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- 2 column formation
- 3 Pinhole camera
- 4 Guide to referencing
- 5 Re: Block of User talk:188.8.131.52
- 6 Tags
- 7 Re: Edit to Maverick
- 8 Re: Current revision...
- 9 I forgot source?
- 10 Photo request tags on Virginia articles
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Hello, I noticed that you edited an article related to, or expressed interest in Iowa. Therefore, I was wondering if you would be interested in joining (proposed) WikiProject Iowa? If so, please add your name to "Interested Wikipedians" at Proposed WikiProject Iowa --Tim4christ17 03:41, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Done. (redirects are cheap) --Philip Baird Shearer 18:32, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
Re. your comments on above, I thought you might find this ref info of use. Tyrenius 00:55, 7 March 2007 (UTC)
Guide to referencing
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|Using references (citations)|
I thought you might find it useful to have some information about references (refs) on wikipedia. These are important to validate your writing and inform the reader. Any editor can removed unreferenced material; and unsubstantiated articles may end up getting deleted, so when you add something to an article, it's highly advisable to also include a reference to say where it came from. Referencing may look daunting, but it's easy enough to do. Here's a guide to getting started.
A reference must be accurate, i.e. it must prove the statement in the text. To validate "Mike Brown climbed Everest", it's no good linking to a page about Everest, if Mike Brown isn't mentioned, nor to one on Mike Brown, if it doesn't say that he climbed Everest. You have to link to a source that proves his achievement is true. You must use Reliable sources, such as published books, mainstream press, authorised web sites, and official documents. Blogs, Myspace, Youtube, fan sites and extreme minority texts are not usually acceptable, nor is Original research, e.g. your own unpublished, or self-published, essay or research.
The first thing you have to do is to create a "Notes and references" section. This goes towards the bottom of the page, below the "See also" section and above the "External links" section. Enter this code:
The next step is to put a reference in the text. Here is the code to do that. It goes at the end of the relevant term, phrase, sentence, or paragraph to which the note refers, and after punctuation such as a full stop, without a space (to prevent separation through line wrap):
Whatever text you put in between these two tags will become visible in the "Notes and references" section as your reference.
Test it out
Copy the following text, open the edit box for this page, paste it at the bottom (inserting your own text) and save the page:
(End of text to copy and paste.)
Information to include
You need to include the information to enable the reader to find your source. For a book it might look like this:
An online newspaper source would be:
Note the square brackets around the URL. The format is [URL Title] with a space between the URL and the Title. If you do this the URL is hidden and the Title shows as the link. Use double apostrophes for the article title, and two single quote marks either side of the name of the paper (to generate italics).
The date after The Guardian is the date of the newspaper, and the date after "Retrieved on" is the date you accessed the site – useful for searching the web archive in case the link goes dead. Wikilinks (double square brackets which create an internal link to a wikipedia article) function inside the ref tags. Dates are wikilinked so that they work with user preference settings.
You may prefer to use a citation template to compile details of the source. The template goes between the ref tags and you fill out the fields you wish to. Basic templates can be found here: Wikipedia:Template messages/Sources of articles/Citation quick reference
Same ref used twice or more
The first time a reference appears in the article, you can give it a simple name in the <ref> code:
The second time you use the same reference in the article, you need only to create a short cut instead of typing it all out again:
You can then use the short cut as many times as you want. Don't forget the /, or it will blank the rest of the article! A short cut will only pick up from higher up the page, so make sure the first ref is the full one. Some symbols don't work in the ref name, but you'll find out if you use them.
You can see refs in action in the article William Bowyer (artist). There are 3 sources and they are each referenced 3 times. Each statement in the article has a footnote to show what its source is.
When you become familiar with the process, the next step is to have one section, "Footnotes", with links embedded in the text, and another, "References", which lists all of your references alphabetically with full details, e.g. for a book:
If you're ready to go into it further, these pages have detailed information:
I hope this helps. If you need any assistance, let me know.
Tyrenius 00:55, 7 March 2007 (UTC)
Re: Block of User talk:184.108.40.206
No it is not. I used to warn every vandal that was blocked, but, when it adds up, it is very time consuming, and it is source of misunderstanding when blocks expire and IPs are shared. I always warn the users I indef block, and I blank the talk pages of IPs I block for a long time (> 6 months). I usually warn users when I block them, to be sure they get the message. But most IPs do hit and run, and I believe the error message is enough to send the word home. I hope that helps! -- lucasbfr talk 18:50, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
When putting deletion tags on redirects, as you did at User_talk:220.127.116.11/Archive1, place them above the #redirect so they are visible without viewing the source. —Random832 20:11, 13 March 2008 (UTC)
Re: Edit to Maverick
It absolutely DOES matter that Mavericks are not Mustangs. If people want to read about Mustangs, they can look up Mustangs on Wikipedia. There is absolutely NO reason to have Mustang notes on a Maverick article. In fact, it's ridiculous, and it just clutters up the page. I am not a vandal. I just hate seeing information listed which does not pertain to the subject...
Re: Current revision...
Those notes contain more than just sales figures for the Mustang compared to the Maverick. They contain irrelevant data regarding current production Mustangs. I would appreciate if you would stop re-listing such irrelevant data... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Streetavenger (talk • contribs) 21:22, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
I forgot source?
btw, I need a source for it but can't find one so do you ave like a pesonal website to post it on? cuz I don't. tahnks
You have been replacing the photo request fields on a number of WikiProject Virginia talk page templates with more general template:reqphoto templates, with summaries that say you are making them "more specific". I think if you go back and check your work that you will find you are doing the opposite. Rklear (talk) 13:27, 2 June 2013 (UTC)
- A good specific example is Talk:Chris Head (politician). Before your change, the photo request was attached to the Virginia project, so readers would at least associate it with Virginia. Now it's just a generic photo request with no visible defining information. All of your photo requests are that way. Rklear (talk) 20:50, 2 June 2013 (UTC)
- I don't see "people of Virginia" on the talk page, and neither would you, if you actually looked at it rather than your own edit summary. The point is that you've botched pretty much every template:reqphoto edit you've made, dozens of them. Do you review your work before saving? Rklear (talk) 22:41, 2 June 2013 (UTC)
- Actually, the feature is there, has been for years. Since you've been editing longer than I have, I assumed you knew that. And most people are more likely to read the banner than the categories. Rklear (talk) 22:56, 2 June 2013 (UTC)
- Adding the parameter "|in=Virginia" would add text to the displayed banner that connects the photo request to Virginia, for people who don't spend all their time looking at categories. Rklear (talk) 00:42, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
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