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Request an account process needs help[edit]

Hello everyone, I'm Callanecc, an administrator on account creation interface. Recently, our project has had an increased backlog in getting accounts for new users. Our numbers are currently over 250 people waiting for accounts on the English Wikipedia. If you could even spare a moment to do a few requests a day to help us clear this backlog, that would go a long way to encouraging new editors to participate with an account. If this interests you and you're willing to help, and you match the following description, then please do apply! Ideal users are:

We have a very friendly team to help you get started, we also have a private IRC channel where you can ask questions or get help with difficult account requests. If you have any questions for us or about the process, feel free to ask at the talkpage. If you can help out, we would greatly appreciate it. For the ACC team, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Callanecc (talkcontribs) 19:32, December 4, 2013‎

Soka Gakkai[edit]

Strange request this may be, but could anyone get rid of the References on above mentioned talk page? It’s highly unusual and disturbing when contributing. Not used to that on a talk page.--Catflap08 (talk) 19:57, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Problem solved --Catflap08 (talk) 20:08, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Sorry not solved it puzzles me--Catflap08 (talk) 20:15, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

The same thing happened to me earlier today on a different talk page. I couldn't get rid of a list of references on the bottom of a comment, either, and finally just left a message asking people to ignore them. The problem is that I can't see them in edit mode, only when I save the comment do they pop up. I hope someone who knows which end is up responds to your request. Thank you, Wordreader (talk) 02:22, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
This has happened to me again in several more Talk page posts, but not in all posts. Twice, there has been a short list of "references", but usually, at the end of the comment, there is a "1" with a caret "^", exactly like a blank reference number 1. What am I doing wrong these times when "references" appear at the bottom of my comments? When editing the comment or previewing the post, before clicking Save, I cannot see that such stray references will turn up, only after I save the comment - then there they are. But as I said, not every time I post a comment. (It didn't happen above, for example.) Thank you, Wordreader (talk) 17:21, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Note to all hosts[edit]

Hi. I've noticed that lately a few hosts are linking to very lengthy and technical pages such as (WP:NPOV, WP:NOTE, WP:RS, etc.) without attempting to really explain these pages simply. Can everyone try to minimize this behavior, please? The Teahouse is supposed to be a newbie-friendly board, but 5,000-word policy pages aren't really newbie-friendly. It's also quite possible that many of the people asking questions here have already found their way to these and failed to understand them. Wikipedia:Teahouse/Host lounge/Expectations, especially points 3 and 4, also explain what I'm trying to say here. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we should never link to policies. Presenting them as further reading after explaining the relevant parts in newbie-friendly language is fine. So is linking to guides that were specifically made for newbies (such as Yunshui's series of "for beginners" essays). Just linking to policies and/or regurgitating the contents of highly technical essays should be avoided. On a related note, just welcoming newbies who come here (as I've seen some hosts do once in a while) also isn't as likely to be helpful as just answering the question. Perhaps a way to fix this would be to make the page on host expectations more prominent. What are your thoughts on any of this? --Jakob (talk) 00:59, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the reminder, Jakob. You are correct that it is always best to write a brief one or two sentence summary of a policy or guideline, but it is also useful to link to the longer guideline. As for the presumption that someone already found a lengthy document and was confused by it - well, yes, that's always possible but shouldn't be assumed. If someone says, "I was confused by this page", then of course, we should try to simplify that specific page. As for greeting people, a greeting without a substantive answer is not a good idea. But adding a friendly greeting to a helpful answer is always a good thing. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 01:37, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
Jakob (talk · contribs): Where do I find the "Yunshui series of "for beginners" essays" of which you speak? "WP:Yunshui" and "WP:For beginners" meets with no success. The link to help pages at the bottom of your Project Page doesn't point to any pages by that name, either. Thank you for your time and help, Wordreader (talk) 02:41, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
@Wordreader: See User:Yunshui/About#For_beginners. --Jakob (talk) 22:45, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, Jakob. Finding what I want on WP's technical side by searching what I think the topic might be called is THE biggest problem I have here at this site. I appreciate your time, Wordreader (talk) 17:34, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Visual editor[edit]

I just realised that many of the answers we have given (certainly that I have given) have assumed that the guest is using the source editor. Explaining these things with the visual editor - I don't have the first idea how I copy an infobox from one article to another, or fix a list so that there are no gaps to upset screen-readers.

All the best: Rich Farmbrough19:22, 13 August 2014 (UTC).

Userboxes for this project[edit]

Thought this project could use a couple of userboxes since I didn't seem to find any that related to hosting or participating as a contributor. So I've whipped up a couple User:ArcAngel/ubx005 and User:ArcAngel/ubx006, and have transcluded them here.   ArcAngel   (talk) ) 18:00, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

New subcategory for welsh people[edit]

So I'm proposing a subcategory called Welsh_people_of_Barbadian_descent which would concern the article about June_and_Jennifer_Gibbons. Opinions are welcome. Venustar84 (talk) 21:54, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Venustar84 is currently being mentored. You will find some relevant discussion regarding this issue at User:Venustar84/mentorship#Subcategory_for_Welsh_people. - Sitush (talk) 06:45, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Talkback script now obsolete?[edit]

Since we can now use the {{ping}} function to let people know we've answered their question at the Teahouse, should we deprecate the use of the "talkback" procedure, and instead recommend that people use "ping" instead? Just an idea. --Jayron32 20:18, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

@Jayron32: User:Writ Keeper/Scripts/autoping.js may be more to your liking, then. :) Writ Keeper  22:14, 23 August 2014 (UTC)


Can this user be reprimanded re his threatening and patronizing language please— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)