User talk:Lenshapir

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Why would an editor/user place double brackets around a phrase for which there is no wikipedia page? For example, the phrase Wim Weivel appears in the page for Portland State University but there is no WP page for him. In the article, the phrase displays in red and informs a viewer that there is no WP page, but what is the point of using the brackets? I see this on many pages. Lenshapir (talk) 22:38, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

If there is a reasonable chance of an article being written for a subject, it's not inappropriate to "Red Link" that subject into existing or new articles. It tends to encourage other editors to "fix" these links, by adding in the missing articles. WuhWuzDat 22:42, 31 July 2009 (UTC)


Finding articles to edit

You might be interested in the cleanup campaign, or helping out with peer reviews. You could browse the many projects, look at the newest articles, or maybe just something random. We have a list of requested articles, requests for feedback, and a huge backlog of tasks.

Hopefully, this will give you some ideas.

Welcome and introduction[edit]

Hi, Lenshapir. This is NOT some automated's from a real person. You can talk to me right now. Welcome to Wikipedia! I noticed you've just joined, and wanted to give you a few tips to get you started. If you have any questions, please talk to us. The tips below should help you to get started. Best of luck!  Chzz  ►  16:41, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

  • You don't need to read anything - anybody can edit; just go to an article and edit it. Be Bold, but please don't put silly stuff in - it will be removed very quickly, and will annoy people.
  • Ask for help. Talk to us live, or edit this page, put {{helpme}} and describe what help you need. Someone will reply very quickly - usually within a few minutes.
  • Edit existing articles, before you make your own. Look at some subjects that you know about, and see if you can make them a bit better. For example, Wikipedia:Cleanup#2009.
  • When you're ready, read about Your first article. It should be about something well-known, and it will need references.

Good luck with editing; please drop me a line some time on my own talk page.

There's lots of information below. Once again, welcome to the fantastic world of Wikipedia!

--  Chzz  ►  16:41, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

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How references work[edit]

Simple references[edit]

These require two parts;

Chzz is 98 years old.<ref> "The book of Chzz", Aardvark Books, 2009. </ref>

He likes tea. <ref> [ Tea website] </ref>
b) A section called "References" with the special code "{{reflist}}";
== References ==

(an existing article is likely to already have one of these sections)

To see the result of that, please look at user:chzz/demo/simpleref. Edit it, and check the code; perhaps make a test page of your own, such as user:Lenshapir/reftest and try it out.

Named references[edit]

Chzz was born in 1837, <ref name="MyBook">
"The book of Chzz", Aardvark Books, 2009. 
</ref> in Footown.<ref name="MyBook"/>

Note that the second usage has a / (and no closing ref tag). This needs a reference section as above; please see user:chzz/demo/namedref to see the result.

Citation templates[edit]

You can put anything you like between <ref> and </ref>, but using citation templates makes for a neat, consistent look;

Chzz has 37 Olympic medals. <ref> {{Citation
 | last = Smith
 | first = John
 | title = Olympic medal winners of the 20th century
 | publication-date = 2001
 | publisher = [[Cambridge University Press]]
 | page = 125
 | isbn = 0-521-37169-4

Please see user:chzz/demo/citeref to see the result.

For more help and tips on that subject, see user:chzz/help/refs.


I notice the article "Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Assessment". It does not explain there how to get an article assessed. Is it automatic or must one do something to have an article assessed? {{helpme}}

Assessment levels below GA can be set by any editor. If you don't feel confident in correctly assessing an article yourself, you could ask for someone else to assess it by leaving a note at the appropriate Wikiproject talk page. The top three levels (FA, A and GA) are much more complicated. Algebraist 19:28, 6 August 2009 (UTC)


I've replied to your request; please see User talk:Chzz#Seeking advice on my new course and User talk:Lenshapir/my sandbox.  Chzz  ►  04:26, 19 August 2009 (UTC)

You have new messages
Hello, Lenshapir. You have new messages at Chzz's talk page.
You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{user:chzz/tb}} template.    File:Ico specie.png

 Chzz  ►  23:54, 19 August 2009 (UTC)

Please note my reply has now been archived, and it is in User_talk:Chzz/Archive_13#New_users_editing_others.27_articles.  Chzz  ►  21:53, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

New reply in User_talk:Chzz#Seeking advice on my Cyberculture course  Chzz  ►  16:19, 9 September 2009 (UTC)


Hi there.

I just did a helpme thing for one of your class, in User talk:Wlshmj. I was just wondering - would you like me to spam my 'welcome' template to all of them? If so, do you have a list of usernames somewhere? Cheers,  Chzz  ►  04:12, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

(P.S. I'm sure you'll remember, but...please respond on my own talk, to let me know you've replied, otherwise I might miss it. Thx.  Chzz  ►  04:14, 9 October 2009 (UTC))