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March 26[edit]

How can I find a template?[edit]

I see a reference in an article that does not contain the information it is citing. Is there a template I can use to alert others to this deficiency? Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 00:22, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Perhaps {{Failed verification}}? There are others listed at Template:Failed verification#See also. --David Biddulph (talk) 00:27, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
If the material is contentious, eggregiously wrong, or potentially in violation of Wikipedia's WP:BLP policy, it can be temporarily removed and a discussion held on the article talk page to resolve the matter. Just removing text without comment or discussion is likely to get significant blowback, but if you start a discussion on the talk page, explain your reasons for removal, and allow others to find proper sources or find other ways to correct the problem, you can (and in some cases even should) remove such material. Whether or not you do depends on exactly the nature of the uncited material. If it's unlikely to be harmful or damaging or generate controversy, it is safe to just take it with the template noted by David above. If it is contentious, removal and discussion is the better way to go. --Jayron32 00:33, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia pages taking longer than 24 hours to update[edit]

I noticed recently that some of the pages I edited did not show my edits, in one case it took more than 24 hours for the new information to appear. Is this normal? Ottawahitech (talk) 00:25, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

You may need to purge your browser's cache. --David Biddulph (talk) 00:28, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
(edit conflict) This is likely a problem on your end, with your browser cache. All edits to Wikipedia articles go live as soon as they are saved (excepting, in a few cases, article which have "Pending Changes protection") and if you do not see edits made to an article right away, it's because your browser is showing an older cached version of the article, and your browser's cache settings need to be changed. Wikipedia:Bypass your cache describes how to fix this problem. --Jayron32 00:29, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
If the problem is not that the new content isn't visible when you go to that page in Wikipedia, but rather that a new page which you have generated doesn't appear immediately in Wikipedia's search, try Help:Searching#Delay in updating the search index. --David Biddulph (talk) 00:40, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Title of an article[edit]

I just wrote an article about Lake Kapowsin, in Washington State. It looks fine in my sandbox, User:Bpickard/sandbox, but I can't figure out how to give it a title. I tried html, but that doesn't seem to work either.

Do you (or some editor) assign it a title, or am I missing something? I've read all the help material I can find, and it does a good job of describing what titles should be, but says nothing I can find about where they are to be entered or located.Bpickard (talk) 01:04, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Are you aware there's already an article called Kapowsin, Washington? You could just add your stuff to it (although you should do something about those bare urls in your references and there are some parts that, upon a quick perusal, don't look like they should be added). Also, you have a section on the lake, as opposed to the census-designated place, which should go into a separate article. In general, you just type in the title you want in the search box. That gives you a redlink you can click on to create the article. Clarityfiend (talk) 01:13, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, (s)he certainly is aware – see Special:Contributions/Bpickard. --CiaPan (talk) 07:33, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

wrong information on your web[edit]

you have the wrong information on your web site about whom built the vista house on mt Spokane in wa state the right information is at the following web site find the year 1933 under history thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:52, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

I found Vista House is mentioned at least in two places in Wikipedia:
but didn't check which part needs fixing. --CiaPan (talk) 07:31, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
What do we do about conflicting sources?
teb728 t c 08:19, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
if one has a reputation for fact checking accuracy and editorial oversight, and the other doesnt, we go by the one with a reputation for accuracy. if multiple reliable sources differ, we note that the reliable sources differ and present the various options . -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 11:04, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Without knowing anything specifically about Vista House, it strikes me that the various references are not necessarily all in conflict.
The CCC appears to have been largely staffed by untrained or unskilled personnel who, by themselves, could not have designed or built anything. A plausible scenario would be that the CCC (or some other body) commissioned Bertelsen to design the House, and Fieldstad to supervise the building of it, using CCC personnel as labour.
The statement in Vista House that the designer was Edgar Marks Lazarus is clearly in conflict, but the latter's article suggests that there was some dispute over his responsibility (and renumeration), so the attribution to Bertelsen might arise from this.
I'm not saying that any of this is actually so: clearly more research is needed, which I'm not in a position to do as my lunch-break is just finishing :-). {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 14:54, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
I found a source directly addressing the confusion and have made this edit to clear it up.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 22:19, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Image upload problem[edit]

Almost every time I go to upload a new image, I get "This file might be corrupt, or have the wrong extension". Can someone explain to me why this is happening and how to prevent it? Ashton 29 (talk) 04:06, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

@Ashton 29: Could you provide some details on the image and its filetype? I've seen this error occur when the file's extension does not match the actual filetype of the image, so you may want to look into that (e.g. a gif image saved as image.jpg will return this error when trying to upload). ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 04:47, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
The two images in particular that I've had problems uploading are this and this. Ashton 29 (talk) 06:46, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Those both appear to be jpg's. Did you upload them with .jpg extensions? —teb728 t c 08:29, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes and I'm still experiencing the error message. Ashton 29 (talk) 04:16, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Displaying coordinates[edit]

I want to show ... lying between 24° 26′ and 25° 40′ N and 78° 26′ and 79° 21′ E in the body of an article. Would it be best to use {{Coord}}, some other template or just unlinked text? The context is the official boundaries of a former princely state within British India. (The coordinates can be averaged/centred for display at the top of the article - I've got no problem doing that bit!) Thanks. - Sitush (talk) 11:03, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

@Sitush: Just wondering if someone at wp:WikiProject Geographical coordinates can help? Ottawahitech (talk) 13:53, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
For the text in green, I'd just leave it as unlinked text. As you say, you can use the {{coord}} template (with an appropriate "dim" parameter and "display=title") at the bottom of the article to indicate a point near the center of the region that will display at the top of the article. Deor (talk) 14:02, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Late or never notifications[edit]

I have noticed this before, but now I can actually see that I either receive wp:notifications hours after they were posted (in this case on my talk page) or not at all (or at least not within close to 24 hours - in this case I was mentioned elsewhere). Is there a general problem of delays on wikipedia or is it just a problem with notifications? Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 13:49, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

It works for me. Do you receive notifications by email or at top of web pages here at It can be set at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-echo. What does the "Send me" field say there? Emails may arrive with a delay for various reasons. If it's here then are you sure this isn't an issue of posts being signed in UTC and you having another time zone and incorrectly thinking the posts are old? Can you link to a diff and say when you received the notitification in which time zone, or whether you didn't receive a notification? PrimeHunter (talk) 14:43, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: I normally receive my notification at top of web pages. The recent notification that was not delivered was posted on March 25 here with a u template. I received 6 other notifications on March 25. Ottawahitech (talk)
That edit replaced the whole page and confused the diff software. It may have run afoul of one or more conditions at mw:Manual:Echo#Technical details. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:40, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Skip to table of contents? Skins?[edit]

I find it difficult to navigate this page because when I come here I can only see one option at the top of the page (Skip to bottom). I have been told that others see different links, such as Top of page, TOC, Today's posts, and Bottom of page. Is it a matter of using different wiki-skins and if so, what are skins. Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 14:13, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Skins are the first section at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-rendering, but I didn't think that any of them disabled the TOC; others may know better. Are you by any chance being redirected to the mobile view rather than the desktop? There should be a switch between those at the foot of the page. --David Biddulph (talk) 14:20, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
In Firefox I see a box fixed in the bottom left corner of the help desk in all skins. It's made by code at the end of Wikipedia:Help desk/Header (the comment incorrectly says it's to the right):
[[<!-- box in the bottom right corner with links to return to top, toc, today's posts, bottom -->
<div id="HD-pageNavBox" class="nowrap mw-collapsible mw-uncollapsed mw-collapsible-content pageNavBox" style="position: fixed; left: 10px; bottom: 10px;
display: block; width: 150px; z-index: 999; overflow: hidden; border: 1px solid #A7D7F9; background-color: #FFF;" data-collapsetext=" Hide "
data-expandtext=" Show links ">
* [[#top|Top of page]]
* [[#toc|Table of Contents]]
* [[#{{#time:F j}}|Today's posts]]
* [[#footer|Bottom of page]]</div><!-- end navigation box -->
In the Vector and MonoBook skins the links mix with the language links for me and don't work until I scroll down. My post adds the box to this section by removing the positional code. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:32, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
I took the liberty of breaking the HTML source code shown to several lines to stop it from widening the page horizontally. JIP | Talk 20:43, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Making Anna Passey a page[edit]

Hi. There is a wikipedia page for the character Sienna Blake played by Anna Passey in Hollyoaks. But there is no page for the actress herself, which given her profile/awards/credits etc, there should be. So can we request that one is created for her? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:58, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

If you register an account, you can create one yourself. See Wikipedia:Your first article for information on how to do so. --Jayron32 15:22, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
See also WP:AFC Dingsuntil (talk) 03:21, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

How to edit company information[edit]

Hello, I am asked to update the information of HARTMANN Gruppe on Wikipedia. How do I do it? It says that I need to be an authorized reader. How do I be thaTt?

thanks, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Denizchelack (talkcontribs) 19:55, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi @Denizchelack: I don't believe we have a page on Hartmann Gruppe. Could you elaborate on who asked you to update the company's information, and if a page already exists? ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 19:58, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Here, or at --Orange Mike | Talk 19:59, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
In either case you have a conflict of interest and shouldnt be editing about companies for which you are employed. Make suggestions on the talk page and provide links to reliably published third party sources that support the changes. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 20:50, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Ralphie Dee D'Agostino[edit]

Must have hit save and incorrectly formatted the career section of this wiki page — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ralphiedee (talkcontribs) 20:48, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

@Ralphiedee: at the top of each page is a History tab [1] which shows each edit on the page. you can browse from edit to edit to find where you made an error and use the "undo" to revert yourself. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 21:29, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors[edit]

Cite error ref no input No references needed: Just looking at the score, it is obviously in f minor, rather than in F major, as the page previously said. (talk · contribs · WHOIS)

Move from header to section. Mlpearc (open channel) 22:24, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Help with misleading tittle/ Adding information to a current wiki page.[edit]

Hello my names Brent Radaideh and recently I found a wikipedia article with a tittle not correct, it is saying


the word "Draft " in it

I would like to be able to change that where it can say "Master Chef(Rapper)" Please help me on changing this misleading tittle ,Thank you :D!

especially when you go to MasterChef

there is a section called "See also" I edited this many times to put "Master Chef(Rapper) but it is not continuing to do so ,Thank you and best regards to wiki's support team. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Radaideh100 (talkcontribs) 22:35, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

As mentioned in the next section, I made some comments at the Draft:MasterChef(Rapper) page that you created.--CaroleHenson (talk) 04:34, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Misleading Tittle/adding information to a current published article on wiki[edit]

Hello my names Brent Radaideh and recently I found a wikipedia article with a tittle not correct, it is saying


the word "Draft " in it

I would like to be able to change that where it can say "Master Chef(Rapper)" Please help me on changing this misleading tittle ,Thank you :D!

especially when you go to MasterChef

there is a section called "See also" I edited this many times to put "Master Chef(Rapper) but it is not continuing to do so ,Thank you and best regards to wiki's support team.

Sign.X Radaideh100

sorry if you guys see this twice i forgot to sign on the last submit. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Radaideh100 (talkcontribs) 22:37, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Radaideh100, It looks like you drafted Draft:MasterChef(Rapper), which is an article in the making. I'll take a look at it and make some comments.--CaroleHenson (talk) 04:15, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

March 27[edit]

Featured Article[edit]

March 26 your Featured Article states that the Yukon Territory is Canada's smallest Province. Did you miss PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND? Or is P E I so small your author overlooked it?

At least Wikipedia's article on Prince Edward Island ALSO states that it is Canada's smallest province — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:21, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

You say March 26 but your post was made March 27 UTC. You say featured article but I guess you mean featured list: Wikipedia:Today's featured list/March 27, 2015. It doesn't say Yukon Territory is Canada's smallest Province. It says Yukon Territory is the smallest of Canada's three territories. A territory and a province is not the same. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:33, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Book Creator function[edit]

I'd be grateful if you could either a) answer my questions, or b) point me in the right direction to get help. The Teahouse is probably not the most appropriate area to pose these questions. Ever since I discovered the Create a Book feature I've had a lot of problems with it. 1. How do you delete a book page that has no content? I made a mistake and then it creates another page with the mistaken title. But how do you completely clear the empty book user page? 2. Is it possible to see all your unfinished books listed somewhere? 3. If you have several books in process, how do you look them up? I don't see a way to locate your books. 3. Is it possible to preview the book before downloading or printing? 4. Are you able to format the text of your book (font etc.)? 5. Can you access another users main page by typing User:xxx somewhere? Where would you type in a user's name? Thanks much, Bill Swamixyz (talk) 00:50, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Sorry for the duplication

My apologies. My bad. Swamixyz (talk) 01:05, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

No problem. I have removed the duplicate post. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:19, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
1. Pages can only be deleted by administrators. You can request deletion of a userspace page by placing {{db-u1}} on it.
2 and first 3. The book creator tool can only work on one book at a time without saving it. Click "Contributions" at the top of any page to see all your edits, including to saved books. Click "Subpages" at the bottom of that page to see a list of your userspace pages including books.
Second 3. I don't know a way to preview a book without downloading it.
4. I don't think you can add any formatting to books, apart from article titles with piped links as shown at Help:Books/for experts.
5. You can type User:xxx in the search box to see another users user page, or click a link to the user, for example on the username in a signature or page history. Many users have no user page. A red link on the username means there is no user page.
PrimeHunter (talk) 01:45, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Odd bug with top icons[edit]

Something odd happened maybe within just the last few hours with the ordering of my user page top icons. I have them here User:Gaff/Gaff Top Icons then use{{User:Gaff/Gaff Top Icons}} to display them on various subpages. Until just now, the gnome mushroom has been on the far right, with all the DYKs lined up next to the mushroom, then the GAs to the left of the DYKs. Now the mushroom is on the far left, and the GAs are placed in the middle of the DYKs. There is also now a huge chunk of whitespace beneath, which did not use to be there. Thoughts? --Gaff (talk) 02:57, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

To me in Firefox, everything currently looks as your description of how it was before. I guess it's about the recent edits to {{Top icon}}. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:08, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
seem all lined up properly to me in IE, firefox and chrome. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 11:32, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Editing with the mobile version of Wikipedia and Wiktionary[edit]

Problem: I cannot edit the entire page, only sections. --User000name (talk) 03:32, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

@User000name: As far as I'm aware, that's simply how the app and mobile views of Wikipedia are built, unfortunately. If that's an issue, in the mobile browser, you may scroll to the bottom and select "Desktop" - this will load the article as it would appear on a desktop browser, and will allow you to edit the whole article at once. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 03:40, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Referencing errors on Sibton[edit]

Reference help requested.

Thanks, Katiealdridge (talk) 04:27, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

I have removed one referencing error from the Sibton article. The problem was a "title" field that contained "pipe" characters, |. The pipe character is used in the reference template to separate fields, so this confused the template-handler. Maproom (talk) 09:05, 27 March 2015 (UTC)


I wanted to check my edit count, but I got this message: "No webservice
The URI you have requested, /xtools-ec/?, is not currently serviced."

What to do? Can it be fixed?
Thanks. (P.S.: I know my username is an email address. It was grandfathered in ages ago, and I no longer use that email anyway, so no worries.) My signature is different. Quis separabit? 04:45, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

That's down for me too. Meanwhile, you can check out [2], [3] or [4] --Fauzan✆ talk✉ mail 05:48, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Forgotten image filename[edit]

I uploaded an image file to Wikipedia Commons for inclusion in an Article I am editing. Unfortunately, I promptly forgot the name under which the file was saved. Is there a good method I can find the file name again? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Prkprescott (talkcontribs) 08:45, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Was it one of the images in the list of your contributions to Wikimedia Commons? Maproom (talk) 09:10, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

File:Concord Production Company Opening Logo.ogv[edit]

I would ask for the restoration of this file -- (talk) 10:57, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

if you are the blocked or banned user who initially uploaded it in contravention of your block/ban, the answer will be: no.-- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 11:33, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

nudity in photographs[edit]

The photography accompanying this film is of a sexual nature, is there any wikipedia policy against such things? Aphrodite (film)Alligators1974 (talk) 12:06, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not censored Theroadislong (talk) 12:16, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Content on Wikipedia is generally not censored, this doesn't give carte blanche to put up anything. In this case its the original poster for the film, and would hard to replace with a less offensive version. - X201 (talk) 12:18, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Our Company Details, History and Brief Information has to be put in Wikipedia. How could i do it?[edit]

Our Company Details, History and Brief Information has to be put in Wikipedia. How could i do it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Automotive Manufactures (talkcontribs) 12:30, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not a directory nor mandated to do anything. Subjects get an article about them 1) if the meet the basic requirements for a stand alone article and 2) when a volunteer decides to write about the subject. Because you have a conflict of interest, you should NOT create an article about your company and should only suggest edits about the company on article talk pages. You can suggest that a volunteer create an article by making a suggestion at WP:RA. Suggestions are more likely to be acted upon if you provide links to reliably published third party sources that discuss the company. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 12:34, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Also, there may be a problem with your username, see WP:CORPNAME - X201 (talk) 12:38, 27 March 2015 (UTC)


I need to get help with the wikicode, I have posted over there but have gotten no response--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 13:15, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

What help do you need ??-- Moxy (talk) 13:35, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Moxy (hello again) I have a guy on wikiproject med (he speaks French) he needs help with the wikicode, --Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 13:39, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
What are the odds I speak French......On my way. -- Moxy (talk) 13:51, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
thanks--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 13:54, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Np all better now I think -- Moxy (talk) 14:09, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
your amazing, what would I do without you--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 14:14, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
I have posted to Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Medicine#CKS, a service of NICE. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:15, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

what is the pick nos for the new cape verde 200 escudos polymer notes 2014[edit]

Question is astray.--ukexpat (talk) 18:07, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

I wanted to send some cape verde 2014 polymer 200 escudos ZA replacement notes to PMG for grading BUT there is no known pick catalogues no for reference. what is the anticipated nos which pick will be allocating to it? thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:42, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

I suspect, based on your question, that you found one of our over 4 million articles and thought we were affiliated in some way with that subject. Please note that you are at Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, and this page is for asking questions related to using or contributing to Wikipedia itself. Thus, we have no special knowledge about the subject of your question. You can, however, search our vast catalogue of articles by typing a subject into the search field on the upper right side of your screen. If you cannot find what you are looking for, we have a reference desk, divided into various subject areas, where asking knowledge questions is welcome. Best of luck.--ukexpat (talk) 17:28, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Bulk edit wikilinks[edit]

I recently moved a page and there are links linking to the new page from the old page that should link the the old, renamed page. How can I bulk edit these wikilinks to change to this old page? Buffaboy (talk) 18:14, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Unless you're replacing the old title with a different article, or it's misspelled or such, don't worry about it. See WP:NOTBROKEN. —Cryptic 18:45, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Its a different article. I've edited two navboxes which were providing most of the incorrect links. Will wait for changes to work their way through and see what is left. - X201 (talk) 20:19, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
If there were links to an existing article, and that article is renamed/moved, then a link known as a redirect will be left from the previous title to the new title. The redirect will preserve the working of the existing link. As the above descriptions explain, there is no need to edit, let alone to bulk edit, wikilinks from old pages to new pages. Redirects serve that purpose, and are mostly behind the scenes. Robert McClenon (talk) 20:45, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Redirects are an important feature of Wikipedia that are especially useful if a person, place, or thing is known by more than one name. Some new editors think that, when a person, place, or thing is known by more than one name, it is a good idea to copy and paste the article to a new article with the other name. That would be undesirable because it would require that all future edits be made in two places and be the same. Redirects permit the article to have one primary title and alternate secondary titles that also work. Robert McClenon (talk) 20:45, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

There used to be one Women's Hockey League article. Now that a new league has started the user has renamed the old league and started a new article for the new league. The redirect points to the new article, not the old one. Users expecting the old league have to navigate back to it via a dab. - X201 (talk) 20:55, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

how do I add images (photographs) to my article[edit]

I've managed to get my article on La Verna cave in France accepted -hallelujah- and am now in the process of tearing my hair out trying to add two photographs. I uploaded them, got as far as "Thanks for uploading", but now what?!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Camuspeleo (talkcontribs) 20:15, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

To add an image that has already been uploaded to Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons, add [[File:File name.jpg|thumb|Caption text]] to the area of the article where you want the image to appear – replacing File name.jpg with the actual file name of the image, and Caption text with a short description of the image. See our picture tutorial for more information. I hope this helps.--ukexpat (talk) 20:31, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Fr. James Martin: I'm not a "Leftist" Priest[edit]

Dear Wikipedia:

I'm a big fan and use you all the time, but I noticed that on the page about me (which I've never added to and don't edit) I'm described as a "Leftist." Could you please delete that? Also, the photo you're using for me (which pops up in searches) is not me.

James Martin (Jesuit)

Thanks. Father James Martin, SJ

Here's more information if you need it: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:17, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Done - thanks for pointing that out. Such an overly generalizing qualifier may be appropriate, if it was sourced by some neutral reliable sources. This one was not and is deleted now. GermanJoe (talk) 20:27, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
PS, about the image problem: Symbol move vote.svg Are you by any chance referring to a photo or text shown to the right of a Google search? Google's Knowledge Graph uses a wide variety of sources. There may be a text paragraph ending with "Wikipedia" to indicate that particular text was copied from Wikipedia. An image and other text before or after the Wikipedia excerpt may be from sources completely unrelated to Wikipedia. We have no control over how Google presents our information, but Google's Knowledge Graph has a "Feedback" link where anyone can mark a field as wrong. GermanJoe (talk) 20:33, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
PPS -I've movbed the article to James Martin (priest) on the basis that disambiguating titles should be as generic as possible.--ukexpat (talk) 20:38, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

March 28[edit]

Is there a way to preserve history when splitting an article into 2 (Ellen Pao)?[edit]

The article Ellen Pao gender discrimination lawsuit was just created by copying/pasting it from its parent. Is there no way to preserve the contribution history from the original? Just wondering since many editors contributed over years. Ottawahitech (talk) 03:40, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

See WP:CORRECTSPLIT· A couple of the steps answer your question. - X201 (talk) 06:41, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

four tilde's use to give the username with a timestamp[edit]

four tilde's use to give the username with a time-stamp does it still or do I have the number of tilde's wrong, eg 4? ```` Grateful Deadhead (talk) 03:58, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Worked when I "Sign your posts on talk pages: ````"

this works for me. Mlpearc (open channel) 04:06, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
It still does, and you have the number right. See WP:SIGHOW for that and two other options. You can use your sandbox to experiment with such things. ―Mandruss  04:08, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
It looks as if the OP is using the wrong character. He has ```` whereas it should be ~~~~. The position of the tilde character varies between keyboard layouts. On a normal UK keyboard it is shift and #, whereas on a US keyboard it may well be shift and ` (hence it looks as if the OP may have a US keyboard and missed the shift). See Tilde#Keyboards. --David Biddulph (talk) 04:30, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
You are correct as to US kb. I suggest that, before saving, the user look at the screen and see if they typed tildes. If they don't know what a tilde is, there is a picture in Tilde. ―Mandruss  04:32, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

TY--yes on this new keyboard need Shift as such: Grateful Deadhead (talk) 07:11, 28 March 2015 (UTC) (:+D)been 10+ years and 4 keyboard's...

Incorrect information regarding[edit]

Roddy Radalj (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)

Dear people my name is BOB SATTLER,and it is I that played with Roddy Radalj,and co-wrote MANY of the songs as well as playing ALL THE LEAD guitar on the singe"Dynamite party" Regular Records,and the ENTIRE ALBUM "Orgazzmatazz,and "Mouthfull Of Chicken" Shock records.

I'am utterly incensed by this constant "Black Balling" regarding my contributions to Australian Rock,also being left out of being a touring and recording member "HITMEN DTK" -UELA EP also released by SHOCK records.

John Freckleton did replace Bill Gibson of "Eastern Dark" fame but I played LEAD GUITAR for Roddy Radalj from "Dynamite Party' till 'Mouthfull of Chicken"-Shock Records.

I implore you to redress these glaring and quite frankly suspicious errors. Sincerely Bob Sattler (email removed) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:44, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

@ This is the Help Desk, which is for questions about how to use and edit Wikipedia (see the notes at the top of this page). If you feel that an article is in error, please discuss it on the article's talk page, which you can access by clicking "Talk" near the top left of the article page. ―Mandruss  07:18, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Is there any function can return one page is a disambiguation page or not.[edit]

Hi, guys! I noticed disambiguation pages contain the magic word "__DISAMBIG__", so is there a parser function or one module can do that? --CAS222222221 (talk) 12:54, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

I know there is a way to identify them. This User:Anomie/linkclassifier.js changes the colors of links based on what they are redirects, disambiguation etc. -- GB fan 13:34, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
I have created disambiguation pages, most recently Inkcap, and I never put anything in them to make it clear to an automated process that that's what they are. Maybe I've been doing it wrong. Maproom (talk) 20:56, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
All mainspace pages should have at least one category (except redirects which should preferably also have a category by adding a redirect template). Inkcap is a set index article. As Wikipedia:Set index articles says: "A set index article is not a disambiguation page." Plantdrew did it right by adding one of the set index templates {{Fungus common name}} in [5], placing it in in the visible Category:Set indices on fungus common names as well as the hidden Category:All set index articles. Disambiguation pages should have {{disambiguation}} or one of the more specific disambiguation templates. This identifies them as disambiguation pages to the software by adding the magic word __DISAMBIG__ from mw:Extension:Disambiguator. However, I know of no practical way to test for this in wikitext. An impractical way would be to transclude the whole page and use a string function to search it for disambiguation indicators but this would be too expensive. Don't try that. User:Anomie/linkclassifier.js uses JavaScript which runs client side. JavaScript gives completely different possibilities but is not available in Wikitext. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:32, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Name Change[edit]

Hi there! I've tried editing the name for because their name is not "National World War II Museum," it is officially, "The National WWII Museum." I can't seem to do it by adding to the article's wikitext. Could you please help? Thank you! SIContent (talk) 18:36, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Theroadislong fixed it for you. You can't edit the title of an article. You have to move the page to a newly-titled article.--Bbb23 (talk) 20:37, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
I just thought I'd add that you need to be autoconfirmed before you will be able to move pages. Dustin (talk) 20:59, 28 March 2015 (UTC)


Hello, I've been trying to edit a page but I keep getting an error message stating, "Missing or Incorrect CAPTCHA." How can I fix this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ef121075 (talkcontribs) 20:30, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

You have to enter it correctly. See Wikipedia:CAPTCHA.--Bbb23 (talk) 20:35, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Title of newly created page to be changed[edit]

I have created the article Creating Engineering and Technology History Wiki. The word Creating should be deleted. Is an administrator intervention needed?

BBCLCD (talk) 21:11, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

I have changed it to Engineering and Technology History Wiki. No admin powers were required. However, the article is at risk of being deleted unless someone adds some citations of reliable independent published sources that establish that the wiki is notable. Maproom (talk) 21:23, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Is it possible to receive e-mail notifications every time a specific page is edited?[edit]

I know that it's possible to receive an e-mail for various types of notifications, such as when someone leaves a message on my talk page or when someone reverts one of my edits. But I don't see an option on the preferences page to receive an e-mail whenever articles on my watchlist are edited. Now, I certainly wouldn't want to receive e-mail notifications for all of the articles on my watchlist, as I have quite a few. But it would be really nice to have this feature for specific pages, especially talk pages. Does anyone know if a feature like this exits? Or if it doesn't, does it sound like something that could potentially be created? --Jpcase (talk) 22:00, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

@Jpcase: "Email me when a page or file on my watchlist is changed" is at the bottom of the first tab Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-personal. It's an old option and not part of the newer feature on the Notifications tab. It only works for the whole watchlist at the same time. Wikipedia:Sock puppetry allows alternative accounts in some circumstances. You could create an alternative account with a brief watchlist. A talk page and the associated non-talk page cannot be separated. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:55, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: Thanks! I had thought that something like this existed, but when I went back to look, I only checked the Notifications section of the Preferences page. Creating an alternative account would be a good idea, though I wish that there was a more direct approach. Do you think that this would be something that somebody might be able to design? I wouldn't need the talk pages to be counted separately - the main reason that I want this feature would be to watch Talk page discussions, but it would be fine if the article pages were included in the e-mail alerts as well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jpcase (talkcontribs)
@Jpcase: Multiple watchlists is an old request. See Wikipedia:Perennial proposals#Watchlist changes and phab:T7875. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:26, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
And would probably take 1/100th of the time that has been so far devoted to VE. And yet... --NeilN talk to me 23:32, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
@NeilN: What's VE? --Jpcase (talk) 23:41, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
Oh, visual editor. Gottcha. --Jpcase (talk) 23:43, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
But are you saying then, that this would be feasible to implement? --Jpcase (talk) 23:44, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
Jpcase, if the poobahs at the WMF decided to throw editors who actually work on the site a bone, it could be done in a couple weeks at the outside. --NeilN talk to me 23:52, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
@NeilN: Is there a technical issue holding them back? Or have they just not bothered to work on it yet? Is there any way that I could show support for this feature? --Jpcase (talk) 00:08, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

March 29[edit]


Where is the apropriate place for this suggestion?... Does it belong somewhere on the WikiMedia site? Or on the Esperento or Ido wikipedias? "As as esperento and ido are closly similar contributions to one wikipedia should be added to the other wikipedia as well thru machine translation " --Thank YouNaytz (talk) 02:50, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Probably at Meta somewhere. Not sure where, I'm not very familiar with Meta, but it is the main place for cross-project discussions. --Jayron32 03:23, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Using sandbox[edit]

Is it OK to use the sandbox to write papers? I like having the ability to view changes (mobile view of diffs. is the best!). —User 000 name 07:16, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes, it is an excellent idea to create articles using your personal sandbox (or other User space drafts or Draft space drafts). The difference is that your sandbox is one page, whereas you can create multiples pages of the others. —teb728 t c 08:07, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
Hello, 000. It depends what you mean by "papers". TEB728 has answered assuming you mean Wikipedia articles; but if you are talking about papers which can never be part of Wikipedia (eg because they contain original research), then the answer is no. See WP:NOTWEBHOST. You can create a personal wiki at sites like Wikia. --ColinFine (talk) 11:13, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Cyprus national holidays[edit]

New Years day holiday should NOT be Jan 30, it should be Jan 1. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:53, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

This is about Public holidays in Cyprus. It was altered from Jan. 1 to Jan. 30 by an IP editor with no other edit. I have reverted it. Maproom (talk) 11:00, 29 March 2015 (UTC)