User talk:Dismas

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When posting to my talk page, I have a couple of things that I would like you to keep in mind:

  1. When starting a new discussion, please put it in its own section. The easiest way to do this is the click on the "new section" or "+" tab (depending on what skin you're using) at the top of the page and then give the discussion a title.
  2. Please be specific. Comments like "Why did you make that edit?" will get us both nowhere. Which edit? To what article?
  3. I'll answer here on this page.
  4. And finally, please sign your comments. You can do this by putting four tildes at the end of your comments like this: ~~~~

Thanks, Dismas|(talk)

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Family of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge[edit]

Could you help me again please (I am too scared to even try!) - in the Parents section on the above page there is a link "Lady Bullock (nee Barbara Lupton)... can this link please go to the 20th Century section straightaway on the Lupton family page which discusses Lady Bullock - rather than to the top of the Lupton page as it does at the moment? I really don't know how to do this. thanks yet again M101.182.221.219 (talk) 10:10, 18 August 2015 (UTC) Is the page Marquess of Lansdowne OK?

I've made the change that I think you're asking for, here. Check that link to see how I did it. Dismas|(talk) 11:00, 18 August 2015 (UTC)

Reverting external links added in COI by LEagle[edit]

As you reverted in Engblom v. Carey the in-text external link added by User Leagle web I think you might also want to consider reverting similar link addition in Computer Associates International, Inc. v. Altai Inc. (transformed later into a <ref> by User:Intgr).
--CiaPan (talk) 12:16, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Done. I'm sorry to hear that you are not able to edit the article yourself. Dismas|(talk) 12:32, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
Well, I am able to edit, but I am not sure whether that specific edit should be done. On the other hand you take part in the talk Wikipedia:Help desk#External Link, so you can decide to remove all similar links or keep/restore them as a rule, depending on the discussion results. I do not follow the talk, so I do not want to mess up with occasional edits. --CiaPan (talk) 12:53, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Frank Newman Turner[edit]

I hope this is the right place and person to resolve a problem with copyright on a photo that was used with the biographical entry I wrote about my father Frank Newman Turner. The photo was uploaded but removed after 30 days because there was no clear indication of copyright. The photo was commissioned around 1950 and taken by a Douglas Allen, who is long since deceased. There is still a firm called Douglas Allen Photography listed for Bridgewater, near where the photo was taken for use in my father's books, (we have multiple copies of it) but I have been unable to contact them as the address and phone number seem to be redundant.

Although the photo has been in our family archive (and in new editions of his books) we have no way of verifying copyright. My brothers and I hold the copyright to all our father's published and unpublished works. Can you advise on how I might be able to reinstate the photo with the Wiki biographical entry? Roger Newman Turner 10:11, 2 September 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Roger Newman Turner (talkcontribs)

@Roger Newman Turner: I don't know why you're asking me since I have not edited the Frank Newman Turner article. That said, questions asking for help in editing Wikipedia generally go on the Help Desk. If you ask there, they will probably point you to Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials. Hope this helps, Dismas|(talk) 10:24, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
As a new contributor to Wiki, I find it confusing to get to the right department and, for some reason, I was directed to you, so apologies and thanks for the advice. Roger Newman Turner 10:51, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Revisions to Janet Jones (artist)[edit]

Hello Dismas. Last night, you made a reversion to Janet Jones (artist), a page marked under construction as part of a meet-up. You may not have realized that the new user involved was working in a library under the in-person guidance of Wikipedia Administrators (including Anne Delong). The new editor was focused on formatting, prior to inserting relevant content with citations. Your form comment to this new editor ("Please refrain from making unconstructive edits to Wikipedia, as you did at Janet Jones (artist). Your edits appear to be disruptive and have been... ") came across as aggressive.

This new editor comes with significant knowledge resources that would be highly valuable to Wikipedia, and while your overall efforts are appreciated, you should give pages marked with under construction templates (see below) the stated days to complete their collaborative work, especially on stubs.

As you know, quality articles require people with exceptional writing and research skills. Patience with them on initial edits and posts would go a long way to improving the overall quality on Wikipedia.

Seazzy (talk) 21:50, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

@Seazzy: I missed the 'under construction' template on the second edit because it wasn't there on the first. I saw the numerous non-functioning categories, empty sections, and bad template markup and figured the editor had added back basically the same bad content.
As for the wording of the template, I suggest you edit the template if you don't like its wording. Dismas|(talk) 23:19, 17 September 2015 (UTC)


thanks Dismas for answering my question. I guess the problem that I have with it is this person is recognized on the Nibbler part on Wikipedia but can't be recognized in his own home town part on Wikipedia side, and whenever it gets added it gets removed. There is plenty of documentation out there to prove this to be fact and I am guessing because he doesn't have his own page is because he is not on the Ottumwa side of it. And I'm sure that he would be removed anyways, seems that for some reason someone does not want him on there.Deonsia (talk) 18:25, 9 October 2015 (UTC)

@Deonsia: I don't understand what you're trying to say. What do you mean by "Nibbler part on Wikipedia"? If I look up Nibbler, it is an article about a sheet metal cutting tool. And it doesn't mention a person's name at all.
As far as being added to the "Notable people" section of the Ottumwa article, the person must have an article first. Then they can be added to the list.
If you can find enough sources to verify the person's notability (per WP:BIO, WP:GNG, or any of the many other notability guidelines) then you're welcome to start an article for the person. I suggest going through the WP:AFC process. With that process, you'll be able to get input from other editors about whether or not your article is suitable for Wikipedia. Dismas|(talk) 18:41, 9 October 2015 (UTC)

'Flying the American Flag' question at help desk[edit]

Hi Dismas, you'll have to excuse me if I seem a little jittery - have I time traveled? I swear I saw a question identical to that (with identical answers) about a month or so ago? I think I need to lay down... Face-smile.svg samtar {t} 20:41, 12 November 2015 (UTC)

Maybe you did. I have a vague memory of seeing it at some point but then I think I've seen a few "how to fly the flag" questions on the Help/Reference desks over the years. Dismas|(talk) 20:51, 12 November 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

You appear to be eligible to vote in the current Arbitration Committee election. The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to enact binding solutions for disputes between editors, primarily related to serious behavioural issues that the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the ability to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail. If you wish to participate, you are welcome to review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. For the Election committee, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 12:56, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Some of the work on the CV of the deceased Canadian actor Michael Wade was not his, but actually done by me, the English actor Michael Wade.[edit]

All that I have stated can be verified by watching my showreelon www.vimeo/michaelwade (Please see a detailed list on my entry of ten minutes ago on Editing Wikipedia Talk: Administrator's Noticeboard. I have just seen your message about stipulating on 'Talk:Michael Wade' which credits apply to the Canadian Michael Wade and taking out mine. I'll now try to do that.

Sincerely, Michael Wade. Michael Collenette Wade (talk) 21:23, 12 December 2015 (UTC)

There is an excellent and amusing essay, Wikipedia:Don't build the Frankenstein, that warns of the dangers of conflating two people with the same name. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 21:31, 12 December 2015 (UTC)

Critical Mass (Dutch band)[edit]

I gave it a try and it worked. Thanx for the info, I really did not have a clue, now I know. With kind regards: Oxygene7-13 (talk) 15:28, 13 December 2015 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Mignonette album.jpg[edit]


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Nomination of Mignonette (album) for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Mignonette (album) is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mignonette (album) until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Walter Görlitz (talk) 16:19, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

Removal of edit- Lucy Pinder Article[edit]

You recently removed my edit (Pinder was educated at Peter Symonds College), perhaps this can be added into another section if you feel it is not relevant in its current section? Metricroad (talk) 12:26, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

@Metricroad: I removed it mostly because it didn't have a reference. Granted, some random fact about where she went to school isn't really needed in the lead either but my main concern was that it was unsourced. You must have gotten the information from somewhere, so that should go in the article with the info. Please see WP:RS about what constitutes a reliable source. And WP:REFB will help explain how to put the reference in the article.
As far as whether it belongs in the lead, I don't think so. A simple personal life section could be put together with her school info. The lead is usually a place for the most basic biographical details (place of birth, date of birth, etc) followed by a short explanation of why the person is notable and a short summary of their more noteworthy works. Where she happened to go to school doesn't really fit in that, as far as I'm concerned, since she's not notable for her schooling.
Does that help? Dismas|(talk) 19:56, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

University of St Andrews[edit]

Please check refs, number 20 and 21 - the quotes on 21 should be left in, but is the format OK? Please check 20 as it does not immediately go to the history section Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

  1. It's already been done.
  2. You asked this of at least two editors directly and at the help desk. Don't do that. If you want many people to see it and someone to respond promptly, ask at the help desk. If you want to work with one editor, ask one person on their talk page. If choosing this latter option, know that it may be several hours/days until that person logs in again and sees your message.
  3. When you ask several editors directly, you waste the time of whoever comes second, third, etc. since it's already been taken care of but they don't know that until they go to the trouble of going to the article, etc.
I'm happy to help but please don't ask for it in this manner again. I don't get much Wikipedia editing time these days, so I hate to have to go on wild goose chases where the work has already been done. Dismas|(talk) 13:21, 9 January 2016 (UTC)

RfC announce: Religion in infoboxes[edit]

There is an RfC at Template talk:Infobox#RfC: Religion in infoboxes concerning what should be allowed in the religion entry in infoboxes. Please join the discussion and help us to arrive at a consensus on this issue. --Guy Macon (talk) 22:23, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

Lucy Pinder[edit]

Hi @Dismas,

Why is it, in the past when I added Lucy's social media sites, You removed them because they were linked to on her website? But then someone else was able to add her Twitter and Facebook. So I went and added Lucy's Tsu and you removed my edit again.

I don't much about how Wiki edits works, but it seems very inconsistent.

ToddAF — Preceding unsigned comment added by ToddAF (talkcontribs) 04:17, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

@ToddAF: It is very inconsistent. There are many editors and most of us just edit what happens to catch our eye. But thank you for calling attention to the FB and Twitter links. I've removed them again per WP:ELNO.
I don't remember our past interactions at the article. There are many articles and many editors that I interact with and I don't remember every one.
As for why I removed the Tsu link, we don't list every site where a person is listed, e.g. social media sites. If the Tsu site is so important to Pinder, she can post a link on her official site.
And finally, could you please sign your posts to talk pages by placing four tildes at the end of your post, like ~~~~ ? Thanks, Dismas|(talk) 12:55, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

Dree Hemingway edit[edit]

Thanks for putting the correct description of her, second generation Playboy model. I had copied what was said in the US Weekly article about her, they are the ones calling her a star. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laker44 (talkcontribs) 06:02, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Link to the Veterans page[edit] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rsaiani (talkcontribs) 17:34, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

your recent help[edit]

Thanks very much for your help re my draft article "Draft: Rainer Schlosser". I am new both to Wikipedia and to anything beyond the most basic computing skills. I have now submitted the review and the information box is there at the foot of the submission, so thanks again. Granitic (talk) 00:15, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

Not a problem. We were all new once. Dismas|(talk) 00:54, 26 March 2016 (UTC)


Should have read "There was a horse were it was spelt with a double l, but that is it" but that may be named after --Kitchen Knife (talk) 23:02, 31 March 2016 (UTC)


Hello D. Thanks for you understanding of the situation with the IP from Northern Ireland and double thanks for fixing my booboo on the talk page where the person is being tracked. The question has been asked in a different form so please restore any of you answer that you wish to. While BBC English did apply to most of the Classic Series Sylvester McCoy didn't fit that mold :-) Cheers. MarnetteD|Talk 21:05, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

Editor of the Week : nominations needed![edit]

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The list of nominees is running short, and so new nominations are needed for consideration. Have you come across someone in your editing circle who deserves a pat on the back for improving article prose regularly, making it easier to understand? Or perhaps someone has stepped in to mediate a contentious dispute, and did an excellent job. Do you know someone who hasn't received many accolades and is deserving of greater renown? Is there an editor who does lots of little tasks well, such as cleaning up citations?

Please help us thank editors who display sustained patterns of excellence, working tirelessly in the background out of the spotlight, by submitting your nomination for Editor of the Week today!

Sent on behalf of Buster Seven Talk for the Editor of the Week initiative by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:18, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

Averil Leimon‎[edit]

It appears User:Marishka1404 left a message for you, but done so on a IP talk page. You may wish to take a look at User talk: --Cahk (talk) 08:35, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

Thanks! I'll take a look. Dismas|(talk) 12:10, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

Taking Of Pelham 123 Movie[edit]

When Camonetti spoke to Ryder for the 1st time, the [Audience including You & Me] knew that Ryder [seriously specifically threatened] to kill the Motorman if Garber did not return.

1. Why didn't Camonetti call for Garber immediately?

2. Don't you Try to Tell me that Camonetti is Innocent, so Isn't it True that Camonetti is Stupid for Unintentionally causing the Motorman to Die?( (talk) 20:00, 7 May 2016 (UTC)).

Why are you asking me? I've never seen the movie. If I wanted to answer this question, I would have when it was posted to WP:RD/E. Dismas|(talk) 22:00, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

bajamark013 sandbox article[edit]

Thank you very much for your time and for steering me in the right direction. I greatly appreciate it. If I can ever return the favor (and I am experienced enough at that point), please do not hesitate to ask. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bajamark013 (talkcontribs) 18:38, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

Gentle discouragement[edit]

Hi Dismas- I saw your post on the helpdesk from a couple days ago regarding a user's level of fluency in English, and found your example re editing the German wp (and the post of @Robert McClenon: above you) to be well put. I constantly encounter poor writing here on en.wp from editors who for some reason want to contribute outside their fluency limits. I get impatient with these editors, especially if they are very active here, and I sometimes find myself trying to discourage them from editing on en.wp and encourage them to stick to wikis in languages in which they are fluent. I have looked through our guidance, to no avail, for some kind of policy or advice to this effect. Do you know of anything I could cite when communicating with the overly confident? Thanks in advance for any tips. Eric talk 13:41, 16 May 2016 (UTC)

Eric, I can't think of a guideline for that. Though, I haven't looked for one either. I'm at work now, so don't have a lot of time, but if I think of it later I will look for one.
And I share your frustration. Often times I read something and have no idea what they were trying to say in the first place. It's not just that the capitalization is wrong or the verb tense, but the whole sentence just doesn't make any sense. Dismas|(talk) 16:39, 16 May 2016 (UTC)
Roger that, thanks for getting back to me. Lemme know if you run across one, ok? Hi to the Green Mountains from the CCNS. Eric talk 16:14, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
I agree. I think that something should be said somewhere, but I am not sure what or where. I think that many experienced editors may be trying so hard to follow the concept of do not bite the newcomers that we may forget its original purpose, which has to do with editors who are likely to make positive contributions to the encyclopedia with a little knowledge and encouragement. However, there are a few editors who are unlikely to be able to make positive contributions to the encyclopedia without a remedial course in English as a Second Language, which is beyond the scope of what the English Wikipedia is for. We really don't need to go to lengths to tolerate editors who have very little grasp of English, especially when we have 280 languages for Wikipedias, some of which desperately need editors. Unfortunately, maybe we need a guideline to discourage editors who really can't handle English, and we need the concept of telling them to edit in languages that they do know. Robert McClenon (talk) 03:23, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
I don't know how related this is, but I also think that, in the English Wikipedia, too many editors too often forget that some editors are net negatives to the encyclopedia. That includes both editors who clearly don't know English, and editors who are combative. Anyway, that is my thought. A few editors really need to be discouraged from trying to participate in English, and a few editors need to be sanctioned. Robert McClenon (talk) 03:23, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
I agree, and I wish I knew where we might best bring this up. Is there a suggestion box somewhere? Eric talk 16:24, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

File:Fkb heartwings straight.jpg listed for discussion[edit]


A file that you uploaded or altered, File:Fkb heartwings straight.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Files for discussion. Please see the discussion to see why it has been listed (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry). Feel free to add your opinion on the matter below the nomination. Thank you. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 15:24, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

How to add userboxes on your main page[edit]

hello, I want to add userboxes on my page how do i do it

Thanks and regards, USER - VARUNFEB2003 — Preceding unsigned comment added by VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 14:10, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

VarunFEB2003, you can go to WP:USERBOX and see which one you want to use and then paste the code for it on your userpage. Like this:
Crystal kthememgr.svg A userbox is a small rectangular box that looks like this. More examples below.
And please sign your posts to talk and help pages by using four tildes like this: ~~~~
Thanks, Dismas|(talk) 14:56, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

thanks Dismas --VarunFEB2003 (talk) 14:23, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

Help needed on 4 queries[edit]

1) How do I add hyperlink to a text on wikipedia ( i dont know html ) 2) I would like to write articles Can I get some topics becausew every topic I think has an article already 3) The Editor Of The Week Box awarded to a user can be copied by anyone and he can place it on his own page cant we have something that does not allow that box to be copied. 4) How can I get recognition on wikipedia like users Dismas (talk) get 5) How do I sign my posts

Thanks and regards, VarunFEB2003 — Preceding unsigned comment added by VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 12:26, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

  1. To add a link to another article, you would put the title of the article in double brackets. So [[President]] would result in President. If you want a link to appear as some other word, you can use what is called a pipe. So, [[Barack Obama|President]] would result in President. See WP:WIKILINK and WP:PIPEDLINK. If you want to add a link to an external site, something which is only rarely done in the body of an article, you would use a single set of brackets. So [ Google] would appear as Google.
  2. See Wikipedia:Requested articles.
  3. You can request something like that at WP:VPT but I doubt that it will happen. Almost every page on Wikipedia is editable by everyone. It would be very hard to keep someone from adding that specific thing to a page that didn't deserve it.
  4. I never asked for any of that recognition. It's like getting a compliment. You don't ask for them. People just give them to you. So, do a good job and someone might give you a WP:BARNSTAR or the like.
  5. You type four tildes. Like this: ~~~~ On my keyboard, they are next to the number 1 at the top left corner of my keyboard. I'm using a standard QWERTY keyboard. This is in the box that you copied from my talk page and put at the top of your own talk page. Did you read it before putting it on your talk page?
Dismas|(talk) 19:56, 2 June 2016 (UTC)
@Dismas: Thanks a lot Dismas for helping me. Actually i hadnt found this ~ sign but now that u have told me it will be great help. You are like my ideal for wikipedia. my talk page, user page are all inspired by your pages. I posted another query on the help desk, if u could answer i'dbe really really grateful. Moreover i am giving u a Barnstar for helping me so much. Its the last one on your user page --VarunFEB2003 (talk) 09:15, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Help needed on 4 queries[edit]

Hi Dismas, the wikipedia help desk is not providing me satisfactory responses to my queries, thats why I am asking u, you are my ultimate mentor and guide now. queries- 1) How does one get access to edit a page protected by pending changes protection? 2) could u give examples (1 each will do) of pages protected by pending changes, template and full protection if possible. 3) What is a bot? What does it do? Who manages it? How is it created? What is a legitimate alternate account? 4) I see you have written a number of articles, was there a particular place where u found or got an idea for a topic to write a article on

thanks and Regards --VarunFEB2003 (talk) 07:28, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

  2. See Category:Wikipedia protected pages
  3. See WP:BOT. They do many things from reverting vandalism to correcting spelling errors. The person who programs the bot generally manages it. Editors create them with programming. A bot is an example of a legitimate alternate account. I've only ever used one account, so I'm a little unfamiliar with why someone would have more than one account. Maybe they are a person who has an article about themselves here and they use one account with their name to suggest edits to the article about them and then they have another account where they make edits completely unrelated to the article about them. There are many notable people who have articles here. Cory Doctorow is one that I can think of off the top of my head.
  4. I haven't created an article in a while. When I wrote most of mine, Wikipedia was still expanding much faster than it is now, so there were a lot of topics that didn't have an article. Some were movies that were notable that didn't have an article yet. Some were actors who were just becoming notable enough to have an article. Family Groove Company is a band that was just getting to the point where they were notable enough for an article when I happened to go to a concert of their's and I saw they didn't have an article. You can find many ideas at Wikipedia:Requested articles.
Dismas|(talk) 12:34, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
@Dismas: thanks a lot for the help. is it possible for someone to create a bot for someone other, if yes then do u know someone who can create a bot for me.

thanks and regards - VarunFEB2003 (talk) 08:35, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

I don't know if anyone will build a bot for you but you can ask people to use their bot for a project you have in mind. See WP:BOT and WP:BOTREQUEST. Dismas|(talk) 12:37, 8 June 2016 (UTC)
@Dismas: Thanks. Is an admin anyone who writes an article? VarunFEB2003 (talk) 08:36, 9 June 2016 (UTC)
@Dismas: i want to control a bot what should i do?? VarunFEB2003 (talk) 09:29, 9 June 2016 (UTC)
No, an admin is a special role on Wikipedia. Anyone who edits Wikipedia is called an editor, whether they've created an article or not. Admins perform duties such as protecting pages, banning editors, deleting articles, undeleting articles, etc. See WP:ADMIN.
To control a bot you'd first have to program it. See WP:BOT.
Dismas|(talk) 19:04, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

Hello, A invitation[edit]

Hi, I am quite sure you must not have heard of "The Signpost" by Wikipedia. It is a weekly newspaper published on the English Wikipedia. Click here to go to subscription page or simply place this template anywhere (where you want the newspaper to be placed) and the newspaper will appear there. The Template is- {{Signpost-subscription}} . OTHER WAYS OF SUBSCRIPTION ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE SUBSCRIPTION PAGE. I have subscribed to the paper you can also do it. Visit my User Page to see the paper. Thanks and please subscribe --VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 07:04, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

I used to subscribe. I don't have the time to read it. But thank you for thinking of me. Dismas|(talk) 12:00, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
@Dismas: Oh Dismas that was actually nothing. You are welcome. But a user reported me for spamming user talk pages for sending 3 users this invites. These users had helped me a lot(it includes you) so I just thought if they didnt knew about the paper ill tell them. Is this invite considered spam, I wanted to know so I'll take care next time. VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 09:47, 12 June 2016 (UTC)
I didn't consider it spam. You seem to be an excited new Wikipedian, so I just figured that sharing the invitation with me was an act borne out of that excitement.
By the way, there's no need to use the {{reply}} template on my own talk page. Simply editing this page will send me a notification. Dismas|(talk) 10:42, 12 June 2016 (UTC)
Oh yeah I forgot! But I again need help:
  1. how can we view sandbox of another user?
  2. Where do we award barnstars talk page or barnstars section on user page.
  3. What is trouting a user mean?

Thanks a lot for helping me --VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 13:42, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

  1. To view their main sandbox, just put /sandbox after their username. Though they may have more than one. One for each article they're working on, for instance. To view all those, go to their userpage, click on the "User contributions" link on the left side of the page, scroll to the bottom of those contributions, and click on "Subpages".
  2. Normally barnstars are put in the talk page and then the user can put them on their user page wherever they like. The design and layout of an editor's userpage is normally left up to them.
  3. See WP:TROUT. But in a nutshell, it's for when someone has made a mistake that they should not have made because they are smart enough to know better. Dismas|(talk) 15:42, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
Ok and thnx a lot --VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 11:38, 14 June 2016 (UTC)


Hello Dismas!

Data : just an example.

  • I have superseded the content of the page (1) in the page (2), using this element : {{...}} (and not this element : {{subst:...}}) .
  • The page (1) contains this category : [[category : Example]].

Question : What can I do for that category to seen it in the text editor of the page (2) (note:I can't rate it manually in the text editor of the page (2) when there is a lot of pages).

Same question with another way : what is the code that can modify the [[category : Example]] on the page (1) to rendre it seen in the text editor of the page (2).

Mr. Yassinosse ☚╣✉╠☛ 16:22, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

You've also asked this question at the Help Desk. Answers should probably be going there. Also, I don't understand the question. Please clarify what you're asking on the Help Desk. And please don't post the same question to the Help Desk as well as other editor's talk pages. If you want help from one of us, just ask that one person. If you want help from anyone, post to the Help Desk. Dismas|(talk) 16:38, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

Hello Dismas Help needed[edit]


  1. How can I create subpages and multiple sandboxes
  2. How can I see the creator of an article or who has written it
  3. I saw two wiki pages that were replicas or twins what I do?

VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 13:14, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

  1. Type User:VarunFEB2003/WhateverYouWantToNameYourSubpage into the search bar and hit enter. When the results page comes up saying that there is no page with that name, click on the red link, and you'll be editing that new page. Click save and it's created.
  2. Click on the View History tab at the top of any article.
  3. That's a big question for me to answer quickly here. See WP:MERGE and see if that helps. Dismas|(talk) 13:32, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
Thanks a lot--VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 14:13, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Thanks! Dismas|(talk) 13:28, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

No problem u are welcome --VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 14:13, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

a suggestion[edit]

Dismas I dont know waether I am correct or wrong or if u want it or not but I thought I'd tell u. Your signature - Dismas|(talk) has a pipe after the word Dismas ( between the name and talk link) is that pipe intentional or it just came there by some coding and u dont want it. If u dont want it here is a suggestion (just a suggestion!) u can remove that pipe with the following code - Dismas(talk)

Thanks and Regards --VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 14:19, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

It's intentional. Thanks. Dismas|(talk) 14:30, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
Oh!! Ok sorry for troubling you. you are welcome --VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 14:58, 14 June 2016 (UTC)


Are sections automatically archived by some bot or are they done manually. In your case does a bot do it or do u do it manually --VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 15:06, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

I prefer to do it manually but there are bots that will do it for you. Dismas|(talk) 15:39, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
Oh ok and thanks --VarunFEB2003 (talkcontribs) 08:40, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

Janel Maloney[edit]

The main photo of Janel Maloney is wrong it is a photo of someone standing near her from another photograph. Take a look and you'll notice, even if you don't know who whe is (she was on The West Wing). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:602:9501:65B4:9452:E3F4:259F:316F (talk) 00:22, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

Janel Moloney (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)
Adding a convenience link.
I'm not clear on why you're telling me. And the woman in the image looks exactly like the image at IMDB. And all the images in this Google search. Dismas|(talk) 01:33, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

Help needed[edit]

Hi Dismas, I am rewriting this article-Symbols of States of India In my second sandbox and I have created 3 tables in it which look like this on my computer.(in this pic below)- File: Image for help.png These tables arent compatible and look differently placed on differnt PC's laptops. Since an article should be compatible and should be equally viewed by all could you pls make the code for tables in a way that they look the same everywhere. On other computers they eithere overlap or move away from each other. Could u pls make them compatible. Thanks and Regards Varun  13:07, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

I haven't worked with columns and tables much here on Wikipedia but I think my recent edit will be more like what you're looking for.
That said, I don't know if I've ever seen tables, in separate columns like you have, here on WP. Part of the reason is probably just like you said, many people are going to be using different browsers on different devices using different screen resolutions. So, while two columns may work for desktop systems, I'm not sure how it will work on a tablet or phone.
You may find someone more knowledgable about tables at the Help Desk or you might want to read over WP:TABLE to see if there are suggestions there. Dismas|(talk) 22:58, 25 June 2016 (UTC)
Dismas you are great! Thanks a lot my problem is fixed thanks a lot thanks --Varun  07:27, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

A cheeseburger for you![edit]

Cheeseburger.png You really are great Varun  07:28, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Tatjana, Veiled Head - new photo added to Wikipedia[edit]

Hello Dismas,

Thanks so much for alerting me to the incorrect use of this photo on Wikipedia. What is your advice for legally using photos by photographers (living or deceased) - when their photos are already known world-wide and regarded as iconic works of art?

I have written to the Herb Ritts Foundation to ask for their permission to incorporate this photo - which is on their website - to Wikipedia. If they say yes, how may I transmit that approval to Wikipedia?

The photo, "Tatjana, Veiled Head" was an image by Herb Ritts used to promote exhibitions of his work at museums - which is what cited. There were many more exhibitions, I did not cite them all.

This image was originally used as a cover of a magazine. When I searched for "rights free" images by Ritts, this image occurred several times, each time affiliated with a different exhibition. Because it is being used to illustrate the photographer's work on Wikipedia, and because many other museums have singled out this image when promoting the artist and exhibition, I added to Wikipedia.

I carefully studied the page for the Mona Lisa - and upon approval - I hope to add the attached to the entry for this page, too, as it shows how Ritts crossed from commercial fashion to fine art, over time.

File:Tatjana, Veiled Head - Original Cover
The original use of this image was for the October, 1988 issue of British Vogue.

If you have any other direction and guidance, I welcome the chance to learn from you. In the meantime, I am reading and learning the rules outlined on your page.

Thank you, -LaVicenteLaVicente (talk) 21:19, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

LaVicente, I have a feeling you're going to have an uphill battle keeping that photo, not to mention the magazine cover, on Wikipedia. I'm by no means an expert on image licenses but here are my thoughts in no particular order (I'm enumerating for clarity in case you want to discuss a certain point):
First, if a free alternative image is available or can be created then that is what is used in articles about living people. Note that I said "or can be created". Since Tatjana Patitz is still alive, a completely free image can still be made of her. In fact there is already a free image in the article. See WP:NFCCP#1.
Second, I can almost guarantee that the image is still owned by Ritts and is not released under a free license. Selling his images and licensing them is how he makes his money. Not many professional photographers release their works under free licenses.
Third, it's not that Ritts is alive or dead, it's that Patitz is alive. See my first point.
Fourth, see Lenna. This is an iconic image. Now see the article for Lena Söderberg, the subject of the portrait. You'll notice that the image of Lena is not in the article about her. This is because we have an article for the image because it is notable. It's the image that is being discussed in the Lenna article. There are many sources which confirm its notability. Since the image is not free, it is not in the article about Söderberg.
Fifth, the image which you uploaded was of so high a resolution that someone could print the image and thus keep Ritts from making money off the image. See WP:NFCCP#3b.
Sixth, I have no idea what the Mona Lisa has to do with this discussion. The painting was created 500 years ago by an artist that died 500 years ago. Any modern copyright claims that da Vinci had would have had are expired due to his death so many years ago.
Seventh, for donating content, see Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials.
Besides writing a new article from scratch, I'd say that image licensing is the most difficult and confusing part of working with Wikipedia. Copyright law is confusing and I don't know all the ins and outs. I hope I've been able to add a bit of clarity for you. Questions? Let me know. Though, because I work 7 days a week, please allow me some time to reply or else you can also take your questions to the Wikipedia Help Desk. -- Dismas|(talk) 03:45, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

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Dab Solver is not working, I am opening a new section at WP:VPT and pinging Dispenser but I doubt VPT will get a response as it is not controlled by tool labs or Wikimedia but still let's see. Thanks and Regards. Talked to you after a long long time you might have forgotten me (see the help! Sections above!!) VarunFEB2003 13:22, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
I don't use Dab Solver so I don't think I can help much. Sorry. †Dismas†|(talk) 17:23, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
Oh I had not come here for help, I just wanted to tell you since you had that Disambig notification in the section above! Anyways I wanted to say Hello! too. how are you? (talk) (This IP Address belongs to User:Varun!) 07:34, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
Ah, okay. Yeah, I fixed that dab issue a while ago. †Dismas†|(talk) 12:31, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
Ok! VarunFEB2003 14:46, 17 September 2016 (UTC)