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    Semi-protected edit request on 11 January 2015[edit]

    I have no idea what other officers who may not have liked Gen Robinett called him, but he was widely known ONLY as Robbie. This should be corrected as it reflects badly on him. As his niece, I know this for a fact. I knew my uncle very well from infancy to his death in 1975.

    Choate152 (talk) 22:56, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

    Wrong page, see Talk:Paul McDonald Robinett, and that article is not semiprotected Cannolis (talk) 23:06, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

    Need help on Selena[edit]

    I don't understand the language used in the help page for the error, can anyone help me out? Best, .jonatalk 18:54, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

    After some scratching around, I've fixed one of the errors and have edited the help page to mention {{Certification Cite Ref}}. -- John of Reading (talk) 20:05, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

    What's changed?[edit]

    Why has the number of entries in Category:Pages with missing references list snowballed to over 100? Some of the pages on it, such as Ely_and_Littleport_riots_of_1816, haven't been edited for many months, but they now have a red "Cite error" message at the bottom: Noyster (talk), 10:23, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

    This is probably change to {{#tag:ref|...}} see Template talk:Refn#Refn references getting sent to the bottom of the page?. --Redrose64 (talk) 11:32, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

    DId someone break the template again?[edit]

    At Ahmed Zayat, which worked yesterday, I'm now getting the "Cite error: There are <ref group=lower-alpha> tags or {{efn}} templates on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist|group=lower-alpha}} template or {{notelist}} template (see the help page)." message... Montanabw (talk) 18:52, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

    This is because in this edit you added a {{efn}} without making sure that there was also a {{notelist}}. I've fixed it with this edit. --Redrose64 (talk) 19:08, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
    I did a {{notes}} the way I have done it for several years... and it worked yesterday... Montanabw(talk) 19:17, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
    There is no {{notes}} in the version where you added that {{efn}}, nor is there any evidence of one being added or removed in subsequent edits until my fix mentioned above. --Redrose64 (talk) 19:28, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
    Aw whoops, I've been going back and forth between that one and American Pharoah (which DID have the same problem but also has {{notes}}, I must have confused the two. Swore is twa there at some point, but maybe I had a brain fart, wouldn't be the first time... Sigh... Montanabw(talk) 03:02, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

    References colour[edit]

    You can't, for instance, format a reference with <ref style="color:red;">content</ref>, or give it an id. Why is this? For television series where the header row is coloured blue, references are basically invisible against them. Is there a way to colour references black/white? Alex|The|Whovian 16:02, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

    @AlexTheWhovian: The <ref>...</ref> tags look like HTML, but they aren't - they're a MediaWiki extension, see mw:Extension:Cite. You therefore cannot expect that <ref> would accept global HTML attributes like style=. Wrap it in a suitably-styled <span>...</span> element, as in <span style="background:white;"><ref>...</ref></span> Don't attempt to set color: - links should be left in their "natural" colours, blue for unvisited; purple for visited, etc. --Redrose64 (talk) 18:28, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

    CNET reference[edit]

    Why is the CNET reference broken and invoked but not defined and can someone please fix it? -- PK2 (talk) 08:22, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

    @PK2: I guess you mean on some article. Based on your contributions I guess it's Google Translate but at the time of your edit or before that I could find no cite errors. I then looked at your edits after posting here and found [1] which is broken because no reference has been defined with <ref name="CNET">...</ref>. I fixed that in [2] (diff to broken version). When you ask for help about something, please say where it is in a way that enables others to see the issue. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:25, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

    Thank you PrimeHunter. Is that how you fix the references? -- PK2 (talk) 12:58, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

    I'm not sure what you are asking. It's how to use a reference more than once by naming it. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:09, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

    Article contains nothing[edit]

    The article contains nothing. Please send it to Articles for deletion.Giantnut76 (talk) 11:37, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

    @Giantnut76: Which article are you referring to? PrimeHunter (talk) 12:01, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

    Targeted work.[edit]

    {{help needed}} Hi Admins/super users, can we exclude all except articles from this Cat, and place the help templates in the Cat blurb, for other backlog Cat's this also may apply as best practice, all old notice boards, draft etc should not be shown here, cheers The Original Filfi (talk) 22:55, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

    @The Original Filfi: Are you referring to Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting? Category talk:Pages with incorrect ref formatting is one of four category talk pages redirecting here. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:16, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
    Hi @PrimeHunter:, yes (Category talk:Pages with incorrect ref formatting) I have been trying to keep on top of this Cat and occasionally bursts of indiscriminate work elsewhere.The Original Filfi (talk) 23:26, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
    If you're looking at namespaces to exclude, you might consider the list under "Notes" in Category:CS1_errors:_arXiv, which we developed for all of the CS1 errors generated by a group of citation templates. It works very well. – Jonesey95 (talk) 00:31, 6 October 2015 (UTC)