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June 17[edit]

answers.com IS STEALING YOUR REPORTS[edit]

i was looking in google and had already looked in wikipedia and read through your article. I went into a website called www.answers.com please send a message to (email address removed to prevent spam) to tell me you have delt with these people.

Since wikipedia is using GFDL on his contents, any site can have Wikipedia content there. --WinHunter (talk) 05:10, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
Yes, see Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks and specifically Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks/Abc#Answers.com. NoSeptember 05:13, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

Styling of words, e.g. handmade, hand-made, hand made[edit]

This keeps bothering me and I haven't yet come across a style guide or such that addresses the question. Sometimes people use words which 'normally' have a hyphen, or which 'normally' are joined, but rather they split up the word into two parts. It happens quite too often for it to be confusion by just non-native English speakers. Actually all sorts of misusages occur (see [1]) and knowing where the applicable style guide is would be a help. Any pointers? Shenme 05:43, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

I'd say this is more of a spelling issue than a style issue. I would just use your preferred dictionary to correct the spellings. My dictionary of choice, Merriam-Webster (American English), lists "handmade" and "in fact" and those are the spellings I would use. I don't think there's any formal policy; I would take "Spell words correctly!" or "Use spellings that occur in the dictionary!" as appropriate. (Of course, this does not apply to switching national varities of English, such as British to American English.) — Knowledge Seeker 05:50, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
As long as you have an on line dictionary to back you up, stomp out grammatically wrong uses as you have shown. And yes, everyone can make mistakes as noticed in the two paragraphs above and mine as well ;) -- That Guy, From That Show! 07:02, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

Requested features[edit]

How would one go about requesting features (or extensions) for MediaWiki?

One is adding a count for the number of images in a category on the category, for example Category:Astronomy_images states "There are 0 pages in this section of this category.", but makes no reference to the image below it.

I'd also like to request a feature to have Special:uncategorized pages be seperable by namespace. I want to be able to find uncategorized images as well as other pages.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!. Chris M. 07:29, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/ is the place.--Commander Keane 07:34, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
I've been told that is the place before, but I don't know how to actually request such a feature on that site. All I see is stuff about bug reports and nothing looks useful for this, if you could elaborate that'd be great, thanks. Chris M. 15:45, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
Feature requests and bug reports are handled the same, i.e. just enter your feature request as if it were a bug report. -- Rick Block (talk) 16:29, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

how to get e-mails from wikipedia[edit]

       Hi!! I'm an ardent follower of WIKIPEDIA,( having the
       username- pupunwiki ). But the problem is :
       I didn't check my mails for a few days & as a result,
       I couldn't respond to the mail sent by -
       [wiki@wikimedia.org] on :Wikipedia e-mail address confirmation.
       I was supposed to open the following link :
       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Confirmemail/c71529f40545dae55c8ffca004af7c31
       - which i didn't , rather couldn't do in time.
             Now , please tell me the procedure that would enable me 
       to get mails from wikipedia & its users in future.
                  Thanks,--Pupunwiki 09:51, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
In the top right hand corner -> "my preferences". (See Help:Email confirmation) --WinHunter (talk) 13:17, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

Disambiguation[edit]

Hi,

I created an article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Sutherland_%28author%29. I want to distinguish it from another entry for a different George Sutherland, but don't think that I have achieved this. Can you tell me how to fix it.

Collywolly 11:35, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

If there are only the two George Sutherland articles, it would be best to go to the George Sutherland page and add :''This article is about the English-born U.S. jurist and political figure. For the Scottish-born Australian writer, see [[George Sutherland (author)]].'' to the top of the page (do not remove the quotation marks as these are italics tags). The reverse of this would also be useful on the author page. If there are more than two George Sutherland articles, it might be worth considering setting up a disambiguation page (let us know if you want instructions on how to do this). Road Wizard 12:29, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

How can I make articles on Wikipedia?[edit]

How can i create an article on Wikipedia. I have something brand new.

Thanks,

Domo1234 19:30, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

Please read Wikipedia:Your first article, it walks you through the stuff you need to know/steps to take. --Hetar 19:32, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

Box At Bottom[edit]

I see on many articles a box at the bottom of the article with links to different articles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digimon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neopet

Those are two examples. I want to create one for an article to add links to the character articles of that show, but I don't know how to make one. I have gone to other pages and clicked Edit so that I could copy the code for the box so that I could paste it in the other article and change the text and links inside it, but the code for it is missing.

So I have two questions.

How do you make those boxes? How come you can't edit them?

Sorry if I was confusing, but I have never been very good at explaining, and it doesn't help that I don't know the name of that box. :(

Those boxes are what you call templates. For example, you can edit the box displayed in the Neopet article by going to Template:Viacom. To make your own template, just type in Template:TEMPLATENAME in the search box on the left-hand side of your screen and then hit go. Now you can create the article. To include it on the pages you want, simply add its name inbetween curly brackets: {{ TestName }}. More info at Help:Template. --Hetar 22:19, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
If you want to know which templates consists some page, click on the 'edit' on this page. Used templates are always listed at the bottom on that page. Jacek Kendysz 22:27, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

June 18[edit]

Images[edit]

I have another question. How do you add images to articles? I checked the URL of images on articles, and it said upload.wikipedia. When I tried to put an image from another site in it, nothing appeared. So I have three questions.

How do you add images to the article (not the code, but how do make the image actually appear)? Can images from other sites not be used, or does it just not work for me? What is upload.wiki, and can anyone add images to it?

Thank you. Superneoking 00:10, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Generally, you should not use images from other websites. Normally this violates both our policies as well as multiple legal restrictions. If the image in question has been released under a free license or you think it qualifies for a fair use exception then you will need to upload it. Once the image has been uploaded it can be included in the article by using the following code [[Image:IMAGENAME.JPG]]. You can find more information at Images and Media Help. --Hetar 02:03, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Question of notability[edit]

I heard an ensemble on Prairie Home Companion tonight, which was their second appearance on the show at least, that doesn't have an article. I looked over the notability requirements for music acts and they don't meet a single one that I know of. Although, they've been together since 1900 which I think is a rather long time and therefore notable. Also, their second CD will be coming out later this year. So, does anyone else think that this group's article would survive? Dismas|(talk) 00:57, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Any group that's been together for 106 years isn't just notable, but worthy of serious scientific examination. --Dweller 01:04, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
They're not the original members of course...  :-) Although, two of the members have been with the group for more than 60 years. Dismas|(talk) 01:23, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Could you let us know the name of this group and if possible a link to an online source that discusses them? Thanks. Road Wizard 01:29, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
They are the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. Here'stheir write up at the Classical Mandolin Society page. And according to this they are the "only mandolin group in America in continuous existence since the turn of the century". That's just after a quick google search. Dismas|(talk) 01:41, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
WP:MUSIC is designed to deal with garage and myspace bands. 100 year old Mandolin bands are a bit outside the area it covers.Geni 03:00, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Well, I went ahead and created it anyway. The fact that they've been around for 100+ years is notable enough for me. Dismas|(talk) 05:39, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

duplicated user archive[edit]

This is the first time I try to tide up my talk pages creating archives. It seems that accidentally I created a useless archive [2]. Is there a way to completely remove it from Wikipedia to avoid future confusion? —Cesar Tort 02:00, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Yup, just tag it with {{db|reason}} or {{db-owner}}. --Hetar 02:02, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Concentration corrections[edit]

Hi, My name is <name removed>, producer of NBC's Concentration for 14 and a half years. I have several suggestions, corrections and additions that should be included. How do I submit them? My e-mail address:<email address removed>. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 152.163.100.11 (talkcontribs) 02:43, 18 June 2006.

Just a comment, I don't believe an NBC producer would be using an AOL address. --Crossmr 02:55, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
(After edit conflict) Hi. Anyone can edit an article. When you are looking at the article, simply click "edit this page" at the top and you can make corrections and additions to the article. You might want to look at a few of our core polices first and at the tutorial so you have a better grasp of wiki markup and other issues. --Fuhghettaboutit 03:03, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Regarding the comment above mine, I have no idea why you would think so. I know many professionals who use aol email addresses. I would also point you to WP:BITE.--Fuhghettaboutit 03:03, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
I'm aware of WP:BITE and I'm not biting by pointing out the obviousness in the fact that someone introducing themselves in a professional capacity of an organization would provide an e-mail like an AOL address. It would be like the President of Harvard giving you his hotmail address to contact him about school business. --Crossmr 03:05, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Enough. This is a debate that can go nowhere and the wrong place for it.--Fuhghettaboutit 03:13, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Crossmr, Concentration (game show) was produced from 1958 to 1973. It would be not at all surprising if a producer from the show had retired or moved to a position with another broadcasting corporation in the intervening three decades. In either case, using a personal email address would be quite reasonable. Please be civil and don't bite the new editors – particularly not those who have specialized expertise which they have made a good-faith offer to share – by posting implied criticisms without doing your research first. This is the Help Desk—we try to be helpful rather than judgemental. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 05:12, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Blocking edits in my watchlist[edit]

Is there a way to block or ignore edits by bots from showing up in my watchlist? A recent CfD has been filling up my watchlist for the last hour or so by the bot that is removing the deleted cats. Dismas|(talk) 03:02, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

I know you're going to kick yourself. When you are in your watchlist, displayed prominently right above the namespace field there is a checkbox with the legend "Hide bot edits".--Fuhghettaboutit 03:06, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Kicking has commenced... Dismas|(talk) 04:14, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
To permanently hide bot edits, go to your Special:Preferences, the Watchlist tab, and tick "Hide bot edits from the watchlist".--Commander Keane 03:08, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, C.K. I should have known to check there... Dismas|(talk) 04:14, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Question[edit]

Who is the author, year and publisher of Wikipedia?

See Wikipedia:Citing Wikipedia. Dismas|(talk) 05:19, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Impossible to find[edit]

I am from the Dutch Wikipedia and I am looking here to find out how to list an article for deletion. I worked through several policy pages but cannot find anything. Please can somebody list eiland for deletion. This is total nonsence. It says there are living 170.000 persons. No such big town exists of this name. The user may be blocked.

Please make a small addition about this procedure on your Help page for foreigners. On the FAQ I also could find nothing. Known to you all, but not to somebody outside your community.

Fyi: I will look on NL wikipedia if we did a better job on this, and will change things if necessary ;-). Ellywa 06:46, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Deletion process for details on how to list an article for deletion. I will add an afd tag to it. --Eivindt@c 07:08, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks I will keep your comment for future reference. Ellywa 08:35, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Try the tutorial for basic help, which, as far as I can remember, includes details of how to recommend articles for deletion. EvocativeIntrigue TALK | EMAIL 13:47, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

stp motor[edit]

we want to purches Red Jacket STP —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 202.54.194.11 (talkcontribs) 09:01, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. You'll probably have better luck contacting the company who makes the products you're looking for. Cheers, Tangotango 09:25, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

PARAGLIDING[edit]

I am looking for a discussion group on the web for paragliding questions and answers ? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 165.146.252.26 (talkcontribs) 09:29, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. Tangotango 09:39, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Our paragliding articles had some nice external links last time I checked. If you're Dutch, try the E-lijn forums. - Mgm|(talk) 09:54, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Names of babies[edit]

I would like to know the names of babies of following: 1.Pigeon 2.Grasshopper 3.Butterfly 4.Termite 5.Crow 6.Sparrow 7.Cockroach 8.Housefly. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 212.138.64.176 (talkcontribs) 09:32, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. Tangotango 09:39, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Help Please from Bud Whiteye[edit]

I authored an environmental article titled, Sarnia: A Canadian Community Under Seige (I know "seige" is spelled wrong, but that is how it went) under my name; Bud Whiteye. I also registered under Bud Whiteye, AND you sent me a confirmation line to "click on" at my email address <redacted> so I could know I am registered, What happened to my registration and what happened to my article?

I tried to re-register, but your instructions said "Bud Whiteye" was already in use, and left me no instructions on what to do. I'm the only Bud Whiteye in the world, so the instructions that say "Bud Whiteye" is in use is me.

Your help would be verily appreciated.

Bud Whiteye

  • As to the location of your article, I think it was moved by someone else. The new location is here. For your registered name, you need to login by clicking the link in the top right hand corner of the website that says "create an account/sign in." Then type in "Bud Whiteye" (the name of your account), and the password you entered when first registering.--SomeStranger(t|c) 13:51, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks SomeStranger, I will proceed there forthwith. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Lenni lenape (talkcontribs)

variation[edit]

what is the meaning of variation?124.106.52.28 13:49, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

How do I submit an Article or topic?[edit]

Hello,

I am new to the site. I would like to submit an artical on the benefits of equine horse massagers with a link. Please advise.

Shawn

Hi Shawn. Welcome to Wikipedia. In answer to your question, please See: Help:Starting a new page. You might also look at Wikipedia:Your first article and Wikipedia:How to write a great article. Please note that a general article on horse massaging may be appropriate (I am not familiar with the subject) but an article promoting a specific horse massaging product is probably not, as articles used for advertizing purposes are discouraged. I have posted some useful links on your talk page.--Fuhghettaboutit 15:09, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Info search when no article available[edit]

How do i get info on somthing that does not have an article writen about it? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.199.117.10 (talkcontribs) 17:45, 18 June 2006 (UTC).

I guess in that case you may have to look for alternate source of information. (E.g. Google) --WinHunter (talk) 18:07, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Or the 1911 Britannica Computerjoe's talk 20:26, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Or try the Wikipedia:Reference desk. --HughCharlesParker (talk - contribs) 21:56, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

User Pages[edit]

There don't seem to be any clear instructions on how to create and edit one's userpage. I've had to rely on the kindness of a few Wikipedians to get as far as I have. What I'd like to do now is add a pic of myself. Yet wherever I look, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of guidance as to how to edit userpages.

I obviously have a pic in mind in .jpg format.

Could anyone please explain to me in simple steps how to add that pic to my userpage?

Many thanks,

Loomis 19:19, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Goto Special:Upload (the Upload file link on the left), upload your picture. Then link it in your userpage (e.g. [[Image:example.jpg|100px]] -> Example-serious.jpg)
--WinHunter (talk) 19:24, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
User pages are just like any other page as far as editing goes. Wikipedia:Image tutorial and WP:USER may give you some guidance. Dismas|(talk) 00:18, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
You might want to check out WP:UPH --GeorgeMoney T·C 04:57, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Legal question about media and naming of criminal suspects[edit]

In this discussion -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:2006_Toronto_terrorism_case#.22who_cannot_be_named.22

We are trying to work out if American media law takes precendence over that of canada in regards to the naming of subjects in criminal investigations. I'm *very* hazy about this but I *think* that in an ongoing effect to avoid american-bias we default to the norms of the country the offense happened in unless there is a good reason? Confused! Many thanks for any help on this matter. --Charlesknight 21:08, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

This isn't really a helpdesk question - you could ask at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Miscellaneous, or you could try exploring Portal:Law to find some relevant expertise. It looks from the talk page as if a bit more discussion should sort out the dispute - if not, then reading the Wikipedia:Dispute resolution procedure is a good idea. --HughCharlesParker (talk - contribs) 21:42, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
As I understand it, Wikipedia is hosted in Florida, so the only applicable law is American (US) law, and specifically Florida Law. Canadian law does not affect Wikimedia as hosts of the content. Individual contributors may also be ruled by the laws of the country from which they are contributing. --Cherry blossom tree 21:46, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
but this isn't a discussion of the legality of the article, it's a discussion about that law as it applies to the subject of an article - the dispute is about accurate wording, not whether we can legitimately release information. --HughCharlesParker (talk - contribs) 21:54, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
I know the discussion isn't about the legal situation, but the question was. --Cherry blossom tree 22:03, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Whatever you put into an article has to be backed up by reliable and accesible sources. If suspects' full names aren't publicly available, you can't provide sources and thus not put it in the article. If you have sources, you can as long as it is allowed by Florida or US law. - Mgm|(talk) 07:28, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

C0FFEE or AliceBlue[edit]

Is it just me, or are all the Wikipedia pages a shade of alice blue? Cernen Xanthine Katrena 23:32, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Generally, article pages are off-blue, talk pages are yellow. ~Kylu (u|t) 23:42, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

June 19[edit]

Promoting Independent Wikis[edit]

Is there a definitive place within Wikipedia or Wikimedia to promote an independent wiki; preferably some place that actually has a decent amount of visibility to it? Also, is there a policy guiding how and where one can promote an independent wiki throughout the rest of Wikipedia and Wikimedia? HamillianActor 00:34, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

  • No. Promoting wikis outside those hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation is not one of our goals, so there's no place to do so. Many consider promotion of any site within Wikipedia vandalism. So I recommend you don't do it. - Mgm|(talk) 07:25, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

help[edit]

how can i patrol recent edits? unsigned by User:Patbaseball2221

You can look at the countervandalism unit and recent changes patrol pages, they will get you pointed in the right direction. --Pilot|guy 01:14, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Message left one users Talk page. (because the edit buttons dissapeared in this page!) skorpion 03:44, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
In case you were talking about the Mediawiki feature Patrolled edits, it is currently disabled for EN-Wikipedia. If you don't know what I'm talking about then don't worry about it :-).--Commander Keane 04:18, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Usernames in red?[edit]

What is the significance of usernames in red, please? I did try to check the FAQ (in several places), but couldn't find the answer. Thanks. Betterthanyouare 02:00, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

A red-link is simply a link to a page that dosen't exist, for example, there is no page called 'Sqwimf". So red-linked usernames are shown when a user has not yet created a userpage. Prodego talk 02:06, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Thank you! Betterthanyouare 02:14, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

how to create a listing[edit]

how to create a listing —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gener (talkcontribs)

If by listing you mean an article, taking a look at Wikipedia:Your first article and Help:Starting a new page. If you mean something else, please clarify. -- Natalya 04:00, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

password[edit]

sorry, i know the answer must be obvious. however, i signed in (attempted) with my password, which was not recognised, so was sent a new one. i want to change this to one i will remember, but cannot see on the sign-in page where this can be done. advice gratefully received. many thanks. every good wish, dr jocelynne a. scutt

Log in using your new password. Once logged in you can go to "my preferences" (located at the top of the page) or simply click on Special:Preferences here. In the preferences there is a section "Change password".--Commander Keane 05:09, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

IP signing with non-existent usernames[edit]

I discovered a talk page where an IP had signed with a non-existent userpage, so its not like they were trying to impersonate someone. I checked the username, no user page, no talk page, no contribs. Should I remove the signature and tag an unsigned on it with the correct info? --Crossmr 04:44, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

I don't think it's a big deal (without looking at the specific case) but if you like you could add the correct signature after the incorrect one. I avoid changing other people's comments.--Commander Keane 05:09, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Unless it is impersonating / vote-stacking attempt then it probably isn't a great deal. (In those situations, changing the signature and explain it in edit summary probably is a good idea) Otherwise it may just be an anonymous user trying to use some sort of name to identify him/her, not too big deal since no harm is done. --WinHunter (talk) 05:42, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Still, if they want to use that name more often than just the one time, I recommend you ask them to register an account (and point them to the benefits). - Mgm|(talk) 07:21, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Spam filter[edit]

I came across a spam filter while editing Chrononhotonthologos (see talk for an explanation of what I'm trying to do -- it's not my site, and I'm not a spammer.) It appears the external site referenced there is part of a spam filter somehow, though I don't understand why. meta:Spam blacklist doesn't seem to contain this site. I looked around but couldn't find anyplace to discuss this problem. Thanks, Cleduc 06:20, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

I think it is likely because the link contains "logo & .com" (In spam filter: (?<![\./])logos\.com). You should probably report this to m:Talk:Spam blacklist#Proposed removals --WinHunter (talk) 06:31, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Roger, wilco -- thanks! Cleduc 06:42, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Can I become an editor / Do you need my skills ?[edit]

Hi there. I've been browsing the BDSM-part of the Wikipedia, and have found a lot of interesting information. Now, I've got a little knowledge myself, wich I'd like to share, eventually accompanied by my own photos, where applicable.

If this seems interesting to you, please take a look at my homepage at http://www.sadomechanix.dk - (also featured in english).

Yours faithfully

Lars Bech Nygaard webmaster

Wikipedia welcomes anyone to edit, including anonymous users! Please feel free to start editing anytime. --WinHunter (talk) 07:14, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Check out the Wikipedia:Tutorial for information on how to get going. —WAvegetarian(talk) 07:22, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

How do I creat a new article? I Have an account

See: Help:Starting a new page. You might also look at Wikipedia:Your first article and Wikipedia:How to write a great article.
And when on discussion pages, it's a good idea to sign off with ~~~~, to get a result like this: Confusing Manifestation 09:21, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Visibility of policies/guidelines[edit]

I have been using Wikipedia for a long time but every day, it seems like, I discover a new policy that I have never heard of. Today I discovered the guideline about avoiding trivia, which I was about to suggest. The search on Wikipedia is necessarily limited, to save system resources, but how else can I search for policies? The lists of policies are endless and Wikipedia has such an unfathomable amount of information on it that searching yields no desirable results. --Stellis 08:53, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:List of policies, Wikipedia:List of guidelines and Category:Wikipedia proposals. --Eivindt@c 09:12, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Also see Category:Wikipedia official policy. Confusing Manifestation 09:15, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Another trick you can use is to limit your search to only return results from a certain namespace (such as, in your case, Wikipedia:). To do this, search for the term you're looking for (type it into the search box and click "Search"), then scroll to the bottom, where you can search for a term only in certain namespaces. — QuantumEleven 09:44, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Personally, I was lost until I found these shortcuts. It may not be intended as a directory, but it is pretty complete. Prodego talk 15:40, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

How to mark a suspected copyright violation[edit]

I think that Image:Future_history_01.jpg is still under copyright, and I don't think it qualifies as fair use. I checked with the uploader and they don't have a reason to believe it's out of copyright.

I looked at the list of copyright-related image tags, and I think imagevio is what I need. However, it appears that that tag is used to replace the image, whereas what I'd like to just add a tag that flags it for deletion. Do I just delete the image and put in imagevio, or is there a way that leaves the image in place till a decision is made by an admin? Thanks. Mike Christie 12:46, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Put imagevio in the image description page and don't delete it until a decision is made. If you have any troubles, look at how it's done in some of the images at WP:CP. Simple enough, don't you think ;) fetofs Hello! 13:01, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks -- I added imagevio; part of what bothered me about using that template was that it wants a URL, which is not relevant in this case. I just left it blank and added a reason on the copyright problems page. Thanks for the help. Mike Christie 13:14, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Maths symbols etc[edit]

Hi,

I am constructing an article in MS Office Word 2003 with the help of MathType 5.5. The article contains MS Word tables and various MathType symbol constructions both within cells of the tables and in the body of the text. I am completely new to Wiki and haven't managed to locate information within Wiki on how to upload the kind of document I have in mind. Please advise me on what to do.

I should be grateful if you could respond to "mytalk".

EpiGuru 14:16, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

I don't think it's possible to upload an MS Word document to Wikipedia. Perhaps there is a program that can make the conversion, but I haven't heard of one. Wikipedia articles (or, for that matter, pages in any site based on MediaWiki - the engine behind Wikipedia and similar sites) should be written in Wiki markup. The pages Wikipedia:How to edit an article and Help:Formula provide some good information about it. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 15:10, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

updating[edit]

On one of my computers, Wikipedia is not "updating" (i.e. the daily wikipedia entry is not there, but the daily entry from a year ago is there every day. What is going on there?

JIB

Probably it's a cached copy. Trying adding "?action=purge" or "&action=purge" to the end of the url to purge the cache of your browser. --WinHunter (talk) 14:54, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Style question: capitalization of the names of French-language organizations[edit]

I am working on a translation of the article fr:Conseil national de la Résistance, an umbrella organization formed in 1943 to coordinate the different French resistance movements. What should the title of the article be in the English Wikipedia? The four possibilities are:

  1. Conseil national de la Résistance
  2. Conseil National de la Résistance
  3. National Council of the Resistance
  4. National Resistance Council

In my view, it should be either (1) or (2) but I'm not sure which one. As for (3) and (4), both have been used in other English Wikipedia articles [3] but in general the organization seems to be known in English by its French name. Given the nature of the organization, I doubt that it ever adopted an official English-language version of its name.

In French, initial caps are not routinely used in titles after the first word, so in French the organization is called Conseil national de la Résistance, but I'm wondering if in the English Wikipedia we should nevertheless refer to the organization as Conseil National de la Résistance. (But if so, why not Conseil National De La Résistance?)

I have looked at Wikipedia:Manual of Style (capital letters) and Wikipedia:Naming conventions but did not see a clear answer to this question. Before I actually create the article, I would like some guidance on whether to capitalize the N or not. --Mathew5000 16:02, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

I'd say 2, and redirect from the other pages. If you can remember, send me a link when you're done- I wouldn't mind reading it! EvocativeIntrigue TALK | EMAIL 16:59, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Will do. For some reason 2 does seem most natural, but it's also the most illogical. If we refer to the organization by its French-language name, shouldn't we use French-language capitalization rules, just as if it were a film or a book (e.g. Au revoir, les enfants)? For organizations, I've seen both capitalization styles used for the titles of English-wiki articles on French organizations, e.g. Section française de l'Internationale ouvrière and Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail. --Mathew5000 17:18, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
I finished my (very rough) translation: Conseil National de la Résistance.--Mathew5000 19:30, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

How to write a article about an organization[edit]

Hi, I would like to add an article about an organization(TANA) to WIKI?

We don't allow advertising on this encyclopedia. Sorry. --Pilot|guy 17:10, 19 June 2006 (UTC) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by SunilKoganti (talkcontribs) .
Would that be this TANA or another TANA? The article's subject must be notable to stand chance of inclusion.
Please don't forget to sign your post using ~~~~!
(Informed user of reply on help desk)
EvocativeIntrigue TALK | EMAIL 17:13, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Even if the organization is not notable enough to merit its own article, it could be mentioned in the article Telugu people. For how to edit that article, see WP:EDIT.--Mathew5000 19:25, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Flickr question[edit]

There is an image on somebody's Flickr account that I want to add to Wikipedia (the commons) and an article. (Actually, there are probably a lot of pictures on Flickr I'd like to add so this applies to many images.) The image has the following license: CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 so it says I'm free to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work. So, am I correct in saying that all I need to do it upload the picture to the commons and include in the comments box the license used, the person's Flickr ID and the URL to the image? I know there is a Wiki program that does this but I don't want to have to mess around with getting access to it and everything.--NMajdantalk 18:48, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

I don't fully understand what you quote as the license, but Wikipedia cannot accept any photo released under a "no commercial use" license. Notinasnaid 18:50, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
I wasn't aware Wikipedia was commercial use. Here is the license used.--NMajdantalk 18:53, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Nevermind. Found the link. Here for those interested. That sucks.--NMajdantalk 18:58, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Ok, let me pose another question. If the photo on Flickr does have a noncommercial license (such as this one), then is my statement in my original post correct?--NMajdantalk 19:03, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 (as in {{cc-by-2.0}})is an image license accepted by Wikipedia. --WinHunter (talk) 19:15, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Btw, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 allows commercial use. --WinHunter (talk) 19:18, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
So then my statement about including the license, the flickr user's id, and a link to the image in the upload summary is correct.--NMajdantalk 19:20, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
If the license is this one then yes, also please select cc-by-2.0 from the dropdown list of licenses when you upload the image. --WinHunter (talk) 19:38, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
If you meant to say "If the photo on Flickr does not have a noncommercial license" then your original statement was correct. You may also want to let the Flickr user know but that isnt a requirement. --Cherry blossom tree 20:38, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

June 20[edit]

The Father of Hollywood, HJ Whitley[edit]

Hobart Johnston Whitley named and developed the area today known as Hollywood, California. HJ is what Hobart Johnston Whitley was called by, and was well known by the locals as a developer and mover and shaker of Los Angeles. HJ was instrumental in motivating the movie industry to move to his town of Hollywood. He formed several groups of businessmen which benefited by his expertise in developing the modern cities of his time. He formed a group of local business men to purchase the Van Nuys Lankershim lands of the San Fernando Valley. This was his move to get the land annexed to the City of Los Angeles for the water needed to sustain the big valley development he was about to accomplish. HJ is well known the Western United States history as well. Hobart was a good friend of Theodore Roosevelt and was on the board of directors of for the Chicago Rock Island Railroad in late 1800. He developed over 140 towns in the West. HJ was at the Oklahoma run and persuaded the U.S. Congress in Washington to allow Guthrie to be capitol of the new state. In the early 1900 Los Angeles and Southern California history, HJ is being brought to light for his great contributions to the cities that he was apart of. HJ, his family and friends has many unpublished memoirs and are being brought to the public in the near future by the book, The Father of Hollywood by his great granddaughter, Gaelyn Whitley Keith. http://www.thefatherofhollywood.com/

Sub-category question[edit]

Normally, when a catagory (ex. Category:Selected anniversaries) is part of another category (Category:Wikipedia featured content), it will appear on the second category's list of Subcategories.

However, this is not true of Category:Wikipedia featured desktop backgrounds under Category:Wikipedia featured pictures. Here, "desktop backgrounds" was put in "featured pictures", but doesn't show up in its list of subcategories.

Why is this so? --kenb215 01:27, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

It's there, just not on the first (or second) page or 200 entries in the category. That's why the text immediately above the subcategories says "more may be shown on subsequent pages". -- Rick Block (talk) 02:20, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Alphabetized categories?[edit]

When adding categories to a page, is it standard for them to be listed alphabetically (for example: British film actors | Living people | Year of birth missing), or is that just some users' preference, or are somewhat-related categories supposed to be grouped together? Maybe a useless question, but I've been wondering about it. -- Flummery 04:02, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

From what I have seen alphabetizing is the perference, it helps drastically with orgnaization. Yanksox (talk) 04:12, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
The default is that category are listed alphabetically, though parameters entered in the category links can change the list method e.g. [[Category:Wkipedia:Help desk|2000]] would cause the article to list as if "2000" is the article name, then it is being sorted alphabatically using those entered parameters. --WinHunter (talk) 04:13, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the info, Yanksox and WinHunter. Flummery 04:22, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Finding an article from the "On This Day..." box.[edit]

On Mon. June, 19, yesterday, in the box "On This Day...", there was a citation about the first baseball game to use modern rules being played in 1846. I came back to re-read the article, but the section had been updated. I looked in the archive section, which led me to a page titled "History of baseball in the United States." This is not the same article that was linked there on the 19th. I was wondering if anybody could tell me what that page was so I may finish reading it. James B.

Possibly New York Knickerbockers. You can also get info on that game from a Google search [4].--Mathew5000 06:36, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

:Click on the archive link in the "On This Day" box, which gives this link. --WinHunter (talk) 06:35, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

On the main page under "On this day..." there is a link named "Archive", click it and you get the current month, from which you can get to Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/June 19. So it looks like the article referenced was in fact History of baseball in the United States.--Mathew5000 17:42, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Featured articles – RSS2[edit]

Hello. Probably this is the wrong place to suggest something like this, but I have put up a Featured Articles RSS @ http://lagring.net/wikipedia.rss and wondered if that is something that could be cool to have at the front page. Not my RSS feed but that at the same time someone creates the featured article, the RSS also gets created. There should also have been a RSS for QOTD, news and featured picture.

  • We already have some RSS feeds at WP:RSS. And as far as I know correctly working RSS feeds update automatically when a new feature article is posted. - Mgm|(talk) 11:42, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
    • Ai ai ai ai ai! But how come it isn't on the frontpage?
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="http://helgo.net/simon/wikipedia/fa.xml" />

And come on, it doesn't seem like the most serious page! I'm thinking more of en.wikipedia.org/featured.xml

  • Where did helgo.net come from? I don't see it listed anywhere. - Mgm|(talk) 12:28, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
I think this is due to some technique difficulties. Since featured articles are stored in a day by day format (as opposed to changes in a single page), local rss feed doesn't work. --WinHunter (talk) 12:45, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
Btw this helgo xml is created by one of the Wikipedia user, User:Skagedal/Fafafa, using a python program which is run daily. --WinHunter (talk) 12:47, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Comfirmation[edit]

I've tried to confirm my email, but it keeps showing me this message:

Confirm E-mail address
Invalid confirmation code. The code may have expired.

But I just got the code 5 mins ago. What's the problem? Thank you. -- Kahang 13:31, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

This usually happens when you send the confimation code twice. Check your inbox for the other email, only the most recent confirmation code will work. Just a guess.--Commander Keane 13:37, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Request to write a balanced biography[edit]

I came across the page for Andrew Filipowski which struck me as blatant self-promotion. Turns out it is a verbatim copy of this person's grandiloquent PR bio. In typical circumstances I would have prodded it, however this person is clearly notable so I tagged it POV and Autobio instead. Should it be tagged copyvio too? I would like this page to be replaced with a short balanced biography, but I don't know the person's history well enough to do it myself. What is the best place to call for attention to this page, so that someone who knows better can start the editing process? This person is known as a controversial figure so the page could quickly become sensitive... Thanks in advance for any hints you can provide. -- JFG 14:27, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Is that any better now? Just zis Guy you know? 14:44, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
Splendid job, thanks!!! -- JFG 16:02, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Language icons[edit]

I am trying to use language icons.

{{It}} works, in fact, I obtain (Italian). {{En}} does not work, in fact, I obtain Transclusion error: {{En}} is only for use in File namespace. Use {{lang-en}} or {{en icon}} instead. rather than (English).

Why?--Dejudicibus 16:54, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Use {{En icon}}. It gives (English). {{It icon}} gives (Italian) also. Jacek Kendysz 17:01, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
Since this is the English Wikipedia it is expected that links will be in English, so {{En icon}} will not be needed often.--Commander Keane 17:06, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Change copyright info for uploaded image?[edit]

Hello, how can I change the copyright info for uploaded pic? I made a mistake. At least, how can I delete it?

You can edit the text description for the image by clicking on the "edit this page" tab. Also, check out the Wikipedia:Image copyright tags page. — TheKMantalk 19:51, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

The Seven Day Theory[edit]

It is very offensive to Tupac Shakur's memory to call him a "gangsta rapper" as you have done on your page about the Seven Day Theory. It is an insult. He was not "gangsta" which, by definition, means "gang member involved with violence". Please take out anything that says Tupac Shakur is a gangsta rapper. It is insulting, and I'm sure it's not the way he would have wanted to be remembered.

  • Not quite. Our article gangsta rap says: Gangsta rap is a subgenre of hip hop music which involves a lyrical focus on the lifestyles of inner-city criminals & gangmembers. So it describes the song's subject rather than the artist performing it. - Mgm|(talk) 20:35, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
    • I'm not sure Hitler would want to be remembered in the way he is, but that's the point of an encyclopedia, to present as close to the turth as possible, not just what suits the subject. EvocativeIntrigue TALK | EMAIL 14:56, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Article re: "GARY FREEDMAN"[edit]

--Garyfreedman 22:24, 20 June 2006 (UTC)== RE: article on Gary Freedman created 6/20/06 ==

I created an article about myself titled "Gary Freedman." I am an attorney but do not practice law so I obtain no commercial benefit from an article in Wikipedia. I link to several of my blogs which are of literary interest. I derive no commercial benefit whatsoever from my blogging activity.

Gary Freedman is notable in that he authored a lengthy autobiography that is written entirely in the form of quotations. This book, titled Significant Moments, is, to the best of my knowledge, one of the few books of its kind.

Central High School of Philadelphia is a Wikipedia entry and should have a link.

GARY FREEDMAN Washington, DC (202) 362 7064

garfreed@... (see history) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Garyfreedman (talkcontribs)

If you are not notable, you shouldn't create article about yourself. That's why this article has just been deleted (I cannot find Gary Freedman) Jacek Kendysz 21:32, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
I presume your article has been deleted, though you don't say so. It was probably deleted per our policy Wikipedia:Notability. If you think it shouldn't have been (after reading that and also Wikipedia:Autobiography) then you may contest this at Wikipedia:Deletion Review, but I doubt you'll have much success. If this doesn't reflect your situation then you'll have to be more specific. --Cherry blossom tree 21:35, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
Update, article had two prods, and both were removed by Mr. Freedman, currently being taken to AfD. Yanksox (talk) 21:37, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Trying to drive web traffic to your blogs is also considered inappropriate even if you do not have any commercial gain. - Mgm|(talk) 21:51, 20 June 2006 (UTC)


Gary - the best place to discuss this matter is

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Gary_Freedman --Charlesknight 22:54, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

update, Thanks for bearing with me. I revised the entry again to state expressly that the blog is a "notable modern example of the medieval Hebrew literary device known as melitzah." The blog is notable not because it is well known, it is notable as one of the few axamples of an existing literary device.--Garyfreedman 18:49, 22 June 2006 (UTC)--Garyfreedman 19:14, 22 June 2006 (UTC)


Main edits[edit]

How many main namespace edits should I get before going for adminship? GangstaEB EA (comments welcome!) 21:28, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

There's no set limit. See User:Durin/Admin charts for various charts on the subject. You'll see, for example, that with 2000 edits total you'd have an 80% chance of success. I understand (I don't vote myself) that people like to see a nice spread of edits (which rather reminds me of bombing patterns from Catch-22, but there we go.) Sorry if that's not much help. Someone may come along with more knowledge of RfAs. --Cherry blossom tree 21:41, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Ah, but Yossarian's squadron was supposed to get a tight bombing pattern that would look good for the cameras, not a spread-out one that might actually take out a large number of targets. Confusing Manifestation 02:45, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
You may also want to consider reading Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Standards to see the opinions of some RfA contributors. BryanG(talk) 02:22, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Inappropriate User Page[edit]

User:Zacluva323 was recently created, and i do not think that the content is very appropriate. Is this for me to comment/take action on, or is the content of a user page solely decided by the user in question? Ollie 21:51, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Ha, well, i see it has been deleted! In that case, what should i have done about it? Ollie 22:12, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
  • I was the one that deleted the page in question. Here's why:
  1. I doubt this is the person's own contact details. They talk about the girl in third person and ask the reader to contact them. Sharing someone else's contact details online is not allowed by law and thus we are allowed to stop it.
  2. Such information is a spam/vandal/troublemaker magnet. While Wikipedia is not censored, we should protect minors from getting in serious trouble by posting such contact information and educate them about safe surfing habits.

Asking here's fine, but if you think it should be deleted, you could've taken it to WP:MFD, asked admins at WP:AN/I to take action or simply tag it for speedy deletion yourself using {{db}} (actually {{db|your reason}}). - Mgm|(talk) 22:18, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

I wasn't sure if it was my place to ask for it to be deleted or not, hence the question. But anyhow, thanks for the help. Ollie 22:24, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

June 21[edit]

Yoshiaki Omura AfD/Legal Exposure Question[edit]

I think it advisable that someone senior in WP hierarchy consider the Yoshiaki Omura entry for possible legal exposure. —Preceding unsigned comment added by TealCyfre (talkcontribs)

  • Apologies for the solecism, wasn't logged in. TealCyfre 05:35, 21 June 2006 (UTC) *Points* Look, there it is ! ! !

Problems with gallery images not appearing[edit]

Sunrise
Úti á Reyni
The artist's mother

I put a gallery of three Commons images onto the Zacharias Heinesen page. Only two of them appear. I have tried various ways around this but without success. The images are shown on the right, and all appear without problem.

Here is what happens when I put them in a gallery:

What am I doing wrong? Thanks in anticipation. Euchiasmus 05:11, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Change "%27" to "'":

--Rob 05:54, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks - I've repaired the page successfully :) Euchiasmus 06:02, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Edit history of a Section?[edit]

Sometimes in looking at an article of some length I want to find out the history of a section of it, or of a particular sentence. Generally to see how long it's been in the article (a day? a week? a year?) and sometimes to see who put it in. Is that possible? For many articles, especially those that get vandalized every day such as Dick Cheney, the article's edit history is practically impossible to use, but might be practical if you could filter it by changes to just a particular section. --Mathew5000 05:53, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

I don't think that is possible due to the Wikipedia architecture. --WinHunter (talk) 06:58, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
  • User:AmiDaniel wrote an external program to find out who first entered a certain piece of text into an article. It's called WhoDunnit. See his userpage for more information. - Mgm|(talk) 07:35, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
Though this tool has heavy limitations, which includes but not limited to: Very limited history is searched, cannot search who remove something and all article blanking vandal revert will be counted as the addition of text (thus IE popup and stopped searching). So I think this tool is not so useful especially in a heavily vandalised page. --WinHunter (talk) 08:01, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
  • I could be mistaken, but doesn't it go back to the first edition. Last time I used it, I seem to remember the original editor being listed on a certain edit, instead of the person who reverted to it later. Of course, you could ask Daniel whether I'm right or not. - Mgm|(talk) 08:49, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

type of blast furnace[edit]

sir i want to ask if cupola is a type of blast furnace and if yes please provide some specifications on it viz.standard size,blast required, fundamental difference between various blast furnaces. where is it used in the world & specifically in India.202.88.175.24

I believe you may want to ask this question in the appropriate Reference Desk. --WinHunter (talk) 10:36, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

What is the template, or how do you make sections have (show/hide) buttons?[edit]

You know, so you can hide bits of the page 'til you expand it with the button, like you see on lots of users' pages? When I look at them, if it's a template, it's been subst'd, so I still don't know. The closest thing I could find was {{anote}}, but I couldn't get that to work with anything over 1 line of text. Am I just using it wrong, or is there another one? -Goldom ‽‽‽ 12:53, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

History of Chandravanshi Dynasty[edit]

Dear Sir,

I want to know the history of Chandravanshi Dynasty / Janjua Dynastry / Kahar, How the caste of chandravanshi converted into the name of "Kahar" and the huge dynasty of chandravanshi where gone from India Raja Janak, Raja Pura, Pandav, Kuru, Kans, Jarasandh where is the dynasty are today in india ?


Dilip Kr. Verma —Preceding unsigned comment added by 59.161.81.181 (talkcontribs)

Removed email address and postal address to prevent poster receiving spam, jam, ham and other foodstuffs. EvocativeIntrigue TALK | EMAIL 14:50, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
I think you may want to ask this in Humanities Reference desk --WinHunter (talk) 13:29, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

SEARCH LIST[edit]

HOW DO I DELETE THE SEARCH LIST? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 196.40.20.197 (talkcontribs)

Can you be more specific? I'm not sure what you're talking about. --Sam Blanning(talk) 18:02, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
If you mean the history of previous searches, be it here or on any website - go to tools, internet options, content tab, autocomplete button, clear forms. This is assuming Windows and Internet Explorer. -Goldom ‽‽‽ 20:37, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Threats[edit]

I just came across what appears to me to be a veiled death threat made against a group of other Wiki users. Naturally I'm quite concerned about this. Is there a place to report such abuses? Thankyou. Gatoclass 20:15, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

  • WP:AN/I should put it to the attention of admins who can take appropriate action. - Mgm|(talk) 20:52, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Soccer Question[edit]

which country invented soccer?

You should post this on the Humanities Refernence Desk (WP:RD/H). Be sure to sign your question with four tildes (~~~~). Emmett5 20:48, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

  • It wasn't a country that invented soccer. I'm positive a person did it. - Mgm|(talk) 20:54, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
To be more helpful: Soccer#History and development has a lot of information, but the question should be more specific. Games similar to soccer have been played throughout history. I suspect you want to know not where the game was invented, but which country set up the current rules of the game, which our article answers. - Mgm|(talk) 20:57, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
It was first played in England and has been played since the middle ages though the matches then basically just a huge fight to get the ball into the goal with hundreds of players on each team. The first rule book was in 1863 written by The Football Association (the english FA).

financial question[edit]

letter of credit payable on sight. what does this mean? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 152.163.100.11 (talkcontribs)

This help desk is for questions about Wikipedia. Questions like yours will get a better response at one of our reference desks. --Cherry blossom tree 22:18, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Unresponsive controversial editors[edit]

What is the best way to deal with an editor making controversial edits who is completely unresponsive to messages on their talk space, and requests in the reverts and any subsequent edits to take it to the talk page of the article, especially when its a part of the article thats already under discussion? I'm not talking they make an edit, you put an edit on their talk page and they immediately make another edit again. I'm talking say over the period of an hour or two, over 3 or 4 articles? --Crossmr 22:35, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

There are various solutions at Wikipedia:Dispute resolution, of varying severity. If the other user refuses to engage in any of them then you might want to post the details at the administrator's noticeboard to see if anyone wants to intervene. --Cherry blossom tree 22:43, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
I'm bookmarking that. He seems to have calmed down now, but I'm not sure how useful any of those will be if he refuses to goto a talk page (heck his edits didn't even include a response to what I was saying, he just kept putting the stuff back). --Crossmr 22:49, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

finding my article in the search function[edit]

Hi - I created an article on the audiovisual industry but when i conduct a search using these terms it doesn't come up - can you help me? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Talywalsh (talkcontribs) 22:36, 21 June 2006.

What search terms are you using to search for it? --Crossmr 22:39, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
Here is your article: Professional audiovisual industry. Mo-Al 22:39, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
I believe it takes a little while for new pages to show up in searches, so hold out! Gyre 18:30, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
You can find your previous edits by clicking on the "My contributions" button at the top of the screen. Road Wizard 22:06, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

Death threats are fun![edit]

Say if "user a" makes a death threat aginst "user b" in an edit summary, and it's highly possible that "user a" can carry out the threat, what should "user a" do? "user b" (talkcontribs) 23:22, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Such action violated No personal attacks. You can first leave {{npa}}, {{npa2}}, and {{npa3}} (No personal attack warnings) in the talk page of the user concerned, if he don't listens then you can report that to Personal attack intervention noticeboard. (For detailed guidelines see the noticeboard)--WinHunter (talk) 23:29, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
What if the events happened already? see here Pacific Coast Highway (blahtypa-typa) 23:30, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
If it's actually a plausible death threat, post a comment describing the situation (concisely, clearly, without invective, and – ideally – with diffs) on the incidents page of the administrators' noticeboard. Alternatively, contact an active administrator by email, if you don't want the complaint to be publicly visible. Such complaints should be acted upon quite rapidly. (Note that implausible death threats are also frowned upon, but may not result in quite as rapid or thorough a response.) TenOfAllTrades(talk) 23:35, 21 June 2006 (UTC) amended 23:41, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
Is "I have a picture of you" plausible enough to post to the Administrators Noticeboard? Pacific Coast Highway (blahtypa-typa) 23:44, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
The behavior to which you linked is completely out of line. If you don't post on AN/I, I will. Powers 00:19, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
Briefly, I suspect that the editor is behaving in an immature manner and doesn't mean anything that he says. Rather, I imagine that his remarks were for shock value and nothing more. He's been warned, and if he persists I won't hesitate to block him (and I would advise any other admin to do the same). TenOfAllTrades(talk) 01:22, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
...And he's now blocked for 24 hours. That block will be lengthened if necessary. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 01:40, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
LOL and *smh* at TenOfAllTrades for thinking he's a hero, when he infact only blocked me because I told him to. Another case of people thinking they're big, when they're infact cowards. I Am Ri¢h! 02:12, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
Oh, like you. Pacific Coast Highway (blahtypa-typa) 02:13, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
This coming from the snitch... I Am Ri¢h! 02:18, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
Fine, I'll make nice. WHAT THE HELL?!? What is with all the modiness? Pacific Coast Highway (blahtypa-typa) 02:24, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
WHAT THE HELL?!? is up with you period! I Am Ri¢h! 02:40, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
ME?!?!? What did I do? Can someone inform me? Pacific Coast Highway (blahtypa-typa) 02:42, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

June 22[edit]

Unsigned comment on talk pages[edit]

I posted a comment to a talk page and forgot to sign it. I also was not logged in. So should I: 1) Post again from that IP address attributing the comment to my account; 2) Let it be; or 3) Something else? Thanks. --Silvaran 01:25, 22 June 2006 (UTC) (<-- Hah! I remembered.)

Just go ahead and sign the existing comment while logged in. It happens frequently. --GraemeL (talk) 01:31, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

Unecessary list?[edit]

(I have asked about this before, but didn't get a clear answer) Is there any Wikipedia policy which would clear up the issue of the article Drina, specifically whether it is okay to list all of the towns a river passes through, and whether it counts as notable? Mo-Al 18:37, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

In my opinion, the article seems to be substantial enough to remain as it is: the listing is a little on the tedious side, perhaps, but is a useful reference to anyone wishing to know which towns do pass through it. The only guide I can offer you at the moment is Thames and Seine. EvocativeIntrigue TALK | EMAIL 21:14, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
  • I'd prefer a map instead of the large section of text that's in there now, but until you can get your hands on a free map (remember, maps are copyrighted too), it's prosified enough to stay, IMO, though not necessarily well-written. - Mgm|(talk) 07:32, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

page / info does not show up[edit]

I recently submitted additional info on the Post Production page, adding the company "LaserPacific" to the page and also submitting info for that company on its own page. Neither of that shows up -- but it looked like it was there immediately after adding. Can you tell me what might be the reason?—Preceding unsigned comment added by Trhode (talkcontribs)

See [5] and LaserPacific - A KODAK Company (which should probably have its name changed and be rewritten to be less of an ad). · rodii · 21:50, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

How do I alter the header (to delete "A Kodak Comapny"?)

You can't, per se. You would have to move the article to the new title, which you can do after you've been a member for a few days. I'll do it for you. Oops, looks like someone already did it. After that, you might want to read WP:CORP, which discusses the question of notability for corporations. And please sign your comments by putting four tildes (~~~~) after them. · rodii · 22:12, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
Oh, it was you! OK, then. :) · rodii · 22:13, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

Thank you. Yes, I went to the FAQ section and saw how to "move" the title. Appreciate your help. I am a newbie  :-) Trhode 22:16, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

dvd music only on disc.[edit]

I wish to know how can I place wav. and/or mp3 music on dvd disc only. Not with video at all. Also be able to play back on different types of players, cd player, dvd player, and/or laptop micosoft format. Thanks Paul

This page is for asking questions about how to edit Wikipedia. For more general knowledge questions, please visit the Reference desk. Road Wizard 22:00, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

My Wiki article "reads like an advertisement"[edit]

I just submitted an article (Murphy Rebel Aircraft) for the Wikipedia. I tried to keep it as straight forward and factual as I could - but the page has a "header in a block" that says "this article reads like an advertisement" I have followed many pages trying to find how to reword it so that it is "acceptable" to Wiki - but at the end of the day (2 AM in the morning actually) I can't see how to "de-advertise" a factual article about a kit built aircraft ?!?

I didn't want to write a wafly article that went on & on about personal junk - just a straight forward / useful information one

ALSO (and please be aware , that I am NO computer junkie ) I cannot figure out HOW to "Tag" my photo (to go with the article) - so that it will be accepted to appear WITH the article :o( Again- I followed many link pages - but nothing makes sense to me ... (and this IS my first ever attempt to contribute an article too)

I found my photot on the "untagged photos " page (VH-REB at Ayers Rock airport) - but I just can't figure out HOW to "tag" it

Thanks Rick Harper [email removed to prevent spam] user Rebel541 Rebel541 22:36, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

Hi, welcome to Wikipedia! To tag your image, go to Image:VH-REB at Ayers Rock .jpg, click edit this page, and add one of these tags.
To add your image to the article, use [[Image:VH-REB at Ayers Rock .jpg|thumb|REBEL]] on the article.
For more info please see the note I left on your talk page.
BTW, you can automatically sign your name by writing ~~~~. WP 22:52, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
Hi Rick. My suggestion is to let Wikipedia process your article a bit. Looking it over, I think the problem is less that it reads like an ad as that it needs "wikification." I'll change the template (now you'll see a different box); let's see what getting some other eyes on it will accomplish. Don't worry too much about it. · rodii · 22:59, 22 June 2006 (UTC)
I agree, I don't think the article necessarily reads like an advertisement. It's just a standard new short article - thanks for contributing! One minor point: try not to use Wiki as an abbreviation for Wikipedia. Wiki is a general term for editable websites such as these. --Kwekubo 23:06, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

Deleting talk page message[edit]

please could you delete this hole message. thank you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Petra999 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.109.107.233 (talkcontribs)

  • Feel free to archive it if it's been handled, but remember that it's there for a reason. If we were to delete it entirely it could confuse other editors investigating said copyright violation. Always leave a paper trail. - Mgm|(talk) 07:26, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

HTML Forms[edit]

Dear Help Desk,

I would like to add a back button using HTML forms or javascript in wikipedia. Do i need special permissions to do them. Please provide relevant information with regards to this query to (email address removed to prevent user receiving spam, ham, jam and guinea pigs. EvocativeIntrigue TALK | EMAIL 11:56, 23 June 2006 (UTC))

Thanks bhanu —Preceding unsigned comment added by Vijbhanu (talkcontribs)

I'm unsure as to what exactly you want to do. Do you want to add custom Javascript to Wikipedia to enhance your browsing? If so, you may do so at your personal monobook.js file located here. Kalani [talk] 04:52, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

June 23[edit]

Quitting[edit]

How do I delete my username? Please contact me on my talk page. Scienceman 04:43, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Accounts with contributions such as yours may not be deleted. However, you may opt to change your username at Wikipedia:Changing username. See here for more information. Kalani [talk] 04:48, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Jim Fitzpatrick Roller Derby[edit]

Hi, I was wondering why some external links were deleted from the site? I think one may have seemed redundant, but not all of them. One was a book publisher, one was a Japanese site (Roller Game with video and photos)and one was an American Roller Derby site (ARDL Bay City Bombers also with video, mention and photos)two were Yahoo! Groups sites: Ann Calvello and Joan Weston. Going to those sites also verifies the info is correct and not made up.

I try to read the info thinking someone was vandalizing the site, but then read into it. Please let me know if any or all the info can be readded. Thanks, Jim —Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.121.32.42 (talkcontribs)

  • Information that is used to write the article should be in a "references" section rather than the external links. However, I doubt Yahoo groups are considered reliable sources. Remember that Wikipedia isn't about linking as much sites as possible. The external links should offer more detailed information about the subject that couldn't be included in the article and generally video/picture sites aren't the type of links usually looked for. Perhaps Wikipedia:External links will provide you with the info you need? - Mgm|(talk) 07:24, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
  • I removed the non-links from the "External links" section. In other words, the only things I removed were those that weren't actual links. I wouldn't even have looked twice if they had been links to an external site, but they weren't. Personally, I agree with Mgm that Yahoo groups aren't really reliable sources but if they had been linked I wouldn't have removed them. I hope that answers your question. SWAdair 07:43, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

architecture[edit]

hi , my question is regarding architecture. which one is the best?INTERIOR OR BUILDING MANGENENT AND CONSTRUCTION,which SPECIALIZATION should i take?pls reply me

Symbol move vote.svg Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions and will try to answer just about any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that is what this Help Desk is for). Just follow the link, select the relevant section, and ask away. I hope this helps. Harryboyles 11:25, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Alternate site[edit]

I work for a school system that has recently blocked access to Wikipedia because many of our students were misusing your site and deliberatly making incorrect and inappropriate edits of the articles on your website. I was told that you have an alternate site with your content, but without the ability to edit the content. Is this true? If so, what is the site? Annette--64.48.176.157 08:02, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

There are many mirrors for Wikipedia (e.g. encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com). They are all listed in Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks. --WinHunter (talk) 08:19, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
When people edit wikipedia articles, the address uses the form: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=(insert page title here)&action=edit for editing and http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=(insert page title here)&action=submit when previewing or sumbitting changes to an article. You could possibly block the &action= and &edit= sections and leave the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/insert page title here which is for when viewing a page alone. This allows studentys to access the most up ot date content and prevents vandalism in the one hit. Harryboyles 11:23, 23 June 2006 (UTC)


upload help[edit]

Can someone please upload this image file for me:

http://img236.imageshack.us/my.php?image=911conspiracy4jo.gif

I'd like to be able to inline it on talk pages, but inlining external images is no longer allowed. Thanks!

82.131.184.53 12:37, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

p.s. I asked this question at the reference desk but only got rude and unhelpful replies.

Here's another rude and unhelpful reply. That image has no place on Wikipedia, and you need to watch out for disrupting Wikipedia to make a point. As you no doubt know, the issue of 9/11 conspiracies is causing a big ruckus right now, and I don't think anyone should be helping someone who can't be bothered to identify himself to stir the shit even more. If it's so important for you to upload that image, get an account, log in, and do it yourself. Then I think your next move would be to put it on people's talk pages and get banned. · rodii · 15:17, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
Why would I put an image on someone else 's talk page? What is "stirring up shit", etc. Is this reply in good faith? I'd only put the image one my own (IP's) talk page, signing it. You can already see my contributions, etc, and I sign my posts. I don't see why I should be excluded from discussing with people, and I certainly don't wish to vandalize anyone's talk page. :( I read "disrupting wikipedia to make a point", but I think you might think I intend to vandalize, but this is not the case. Could you please help me by uploading the picture I linked? Thank you. 82.131.184.53 15:54, 23 June 2006 (UTC).
So when you say you'd like to be able to inline it on talk pages, plural, does that mean you have more than one? And you're really that concenred about getting it on to the talk page of an anonymous IP address, even though you've never edited either the user or talk page in any way? That IP address is persistent enough for you to want to add the image to that talk page, but you're unwilling to get an actual account? And how should your upload helpers know how to tag it, and why should they bear the responsibility for copyright issues instead of you? And are we supposed to believe that you can't create an account because you need help thinking of a username? I see lots of questions at the refdesk that you never gave saisfactory answers to. Sorry, the whole thing smells bad to me. But it doesn't matter, I see no reason to help you upload such a useless image to Wikipedia. Get an account, and you can do it yourself. · rodii · 16:47, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

I wonder if this person understands the concept of an open source encyclopedia - even the basics, what is your responsibility, what's not. Getting a user account, basic ettiquette (that how you spell it?) and simple polity. Is this Willy on Wheels in disguise, just wasting our time instead of moving pages (for a change)? I wonder, if I were an admin, I might consider banning you for simply being annoying - and rude and unhelpful, just like me. Alright, here's a username, you just need to email me, and I'll give you it. I'll tell you, it will work - if it doesn't, its not wikipedia's fault. Click on my signiature, then "email this user" at the right hand side. martianlostinspace 20:41, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, I forgot to add: you need to click on the "send" button,too.--martianlostinspace 20:42, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Importing photographs into an article[edit]

Hello, all. I'm a budding contributor to Wikipedia. Please can you tell me, in idiots' language (i.e., keep it laughably simple) how I can import photographs (they are copyright-cleared) into an article. Please could you answer these questions SPECIFICALLY and in order:

  • Is there a Wikipedia link that will give me procedure on importing?
  • What governs the size of the picture you're importing? (how do you control the size)
  • When Wikipedia prints photographs from a private source, do they become Wiki's copyright or does the source retain copyright?
  • How may we credit the photographer?
  • How do you obtain copyright permissions for copyrighted photographs?

I thank you. FClef 13:59, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

* Is there a Wikipedia link that will give me procedure on importing?
In the toolbox on the left-hand side of the page, click on Upload file.
* What governs the size of the picture you're importing? (how do you control the size)
The size of images on pages is determined per page. Upload the file with its original resolution (don't shrink it). You can scale the image down on the article you wish to insert it in.
* When Wikipedia uses photographs from a private source, do they become Wiki's copyright or does the source retain copyright?
The source/owner retains all copyrights (unless it's public domain) and licences the media for use on Wikipedia (and related projects).
* How may we credit the photographer?
When you click on Upload file, just put the details of the author/owner in the Summary field as well as the licenses used.
* How do you obtain copyright permissions for copyrighted photographs?
Due to the fact that Wikipedia is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, and that articles are freely copied, Wikipedia does not allow the use of copyrighted images unless they meet the fair use rationale.
You ask the copyright holder to release the image under a free license. - Mgm|(talk) 15:55, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
For more information, see our Image use policy, how to upload, and the Image_copyright_tags available. Harryboyles 14:54, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
A minor technical aside—all GFDL content is copyrighted, too. All of Wikipedia is, in fact. The GFDL just a license which specifies the terms and conditions under which other people may duplicate and redistribute this copyrighted material. Similarly, copyrighted images are permitted on Wikipedia under other than 'fair use' conditions—they must be licensed under the GFDL or another compatible 'free' license. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 15:54, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, all. -- FClef 18:11, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Wrong name of a category[edit]

The Category Wat Si Saket [6] should be : Pagodas in Vientian, because 3 pictures on 4 don't actually show the Wat Si Saket but (you guess) other pagodas in Vientian. Can somebody change the category ?

Photo Insertion Help[edit]

What is wrong with my code here: Trump International Hotel and Tower (SoHo). The photo is not inserting itself. Tony The Tiger 18:47, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

You forgot to insert the "Image:" tag after your opening brackets "[[". I fixed the problem for yah ;) Hucz 18:50, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. Tony The Tiger 19:05, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

How do I upload this image for use on Wikipedia?[edit]

I have located this image http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/2/23/Kraftwerk_Ekibastus.jpg of a power plant flue gas stack in Kazachstan which I would like to use in an article in the Wikipedia about flu gas stacks. How do I locate the image ... and then how do I upload it into the Wikipedia? - mbeychok 19:30, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

You can use the "Upload file" link on the left inside the toolbox. Select the license as {{cc-by-sa-2.0}} - Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 (as in de:Bild:Kraftwerk Ekibastus.jpg) and include both the "de" link and its image summary when you upload.--WinHunter (talk) 19:43, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks very much, WinHunter, but you please help me a bit more with these questions: (1) When I upload, I will be asked from where to download the image. Do I reply with http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/2/23/Kraftwerk_Ekibastus.jpg? (2) When I am asked to select an option, I select cc-by-sa-20, is that correct? (3) The "de' link you gave me is all in German and I don't know which part is the image summary. Could you look at it and tell me specifically what I should include? Thanks again. - mbeychok 20:13, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
You must first download the image from the web site to your own computer (e.g. to your desktop, but anywhere will do). Then you fill in the location of the file on your computer. The easiest way to do that is to click the Browse button to find it. Notinasnaid 20:16, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
1. Yes, just quote that url. 2. Since cc-by-sa-2.0 is not available from the dropdown license list, just enter {{cc-by-sa-2.0}} as part of the image summary. 3. German: Das Kohlekraftwerk Ekibastus, K-U Reitmann (selbst fotografiert, 2005) translated to (using google translate) English: The coal-fired power station Ekibastus, K-U riding man (photographs, 2005)
After you uplaod the image you can post the image link here so I can verify if you have uploaded it correctly. --WinHunter (talk) 20:32, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
The Wikipedia upload would not work using the above URL (I tried twice). So, as suggested by Notinasanid, I downloaded the photo to my computer and then gave that location to the upload ... and it worked. Here is the link to the Wikipedia image (as I named it): Image:PowerPlantEkibastus.jpg and thanks very much to both of you who responded to my request for help. - mbeychok 22:01, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

copy & paste OK?[edit]

I would like to know if it is ok with policy to copy a letter from another editor’s user page and paste it in my own user talk page (I already asked permission to the editor who wrote that letter)? 201.144.135.107 20:33, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Sure, you can copy anything from other pages and welcome to Wikipedia! GeorgeMoney T·C 20:40, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
  • If that particular message is part of an ongoing discussion between the two of you, no problem. If it's not make sure you keep the signature of whoever wrote it attached. It may also be useful to add a note on why you added it. - Mgm|(talk) 07:17, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Request for deletion, reply option?[edit]

An user commented my own opinion on a request for deletion. By reading it, I am confident I am being misunderstood. Is replying in request for deletion a typical habit?
MaxDZ8 talk 20:36, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

It isn't really called a RfD. Replying is sometimes done, though I'd put it as a comment on the xFD page. Computerjoe's talk 20:55, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Fast as always (you guys at the help desk rock!). I think this is getting too much involved for me, I'm not even sure of what shall I do. In ignorance, they'll live happier (doh!). MaxDZ8 talk 21:36, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Legend of Zelda[edit]

Where are the passwords for The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons and Ages???

Please post the passwords for those games.

I love your site :)

-Thanks

~~Żęʃɖα ʍąςťéŗ~~

Try a Google search. There are many cheat websites where you can find that information. Road Wizard 20:56, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
I would suggest you check GameFAQs.com for questions like this. SubSeven 07:15, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Delete or Revert[edit]

I am relatively new to Wikipedia.

I found this article: Gubi_Sandhu

I cannot see how this belongs on Wikipedia. I am not sure if this is vandalism or bad writing.

It appears to me that an earlier version was better, and more wiki-like.

Could someone clear things up?

Thank You,

4dhayman 23:38, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Apparently, this is a copyvio from the url provided. What you need to do is put {{copyvio|http://www.gubisandhu.com/}} --GeorgeMoney T·C 23:47, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
I see Kylu already tagged it. Nevermind then. --GeorgeMoney T·C 23:48, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

Writing an article[edit]

I followed the instructions on writing an article.I completed the edit/summary. The article was entitled Zbark. The reason for this is that it is a term used in Wikipedia when you search for Flat Fee. Here is the article: Zbark: An entirely new Real Estate Brokerage business model that replaces the outdated listing commissions of the 20th Century. The model helps consumers that are buying and/or selling real estate. It puts the consumer in control of the buying/selling process rather than a real estate agent and/or broker. It is a fee based system rather than a commission system.

Here is where the term Zbark is quoted in Wikipedia: Real Estate

A way that homeowners can list their property on a local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and www.Realtor.com for one fee. This is a radical departure from the listing commission that is usually associated with a homeowner selling their property. The homeowner may or may not choose to pay a Buyer's Agent (a real estate agent) whom brings the homeowner a contract. Most Flat Fee Brokers feel that it helps to sell the property faster if the homeowner agrees to compensate the Buyer's Agent. Federal and State Law state all Real Estate commissions are negotiable. The name Zbark is a synonym for Flat Fee with regards to Real Estate. It is defined as: An entirely new Real Estate Brokerage business model that replaces the outdated listing fees of the 20th Century. The model helps consumers that are buying and/or selling real estate. It puts the consumer in control of the buying/selling process rather than a real estate agent and/or broker. It is a fee based system rather that a commission system.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You, Michael Thomas

email: mt1@att.net —Preceding unsigned comment added by Shiraz4848 (talkcontribs)

Hiya Shiraz4848/Michael. Looks to me like that bit of information is actually an embedded ad, rather than authentically helpful information in the article. Instead of making the article in question, I'd be tempted to remove the ad from the Real Estate article instead. Take care! :D ~Kylu (u|t) 23:57, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

June 24[edit]

Quotes[edit]

How can I get the quotations marks like the ones in this article? Wizrdwarts (T|C|E) 01:15, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

I think you have to use the {{cquote}} template. Just make an edit like this: {{cquote|Like this}} and there you go:

Road Wizard 01:21, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks! Wizrdwarts (T|C|E) 01:22, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

wikilinks in bold format?[edit]

Hi, should wikilinks of characters' or people be in bold? For example, should a wikilink for Mr. George Jones be in bold? I read the Manual of Style, but I didn't find anything relating to fictional characters. An annonymous user bolded the names at [7]

If you need any more info or another example, let me know and I'll try to help.

Cheers. --Starionwolf 02:11, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

No. In fact, bold should be used very sparingly outside headings and the bolded subject of the article in the lead paragraph. · rodii · 02:37, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

In fact, headers are bolded automatically if you use the header format. So you should rarely bold anything. Titles of books and movies, I believe, should be in italics, but names should be left as is. - Mgm|(talk) 11:21, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for the explaination. I remember that a subject in the lead section or introduction should be in bold. --Starionwolf 20:47, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Actually, another common use of bold is in table row or column headers. It may be that your anon was thinking along those lines, but it's really not appropriate in that table except for the King/Queen row, I think. · rodii · 21:13, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Audio pic[edit]

Does anyone know the common image I'm thinking about, with a speaker and some "waves" coming out of it? Maybe resembles something like this, {O} ))). Haha, that's not a very good sketch. Or does anyone know a good commonly used picture to represent sound, or audio? Thanks. Hucz 02:30, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

This one? Image:Sound-icon.svg WP 08:40, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
Or you could use Image:Loudspeaker.png if you want something a bit smaller. Andrew (My talk · World Cup) 18:16, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Volunteer to patrol vandalism[edit]

I'd like to get involved with cleaning up vandalism. I visit Wikipedia as a logged in user at least 2-3 times a day, and would like to help out, casually, with vandalism. What page should I look at to get started? (I've tried Special:Recentchanges, but a lot of bots and other users catch the vandalism before I do :). --Silvaran 03:45, 24 June 2006 (UTC)


stub opinion[edit]

I am unsure if this is an appropriate stub linkage. I put a drink stub on Argo Tea. Please give your opinion on the propriety of this. Tony The Tiger 07:45, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

I added a {{Restaurant-stub}} tag. WP 08:43, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

cooking chicken[edit]

when my wife and i cook chicken we pull the skin off then coat it with 4 cs then brown it in a skillet. we then freeze it. when preparing we thaw it out over night how long should i bake in oven in stoneware at what temp? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 141.151.165.53 (talkcontribs) 08:39, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. - Tangotango 11:50, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

change in title of an article[edit]

I written an article about a person and now the last name does not begin with a capital letter.

How can that be changed? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Nico Rose (talkcontribs) 11:42, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

You can rename the article using the "move" button (to the right of the "edit this page" button). Your account must be 4 days old to move pages. If the move is controversial or impossible, please visit Wikipedia:Requested moves. Cheers, Tangotango 11:52, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
  • That capital letter isn't there because you didn't enter it. The software won't fix such things automatically, because it can't know for sure it's a name. I can move the article for you if you give me the name. It's just a minor mistake, don't sweat it. Just make sure you do it correctly next time. :) - Mgm|(talk) 19:09, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Album Covers[edit]

Are album covers copyrighted? Could you check this picture out:[[8]]. Is it copyrighted .I need to know what license it is under. Thank you.Ketan 12:55, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Yes, album covers are protected. Just select the "Album cover" (fair use) license when you upload your file, and make sure it is actually used on an article once it is uploaded. (Fair use images can't just be kept on Wikipedia for no reason) Cheers, Tangotango 14:56, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Military dress medals[edit]

Would it be proper to wear these minitures on my DJ's for a civilian summer ball occassion?

Thanks

Leigh —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 81.106.161.85 (talkcontribs) 13:06, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. - Tangotango 14:54, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Generic image names[edit]

What do I do with images that have generic names, like Image:Soviet.jpg and Image:France.jpg? Alr 16:32, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Nothing.--Commander Keane 17:02, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
If these names are already in use, you shouldn't try to overwrite the images already there. Instead, if you are uploading a file with the same name, modify the file name in some way, perhaps by adding your Wikipedia username (or a shortened form thereof) to it (as I have done with Image:Pennine Way Sign Andh.jpg) or the width or height of the image in pixels. Andrew (My talk · World Cup) 18:10, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Yes, if you upload an image, make sure your file name is unique. That way you can make sure nothing gets overwritten -- on purpose or accidental. - Mgm|(talk) 19:12, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Copyright Issues[edit]

I want to upload a Google Earth image to illustrate an article about a building which is in the image.

Has NASA taken the Google Earth images?

Are they released into Public Domain?

Is is fair use?

I would be grateful if someone could clear this up for me

4dhayman 16:55, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

The simple answer is that Google Earth images are commercial and cannot be used in Wikipedia. Nasa may have public domain alternative images on the internet, I'm not sure where to check.
That is not fair use.--Commander Keane 17:02, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
For copyright reasons, I wouldn't use Google Earth images in Wikipedia (though they do have copyright indications at the bottom). However, you may be able to use images from World Wind, NASA's free alternative. Andrew (My talk · World Cup) 18:04, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Thumb caption text size[edit]

I there a way to cram down the text size in a thumbnail's caption? I tried both <small></small> and <sup></sup> without effect. WP:PIC and WP:EIS were no help. Thanks in advance.--Fuhghettaboutit 17:29, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

<small></small> works for me, but if the thumbnail is too small you may have to set it manually, i.e. <span style="font-size: 5px">Example</span>, which turns out as Example (of course you want it higher than 5px!) fetofs Hello! 17:56, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
Aha. I guess the small size of the thumbnail was the reason <small> wasn't working; span class did the trick. Thanks!--Fuhghettaboutit 20:04, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

foods and their nutrients[edit]

--205.188.116.71 20:39, 24 June 2006 (UTC)Dear Sir:

Where may you send me, I wish to find out which foods offer what nutrient value.

Vitamin A is in these foods

Vitamin C is in these foods

Folate is found in these foods

Potasium in these foods



Where may I find a more complete list in addition to these 4 examples?


If a doctor tells me to get more potassium in my diet I will eat --------- Thank you, Audrey Ruddy

You may find the article sections on good sources of Vitamin A, sources of Vitamin C, Folate in foods, and Potassium in one's diet useful. As for a complete list, the vitamin table is certainly useful, and poking around the nutrition article will lead to further information on a balanced diet. For further dietary concerns, please consult the science reference desk. I hope all goes well. Dar-Ape 21:17, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

comprehensive system of education in U.K.[edit]

How succesful has this system been academically?


In what sense? against other international systems? Against previous systems? --Charlesknight 21:43, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

WP:WEB and Alexa rank[edit]

Hi, I was working through some of the articles for deletion and was looking at some of the articles promoting web sites. They often evidently fail WP:WEB but sometimes in the vote, alexa traffic rankings are used as implications of notability. If a website cannot be differentiated by WP:WEB or other means, what kind of traffic ranking would we consider notable? Do we have to take into account the whole "Alexa toolbar users only" thing? Anand 22:36, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

WP:WEB is only a guideline. People are free to use it as a guideline to establish notability, but can use whatever criteria they choose if they feel its notable enough for some other reason. They have to be prepared to defend their reason, and a high traffic rank is usually a pretty easily defendable thing. If it shows in the top 100,000 websites (Which is what Alexa will show in graphs) you're probably not going to get an article that easily deleted unless there are other problems with it (OR, blatant advertisting, etc) at which point many people will call for clean-up rather than delete. --Crossmr 02:12, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
  • If you know of another way to reliably measure the amount of unqique visitors to a site, you're welcome to use that too. Alexa ranks may not be accurate when they are about sites not often visited by non-Alexa users, but with ranks over 2 or 3 million, it's usually pretty clear it hasn't got much visitors no matter how you measure it. - Mgm|(talk) 07:14, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks guys! Anand(talk) 17:33, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

images[edit]

Whenever I attempt to upload an image it doesn't work because the image type isn't recommended, how do I convert to .jpg? ReverendG 00:30, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Generally, whatever image editor you are using gives you the ability to save in many different formats (including jpg). --Porqin 01:38, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

  • What type of image were you trying to use? =- Mgm|(talk) 07:28, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

June 25[edit]

How to report an IP for Vandal[edit]

There is a person that constantly removes all the external links and places couple of his/her own links there. It is not a registered editor and it only show the IP address. --Carcrazy 00:57, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Please visit WP:AIV. Thanks. --Porqin 01:36, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Japanese names[edit]

I'm writing an article on a japanese person, however in the naming portion, I don't know how to write japanese symbols. Could someone please help? And also, how do you create new categories? --Summonmaster13 01:00 25 June 2006 (UTC)

The easiest way is if you can find it online, just copy and paste it. Otherwise, you'll need to use an IME. For Windows, you can download it someplace on the microsoft site, just search for Japanese IME. You'll also need asian character support installed. Look in control panel -> regional settings. That's just to see them at all, if you can see them, you have that part. If you're using Mac, OSX comes with built in support for writing Japanese I believe, you'd have to search the help to find out how to use it. Once IME is installed, it's a bit nonintuitive - you have to set it to writing in japanese, and there's a few settings, that I've never been able to read as I can't read Japanese, so I just click them til it works. When typing, every syllable you write will then convert into kana. If you want kanji, hit space while the right part is underlined (which it does as you type). -Goldom ‽‽‽ 01:29, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
If you are unsure about what Japanese characters to use, you can ask at Wikipedia:Japan-related topics notice board as well. To create a new category just include [[category:new category]] on a page you want in the new category. This will show up as a red category link, and then you can click this and add at least [[category:parent of new category]] to the category (to link it in to the category structure). There are a LOT of categories, so you might want to look around and make sure the category you're creating doesn't already exist. Please see Wikipedia:Categorization for more details. -- Rick Block (talk) 01:48, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Confused by editing/submitting process/FAQs[edit]

While trying to submit to Wikipedia, I was very confused by the editing/submitting process. I have something I want to add on an article, but I can't seem to figure out how I should go about doing that.

--Kel-E 02:15, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Click edit on the page or the appropriate section and make your changes. Hit preview if you like to ensure things look like they should, and press submit. That is all there is to it. --Crossmr 02:16, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Looking for name of template similar to spoiler template[edit]

Looks just about the same, but it's about wrestling, and reads something like "the following section may contain ???, and may speak about ficticious something something as if they were real". I can't seem to find it anywhere again, and I can't remember what the ??? word is to look it up. -Goldom ‽‽‽ 02:20, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

(tag removed to avoid category on page)

That one? ~Kylu (u|t) 02:24, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

No, no it looks just like the {{spoiler}} tag in size and shape. It's saying that the section is fiction, not that it needs to be cleaned up. -Goldom ‽‽‽ 03:44, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
I found it! Guess it doesn't really look like spoiler tag anymore though. It's {{Kayfabe disclaimer}}-Goldom ‽‽‽ 03:55, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Deleted Page[edit]

I recently created an article about John Lazzaro, a candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate, but the page seems to have been deleted. Could someone explain why this happened? Thanks

There was an Article for deletion on it at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/John Lazzaro --GeorgeMoney (talk) (Help Me Improve!) 02:52, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Drop in alexa rankings[edit]

I was just looking at the Awareness Statistics and I found that Wikipedia's daily ranking dropped down to 30. I don't see how it's possible for the rankings to drop to a yearly low in Mid-June. Is the alexa ranking going to start decreasing now?

I just checked, and the ranking is at 16, and hasn't been at 30 since January. Gyre 06:32, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

1967 music[edit]

where can i find a COMPLETE list of 1967 music played on A.M. radio? ... OTHER THAN IN MY DREAMS! thanking you Mable bakermable baker

  • I doubt you can. Even in 1967, there'd be multiple AM radio stations running, and it's quite possible they didn't save their playlists at the time. Besides, you didn't even specify a country. Getting a worldwide list of such songs is definitely not possible. - Mgm|(talk) 07:33, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Citing a Court Case Correctly[edit]

25 June 2006 06:56 Ste4k wrote: Hi! I could use some help citing a court case but am unsure what the acceptable manner to do that is. I would like to change the current version from an opinion to the actual title of the document. I am just having trouble figuring out what the actual title of this court case would be. Thanks!

Hi. You probably don't want to cite that opinion as judge Sweet vacated it at least in part. To be more precise, in the published decision at (note the following citation format I use, which may help you with your question; I am a practicing attorney in New York, and this is how the published decision I am referring to would be cited in legal papers) Penguin Books U.S.A., Inc. v. New Christian Church ..., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7330 (S.D.N.Y., 2004), judge Sweet states: "The preliminary injunction granted by the Court in its opinion dated July 25, 2000 and by order dated September 6, 2000, along with the stipulation and further order of preliminary injunction dated January 17, 2001, are hereby vacated, dissolved, and of no further force and effect." Note that the opinion you have linked to, dated July 21, 2000, is unsigned and is likely the referred to "opinion dated July 25, 2000." Since you probably don't have access to Lexis or Westlaw, drop me a line on my talk page if you want me to post the text of the published decision on your talk page.--Fuhghettaboutit 07:48, 25 June 2006 (UTC)


Muse.svg[edit]

I created the image Image:Muse.svg yesterday from Muse Logo.png using Inkscape. I saved it as an "Inkscape SVG". It showed up perfectly on my computer using Inkscape and Internet Explorer. When I uploaded it, it showed a red X. I then resaved it as a "Plain SVG" and uploaded it again. The same thing happened. Does anyone know what the problem is? Thanks Mahahahaneapneap 11:50, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Your file is just an SVG wrapper with a link to the original PNG image. If you think about it, that makes sense--there's no way Inkscape could look at the PNG bitmap and figure out how to redraw it in the vector format SVG uses. So you didn't really redo the Muse logo as SVG, you just created an SVG file that consists mainly of a pointer to the original image. And since the URL in that link is just "Muse.png" it won't work except from within one particular directory on whatever machine contains Muse.png. · rodii · 16:59, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
Copyright logos in svg format can't be used in Wikipedia, since part of the fair use claim is that the image is low resolution (svgs are not low res).--Commander Keane 18:16, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Special pages[edit]

I have two questions. First, which users are able to modify the Special:Specialpages because it could use a better structure and organsation. And second, where is the place where I can request a special page. Thank you. CG 14:17, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Special pages, including Special:Specialpages, are implemented in the software so only developers can change them. Changes and enhancements are treated just like bugs, so the right spot is Wikipedia:Bugzilla. You can either use the mailing list or enter a bug report in bugzilla. -- Rick Block (talk) 15:22, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

HV engineering[edit]

sir / madam

i'm unable to search topic related to high voltage engineering subjects. help me.

Ms. akila elango

(Removed email address: SPAM is not as tasty as you'd think.) EvocativeIntrigue TALK | EMAIL 14:37, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
You could try taking a peek at the Science reference desk, who are probably more suited to answering your question. Hope this helps! EvocativeIntrigue TALK | EMAIL 14:37, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Image:Harriet.jpg[edit]

The text of Image:Harriet.jpg is talking about Harriet but the picture isn't about it. I'm confused. Could someone more experienced take a look and try to figure out if it is an edit gone wrong or vandalism The bellman 15:27, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Yup, apparently it is vandalism. I have reverted the image to the earlier version. --WinHunter (talk) 15:30, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Copywright problems?[edit]

I recently created an article, but it was labled as a copywright infringement, because I copied it from another website. I don't get what's wrong with that. Doesn't Wikipedia use the GFDL liscense?

GFDL means all information in wikipedia are published using GFDL only. However, information from other sources are licensed according to their copyright policy. So copying information directly from other sites and then paste it into Wikipedia is likely an copyright infringement. --WinHunter (talk) 16:17, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Yes, Wikipedia uses the GFDL, but in all likelyhood the other site doesn't. Text that isn't released under a free license like the GFDL or a compatible Creative Commons license is not free. Copying it would basically be stealing from whoever wrote or owns the work. See Copyright (note the spelling) it's a about 'rights' not 'writing'. 'wright' has nothing to do with it. - Mgm|(talk) 16:48, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

How do I move part of my User:Talk page to a User: subpage?[edit]

I have a nice big welcome message from an Admin on my User:Talk page. I'd like to move it to a subpage of my User:Talk but I want to do it the right way, including the edit history of the welcome message?

I know that if I cut and past Wiki content I would lost the history. If I use Rename will that turn my main Talk page into a big redirect, or could it still be used as a Talk page?

I'm just trying to learn some good Wiki habits and this is as good a time as any to learn how to move sections from one page to a sub page without mangling anything. Thanks! Dick Trauma 16:12, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

  • Hi Dick. You might want to read Wikipedia:How to archive a talk page. -- Reinyday, 16:23, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
  • In short. Using the move button also moves the history. - Mgm|(talk) 16:49, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
  • In short, it is common practice to cut and paste the content you want to archive. -- Reinyday, 21:38, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
  • That is one ungodly big welcome message. It's hard to fault the generous impulse behind the new wave of giant welcome messages, but if I got that I would be annoyed enough to take the option that no one has mentioned, i.e., delete it. It's still there in the history if for some reason you might need it some day. But, wow, too big. · rodii · 02:24, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Wikistalking[edit]

“It is not acceptable to stalk another editor who is editing in good faith” says WP official policy [9]. Where can I address a formal complaint about an editor who has been stalking me? What can I do to stop him? —Cesar Tort 17:49, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Start at Resolving disputes or get the advice of a friendly admin. · rodii · 19:10, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Also assume good faith yourself. The editor in question may just be cleaning up edits of yours that do not follow certain policies you don't know about. If they've been deleting or reverting your edits, a good first step is to ask why and get them to cite a specific policy they're following. - 87.209.70.231 21:06, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Watchlist[edit]

Is it possible to create your own watchlist apart from the default one? Skinnyweed 18:19, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

You can watch a related changes page, i.e., make a subpage and link in it to all articles you would like to watch, then visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Recentchangeslinked&target=SUBPAGE fetofs Hello! 19:20, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
(after edit conflict) Yes. You can make a page called User:Skinnyweed/Watchlist. List the pages you want to watch, and click the "related changes" link on the side of the screen which links to Special:Recentchangeslinked/User:Skinnyweed/Watchlist. What that page does is it shows every change to every page linked to on the watchlist page. --GeorgeMoney (talk) (Help Me Improve!) 19:22, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Requesting an image?[edit]

The article Drina is in need of a map. Is there a place to request an image (assuming it doesn't already exist)? Mo-Al 19:42, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Indeed there is. See generally, Wikipedia:Requested pictures and, specifically for maps, Wikipedia:WikiProject Maps/Requested and orphan maps.--Fuhghettaboutit 19:50, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Find terminal[edit]

I have someone flying in on jun 26 2006 and I donot know what terminal she is flying in to . she is flying with sunwing airlines flight # 819 leaving sydney nova scotia at 12:00 pm and landing in toronto at 1:40pm it would be great if u could help me

Two different web sites mention Toronto terminal 1 for Sunwing flights. You may want to call Sunwing's phone number at 1.877.786.9464 or 1.800.761.1711. Shenme 23:35, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

User Page[edit]

Where would I find instructions on how to set up a User Page? -Wat Tyler 21:34, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

spaces[edit]

Is there some kind of Wikipedia convention for articles concerning how many spaces should follow the period that ends a sentence? Thanks.

In HTML, any sequence of whitespace characters (including spaces) is collapsed to just one space. So it doesn't matter whether you use one or two spaces after a period in normal text, it will be rendered as one (which is the correct behavior). Check the source for this comment if you doubt me. · rodii · 23:31, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
Also see Wikipedia:Manual of Style#Spaces after the end of a sentence. Like Rodii says, it doesn't matter so don't change any existing spacing. -- Rick Block (talk) 23:33, 25 June 2006 (UTC)
  • Using two spaces behind a period is a leftover from typewriter times. Now that we have computers, we don't need it anymore. - Mgm|(talk) 07:32, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

What template?[edit]

There is an article (specifically Knights of the Dinner Table) which both seems to contain factual inacuraccy, and (undisputably) contains plagiarism. How should it be tagged? Mo-Al 23:37, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Try using {{subst:disputed}} and {{subst:fact}}. The first one is a boilerplate template, so place it at the start of the section/article in question. The second is for adding after an uncited "fact" in an article.
Make sure you're not treading on too many toes before adding the templates by checking the talk page of the article first.
EvocativeIntrigue 00:33, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
What about for plagiarism? Mo-Al 00:49, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
  • If a section is plagiarized (not the entire article), you should not just tag it, but remove it and bring it up on the talk page. Make sure it's not a mere quotation first. - Mgm|(talk) 07:30, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

How to add page content to category[edit]

How do I add the content of a page (ex. Chopin) to a category (Composers)?

Please see Wikipedia:Categorization#How to put an article into categories. -- Rick Block (talk) 23:42, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

June 26[edit]

Signature help[edit]

Thought I'd ask a question for once: I've rather cunningly managed to intercourse my signature coding up and can't seem to fix it. If anyone has some spare time, could you pop across to my user page and take a look at it please? There's just one very small problem with it which I can't seem to correct, and it's annoying the hell out of me.

I should have known not to play with it, it took me a while to fix the first time round!

EvocativeIntrigue 00:30, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Too late, I've done it. EVOCATIVEINTRIGUE TALKTOME | EMAILME 23:38, 25 June 2006 (UTC) 01:15, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

dialog box[edit]

what would I do if a dialog box is open because I can'not retrive as e-mail document sent to me which is said to be in micosoft word01:46, 26 June 2006 (UTC)~~ —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.245.71.5 (talkcontribs) .

I think this needs more explanation- could you clarify please? EVOCATIVEINTRIGUE TALKTOME | EMAILME 11:59, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Game images[edit]

How do I get video game screenshots? GEB-test 02:03, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Um, if you are using a computer press print screen on your keyboard. If it's on a TV, you'll need a camcorder and an AC cable (I think, I adress my camera's wires by color or absurd nicknames). If you need any help drop me a message. Yanksox (talk) 03:58, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
You might want to try using Fraps, you can take as many screenshots as you want then without alt+tabbing back to Windows. They are automatically saved in compressed file formats, with the game name and time in the filename. I think you can do all those things with the free version, so you don't need to buy it unless you want all the fancy extras. Icey 12:22, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
I think that in most games you just press F12. Russian F 21:42, 27 June 2006 (UTC)

Article we created has disappeared[edit]

Hello, We created an article some weeks ago on Zak Martin, and it has now disappeared. Can you please tell us why this article was removed, and/or restore it? In addition to being the founder of our organization, Zak Martin is a leading New Age figure, author and antiwar activist. Our intention was to gradually add information to the biographical article we created. Now the original article has disappeared, and in its place is a page with the message "Wikipedia does not have an article with this name". Please advise. Lydia Lloyd-Spencer UK Psychics http://www.ukpsychics.com/

According to the deletion log the article was deleted for being a copy-vio. Meaning the contents of the page where copied from somewhere that didn't release the rights to it in standards with the GFDL. If you need anything drop a message. Yanksox (talk) 03:54, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
A quick Googling does seem to suggest that the subject is notable per WP:BIO and WP:NN, and so if you should recreate the article in a fashion that does not infringe on copyright and is compliant with the GFDL, you should be good to go (in the alternative, if the text you added was from a webpage that either you or the organization with which you're affiliated has created and owns, the situation is slightly different, and you may surely prepare the article for recreation and then ask someone for help). Good editing! Joe 04:20, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

How to find copy editors to help in achieving GA for car article?[edit]

How to find copy editors to help in achieving GA for an article? The article that I am refering to is Infiniti G20, which I have put up for Peer Review currently. At Peer Review, I have only gotten help from one fellow. Not that I am not thankful, however, I would like a few more minds on the task. Thanks. Zoli Elo 04:52, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

You might like to join Wikipedia:WikiProject Automobiles and see if you can get anyone from there to help. Alternitively/in addition, you can add one or more of the templates found at Cleaning resources to the top of the page and someone will then know what needs to be done. Viridae 05:25, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the help, I am am member of WikiProject Automobiles... I will try a clean up tag as well. Zoli Elo 05:44, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
No probs, any time. Viridae 07:10, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

n-warning templates[edit]

I'm puzzled about templates with the -n character, like the Template:Test2-n. How do you fix the text within the {{}} brackets? --George100 05:02, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Like so: {{subst:Test2-n|test template}}. Any further probs, drop me a note on my talk page. Viridae 05:17, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
That expands to this:
Please refrain from adding nonsense to Wikipedia, as you did to test template. It is considered vandalism. If you would like to experiment, use the sandbox.
Any further probs, drop me a note on my talk page. Viridae 05:17, 26 June 2006 (UTC)


microprocessors[edit]

information about microprocesors—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 203.187.230.196 (talkcontribs) .

See microprocessors.--Fuhghettaboutit 07:13, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Junk Article[edit]

I came across a really rubbishy article. Not sure where to bring it to anyone's attention:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Lee --Mylitta 08:08, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

It looks like two anonymous users added their own "Matthew Lee"s to the article above the proper entry. I've reverted to the most recent version without these two. Cheers, Tangotango 08:16, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Spam list location[edit]

User:Vinumohs has recently been spamming links to vgreets.com I think blocking them now is a bit premature, but since this links doesn't really contain any encyclopedic info, perhaps I can have it blacklisted to stop the spam? Can someone remind me where the list is located and how to request additions? - Mgm|(talk) 09:53, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

It's on the meta site: try here. EVOCATIVEINTRIGUE TALKTOME | EMAILME 12:02, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Wikifying and cleanup[edit]

What is the difference between wikifying and cleanup. SCHZMO 11:10, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Cleanup is more general, while to wikify is something more specific. From Wikipedia:Glossary#W: To format using Wiki markup (as opposed to plain text or HTML) and add internal links to material, incorporating it into the whole of Wikipedia. fetofs Hello! 11:32, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
To me "wikifying" is to add the two sets of square parentheses that create a link to another part of WP ,such as Boeing 747. To "clean up" is to correct spelling, grammar, unencyclopedic language, unacceptable links such as Forums, and so on. - Adrian Pingstone 12:17, 26 June 2006 (UTC)


Actually, I believe "wikifying" refers more just to the use of wiki markup (e.g. titles use == rather than boldface). Mo-Al 15:21, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

joining a project[edit]

Is there a list of projects I can go to so that I can find the projects I want to join? Thanks. Shannon 11:18, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Yes, there is such list. Go to List of WikiProjects. Jacek Kendysz 11:24, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Why has my entry been removed?[edit]

Last year, I made an addition to the entry for "bric-a-brac". In addition to the meaning that is there on the wikipedia, in sewing terms it's also a type of decorative trim. Today, on a whim I went there to read my entry and it's been removed. Why has this happened?—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Gankaku (talkcontribs) 12:57, 26 June 2006 (UTC).

I've had a look and it seems that a different editor disagreed with it being there. You have two (well three) options - (1) edit it back in, (2) discuss it on the talk page for that entry or (3) ask the user who removed it on their userpage the reasons behind their removal. I would recommend (2) & (3) first. The editor who removed your entry was Zora http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Zora and gave the reason "(Those are embroidered decorative tapes, not bric-a-brac)". You can see this for yourself by clicking on the button labeled "history" on the actual entrypage.

(it's also useful to sign stuff - by clicking the signature button (3rd button from the right).

--Charlesknight 13:02, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

I'd recommend talking to User:Zora, it's usually faster than discussing it on the talk page, especially if there's only one user to deal with. SCHZMO 13:06, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
True, but Zora's on wikibreak right now, so he might not get a quick reply. Probably the best thing to do is re-add the information -- with a reliable source, ideally, and then watch the page and/or the talk page for discussion. -- Powers 13:28, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Boggle[edit]

I'm trying to find a list of Boggle rules, as in, what types of words are allowed and not, such as abbreviations, proper nouns, foreign words etc. Suggestions? Thanks. 65.73.255.203 15:12, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Have you loooked at our article on Boggle? If that doesn;t help you can try Wikipedia's Reference Desk. They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps.--Fuhghettaboutit 15:38, 26 June 2006 (UTC)


Deleting images?[edit]

What's the process to get images deleted? is it similar to AFD? I ask because

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Aniquity.jpg while the original work of this Alex Jackson would seems to misrepesent the existance of such a star trek series? (leaving aside his cheeky claim of copyright on Star Trek!) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Charlesknight (talkcontribs) 20:49, 26 June 2006 (UTC).

Charlesknight I haveremoved personal comments as they are libleous - the copyright for the image belongs to the author there were no claims to the ownership of Star Trek was or implied or stated!
Mark —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 212.1.151.51 (talkcontribs) 21:22, 12 August 2006 (UTC).
Please stop deleting other users' comments without permission. That comment is in no way libelous. However, as you seem so intent on making your point, I have restored the original comment but left your objection to it in place as well. Please do not remove the comment again, or I may have to issue a formal warning about removing content. Thank you. Road Wizard 20:57, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

"leaving aside his cheeky claim of copyright on Star Trek" where does this Alex Jackson claim copyright on Star Trek? he does not therefore as the stament is untrue and visable by a wide audience it is libelous, regards Mark

There is a similar process, see WP:IFD. Prodego talk!

Deleting[edit]

I messed up on a page completely. How do i delete the whole thing?

If you messed up when editing an existing page, you should revert. See the text above the table of contents on the page WP:RV. If you messed up in creating a page, blank it (i.e., edit it, remove all content, and save the blank page) and then tell us here which it was.—msh210 22:58, 26 June 2006 (UTC)
Or if you were the only editor to it, then you can just put {{db-author}} on it and an admin will delete it. --GeorgeMoney (talk) (Help Me Improve!) 23:38, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

where is his family now ?[edit]

i have a friend who says that he is his grand son name haris masood rasheedi.he is fron gangos. sending u mail from his mailing add .can reply to it as i wanted to know that do they live in india or to some other place.I have hard that mny people call themselves his grandsons and daughter and wanted to bring in noice that it true or not.

This is a question for the Wikipedia:Reference Desk, not for here. Please ask it there instead!—msh210 23:07, 26 June 2006 (UTC)