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August 8[edit]

I'm having trouble setting up my page[edit]

Yes I'm trying to set up my Wikipedia page when I look it up in a search nothing comes up — Preceding unsigned comment added by Premo Predican (talkcontribs) 03:01, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

@Premo Predican: So, here's the problems, in no particular order:
1) You set up a user page, which is not an article. You're probably searching in for articles instead of user pages.
2) You've set up your user page as a webhost, which is not what user pages are for.
3) You're attempting to write an article about yourself, which is highly discouraged even if you're doing everything else right.
4) You're trying to write an article to promote your career, which is against our policy against promotion.
5) You seem to be thinking that Wikipedia does "profiles." No. Wikipedia is a volunteer-driven summary of independent and professionally-published mainstream academic or journalistic sources.
For the correct way to go about writing an article, see "How to write articles that won't be rejected or deleted" in this guide I wrote for new users. Ian.thomson (talk) 03:10, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

Obtaining copyright permission[edit]

I know of several places where the owner of a photo of an object or place would be happy to allow the image to be published in Wikipedia with free use. Every time I try to find out how to do it, I get discouraged by the vast amount of verbiage in Wikipedia. It should not be this difficult. (I am not a newbie, incidentally; I have been editing on Wikipedia since 2005.) I just need a simple piece of text, in which I can fill in the blanks in advance, ie the file-name of the image and the name of the owner, and then send to the image's owner. They will just need an e-mail address so that they can send their permission for the record. I guess that this requirement is very common, and so it should be at the start of any article describing how to obtain copyright permission. Only then should other complications be listed, ideally in another linked article. It should not be necessary to have the patience of a law student. JMcC (talk) 09:42, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

What matters is not ownership of the photo, it's ownership of copyright in the photo. If someone owns copyright in an image because they created it, and wants it to be published in Wikipedia with free use, there's no need for any email. They can upload it to Wikimedia Commons, at, and check the button that says "This file is my own work". Maproom (talk) 10:07, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
You are missing the point. I know people can load their own work, I have done it many times, but many other people are not active editors of Wikipedia. They would be willing for their photos to be used and I am willing to load the photo. I only want to send them a simple statement of the permission that they should give to Wikipedia. JMcC (talk) 12:13, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
Jmcc150, may be the help you need on Commons, the preferred place for uploads Fiddle Faddle 12:19, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
Thank you. I was lost in the different options. Now I have a simple example. I think the Help section needs a Help section. JMcC (talk) 15:30, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

Getting back my subject on wikipedia[edit]

Bonjour Utilisateur Mohand.C.A Je veux réccupèrer mon article sur: "Biigraphie sur torture et persecution des autorités algériènnes".qulq'un d'aitre que moi a sabotté cet article. Mérci — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mohand.C.A (talkcontribs) 10:23, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

Mohand.C.A,C'est le Wikipedia en anglais. Votre message est sûrement pour l'édition en français?? Presque toutes les gens ici parlent seulement en Anglais Fiddle Faddle 10:27, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
@Mohand.C.A: vouz pouvez demander une question avec l'aide de cette page - fr:Aide:Poser une question - sur le Wikipédia français. (You can ask a question with the help of this page - fr:Aide:Poser une question - on French Wikipedia.) Seagull123 Φ 12:22, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

Taipanusa's question[edit]

Hi I'm new and want to help with Myanmar painters.

this is the wrong photo for U Kin Maung (Bank).

Instead show here is a photo of Kin Maung Yin. I'm certain. KMY is a different person. I knew him well.

How do I delete this photo?

How do I enter a correct photo--if I can find one (He died a long time ago)

Many thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Taipanusa (talkcontribs) 13:58, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

@Taipanusa: Welcome and thanks for offering to help. To delete the picture from the Kin Maung article, just edit the article and remove the picture's filename from within the infobox template. However, If you intend to create an article for KMY, then please defer this action until your KMY article is ready, for an obscure reason. This copyrighted picture was uploaded using a "fair use" rationale. We do not allow a "fair use" picture to remain on Wikipedia unless it is used in at least one article. So, to avoid its removal, leave it in the "wrong" article until you can add it to the new article. To write your new KMY article, please read WP:YFA. Since you knew KMY, please read WP:COI and put a note on your user page or user talk page to let the reviewers know. COI is not a problem, it's just a fact, and your note will ensure that the reviewers take a little extra care. After creating your KMY article, adding the picture to it, and deleting it from the KMB article, if you do find a picture for KMB, please come back here, and we can help you. Uploading a copyrighted picture under a "fair use" rationale is not simple. -Arch dude (talk) 19:38, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

Redirects that break existing comments[edit]

There are times when a bunch of people use a wikilink in discussions on talk pages and noticeboards. Occasionally there is a proposal that, while otherwise reasonable, changes the target of an often-used Wikilink and thus makes every one of those comments link to a page the author did not intend to link to. Imagine the confusion if suddenly WP:AGF or even WP:1AM suddenly linked to some other page.

If the number of pages is small, it is easy to go and fix the links, but sometimes there are thousands of them.

Does Wikipedia have a an actual policy against doing this, or is this just one of those common sense things that everyone knows but nobody documents? --Guy Macon (talk) 16:48, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

@Guy Macon: Seems like common sense to me that if you change the meaning of a link, you have to resolve all existing usage. Large jobs can be handled by bots. Have an example? —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 21:51, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2020 August 3#Wikipedia:DAILYMAIL --Guy Macon (talk) 21:55, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
  • "Lots of incoming links" is an argument against deletion per WP:R#KEEP #4 so I guess it also is an argument against retargeting. I am not aware of a policy, or historical precedent, for editing past discussions to substitute defunct or retargeted redirects with their previous target. TigraanClick here to contact me 11:59, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Toyota 2E engine[edit]

The Toyota 2E engine also came with a 4 speed manual transmission in the Corolla (South Africa)— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:17, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello, please discuss the points at the article talk page; you can use Template:Request edit to request changes and you *must* provide a reliable source. (Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four keyboard tildes like this: ~~~~.) Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 21:31, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

15 mins on Wiki and DELETED?[edit]

I don't understand the discriminatory nature whereas there are several artists involved and I would like proper information to be added, yet in the very starts of learning to navigate through this process was dismissed and disregarded as a junk file? Disclaimer was that I was using this site for other purposes, I would just rather start our own before someone else decides to. WHY SUCH DISREGARD FOR BEGINNERS? — Preceding unsigned comment added by StrangeJRB (talkcontribs) 21:53, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

As was explained on your talk page (before you blanked it): This has been done under section U5 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because the page appears to consist of writings, information, discussions, and/or activities not closely related to Wikipedia's goals. Meters (talk) 21:58, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
And since you posted I am trying to officiate the business in which I started to collaborate with artists. at the TeaHouse you should read WP:COI. Meters (talk) 22:01, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
See TeaHouse post for more. Meters (talk) 22:15, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
@StrangeJRB: Please see WP:NOTPROMO. Wikipedia is not here to officiate the business in which I started. The Teahouse post is WP:TH#Setting up Informative for business of Artists. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 23:27, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

Article on Concert pitch[edit]


In the paragraph pre-19th century there is a sentence

For example, a tuning fork associated with Handel, dating from 1740, is pitched at A = About this sound422.5 Hz, while a later one from 1780 is pitched at A = About this sound409 Hz, about a quarter-tone lower.[3]

The reference linked to [3] has nothing to do with historical tuning forks, it is a reference to ACID Pro software. How do I draw attention to this error? I can’t supply a better reference but the one quoted seems entirely irrelevant. Should I delete the reference or what?

David — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A02:C7F:6C2F:9A00:2512:56C5:D6E8:606E (talk) 23:02, 8 August 2020 (UTC)

Please post your concerns at Talk:Concert pitch. You can add {{Failed verification}} after the reference in the article. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 23:30, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
I removed the link to the advertisement as being purely promotional and replaced it with a Citation Needed. --Guy Macon (talk) 16:42, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

August 9[edit]

Help correcting a date link[edit] page has tables of links for years and months with a broken link for Oct 2018. Sorry, but unable to figure out how to correct the errant link which is,_October_2018

Multiple pages use the broken link in various tables, often twice on a given page.

Thank you! --NavajoDutchman (talk) 11:28, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

NavajoDutchman, IT seems to stem from {{Number of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States months list}} and is complex to work out when're and how to correct Fiddle Faddle 11:32, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
Not done - I have given it a very hard stare and am baffled. Fiddle Faddle 11:38, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
@NavajoDutchman: A simple error, corrected in this edit. --David Biddulph (talk) 11:37, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
David Biddulph, go you!!! Fiddle Faddle 11:39, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

Vandalism help request from Sdkb[edit]

I have noticed some vandalism at [[1]]. Namely, A constant change of the name of Principal onm the right hand page, as well as other staff working at the school. Names of students or food items replace staff names. Though the school, does revert it back, it would be good to either ban certain random users or protect aspects of the page from change. You can verify the vandalism changes from the school website.

Would an editor please assist me with fixing it? Thank you, RSBConnect (talk) 14:47, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

OP has been blocked for promotion. Sdkb, I don't think you created a help request for the page, right? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 16:25, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

Knaresborough / Knaresborough Online[edit]

Symbol redirect vote2.svg Courtesy link: Knaresborough

With reference to your reply - Of course I have an interest in what I am adding as I run the community page. How can you say there is a conflict of intersts as LIDL is mentioned on the page and this is DEFINATELY a business!!!! Our page supplies the community with information about Knaresborough and so it is of valid interest to those who look at all things Knaresborough on Wkipiedia. You have Knaresborough Post listed on the page and they ARE a commercial business. In fact Knaresborough online is the same as the Knaresborough Post except we are online and the are a traditional print!!! How can you honestly justify allowing LIDL to be on the page and not our towns community website.

I would like to take this up as an official complaint as I feel we are been unfairly treated Knaresborough Girl (talk) 15:58, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

@Knaresborough Girl: I replied on your talk page. -Arch dude (talk) 16:14, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

(edit conflict)

@Knaresborough Girl:
  1. Please read and understand our policy on conflict of interest. Having a conflict of interest means you have some professional or personal connection to the topic you are trying to write about. It makes it difficult if not impossible to write about the topic from a neutral point of view. In addition, if you work for Knaresborough Online, you have some mandatory disclosures to make.
  2. Regarding your edits to Knaresborough, you are trying to add your website to the section on "Culture and community". It does not fit there. If it should be there at all, it would probably be best under External links; however, because of your conflict of interest, you should not edit the page directly. Instead, if you think that website would be a valuable external link, you should visit the talk page, and put {{Request edit}} there, along with stating the changes you think should be made to the article. A disinterested editor will then come along (eventually - it can take a while as we are all volunteers) and review your request and decide if it is appropriate or not.
  3. Anything in the body of the article needs to be supported by reliable sources that indicate where the information comes from and that it is important. Keep this in mind if your edit request is anything more substantial than adding an external link.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you have any further questions, please ask. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:16, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
Hi @Knaresborough Girl: I think you may want to have a look at Wikipedia's guides on conflicts of interest and the Plain and simple conflict of interest guide. It looks like you're trying to get the "Knaresborough Online" website on the Knaresborough page; Red Phoenix left a useful message at the top of your talk page, which summarises why your edits have been reverted, per WP:NOTWEBHOST. Wikipedia's gudielines on external links may also be of interest to you. Arch dude answered before I could, and their reply on your talk page looks useful. Seagull123 Φ 16:17, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

In response to your reply...I admit I first of all entered the website of the page and this was a mistake which i then corrected. So I wrote 'Knaresborough Online is a community and visitor page for the town. WHICH IT IS! How can you let LIDL be on there when they are quite clearly a big business. Our page supported the local town through the lockdown with information about where to buy food, info how to help those shielding and inportant numbers for those who are struggling including the SAMARITANS !!!! So how can you say we are not relevant when you have allowed LIDL on there AND Frazer theatre which is a commercial business too! This is wrong. Knaresborough Online is the only online information page which helps residents and also promotes tourism to our town which it needs right now following lockdown. This is unfair, LIDL dont provide such a service to locals...they sell food! I made a mistake entering the website but that is all. Please just put those few words on showing we exist. Knaresborough Girl (talk) 16:29, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

Knaresborough Girl, can you prove Knaresborough Online is notable, per Wikipedia's standards? what relevance does the site have? Do you have independent sources that claim that it does what you claim? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 16:33, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
Knaresborough Girl No one is "letting" LIDL be on there. There are sources that discuss the importance of the town's supermarkets. Anything included in the body of an article should be supported by Reliable sources. If there are sources discussing Knaresborough Online, then that information can be considered for inclusion. Those sources must be independent - in other words, it can't be Knaresborough Online writing about itself. If you know of such sources, please follow the advice I gave you above to visit the talk page, put {{Request edit}} there, and state the changes you think should be made to the article, including citing the sources. Also, follow the mandatory disclosure instructions at WP:PAID - do this first before doing anything else.~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:55, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

How reliable are links as reference?[edit]

How reliable are links as reference? Recently I am seeing links used as reference in wiki articles. Man Floor (talk) 16:48, 9 August 2020 (UTC) and other archiving websites just create archives of other pages. The link is not the publisher/work, it is simply a link to a website. It is the website itself that needs to be a Reliable Source. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 16:50, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

Article version numbers[edit]

Hi. Is there a way to find out the revision number of a particular edit on an article? My edit to Oda Schottmüller was revently reverted and I'm wondering whether the revision was for only my edit.Squeezdakat (talk) 17:12, 9 August 2020 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Squeezdakat (talkcontribs) 17:11, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

@Squeezedat:, yes. If you look at the history page for Oda Schottmüller you can see your edit as the second version down from the top. If you click the date next to your user name, you will see the page as you edited it and in the address bar you will see oldid=972004006. That is the version number. The history page shows that Scope creep reverted your edit for reasons of copy-editing. If you wish to discuss this further, you should start a discussion at the article's talk page. I hope that helps. Eggishorn (talk) (contrib) 17:37, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
@Eggishorn: Thank you! Your answer is helpful. Squeezdakat (talk) 18:23, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
Hi Folks. @Squeezdakat: Your copyedit didn't really add anything, nor really improve the article in any significant way. Also i'm looking for a comprehensive end-to-end copyedit on this article and several others. I was told I'm separating the noun from the adjective, so it needs a real in-depth copyedit. Thanks. scope_creepTalk 17:45, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
@Scope creep: I understand. On reviewing my edit, I can see how it can be seen as not adding anything. Cheers! Squeezdakat (talk) 18:23, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
Guess I'll see this article hanging around in the backlog until next month...Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 00:29, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

how do i make a page to publish[edit]

i want to write a page but i dont know... can u help please explain — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lifeissona (talkcontribs) 20:33, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

Lifeissona, if you're looking to create an article for Wikipedia, please be aware that it is one of the hardest things you can do on here, and I would recommend doing some easier stuff like making smaller edits to existing articles first. If you absolutely still want to create one, it is strongly recommended that you carefully read WP:YFA and use the Article Creation Wizard. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 20:52, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
Hello, Lifeissona. If you are only 10, you are very welcome to edit Wikipedia, but please understand that we are here to build an encyclopaedia, not (mostly) to play. I suggest you have a look at advice for younger editors. --ColinFine (talk) 21:02, 9 August 2020 (UTC)


I have been doing some Wikipedia for a while but there are still some things I do not know.

Can I create multiple sandboxes? Does an original page need to be perfect? What will happen if I accidentally leave out a link or put some wrong information in? How can I make a WikiProject? How can I make a template? How can I find good photos since 99% of them have copyright? How can I make sure that my page is included in a WikiProejct that I'm a part of? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Webecoolalasdair (talkcontribs) 20:40, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

edit: forgot to sign the page Webecoolalasdair (talk) 20:40, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

  1. Yes, you can create multiple sandboxes. Just name them something like User:Webecoolalasdair/sandbox, User:Webecoolalasdair/sandbox 2, User:Webecoolalasdair/To do list, User:Webecoolalasdair/sandbox 3, etc.
  2. An original page does not need to be perfect or complete. It does need to cite some reliable sources, establish notability of its topic, and be legible. If you accidentally leave out a link or put incorrect information in, fix it as soon as you can.
  3. I don't know. Can you?
  4. The best way to find good photos is to go out and take them yourself. For historical topics, if the photo was taken and published prior to 1925, it's probably public domain and safe to use. Also, photos taken by the U.S. government and some other governmental entities are public domain (but check the specific country or state government carefully). For some things, such as commercial logos, fair use may apply, but be careful and make sure you understand how to write the rational.
  5. You include a page in a wikiproject by affixing the appropriate template to the talk page. New Page Reviewers may come along and apply it for you if you forget.
~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 20:52, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

importance of nationality[edit]

To assist contributors correctly identify the nationality of someone they are writing about, they should be knowledgable and intelligent enough to know that EVERYONE born in NORTHERN Ireland after TUESDAY 3rd MAY 1921 is BRITISH not IRISH. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A00:23C5:4702:AD00:25B5:3D26:3F34:CB20 (talk) 22:36, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

Whichever specific article you have issues with, raise them at the article talkpage. And see Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Ireland-related articles. NI or UK depends on whether you're a unionist or a republican, and Wikipedia doesn't side with either side. Joseph2302 (talk) 23:07, 9 August 2020 (UTC)
People can and do disagree about that in good faith. As noted above, Wikipedia does not take sides on the issue. 331dot (talk) 00:19, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
I'm proud to say that we have fine editors here in Wikipedia who are as unionist as I am republican (don't let the color fool ya); and we do our best to work together for the greater good. --Orange Mike | Talk 02:22, 10 August 2020 (UTC)


Can’t reset password. Never get email link — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:51, 9 August 2020 (UTC)

Make sure you have typed the address in correctly. There also could be a delay in the system. If you cannot recover your password, you will need to create a new account and identify it as a successor to your old account. 331dot (talk) 00:21, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

August 10[edit]

Use of acronyms in quotation marks[edit]

Could anyone please tell me if it's all right to use acronyms in quotation marks ("... the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or 'NASA'"), or should the acronym just be in parentheses, lacking quotation marks or the conjunction "or" after the full name?

(Edit: Added ellipsis and non-breaking space at beginning of quote.)

(Second edit: Removed extra space accidentally added in previous edit, sorry about that.)

(Third edit: Placed edit notes on different lines.)

(Fourth edit: Sorry if I added an extra space between my original post here and the reply. If it was the replier, then nothing against him, since it was his reply; it's just that I would hate to even slightly alter somebody else's reply.)--Thylacine24 (talk) 04:24, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

No. It should be something like (full sentence to avoid further quote mark confusion): "He worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)." Clarityfiend (talk) 05:34, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
@Clarityfiend: Thanks. Sorry about the quotation mark confusion.(Edit: Added reply template, sorry not to do that earlier.)--Thylacine24 (talk) 12:02, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
@Clarityfiend: Could you please tell me if you usually put a space between your replies on the talk page? I fear I may have accidentally added one between my original post here and your reply. Sorry about that.--Thylacine24 (talk) 12:26, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
@Thylacine24: I'm not sure what you mean by "a space between your replies". However, it is generally not considered a good idea to alter your text after you've received a response. It makes things harder to follow. Clarityfiend (talk) 22:44, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

List of people who died climbing Mount Everest table in Android app[edit]

The wikitable in the "Fatalities" section List of people who died climbing Mount Everest article is not showing correctly in the Android app (OnePlus 7 Pro), but displays fine if I open it in Chrome on the same phone. I'm not sure if this is an issue with the app or the formatting of the table itself, but if anyone knows of a solution, it would be greatly appreciated. TheMrP (talk) 06:35, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

@TheMrP: you may get a quicker answer for this if you ask at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical). Seagull123 Φ 12:50, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
See phab:T203293 * Pppery * it has begun... 13:42, 10 August 2020 (UTC)


Dear Sir/ Madam, I have registered all my details on wikipedia but anytime i try to type my name on Google or in the search engine,my details does not come up.Please can i get some assistant ? Thank you. Lawrence Lartey . — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A02:C7D:3B2:8A00:8953:E546:FB38:A052 (talk) 08:04, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Your IP address has no other edits and Lawrence Lartey works fine. I guess you are User:Ojekooradio and refer to User:Ojekooradio/sandbox. It's an unsubmitted userspace draft and not indexed by search engines. See Wikipedia:Autobiography and Help:Your first article. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:13, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
And please also note that we have no control over when Google displays it's Google Knowledge Graph. Victor Schmidt (talk) 08:14, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
10:17, 10 August 2020 Salvio giuliano talk contribs blocked Ojekooradio talk contribs with an expiration time of indefinite (account creation blocked) ({{uw-spamublock}} <!-- (SUPG) -->). So that will take a while. Victor Schmidt (talk) 08:22, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Account User[edit]

How can i identify the successor of my old account?

Where Do I need to add these > ("I am User2, I previously used User1") — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:15, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Best place is the user page of each account. --David Biddulph (talk) 10:17, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
That is, if you changed from OldUserName to NewUserName, you would write:
This user previously used the account [[User:OldUserName]].
at the new user page (named User:NewUserName).
You could additionally write:
{{Old account|NewUserName}}
at the old user page (named User:OldUserName).
(It seems there should be an equivalent template for the new account, but I can't find it. Anyone?) —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 22:54, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Downloading a table[edit]

I want to download the table on the page to excel. How can I do this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:51, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

I assume you mean one of the tables at List_of_semiconductor_fabrication_plants. AFAIK there is no simple way of doing this, or at least not easy unless you have a database server that is capable of importing Wikisyntax-Tables. Victor Schmidt (talk) 11:15, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
You can just select the table and copy it to excel. Danski454 (talk) 11:55, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
Excel can also import data from web pages in a number of ways – see the Data menu and Excel help. It's changed since the last time I used it, so I can't give you a more detailed answer. You might get one at WP:RD/C. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 23:00, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Deleting pages[edit]

I have been collecting various links in order to write some articles at a later date. There are many duplicate pages though, I cannot figure out how to delete a page or book.

James — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jasbflower (talkcontribs) 16:08, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

@Jasbflower: If you created the pages you can add {{db-g7}} to the top to have an admin delete them. Otherwise, you may want to read Wikipedia:Guide to deletion, and use one of the processes listed there. Danski454 (talk) 18:41, 10 August 2020 (UTC)


I would like to donate to Wikipedia but do not wish to give my PAN No. Nowhere anybody asks for this in India. Since I am making payment through bank, who know my source of income as well as PAN No. etc, why should I give it again on a public platform? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:00, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

This page lists several ways you can donate: [2]. There is also an e-mail address there where you can ask for futher help or report problems. RudolfRed (talk) 18:59, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

I m reporting wrong permotion on Wikipedia[edit]

He is my grandfather i request uou to give him proper dignity that he deserves — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:00, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

This is the help desk for English Wikipedia. We have no control over the content of Wikipedia in other languages. You can try asking for assistance at Hindi Wikipedia. Danski454 (talk) 18:45, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Accessing Wikidata[edit]

Data held at Wikidata may be accessed by various means, such as

But where is the documentation for {{#statements:...}} and related constructs? On Wikipedia (it's certainly not at H:MW), Wikidata, Meta or MediaWiki? --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 19:02, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

d:Wikidata:How to use data on Wikimedia projects#Parser function is one place. * Pppery * it has begun... 19:05, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
OK, thanks. However, it doesn't suggest that any formatting options are available, so it doesn't help with the problem that I'm really trying to solve, which is how to suppress the two layers of <span>...</span> tags that {{#statements:...}} always seems to wrap its output in. Taking my {{#statements:P106|from=Q42}} example from above (since it illustrates it quite well), this emits
<span><span>[[Playwright|playwright]]</span>, <span>[[Screenwriter|screenwriter]]</span>, <span>[[Novelist|novelist]]</span>, <span>children&#39;s writer</span>, <span>science fiction writer</span>, <span>[[Comedian|comedian]]</span>, <span>[[Writer|writer]]</span></span>
- is there any way of stripping those? If there is, it would be useful for Help talk:Template#Greater than/less than? --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 19:31, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
I believe you need to use #property (documented very sparsely at d:Wikidata:How to use data on Wikimedia projects#Raw value) instead if you want the raw value. * Pppery * it has begun... 20:13, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
You could use something like {{wikidata|property|Q42|P106}}, which outputs playwright with no formatting. Danski454 (talk) 20:18, 10 August 2020 (UTC)


Hi there,

I read Cronyism and found that Nepal is missing in the Asian countries' list. I am a native (citizen) of Nepal. Nepal has always been one of the most corrupt country in the world before (during rana & shah dynasty) and after the restoration of democracy.

It is also worth noting that Nepotism is on rise in recent years -- Nepalese politicians have been proudly practicing nepotism since so long. Becasue of that majority of intellectuals and students are leaving Nepal since they do not see their future in Nepal -- one of the most corrupt third world country.

Therefore, please enlist Nepal for Cronyism and Nepotism.

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:81:4000:D5F0:2054:89E7:AF7D:F46A (talk) 21:35, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

That may very well be the case, but are there any reliable, independent sources that support your claim? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 22:03, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
If so, you can discuss your desired changes with other editors interested in those topics at Talk:Cronyism and Talk:Nepotism. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 23:05, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
The only Asian list in Cronyism is in {{Political corruption sidebar}}. The sidebar is displayed in many articles and links to other related articles. We currently have no aRticle about corruption in Nepal. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:21, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

request edit[edit]

I attempted to edit info on a page that created a security risk for a federal judge (I am an employee for that Court). The info was promptly changed back. I attempted to request the edit through the "talk" feature on the page, which went ignored. The info is the date and place of birth, which is not widely published or relevant. How can I address this issue? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:25, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello, IP user. I have removed the birthdate from Mary J. Schoelen, according to WP:BLPPRIVACY. I suspect that what happened is that Evrik saw that an unregistered editor had removed information from the article without any edit summary explaining why, and thought that it was vandalism, though that is only a guess. Please note that, as an employee of the court, you are regarded by Wikipedia as being a paid editor, and must make a declaration to that effect - see the link for the details. This will require you to register an account (as only registered accounts have user pages). The account must be personal to you - shared accounts are not permitted - but you are not required to use your real name. You mustn't use a name which suggests that the account represents the court, though: it is your personal account. For any further changes you want to make to that article, or any other connected with your employment, you should make an edit request on the talk page of the article in question. You sort of did that, but you did it on your user talk page, User talk:, instead of on the article's talk page Talk:Mary J. Schoelen. If you add the template {{Edit request}} to your request, it will get put on a list of waiting requests. --ColinFine (talk) 22:49, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

August 11[edit]

Html table help[edit]

Not even sure if this is the right place to ask but I'm working on getting Carlos Kleiber discography up to FL standard and at the moment I'm not sure how to format the table for a certain section: Under "Live Recordings" there are entries for Mahler and Mozart both in 1967 (from the same concert) but I think it would make more sense to combine the release section for these entries somehow but I'm really not sure what that would look like. Any ideas? (Also the formatting for entries after Mahler is inconsistent with the above at the moment, so don't take note of that!) Aza24 (talk) 00:48, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

Aza24, are you thinking of having the year share the same cell? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 04:09, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
@Aza24: If so, you would do so by changing the first:
| 1967
| rowspan="2" | 1967
(for Mahler) and then removing the second | 1967 (19 lines later; for Mozart). This says that you want to repeat that first value for the next row. I wouldn't say it's necessary when you only have a single occurance of a value that needs to span multiple rows. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 06:53, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

creating an historical wikipedia page[edit]

Good afternoon, I am after some advice on how to create an historical Wikipedia page on a company called Maric Flow Control; Can you advise me what is invloved in doing this and does this cost anything to do so? Regards, Philip Maric Flow Control South Australia — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:42, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

It seems to me that your signed name suggests that you are employed by the organisation. This means you need an account must declare that on your user page prior to the draft article being reviewed and migrated to be an article. you also must use WP:AFC as you route in
You need to perform research. There are many essays on how to create decent articles on Wikipedia. This is one I wrote.
Find excellence of referencing, Marshall the facts in the references into a storyboard, and write the draft based on that storyboard, using the references as citations. Read WP:REFB and WP:CITE
Creating an article is the hardest thing to do on Wikipedia and required mature neutrality. If you feel as an employee that you cannot do that please do not even start Fiddle Faddle 09:28, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

Requests to edits have not been answered on multiple talk sections of pages[edit]

Hi, I requested edits and initiated chat on talk pages on Jazz Pakistan, JazzCash, Mobilink, Warid and Warid Telecom to add more relevant information keeping it as non-promotional as possible while also requesting removal of some old misleading/irrelevant information keeping in mind that some information is still relevant no matter its past.

While I have been answered on some of the aforementioned pages and some of my edits have been incorporated but rest have not been answered, specially on Jazz Pakistan. The last edits I made were straightforward reversed without being read thoroughly, I also proposed them on talk their talk pages but I have not gotten any response. I understand that there may be some issue when adding e.g. when listing Products and Services and its against Wikipedia's T&C but not all edits proposed should've been reversed.

Edits proposed on Jazz Pakistan talk section can be seen here, there is no response after 27th July.

Proposed changes on Mobilink article talk section are visible here, there is no response after 27th July.

Also proposed changes on Warid Pakistan talk section here, received no help after 27th July.

Requested changes on Warid Telecom but got removed on being promotional, while some part may look promotional rest should've been added. Here are the changes I made. And so the case with JazzCash article.

It would be helpful if someone could answer on aforementioned talk pages and redo my edits visible in edit history by my name. Thank You. Talhatauqeer (talk) 08:03, 11 August 2020 (UTC)


Please keep the minimum amount of money donation from 0. So that every little sent can be helpful. That little money everyone will send will become a huge amount too. Many people in India will not be able to give 118rs that is the minimum amount, but many millions can give you 10-20rs as donation. So please look into it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:56, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for your interest in donating. Please see WP:DONATE for information about donating and how to contact the Wikimedia Foundation, who manages donations. We here at the individual WMF projects have no involvement with it. If there is a minimum, it's likely because there is a cost to processing donations, and it would not be helpful to anyone (except the payment processors) to donate Rs.20 if the payment processor charges Rs.50 to process it. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 09:07, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

Requesting another opinion on a source[edit]

There's a discussion at Talk:Kylian Mbappé#Semi-protected edit request on 4 August 2020 about the reliability of this Sports Illustrated article: [3]. Would it be okay to say that Mbappe's running speed has been clocked at 44.7 km/h? Another pair of eyes would be appreciated.  Ganbaruby! (Say hi!) 13:17, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

 Done.  Ganbaruby! (Say hi!) 13:47, 11 August 2020 (UTC)