like Daniel Boyd, I tried to create a page, but years ago I think he tried to create a page for himself 6 years ago (which you're not suppose to do, so it got deleted).

He has a lot of articles online now that credit him as a notable filmmaker and author.

What do I need to do now to create a page that won't be deleted?

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Eschaefer2 (talkcontribs) 20:07, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Your first article, and WP:AUTHOR. In order for an article to be acceptable, it will need to demonstrate through significant coverage in third-party published sources that Boyd meets our notability guidelines. AndyTheGrump (talk) 20:19, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
The article was deleted previously (at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Daniel Boyd) In agreement with Andy, including citations to reliable sources (that discuss him in some detail and verify the information you include) is key. You should also write with a neutral tone – just tell us the plain facts that the sources corroborate. Help:Referencing for beginners may be of some help in getting started.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 22:39, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Gay Dad (Band) Transmission Album (2001) Track Listing[edit]

Hi guys,

Can you add a track listing for Gay Dad's second album 'Transmission' (2001).

The lising I have is as follows:

1. Transmission 2. Now Always and Forever 3. Nightclub 4. Harder Faster 5. Plane Going Down 6. All My Life 7. Breathe 8. Dinosaur 9. Shoot Freak 10. Keep It Heavy 11. Everything Changes 12. Promise of a Miracle

The Barcode for this CD is: 5 055052 801322

Thanks in advance, Dan. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:14, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

October 30[edit]

Subject: Fwd: Armenian American - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[edit]

Thank you for the opportunity to address this issue. Under your heading Notable Armenian Americans, sub-heading Military a most prominent name has been left out. General Haig Shekerjian !1905-1966) was the first Armenian American to graduate from West Point Academy. the following is written by Nanore Barsoumian. Sherkerjians papers are on record ar Hoover Instution Palo Alto CA.

"Brigadier General Haig Shekerjian is one of the highest ranking Armenian Americans ever to serve in the U.S. military, and the first cadet of Armenian parentage to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., at the turn of the last century. One hundred years later, West Point continues to attract American cadets of Armenian descent. An important figure both in U.S. military history and post-genocide relief efforts, Shekerjian’s example inspired scores of young Armenians to enlist in the U.S. army at the height of World War II. Photo from ‘United States Army in World War II: The Technical Services: The Chemical Warfare Service: Organizing for War’ by Leo P. Bropby and George J. B. Fisher, Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, D.C.: 1989.

Shekerjian was born on June 13, 1886, in Adabazar, Izmit, Turkey. He moved to the U.S. at the age of five with his parents Hagop and Esther (Alexanian). In 1911, on his birthday, he became the first cadet of Armenian descent to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as second lieutenant of infantry.

From April 1916 to February 1917, Shekerjian, nicknamed “Shek,” served with the Punitive Expedition in Mexico under General John J. Pershing. During World War I, he served as assistant military attaché in Greece, and then with the Allied Armies of the Orient in the Middle East. In 1923, he was transferred to the Chemical Warfare Service and stayed with the branch for 39 years, retiring in 1946.

Shekerjian became the first Armenian American brigadier-general by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. (The other is Brigadier General Michael J. Tashjian, West Point class of 1948, who was deputy chief of staff, procurement, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. He retired in 1976, and now resides in San Diego.) Shekerjian was appointed commanding general of the Chemical Warfare Replacement Training Center from 1942-43, after which he assumed the position of commanding general of Camp Sibert, in Alabama, from 1943-45. He then became deputy head of the Army and Navy Liquidation Commission, U.S. Middle East Theater of Operations (1945-46).

“My father told me about [Shekerjian] back in 1947, when I was applying for West Point,” recalls retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sarkis Semerjian, West Point Class of 1953. “He mentioned [it] after he learned [about him] during a trip he took to the Boston area. He said, ‘You know, there is an Armenian general, retired now, that went to West Point.’”

Semerjian says it is important to remember Shekerjian. “He set a tone, a precedent, for more Armenians to apply [to West Point]. I found that most people in the military are totally unfamiliar with Armenia and Armenians. This is one way of bringing [it] to their attention. Most Armenians in the military did this. Peter Mirakian did this. George Juskalian did this [Retired army colonels, both deceased]. And I did this.”

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point boasts two U.S. presidents—Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower—numerous distinguished generals, heads of foreign states, policy makers, and entrepreneurs. For Semerjian, it is important for Armenian Americans to be part of that institution, both to serve the country they now call home, and to repay an old debt—an idea that is a distant echo of Shekerjian’s words. Eleven cadets of Armenian descent were enrolled in the 2010-11 school year, and the school has two faculty members of Armenian ancestry, according to Semerjian.

In 1943, Private A. Baligian of the U.S. Army, a correspondent for the Hairenik Weekly (later renamed the Armenian Weekly), visited Camp Sibert and conducted a brief interview with Shekerjian, which appeared in the June 16, 1943 issue of the Weekly. Shekerjian spoke about his 1919 travels to Constantinople, Erzerum, Erzinga, Kars, Etchmiadzin, and Yerevan. “Having lost his parents early, he keenly regrets that he never learned the mother Armenian tongue, except a few scattered words,” wrote Baligian.

Shekerjian appeals to compatriots

That did not deter the general from remaining involved with the Armenian community. He delivered speeches at rallies and used various organs to reach out to Armenian Americans to garner support for the war effort during World War II, often referring to the heroism and sacrifice displayed during the war by Armenian Americans like Captain Albert Arabian and Lt. Ernest Dervishian. (Dervishian was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during World War II. Upon returning to his hometown of Richmond, Va., Dervishian was presented with a $1,000 war bond, which he selflessly returned to the city, requesting it be used to help other veterans.)

Thank you, Edw. Vasgerdsian — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:01, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

There is currently no article Haig Shekerjian in the English-language Wikipedia. That doesn't mean that there couldn't be one; but it would bear little resemblance to the biased hagiography you posted above. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:32, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
The response above doesn't quite make it clear, but for a person to be mentioned in a section like Armenian American#Notable Armenian Americans or List of Armenian Americans#Miltary, it is normally a requirement that an article about the person already exists in Wikipedia (see the boldface sentence at the end of the lead in the latter article). Deor (talk) 10:29, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Cambell Kenneford Wikipedia Page[edit]


My name is Cambell Kenneford, there has been a Wikipedia page made about me and I'm confused as to why it is there. I am not famous, relevant or even known. I appeared on the Mail Online and in The Sun once over 2 years ago and plan on doing no other media. I would appreciate the page being taken down because as I said before, I'm not famous or known - so the page shouldn't be there.

Here is a link to the page: Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by CambellKenneford (talkcontribs) 02:36, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

I've nominated the article for deletion here. Hope that helps! --Jayron32 02:43, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Unusual Username[edit]

I recently saw the user "2601:D:9280:2F3:74D4:29C:BA8D:2284". I've seen usernames and ip addresses, but not anything that looks like this? Do you know what this is? thanks Becky Sayles (talk) 03:26, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

It's an IPv6 IP address. So basically it's an IP (i.e. unregistered) user, just using a newer version of IP than most users. --ais523 03:58, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Shared universe[edit]

Can anyone please take a look at the article Shared universe? It could be a decent article with enough work, but right now it is a gigantic pile of mostly unsourced WP:OR. (talk) 11:47, 30 October 2014 (UTC)