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July 30[edit] Wikipedia Page[edit]

To Whom It May Concern,

The person who originally generated the Wikipedia page is no longer with our company. Our company would like to revamp the entire content on the Wikipedia page. I have created the new content with references but am unable to upload it. Is it possible for me to send you the new content and you upload it for us?

Kind Regards, Anita Tejwani — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nityalaxmi (talkcontribs) 09:11, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Title link fixed - X201 (talk) 09:33, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

@Nityalaxmi: If you are thinking that you can't do so because of your conflict of interest, then you could suggest adding the content on the article's talk page. However, please provide references to support your modifications. Additionally, it is not for the company to decide what the volunteers on Wikipedia do to the page, since the company itself does not own any relevant content. The Average Wikipedian (talk) 10:26, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
@Nityalaxmi: Also, please do not submit a draft since there is an existing article under the same name of the same subject. Thank you. The Average Wikipedian (talk) 10:35, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Ines van den Born[edit]

Hello, Will you please be so kind to remove this information? it is about me and I dont want to be in Wikipedia. Ines van den Born Thanks. InesInes Gloves (talk) 09:35, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Ines van den Born seems to have been quickly deleted for containing inappropriate promotional content. However, please note that subject of a Wikipedia page does not own it and the subject's consent is not required for a notable page to exist. Bilorv(talk)(c)(e) 11:23, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

User:Dthomsen8 page help[edit]

I redid the beginning of my User:Dthomsen8 page, but the information about me begins way down the page, instead of the beginning. How do I fix this annoying problem?--DThomsen8 (talk) 12:35, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

If you were asking why your user boxes didn't appear at the top of the page, does this small edit make it look better? - David Biddulph (talk) 12:42, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
Face-smile.svg Thank you, David.--DThomsen8 (talk) 12:53, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Changing a title to an article[edit]


I recently started creating my first article. I selected a title name and begun working on the article. I've since decided to change the title of the article. However, I don't seem to be able to do so.

Is there a way of changing the title?? Or must I start a completely new article?

Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JSRed2015 (talkcontribs) 13:13, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

The process is to move the article, but you won't be able to do it yourself because your account is not yet autoconfirmed, but if you ask, someone else can move it for you. You should take note of Wikipedia:Naming conventions (companies). I'm glad to see that you've changed your user name, but you also need to read about conflict of interest. Much of the content of Draft:Red Recruit Ltd is inappropriate for an encyclopedia, and what does remain needs to be supported by references to published reliable sources independent of the organisation. If the organisation hasn't received significant mention in such independent reliable sources, it isn't a suitable subject for a Wikipedia article. - David Biddulph (talk) 13:41, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, I will look into all of this. A number of areas have already been removed. - JSRed2015 — Preceding undated comment added 15:50, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

oral history, recorded by Imperial War Museum - source selection.[edit]

I am beginning to think that some of the oral history that was recorded by the Imperial War Museum would be a useful source for articles such as The March (1945). These are available on-line through the museum's website. Clearly, though, these recordings are primary sources - and it is clear to me that their quality varies (there is one made by Archibald Bentley Beauman who has written a very readable book called "Then a Soldier" which is cited by other historians in their recent works - but, sadly, it seems that when the IWM made its recordings, age had caught up with this old soldier and he had to answer "I don't remember" to many questions.) Using some judgement, especially where several recordings confirm one fact, I would be comfortable with using as a reference.

Two questions:

Is my attitude to these primary sources OK?

How should one cite one of these oral history references?ThoughtIdRetired (talk) 13:16, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

{{Cite interview}}?--ukexpat (talk) 14:26, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Mercury (element) revision history wierdness[edit]

I went to look at the revision history for Mercury (element) and clicked on the earliest revision which is . However when I bring up that revision, and click on the previous diff, it brings up which has the *older* revision in 2010 and the *newer* one in 2001! What's broken?Naraht (talk) 17:16, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

I see the same thing, so it's not just your account. StuRat (talk) 17:31, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
Is it something to do with the history merge? DuncanHill (talk) 17:45, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
The same thing happens with our Iron article. I suspect that it may be due to the fact that these are some of our earliest articles, and at the time they were created, the system didn't keep proper histories. In both articles, the 'first' article in the history is indicated as being a deletion of characters, rather than an addition. Clearly not possible. AndyTheGrump (talk) 17:51, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
I've seen this happen for many articles which are very very old. I also don't know why that happens. Supdiop (Talk🔹Contribs) 17:59, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
This problem occurs when early edits are imported from places like the Nostalgia Wikipedia (see User:Graham87/Import). Basically every edit has a revision ID number, which is the number at the end of the URL for a permalink (e.g. 342432610 in the mercury example above). When an edit gets imported, it gets a new revision ID number that is higher than any other edit in the database. The problem is that the previous/next revision links (as well as the system that determines the byte differences in the page history) order the edits by revision ID, not date; this is filed as T4930 in Phabricator, MediaWiki's bug-tracking system. Graham87 01:42, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. From the number of bugs marked duplicate of this bug, I'm not even sure I'm the 20th or even 200th person to find it. Naraht (talk) 19:20, 31 July 2015 (UTC)


Please tell me how I can help edit Wiki pages by searching topics I am familiar with. For Example - I travel to Bangladesh often. I have expertise I can lend to pages about Bangladesh, it's people, culture and food. How can I easily find those pages that I might be able to contribute my editing expertise to by topic? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BlessingBasket (talkcontribs) 17:48, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Take a look at Wikipedia:WikiProject Bangladesh and the articles referenced there.

Re: I do not know how to add to a page correctly[edit]

I would like to update the "oldest dog" page. There is a list of the 18 oldest dogs according to Guinness...but it needs to be updated with the information about my dog.

My Rat Terrier...Jake...just passed away last Monday at age 21 years 6 days. This would put him at 12th on the list. He lived from July 21, 1994 until July 27, 2015. We are from Davenport, Iowa, USA.

Guinness has all of Jake's vet records, boarding records, affidavits, photos, etc currently on file as I had submitted him for the "oldest dog-living" record (a new record Guinness was starting)when he was 20. While they were processing the paperwork the experts decided to change the record to age 21. Guinness held all of the materials I had sent to London and I had just updated everything on Jake's 21st birthday. My contact person at Guinness is Victoria Tweedy. She can verify all of this.

Please add my Jake to the list...he deserves to be on it and it would be a lasting tribute to my dear little dog who was my whole world.

Ron "Toto "Johnson — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:40, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Hello. He might deserve to be on a list published by a secondary reliable source, but only then could Wikipedia include it on one of its list. We are an encyclopedia, which by its very nature (a tertiary source) is never the place to announce new things; we always follow behind other types of sources because of what we are. We include what is already public knowledge out in the world. In sum, this should not and will not be added now, but in the event a reliable source like Guinness publishes material on this, it might be appropriate to add it then, citing to an outside source to verify its addition.Fuhghettaboutit (talk) --23:02, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
Has Guinness finished reviewing and added him to their records? Once it is published and verifiable on their website or books, it can be added. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 22:59, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Map Image Use[edit]

Hi, We are publishing a book about adventures around the Pacific Ocean and would like to use a map in the book which is on your page under 'Polynesia' . Are we allowed to do this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:43, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Short answer: Yes, so long as you follow certain rules, which are spelled out at this page about reusing Wikipedia content. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 23:00, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
If you're referring to either of the two maps at the very top of the article, then they are both released into the public domain which means that anyone can use them for any purpose without having to get permission from anyone. Dismas|(talk) 23:04, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

July 31[edit]

Image size question[edit]

I have posted a Request for Comments as to which of two image montages to use for the city of Melbourne, Australia. I tried to have the images both display in the same way. However, at Talk: Melbourne, one of the images displays as full-width, completely across the talk page, and the other displays as half-width. The first question is whether I have done something wrong, and, if so, what. The second question, which would take care of the first, is if someone can fix the image size on the talk page. You are of course also welcome to !vote on the image question. I am neutral because I was the dispute resolution noticeboard moderator. Thank you. Robert McClenon (talk) 02:32, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

I made them look same by adding 590 px to the code. You can change the size by increasing and decreasing the number. Supdiop (Talk🔹Contribs) 05:12, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. Robert McClenon (talk) 15:41, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Mundane #1: Donations[edit]

Is there a record of my donations? If so, how/where do I find it? How do I know there's an answer to my questions posted, and how do I find the post?


PS: Thanks for the help and sorry about the depth and width of my ignorance! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Metalsmyth (talkcontribs) 05:00, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Do you mean cash donations to the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia; or do you mean contributions to the contents of this and other Wikipedias? --Orange Mike | Talk 14:59, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
@Metalsmyth: If you mean your edits to the website then click Contributions at the top right of any page to see them. People will usually reply on the same page you asked. I linked your username in this post with {{ping|Metalsmyth}} to give you a notification of my post but many users will not do that. You often have to watch out for answers on your own. See Help:Watchlist for a method that works better on pages with few edits. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:07, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

How about holding the authority control data by wikidata and remove the Authority control templates[edit]

Hi. I am now running a robot trying to add {{Authority control}} to every zhwiki page that has the authority control data. I think it is better display it as interwiki language links instead of adding a template, but I am not sure if the idea is reasonable. How about showing the authority control data like the language links displayed in the left block, and remove all authority control templates?

If we should add the Authority control template; in my case, there're too many pages to check. I can only get 50 pages once time. (See zh:User:cewbot/log/20150109.) It will take one month to check and add all the pages. Are there any other ideas to improve the situation, or help me to resolve the problem? Thank you all. --Kanashimi (talk) 07:15, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

I'm too ignorant of such things to even be sure that I understand the problem, but I know that KasparBot has recently been working to integrate authority control on en.wp and Wikidata. If you contact the bot's operator, T.seppelt, perhaps he can have the bot help you out on zh.wp. Deor (talk) 13:08, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. --Kanashimi (talk) 02:29, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

Wording: age versus aged[edit]

Not sure where to post this, so I ended up here. In many (all?) of those age/date templates, it will result in a statement such as "aged 25" or "aged 99". That wording seems unnatural and affected. Shouldn't the better wording be "age 25" or "age 99"? Where is the best place to deal with this issue of semantics? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 18:32, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

It should only say aged for deceased people. Have you seen aged with living people? {{Death date and age}} has 166000 transclusions so the place to discuss would be Template talk:Death date and age. Note it has been suggested several times in the archives. PrimeHunter (talk) 19:07, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. I never noticed the difference between living and dead people. I will have to check that out. What is a transclusion? And where do you see that this issue has been discussed several times before? Can you give me the link? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 20:52, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
A transclusion is when {{...}} is used to display a template on another page. See more at Wikipedia:Transclusion. I clicked "What links here" at {{Death date and age}} and then "Transclusion count" to see 166000. Template talk:Death date and age has a box at the right with links to two archives. aged/age has been discussed in both. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:24, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
I don't usually get involved in this sort of discussion, but to me, "age 25" is incoherent unless it is part of a phrase like "at age 25" or "of age 25". Standing alone it makes sense only punctuated as "Age: 25". In prose, "aged 25" is the only form I would expect to find. --ColinFine (talk) 22:01, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Are you saying that, in prose, you would expect to see: "John Doe, aged 21, is the suspected gunman" and not "John Doe, age 21, is the suspected gunman"? Are you in USA or elsewhere, like maybe in Britain? I have never heard/seen the former and have only heard/seen the latter. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 22:39, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
the above edited to remove unnecessary BLP issues -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 00:05, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
@Joseph A. Spadaro: I agree with @ColinFine:, I'm only ever heard/seen "aged 21" used in this context. Could be a British/American English thing, as I've from England. Joseph2302 (talk) 22:58, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
I think it must be an American versus British preference in semantics. I don't think I have ever seen "aged" in the circumstances described above. I have always seen "age". Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 05:13, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I just checked the entry for "aged" in Wiktionary. (See here: wikt:aged.) It gives the definition as "having reached the age of". It specifically says that this usage is primarily non-US. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 05:18, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

i want t o add a photo[edit]

i want to add a photo but i am not very good at editing this type of thing add to this page — Preceding unsigned comment added by Billkapp (talkcontribs) 19:23, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Have you uploaded the photo? CTF83! 19:29, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
@Billkapp: if the image you want to upload is free, you can upload it to Wikimedia Commons here. If it is copyrighted, it may only be uploaded to Wikipedia if you believe it is eligible for fair use, and meets Wikipedia's non-free content criteria. As only autoconfirmed users (accounts with 10 edits that are 4 days old) can upload images, you may request for the file, if it is non-free, to be uploaded at Wikipedia:Files for upload. Bilorv(talk)(c)(e) 19:52, 31 July 2015 (UTC)


Am a new user, have user name and password. Must I wait 4 days to be able to pring an article? John — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tippyjb1114 (talkcontribs) 19:48, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Hello John. I assume you found a semi-protected article and found that only autoconfirmed users can edit them. If you create a new section on the talk page of the article, with the code {{Edit semi-protected}} at the top of your message and a clear description of exactly what you want to be changed (citing reliable sources if necessary), someone will perform the edit for you. Bilorv(talk)(c)(e) 20:00, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @Tippyjb1114: I'm not sure what you mean by "pring" an article. If you mean create an article, then you should be able to do that right away. If you mean move or re-name an article, you have to be autoconfirmed, which means having at least 10 edits and your account being at least 4 days old. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 20:04, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Typo for "print" maybe, via the PDF book generator?--ukexpat (talk) 20:35, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Or does the OP mean "ping"?    → Michael J    16:18, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

Timing out[edit]

For a while now, when I try to save an edit, Wikipedia frequently says I've timed out after an absurdly short length of time. It last happened to me a few minutes ago when I wasn't even in mainspace, just on somebody's talk page. Clarityfiend (talk) 20:14, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

@Clarityfiend: join the club Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#Issues_over_the_past_few_days. --NeilN talk to me 20:22, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
But I don't want to join a club that would have me as a member ... Clarityfiend (talk) 20:38, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Fine, then I'll join a club and beat you over the head with it :-) When it gives you the "session data lost" message and you re-save, does it work fine? I get the message rather often, but virtually never does it give me the same message twice for the same edit. Nyttend (talk) 20:46, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Greetings, since I joined Wikipedia in March, 2014 this time out problem comes & goes. Same thing with needing to hit F5 to do a page refresh. I have done thousands of edits, mostly article assessments & WikiProject article improvements. And there seems to be no pattern as to when these issues start and when they stop - totally random. Sometimes I think it might be my slow DSL connection & timing of Wikipedia server database updates? (just guessing) Regards, JoeHebda (talk) 00:59, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
I haven't tried resaving immediately, but the problem seems to have gone away ... for now. Clarityfiend (talk) 02:00, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

What did I do wrongly?[edit]

I closed an ANI discussion earlier today, and it looked just like it should: [1] section "Inappropriate non-admin closure" has my rationale, just like I expected. I just learnt that the situation was otherwise than I thought, so I amended the closing statement by striking out the original and adding a new rationale that included a URL. To my surprise, the entire rationale box has disappeared. What did I do wrongly, and how do I fix it? Nyttend (talk) 20:51, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

@Nyttend: I'm assuming the template {{Archive top}} does not support urls. I've formatted the url using {{diff}} template and it's fine now. - NQ (talk) 21:03, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks; I never think of that template. Nyttend (talk) 21:10, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
The problem was the equals sign in the url. If an unnamed parameter contains an equals sign then it's interpreted as trying to assign a value to a parameter whose name is the left-hand-side of the equals sign. The workaround is to say 1= in front of the unnamed parameter to indicate that the following is the first unnamed parameter and any equals sign will be part of the value. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:31, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much! Very helpful. - NQ (talk) 21:43, 31 July 2015 (UTC)


I am having some issues with another editor mass deleting my edits on WHRO-FM. A quick summary: I added a list of full power repeater stations for WHRO-FM, which is standard operation procedure (SOP) for radio station listings. And a list of WHRO's HD subchannels, which is SOP on Wikipedia. I added info on the station's radio reading service (RRS), again SOP on Wikipedia pages, and also info on a translator station that re-airs a HD subchannel and not the main WHRO signal. The RRS and the HD translator is information that will not be on any other page in Wikipedia, as RRS's and translators do not merit their own article. This editor mass deleted all of my edits on that page. And i discussed such with him on his User talk page. User_talk:Neutralhomer/Archive13#WHRO-FM The editor's main gripe was that the info i added was unverifiable. I added that the info was easily verified with the existing links to,, live station ID's on the individual webstreams and the station's webpage, all of which are linked numerous times in WHRO-FM. One gripe i have with his edits is it's not using the standard format which we edit radio station articles, and the deletions are of information that is not readily available elsewhere on Wikipedia. Any help would be appreciated. --JeffConn (talk) 23:49, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

This is content dispute and should go on the article's talk page. Frankly I think we list too much trivial and uncited info about broadcast stations, many of which fail the WP:GNG but are kept by a group of enthusiasts. DES (talk) 13:39, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

August 1[edit]

Lupton family[edit]

please help - I think my dates are wrong for reference 81 on the page - Lupton family thanks so much Mikey — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:51, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

I've fixed the date and formatted the cite a little better. - NQ (talk) 05:02, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

I have done it again![edit]

Ref number 82 on the "Lupton family" page is wrong. What have I done wrong? Please help Thanks M. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:38, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

Fixed @ You had written the accessdate as 2051 not 2015. Joseph2302 (talk) 13:41, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
It also had "1st August" instead of "1 August" The error message specified that the problem was with the accessdate, DES (talk) 13:44, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
Yes, the accessdate was written as 1st August 2051, not 1 August 2015 like it needed to. Joseph2302 (talk) 13:49, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

request edit[edit]

This request is regarding the post at the following URL:

I wrote this story a few years ago; however, I did not post it to Wikipedia. I would like for the page to be taken down. The story serves no purpose on Wikipedia and should not be posted without my permission. Thank you in advance. (talk) 14:07, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

@ I've nominated that userpage for deletion, as Wikipedia is not a web host for storing information. Do you have a web address to that text? If you do, I can also nominate that userpage as a copyright violation. Joseph2302 (talk) 14:11, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

How do you correct the spelling of my Dad's last name on Wikipedia?[edit]

Please correct my Dad's last name on the Display Title from "Bruno VeSota" to the correct spelling "Bruno Ve Sota". My last name is 2 words. Thank you Grace Ve Sota

Convenience link: Bruno VeSota. Dismas|(talk) 16:37, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
I thought someone else would have a chance to look at this before I did but here it is a couple hours later. But I digress... Looking at the two references and the external link, it appears that everyone else spells it with just one word, 'VeSota'. Here at Wikipedia, we go by what the references have to say and in this, the claimed mis-spelling, they agree. WP:AUTOBIO#Problems in an article about you agrees with that. If your father had a web site where his name was spelled with two words, then we could reference that and just assume that the writers of the other sources screwed up. Dismas|(talk) 19:07, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
In a case like this, we should not look only at the sources already in the article (especially since there are only two now), but also at other reliable sources. A quick Google Books search shows a roughly 50-50 split between the two forms. Horror Film Stars, for example, uses "Ve Sota". Cullen328 Let's discuss it 06:33, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

editing Lanni Marchant personal info[edit]

Please stop undoing the edit to Lanni Marchant's personal info section and stop threatening to block those members of her media team that are continually monitoring and rewriting that section. It is not vandalism. It is information that the subject, Lanni Marchant, has vetted and has given permission to have posted. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chocolatecoveredorangestuff2 (talkcontribs) 15:23, 1 August 2015‎ (UTC)

The edits in question were unsourced and rather dodgy. Furthermore, the OP has now been blocked for edit-warring. Favonian (talk) 16:09, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
Please try to understand "her media team" have a conflict of interest so should not be editing the article in any case, but suggesting edits on the talk page, backed up by citing reliable, independent, sources.
Furthermore we do not want, or need, any permission from anyone, and have no interest in what the subject of any article wants it to say, we only want to reflect what reliable, independent, sources have already said. - Arjayay (talk) 16:26, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

Wiki markup language and Word: a problem[edit]

When I use Microsoft Word to write a passage for Wikipedia I get an issue on which I'd really appreciate some help. Here's the problem: in order to put a phrase in italics I of course need to enclose it in 2 pairs of single quotes, thus Cats and dogs. But, more and more it happens, when I upload it to Wikipedia it is interpreted as a single pair of double quotes, thus "Cats and dogs". My question is: Is there an easyway of avoiding this? Or at least is there a Word font in which two single quotes and one double quote are clear and distinct? Any help would be appreciated. thanks. Ttocserp 17:20, 1 August 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Prkprescott (talkcontribs)

Word calls these "straight quotes" and the 66 and 99 quotes "curly quotes" they can be altered using the autoformat feature
How, depends which version of word you are using, - click the help feature or the ? in top RH corner and enter "straight quotes" it will then advise how to do this with your current version.
Generally you need to click Office Button > Word Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options > AutoFormat As You Type tab > Replace as you type > select or clear the "Straight quotes" with “smart quotes” check box. - Arjayay (talk) 17:42, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
Erm, sorry, actually that only avoids curly quotes when using the shift 2 key, (another, but different problem) not combining 2 individual ' marks into one ", which is typical of software trying to be clever.
I have a vague memory of this many years ago, and seem to recall a work-around was using courier, or another non-proportionally-spaced font, which separates all the characters out - as the edit window in Wikipedia. Of course, you can work in whatever font you prefer and change it to this just before export. - Arjayay (talk) 18:11, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
If that does not work, provided Wikipedia's search and replace function (RH end of "Advanced" menu in the edit window) works for you (It does not work in some browsers) another work-around is to type a character you are not otherwise using e.g. @ instead of '' in your Word document, then import the test and use Search for @ Replace with '' and click Replace all. - Arjayay (talk) 12:20, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

WW II Germany[edit]

I was in the Army from 1969 to 1973, with a tour in Vietnam. When I returned home, I was stationed at Fort Mead, Maryland. As assigned as a 7th Cav. Security Officer, I was told by the 1st Army Security Officer that there were many floors below ground filled with German Panzer tanks and at the end of the war, the allies flooded that area. My question is: Is this true? Location is not important. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:33, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

This sounds like a question that could be taken to the Reference Desk Miscellaneous. Robert McClenon (talk) 18:00, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

question about GA reassesment[edit]

ive been asked to have a reassess of an article, however its unusual because it was granted GA not too long ago? (I have also pinged the individual who is asking for the GA reassessment and they do not answer?)--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 19:03, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

What article are talking about? Ruslik_Zero 19:39, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
Dyslexia .... one of the editors asking for this is CFCF ([2] I took him to ANI a week ago)???--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 19:48, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

Live links[edit]

I am expanding references on page for Susy Schultz and have them ready. But I do not know how to create live link for Web site address on your edit page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Znocktonsmith (talkcontribs) 21:57, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

I'm not quite sure what you mean by "live link". To link to a URL, use a pair of square brackets ([]). So [ Wikipedia's homepage] produces Wikipedia's homepage, for example. In references, however, we often use citation templates: for instance, {{cite web |url= |title=Main Page |work=[[Wikipedia]] |accessdate=1 August 2015}} produces ""Main Page". Wikipedia. Retrieved 1 August 2015. " You might want to look at Wikipedia:Citing sources for more information on referencing.
On an unrelated note, please "sign" your messages with four tildes (~~~~), so people know (a) which user wrote the comment and (b) when the comment was made. Bilorv(talk)(c)(e) 23:02, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
@Znocktonsmith: I put this in my edit summary when I reverted your changes, so I'm sorry if you feel I'm being redundant but please see WP:REFB. Dismas|(talk) 02:14, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Can any script do this?[edit]

I am trying to modify an existing script. It currently highlights admins in blue colour but I want to make it highlight rollbackers in different colour. The problem is that we must add the users of a group in this format: {"Rollbacker1":1,"Rollbacker2":1,"Rollbacker3":1.....}

There are more than 5000 rollbackers and it is very hard to do it manually but its not impossible.

Is there any script or any off-wiki app that I could use to change Example (Rollback) (Created on 1 Jan 2005) to "Example":1,

A bot is currently doing this for admins but the code for the bot is not available. Supdiop (Talk🔹Contribs) 23:19, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

Here is an ugly way to try it with a simple text editor with find-and-replace, and a few minutes of manual work with the tools at hand:
  1. Go to Special:ListUsers/rollbacker, add ?limit=5000 to the url and copy-paste the user lines to a text editor. Also copy the "(first ..." line to hopefully get four spaces before the user lines, but remove the "(first ..." line from the copy.
  2. Click "next 5000" and copy the rest in the same way.
  3. Find and replace all      (the four spaces you hopefully have on each line) by <onlyinclude>"
  4. Find and replace all " (talk | contribs" (note space in front) by ":1,</onlyinclude>
  5. Edit a template sandbox like {{X1}}.
  6. Write <noinclude>{{X1}}</noinclude> at the top and paste the user lines below a blank line.
  7. Click Show preview and copy the list you hopefully have at the top.
PrimeHunter (talk) 00:51, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
User:NQ made the list here. Thanks to both of you. Supdiop (Talk🔹Contribs) 03:02, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
@Supdiop: I'm finally learning regex. This is easier when you want to update the list:
  1. Copy the full ListUsers list to an edit box without the leading spaces
  2. Click the Search and replace icon at the top right of the edit box
  3. Enter (.*)( \(talk \|.*\n) in the "Search for" box
  4. Enter "$1":1, in the "Replace with" box
  5. Click the checkbox at "Treat search string as a regular expression"
  6. Click "Replace all"
That's it. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:05, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
OK, I'll use this method to update the list. New script is working flawlessly and it is also making my watchlist look beautiful, which is an additional benefit. Thanks Supdiop (Talk🔹Contribs) 06:03, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

August 2[edit]

Peyronies124.180.237.213 (talk) 06:18, 2 August 2015 (UTC) Disease[edit]


Peyronie’s Disease is caused by the build-up of excess collagen and development of scar tissue within the penis. There is no absolute, medically defined cause for the development of Peyronie’s Disease (PD).

Glucosamine is defined by Wikipedia as: Glucosamine (C6H13NO5) is an amino sugar and a prominent precursor in the biochemical synthesis of glycosylated proteins and lipids. Glucosamine is part of the structure of the polysaccharides chitosan and chitin, which compose the exoskeletons of crustaceans and other arthropods …..

I theorise that this dietary supplement (glucosamine) could be the cause of the development of plaque and thus scar tissue within the soft tissue of the penis, as the causal plaques are caused by the build-up of collagen in the penis and that collagen build up appears to be enhanced by the presence of glucosamine in the system.


Is there any knowledge, or study, on this subject that may link the regular, dietary supplement ingestion of glucosamine by men to their development of Peyronie’s Disease in their penis?

I have been taking 1500 mg of glucosamine daily for some years now. I have recently developed Peyronie’s Disease. A further conjecture is that if urologists looked carefully at the glucosamine ingestion history of their PD patients they may find a correlation between the onset of PD and glucosamine intake by PD sufferers.

Yours sincerely.

Duncan Dean <--redacted ->

I have removed your phone number - we do not communicate by phone, and you should not post it here. This is the help desk for questions on how to use or edit Wikipedia. it is not a general desk for questions, and we have no 'questions coordinator'. We do have reference desks, but I would advise you not to post your question there as we do not under any circumstances answer questions that require medical diagnosis, or provide medical advice. You should instead see a qualified medical practitioner. AndyTheGrump (talk) 06:26, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
As AndyTheGrump has said, Wikipedia is not qualified to provide medical advice. It's perhaps also worth noting that this help desk is not answered by any type of formal "coordinator", but completely random volunteers. Bilorv(talk)(c)(e) 11:48, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Wikiproject Watchlist[edit]

Is there any tool or why to do this again?--ԱշոտՏՆՂ (talk) 07:32, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

references no. 84 and 85[edit]

The Lupton family page . Please help me - I was sure I did this correctly. references 84 and 85 Lupton family page Thanks so much Mikey — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:09, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

I think I've fixed the problem for you in these edits. The code for creating a reference with a name is <ref name="example name"> Reference text </ref>. The other problem was caused by the accessdate "August 2nd 2015" – that's not a valid way to write a date. I've changed it to "2 August 2015", to match the other accessdates in the article. Bilorv(talk)(c)(e) 11:16, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Me again with a "link" problem[edit]

I have tried and failed to put a link on the word "grassland" in the section titled "Arthur Lupton and descendants" on the Lupton family page - (underneath the words Yorkshire Post) Please help me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:41, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Wikilinks have pairs of brackets, so [[grassland]] would give grassland. You probably ought to read Help:Wiki markup. - David Biddulph (talk) 11:46, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Please check ref 95 on the Lupton family page[edit]

I keep getting it incorrect - I feel OK about all the other stuff and thanks for your help - Really appreciated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:21, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Does the help link in the error message not answer your question?
Bell, Georeg Charles. "Marlborough College Register from 1843 to 1904 Inclusive: With Alphabetical Index". Mocavo UK. Retrieved August 8th - 2015. Norman Darnton Lupton - Mechanical Engineer - Educated Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
Trappist the monk (talk) 12:25, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
And similarly had you read the answer to #references no. 84 and 85 above? - David Biddulph (talk) 13:28, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

should this reference be in a "web page" format?[edit]

please check ref. number 96 on Lupton family page . It is not from a book or newspaper but a type of web page - is it OK? Thanks so much Mike — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:36, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

It looks fine to me. Please include an article link, such as Lupton family, with help desk questions in future, It helps mus quickly find the article in question. Thanks. DES (talk) 13:36, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
You should also sign your messages with ~~~~, which lets people know who wrote the comment and when. Bilorv(talk)(c)(e) 13:39, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Installing AFC Script[edit]

I am trying to review Articles for Creation in draft space, but may not have understood the instructions for using the AFC Helper draft script. I set my Preferences to enable the gadget, but when I have selected a draft from the list of pending AFC submissions, I don't see any capability to add the informational boxes making comments or providing a space for the decline. Am I missing something, or is there something missing? Are there more detailed instructions somewhere that I haven't read? Should I take this question back to the Articles for Creation Help Desk (which seems primarily to be for article creators rather than article reviewers)? Robert McClenon (talk) 14:33, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

The "More" menu at the top of the screen should contain "Review (AFCH)" at the bottom. If it doesn't, possibly purging or clearing your cache could fix it. Bilorv(talk)(c)(e) 15:43, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
FYI, to get help with reviewing - WT:WikiProject Articles for creation/Reviewer help -- Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 16:10, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

is the subject speaking in an interview an independent reliable source[edit]

I am editing a Wikipedia article Heather Barnett. I have found a YouTube video where an interviewer, presumably speaking from a distance, asks Heather what her art is, and she replies. I would like to state in the Wikipedia article that her art is what she says in the video it is, and I would cite the video. But is this an independent source, after all it is her herself saying what it is, not an outside party. This is the video in question: Greg Dahlen (talk) 16:06, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

It's a primary source. Be careful of citing material on Youtube, copyright violations are very common, so check that it was actually uploaded by whoever originally did the interview. -- Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 16:21, 2 August 2015 (UTC)