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April 15[edit]

How to submit a page creation request[edit]

How can I create a Wikipedia page?

First, pick a subject that is notable by our definition (WP:N). An article (not a "page") cannot be added to Wikipedia unless the subject is notable. After you have found several published sources (WP:RS) that show notability, proceed to WP:YFA. -Arch dude (talk) 02:10, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Page Request[edit]

Dear Sirs, I am Prof. Vsevolod Kiselev’s personal assistant – Ekaterina Zueva. Vsevolod Kiselev is a known highly regarded Russian clinician-scientist, specialist in molecular biology, molecular medicine and biotechnology. He is Deputy Director, Institute of Gynaecologic Oncology and Mammology of Acad. V.I.Kulakov National Medical Research Centre of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology, Ministry of Health of the Russia (Moscow); сorrespondent member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, D. Biol. Sci; twice winner of Russian Government Award in Science and Engineering, a laureate of the International Prize Galen (Prix Galien Russia), a winner of the National Prize to the best doctors of Russia "Vocation". Prof. Kiselev has a personal page,_%D0%92%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%B4_%D0%98%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87 on Russian-language Wikipedia at We are kindly addressing you with a request. Could you please explain to us, what we should do to create a similar personal page for Professor Kiselev on English-language Wikipedia ( Professor Kiselev has a lot of English-speaking foreign partners and colleagues. Such a page on Wiki is very important for his further professional activities and productive professional and personal communication. We would you grateful if you send us all necessary information we need.

Yours faithfully, Ekaterina Zueva

Ekaterina1964 (talk) 09:49, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Ekaterina1964 To be frank, Wikipedia has no interest in furthering Professor Kiselev's professional activities or aiding his communication. Those might be side benefits of a Wikipedia article, but not our main purpose. Wikipedia is not concerned with if an article benefits its subject or not- and often it does not. There are good reasons to not want an article.
Wikipedia does not have "personal pages". It has articles. Those articles summarize what independent reliable sources state about a person, showing how they meet the special Wikipedia definition of a notable person.(or more specifically in this case, a notable academic). Typically, such articles are created by independent editors, who take note of a subject in those reliable sources and choose on their own to write about it. Please review conflict of interest and paid editing. It certainly sounds like Professor Kiselev might merit an article, if the independent sources are there to summarize, but it isn't a good idea for you, him, or anyone associated with him to write it. 331dot (talk) 09:54, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Wikipedia Page[edit]

To whom it may concern,

Our chairman would like to open his own page on Wikipedia and we would like to know the process and requirements to do so.

Waiting to hear back from you ASAP-

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) date (UTC)

Hello! The chairman of your company would need to first state that he has a conflict of interest (COI). If he pays anyone to create the page, that editor must disclose their relationship. Furthermore, COI editing is highly discouraged on Wikipedia. It's better to let other outsider people write articles on a company; it shows that it is likely to be notable and worthy to be included in the encyclopedia. If your company do decide to go through with this, it will need to comply with editing restrictions placed on COI editors that help keep neutrality and integrity intact. Any articles relating to the company or personnel in the company will need to be created through the Articles for Creation process, and any edits to already-existing pages generally require the use of edit requests. Other volunteer editors will heavily scrutinize your writing; not out of bad faith! It's out of a desire to stick to the core pillars of Wikipedia, and a conflict of interest usually interferes with that, even in good faith. I hope this helps your chairman decide! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sennecaster (talkcontribs) 11:41, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
To the original poster: please see the reply to the previous question on this page, much of which is pertinent to your question. Like the poster of that question, you are starting from the erroneous position that Wikipedia is a place for people to tell the world about themselves, and that a Wikipedia article in any way belongs to, or is for the benefit of, its subject. If Wikipedia has an article about your chairman (whoever writes it) he will not own it, he will not control its contents, and it will not necessarily say what he would like it to say. --ColinFine (talk) 16:36, 15 April 2021 (UTC)


Can I use as a source for futured article? (talk) 10:04, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Hello, IP user. There does not seem to be consensus on whether or not it is to be regarded as reliable. See WP:Reliable sources/Noticeboard/Archive 269#Statista. I suspect it depends on what information you are citing, but reliable information from Statista will probably by available from a less questionable source. --ColinFine (talk) 16:49, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Reverted edits[edit]

Hi there,

If you look at this edit or this edit, both were previous versions reverted for no good reason (link removed, information deleted). Can someone weigh in? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2a02:a452:7ddc:1:e432:5bfe:cd11:6361 (talkcontribs) 11:35, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Eric's preferred version seem to me clearly better than the version preferred by the IP editor. Maproom (talk) 13:38, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
And to me as well. -- Hoary (talk) 22:31, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

(Potentially?) wrong IPA link in Polish Phonology/Ortography pages...[edit]

Hi all! It's my first time here so I hope I'm not messing up, but I noticed that in both pages for Polish ortography and phonology, 's' in its usual value is linked to voiceless dental fricative, which sounds weird to me, as that sound shouldn't be in Polish at all and I'd have expected it to be a Voiceless alveolar sibilant instead.

I checked in the code for the page and it seems that the links are automatically generated, so I didn't want to touch anything... Could someone with a bit more knowledge in the field tell me more, and correct either me or the link?

Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stefano thf (talkcontribs) 12:52, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

@Stefano thf: This is too highly specialized for the general help desk, but the topic is apparently important enough that we have a page for it at Help:IPA/Polish. I suggest that you use that help page's talk page (Help talk:IPA/Polish) to discuss this. -Arch dude (talk) 14:30, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Regarding expansion of article on Vikram Sarabhai[edit]

I wish to undertake a major expansion project of the the biography of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, who is widely regarded as the "Father of Indian Space Programme" (see:[1][2]).

He was the founder of many research institutions, served as Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation and its predecessor INCOSPAR. He also received two of the highest civilian honours in India- Padma Vibhushan & Padma Bhushan. He also served as the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India.
But many of his accomplishments such as the one just mentioned, despite being widely reported on by the mainstream Indian media, the Government and its various institutions that bears his fingerprints, his Wikipedia article fails to give account of his accomplishments.
He is rated as Mid Importance in "WikiProject Physics" and as High Importance in "WikiProject India" and "WikiProject Gujarat". However his article is rated just as Start-Class.

I wish to expand the article with appropriate citations for reference. However, I'm wary that I will not be able to complete the entire editing in a single sitting. I need a personal space to draft the changes to the article to make its contents more encyclopaedic but editing guidelines prohibits to edit an existing article in sandbox and copying it to the Mainspace article later. What should I do?

Please ping me, when you reply.

Thank you. Cheers! CX Zoom (talk) 13:04, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Completing the entire editing in a single sitting, and copying an extensively edited article back from a personal sandbox to article space, both have the same serious disadvantage: if another editor dislikes one of the changes you've made, the may revert your entire edit. It's better (and easier) to make your edits piecemeal. You could consider discussing your proposed changes in the article's talk page first. Maproom (talk) 13:44, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
(Pinging CX Zoom as requested.) Maproom (talk) 13:46, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
@Maproom: Thanks a lot. I guess that's the only way to edit it.
Also, I suppose that discussing the changes in Talk page wouldn't help much either, as very few people actually visited his Talk page in a long time. Sections more than a decade old, still don't have any replieSo, I guess, I'll go ahead and make the changes as per Wikipedia's Be Bold policy, unless some other editor points out any issue. Thanks. Cheers! CX Zoom (talk) 18:07, 17 April 2021 (UTC)s.

Hat collector reputation[edit]

I admit I was once a hat collector, but now I've changed my approach. If I fail my next permission request, would I risk my reputation as a "Hat collector" again? Dr Salvus 14:14, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

I wouldn't worry about your reputation. I would worry about making productive edits in the forum/area that you want additional permissions in. There's a good chance someone in that forum will notice your work and offer the additional permission to you, or otherwise suggest that you seek the permission. Worrying too much about what your reputation is does not lead to productive editing, generally. ‡ Єl Cid of Valencia talk 15:09, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Reporting and removing obvious spammer?[edit]

New guy here. Hi! I just got started with making some minor edits to pages Wikipedia is requesting help on and the 3rd page that comes up had some pretty gross and unfounded conspiracy theory statements in it. If it had a reference, maybe I'd leave it alone, but I looked up the contributor's history and he/she has been dropping this same statement on multiple pages throughout Wikipedia.

I'm very confused about the warning system reporting here, but this is obvious spam with intention of adding false information throughout the site. What is the best way to report said Wiki abuser? Is there also an easy way to remove all of their past edits since they are basically the same thing? Or would this require going to each page and manually editing?— Preceding unsigned comment added by TriviaCollector (talkcontribs) 15 April 2021 14:49 (UTC)

This user has now been blocked and their edits all reverted. Thanks for alerting to this. One place if you spot vandalism is at the Administrator intervention against vandalism noticeboard where you can report this sort of thing. Thanks. Canterbury Tail talk 15:06, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Collapsing and Hatting Comments in a Discussion[edit]

Are there any particular guidelines about which way to collapse non-constructive material in a noticeboard or on a talk page? My specific question is that I am aware of the ability to {{collapse}} the comment or to {{hat}} the comment. These two templates are almost the same. My understanding is that hat is a little harsher than collapse. Is there any particular guidance about when to use which of them? Robert McClenon (talk) 15:51, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

To be specific, this has to do with disputes at DRN. If I am the moderator of the dispute, I understand that the moderator is "in charge", but is responsible for using judgment. Are there guidelines for when I should use which of the two templates? Also, just out of curiosity, are there any more more templates for these purposes? Robert McClenon (talk) 15:51, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

how to link to a book from a footnote[edit]


I am the main contributor to, as I wrote his biography (

If I click on the mention of my book in any of the footnotes that I wrote, I am taken to Google Books.

Is there some way that clicking on my book title in the footnotes can take readers to my book page?

There didn't seem to be a way to get to my page from Google Books - so no one who lands there would know how to learn about my book.

Thanks in advance for any advice. Powell biographer (talk) 16:14, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Powell biographer, one thing you need to know is that a mention of a published source is not a promotional name-drop. It is solely for verification of the material in a Wikipedia article. Therefore, the Google Books ref is adequate, and a link to your website, publisher or Amazon is not called for. See Wikipedia is not for promotion.--Quisqualis (talk) 18:00, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
More seriously, Powell biographer citing your own book is generally regarded as conflict of interest; referring to your own book in the text (as opposed to just citing it) is certainly so; and mentioning that it was released as an ebook in a certain year is naked promotion. Furthermore as far as I can see Wail: The Life of Bud Powell is a self-published source, and (to quote that section) "self-published material such as books ... are largely not acceptable as sources" which means that anything in the article based on that book is original research, and doesn't belong in Wikipedia. --ColinFine (talk) 21:21, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

I have removed the footnotes that ColinFine found inappropriate. I would like his help in removing the tag that he placed at the top of the Bud Powell page. Thank you in advance for this help, ColinFine.Powell biographer (talk) 17:16, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Change the title of the Wikipedia Article[edit]

I am wondering if the article title Tuscaloosa County Schools can be changed to Tuscaloosa County School System as it is the correct name for the school system in Tuscaloosa County.

Hello. Please see Wikipedia:Moving a page regarding.. well, moving a page. But, I did move the page to Tuscaloosa County School System, per your request, which I confirmed on the official website. Thank you ‡ Єl Cid of Valencia talk 17:37, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Typo in image on Donington Park Circuit image, not sure how to get it edited[edit]

Hello, I am a very big noob to Wikipedia editing so my apologies.

On this page the first image at the top right, of the circuit, says 'Starkey's Straigh' when it should read 'Starkey's Straight'. This is on the top right of the image, between corners 8 and 9.

Hope someone with the know-how is able to fix this! :)— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 15 April 2021 22:29 (UTC)

Hi I have rudimentary skills with inkscape, but I used it to add the missing "t" to the image hosted at the Commons, which is shown in the infobox. Note that if you don't see the change when you visit the article, be sure to clear your cache. (BTW, I have no idea where the extra bytes I added to the image came from.) Best regards.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 00:47, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Acceptability of primary sources?[edit]

I'm a bit confused as to how we're meant to determine the acceptability of primary sources. On the article Exodus Cry, they're listed as a 501(c)3 organization with the source being the organization itself (so a non-independent, primary source). On California's AG website (an independent, primary source), they're listed as "Delinquent" and not being allowed to practice. Now, I'm fairly confident that they're still a functioning nonprofit given that Propublica and the IRS both list them as operational (having moved to Missouri, which doesn't have it's own search so I can't verify), but I'm wondering how we would handle primary sources here if they HAD lost their nonprofit status fully. My assumption would be that preference goes to the government's database, but since the current source is the organization, I'm not 100% sure. Any opinions would be appreciated. ThadeusOfNazerethTalk to Me! 23:56, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

@ThadeusOfNazereth: My opinion: an organization can act as a source for basic facts about itself, and I would have thought that 501(c)3 status fell in this category. However, any contested fact requires a reference to a reliable source. You are in effect contesting this fact. As you do, I think we should use the Propublica reference in this case. For the hypothetical case, we will need to wait until an actual example occurs. -Arch dude (talk) 02:13, 16 April 2021 (UTC)
That's where my reasoning fell as well (to paraphrase WP:REDFLAG, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary sources"). I'll update the article w/reference to Propublica instead of Exodus Cry. ThadeusOfNazerethTalk to Me! 02:25, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

The article about the cause of death of Blenda Gay, former Philly Eagles pro football player[edit]

The wiki article states that his wife, Roxanne, “slit his throat while he was sleeping.” However, another newspaper article from 1977 states that she “stabbed him in the neck with a knife during a quarrel.” Please fact check the wiki article. Thank you, P. McLaughlin — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 15 April 2021 23:56 (UTC)

Wikipedia contributors are unpaid volunteers. You have as much right and responsibility for the accuracy of that article as any of the rest of us (about 100,000 active editors). Please provide the name of the newspaper and the exact date of the article. You can edit the article yourself, or add your information on the article's talk page and perhaps someone will take an interest. -Arch dude (talk) 02:05, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

April 16[edit]

Serbocroation heroic songs [sic][edit]

Several pages cite a work called the "Serbocroation heroic songs" by Milman Parry and Albert B. Lord. Can I change it to "Serbocroatian" instead? Thanks, NotReallySoroka (talk) (formerly DePlume) 03:27, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

@NotReallySoroka: I see a few images online of the book cover with "Serbocroatian" or "Serbo-Croatian", but no images of "Serbocroation". However, some prominent websites use the "Serbocroation" spelling. If you're confident that this book was never released with the "Serbocroation" spelling, then feel free to edit the references. You can also submit edit requests to Amazon, Goodreads, etc. to review their entries. Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 03:39, 16 April 2021 (UTC)
@GoingBatty: I have changed them all since Serbocroatian makes more sense. I have used the E. S. "Changed "Serbocroation" to "Serbocroatian", o to a." for all such edits. Hope it was correct, NotReallySoroka (talk) (formerly DePlume) 03:50, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Coin of the year award article[edit]

When is someone with the information, eg, the new owners, World coin news, and the Journal of East Asian Numismatics, going to update this article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Antlion12 (talkcontribs) date (UTC)

When a volunteer with the necessary interest, knowledge, and reliable published sources chooses to do so, Antlion12. It could be you! I suggest you post a suggestion - with citations to sources - at Talk:Coin of the Year Award. Since that talk page doesn't seem to have much traffic, you might also post at the talk pages of the two WikiProjects identified on that Talk page. --ColinFine (talk)


Can I change my user name? --Dinesh (talk) 06:18, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

See WP:UNC. nagualdesign 06:53, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Please Thonks re The Bronks (The Bronx, yes Thonks)[edit]

I used [[Category:Defunct hospitals in The Bronx]] and then, seeing RED, made a file with

  • #REDIRECT [[Category:Defunct hospitals in the Bronx]], which was changed per someone's objection to
  • {{Category redirect|Defunct hospitals in the Bronx}}

Time to call for help? The Bronx is what should have been used, so should I call for Tobor (Robot spelled backwards)? Can someone with 'bigger than big, stronger than strong' (from the theme song) please help fix this? Perhaps [[List of hospitals in the Bronx]] and friends (e.g. Category:History of The Bronx) too? Pi314m (talk) 07:04, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

@Pi314m: I don't know what you mean by "Thonks". The Bronx says "the Bronx" hundreds of times and so does the whole category system at Category:The Bronx. See The Bronx#Use of definite article, the third box at top of Talk:The Bronx, and Talk:The Bronx/Name and capitalization. Categories work differently than articles and we generally don't want category redirects at alternative spellings and capitalizations. This is partly because the category becomes blue when it's added to a page so editors may think it's OK but the page isn't listed in the right category. I will clean up some inappropriate "The Bronx". PrimeHunter (talk) 09:34, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

page title with 'wikipedia:title'[edit]

I just finished my edit. It was in the draft page I asked someone to move the page. It was saved like I like to have this page without Wikipedia and it's in the project page not just a page. Please help me to move. thanks --Jvanilie (talk) 07:26, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

@Jvanilie: I have moved it back to Draft:Vakki and added a box with a Submit button. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:15, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

@PrimeHunter: thanks so much!! It worked! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jvanilie (talkcontribs) 10:00, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Too many grammar issues[edit]

Hello there,

I happened to be one of the editors for the article The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition, and I do watch the series, but however I happen to come across this help desk because many of the edits made by a same contributor (anonymous) happened to make too many grammar and proofing mistakes (as well as some minor original research and other inconsistencies not found on other Apprentice articles) and I took some hassle to improve it according to the Manual of Style. I already informed the editor on the issue, but I may not have the time to work on edits because I am busy, hence I need manpower.

If this the case, may I include the tag (copy edit) and can you last this until the end of the season? Thank you for reading this. TVSGuy (talk) 11:32, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

TVSGuy, if you add {{copy edit}} it'll pop up on the Guild of Copy Editors' backlog, which means someone will eventually look at it. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 12:11, 16 April 2021 (UTC)
I understand, and this is my first time I was intended to do this; I need some time before I decide whether I will be doing this. I be keeping that link for now. Remember, it will be a long-term (until the season finale).TVSGuy (talk) 12:20, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Job hard to complete[edit]

Category:Latest stable software release templates have a lot of versions to update... What can be done to simplify the work? I think to transfer to Wikidata, it is very simple to manage the release versions on Wikidata... --2001:B07:6442:8903:DE1:30D4:8763:8115 (talk) 14:41, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

For the record, you can link to categories by placing an asterisk colon in front of the category name. It took three tries for me to parse out that Category:Latest stable software release templates is apparently what you are talking about. It does indeed appear to be a very large category, over 900 templates. I'm not sure how transferring them to Wikidata would even work though. Beeblebrox (talk) 21:21, 16 April 2021 (UTC)
Beeblebrox, I think you mean "a colon in front of the category name" rather than "an asterisk in front of the category name". Deor (talk) 16:08, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
I sure do. There was a weird issue recently with asterisks and blank lines in lists and I guess it just stuck in my brain. Beeblebrox (talk) 16:44, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Work Always in Collaboration with help Microsoft Nvidia intel Apple Space-X Tesla Nasa Huawei please[edit]

Work Always in Collaboration with help Microsoft Nvidia intel Apple Space-X Tesla Nasa Huawei please

Hi, Wikipedia is not affiliated with any of those companies. For help, you will need to visit their official websites. Félix An (talk) 16:41, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Twinkle rollback and rollbacker's rollback[edit]

Which are the differences beetween vandalism rollback button (Twinkle) and rollbacker's rollback button? Dr Salvus 19:37, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

One is super useful and almost impossible to do by accident, the other is rollback. Forgive my snark, but I find Twinkle rollback much better overall. You have three options instead of just one and you have to confirm each action so the error rate is lower. Beeblebrox (talk) 21:10, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Lyli J - starting a page[edit]

Hi, I was looking for ways to begin compiling information online to create a Wikipedia page for my artist project Lyli J, but I didn't have any luck.

Does someone else have to create the page and make a request themselves?

Here's information that I wanted to make available on Wikipedia:

Thanks Lily— Preceding unsigned comment added by Lily.jordy (talkcontribs)

Lily.jordy Wikipedia is not a place to merely tell about something or promote a website. Wikipedia summarizes what independent reliable sources with significant coverage have chosen on their own to say about a topic, showing how it meets the special Wikipedia definition of notability. Please also review conflict of interest. 331dot (talk) 19:59, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

phone number to Congressman Rush in Chicago, Illinois I need the phone number of Congressman Rush's office[edit]

Not an issue for Help desk. Referred elsewhere – obviously not a question about Wikipedia at all. Beeblebrox (talk) 21:06, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Rush, Bobby. "Congressman". Missing or empty |url= (help)— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Try This website. It'll need your zip code. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 20:58, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Updates were flagged as COI but I don't know how to respond to it, dispute it, or reply to the user who flagged it.[edit]


I receive corrections from our organization's historian to update the Wiki page about our organization. The information provided by our Historian after fact checking was to fix errors in dates, wrong terminology, wrong language etc. Not promotional at all. But it was flagged as such. How do I respond and be able to continue making those necessary edits? Cthowell (talk)

This is the page

I believe the user that flagged it was Garuda24.

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cthowell (talkcontribs) 21:23, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Please read WP:COI and, because you state "Our organisation" read WP:PAID
You may not edit the article directly. You must use {{Request edit}} omn the article's talk page. You musty also declare the relevant conflict of interest on your user page. FiddleTimtrent FaddleTalk to me 21:34, 16 April 2021 (UTC)
@Cthowell failed to ping you. This note succeeds FiddleTimtrent FaddleTalk to me 21:34, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

How do I correct page about me[edit]

My name is Eric Nalder. There is outdated and incorrect information on my Wiki page. How can I correct it. I have already signed on.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Eric68nalder (talkcontribs) 16 April 2021 23:20 (UTC)

Eric68nalder Please first review the autobiography policy, and how to make formal edit requests; you may then visit Talk:Eric Nalder to propose any changes you feel are needed, preferably sourced to independent reliable sources. Note that it is not "your Wiki page", but a Wikipedia article about you. 331dot (talk) 00:32, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

April 17[edit]

How many DYKs are in a WikiProject?[edit]

Is there an easy way to cross-reference Category:Wikipedia Did you know articles with a particular WikiProject? Specifically in my case, I am looking at Wikipedia:WikiProject Role-playing games and Wikipedia:WikiProject Dungeons & Dragons, both of which have lists of known DYK articles, but if those lists have been maintained manually, we may have missed some that happened in the past. Since there are almost 100,000 DYK articles, I would rather not go through them manually. :) Is there a bot or some other function that can go through the whole category in a few minutes and pull out all the articles that have had DYK for a particular WikiProject? BOZ (talk) 00:07, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

@BOZ: You can make searches like talk: hastemplate:"WikiProject Role-playing games" incategory:"Wikipedia Did you know articles" and talk: hastemplate:"WikiProject Dungeons & Dragons" incategory:"Wikipedia Did you know articles". If you change incategory: to deepcat: then you also search subcategories of Category:Wikipedia Did you know articles, up to five levels deep (this category only has one level). See more at Help:Searching#Parameters. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:45, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
Sweeet, thank you. :) BOZ (talk) 12:15, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Creating a page[edit]

Good evening I am trying to create a article for myself but as I go to create then publish after finishing. It becomes a draft. By any chance can you tell me if it’s possible for me to publish the article and also how do I attatch pictures and table to be able to list stats?— Preceding unsigned comment added by Jmoultrie88 (talkcontribs)

Jmoultrie88 Please review the autobiography policy which will explain why what you are attempting to do is not advisable and strongly discouraged(though not forbidden). New users cannot directly create articles and need to submit a draft using Articles for Creation. You should not submit your current draft yet as it is completely unsourced. I think you have some common misconceptions about Wikipedia in that it is not a place for people to tell the world about themselves. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia that summarizes what independent reliable sources with significant coverage have chosen on their own to say about (in this case) a person, showing how they meet the special Wikipedia definition of a notable person or notable musician. In essence, you need to forget everything you know about yourself and only write based on the content of independent sources. Most people have great difficulty doing that. If no independent sources have given you significant coverage, you would not merit a Wikipedia article at this time. 331dot (talk) 00:29, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Nominate a page for review?[edit]


I noticed a formatting error on a Wiki Article (the English language page for Riverboats). Specifically, it has two separate sections for “history”... is there a way to nominate this for someone to review and edit?

Thank you,— Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:586:501:8160:b560:8c87:5ebf:79e (talkcontribs) 17 April 2021 02:03 (UTC)

Hello, thank you for brining this to our attention. I have merged the two sections – there did not seem to be any duplication. Eagleash (talk) 02:54, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Adding a new page[edit]

I want someone to add some new pages about some dere types like Yandere, Kuudere and stuff like that. I would like to know how to add some pages if I consider registering to Wikipedia.

Thank you for trying to assist me, that person who doesn’t know her IP address— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 17 April 2021 02:15 (UTC)

Hi. If you want to create articles without registering, you can do so via the WP:AfC process. If you will register, you can create articles directly after becoming wp:autoconfirmed.
However, you should see whether subjects of your articles will meet the criteria listed on WP:GNG first. Otherwise, they may be deleted. If you need help determining whether it meets WP:GNG, you should give more information on the articles you want to create. ~ Aseleste (t, e | c, l) 03:16, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
Hello. Please note that creating a Wikipedia article that gets accepted is much more difficult than it appears, and editors who try to do so before they have spent a few weeks or months making small improements to articles and learning how Wikipedia works often have a frustrating and disappointing experience. Please see Your first article. --ColinFine (talk) 10:26, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Remove porn from site[edit]

Can you remove photo that comes up when googling “male waxing”? It’s extremely graphic pornography and not appropriate. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1700:e35:1050:24f8:119c:a08a:cbbb (talk) 2021-04-17T02:46:56 (UTC)

Hello, please note that Wikipedia is WP:NOTCENSORED, so offensive images may be used. However, if you believe the offensive picture can be replaced by a less offensive one, please do discuss on the article talk page. ~ Aseleste (t, e | c, l) 03:05, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
You may be seeing the photo in Google's Knowledge Graph which pulls information from many sources in a confusing way that often looks like it is coming from Wikipedia when it is not. You will need to complain to Google. RudolfRed (talk) 03:24, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
I believe the image referred to is the one in the Wikipedia article. I too, thought the OP was referring to the results of a 'Google' search but that does not reveal images that might cause offence. Eagleash (talk) 09:57, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Can Baines Johnson and Fitzgerald Kennedy stand without "Lyndon" and "John", respectively?[edit]

If it is acceptable, are things like Dorian Fried or John Graydon Soroka (without Max or Michael respectively) acceptable too? If either are unacceptable, why? Thank you, NotReallySoroka (talk) (formerly DePlume) 03:10, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Hello, NotReallySoroka. I think you are asking if those redirects should exist or not. The purpose of redirects is to allow people who search fro something under a different name, or a different spelling, to find the article. I would not have thought that the two existing ones that you mention were worthwhile, but redirects are cheap, so I would not bother taking them to redirects for discussion for deletion. If your people get referred to sometimes without the first name, then by all means create redirects; but the question is not "is it acceptable?" but "will it be useful to somebody looking for them?" --ColinFine (talk) 10:33, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Need to un-italicise an article title[edit]

I cannot figure out why the title of Australian modernism is displaying in italics. There is no style justification for it, and I was expecting to find an "italic title" template there that I could remove, but it doesn't have one. I cannot spot anything that is causing this, that I am able to undo. Can someone please enlighten me? Laterthanyouthink (talk) 06:13, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

@Laterthanyouthink: This is a function from Template:Infobox artwork. Have a look at the documentation, especially the note at the top. -- zzuuzz (talk) 06:26, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
@Zzuuzz: - ah, I see. That's great, thanks very much. I've been able to fix it now. Laterthanyouthink (talk) 07:16, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Missing table of contents[edit]

Talk:OpIndia has no TOC when I look at it. Is it just me? I didn't see anything turning TOC off in the source. --Guy Macon (talk) 11:28, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

ToCs are only generated when a page has four or more headings. Kleinpecan (talk) 11:32, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
You can place a TOC with __TOC__. See more at WP:TOC. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:52, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Sources from the New York Times[edit]

Hello! I hope you're all fine. I have a question; I have noticed that those who cite New York Times include a number of ISSN. I've tried to do so when resorting to NYT sources but I can't find the ISSN number anywhere. Where do these editors look for this number? Thanks and pardon my naïve question xD. CoryGlee (talk) 13:28, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Hello, CoryGlee. One place you can find the ISSN is to look in our article New York Times, where you'll find it in the infobox. Wikipedia is not a reliable source but you can click through to a reliable source. --ColinFine (talk) 14:30, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^ CoryGlee (talk) 14:47, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Samuel Argall[edit]

It does not share about how he threatened the chief that he would attack the village if he did not give up Matoaka (Pocohauntas). He lord and claimed that he traded a copper pot for her later. Matoaka had to give up her baby little Kocoum to another village woman and her husband was killed by the white settlers when he returned to the village.

She was one of the first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:48, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

If you can cite a reliable source for those claims, you should add them to the article; or if you prefer, discuss them on the article's talk page, citing your source there. Maproom (talk) 17:44, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
To be more specific: we would need Reliable sources for those claims having existed historically, not for their being 'true.' The article Pocahontas mentions several elements of this suggested scenario, without linking them up so explicitly, so it's not just a modern confabulation or synthesis. {The poster foremrly known as} (talk) 04:32, 18 April 2021 (UTC)


Is it possible to see the other user's watchlists? Dr Salvus 18:05, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

@Dr Salvus: No, its not possible, at least not for the ordinary user. A few people from the entire population of the earth have direct accesss to the servers and all data saved on it (so including watchlists), but trust me, that folks have better things to do than to look what Dr Salvus has on his watchlist. Victor Schmidt (talk) 18:27, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
If you do want to share your watchlist or access it without logging in then see Wikipedia:Syndication#Watchlist feed with token. PrimeHunter (talk) 19:18, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

April 18[edit]

Graham87 Melbourne Telstra Ban[edit]

Is it possible to revoke Graham87's single authority to ban massive lists of IP's.

A two step method where a second individual who could verify if it was indeed a correct move would reduce the number of unnecessary IP's which have been blocked.

Currently he has made a ban effective for 3 years which blocks most of the Australian state of Victoria's Telstra network. This includes areas of the Optus network affecting potentially over 3 million IP's. — Preceding unsigned comment added by IdleVeidt (talkcontribs) 2021-04-18T01:02:40 (UTC)

@IdleVeidt: Are you referring to (talk · contribs · WHOIS)? ~ Aseleste (t, e | c, l) 02:09, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
courtesy ping Graham87Teratix 02:19, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

@Aseleste: No, every single user within the 2001:8003:4000:0:0:0:0:0/35 Ip listing, for context this includes account creation as well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by IdleVeidt (talkcontribs) 04:18, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

@Aseleste: That IP is registered to Little Elm, Texas. @Teratix: thanks for the ping. @IdleVeidt: unfortunately desperate circumstances require desperate measures. This is the only measure I could find to effectively deal with the IP editor whose last range was Special:Contributions/2001:8003:59DB:4100::/64 but has used others; see the relevant block log]. They are a highly prolific editor who has engaged in extreme right-wing pro-Trump misogynist editing for many years now. If I'd just blocked the latest /64, they could've come back again once they were assigned a new /64 range. I did ask on the edit filter mailing list if an edit filter could be made for this user's distinctive pattern of edits, but I was advised that this was difficult to impossible. I will only answer further questions about this block from established editors. Graham87 05:35, 18 April 2021 (UTC)
Also, this sort of block is not at all unprecedented. Graham87 05:43, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

@Graham87: Not the question I asked at all, additionally I would prefer you removed your condescending vocabulary. I don't believe I need to be an established editor to ask for some second opinion be inserted before you implement your desperate measures. The only reason I have needed to make an account after years of editing was because of your actions. But back to the question, do you have any form of verification or regulation when making these decisions or are they entirely by your own authority.— Preceding unsigned comment added by IdleVeidt (talkcontribs) 06:06, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

@IdleVeidt: Please sign your messages with four tildes ("~~~~") so pinging can work. I will answer this question only: yes, I have ultimate authority re these sorts of blocks, like all sysops, but other editors are free to review them and sysops can modify them without wheell-warring; the removal of this authority, desysopping, is a rather drastic procedure. If what you say is true about having edited for many years as an IP, you alone have chosen not to take up the many benefits of having an account. As we say here, "Trying to make serious edits to Wikipedia as an IP editor is like blindly blundering through the countryside on the first day of hunting season dressed like a moose", so thanks for removing your costume, even if under duress. I still don't entirely trust new editors in this sort of situation though. Graham87 06:48, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

@Graham87: I take it the part about condescending vocabulary went well above your head. I didn't make an account by choice and would prefer to be the moose if this is how this community treats people. IdleVeidt (talk) 10:19, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

Amazon Prime Video[edit]

Is a listing of a series on Amazon Prime Video a reliable source for a series being available on Amazon Prime Video, or is this also prohibited per WP:AMAZON? ToQ100gou (talk) 01:25, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

ToQ100gou I don't think you need to specifically cite the availability of something on Amazon Prime, as that is easy enough to confirm. 331dot (talk) 07:10, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

Editing Page[edit]

I am continously editing the page of my organisation but it isn't getting publioshed — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sheikhkhan123 (talkcontribs) 07:29, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

Sheikhkhan123 You should not directly edit the article (not just a "page") about your organization as you have a conflict of interest. I am going to post important information about this on your user talk page, User talk:Sheikhkhan123, that you will need to review for information on required formal declarations you must make. To propose edits to the article about your organization, please make a formal edit request(click for instructions) on the article talk page, Talk:Karwan-I-Islami. 331dot (talk) 07:46, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

Copying French WP page into English WP[edit]

How do I copy a French WP page into English WP and what credit do I need to give? Mztourist (talk) 09:59, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Translation. Make sure it doesn't fail WP:GNG. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 10:44, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

how to make semi-protection on our article[edit]

Hi, we are new here in Wikipedia, we've done few of editing on a specific person and we wanted to lock all the information what ever in the article. would like to have assistance on how to protect it and that no one can easily change the said content.

below is the article of the specific person that we wanted to have protection. Jafar Dhia Jafar

Please help.

Luther Sabuero — Preceding unsigned comment added by Luther1122 (talkcontribs) 11:00, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

Luther1122 You cannot get an article protected merely to prevent others from editing it. Anyone on Wikipedia can edit almost any article. Any article you create is not yours to control(see WP:OWN), and in fact if you have a conflict of interest you should no longer directly edit it, but instead make edit requests on the talk page. If there is a a specific problem with vandalism or other disruption, you may request protection at WP:RFPP. 331dot (talk)•
Hi Luther1122, I'm afraid that you can't protect content like that - anyone can edit any article. We only protect articles to prevent disruption which is sometimes caused by vandalism, edit warring and the like.
Can I ask who else you are referring to when you when you say 'we'? Accounts should only ever be used by one person - see WP:NOSHARING - if more than one person is working on this, you should each have your own account.
Can I also draw your attention to our guidance on conflicts of interest? If you have a connection with this person, you need to declare it. Thanks GirthSummit (blether) 11:09, 18 April 2021 (UTC)