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New section about... something[edit]

Response to the below: This information would belong on the Talk page for this article, if anywhere. If the article doesn't exist yet you can create it by following these links: See Help:Starting a new page. You might also want to read Wikipedia:Your first article and Wikipedia:How to write a great article. Antonrojo 04:24, 4 September 2006 (UTC)


The Readers & Editors pl. bear with me. I am using editing for the first time and am likely to miss the correct page.

I want to add to : Swadhyay or Pandurang Shashtri Athavale.

I was associated with Swadhyay or Pandurang Shashtri Athavale in the activities appearing on is created by The Office of Swadhyay and/or Pandurang Shashtri Athavale.

There are controversial claims about Swadhyay or Pandurang Shashtri Athavale and there is a clash between editors whether to add a particular matter or not.

If a thing can be defined with the help of physics or chemistry, it can be decided whether a particular thing can be added or removed. So can not be done for a human being or social or religious activities.

From the time June, 2000, there is deviation from what is claimed on Even prior to June,2000, the image of Pandurang Shashtri Athavale or Swadhyay was always glorified or exaggerated.

I am not out to defame Pandurang Shashtri Athavale or lower the image of Swadhyay. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia and changing facts have to be incorporated in it.

Late Mr.Pandurang Shashtri Athavale is popularly known as Dada. Dada means elder brother in Marathi - An Indian Language spoken in State of Maharashtra. Here-in-after, I shall refer Pandurang Shashtri Athavale as Dada. Dada gave discourses upon message of Srimad Bhagwad Geeta - A scripture of Hindus. He motivated people to use one's god gifted abilities to speak, move, think, hear for selfless work which he called Kruti-Bhakti. Based on this principle/logic his followers known as Swadhyayees moved from house to house and went to Indian villages at one's own cost and spreaded the message of Srimad Bhagwad Geeta and nurtured these activities. The number of followers went on increasing and at present it could be in millions but that does not necessarily mean that the followers observe dictates of Srimad Bhagwad Geeta henceforth shall be referred to as Geeta.

Dada also motivated Swadhyayees to involve in money producing experiments for spread of renovation of Vedic culture. Experiments known as "Yogeshwar Krushi", "Shree Darshan", "Vruksh-Mandir", "Amrutalayams", "Matsya-Gandha" and so on. The financial returns along with donations received were collected in nearly 100 trusts created for Swadhyay activities. The trustees were dedicated Swadhyayees and Dada was not a trustee. Dada used to say that The President of Swadhyay activities was God (Lord Yogeshwar).

Around June, 2000, Dada told trustees that The Swadhyay activities were his ownership and he was handing over reign of These activities to her adopted daughter Smt.Jayshree a.k.a. Dhanshree Srinivas Talwakar popularly known as DidiSwadhyayee 03:24, 30 August 2006 (UTC). Simultaneously, all the neutral trustees from all trusts were removed and replaced by Didi and her husband Srinivas Talwalkar a.k.a. Rao Saheb. Dada used to take blank resignation letters from the trustees in advance.

This was not well received by old dedicated Swadhyayees who had helped in foundation and nurture of these activities from day 1.

This was protested by old Swadhyayees and it resulted in violent attacks on old Swadhyayees by comperatively new Swadhyayees. The first attempt had taken place on 28th January, 2001 on Mahesh Shah an industrialist.

After an year, In June, 2001, The Hon. Ex-Chief Justice of High Court at Ahmedabad and Andhra Pradesh declared to media that Didi was using money and muscle power against old Swadhyayees, therefore he was submitting his resignation to Dada. He told the media that The funds of the trust in securities were valued at Indian Rupees Two Hundred Crores and property valued at Indian Rupees Five Hundred Crores. All the facts here-in are documented in Indian Newspapers. This fact had appeared first in "Gujarat Samachar" and later in all Gujarati newspapers.

Subsequently, number of old Swadhyayees became victims of violence and faced false criminal cases. The criminal cases were over 100 filed in rural Gujarat & Maharashtra ( Indian States) against various old Swadhyayees and/or ex-trustees. In 22 identical cases, an appeal was preferred by one Pankaj Trivedi and others in High Court at Ahmedabad. The High Court ruled in the matter in favour of Pankaj Trivedi and quashed all criminal cases at one go. The High Court further observed and recorded that the language of all 22 cases were word by word same and cases had been filed by different persons miles away from each other. The Court hence stated that the cases were filed in retalliation of bonafide civil case filed by Pankaj Trivedi for opening of a temple which was closed down by Didi to harass Pankaj Trivedi. The temple at Bhav-Nirjar, Ahmedabad had come in existence with the help of Pankaj Trivedi. The Judgement is documentary evidence and can be varified from The High Court at Ahmedabad.

Those who were assaulted and their bones broken are Vinod Shah, Shankar Thakkar of Mumbai, Vinoo Sanchania of London while he was in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. One Satish Rughani of Rajkot was assaulted in his house. He just came out after bath and his towel was thrown and he was naked. His wife was locked up in other room. Satish Rughani had accompanied Dada for receiving Megsasay Award.

Some of the old Swadhyayees were arrested like core criminals by police from other states and brutally beaten on the way to the state of police and in lock-up too against the legal provisions not to use 3rd degree for confession.

On court dates or while the arrested were presented before The Magistrate, thousands of Swadhyayees from villages were summoned to the court who tried to kill some of the arrested old Swadhyayees. Usually, police had to resort to cane charging to disperse the mob and protect the arresteds lives.

All these facts are documented by newspapers. Cases were filed against number of newspapers by Swadhyayees for reporting such un-becoming attitude of Swadhyayees against old Swadhyayees. The Press Council of India decided in favour of newspapers. In English, a magazine "India Today" had published an article highlighting wrongs of Swadhyay.

Pankaj Trivedi was killed on 15th June, 2006 outside Ellisbridge Gymkhana, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The police arrested eight to ten senior Swadhyayees. One of them was Ghanshyam Chudasama, P.A. to Dy. Comm. of Police under whose jurisdiction Pankaj Trivedi was killed. Ghanshyam Chudasama was working with some other office and using some influence, he had got himself transferred to Dy. Comm. of Police. As confessed by him, the plot to kill Pankaj Trivedi took place in The High Court premises when the order in favour of Pankaj Trivedi was passed.

Pankaj Trivedi was a green card holder and shuttling between U.S.A. and India. He went to U.S.A. just about 3 months before his life was taken away. He was harassed at U.S. air-port. When he came out of air-port, 4 white-skin people in uniform accosted him and warned of not to speak a word about Swadhyay wrongs while he was to stay in U.S.A.

Next day, Home Security Agency raided Pankaj Trivedi's house in U.S. A. as some one has printed some writing in Urdu with his photo along with photo of Bin Laden and this writing was passed to U.S.A. police stating that Pankaj Trivedi was a Bin Laden associate and threat to President Bush. Home Security Agencied investigated this matter and found Pankaj Trivedi was innocent. These facts can be varified from Home Security Agency, U.S.A.


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If anyone can edit wikipedia, how do we know the information is legitimate? Does anyone verify the material before it goes live? Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

In theory, you can't know. In practice, thousands of people read Wikipedia every day, and there is a good chance that false information is spotted within days, sometimes even within minutes, and corrected or removed. Some false information does get through, however. There is no official pre-validation process. For example, I could claim right now that George W. Bush is a mutant man-eating reptile from Dseta Persei VIII and it would go straight to Wikipedia before getting corrected or removed. JIP | Talk 12:45, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
Verifiability is a core policy of Wikipedia. Our featured articles (considered to be our best articles) cite all non obvious statements from reliable sources. Wikipedia itself is a tertiary source, which means the articles can only have content that is already published elsewhere (not verbatim copied, of course. That would be copyright violation). If you see a dubious statement in any article in wikipedia, feel free to place a {{fact}} tag on it. Dont forget to explain your rationale on the article's talk page. That's how we are building Wikipedia, step by step -- Lost(talk) 13:03, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Also see Wikipedia:Replies to common objections. Keep in mind that even sources that are written by a single person are often incorrect (they have no one to correct them). Even Encyclopedia Britannica isn't infallible. Keep a healthy dose of skepticism to anything you read and track down the sources for any dubious statements. - Mgm|(talk) 15:48, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Copyright violation[edit]

Hi, I saw copying an entire article from wikipedia (weepul) without naming the source. What to do? SietskeEN 12:43, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Under GFDL, one may copy and distribute the wikipedia content in any medium, either commercially or noncommercially, provided that the license, the copyright notices, and the license notice saying this License applies to the content are reproduced in all copies, and that the blog add no other conditions whatsoever to those of this License. - You can communicate this to the owner of the blog. Due to the nature of the internet, I doubt much else can be done -- Lost(talk) 12:58, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, I already tried the reaction form. Hopefully this helps... SietskeEN 13:39, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Problem with references (citations) in article (relisting)[edit]


I am having difficulty citing sources in the article Muqattaat. If you look at the article, you will see that there are some places where the text is Right-to-left. The first citation follows an rtl character, and thus renders that part of the text unreadable with characters overlapping each other here and there.

The second issue is that the references do not actually appear at the end of the article.

If someone can help with these problems, it'd be great.

Thanks, Omer

The references are now appearing. So the second issue is resolved. I dont know about the rtl part though. The article is Muqatta'at -- Lost(talk) 14:30, 3 September 2006 (UTC)
Thank you. Now I figure that you have to add a special references section. Any ideas where could I find help for the first issue. Omer 16:11, 3 September 2006 (UTC)
Just bear for some time. It will be answered by an experienced editor on this very forum -- Lost(talk) 17:10, 3 September 2006 (UTC)
  • I have cut/pasted this from above as one part of the question is still unanswered -- Lost(talk) 13:13, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Solved by CesarB -- Lost(talk) 16:20, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Does this image have copyrights[edit]

I found this following image, it is a picture of a monument; does it have copyrights? Thanks in advance, Read3r 13:18, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

The copyright will belong to whoever took the photograph. Shimgray | talk | 13:20, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick answer, i find another picture in this following site. the site says that people may copy the content of the site providing that they refer to the source (their site). My second question is: do i get automatically the premission by adding the name of the site on the image? Thanks in advance, Read3r 13:27, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

  • I can't find the stuff you said on the site itself. My Arabic is a bit rusty, so I had to open the entire thing in English, but I don't know where the permission was located. Mentioning the site each time you use the image is called attribution. And as far as I can tell from the info you provided you'd get permission. The site looks reliable, which is also important you need to be reasonably sure they do actually have permission to give those right away. When you upload the image, make sure you add both the location of the image to the location of the permission to the image description page. - Mgm|(talk) 15:44, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Shock Absorbing Tennis Rackets[edit]

Which rackets are the best for minimizing the vibration from contacting the ball. I'd like to get manufacturer and models. 14:50, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. - Tangotango 14:51, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Steve Irwin[edit]

How can the filthy language be deleted from his biography?

Respectfully, Ione —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ionehill (talkcontribs)

It is a semi protected article. New and unregistered users cannot edit such articles. Just mention the changes that you would like to be made on the talk page of the article. Since he is in news today, a lot of people would be editing/ reading the article -- Lost(talk) 16:19, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

My articles don't stay[edit]

Some I have created like yesterday I started a david flores(jockey) page and today it is gone...not the link to start the page but the data implimented...the data doesn't stay but the link does quite contradictory if the data is bad wont the link be bad too? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Friendlymat (talkcontribs)

From the deletion log [1]:
17:33, September 3, 2006 Mets501 (Talk | contribs) deleted "David Flores (jockey)" (content was: '{{db-bio}}Is a Jockey Primarily based in Southern California.David was born February, 5 1968 in Tijuana Mexico.His bio can...')
Which means someone tagged it for deletion and a administrator deleted it. If you beleive it was unfairly deleted, you can talk to Mets501 or take it to deletion review. You might also want to read WP:BIO. I hope this helps! GeorgeMoney (talk) 16:28, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Open access[edit]

At the Open access article is this section of numbers/trivia, Open_access#Open_access_by_the_numbers. Should it be there? I've not seen anything like it elsewhere on Wikipedia, and it even makes reference to the reader, saying "If you know of numbers that measure the benefits, growth, or status of open access, please add them here". Since cross-namespace redirects are not allowed due to problems with forking and Wikipedia's wider aims as an encyclopedia, should this section not be removed? --Username132 (talk) 16:40, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Contributors to the article may be able to give you better answers to this. You could discuss it on the talk page of the article. Also a wikiproject giving guidelines on structure of articles on specific subjects might be helpful to you. You can find a list of projects here -- Lost(talk) 16:48, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Russian Tortoise page[edit]

Please check your Russian Tortoise page. It appears to have erroneous pictures (photos of penises) at the top. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Nope, false alarm -- Lost(talk) 17:04, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
Actually, it was not a false alarm. I fixed it. Thanks to for letting us know. Brian 17:32, 4 September 2006 (UTC)btball
The image had been replaced with Image:Testudo horsefieldii.jpg - which no longer exists. It's strange though, I can't find in the logs when and where it was deleted. I was trying to track back the vandalism to determine who actually vandalized the picture and deliver an appropriate warning. It appears that there was a valid image at one time and that this morning the valid image was vandalized with the above mentioned picture - now there is no picture... I replaced Image:Testudo horsefieldii.jpg with an image that had been used in an older version of the article, so I think it is fine now. I'll notify the uploader of the valid Tetsudo image that his image no longer exists, but I am really curious about why the logs don't show the deletion. Brian 17:45, 4 September 2006 (UTC)btball


Due to recent death Steve irwin I am sure many people are lookign up Stingrays on your website. The first thing that came ip was a picture of a mans penis. There is a second obcene picture under the first one.

YOU NEED TO DISABLE THIS LINK IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

The page has been semi-protected for now, so it won't be vandalized anymore. Grandmasterka 17:23, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
Unfortunately, the vandalism seems to have been done on templates linked in the article. User:Zoe|(talk) 22:40, 4 September 2006 (UTC)


Is it possible to change a username while still keeping all of my contribution records and current userpage? - mjg0503 18:41, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Yes, simply put a request at Wikipedia:Changing username. Just remember *not* to register your new username yourself. Cheers, Tangotango 18:44, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Incorrect Link[edit]

Hi there,

I own , and noticed from my traffic statistics I was getting people referred from this page:

Obviously this page has nothing to do with me, so I think someone must have directed the link to me in error. I am not familiar with editing Wikipedia, so if someone could remove the link, or redirect it to its proper destination, that would be appreciated. I don't wish to be accused of 'stealing' traffic.

Thanks in advance, Robert. 19:12, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Done, Thanks, Brian 19:21, 4 September 2006 (UTC)btball

Hypertext definition is neither neutral nor correct[edit]

My e-mail address is email address removed to prevent spam.

I am deeply distressed by the inaccurate definition of hypertext in that article with the same title. Since attending WikiSym 2006 I've decided that I want to post a comment in a discussion forum related to that page. It is not obvious to me how to do that.

The particular problem I have with the definition (aside from its shallowness) is that hypertext is defined in terms of an interface, as though it is merely an access mechanism.

I look forward to your reply. 00:44, 5 September 2006 (UTC) (Jamie Blustein)

If you want to discuss the content of an article, go to the article itself, then up the top of the page look for a row of tabs labelled "article", "discussion", "edit this page", "history", etc. Click on the "discussion" tab, then click on the tab with a plus sign ("+") to add a new discussion section. Confusing Manifestation 01:43, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

How to Semi Protect[edit]

Hi helpdesk, Recent and repeated edits on the page Coalition casualties in Afghanistan by anon user with IP address is causing some problems. I want to semi protect so that the user will discuss his changes. Thanks in advance, Motorfix 01:11, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Probably best to list your concerns on WP:RFP. Confusing Manifestation 01:51, 5 September 2006 (UTC)


this is just a general question, but where on your site would I find when it was last updated, the name of the site author and editor, the author's or editor's e-mail address, the date of publication? Sorry for all of the questions but I need answers to them because I have to answer these questions on a web evaluation sheet. Thanks 02:01, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Citing Wikipedia for guidelines, suggestions, and examples. You can also click Cite this article in the toolbox on the left side of the page to automatically generate a bibliographic citation for an article in a number of standard formats. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 02:26, 5 September 2006 (UTC)


How do you make templates for articles?Mvp7 02:22, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

The help is at Help:Template. If you'd prefer to ask someone else to create a template for you, there's a page for such requests at Wikipedia:Requested templates. -- Rick Block (talk) 04:16, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

case-sensitive searching[edit]


Love your site and the community aspects of it. My question is this: I have created a page about the famous California artist Elizabeth McGrath with her express permission. The page is now up and working, and if someone searches for it using the term "Elizabeth McGrath" (i.e. capitals in the right place), they are taken directly to the page. However, if someone searches for it using "elizabeth mcgrath", they are told that page does not exist. I have read over your FAQ and searched the Help area, but am not finding anything about how to make the lowercase name get users to the page I've created. I have done a search on other personages whose pages show up whether or not someone searches using capitals or not, so I know that it can be done. Any info and help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for you time, ~Nefairia

Create the page Elizabeth Mcgrath whose sole content is "#REDIRECT [[Elizabeth McGrath]]". —Tamfang 03:29, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
  • When you use capitals and hit enter, it's not actually searching, you're brought to the page with the exact title you typed because you hit go. When you do not use capitals correctly, it will go in search mode, but since the article is recently created it is not yet in the search index. See WP:VFAQ (first entry). -Mgm|(talk) 04:43, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

A NAME in wiki markup?[edit]

I'd like to use the <A NAME="01"> type tag in wiki markup to mark out specific pieces of text and refer back to them with links, but I don't want to use headings to achieve the effect. To make it clearer, I'll describe. I have headings giving dates; these I want to appear in the contents box. But I'd like to have a list of links below it, referring to smaller headings in the article but completely separate from the contents box.

So I need a way to mark out the headings I need and refer back to them with wiki links. This could be done in a snap on a normal webpage with A NAME, but since the tag is deprecated here, I'm hoping there's a way to replicate the effect. CNash 00:29, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

I'm not sure I understand you correctly. You can link to any heading in an article, without doing anything special. For example this link links to this heading of this question. If you really need to duplicate the effect of the depreciated <A NAME="xxx">, you can use <span id="xxx">some text</span>. —da Pete (ばか) 10:42, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Accuracy of articles[edit]

I am pretty new to this site and am already impressed with the wealth of information in it.

However, the idea of any user being able to eidt any document disturbs me a bit. How can I be sure that any information I am referring to is accurate? Though I understand people keep 'cleaning' up the articles, I feel at any point of time there may be hundreds of articles that are not 'cleaned up' thus rendering them inaccurate If I or any one referenced them.

Please let me know.

Thanks ! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Gururaja murthy (talkcontribs) 12:05, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

As a rule, Wikipedia is not a "reliable source", and as such shouldn't be used as the main source of information in, say, an essay. However, that's not to say that the majority of the information in Wikipedia can't be trusted to a certain extent, as long as you always take it with a grain of salt. A few ways to ensure that what you're reading is likely to be trustable include:
  • Checking the edit history of the article to see whether there's been much dispute over the content, and also to see how many people have edited the page (in general, the more different people add information, the more likely it is that they've all looked at the existing information and found nothing wrong with it). You can do this by clicking on the "history" tab.
  • Reading the talk page of the article to see whether people have debated the content. You can see the talk page by clicking on the "talk" tab.
  • Comparing the content of the article with that in the sources. All good articles on Wikipedia are supposed to be properly sourced, with reliable sources, which generally appear at the bottom of the article under headings such as "External Links", "References", etc. While Wikipedia is not a reliable source, the links in these sections are supposed to be.
Also, if an article is a featured article or a good article, it is generally considered to be well-written, well-researched and well-sourced, so you can have more confidence in the content. Featured articles will have a little star next to their title, and a template on their talk page, good articles have just a template. Confusing Manifestation 01:50, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
  • You should take in every source of information with some good old critical thinking. Just because one person wrote it, doesn't mean it's any more accurate than a Wikipedia entry. Books and other websites can be written by ignorant people too and they'd have no one to correct them. See Wikipedia:Replies to common objections. Always try to verify your information by tracing where it came from (the references section on our articles). - Mgm|(talk) 04:47, 5 September 2006 (UTC)


This isn't about editing, but how do i make Wikipedia my Home Page? ````

Depends on your browser. In Firefox, there's a box in the first panel of the Preferences dialog. —Tamfang 03:21, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
  • In IE it's Extra > Internet options > the first panel on top. - Mgm|(talk) 04:41, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
    • That's "Tools", not "Extra". User:Zoe|(talk) 01:41, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Category - How to create ?[edit]

I find there is no Category on People of Bangladesh origin. How it is created? VMO 03:33, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Would this be different from Category:Bangladeshi people? To create such a category, this one might be a reasonable example to start from. -- Rick Block (talk) 04:10, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, this would be different in that people born in Bangladesh before the country came into being, that is in the erstwhile undivided India but no longer holding the present Bangladesh citizenship. But how to create it? VMO 17:16, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Is this a commonly understood distinction? I think I would call such people either Category:Indian people or Category:Bangladeshi people (although I suspect they are likely not Muslim, which may be why you're hesitating to use Category:Bangladeshi people). To get more input about this, I suggest you bring this up at Wikipedia talk:Notice board for India-related topics. -- Rick Block (talk) 18:02, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

I can't get my editing to work. HELP!!![edit]

I am trying to edit a list of Chicago Films by ADDING a new film entry to the Directory of Chicago films, under the letter "M". The edit button and ensuing page will not allow me to edit/add an entry to the alphabetical list of Chicago films. Can you please help? Thanks. Judith

Hi Judith. You must first create an article with the name of the film and then add a category link: [[Category:Chicago films]] as a part of the edit. Example: Candyman (film). The film will then be listed automatically in the 'uneditable' list. Also look at existing article pages for examples of additional appropriate film categories. --Profero 07:50, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Please note, you can only add films to categories if we have an article about them. An entry with only a category tag would get deleted. - Mgm|(talk) 09:44, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

add a link helper?[edit] I would aks or someone can put a link of my official webiste of Snowy white to the above site. Thanks Eelcoline

[spam proof]

  • No, sorry. Just because you played with that band, doesn't mean your site should be in the article about the other band. It's only tangentally related. Please see WP:EL for rules about external linking. - Mgm|(talk) 09:43, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

American Assassins; how to add name?[edit]

The subject page is an alphabetized list of American Assassins.

When I go into edit mode, I see nothing to add to.

How to add names?

FYI: The name I was intending to add is 'John Wilkes Booth', the assassin of Abraham Lincoln.

This is a Category. To add an article to this category, you place [[Category:American assassins]] at the bottom of the page of whatever article you want to add. You can do it here, on the John Wilkes Booth article. Chris M. 11:50, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

how to change the name of an entry?[edit]

I have created my first Wikipedia entry and now wish to change the capitalization of the entry's name. I can't seen to figure out how to edit the name of the entry, since it does not seem to appear in the edit window. Can anyone help me?


See WP:VFAQ#How do I change the name of an article.3F. Jacek Kendysz 15:11, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

how many countries in asia[edit]

kakal Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. - Tangotango 15:24, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Getting Rid of Underlines Below Links[edit]

After I created a new wikipedia article, all the wikilinks in wikipedia now appear underlined. How do I get rid of the underlines and return the visual style to the way it was before? -Captain Crawdad 18:14, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Very Frequently Asked Questions#All links suddenly became underlined -- Lost(talk) 19:05, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Butler law firm[edit]

A lawer i retainted threw this station.Need to find him --new number and address, <help me>

This help desk is only for questions related to wikipedia. For all other questions, we would normally redirect to the reference desk, but I am not sure they will be able to help either in this case-- Lost(talk) 20:06, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

internal referencing of books, journals, etc[edit]

i am using the {{ref harvard...etc notation. but i do not know how it works.

i am simply copying what others have done.

do you have a reference site that explains the edfiting protocol using ref_harvard?? joe 20:58, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Harvard referencing. Do you need help in a particular article. Pls name it and we will try to edit on your behalf -- Lost(talk) 21:02, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Update: Template talk:Harvard reference explains the usage in great detail -- Lost(talk) 21:05, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Major article rewrite[edit]

If I want to do a major rewrite on an article (which is currently disorganized and full of extraneous information), is there a "sandbox" I can place the rewrite in so other editors can take a look at it and comment before I replace the current article? Beethoven05 21:08, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Well, you can use the Wikipedia:Sandbox but someone will mess it up. I would suggest creating the page User:Beethoven05/Sandbox and write it in there and no one will touch it. GeorgeMoney (talk) 21:13, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Excellent. Thanks for the quick response. Beethoven05 21:14, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Another alternative is creating the page User:Beethoven05/Articles/ArticleName and move the page to the real article space when you are done. GeorgeMoney (talk) 21:15, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
If he's doing a rewrite of an article, he won't be able to move his sandbox version over the existing article. He'll have to ask an admin to do it for him. I do worry about losing the edit history if he just rewrites the article in his sandbox and then it gets moved. The best thing to do would be to rewrite it in his name space, then copy and paste it over the existing article, to keep the edit history. User:Zoe|(talk) 01:44, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
  • If an admin moves it over the existing article, they should delete it first, then undelete, but if indeed no one touches his rewrite, there's no reason to keep the entire history of his subpage. In such a case copy-paste is acceptable. - Mgm|(talk) 04:47, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

where my watchlist is saved[edit]

Will a larger number of items on my watchlist make the cookie on my computer a larger file? Dismas|(talk) 02:40, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

No, it's stored server-side. —Bunchofgrapes (talk) 02:42, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks. Dismas|(talk) 04:56, 6 September 2006 (UTC)


how do i delete my membership?Hw helper 07:27, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

At current, it's very difficult or impossible to delete accounts which have more than zero edits. There's nothing making you use the account, of course -- if you'd like to stop using it, nobody should get in your way, no? Sorry to see you go, but it is your choice to make. :) Luna Santin 07:29, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
For more information, take a look at Wikipedia:Username#Deleting your user account and Right to vanish. — QuantumEleven 09:43, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Template Editing[edit]

Where would I suggest an edit of an existing navigational template? --VGF11 00:02, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

On the template's Talk page. User:Zoe|(talk) 01:44, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. -- VGF11 22:25, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Picture copyright[edit]

Hi everyone!! So, I've got a website for a picture and I'd like to upload it. However, the copyright (at the bottom of the page), states "2000-2004 copyright" and "All Rights Reserved". So, is that means that I don't have to ask permission? As the copyright is just up to 2004. It confuses me since I joined Wikipedia. Here is the website, CLICK CLICK. Cheers --- Imoeng 10:52, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

  • No, the picture will be copyrighted as long as the photographer is alive and then some odd 70-100 additional years. The copyright notice is for the website itself, and they probably forgot to update it. You still need permission, not only for use on Wikipedia, but also elsewhere, our images need to be freely redistributable. If they don't want to release the image under a free license, you're out of luck. - Mgm|(talk) 11:05, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
  • What the "2000-2004 copyright" message means is that the material on the web page was created between 2000 and 2004. (The site was probably last updated in 2004.) In other words, those dates are when the copyright expiry clock started ticking—as Mgm notes above, it will be a long time (decades) before the copyright lapses. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 22:35, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

why is search not finding this article/page?[edit]

I thought that the "Go" and "Search" functions here are not case sensitive. However, when I enter "funtown" and hit "go", I find nothing. When I enter "FunTown" and hit "go" I see the page on FunTown. Is there a way to edit this page so that it will be found when people do not capitalize certain letters?

Thank you Mienbau 11:05, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

  • The Go button immediately sends you to the article with the exact name you typed. It is therefore case sensitive, because words may mean different things depending on how they are capitalized. (Boo versus BOO) Whether something is found when you hit search depends on when the search index was last updated. - Mgm|(talk) 12:21, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
    • I still have a problem with, say, the Effat College page not coming up when I do a Search (ora Go) on Effat. My search window comes up and says Results 1-3 of 3 but only two things show up. It will work if I use Go for Effat College, however it will not work for a Search for Effat College. Thoughts? DukeEGR93 04:04, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Question[edit] 13:01, 6 September 2006 (UTC)My Teacher is having the class do articles, as she calls them. To where we have to read mewspaper articles and write a summary about them. She also said that if we use internet sources to make sure that they are lagitimet. So I saw that your site has articles and I need to know for my teacher if your site is lagitimet.

Thank You, Brandi Conner

Yes, the site is definitely legitimate. However, it is written by anybody and everybody. You can take the site as a beginning point for your summaries and then look for references within the site. You are also entitled to ask for references if you dont find them readily -- Lost(talk) 13:27, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Pain Connection - Chronic Pain Outreach Center, Inc.[edit]

I am new to Wikipedia and am lost trying to figure out how to use it. I printed the above article to inform chronic pain patients and their families about available resources. One of the editors said it will be deleted. How do I then put Pain Connection's link under articles dealing with chronic pain, pain, fibromyalgia... as other agencies have? I did it last night but obviously did it wrong.

You can write articles on various subjects. However wikipedia is not a directory, so we cannot have resources and clinics listed here. That is considered spam. -- Lost(talk) 13:31, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Deleting image files[edit]

Sir, I uploaded a image file deliberately. But when it got uploaded I realised that the image file size was larger than I thought. Now I wish to delete that file and upload a smaller size file. The photo is breaking across the page. Also I would like to know if I can mention my website address for further details of the photographs.

Just put {{db-author}} on top of the image. It will get deleted by the admins. It is mandatory to mention the source of the photograph along with the copyright information. Please ensure that while uploading the newer version of the photograph -- Lost(talk) 14:31, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Bear in mind that an editor can choose the size of an image on a page, and this does not have the horrible overheads of doing this on a regular site. In fact, it is often recommended to upload a large file for this reason. Notinasnaid 15:54, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Yes, actually Notinasnaid is right. You dont need to delete an image just becuase its large. It can be resized in the article that you want to use it in. See Wikipedia:Picture tutorial -- Lost(talk) 16:38, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Can't the editor just upload a new version over the one that's already there? User:Zoe|(talk) 03:22, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

How can I become an admin?[edit]

And, can I at my current state? Thanks. Trosk 17:21, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Well, one needs to apply for adminship. There are no fixed rules for handing over adminship, but generally community consensus is what decides on who should be an admin. The community (various editors of wikipedia) have varied standards on whether they think a person should be an admin or not. Go through them and decide whether you think you can pass the expectations of various people. Also see this. My suggestion would be to keep doing good work and you will be ready soon enough -- Lost(talk) 17:28, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Well, can you give a quick opinion of me just to see if I should apply anytime soon? Trosk 17:31, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Can you tell me why you would like to have adminship? (This is one of the first questions that you will be asked while applying) -- Lost(talk) 17:34, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Well, to tell you the truth, my main reason is I want to be able to deal with things when I start to see them. I hate having to wait for someone else to take care of them; to do it right, do it yourself.

My other reasons include having a little more respect, being an arguement resolver (something I enjoy for some reason), and, of course, having a back-up plan for when I am bored :) Trosk 17:39, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Personally, I dont think an adminship would succeed with these reasons, but then that's only my opinion. My suggestion would be to participate in WT:RFA and WP:ANI or atleast keep a track of them. They suggest a lot on what an admin generally needs to do and believe me its not as glamorous as you think it to be. There are of course other tasks that admins do, but they are even less glamorous -- Lost(talk) 17:44, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Well, ay this point, I'll try making an RfA....nothing to lose, everything to win. Trosk 17:50, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Oh, one last question: will this position at all help with future job oppurtunities? Trosk 17:52, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

This is just a voluntary encyclopedia where even identities are not usually revealed. If your question is about a job in the real world, I dont see how this position will help you. -- Lost(talk) 17:58, 6 September 2006 (UTC)[edit]

While doing some language research I stumbled across several rather explicit photos of male genitalia at that link, that had absolutely nothing to do with the subject of the Austronesian language group. I was unable to remove them by trying to edit the page. Any clues on how to clean up the vandalism?

  • Generally speaking, vandalism of that particular type is usually removed within a minute. Try forcing your browser to refresh and it's probably gone before you get the time to report it. I think the bots that report vandalism to administrators are even programmed to notice the use of these images. Anyway, I couldn't find the vandalism you talked about. To cleanup try WP:REVERT or if you are not comfortable doing that yourself, use WP:AIV. - Mgm|(talk) 21:44, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
    • If you couldn't find it, it could have been template vandalism. — Dark Shikari talk/contribs 23:16, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
  • I thought of that, but I couldn't see any obvious templates either. - Mgm|(talk) 04:51, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

delete my account[edit]

how do i delete my account? can u explain

Given the current software setup, it's very difficult or even impossible to delete accounts which have more than zero edits. It's probably easier for everybody if you just stop using it, instead. Sorry to see you go, but do bear in mind that the doors will always be open, should you choose to return to editing. :) Luna Santin 21:58, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
It is almost impossible to delete your account. This is because all edits need to be attributed to someone, under the terms of the GFDL licence, which is how Wikipedia is licenced (aka we can't do it because of legal reasons). Sorry we can't really help you and we do hope you stay Harryboyles 11:04, 7 September 2006 (UTC)


Can a Mediator from the Mediation Cabal bring their case to the Arbitration committee? WikieZach| talk 22:03, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

  • I don't see why not. Just follow the procedure described at the arbcom page for how to format a case. - Mgm|(talk) 04:49, 7 September 2006 (UTC)


Hi I have been trying to print the Dukes of Burgundy Family Tree, from the 9th centtury to 1482. I can see it, all pages but when it prints it only gives me 3 pages. Page 1 Header only, page 2 begins the family tree but only goes to Henry, bishop/hugh 1121-1170, 3rd page is begins with When Charles died... I would like all of this family tree. Please help.

Sharon <email removed>

Did you make sure that, when you printed, that you selected the "Print all" checkbox? Harryboyles 11:00, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Finding the Wikipedia Library for Templates[edit]

I can't seem to find the different 'templates' - specifically sports templates that are ready-made. I see them used in pages that are already established. Templates like '8TeamBracket', '16TeamBracket' and 'TwoLeg' I have seen being used, but I would like to know how to browse through the total library of wikepedia templates. Juveboy 01:35, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

The total library is at Wikipedia:Template messages. WP 02:27, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

How do I edit the title?[edit]

I recently submitted an article and I need to edit the title.

It shows up as Eric lofholm and I need the L in Lofholm to be capitalized.

Thank you!

See WP:MOVE for help moving pages (which is our mechanism for changing a page's title). If you have any further questions, feel free to ask, of course, either here or via a {{helpme}} at your talk page. Luna Santin 02:35, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
Except, in this case you wait until you become notable and someone else writes an article about you with the correct capitalisation. -- RHaworth 03:07, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

words with 6 letters or less[edit]

How can I get a list of all english words using 6 letters or less

This Help Desk is for questions about using Wikipedia; you might want to ask at the Reference Desk instead. I can also suggest Google, since you are, after all, on the internet with a vast store of information at your fingertips. Good luck —Keakealani talkcontribs 03:00, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

schools in Germany in 1939[edit]

Hi, did you have a question? You can use the sandbox for more testing, or try the reference desk for questions about fact, history, or any of the RD categories. :) Luna Santin 03:25, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

removing misinformation[edit]

In an Article about Samual Francis it said that he wrote that the election of Barack Obama to the US senete was "deplorable" but in the cited article I couldnt find anywhere where Francis had said this.

I think it should be removed.

Regards, Darrin Lee

Then remove it yourself, or add a {{fact}} tag to the statement. — Dark Shikari talk/contribs 09:59, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Dictionary of Literary Biography ref[edit]

Working on a book article and I have some information in the Dictionary of Literary Biography that I'd like to use in the article. Which cite template should be used for a source of this type (i.e. no author, only an editor)? Does one exist and if not, should it be created? MLA cite follows:

"Robert McCloskey," in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 22: American Writers for Children, 1900-1960. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book. Edited by John Cech, University of Florida. Gale Research, 1983, pp. 259-266.

Thanks in advance. — Scm83x hook 'em 07:07, 7 September 2006 (UTC)



You will need to be a bit clearer with your question. If you just want to access the map, here is a link to some fine maps of India -- Lost(talk) 16:42, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Civilian Conservation Corps#CCC life formatting problem[edit]

I was reading the article about the Civilian Conservation Corps and in the section on CCC life there is a formatting problem. Part of the text is unreadable because of the placement of an image. I use Firefox. I checked it using MS Internet Explorer and it looks fine. I use the default setting in both browsers. I have no idea how to fix this. --Droll 08:41, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

  • I think the image may have been too big for your browser window width. I adjusted it. Does this fix your problem? — Reinyday, 09:23, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
    • Looks good now. Thanks --Droll 09:29, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Deleted edits[edit]

Does anyone know how to view a list of edits that you made on articles or pages that were later deleted? These edits don't show up in a user's contributions log. Thanks. Carcharoth 09:11, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Footnotes and style[edit]

The article "European Patent Convention" contains footnotes but also, in the core text, references to legal provisions. For instance:

"The EPC provides a legal framework for the granting of European patents (Article 2(1) EPC), via a single, harmonized procedure before the European Patent Office."

I would like to replace all direct references in the core text, such as "(Article 2(1) EPC)", by footnotes. IMHO this would make the article nicer to view and read. Boundlessly made however the comment that to reach the actual legal provision (outside Wikipedia), one needs two mouse clicks instead of one, one to reach the footnote and another one to reach the legal provision from the footnote (see his remarks here: Talk:European patent law#Cite form). On the other hand, IMHO again, using two browser windows or tabs could enable someone to easily reach the legal provision. With respect to style, is there a guideline or consensus regarding this? Thanks for your input. --Edcolins 10:22, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Citing sources#How and where to cite sources. It states that all styles are acceptable as long as you are consistent within the article. -- Lost(talk) 10:50, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
Both styles are used in the article. Thus there is an inconsistency. The first type of style was the footnotes style ("If there is no agreement, prefer the style used by the first major contributor"). So, footnotes should be used for all citations. Is it correct? --Edcolins 11:47, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
Yes, thats what the style guide says. Go with the style used by the first major contributor. -- Lost(talk) 12:09, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks. --Edcolins 12:11, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

For a user looking for reliable answers, knowing why something is right is just as important as readign the statement. That's why style guides for legal citation encourage putting the cite right in-line with the text. That was what made hypertext links so revolutionary when they first came into being - in one click, you get to the referenced location, and in one "back" click you get back to exactly where you were. No fussy context, double windows, no remembering where you were before you went over to check, etc etc. Footnotes are a pain in the neck. You can instantly see the difference if you start to try to straighten out all the errors that have crept into the article in the last 6 weeks - if the citation to the Article is right there with the text, you can see the error and fix it much more easily.

Are we really thinking about the purpose of style rules before applying them automoton-ly? Go back to inline links. "First major contributors" occasionally make mistakes. "Nicer to view" is much less important than ease of access to the authoritative text, and ease of keeping the article correct. There was only one "ref" - why not conform the one outlier, instead of converting all but one to the less useful form? Boundlessly.

Listing articles that are in two categories[edit]

Is there a way to crossreference two categories so that you can see which articles fall under both? This is for looking at articles that are a stub that also are in another category. --chris_huh 10:53, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

  • The bottom of my userpage has a link to CatScan on the toolserver, that should be able to do this. - Mgm|(talk) 11:21, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

first law of thermoynamics applications for non flow procsess[edit]

derived and explain applications of first law of themodynamics for non flow process 11:04, 7 September 2006 (UTC)11:04, 7 September 2006 (UTC) 11:04, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

  • We are not in the business of doing your homework, especially when it's in the wrong place. This page is for questions regarding Wikipedia. You are looking for the reference desk, but you need to be more specific to get any sort of useful answer. Also, this is not a search engine. Writing in full sentences and saying please will improve the chances of your question getting answered. - Mgm|(talk) 11:24, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Image:Q94 money magnets.jpg[edit]

It came to my atention that I did not have "copyright" information on the Image:Q94 money magnets.jpg.

Therefore I went back to the editing page to see if I could add the appropriate copyright to the image. However I have only been able to add text and there is no selection of tags unlike when I first added in the picture. It seems after you upload an image you are limited to how you can edit after.

Please advise how I can correct this problem

Thank you —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sidious 66 (talkcontribs)

I have corrected the template that you tried to insert. Please check now -- Lost(talk) 13:26, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
For future reference, you can incsert a licensing tag after you uploaded an image by editing the image page and inserting a tag like {{GFDL}}, {{PD-self}} etc. into the descrition text. For a full list of all these copyright/licensing tags and an explanation of what they mean, see Wikipedia:Image copyright tags. -- Ferkelparade π 13:33, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Bogle and Chandler murders early morning 1.1.1963[edit]

I was in the lovers lane next to the Lane Cove River on the same morning as this murder just on the north side of the bridge adjoining Millwood Ave and Fullers Road. I had used the south side, where the bodies were found many times with my girlfriend before. I always took a blanket as there was virtually no vehicle access on this side of the bridge. The theory put forward on TV tonight on the ABC was incorrect and I never noticed a hydrogen sulphide smell.There was always a strong smell of mangroves and salt water, but that water was not polluted as I had seen sharks in that part of the river and once saw a dog get taken by a shark. There was no police tape around the scene where the bodies were found and the next night from memory I along with some friends took some wreaths from The local Northern Subhurbs Crematorian and placed them at the crime scene. At lunchtime the following day, The Mirror carried the headlines ' mystery wreaths found at site......has the morbid killer returned ' The Sun had no mention of this finding. So many police and the press and siteseers had trampled the area that any evidence would have been obliterated (email removed)

Did you mean to ask a question? This is the wikipedia help desk where we answer questions related to wikipedia. -- Lost(talk) 13:51, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
I think this is meant to refer to the Bogle-Chandler case, in particular the theory put forward by a recent TV show that the people in question were killed by hydrogen sulphide gas. However, this is not the place to voice objections to that theory for a few reaons - first, because we are not the network that screened the documentary, the production company that made it, or the police investigating the case. Second, this anonymous testimony is original research, which doesn't belong in our articles, and thirdly because this is the Help Desk, where you ask questions about how to use Wikipedia. I'd suggest that if you want to give your evidence to someone, either see if the police are interested or otherwise try getting in touch with the production company. Confusing Manifestation 00:57, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Change with redirection[edit]

I'm relatively new here, so if I've missed something, please bear with me.

Yesterday, I followed a link from the William Norris pages to service bureaus. I was redirected from there to Payroll Service Bureaus. I was surprised because the redirection misses the fact that there are multiple types of service bureaus out there. In this case, it was even more surprising because one of William Norris' big things was the acquisition of the Service Bureau Company in the mid 70's from IBM (I worked there shortly after the acquisition) and at the time, the bigger part of the company was timesharing. They even had an ad campaign (which didn't impress most people within the company that I knew) with the tag line,"We gave our name to the entire industry." Other classic types of activity at service bureaus include AP, GL, and various other accounting functions. During the time I was there, ADP was the biggest competitor. There is no discussion on the page and the history seems to be just for the payroll service bureau, which leave me wondering where to go for whoever did the redirection to begin with.

So, I know how to edit, etc., but how would I figure out who put in a redirection from service bureaus to payroll service bureau so I could ask what their intent was? I could probably come up with some basic information, but probably wouldn't be the best for the overall article. I'd be most interested in the "why" before consideration of writing anything.

The creation and redirection was done on 27th June by User:Reswobslc. See this -- Lost(talk) 14:13, 7 September 2006 (UTC)


Hi, i am wanting to suggest that a change be made to a page, how do i communicate that? and/or how do i make a hyperlink? (hope that makes sense) cheers, —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Hi there. The best thing to do is to go to the talk page of the relevant article (you can get there by clicking on the second tab from the left at the top of the page) and discussing your recommended changes there. Links to internal articles can be created by enclosing the word or phrase within square brackets - [[ and ]]. External links can be created by enclosing them within single square brackets; one bracket on either end of the URL creates a reference like this[2]; including a word or phrase within the brackets links those words. Hope that helps! Tony Fox (arf!) 15:58, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

can't login[edit]

dialog box rejects my username which i thought was my email: <email removed>

I am attempting to add the name DHARMACIST to the Wikipedia Dictionary

Am I going about this the proper way?

Edward Namerdy aka Dharmacist

Well, firstly wikipedia is not a dictionary. Its an encyclopedia. There is another project for the dictionary entries. That is wiktionary. Secondly the page you are creating it in is called userspace. It belongs to the User:Dharmacist. Since you have not signed the page, I dont know whether that user is you or not. Please take the entry to the wiktionary project -- Lost(talk) 16:57, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
  • You probably gave your email when you signed up, but that is so we can send your password if you forget it. Unless you put your email address in the user field, it is not your username. - Mgm|(talk) 17:45, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

how to link to a section within a page[edit]

if i want ot link to another page, i use the funtion like highland pipes

however how do I Link

(i) to a sub section within an article. For esample: with the page bagpipes their is a sub section ==modern usage== and within modern usage therir is a subsection titled ===transpostion===. HOW DO I LINK DIRECTLY TO ===transposition]]

(ii) where can i find the rules for linking.

joe 15:21, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

This is how you do it: Wikipedia:Help desk#how to link to a section within a page. Clicking on this link will get us to this section -- Lost(talk) 16:17, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Renaming articles[edit]

I have just submitted an article entitled 'XCM (Xtreme Card Manipulation)'. However, I have decided now that I would prefer it if the title was simply 'XCM'. Is there any possible way I could change it?


You would need to move the article -- Lost(talk) 16:18, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

How to add?[edit]

How do I add things like "the neutrality of this article is disputed" to the top of an article? If I could get a list of codes that would be great...

Seckelberry1 15:33, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Adding {{POV}} will do it. See Category:Neutrality templates for others. Deli nk 15:37, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
And you can check out WP:Templates for a bunch more useful templates if you need them. Tony Fox (arf!) 15:51, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
But don't forget that you have to add your reasons to the talk page, or people have every reason to just take the tag right off again. Notinasnaid 17:09, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Deleted edits[edit]

I know that only administrators can view the contents of deleted articles, but is there any way for a non-admin to see how many edits users have made to deleted articles, or if a user has created many deleted articles, etc. It seems to me that things like repeated page creation vandalism can go unnoticed otherwise. Deli nk 15:34, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Please see just a few sections above this one. This one to be precise. It answers the part 1 of your question. Regarding the second part, if you have a deleted article on your watchlist, it will show up whenever someone recreates it -- Lost(talk) 16:39, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Accidentally Removing Information[edit]

what do we do if we have accidently deleted/changed the existing entry by accident? I was trying to remove an unnecessary comment someone left and I ended up changing the wrong section, destroying the previous information.

Simply revert the page. Edit an older version of the page (the one before your edit) on the History, and save that, and it'll revert the page to how it was before your edits. — Dark Shikari talk/contribs 16:22, 7 September 2006 (UTC)


Hello! I wanted to announce myself under the name Luxo, because I have this name also in ohter wikis. This name is alredy occupied [3]. But the user haven't made a edit or something [4]. Can I have this name? Thank you -- 16:24, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Please see Wikipedia:Changing username#Requests to usurp an existing account with no edits -- Lost(talk) 16:37, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

The Signpost[edit]

The Wikipedia Signpost article on the Italian Wiki needs copyediting. How can that be done? Anchoress 16:49, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

You could try asking at Wikipedia talk:Wikipedia Signpost. Since they share the interest, they can help you out -- Lost(talk) 17:01, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. Anchoress 17:07, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
You could also add a {{copyedit}} tag to the article, which will list it at Category:Wikipedia articles needing copy edit and allow editors who specialize in copy-editing to tackle it. Although, asking people who have a specific interest might be better, but if you can't get enough support, this is another method. Best of luck! —Keakealani talkcontribs 18:49, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

bringing back a speedy deletion[edit]

My initial entry for Robert D. Arnott was speedily deleted. I responded to the admin who had deleted it in his talk page. He has agreed to support bringing back the article on my talk page. However, I have tried to 'Email this user' to ask him how to bring it back along with a few other questions, but I have not heard back from him. Could someone please assist me in bringing back the Robert D. Arnott entry and help me ensure that I have the proper format, etc to avoid speedy deletion in the future? I can check my talk page for replies. Thanks for your time. 17:16, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Deletion review ought to be a good start. —Keakealani talkcontribs 18:51, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Image Thumbs[edit]

Hi - I'm a relatively experienced Wikipedian, but I'm having trouble with one image which I'm trying to add to a page. I've successfully uploaded it, but the string of code I've been using (which works with all the other images I've uploaded for that page), does not work as I intende. The exact string is:

[[image:Blundell Park Pontoon Stand.jpg|right|thumb|250px|The Pontoon Stand]]

Instead of the Image thumbnail appearing in the text, only the "alt" ("The Pontoon Stand) part appears, as a hyperlink to the image file. Perhaps the image is too large? Or is in JPG format? I can't think why on earth it won't work - I've been making HTML webpages since 1998 and never had a problem of a thumbnail not loading, and this string of code has worked before (in fact, I've lifted straight from other pages)

Regards - Superbfc 19:17, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Try taking this to WP:VPT as you have struck me clueless. —— Eagle (ask me for help) 21:40, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
 : Solved! I've re-uploaded the file - it must have corrupted somehow. Thanks anyway - Superbfc 23:09, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Deleting an Image[edit]

How do I delete an image I've uploaded to Wikipedia? Thanks, Paul

Images can only be deleted by administrators. If you want an image uploaded by you to be deleted just add {{db-author}} to the image's page. An admin will soon come by and delete it. --Srikeit (Talk | Email) 19:54, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

I can't edit a page[edit]

Whenever I click the 'Save page' button when I'm editting Wikipedia:Dead external links/301, my computer crashes. 0plusminus0 20:49, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Please take this technical question to the technical village pump they will have the resources there to better respond to your question. Thanks! —— Eagle (ask me for help) 21:31, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Company or Personal Project?[edit]

Can I start a Wiki project for either company or personal use only updatable by a select few?

It depends on what you mean. If you mean here on Wikipedia or another site hosted by the Wikipedia Foundation, no you can't. But if you mean your own private wiki site running the MediaWiki software, sure, go ahead. The MediaWiki software is freely downloadable, and can be used for any purposes, as long as they don't directly break the law. JIP | Talk 20:52, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Naming conventions (Finnish)[edit]

Could people take a look at Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Finnish)? All that seems to have happened so far is me arguing with User:Masterhatch and User:Gene Nygaard, and it seems both parties feel they're talking to a brick wall. We need lots of more opinions, both from Nordic and non-Nordic users. JIP | Talk 20:50, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Why don't you guys request a mediator with the mediation cabal. They will be able to assist much more then we can here on this page! —— Eagle (ask me for help) 21:29, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Changing the skin[edit]

Dear Wikipedia,

I cant figure out how to change my skin because I don't like it. I have went into the My Preferences but it won't let me click on Skin, I don't know what's wrong. Please respond soon, thank you. Nemato 21:14, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Please re-ask your question at the technical village pump thanks! —— Eagle (ask me for help) 21:28, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Language Q[edit]

how do i put it in spanish? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

In order to change the language of the interface on any Wikipedia, you have to register. Once you have, a language selection thingie can be found in your preferences. If you prefer Spanish, you might want to try the Spanish Wikipedia instead of the English one (which you're currently on). -- Consumed Crustacean (talk) 22:43, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

how to contact you?[edit]

Hi Wikipedia,

I don't want to edit an article, so much as note a small point. I was, however, unsure about who to address this to, so I guess I'll use this to relay my point. Under the article Women's Body Shapes you have a section entitled 'Feminism and Body Shape' and there you identify Ms. A. Jolie as a curvy woman. I agree that this is generally accepted in pop culture, but would like to note that according to the specifications of your article, Ms. Jolie's body shape is in fact not traditionally curvy. The top of her body is a lot larger than her narrow 32 inch hips and aside from an ample chest her frame is quite gangly and thin. I think that she is taken to be curvy simply because she has an ample chest, which both reflects the modern western perception of what counts as 'desirably full' and how that differs from the very standards we have said to measure such things. Okie dokie that's all I have to say. You should check out Ms. Jolie's measurements, I'm right about this.

-A.B.—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Comments such as this should be posted on the talk page of the relevant article (in this case, Talk:Female body shape. I've taken the liberty of moving this question there for you. I don't personally know enough about the issue to contribute, but bringing issues like this up on the talk page generally attracts the attention of editors who do. If you are able to establish a general consensus on the talk page, feel free to revise the section accordingly. -Elmer Clark 04:20, 8 September 2006 (UTC)


how can i make a gift for wikipedia via credit card when my country is not listed in your credit card's country form?

Rudy Abdulgani Indonesia

There are various methods of donation given here. If none works for you, please go here. They will be able to better address your query. -- Lost(talk) 02:51, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Image copyright protocol[edit]


I uploaded an image, have I included all the needed information to meet image release requirements? The image is here:

The image is mine, ie. I captured it and uploaded it.

Regards, E. Wayne

Yes you have used the right tag -- Lost(talk) 02:53, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Category WikiProject[edit]

Are there any WikiProjects or Userboxes related to creating new categories? -- TheGreatLlama (speak to the Llama!) 00:15, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

If you would like to create a new category, see here for help. -- Lost(talk) 02:56, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Problem with an infobox[edit]

Hi, I created Template:Infobox_college_athletics (based on an infobox at USC Athletics). It works fine, except for one field, the "hex1" field. As far as I can tell, it's identical to the "hex2" field (except for location), but the value for the field will not substitute in. See User:Elmer Clark/infoboxtest for an example of it not working (the first box under "color" should be purple) and User:Elmer Clark/infoboxtestsubst for an example where I used subst: on it. Instead of correctly inserting 3A3D71 in the hex1 field, it just leaves it as {{{hex1}}}, which obviously doesn't work. I assume it's just a stupid problem with the template, but I cannot seem to figure it out. Can anyone see why this isn't working? Thanks, Elmer Clark 00:44, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

There was a problem with the previous line in your test. I've fixed it. Looks OK to me now. -- Rick Block (talk) 05:05, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! Looks like I was looking in the wrong place entirely, can't believe I missed that :) -Elmer Clark 05:20, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

template question[edit]

I am fairly new but i am assuming that article stubs tags are templates? Is that a fair assumption? If so, I think that many of the articles may be lacking in textual content (generally articles labeled as stubs) but it also seems that many of these articles are lacking in pictoral content. It may be a great well written 5 page article with no pictures. It is said that a pictures is worth a thousand words and it seems to me that there are some articles where the lack of pictures is as much of a detriment as a lack of textual content. I guess what my question is, how do you propose a new template? I think it would be great that articles that may be well written but lacking appropiate pictures and or diagrams should have a way of being tagged (similar to an stub article). If there is already a way to do this, Please let me know. I think my doing this you could encourage people to take there cameras and go out and take pictures, or create there own pictures. If there is a way to propose this as a template or something like that, I have thought a little more in depth into it. This is just a brief overview. Any body got the answers? --Chris Kreider - HFF 01:20, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

There is already a template for this. Please use {{Reqphoto}} on the talk page of the article -- Lost(talk) 03:01, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but 999 out of 1000 pictures are copyright. I think encouraging people to load more pictures may be counterproductive. If carefully worded, however, it may help. Notinasnaid 08:45, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Using Proof to change something[edit]

In the Land of Fire topic of Naruto, i'm trying to change the name of the Third Hokage because i know and have proof of the name. but it says that i cannot change his name without proof, how would i show proof to change it?—Preceding unsigned comment added by Renagade86 (talkcontribs)

If the proof is online, just give a link to it. If it is a book, mention the book's name along with the ISBN no. Also mention the pages where the info is given -- Lost(talk) 02:58, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Trends in agriculture/indutry worldover[edit]

To facilitate timely action on shortages of commodities and industrial goods in each country and for bridging the gaps in demand supply of agri and industrial goods, it is necessary to visualise a system of forewarning : To wit,share market focusses attention of share movements - advises investors

Similary there is need for a consolidated focus on movement of agri/industrial goods in each country - shortterm and longterm trends based on actuals and not on projections

There is no specific service to users on the trends in agriculture/indusrtry like share market information.

Suggestion is : 1 World agriculture - specific by country- changes in production shortterm and longterm and projections of surplus /shortages in shorterm and longterms 2 World industry - specific by country- changes/downturns in production and projections of surplus and shortages This will help accurately to correct imbalances in world trade.It is now left to traders to exploit this lack of information Is wikipedia geared up for this.

vksampath —Preceding unsigned comment added by Vksampath (talkcontribs)

I am not sure what you want to convey. This help desk answers questions about how to use Wikipedia. If you want to create some categories by world industry etc, please let us know. We can guide you on how to go about it. If you are advising on what industry etc. should do, I advise you read what Wikipedia is not. -- Lost(talk) 06:15, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Some one has put inappropriate phrases into article[edit]

Thanks for pointing this out - I have now warned this user, reverted his/her changes, and asked for him/her to be banned. Martinp23 09:58, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

The Design Association[edit]

Have created a page about 'The Design Association', but am not sure it is saved as it does not appear when you tupe in box and hit search. Any ideas what I am doing wrong?thanks! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Onesirosan minerva (talkcontribs)

Username template[edit]

Is there a template to leave on people's talk pages for having email addresses for usernames, such as Luigi30 (Taλk) 12:09, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Ah. It's not listed in the big warning grid. Thanks. Luigi30 (Taλk) 13:10, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

removing stub status[edit]

How do I remove stub status for an article I substantially expanded and for which I sought consensus? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Vivienfinder (talkcontribs)

I have removed it for you from Something the Lord Made. This is how I did it. -- Lost(talk) 13:58, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

List of Cities by State in the US[edit]

How can I obtain a list like this? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cunneen (talkcontribs)

There are numerous such lists, see Category:Lists of cities in the United States. -- Rick Block (talk) 14:27, 8 September 2006 (UTC)


Can someone delete this junk?

The vandalised redirect has been restored. Thanks for watching out -- Lost(talk) 15:07, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

How long before a new article is approved/added ?[edit]

I just submitted a new article (11:30 AM EDT on Fri Sept 8). How long does it normally take for the article to be "live" on the site? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

A new article gets published immediately. But to submit a new article, you must have a username and must be logged in. What was the article that you submitted? It may have been deleted if it did not conform to Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines -- Lost(talk) 15:42, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

I do have a user name and password and wrote an article about the Arts Recognition and Talent Search program. I am the parent organization's VP and there are no copywright issues here.

What should I use for the "Destination filename" if it's a brand-new article?

I am not yet trying to add images, I just want to get the article up first and will then add a single image to which my organization owns the rights.

I'm not sure what I am doing wrong. I have listed

Christopher Schram

  • What is your username? You do not use the upload file feature that says "Destination filename" to upload text. That feature is for images, videos and sounds. Try the Wikipedia:Tutorial. I'm sure there's no copywright issue, because there's no such thing as copywright. It's called copyright. To ensure text doesn't get deleted you need to send an email to permissions at wikimedia dot org so we know you are who you say you are (we get a lot of fakes). If you're talking about copyright issues, you may be planning to copy existing text. I don't recommend that. It's not usually written in an encyclopedic fashion. Try looking at our featured articles to get a feel for the tone and format articles should have and write the entry with your own words. Good luck. - 18:33, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
Answered below -- Lost(talk) 18:32, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

lock icons[edit]

All of the links in Wikipedia have a yellow lock icon next to them. I have not seen that before. What does that mean? TakingUpSpace 15:40, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

  • Can you give an example? Are you using FireFox by any chance? There's a FireFox extension that tags links with icons to show what they link to. - 18:45, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Do you mean like this? It means the website linked to uses the HTTPS encryption protocol.

New article title[edit]

I'm creating a new article and I'm not sure how to place the title on the page. I could not find a link to it earlier, so I couldn't do it that way. All previous links to this title refer to the novel and not this film version. Help!

What do you want the create the article about? If you want this one deleted, just place {{db-author}} on top of the page -- Lost(talk) 16:54, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

New article questions (cont'd)[edit]

Refer to several posts above.

I do have a user name and password and wrote an article about the Arts Recognition and Talent Search program. I am the parent organization's VP and there are no copywright issues here.

1) What should I use for the "Destination filename" if it's a brand-new article?

I am not yet trying to add images, I just want to get the article up first and will then add a single image to which my organization owns the rights.

2) I have listed {{public domain}} to deal with copywright issues; there is no public URL to link to for this article since I created it; and I have just been typing "author: self, Christopher Schram" in the summary area along with the {{public domain}} designation.

I'm not sure what I am doing wrong.

Thanks in advance for the advice/assistance ChrisSchram 17:24, 8 September 2006 (UTC)Christopher Schram

Can you please give a link to your website. Normally you could simply type the article's intended name in the searchbox and the red link will show up. Click on that and start editing away. However, please go through our notability guidelines for companies. Secondly, it is generally not considered in good taste here if you create an article about yourself or your company. The philosophy is that if it is notable, someone else will add it anyway. So you must establish notability when questioned. Also please keep in mind our policy on neutral point of view. All the best. -- Lost(talk) 17:37, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

We are the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Our website is (you can also get there thru We are a 25 year old national non-profit. We are mentioned in several articles and I felt I might as well create a basic "All About Us" article that people can link to. I've written it as basic information with no POV. The Presidential Scholars Program article, the Interlochen Arts Acadeny article, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts article all mention us in some way.

Very well. If you have gone through the links that I gave above, then please click on National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts, and simply begin typing. You will be asked to establish the notability of the foundation, so please do go through the notability link that I have given above -- Lost(talk) 17:55, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Thank you. I have added (and then edited for unnecessary apostrophes) my article and have reviewed the links - for notability we have been the subject of a PBS documentary that aired in the fall of 2004 and a second documentary that has just been screen in Los Angeles for a week for Academy Award consideration. The New York Times ran an article about us on Wednesday, April 26, 2006.

When I do a wikipedia search on our name - we don't come up - even when I type in the heading you created - National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts (which is incorrect) - I still can't find it.

How do I re-name the page to say National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts - and what will make it show up on searches for the name or other words that are in the article.

Also, when you search on our acronym NFAA you get the article about a band called No Fun At All. How do I deal with disambiguation issues?

Sorry to be such a dud about this, all the help is most appreciated.

ChrisSchram Christopher Schram

See Wikipedia:Very Frequently Asked Questions#An article doesn't show up in the search. As for your second question, the article needs to be moved. I will do it for you as a new account cannot move the article. Please place links to the newspaper article etc on the article page. And please go through some other replies to your original post (few posts above this one). See WP:DISAMBIG for disambiguation guidelines -- Lost(talk) 18:47, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Automatically insert signatures whenever a page is edited[edit]

Is it possible (with mediawiki) to create a page such that whenever it is edited, the editor's signature is automatically inserted in a pre-specified location?--Will2k 18:43, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

  • Not yet. At least not that I know of. It would be an incredible pain in the behind for someone who corrects spelling or wants to delete some text. - Mgm|(talk) 20:19, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

harvested e-mails[edit]

how do I get a list of harvested e-mails72.0.187.155 19:05, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

If you're talking about harveste email addresses. You don't. Using someone's email address in such a list without their consent is immoral (if I remember correctly illegal) and if it's not, using them to spam people with something is. - Mgm|(talk) 20:26, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
I agree, totally immoral, as well as illegal in the United States. A better place to ask this would have been the Reference desk for computers. — [Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)

Moving information in an existing article[edit]


I was able to edit/add my information about my company, but it is running as a continuation of information that was already on the page. I would like to know how to change the order of the information on the page/article. Speaking for the company, we would like to publish our information first, then, have any other information (good, bad or indifferent) follow. Is this possible? Please let me know. Thanks, KathyKathjim 19:32, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Go to the top of the page, look for the edit button. In edit mode, create sections and then put relevant info within sections. Adding these signs next to the header will do the trick: ==Section Header==. -- Lost(talk) 19:44, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Remember that even though the article is about your company, you do not own it. How the page is formatted should be based on it's encyclopedic value. Remember that anything you add should follow our basic policies as listed in the final pages of Wikipedia:Tutorial. You may find the earlier pages useful too. - Mgm|(talk) 20:28, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

External links in page content[edit]

what is the rule on external links. If I include one in the page content can I also put one in the external links category on the bottom? Or is it one or the other?


If you are using it as a reference for a sentence in the article, use it next to the sentence. If there is additional useful information in the external link, use it in the external links section at the bottom. However, please make sure that you are not spamming or advertising for your site. That is not allowed on Wikipedia -- Lost(talk) 19:47, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
  • The rules are on WP:EL. Generally speaking, you don't put external links in the text. - Mgm|(talk) 20:29, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
See WP:CITE on how to properly cite other websites -- Lost(talk) 06:07, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Adding Links[edit]


I am associated with a site called "The Movieland Directory". My brother, E.J. Fleming, is the author/compiler of this database of addresses in the Los Angeles area. We have taken this database and put it online. It's a very well researched and huge database (over 20,000 names dating back to the dawn of the movie industry). We are pretty sure it's the largest of it's kind. We've made it accessible for free, and hope to continue to add commentary and reference links associated with each person and address, including links to Wikipedia. (We're not looking to plagiarize or be the primary authors of content outside of our own little addresses niche).

We are pretty new. Online since late May of this year.

I went into Wikipedia recently and added links to the addresses for a few folks who are currently in the news. George Reeves and Eddie Mannix, who are in the movie Hollywoodland. I think we added them to a few other folks, also. Total of a handful or two.

Those links were removed. Can you tell me why? Did I violate some rule? I think our resource is as well or better researched as most any link or commentary you'd have in Wikipedia. E.J. is an acknowledged expert in Movieland history, with his fifth book on the subject - a biography, the first ever, of Wally Reid ( - to be published this Fall (

I'm going to go ahead and re-insert those links until someone tells me otherwise.

Thanks for your help.


Tony Fleming

It's certainly an interesting website. I suspect that it was felt that a website listing addresses that a particlar person lived at didn't really add that much to that article. I think if you were to add links to articles on the areas such as Hollywood, Los Angeles, California and other suburbs, streets and so on (I'm not sure what articles we have) especially if you can make the link specific to that suburb/street/whatever would be welcomed. --Cherry blossom tree 23:27, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Where to report an error in a template?[edit]

What is the right page on which to report an error in a template? The "unsigned" template currently displays as "subst:unsignged" which I assume is a typo. Thanks, Newyorkbrad 01:21, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Newyorkbrad (talkcontribs) .
Works fine here. Are you sure you spelled it right? Dismas|(talk) 01:55, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for quick reply. Perhaps we are not dealing with the regular "unsigned" template but a variation. I placed a <blatantvandal> warning on a userpage, but decided not to sign in an unsuccessful attempt avoid retaliation. As it appeared on the userpage, the warning template was followed by an "unsigned" message including the misspelling I quote. (I would give the diff here, but the userpage has been deleted so it's not accessible any more.) Maybe the "unsigned" template on the vandalism warnings is different from the plain unsigned template and that's where the misspelling is? Newyorkbrad 02:04, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
I think what happened was that the person who placed the unsigned template misspelled it, rather than the template itself being misspelled. At least, I think... —Keakealani talkcontribs 06:05, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Browser Viewing[edit]

What font or encoding should I use in order to view foreign characters such as Japanese characters in Wikipedia? I'm using the latest Firefox browser. 03:47, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Try setting it on Unicode (UTF-8). That's what seems to work for me (and makes the most sense in terms of making a large number of languages compatible). Confusing Manifestation 14:46, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

need for reference citation[edit]

I've been working on a wikipedia entry called "Gullah language."

When adding a new section to the entry tonight, I used a quote for which I did not provide a citation.

A large banner appeared right inside the entry saying that I needed a citation, and since I don't have a published reference for the quote, I erased it.

But the banner still remains in the middle of the entry.

How do I get rid of it?

Sorie 06:12, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Somewhere, there should be something that looks like {{citationeeded}} (although it could be another template, the double brackets should be the same....just remove that template at the banner should go away. Let me know if you need further help! —Keakealani talkcontribs 06:17, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
Actually the entire article has no references. Please see the policy of verifiability. Uncited/ unreferenced material is liable to be removed from wikipedia -- Lost(talk) 06:20, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

A search that doesn't turn up a page[edit]

Why doesn't a search for "Sorceror Hunters" give you a link for:

Anyone know, am I doing something wrong?

Well, you are using the wrong spelling. Otherwise the search result comes up fine. [5] -- Lost(talk) 08:22, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Signature tutorial[edit]

Is there a signature tutorial or templates? Adamkik <sup>Talk 09:05, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Please respond on my talk page. Thanks!

Replied -- Lost(talk) 09:50, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

i have a wiki accountbut can't login[edit]

I play the game Wurm Online and they currently have the Wurmpedia on Wiki i want to edit a page but when i go to login and type my username and password it does not log me in —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wcplaya (talkcontribs)

You are already logged in as User:Wcplaya. However Wurmpedia sounds like another site. This is Wikipedia -- Lost(talk) 13:13, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
  • The username you logged in with only works on Wikipedia. The site your talked about runs on wiki software, but is totally unrelated to this site. - Mgm|(talk) 13:26, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Looking for Guideline[edit]

I apologize for bothering the Help Desk with something so basic, but I have been having some trouble finding some policy pages, and I really don't know where to look for them. (By policy pages, I mean pages like WP:NPOV.)

In the past, I have had some problems locating policy pages I have seen before, but always managed to eventually find them by looking for related topics in HELP and then going from link to link until I got somewhere. However, this system isn't working with the page I'm searching for, today (the Trivia policy page).

I am sure that I am missing something stupendously obvious (such as an alphabetized list that links to all the policy pages), but I have come to the conclusion that I really am stuck for ideas on where to look, so I come to you for help. Thanks! Mip | Talk 14:19, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Here is a category with all guidelines and policies. Category:Wikipedia policies and guidelines. The one you're looking for is I think Wikipedia:Trivia, a proposed guideline. Garion96 (talk) 14:39, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
You may also be interested in Wikipedia:List of policies and Wikipedia:List of guidelines. Also, typing in the search box "Wikipedia:" and a word from the sought policy will often work. It would have worked, for example, for Wikipedia:Trivia. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 15:04, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
Thank you both for your help. The category linked to by Garion96 will definitely come in handy now and in the future.
The search format explained by Meni Rosenfeld will also be very useful; in the past, I had left out the colon and searched for, eg, "Wikipedia Trivia". Just comes to show that a little punctuation mark goes a long way! :D Mip | Talk 16:07, 9 September 2006 (UTC)


Why isn't my information of the definition of DHARMACIST being picked up by search engines? Instead, the search engines pick up my question rather than the page that I created.

It seems rather ironic if you ask me.

The search engine doesn't search pages in the "User" namespace by default. You can have it do so by clicking on the "User" checkbox in the search results page. Also, new pages take a while to be indexed in the search database. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 16:23, 9 September 2006 (UTC)


The subject is NUTRITION

What is a good NUTRITIOUS Breakfast


How can we be assured that we are getting the proper NUTRITION from our food ? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 12:18, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

This is the help desk, which is the place to ask questions about Wikipedia. Have you considered asking your question at the Reference Desk? They take questions of a more general nature there. Also, try looking at the article on nutrition first to see if that's any help. Confusing Manifestation 01:53, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
If you die from it, you can infer that it probably wasn't nutritious. ~ Porphyric Hemophiliac § 02:21, 11 September 2006 (UTC)


Hello. I want to edit the page on William Shakespeare but seem unable, through no lack of alcohol or drugs or even simple will, to do so. Is it because i is black? Or English? Or actually have a proper grasp of it? Apart from the fact that Shakespeare wrote 'histories' (which he didn't, he just based certain plays such as Richard II, III, Henry V etc upon various historical 'texts' that were actually more like works of fiction i.e stories), he also didn't, possibly, have the 'reputation' of writing the 'greatest' 'English' plays in history, whatever that means. PLEASE get someone to write an entry that actually uses not only corerct English grammar but also 'historical' fact. By the way, we know he died in 1616, but also that he left London and did not produce anything after 1611. But then, what would I know? I wasted time and now doth Wikipeia waste me.

In Australia and New Zealand, a "ute" is a very commonly used term which describes a medium sized pickup truck - either a single (or in recent times) twincab design.

The term is an abbreviation of 'utility truck', which in itself is an abbreviation of the original term 'coupe utility truck' whose origins date back to the 1920's when the Ford Motor Company in Australia responded to the needs of a group of farmers and produced a vehicle which had a 'coupe' (two seater) cab which was common to a currently produced sedan automobile, and a utility rear to carry livestock or farm produce. The utility truck or 'ute' was born and is now the term most commonly used in Australia to describe what is called a pickup truck in other parts of the world.

hyperlinks in red[edit]

Hi there,

Often when browsing wikipedia, I come across hyperlinks that are red (instead of the usual blue), when I click on one of these I get sent to a page telling me that that article does not exist. The first time I ever came across one of these I reported it and the link was removed. However since using wikipedia more frequently I have found that these red hyperlinks are extremely abundant and that reporting it every single time may be a huge task. I am tempted to report all of them, but then I thought that they might be there for a reason. As a user I find it frustrating to find a link to something that does not exist. So my question is are all of these red links necessary? If so, why?

Markoff Chaney 06:21, 6 September 2006 (UTC)Markoff Chaney

Yes, red links means that the articles do not yet exist. There's no need to report them to anybody. Feel free to create these articles if you have the interest and knowledge. See Wikipedia:How to write a great article. Infact even your name appears as a red link. That simply means that you have not created your user page yet and can do so whenever you feel like -- Lost(talk) 06:24, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
It's often best to leave them be. When you or someone else creates the article that red link will automatically turn blue. Dismas|(talk) 06:35, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Or if you don't feel like creating the article, just bear in mind that a red link is always a nonexistent article and get in the habit of only clicking on the blue links instead. Notinasnaid 07:16, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
  • That's exactly the reason they're color coded. If you see the link is red, you know the related article isn't there yet. You don't need to report them. The great thing about them is that they encourage people to create the article and if they do, all red links pointing to the article will automatically turn blue. - 07:18, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
    • Just make sure not to create someone else's user page... :) ~ Porphyric Hemophiliac § 02:27, 11 September 2006 (UTC)


When I sign out do I write my name and then Gwenn Herman 13:10, 6 September 2006 (UTC)? Thanks! Gwenn HermanGwenn Herman 13:10, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

No, only sign with four tildes, your name/ signature and a time stamp will be printed automatically -- Lost(talk) 13:32, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Also, if you're wanting to add tldes without them automatically changing into a signature, add "<nowiki>~~~~</nowiki>" so it won't change. ~ Porphyric Hemophiliac § 02:31, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Deletion of film[edit]

Hi there

Can you delete 'Twin Warriors' page as it's simply the Dimension retitle name for 'Tai Chi Master'. So it's really an obsolete entry for the film.

Thanks Chen lung 15:19, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

There is no page titled Tai Chi Master. Are you saying that the page titled Twin Warriors should actually be titled Tai Chi Master. One would need to move the page in that case. -- Lost(talk) 16:43, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
...which I have done for you, and Twin Warriors automatically redirects to Tai Chi Master, since that is the movie's orignal title. ~ Porphyric Hemophiliac § 02:34, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Can I add the lyrics to article on Manchester United anthem?[edit]

This (Glory Glory Man United) is a relatively new song but I don't think it is copyrighted. If it isn't then can I add its lyrics here? Unitedroad 07:50, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

  • I think such material would be better suited at WikiSource, but chances are it is copyrighted. Any song that is relatively new will be even when it's not explicitly mentioned. - Mgm|(talk) 08:46, 7 September 2006 (UTC)

Allamah Rasheed Turabi[edit]

I have been writing an article on Allamah Rasheed Turabi and every time I write you delete it by saying copyright violations. What copyright violation are you talking about. I am writing original contents about the personality. He is a religious personality and that is why his expertise, his characteristics and his achievements may be common with other notable personalities in religion, this does not mean copyright violations. It is like if I use Bible, Prophet, God, Exegesis, Testiment, Christian Scholar all these can not be copyrighted items. Same with Allamah Rasheed Turabi, he was a great scholar of his time, his achievements are same as of other great scholars. Good adjectives and verbs can not be taken as copyright and copyright violations.

Please revert your decision and place my last version of Allamah Rasheed Turabi on Wikipedia.

For your information, I am his son and putting every word here with responsibility and authority.

Dr. A. Turabi Mathcorp Inc. <email address removed>

You should probably ask Robth, the user who has deleted your edits to Allamah Rasheed Turabi, about his reasons to do so, at his talk page (User Talk:Robth). -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 16:23, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
I've removed your email address to prevent excessive spam; Wikipedia is very high traffic and bots can often gather your email to spam you, if it's posted here. Sorry about that! —Keakealani talkcontribs 19:21, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Image Tags[edit]

Well, weeks of trying to get an answer, so try again. I have uploaded images, and there was a tag for copyright images uploaded by a Wikipedian which specified free use, but this bothers me - anyone [NOT me] can do this but what is the proof that the copyright holder allows that? the holder has e-mailed me permission [see Ice-T] entry, but I am still unsure and confused. --Dumarest 20:39, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

In case the copyright holder has granted permission for an image to be used under GFDL, please mail the permission at permissions at wikimedia dot org otherwise the images are liable to be removed from wikipedia. Also see Wikipedia:Copyright problems -- Lost(talk) 04:10, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Deleting duplicated article[edit]

I wrote Malaya (film). Today I stumbled across Malaya (1949 film), which covers the same movie. My version is the more complete. I read the deletion guidelines, but couldn't find the procedure for this particular situation.

Also, has the Google toolbar/Firefox bug been fixed yet? Clarityfiend 21:05, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

I'm aware of the Google toolbar problem, but unaware of its current status. Other than that, I'd suggest {{merge}}, and once there's nothing left to merge to the more complete article, {{subst:prod}}. Something like {{subst:prod|Duplicate of [[other article]]}} should work fine. Luna Santin 21:11, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Or simply redirect the old entry to your new one if there's nothing to merge. Just make sure there's no other films by the same name. Duplicate articles are not usually deleted. = Mgm|(talk) 22:14, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

How do I set up an alternate name for a page?[edit]

I've noticed a few pages where alternate searches will redirect to the correct page. How do I set that up for a page? I've searched through the tutorials and FAQs, but must have missed it...



See WP:REDIRECT. :) Little tricky to get started, on Wikipedia, but that's why we've got the helpdesk. Happy editing! Luna Santin 21:18, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
Thank you for the help. That worked perfectly.

tabs on discussion pages[edit]

When adding a comment, to an "editing talk" page, what is the difference between using the "edit this page" tab , or using the "+" tab to "start a new discussion"?DGG 22:37, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

There's not much difference, except that the "+" tab automatically uses the header format when entering a header and that the edit summary is written automatically. -- TheGreatLlama (speak to the Llama!) 23:12, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
  • And + automatically adds the comment to the very end. - Mgm|(talk) 07:59, 10 September 2006 (UTC)


How do you put references into two columns? I saw it done somewhere but can't remember where and don't know how to do it. Can someone enlighten me? Dev920 22:39, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

At September 11, 2001 attacks, it is done with this code <div class="references-small" style="-moz-column-count:2; column-count:2;"> --ZimZalaBim (talk) 00:55, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
Excellent, thankyou. Dev920 06:42, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Random Image[edit]

Is there a random image special page like Special:Random... if there is I cannot find it... if there isn't, how would I go about suggesting that it get added? DemosDemon 00:27, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Yes there is. See Special:Random/Image. Garion96 (talk) 00:28, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

dashes around edits and comments lines[edit]

Some of my edits & comments have been appearing surrounded by dashes, and running over the edge of the page. What am I doing wrong?DGG 00:46, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

It often occurs if you precede your text with spaces. If you want to indent comments, just put a colon before them as I did here. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 00:51, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Or make your answer into the start of a bulletted list like I did. - Mgm|(talk) 07:57, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

i don't know if this belongs here but...[edit]

How do i ask for help to resolve a dispute.

There are various ways. Please see Wikipedia:Resolving disputes for a step by step guidance -- Lost(talk) 03:33, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

After reading that i don't know if i have a good reason to ask for help.

If you have any dispute that you need help handling, then that's reason enough to ask...but I suppose it's sort of case-by-case
Sorry, forgot to sign...: —Keakealani talkcontribs 09:22, 10 September 2006 (UTC)


To communicate with someone who does not accept direct email, is the practical method to add a comment to his user talk page? DGG 03:48, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Yes. For additional talk page guidelines, see WP:TPG. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 03:59, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

signing up for a project[edit]

I want to sign up for the WikiProject Organized Labour, but I can't see how I do that. What do I do?

Add your name to the list of members at Wikipedia:WikiProject Organized Labour. Dismas|(talk) 05:17, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

New User.[edit]

I'm New here. How do I get to look at pictures?

Welcome to Wikipedia, then. Pictures are present in most articles, and can be viewed right alongside the article. I don't really know where else you would want to look at pictures....this is an encyclopedia, not a picture book, so there are really only pictures which pertain to the encyclopedic abilities of the site... —Keakealani talkcontribs 09:10, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
Are you getting blank boxes with tiny x instead of pictures? Might you have browser limitations because of a limited server link or a limited proxy or limited speed or memory on your machine? The pictures are right in the middle of the text and we don't limit the display. alteripse 11:34, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Replacing or deleting Photographs[edit]


what is the policy on replacing photographs? I do not seem to find guidelines on this, or do photo's share the same editing policy as text? I.e. is you can phrase it better, you edit? I ask this question because I stumbled on an article about the Dambulla Caves and some of the pictures are of a very poor quality, some are even completely out of focus. Tnx!

--Wintermute314 12:33, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

I believe under GFDL, you are free to edit images just like text. If you think you can make an image better, please do so -- Lost(talk) 13:09, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

personal remarks[edit]

Dear Wiki,

Kindly tell me how personal remarks enter a wiki page and how to protect this page from user (Talk):

16:05, 30 August 2006 (Talk) (mrs bunyan has taught us in detail and a very educative project has been given to the students ont he winslow boy)

Thank you,

Scriptum 12:34, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Regarding The Winslow Boy, there is no way to protect the page from one particular editor and, in general, we try to avoid protecting pages. (If an editor continues to be disruptive, they can be blocked). If you see content which is inappropriate for an article, go ahead and remove it. That said, your recent addition to that article [6] seems to violate our neutral point of view and original research guidelines, so I've removed it. Perhaps you can find a reliable source which confirms that the play is frequently used in class due to its understandability. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 12:48, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Linkspam on Brazilian wax[edit]

A bunch of new links were just added to the Brazilian wax article. I've read the EL policy but I'm not absolutely sure if some of them are linkspam. Could an editor experienced with this stuff go take a look at them? I don't think they're all linkspam, but I think some may be. Thanks. Anchoress 17:47, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

It'll probably be better to request this at Wikipedia:WikiProject Spam -- Lost(talk) 17:55, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
OK cool will do. Anchoress 17:59, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

References or sources[edit]

Recently someone put the "unreferenced" tag on the article Take a penny, leave a penny. The article cites a few films that the penny tray has been mentioned in though, so would they count as references or sources? Would a picture of a penny tray count? Dismas|(talk) 20:29, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

A reference would most likely be a text source which explains the concept (or a part of it). A picture or reference only proves that it exists, not necessarily what it is or does. Hope that helps! --Keitei (talk) 20:37, 10 September 2006 (UTC)


An anonymous user uploading a very low quality image, overlaying the existing one. I've tried overlaying and reverting to the old one, but it's not working. It says it works, but it just shows a blown up and stretched copy of the low resolution file I'm trying to overlay. Help? - Debuskjt 20:32, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Nevermind. Looks like a bug w/ Omniweb. Revert worked fine in Firefox. - Debuskjt 20:34, 10 September 2006 (UTC)


Who is the author of the Wikipedia articles? 20:40, 10 September 2006 (UTC) mariu

Everyone and anyone can edit a Wikipedia article using the "edit this page" link, though it's advised you peruse Help:Contents before doing so. - Debuskjt 20:43, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
There are many authors per article. To see who made edits to the articles, click the "history" tab right next to the "edit this page" tab, and a list of usernames will appear. GeorgeMoney (talk) 20:44, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) The history tab links you to all the contributors to an article. If you are interested in citing the article, look at the left of the page under the search bar. In the box, there should be a link which says "Cite this article". Hope that helps! --Keitei (talk) 20:47, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

photo shop learning[edit]

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  • Try reading the instructions at the top of the page. This page is for questions about Wikipedia. You want the reference desk. - Mgm|(talk) 23:08, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Reverting articles[edit]

How do I revert an article to a preveous version? Like, to counteract vandalism. Without having to manually remove all the vandalism from the article. Partisan 5 22:37, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Various methods are discussed here: WP:REVERT. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 22:42, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

about jakat[edit]

…A muslim man every year pay some money to poor people (what calls jakat) after his neesab count. My question is if that man owns a house,or any other property. what finance by bank ,where he owe to the bank big amount. that amount he pays as a monthly instlement. In this time still he hve some cash money and ornaments.what he kept for any crisis time.In this case the man has to …be pay his jakat?

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. -- 23:48, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

change article title[edit]

Hi, I Just created an article (nothing there yet) for Argentine painter Guillermo Roux... unfortunately I didn't capitalize his last name in the title of the article. Can this be changed?

Thanks, CHris

See WP:MOVE. OR, just click the "move" botton next to "edit this page"! -- TheGreatLlama (speak to the Llama!) 00:57, 11 September 2006 (UTC)


Iam not sure my other question was submitted so I will type again. I wish to insert a photo how can i do this Ronmartens

Please see instructions at Wikipedia:Images and Wikipedia:Uploading images --ZimZalaBim (talk) 02:55, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

disk operating system[edit]

what is the actual defination of disc operating system? what is the feature of dos? how is dos linked with the hardware? importance of dos? function of dos? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tapish thapa (talkcontribs)

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. -- Lost(talk) 04:57, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Can information from an article be removed at the subject's request?[edit]

An interesting situation has come up at Kari Wahlgren. Someone claiming to be Wahlgren herself (and I really have no reason to doubt her) has removed her birthdate from the article, saying she wants it kept private. However, the information is encyclopedic and (presumably) verifiable. Does Wikipedia policy allow the removal of encyclopedic information under such conditions? I'm inclined to say no, that it should be put back, but I thought I'd let some other people weigh in before reinserting it. -Elmer Clark 04:59, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Well, wikipedia being a tertiary source, has to cite its information from other reliable sources. If the birthdate is already published on a reliable source elsewhere, I dont see the point of removing it from here. But I will also like to hear other's views on this. -- Lost(talk) 05:05, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
If anyone wants to reinstate it that's fine except I have already told Ms. Wahlgren that I will comply because I am a fan of hers and I don't want to jeoprodize her in any way.--Jack Cox 05:08, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Update: There's an official policy about birthdates here -- Lost(talk) 05:09, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Ok, that certainly seems to apply here. I'll go ahead and put the year back in, but not the exact date. Thanks for digging that up. -Elmer Clark 05:17, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

I can't seem to get spaces to appear[edit]

I know this is the ultimate in newbie questions but I didn't see anything about this in the FAQ's... For some reason I can't get the proper spaces to appear in my entry. See this entry I made: Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered Anytime I mark up some text to be italicized or linked the spaces after that text dissapear. I tried it both with Safari and Firefox just to see if it was my browser but that doesn't seem to be the problem.

There were some redundant spaces. I removed them. But the article looked fine even then. It looks the same now too. -- Lost(talk) 05:17, 11 September 2006 (UTC)


If I find an article that does not warrant being in Wikipedia e.g. a page set by campaign workers to market a political candidate in a provincial election, how do I go about deleting it or bringing it to someone's attention for deletion?—Preceding unsigned comment added by Xxxmicrobexxx (talkcontribs)

See our Wikipedia:Deletion Policy. There are three ways to go about nominating articles for deletion. All are explained on the above link -- Lost(talk) 06:31, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Adding user-defined maps in pages[edit]

Hi everyone!

I noticed how people add world maps on certain pages, in which they display global distribution graphically- the same world map template is used on these pages, with certain countries highlighted (an example: the NATO page with the world map displaying NATO member states).

Is there some kind of edited program that allows me to input data on countries, and have the data displayed graphically on the world map?

Unless you are an expert at creating and editing images/ maps, its better to request this addition/ modification at Wikipedia:WikiProject Maps or ask the creator of the map. Generally svg graphics can be modified in the above way to my knowledge -- Lost(talk) 06:36, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

meaning of altitude in air pressure[edit]

what is the meaning of altitude in air pressure

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. -- Lost(talk) 07:59, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Total Number of Edits?[edit]

Hi help desk gnomes! Is there an easy way to find the total number of edits and articles I've created on WP? After searching through my preferences I was unable to find such an animal. Any assistance would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.--Saintlink 08:19, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Try Essjay's edit counter ^^ —Keakealani talkcontribs 08:23, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Thank you kindly for the prompt response. That answers my question perfectly.--Saintlink 08:25, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

While the question has already been answered, Wikipedia:Edit count might also be of help to you... — QuantumEleven 08:40, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

User accounts[edit]

The majority of the edits I make are not listed in my contributions because I typically forget to sign in (or very often duplicate the window, which does not have me logged in in the new window). Is there a way to link my user contributions from the various IP addresses I've used to my account? I've looked over them and found that no one else has made any contributions from those IP addresses. And I don't know if you do this, but is there a way to get a cookie which will automatically sign me in?

You can simply mention the ip addresses on your user page. That should be enough -- Lost(talk) 10:10, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
Why don't you use the "remember me" function in future? For the older IP edits you can only use Lostinterrush's advice, but you could avoid those edits in this way.--Hannesde Correct me! 10:23, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
Lastly, no, there is no way to reattribute edits to your username (so you can't ask an admin to change the author of a given edit from your IP address to your username). — QuantumEleven 11:20, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Contravention of GFDL[edit]

Re: Comair Flight 5191 a commercial website reproduced the majority of the article with no attribution to WP, in fact with a copyright notice for their website at the bottom. What should be done about this? I don't know whom to notify. Anchoress 12:18, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

  • The website itself should be notified first. Tell them that use of Wikipedia requires it to be named as the sources and allow others to in turn take the article themselves under the same conditions. - Mgm|(talk) 12:34, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. Is there a template for that? Because I really don't understand GDFL myself, wouldn't know what to say. Anchoress 12:39, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Please see Wikipedia:Standard GFDL violation letter. -- Rick Block (talk) 17:49, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Thank you for the info. I'll get on it today. Anchoress 16:49, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
UPDATE: They're wicked difficult to get in touch with. They only have a fill-in form for people seeking injury representation, and their web designer isn't listed. I went as far as to call the toll-free number attached to the site and sent them an email, but it was returned undeliverable. Trying another route. Their phone number goes straight through to voicemail. Anchoress 18:04, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
Another UPDATE: They never replied to any of my calls or emails, but the site's changed now. Anchoress 15:58, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Is this image dead or what[edit]

Why doesn't the image I just uploaded ( Image:Spectrum of blue flame.png ) appear in any of the aticles its attached to?? also why does the scaled version look like crap?--Deglr6328 09:26, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

  • What is the image's original size? - Mgm|(talk) 11:09, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
Its (4456x3090, 266 KB) -- Lost(talk) 11:17, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
I uploaded smaller. I guess that works. Can wikimedia not handle images >4000px wide? LAME.--Deglr6328 19:13, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
There are actually two issues here. Some very large PNGs don't render properly on the image description page (but will render normally in articles with a reasonable specified size). The other issue is that our thumbnailing extension isn't all that good, so thumbnails of large images often render badly. Your workaround of uploading a smaller size over the original fixes both problems. Jkelly 15:42, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

searching within a group of articles[edit]

Is there a way to make a search within a group of articles? For example I want to search only within FAs. Is there a trick to do it? Thank you. CG 09:54, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

With google's site specific search you can get close, at least for featured articles. All featured articles are tagged with template:featured article, which contains the text "This is a featured article", so if you put "This is a featured article" (followed by what you actually want to search for) in google's search box you'll be searching all featured articles (and any other page at the English wikipedia containing this string, which will include this page as soon as google's index is updated). -- Rick Block (talk) 14:06, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Stub Rules[edit]

I ussually work in the German Wikipedia, so I do not know the rules for stubs you have, and Wikipedia:Stubs does not answer my question, either.

Looking at List of Seigneurs of Sark, I see a lot of blue links an no red link. But on reading some of the articles, I see the time used to follow the links was wasted: "Jean le Doue [name changed], Xst Seigneur of Sark, was Seigneur of Sark from one year to another year. [The only thing following is a box with preceder an successor]". In the German Wikipedia, we would delete such articles immediately. This has got a reason: The only way I can imagine to get to such articles is following the link from the list of Seigneurs. If you have read that list, you don't find any information you do not already know in the articles. On my userpage, there is a short list of the most useless articles. So this is not a usefull stub, it is nothing.

I would like to propose those articles for deletion, but maybe you have your reasons to accept such work. On my userpage, there is a list of the three worst articles. Most of the other articles aren't much longer, but I'd accept them, because they contain at least the dates of birth and dead.--Hun2de Correct me! 10:18, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Well, our Wikipedia:Deletion policy explains the three ways that an article can get deleted, in detail. However, in short, these articles should most likely be prodded. If the prod is not contested, they will be deleted in 5 days -- Lost(talk) 10:32, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
  • I would redirect the lot of them to the list so people who search for a name get context and so we have no single useless redirects lying around on their own in a vacuum. - Mgm|(talk) 11:23, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
This is even a better idea, I'll do so.--Hannesde Correct me! 13:58, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

I can not log in. How long it take to open an account on OWW?[edit]

I signed in today in the morning. Nothing happened since then. My login name/password do not work. I can not open another account as it says that my name/password are already in use. What to do?

If you dont remember the password and specified an email id, just request a password. It'll arrive by email. If no email id, then I guess the easiest thing would be to go for another username -- Lost(talk) 13:42, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
And be sure your browser is set to accept cookies. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 14:58, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
  • What is OWW? - Mgm|(talk) 15:40, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

User Boxes[edit]

Is there a main list of user boxes? If so, where is it? If not, how do I create userboxes? --PostScript 13:35, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

See WP:Userboxes -- Lost(talk) 13:40, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Article up for deletion process unfinished[edit]

The article List of publications in science has an AfD tag, but they haven't done any of the other things they're supposed to do when they add the tag. I think it may be a valid discussion (although I would say keep), but I think I might have messed up when I tried to make the discussion page, so I thought I'd ask here how to fix it and also for a clearer description of how to do the rest of the process.

Secondly, the page is actually a list of lists, some of which are under AfD themselves, so I would have thought you can't really discuss the list of lists until you've decided on the linked articles. I think I heard of tags that denote "holding on" to an article, is it possible to add one of these to the article as well? Terri G 14:43, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

  • I'd just remove the tag and hold off. When the lists it lists are deleted, there's nothing to list anymore in which case it would become an easy speedy deletion candidate. - Mgm|(talk) 15:42, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, I've done that. Terri G 12:54, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

movie info box problem[edit]

The music credit isn't showing up for Garden of Evil and I can't figure out why. Clarityfiend 15:23, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

There was a redundant line. I have removed it. Music credit is appearing now -- Lost(talk) 15:55, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks. Clarityfiend 16:08, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Finding external links by site[edit] and have a ton of linkspam on wikipedia. These are basically blog form advertising templates, one for each name brand, google spam. I would like to root out all of this evil. However apart from manually editing the usual suspects it seems impossible to search for links by targets site. Google is no help since none are base level links. The local search box is worthless since it doesn't search link text. --Darkfred Talk to me 15:26, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Maximum Number of tunnels[edit]

Dear Sit,

Please tell me where are the maximum number of tunnels in this world


You should try asking at the reference desk but will have to phrase the question better. Its not clear at all -- Lost(talk) 15:49, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Changing Names of Wiki Documents[edit]

I am writing you about a few issues that I thought you may be able to help with:

1) I help maintain a document on design methods, and at one iteration a friendly Wikipedian helped edit and reorder the document and moved a person on their own page - John Christopher Jones. John has seen this document and has asked that the page be renamed to John Chris Jones. How can this be done?

2) Is there a way to know how many page views a certain page receives?

Thank you in advance for your help. (Design Methods 15:46, 11 September 2006 (UTC))

For renaming, you need to move the page. Just follow the instructions. As to your second question, the functionality has been disabled to prevent overload to the servers. Both answers can be found at WP:VFAQ -- Lost(talk) 15:52, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

"User is blocked"[edit]

Hi - for a couple of months I've been having repeated problems editing, as I keep getting "User is blocked" notice when I try to edit any page. The problem goes away after I try a couple of times, but recently it has become persistent. Today I've gotten a notice saying that this IP was used by user:Fucker09, who was blocked by user:Malo. Fine, but my IP is something like 70.XX.XX.XX, and not the User: that was reported. I've tried purging my browser cache and deleting temporary files, but to no avail. I seek the advice of folks who know about this or maybe experiencing similar problems. Rama's arrow 15:47, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Hi Nirav, this sounds like a bug to me. You may like to post it at WP:VPT. Also are you sure you are not behind a proxy with the other ip? -- Lost(talk) 15:58, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
How do I ascertain that? Rama's arrow 16:11, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
Offices/ colleges are normally behind proxies. If you are editing from home, you could confirm with your ISP -- Lost(talk) 16:16, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for your advice. My Google toolbar and web accelerator are responsible for this mayhem. Rama's arrow 16:41, 11 September 2006 (UTC)


how do i lookup what i need on here about horse breeds

.ogg files[edit]

OK, yeah, so I feel like a fool for not knowing- but which software should I use for playing .ogg files, where can I download it, and how can I create a .ogg file?

Forgot to sign, sorry Liam Plested 17:09, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Media help, mainly Wikipedia:Media help (Ogg). IolakanaT 17:21, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

My thanks to you Liam Plested 21:31, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Price/Earnings Data for Foreign Stock Market Exchanges[edit]

Is anyone aware of a resource that will allow me to plot price and earnings data concurrently, to observe changes in relative P/E. I am interested in looking at the last 10-15 years. Securities Research Corp. puts out 12-year chart books for individual stocks, but I am more interested in analyzing the broader foreign exchanges like the Nikkei, Hang Seng, CAC, etc.

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. -- Lost(talk) 19:06, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Interwiki tool[edit]

I am aware that a tool has been made for you to type in an article, then it will load up the "same" article on another language wiki. You have to make sure they are about the same topic. Does anyone know where this tool is? Thanks, IolakanaT 17:24, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

I think this is what you're talking about? —Keakealani talkcontribs 22:14, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

George Kennedy (Georges Kendall)[edit]

I just created a biography for the hockey owner George Kennedy(who's real name was Georges Kendall). The problem is that I can't use the name George Kennedy in the season by season history of the National Hockey League, lest I be taken to George Kennedy the actor. Please make it so that two George Kennedys are featured and we can click on the correct person:

George Kennedy actor George Kennedy (Georges Kendall)hockey owner

Thank you.

Corey BryantCorey Bryant 18:50, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

It is done through disambiguation. Go through the link and you will find it very easy to do it -- Lost(talk) 19:05, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

deleted images?[edit]


in my most recent contribution, I created an article last week, only to find that all the images I added to the article were deleted. I would like to know why and if I may re upload them correctly if they were incorrectly uploaded. ×…±Yaso malibu 21:07, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

You can try checking the images' deletion logs for a reason; you may also want to check Wikipedia:Images for an overview as to the types of pictures that are and aren't allowed. Let me know or post here if you need further help! —Keakealani talkcontribs 22:13, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
The images you uploaded can be found from the upload log, see here for your uploads. Picking one, Image:Kalimat2.jpg was deleted because the uploaded file seemed to be corrupt. You can find this from the delete log, see here for this file's entry. From the delete log you can find out specifically who deleted something - you're always welcome to (politely) ask the admin who deleted something why they deleted it. -- Rick Block (talk) 02:44, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

More deleted images[edit]

I uploaded File:341 mL Bottles with Ice w.jpg maybe a week ago for use in the article Lakeport Brewing Company. I obtained the image from their media kit and it seemed like a straightforward fair use case. The image got deleted - however I can find no record of it being nominated for deletion. I'd like to figure out who deleted it and why, so I can figure out if there's any way to restore it or whether I need to figure out a way to produce a different one or what have you. However, I'm kinda stumped on what to do. Any suggestions? WilyD 21:18, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

If you check the deletion log for the record of the image, you'll find that it was deleted by AlisonW for the reason
repeatable image; fair use not applicable. added to Wikipedia:Deleted fair use image replacement
'Fair use' is only a legitimate argument on Wikipedia where no free alternative image exists. In this case, the image was that of three bottles of beer sitting in ice. Such an image could be easily and straightforwardly be recreated by anyone with a camera who is old enough to buy (inexpensive!) beer. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 21:29, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
Well, alright. I guess I didn't realise free alternative image exists meant its possible for a free alternative image to exist. Old enough to buy beer, lives in southern Ontario and is a Wikipedian isn't too narrow a description - I'm sure there's at least one or two lying about (in fact, if I can repair my camera, I can do it myself). WilyD 21:35, 11 September 2006 (UTC)
    • Okay, wait, I'm still confused. Why does Tony Blair, to pick an example, use a fair use image when it's just a photo of Tony Blair that anyone could take, and still qualify for featured article status? What makes it different? WilyD 22:59, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Adding quotes[edit]

How do I add a qoute to already exsiting qoutes? 21:59, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Can you be more specific? If you want to create an article with a list of quotes, you might want to check out the sister-project Wikiquote here. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 22:16, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Typo correction problem[edit]

There is a typo that I do not know how to fix. Under Jonathan Peters, the next time the name it is mentioned it is spelled "Johnathan Peters" next to "is a remixer" there is no "h"

How do I edit that?

Can I even edit that?—The preceding unsigned comment was added by EFTHEMIA (talkcontribs) .

You sure can. Just click "edit this page" at the top of the article, change the spelling and click save. Note, though, that leaving an appropriate edit summary such as "Spelling correction" is encouraged as well as marking small edits such as this as minor by checking the "This is a minor edit" box just above the save button. By the way, when you make posts to talk pages like this help desk, you can sign your post by typing four tildes (~~~~) after the text of your post which automatically formats to your signature and a timestamp when you save. Cheers.--Fuhghettaboutit 22:40, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Math typesetting[edit]

I don't know where to ask this question, so I'll ask it here. Why don't wikipedia use latex-style typesetting for ALL math formulas -- even those containing only ascii symbols? Each document as whole would look more consistent, clearer to understand and actually more beautiful than using different typesettings all the time.

Is there a way to override the default settings and "force" latex math? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 09:30, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Well, all mathematical formula in articles should be written using the <math></math> commands, which are basically LaTeX, but the default behaviour of the wiki is to parse some of these as ASCII/HTML and turn the rest into PNGs. However, you can force all equations to be turned into images either for yourself (go to your Preferences page and click on the Math tab), or for all users with one of the default option by (according to m:Help:Formula) adding \, (a small space) after the formula. I wouldn't recommend doing that for every formula, though, since (a) for people not on fast internet connections, a page filled with images takes a long time to load, and (b) when the images appear inline, they don't always fit well. Confusing Manifestation 01:01, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Minnesota government work[edit]

Yes, I am wondering how you would tag a work made by (MN government). Thanks!

Ksax 00:47, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Can you be a bit clearer with the question? We have no jurisdiction over governments. We cannot tag their work -- Lost(talk) 02:04, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Works made by the US government (not state governments) are usually public domain (see Wikipedia:Public domain). Works made by state governments may be copyrighted under pretty much any terms (including "you can't copy this!"). There's often a site-wide copyright notice. The site you reference does not seem to have one. The assumption in this case has to be "all rights reserved" (i.e. "no copying allowed"). If you want to pursue content from this site, I'd suggest you contact them directly and find out what their copyright rules are. -- Rick Block (talk) 02:35, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Columns in bulleted lists[edit]

How do you create two or more columns in bulleted lists? By "bulleted", I mean lists with elements flanked with an asterisk (*) to the left. Thank you. --Liberlogos 01:03, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Use a table, like the following. -- Rick Block (talk) 02:23, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
  • item 1
  • item 2
  • item 3
  • item 4
  • item 5
  • item 6


how do I get a email please

Try yahoo or gmail. This is wikipedia - an encyclopedia -- Lost(talk) 02:05, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Who can remove the speedy deletion tag?[edit]

Do you have to be an admin?--Pussy Galore 02:22, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Not necessarily. But it depends on the type of tag. If its a prod, one can remove it. It may be taken to afd though. On WP:AFD, it should run its course and the case should be closed before the tag can be removed. If its a csd, then you if you are the writer of the article, put a {{hangon}} tag and explain your rationale on the talk page. -- Lost(talk) 02:36, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
It's one of those csd things, but I'm not the creator. I think I can just remove it, but others think not?--Pussy Galore 02:38, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Then just discuss with them on why not. There are various ways of dispute resolution. Discussion is the first -- Lost(talk) 02:44, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
We have discussed it. They say I have to be an admin to remove the csd tag. I've read the csd tag, and to me, it seems to say that any user who opposes the speedy deletion, and who is not the creator of the article, may remove the tag. I simply wish to know if this is the case or not.--Pussy Galore 02:48, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
You can try to obtain more opinions on the matter at Wikipedia talk:Criteria for speedy deletion or Wikipedia talk:Deletion policy or even Wikipedia:Village pump (policy). --ZimZalaBim (talk) 02:51, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Take the middle road. Use AFD instead. - Mgm|(talk) 04:42, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Adding a Vandalism Warning to an IP address?[edit]

I reverted a "silly vandalism" of the page for Stanton Peele. The vandalism was done by an IP address, not a user name. Should I add the Blatantvandal template to the IP addresses talk page? I know the IP address often changes and is not neccesarily the same person from time to time, especially on different dialup sessions. This is the only edit shown for the IP address.

Also, should I have any worry about retaliation from vandals because I reverted their work and/or added a warning to their talk page? Thanks, benb 03:01, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

I find its a good idea to add the templates. It helps to establish history if the IP does become a problem, and not all IPs change. Some are static or extremely long lease. The only time I don't really add IP notices is when its a blatant sock puppet (WP:SOCK) vandalizing things.--Crossmr 03:04, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
And to your second question, have no worries at all about retaliation. There is a massive horde of wikipedians backing you here. Just report vandals to WP:ANI if they persist and they will be taken care of -- Lost(talk) 03:08, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

How to get an image onto an article[edit]

Can i have instructions on how to get pictures onto an article on wikipedia --Zonerocks 03:40, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Image Tutorial. -- Lost(talk) 04:07, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Too long of a comment, continues horizontally.[edit]

I recently typed up my first edit and it was within a dotted box which continued horizontally, much past the original boundaries of the topic and is not only an eye sore, but a pain to read. How would I make the text be formatted correctly, so that it would fit the above text, and be easier to take in?Ahnung 03:45, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

If you want to indent, put ":" as the first character on the line (see Wikipedia:How to edit a page). If the line starts with a space or tab character, something different happens (the text is taken as "preformatted" meaning [among other things] line breaks are not inserted). -- Rick Block (talk) 04:03, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

You people are goofy[edit]

YOU PEOPLE are goofy I never sent anything through you so why the threating msgs? tried to register but to no avail—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

This is a shared AOL IP. So you may find comments that seem irrelevant to you. What problem are facing with registering? -- Lost(talk) 04:05, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

muzzle loader rifle model #18932[edit]

05:16, 12 September 2006 (UTC)05:16, 12 September 2006 (UTC)~~how many grains of black powder can safely be shot 100 grains or 150 grains.

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions, and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that's what this Help Desk is for). For your convenience, here's the link: Reference Desk (when you get there, just select the relevant section, and ask away). I hope this helps. -- Lost(talk) 06:23, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Standard loading for a .50 or .54 cal is 100 grains. Modern BP rifles can generally handle 120 grains, but with little added muzzle velocity. Many of the "in-line" modelas advertise that they can handle 150 grains, but the cost increases faster than either muzzle energy or velocity. Most books suggest about 100 - 120 grains for typical shooting.

Genazzano FCJ College[edit]

Information presently listed under this heading - Genazzano FCJ College - is incorrect. Pleae advise method to update to the informtion below.

Genazzano FCJ College is a Catholic Day and Boarding College for Prep to Year 12 girls in Kew, Victoria, Australia. It was founded in 1889 as a boarding school for country girls by the religious order, Faithful Companions of Jesus otherwise known as the FCJ Sisters. The Sisters engaged noted nineteenth century architect William Wardell, to build the imposing Wardell Building, a striking example of Gothic Revival architecture for which he is world-renowned.

Genazzano is named after a small Italian town near Rome which is home to the shrine of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Genazzano’s creed Fidelis is enshrined on the College crest. Fidelis means “faithful”, faithful to oneself, faithful to others and faithful to God.

Genazzano sits on well over five hectares of magnificent gardens incorporating playing fields and tennis courts. The grounds provide an aesthetically beautiful extension to the dedicated primary facility Grange Hill, the Chapel and the impressive D’Houet Building which houses the VCE Complex, Science Centre, Resource Centre, Student Services and facilities for Information and Communication Technologies.

Genazzano’s Centenary Hall is the focus for College gatherings and together with the Swimming Centre supports the College’s extensive sporting program. Future developments include a proposed new Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts. Boarders are accommodated in the College’s off-campus facility, Hopetoun Hall.

Genazzano’s academic record marks the College as a leader in Australian education for girls. A strong creative arts program introduces students to the wonders of rhythm and sound, allows them to express themselves through an almost endless collection of media and allows them to develop language, confidence and self-esteem through theatrical performance or as members of production crews.

Genazzano offers acceleration and extension programs, careers counselling, overseas exchange programs, peer support and cross-age tutoring, leadership programs and camps and excursions.

The College’s alumnae association had its early foundations in 1911. Today the association works towards maintaining connections with former students. Alumnae are encouraged to register on the following site for information on friends, news, events and reunion:

NOTE: College established in 1889 Principal: Mrs Patricia A Cowling (not Ms)

Just follow this link and start editing please. Make sure that the information is verifiable and adheres to neutral point of view -- Lost(talk) 06:54, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Also make sure the information you add is added in your own words. Copying verbatim from another source violates copyright. - Mgm|(talk) 08:02, 12 September 2006 (UTC)


How can we get jpg pic from wikipedia

Please be more specific: which picture would you like to "get"? Please note that different pictures on Wikipedia have different licenses which allow you to do different things with them. Some images (such as public domain ones) you can do anything with, others you can't, check out the licenses at the bottom of the image page. For more info, take a look at Wikipedia:Image copyright tags. — QuantumEleven 07:47, 12 September 2006 (UTC)


How can I delete one of my own contributions?

Brandy Lynn 09:09, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

  • If you're the only author and created something in error, just stick {{db-author}} at the top and someone will come along and delete it as long as it is in line with deletion policy. If you created something and wish to leave the project (for whatever reason) your contributions cannot be deleted as you released them under the GFDL when you made them. Can you tell us why you want to delete it and which article/page we're talking about? - Mgm|(talk) 09:14, 12 September 2006 (UTC)


The United Nations Peacebuilding Portal should be placed here in a description. I would like it listed here with a description as it is a valuable source for peacebuilders. How do I list it here and I would like to list the great peacebuilder Gay Rosenblum-Kumar in your encyclopedia. What do I do please? I am not getting through here. Thanks, Catherine Gazzoli

I am not sure how you are using the word portal here, but we do have a portal on United Nations. If you want to write an article about the peacekeeping missions of UN, they also already exist. Just go to this portal. If you want to write about a person, please make sure you go through our notability guidelines. -- Lost(talk) 09:44, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

disambig question... sort of...[edit]

Lately I've run across a number of articles that have a descriptor in parentheses after them but they don't seem to be needed. For example, there isn't an article at Shadows in the Banquet Hall but there is at Shadows in the Banquet Hall (album). The case was the same for a couple comics related articles that I saw last week. See Perro and Perro (comics), the first redirects to the second. I went ahead and created that redirect and more but I'm wondering, shouldn't the articles actually be at the title without the descriptor since there's no need for disambiguation as there's only the one article? Am I making myself at all clear? Dismas|(talk) 09:39, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Yes, unless another article comes along with the same name, there is no need to add comics etc. Just the name should be enough. Disambiguation is needed only if more than one article exists with a similar name, unless some naming conventions have been decided on the relevant wikiprojects -- Lost(talk) 09:46, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Of course, if you can reasonable assume disambiguation will be needed in the future, it's a good idea to do it to begin with. I would disambiguate "Peter Jones" even if we wouldn't have another article by this name yet. But yes, usually you're right. This is a common mistake by newbies who create new articles. - Mgm|(talk) 09:49, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
    • Thanks to both of you! Dismas|(talk) 10:21, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

How to convert from rtf to wiki[edit]


I'm looking for a convertor that converts RTF (or doc) files into WIKI language.

Why? We want to use wiki inside our company on a intranet. Most users have minimal computer-skill. They know how to use word, outlook etc, but at a very basic level. They are not familiar with text-editing on the wiki way. I try to find a way to contribute to WIKI as simple & easy as possible.

The only tool I found is written for Unix, but that won't work at our windows-platform. I also found a tip like "Changing ^p by
", but I'm afraid that won't work either. They still have to re-edit a lot of things (bold, underline, capital, italic etc). This way it is a very time-consuming method and for most of them difficult task..wont'work.

If a RTF to WIKI doesn't exists, maybe a RTF (doc) to HTML and a HTML to WIKI does?

Thank you very much for helping, Bijvoorbeeld 11:18, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Here's a tool that should help you -- Lost(talk) 13:33, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

adding wikipedia link to other sites[edit]

Sir I have a website and I wish to add wikipedia link to my site so that people searching could visit wikipedia and find it. As the site has a large amount of data stored it is a very good site.

If it is possible and allowed what could be the code.

For example I have added the google search in my site with the code they provided. The site is

TARUN KUSHWAHA 12:50, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Unlike Google, Wikipedia is not a search engine. Even to find articles within Wikipedia, sometimes Google search is more effective. However, you may find some tools here which you can use for searching wikipedia and linking to your site -- Lost(talk) 13:30, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

audio pages[edit]

what happened to the spoken articles? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Here they are -- Lost(talk) 13:25, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Why Are people changing my true Information?[edit]

Whenever i post a article it is true yet i get a msg from some one saying that its not. well most were true i did say the moon was made of cheese. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Technodude (talkcontribs)

What you did to Moon is called vandalism. Your second edit too would be considered vandalism. The one on Chess was sort of irrelevant, considering that it was a featured article. Please go through our Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines before continuing to make such edits -- Lost(talk) 13:50, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

I want to be able to edit![edit]

I have registered as a user on Wikipedia (although not for toooo long) and I want to edit pages on WP, but my school's IP address is stopping me. I know I have to prove myself, and show that I am not a spammer/vandalist - I have already edited various articles, and created my own (even though it is still a little biased :( I need to make it more "encyclopaedia-ish")!

Is there any way that someone can just let me edit (I know it sounds a little n00bish, but I really want to be able to help with WP)? Cheers, Chimpman 14:18, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

  • You seem to be able to edit fine. You just edited here, didn't you? If you need your school's IP adress unblocked, try to contact an admin at WP:AN. They can block only people who are not logged in from a certain IP adresses so everyone on your school is blocked unless they're logged in. This would help you, yet keep vandals away. - Mgm|(talk) 15:34, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Hi there... before I get deleted...[edit]

Hi there,

I had placed two definitions / pages into Wikipedia, in hopes of finding others who can help me in the search for more information about the ultra rare name of VAZQUEZTELL. Seriously, if you look it up on any search engine, you'll only find about the same 5 or 6 people as the name is not a "Smith" or a "Johnson".

Then in order to give a little background on myself so that I can link it to VAZQUEZTELL, I added in a page for NELSON ONIT VAZQUEZTELL. I'm sorry if self published authors are not considered "important" on your web-encyclopedia, but it is interesting to try and add information to the name that seems impossible to find.

I'm sorry for sounding a bit lost a about your rules and your proper way to appeal a deletion of these two items, but if you could explain it to me I would be more than glad to try my best to keep these items up on your fantastic website.

I'd really like to have my information show up on your website so that others who may have more information on the name may add on their knowledge of its roots, and I'd appreciate absolutely any information or consideration that may be available to me.

Sincerely, Respectfully, Nelson Onit Vazqueztell 15:37, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Unfortunately, the best thing you can do is to realize that these pages have no place in Wikipedia. The other option is to voice your opinions of why they should stay at their AfD entries, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Vazqueztell and Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Nelson Onit Vazqueztell, but don't get your hopes up. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 16:08, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

The Novel Experiment[edit]

Hi there,

I was wondering if the following item could be published as a wiki-article. ( You might have to check out the blog on the right of the page where there's a link to explain what is happening. But i was worried it may be regarded as spam. Could you give me some assistance to whether or not this would be eligible for an article of it's own. hope you get back to me soon.

Wikihelper5 15:59, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

If I understand correctly this is a yet to be published book by a non-notable author to be. As such, I don't see how it would fit in Wikipedia. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 16:15, 12 September 2006 (UTC)


I seem to find other pages in Wikipedia easily via Google, but not the one that I made. It does not exist when I search for words in the article from Google. What have I done wrong? Septentrion 16:01, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Google usually takes a day or two to index new pages. There is nothing you can do but wait. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 16:15, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

requesting article deletion[edit]

Hi, I made an article "Heinrich Dove" but unfortunately forgot to capitalize the D in Dove. I did not find any way to edit the name of the page, so I created another article with the correct capitalization.

How do I erase the "Heinrich dove" article?

For future reference, is there a way to change the name of a page? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ripplon (talkcontribs)

You can simply move the article. No need to create a duplicate. Now that you have already created a duplicate, the right thing is to redirect the incorrect one to the correct one. I will do it for you -- Lost(talk) 17:16, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Done by someone else already -- Lost(talk) 17:18, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
[Edit conflict] I am that someone else. For the record, the best way to have an article you created deleted is to place {{db-author}} at the top of the article. Also, only user accounts which have existed for several days have the move option via the "move" tab at the top. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 17:23, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

What i have to do[edit]

Hi i am from guyana and i am reaseiding in st maarten Netherland Anthilles as a perement resident.I have violated the of the United States of America,i was going there illegally in august 1999 and i was sent back,in 2004 i went to the embassy in barbados to appily for a visitor Visa to go the legal way but they turned the application down due to problem that i had in 1999.What can i do to uptain a visitor Visa to travle to the United States Thank you in advence. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Sorry, Wikipedia does not give legal opinions. Please ask at the embassy website -- Lost(talk) 17:21, 12 September 2006 (UTC)


what can I help edit within Wikipedia currently? I am fluent in Russian and German, am a science fiction writer, and know quite a bit about computer work (i.e. programming, etc.)

Xel Pos'tare 18:16, 12 September 2006 (UTC)CaptainXel

There are sooo many things. Seeing your interest in languages perhaps you could start at Wikipedia:Pages needing translation into English. Be sure to read our Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines before starting though -- Lost(talk) 18:20, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Another suggestion is to ask the same question at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Computing, where they should have ideas on what you can do in that area. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 18:30, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia Bug?[edit]

When I move the mouse over any item on the Username/my talk/my preferences/etc bar, it shifts over to the left. WinXP SP1 + IE 6. --Username132 (talk) 18:20, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

This happens to me at hi:. So I'd like to know too -- Lost(talk) 18:22, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

My understanding is that the MediaWiki developers consider this to be a bug in Internet Explorer and have suggested that numerous users report this bug to Microsoft. -- Rick Block (talk) 01:35, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Of course, that never happens with Windows 98. - Mgm|(talk) 04:51, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Updating facts on published Wikipedia article[edit]

How do you submit changes for inaccuarte or out-of-date information in an article? Example: Information on Wyoming education discusses the Wyoming School for the Deaf which has been closed for at least 5 years. Thanks for your help.

You can edit almost any article to update information. Just click 'edit this page' at the top. Or, if you'd rather not edit the article yourself, you can click on the 'discussion' tab at the top, again click the '+' symbol next to 'edit this page', and leave a message for other editors explaining what needs to be done. If you choose to leave a message on the talk page, you can also add {{out of date}} to the top of the article, which alerts readers that the article is out of date using Template:Out of date. --Sam Blanning(talk) 20:03, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
  • As long as the article doesn't say it's in working order, change may not be needed. Anyway, make sure you update the page by telling this (don't forget sources). Some people like to delete outdated info, while in fact it's a good idea to keep it around and say the school is no longer running. Just so you know. - Mgm|(talk) 04:48, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

cultural competence[edit]

Hi, I'm on your site looking for "quick definitions" as I begin another year of grad classes at the University of Calgary, Community Health Sciences Dept. I looked up "cultural competence" and I am sure (after my first 3 hour class yesterday) that the definition following it should say "non-deficit" methods, a common term, not "non-defect" as listed. How do I change this? Thanks 20:51, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

You can be bold and correct the article yourself by clicking the 'edit this page' at the top. Or, if you'd rather not edit the article yourself, you can click on the 'discussion' tab at the top, again click the '+' symbol next to 'edit this page', and leave a message for other editors explaining what needs to be done. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 22:13, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Extra space between link and next word[edit]

Sometimes (but not a majority of the time), when I create a Wikilink or weblink, there is extra space between the link and the next word, which it is impossible to remove. Is this a known bug? Newyorkbrad 21:24, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Example? —Bunchofgrapes (talk) 21:36, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Of course, when I tried for several minutes to create an example, everything worked fine. But please see here, in my comment just above Oppose #4. Newyorkbrad 21:45, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Grapes cap 9 12 06.PNG

Here's what I see. If anything, there's a lack of space after the big link, but then it's not there in the source either. Maybe the little "external link" bitmap isn't showing up for you, and that's the blank space we're talking about? —Bunchofgrapes (talk) 21:57, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Here's another example, not typed by me: WP:ANI#Civility_warning, comment by Bishonen, after "stats." Does this one come up normally for you? If so, maybe it's just a browser/random issue -- although I see the extra space from time to time on both my home and work computers. Newyorkbrad 22:10, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Yes, it looks normal for me, I think. Do you see the little "external link" image? Can you upload a bitmap of what you see, for compare-and-contrast purposes? —Bunchofgrapes (talk) 22:20, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I'm not familiar with how to do that, though it's probably time I learned. Can you point me to a tutorial on how to do that? In the meantime, thanks for the comments so far. Newyorkbrad 22:22, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Hmmm... maybe Wikipedia:Tip of the day/June 20, 2006 is a start? —Bunchofgrapes (talk) 22:27, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks. I need to go off-line for awhile, but I'll come back to this and I appreciate the insight so far. Cheers, Newyorkbrad 22:35, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

> I wish to delete the article "Fender Hm strat" which is a duplicate of the > original article "Fender HM Strat". Both articles have been created by the same author > (i.e. Garinis). > > In addition when one types "fender hm strat" in the search window, the > article cannot be retreived. >

If you are the only contributor to the page, you can put the tag {{db-author}} on it, and an administrator will shortly be around to delete the page. --Gray Porpoise 00:04, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

information taxi service[edit]

can information be sent to my email, which is... just kidding.:P

which if it isn't a function, that would be awesome.


Sorry, this is a Help Desk for Wikipedia editors to get help with using and editing Wikipedia. I'm not sure where you might get a taxi service, but I don't think here is the right place. You may want to look up transportation options for your area. Try Google? —Keakealani talkcontribs 02:21, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

adding a jazz singer's name[edit]

Dear Wikipedia, I am new and I will open an account today. I am a jazz singer and educator (I teach vocal jazz). I have ten recordings in print and have toured as a US. Jazz Ambassador. I would like to be listed in Wikipedia. My name is Roseanna Vitro. My web address is (if you would like to check out my references.

Thank you, Roseanna Vitro

Roseanna, you are very welcome to create an account and contribute (and create) articles here. However, before creating an article about yourself please see Wikipedia:Autobiography. As it mentions, writing about yourself from a neutral point of view is extraordinarily difficult. The general recommendation is not to do it. In addition, there are guidelines for how well known someone should be before it is appropriate to create an article about that person, please see Wikipedia:Notability (people). If you meet this criteria, someone else will almost certainly create an article about you. Another policy you should be aware of, from Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not, is that Wikipedia is not to be used as an advertising vehicle or for self promotion. -- Rick Block (talk) 01:31, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

i have finsihed my article now what[edit]

i finsihed my article And i want it on the internet,how do i do this or do i have to make a donation? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Stevi starfyre (talkcontribs)

You can just make the article, but make sure it's something that merrits an article. If you're not sure, you could make a temparary article at User: Stevi starfyre/temp, then ask other editors here to see if it's worth an article. -Royalguard11(Talk)(Desk) 01:45, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
You may want to take a look at Help:Starting a new page and Wikipedia:Your first article...both are wonderful resources for beginning editors. Welcome to the Wikipedia community, and good luck! Post here or let me know if you need further assistance. —Keakealani talkcontribs 02:17, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Titles for pages[edit]

Hi. I've edited two webpages, Taj Mihelich and Jeff Jordan. When the pages come up, the titles are "Taj mihelich" and "Jeff jordan". How do I capitalize the page names? Thanks M0rt 02:40, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Hey M0rt. I have moved the pages to the capitalized names. This preserves the edit history of the page and also automatically creates redirects for the names moved from, so that if someone searches for the uncapitalized version, they will still find the articles.--Fuhghettaboutit 02:48, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
  • If you created them, the best way to do this would be to use proper capitalization when you first hit save. - Mgm|(talk) 04:43, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Authors of Nazi occupied Europe[edit]

Hello, I am in search for a name of a prisoner of war in Nazi occupied Europe, who was imprisioned (for what, I dont know)- but while in prison, he wrote a book (possibly 2) in his mind, due to not being allowed any writting paper or pencils. I believe that he was released and wrote his book, word for word, the whole book. Perhaps the Author was Russian/ Eastern European. Please help. I have been in search for years for the Author and the book(s) title, with no resolve. All I have is a faint memory of the above stated tidbit which was told to me when I was around the age of 11. Thank you in advance for any assistance provided. CcMm0602:59, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

This help desk is for wikipedia related queries only. You might like to try asking at reference desk -- Lost(talk) 03:19, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Logging In[edit]

I don't see a place to Log In or register. Your download page says I have to Log In but I can't find out where to do that. Will you give me a location so that I can proceed? 03:51, 13 September 2006 (UTC)M72.193.229.122 03:51, 13 September 2006 (UTC)M

Thank you, Mary Fichera <email address removed>

Hi Mary. Click here to access a page where you can create an account.--Fuhghettaboutit 03:59, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Also, this link is in the top right corner right now. - 07:29, 13 September 2006 (UTC)


I've been trying to make signarture appear red but whenever I do the signature comes up with the syntax as opposed to red writing, what am I doing wrong

(The Bread 04:31, 13 September 2006 (UTC))

Can you write the syntax here? BTW, is your raw signature checked? -- Lost(talk) 04:33, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

posting video to wikipedia website[edit]

Dear Representative,

I am a documentary filmmaker specializing in videos about wildlife and animals. I searched through your site to see if video info would be in the article submission area or appear under a search, but to no avail. Do you accept video submissions for inclusion on the website? If so, how does one submit material for consideration? I was referred to the help desk from the webmaster email. I couldn't find any info in the faq area either.

Thank you for your attention. Please let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions. If you are interested, I would provide your webmaster with a high quality file.


Director, KEA Productions

If you would like to submit multimedia files, please consider submitting them to Wikimedia Commons under GFDL -- Lost(talk) 05:01, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
I didn't know we could host videos on the commons! — [Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)
Yes, you can. See [7] -- Lost(talk) 06:05, 13 September 2006 (UTC)


Is the sand box for editing? I looked at the stuff for it and am verry confused. What is it for if not editing? Do you go and fix or add to things or can you make something yourself and if you do then does it have to do with anything? I'm sorry if I have asked this in the wrong place but I was not sure where to ask this question. What is the point if it is cleaned every 12 hours? Can you do those things out of the sand box or is this about code?

Oh ya and what's this about Whikipedia being sold?

Thank you for your time and I really am sorry if I did this wrong.

Illyalil 04:47, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

The sandbox is a place to test out editing, such as if you want to build a table and don't want to have a half-done table on the main article, or something like that. It's cleaned out so that it doesn't get stuffed full of people's test edits from ages ago. Hope that answers you're question; you did it correctly, don't worry.—Keakealani 04:52, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for doing it right, tons of people (especially the help desk) figure out dozens of ways to do it wrong. The best sandbox in my opinion, is the "preview" button on any page. Your own user page is probably prefered because sometimes you might accidently click the submit button. Heh, it happened to me once. — [Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)

Help stop - Anti Croat project[edit]

I would like to know why some Serbs out there have found the need to make Serb Pov edits to all things to do with Croatians and Croatia. Something like 85% Croat related articles have been edited into Serb Pov. Why does Wiki allow this to happen without it being branded Vandelism.

PS Majority of the Serbs I have talked to seem like fine people, shame about a select few who spoil it with silly edits.

All the best Jagoda 1 04:54, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

The core policies of Wikipedia are neutral point of view and verifiability. If articles do not adhere to these, feel free to edit yourself. Try discussing with other editors on the talk pages of these articles as well -- Lost(talk) 05:15, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Both Serbians and Croats have very strong feelings about the place they live and each other. It could very well be that edits you find POV simply don't fit your POV. If there's any problem, discuss and ask for reliable sources. - 07:26, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Wrong Page History[edit]

This page has been edited by three people, although only myself and User:JackOz show. What is up with that?? [8][Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)

Two possibilities that I see are: 1. third person's edits were never saved at all (he probably made them elsewhere) 2. his edits were deleted by an admin (unlikely, as its in user space and you would have to request for the deletion -- Lost(talk) 05:57, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
The third person's edits are actually attributed to you [9]. Since he is an admin, you may like to clarify with him -- Lost(talk) 06:00, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

(2x edit conflict)Sorry, I just remembered I moved his edit there from my talk page. Came back to delete it, but was too slow. :) Nothing is wrong, it was my fault for not remembering. Ooopsies! I'll go back to licking oreos and oreos[Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)

what is the cheapest,and green pick-up in the USA?[edit] 06:51, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

There are various things a pickup refers to. Additionally this help desk answers questions only related to wikipedia. So please ask at reference desk and be clearer with your question -- Lost(talk) 06:58, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Using colors[edit]

Is there a reference anywhere for how to use colors in editing tables? I have seen things like the following used 1)style="background-color:FOO" and 2) font color="#XXXXXX" where XXXXXX is a sting of hexadecimal values. I can not seem to find anywhere an index of what parameters can be used or what "bits" to set when using hex values. Any assistance or pointers would be welcomed. --After Midnight 0001 01:58, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

In the hex representations, the first byte (2 hex digits) is for red, the second is green and the third blue. So orange, which has a lot of red and a little green would be FF8000. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 08:35, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

how to request[edit]

Hi In front of me I have eye drops. On the bottle I see that it contains, 'Sulfisomezole Sodium'. I can't find it here (or anywhere else). So I went to the request page but can't figure out how to go about making a request. I am assuming that by making a request it is meant, that I would like someone who knows anything on it to hopefully provide info on it and put this info on this site.


I am not sure what you want to request. If you want medical advice, wikipedia is not a the place for it. -- Lost(talk) 04:35, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
(edit conflict) If you're looking to request an article, you'll want to check out Articles for Creation. I'm not sure that's what you're asking for, though. Remember, Wikipedia is not for medical help. I strongly suggest that you contact your doctor or a local pharmacist for help rather than Wikipedia. —Keakealani 04:38, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
Just put it on my talk page, and I'll make one tomorrow about it. :) I would do it, but you should. — [Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)

Sorry guys I have to stand on my bite-sized soapbox here. Why do you always say "Suggest an article for creation here," or "go to the cleanup team," or always link them to go tell other people to do it for them? The best way would be to just teach them how to do it, or do it yourself. — [Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)

  1. If we do it ourselves, they will not learn anything.
  2. If we tell them to do it, they might screw something up.
  3. If we tell them where to ask someone to do it, they will always know where to request this, until they are exprienced enough to do it themselves.
We're all generous enough to do everything ourselves if we thought that was the best thing to do, but it rarely is. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 08:32, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Here it is Sulfisomezole. — [Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)

Uploading image for an article - QUESTION[edit]

I keep getting the upload warning: "." is not a recommended image file format.

Here is how I filled out the three sections of the file upload page at

Source file name: I browsed to the folder with my image in it and selected the image. I've tried it both as .jpg and .png

Destination file name: Geotokens



Examples of GeoTokens




"created 12. Sept. 2006"


Steven L. Lastname ommitted for question

(Reusing this file)

free (self-made)

Template:Free license

Licensing: You created this yourself and release it to the public domain.

I checked Watch this page

Then I clicked Upload

My image is 800x624 and it took longer to get to the warning when I tried it as .png than when I was trying .jpg format.

What am I doing wrong?

SpiderTracks - please notify me on my talk page 08:45, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Replied on his talk page -- Lost(talk) 09:13, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Attracting other contributors to an article[edit]

I'm just wondering if and how I could attract other contributors to a certain article on wikipedia? (Asking question behalf of RockerballAustralia[10]) --Casper2k3 09:08, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

There are various ways. One of them is Wikipedia:Peer review if you want to improve the article quality. If there is a dispute, then please see Wikipedia:Dispute resolution -- Lost(talk) 09:12, 13 September 2006 (UTC)


Someone is continuosly deleting an article I started for no reason whatsoever. I need a help from an administrator to identify the user and make he/she stop. If the editor has a problem with my article he/she should follow Wikipedia's policy on deleting the article. Thanks for your help. Meanax 14:29, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

The article in question is/was located at:

Could you post the link to the article again? The last link was one to this page. --Casper2k3 14:39, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Question about html tables[edit]

Is it permissible to use regular HTML code for making tables in articles? Please see table experiments at bottom of page at User:Cott12/Sandbox atęcja.

Yes its permissible as far as I know but wikisyntax is generally preferred. You can also see Help:Tables for wikisyntax -- Lost(talk) 18:16, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
  • There's a tool somewhere that helps turn HTML into wiki syntax. Can anyone remember where it is? - 18:27, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
Try one of the converters at Help:Tables#External links. --jh51681 01:52, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


where will i find a flag that is a white flag with a red shark and writing

Could you be a little bit more vague? By that I mean the opposite. :P — [Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)
This sounds like it may be a question for the reference desk, not the Help Desk. Confusing Manifestation 10:22, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

What is a softblock?[edit]

Recently, my IP address was blocked. (The block has since expired.) According to the block log, it is a softblock. I am unsure as to what a softblock is. Thank you. 09:45, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

I'm not 100% sure, but I suspect it's what the blocking policy page lists in its Options for IP blocks in that it stops people using the IP anonymously, but doesn't prevent them from creating a username and editing with that. Confusing Manifestation 10:19, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks. 10:44, 13 September 2006 (UTC)


Campaign for Adventure[edit]

The Campaign for Adventure is a Charity that was set up to raise awareness about the damage that is being caused to our society by the removal of adventurous activities to young people because of heighten fears related to the risks that may be involved in such activities. As an employee of The Campaign for Adventure I was asked to place the information regarding the charity and its works on Wikipedia. As all the information was produced by CFA and full permission has been granted for its publication, there is no copyright infringements.

Please can you tell me how I can stop this article from speedy deletion. Any queries regarding the use of this material can be answered by Ian Lewis (author of the website) at or alternatively you can contact me at or

  • Even when there's no copyright violations, copying material from other websites like you did is a bad idea. The entry came across as a piece of advertising which is expressly forbidden by WP:NOT. Try reading some featured articles, Wikipedia:Tutorial and WP:CORP to get an idea what is required of an article. - Mgm|(talk) 11:00, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

What is your registered Charity number? I cannot find any reference to such a charity on the central register? --Charlesknight 11:06, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

THe Charity number is 1085697

This is a UK based charity

That is the number for a charity called "IOL: Institute for outdoor learning" which has a website here. It makes no mention and does not seem to link in any way to the website that you seem to be connected with (it also seems strange that the main site is clearly one of professional design and the one you link to is clearly home-made). So saying "The Campaign for Adventure is a Charity" seems to untrue on the information that I can currently access.

--Charlesknight 11:30, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Further enquiry indicates that is owned by yourself and is owned by the charity itself - an odd situation. I have contacted the charity directly for further clarification. --Charlesknight 11:37, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

I am looking into this, i haven't worked for CFA for long

The website was designed by SO WEB DESIGNS LTD

That's nice - it still looks like a homemade effort and it still does not explain why it is not registered to the charity, if it is part of the charity. Are you aware, it is a criminal offense in the UK to mispresent the status of an organization as a charity? Where are the accounts for CFA, who are the trustees? I will be blunt, that website concerns me greatly and I will be following this up with the relevent bodies (which of course is a non-wikipedia issue and will occur offsite). --Charlesknight 12:26, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

There is an all party parliamentary group on Adventure and recreation in society which Ian Lewis holds a parliamentary pass as co-ordinator for Campaign for Adventure which is described as a 'charity to promote positive aspects of adventure'

Well that's not true - however thanks for giving me another organization to contact. --Charlesknight 23:11, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Recent headline.[edit]

I am seeking advice for a recent entry that I published. Another user has tried to vandelize the entry by spamming it. I did send him a vandelism warning, however he continues to post slander on the talk page of my entry.

Helpful advice is greatly appreciated.

The entry is Joseph "Corky" Coker

All the Best —Preceding unsigned comment added by CokerTire (talkcontribs)

This reads like an autobiography. Please go through our notability guidelines and establish the notability of this person or this article may be deleted -- Lost(talk) 13:04, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
I made it NPOV, and removed the user page warning. That was one of the most advertisement-toned articles I've ever seen here. — [Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)
I apologize if the article had an advertisment like tone. I will do my best so that future articles will improve as I become more familiar with the procedures. All the Best, CokerTire 17:23, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Deleted article[edit]


i created an article about a project i was going to promote (volutary) but the article has been deleted as spam.

it was a good source of information for me and one i did not think i would need to back. Please can you email me the delete article text. My user name is 'jonasan' and the profile page is called User:Jonasan.

Any help in this situation would be greatly appreciated.

I can be contacted on (email removed to prevent spam)

Please sign your comments so we may find out your contributions. And please mention the name of the article. Thanks. -- Lost(talk) 13:09, 13 September 2006 (UTC)


Would love to have a Full map of all the routes and times they run.

Which route, which city, which country? Regardless, this help desk answers questions pertaining to wikipedia. Please try reference desk and try to be more specific -- Lost(talk) 13:06, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
  • And don't forget to check back for the answer. - 13:07, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
You must be English—you think you're the center of the world. :P — [Mac Davis] (talk) (Desk|Help me improve)
Routes of what? Confusing Manifestation 01:21, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


I have recently built a page regarding a large Canadian law firm. I followed the template set by other Canadian law firms that have posted to Wikipedia, yet my posting has been deemed an advertisement.

I have made alterations, but the banner will not disappear.

How do I ensure that the banner will go away?

Thank you —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sswartz (talkcontribs)

Perhaps leave a message with the user who placed the tag: Fram (talk · contribs). --ZimZalaBim (talk) 13:22, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
The article doesn't read like an advert anymore so I've removed the banner. To remove the banner, all you have to do is delete the {{advert}} from the top of the page. --Casper2k3 13:33, 13 September 2006 (UTC)


Is there a way to subscribe to RSS feeds for various wikipedia features? I searched the bug report/feature request, and turned up several requests related to this, but couldn't figure out if they were implemented or not. Specifically, I was thinking of RSS feeds for Recent Changes and, if possible, each user could subscribe to a feed for their watchlist or talk page.

Replies are best on my talk page. Thanks a lot! B.Mearns*, KSC 13:39, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

A list of WikiPedia RSS feeds is at WP:RSS --Casper2k3 14:03, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Alexander Petrov[edit]

Not sure if this is the right place. I don't strictly need help editing but here's an issue I couldn't fix: This article about a chess master is a relatively short paragraph, with a picture of him on the right, and a chessboard (left-aligned) created with the {{chess}} template below the paragraph. The problem is the picture takes up more space vertically than the paragraph. The top of the chessboard aligns with the bottom of the picture, leaving a large and ugly whitespace below the paragraph (i.e. between the text and the top of the chessboard). Can anyone fix this please? Zunaid 14:12, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Hm, there's a few ways you could fix that. The first is just cut-n-pasting the paragraph below the chess diagram template -- then, being "above" the paragraph, it will align more appropriately. Or, you could get it over on the right side of the page by adding "tright" as the first parameter (see Template talk:Chess diagram for some documentation); I've taken the liberty of doing that, for now, so you can see what I mean, but it doesn't have to stay that way. As a general fix, even when templates don't allow you to specify which side of the page they should go on, you can usually still create a small table, align the table, and then put the template inside the table. Either way, I'm not sure which positioning looks best, here; part of me thinks the best way to go is to just expand the article so that this isn't such a problem. :) Happy editing. Luna Santin 16:30, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

x== nonprinting break ==

I need to know how to include a non-printing break (the opposite of a non-breaking space). If I have a long computerese character string like


I want to put a break point in the middle of the string so if the line is too long, it will partition the character string where I want it to. If the line is not too long, I don't want the break point to show up.

is there a way to do this in wikipedia?

Arghman 14:44, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Just go on adding </br> wherever you want a break -- Lost(talk) 14:46, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

But I don't want it to break unless the line would be too long. (for tables, for instance) Arghman 15:02, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

There's a Unicode character that's a zero width space, designed to be used for this. I've put one in the middle of these xxxxx​xxxxx. The problem is that not all browsers support it. As far as I know there is no way to do this that is supported by all browsers (shows up as a little square box). -- Rick Block (talk) 03:49, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

How to create a page[edit]

How to create a page at wikipedia? I created a page but it showed the following error:

This page may meet Wikipedia's criteria for speedy deletion. The given reason is: It is a redirect to a user page (CSD R2).

Help on creating a new article can be found here: Help:Starting a new page. But it sounds like your article qualified for speedy deletion because articles in mainspace (the encyclopedia part of Wikipedia) should not simply be redirects to one's user page; see WP:CSD#R2. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 16:33, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

instructors list[edit]

By brute force, akwardness, and the fortunate assistance of one of your volunteers I was able to upload some contribution to your articles

Your self-help pages are so overpowering that I do not attempt to learn them.

Do you, perhaps, have a list of real live people willing to teach college classes in the interactive use of Wikipedia

by postal zone

mine being 24210, SW Virginia, USA

since I have no idea where to look for your answer please reply to

(email removed to prevent spam)


Just go on posting your problems related to wikipedia on this page. There are real life people trying to help here. -- Lost(talk) 17:27, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
  • There's also a channel for help on IRC. I think there's a link to it on WP:NCH. - Mgm|(talk) 18:17, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

fender HM strat[edit]

When I am typing "fender hm strat" in the search box, I cannot retreive the site "fender HM strat". Is the search box case sensitive? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Garinis (talkcontribs) .

Seems to work for me. Are you clicking the "Go" button? --ZimZalaBim (talk) 17:30, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

When I type "fender hm strat" and click the Go button it cannot find the "fender HM strat" that I have recently created. It says the articloe cannot be find and asks whether I want to create one. Anyone knows why? thx Garinis

Zimzalabim hi, are you typing fender hm strat mor fender HM strat? in addition if one types fender strat, isn't that you should also retreive the fender HM strat site?

Well, now it's not working - odd. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 18:01, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
There are several intricacies involved, let's just say that for now, the search box is case sensitive, but when this new article is indexed (which should happen in several weeks) it will be easier to find with the search. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 17:54, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
If you want to create a redirect to make it easier to navigate to (from "fender hm strat" to "Fender HM Strat"), see Wikipedia:Redirect. The first letters of words don't appear to be case sensitive, but capitalization as used on the HM is case sensitive. It's wacky. -- Consumed Crustacean (talk) 18:09, 13 September 2006 (UTC)


Hi, I know instructions must be here somewhere, but I can't find them.

I need to set up a disambiguation page for one article, and rename two articles (example: I need to change from "John Smith" to "John Smith (actor)".) Help, anyone? NickBurns 18:27, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Here's the guide for disambiguation pages and renaming articles. Hope this helps! --Casper2k4 19:00, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, Casper! NickBurns 19:34, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Screenshot use within an article..fair use?[edit]

The fair use drop box when uploading says one screenshot per article..and for most high profile stays true.

But for smaller games (eg..3-D WorldRunner) this rule..seems to not be there..another rule I don't know? It seems to have..many more than one screenshot and Im wondering if this is still fair use? many thanks Fethroesforia 19:34, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Is it all right to reuse material from another website that I have written?[edit]

I work for the Alexander & Louisa Calder Foundation, a non-profit art foundation that keeps the archive of the twentieth-century American sculptor, Alexander Calder. We would like to edit the article in Wikipedia for Alexander Calder, adding a substantial amount of information and correcting some factual errors. I would like to reuse the Calder biography text from our own website ( in order to do this. This is an unsigned text that I co-wrote with another Foundation employee several years ago. What is the protocol for something like this? Is it appropriate to cut and paste the text from our own website into Wikipedia? Saurien 19:35, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Hi Saurien. No, sorry, you can't just cut and paste material from your site as that would infringe on your copyright, which is clearly marked "Copyright © 2003 Calder Foundation". However, quoting from Wikipedia:Copyright problems:
It is sufficient to either:
  • Make a note permitting reuse under the GFDL at the site of the original publication; or
  • Send an email from an address associated with the original publication to permissions at wikimedia dot org or a postal message to the Wikimedia Foundation.--Fuhghettaboutit 22:55, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
  • It's much easier to avoid copyright problems by rewriting articles from scratch based on your earlier writings. I didn't check, but usually material people want to copy is not written in the encyclopedic tone we require of articles. - Mgm|(talk) 04:56, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


I have a photocopy of a DHEW pulication from 1978 entitled "Picturing Development." I would like to know where I can get this publication? Thank you. [e-mail address removed].

That's a question better suited for the reference desk. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 21:18, 13 September 2006 (UTC)


I edited an article explaining how to pronounce Czardas in Hungarian which was wrong,( I speak Hungarian ) and was told I was being unhelpful. What made you come to that conclusion?

That warning was left for (talk · contribs) because of this edit: [11]. If you didn't perform that edit, someone else using that IP address did. I'd suggest creating an account. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 21:23, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

adding diacritics (accute accent)[edit]

I edited the page on the movie "The Taste of Others," and added that it won Cesar awards in the supporting acting categories. However, it won't link to those pages because the title has an accute accent in the title, in the word Cesar. I don't know how to add this mark.

Below the edit buttons of the page you're editing is a set of special characters. Position the text cursor where you want one inserted, then click on the one you want. You'll find the é in the Characters section. --jh51681 01:42, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Language Help[edit]

I have no clue where to ask this, so I'll just ask it here... If this is an inappropriate place to ask this question, please redirect me to the correct page.

Now, my question concerns how to write a manga character's name when the character has no official romanization given. The character in question is Jyabura from One Piece. Now, we're currently having difficulty deciding how to write his name. Following Hepburn romanization, it should be written as "Jabura". However, this spelling is rather uncommon. The spelling "Jyabura" (what we're currently using) is far more common... but technically incorrect romanization (it's a romanization method I've encountered a lot, but it's technically incorrect). And then we have a third spelling, "Jabra". This spelling, although extremely rare in the English fandom (although, interestingly enough, it's the one I've almost always seen Japanese native speakers use...), is the one that the author himself used the single time he wrote the character's name... However, the accuracy of this spelling is suspect, as in the same page he contradicted the spelling of another character's name that he has used many, many times.

So, basically... Should we use the most technically accurate romanization? The most common romanization? Or the one used by the author? Thank you for any assistance you can give me. Murasaki Seiko 20:58, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

well letme cut to the chase some one has graffitied this page

--Madcow 21:11, 13 September 2006 (UTC)


Can someone explain me why some informations contained in the "infoboxes" do not appear in the article? I'm talking, for example, about pages like that of Senator Joe Lieberman. In the infobox at the right of the article there's no information about his faith, even if in "edit this page" everybody can read that he is Jewish. Why this information doesn't appear in the article? Checco 21:18, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

That's because the religion part was removed from Template:Infobox Senator. 23:20, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

My article on "Fender HM Strat" needs some editing help...

Uploading Images[edit]

I am trying to upload an image and it does not appear after uploading the images following the directions outline in the directions section. What can be the reasons why the image will not upload? The entry in which I wish to upload an image is Raul Julia-Levy. I look forward to your response.

you might have pressed preview instead of submit or something..ived never uploaded an image so i dont know for 00:01, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Dont worry its uploaded Image:Raul_Julia_LevyJr.JPG, you have, I think, got mixed up due to the change in namespace. See WP:NAMESPACE for details on what that means :D Anyway the image is uploaded and can be put in an article using [[Image:Raul_Julia_LevyJr.JPG]]. Does that all answer your questions? --Errant Tmorton166(Talk)(Review me) 00:05, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
PS dont forget to sign your comments with ~~~~ so we know where it came from. :D --Errant Tmorton166(Talk)(Review me) 00:07, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


i need information and histiory on bronfrenbrenners ecological theory studies on his development in chidren —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Try the Reference Desk. -Royalguard11(Talk)(Desk) 00:21, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


found the image keys.jpg in the commons, and tried to use it on my user page, however when i put in the image tag directing to keys.jpg it came up with a diffrent picture. whats up?

That is because there is an image by the same name on wikipedia. Try changing the name of one of these. But please make sure that whichever articles currently contain the image, then point to the changed name -- Lost(talk) 02:25, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Lally Consumer Value Index[edit]


I am having trouble changing my user name as you are suggesting to eliminate my email address from it. Please help. Also this entry is explaining the named Index which is used in the media as a consumer guide to help them understand what the economy is doing for them. It is an in depth Index whose definition should be readily available on Wikipedia for the general public to be able to find.

Thank you. Sincerely E. Lally —Preceding unsigned comment added by [[User:<email redacted>|<email redacted>]] ([[User talk:<email redacted>|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/<email redacted>|contribs]])

Check our Wikipedia:Changing username. -Royalguard11(Talk)(Desk) 00:52, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


I have a whole load of pictures that I took in Spain that I want to donate to Wikipedia, but I don't know how to upload them. What should I do? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Andrew.L.Kincaid (talkcontribs)

On the left side of your page, you'll see something called the "toolbox". It has a link called "upload files". That's where you upload them. -Royalguard11(Talk)(Desk) 01:45, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
Or you could donate them to the Commons and they'd be available to all the Wikipedias, not just the English one. Dismas|(talk) 06:17, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Erasing article[edit]

How do you erase an article? 01:55, 14 September 2006 (UTC)01:55, 14 September 2006 (UTC)01:55, 14 September 2006 (UTC)01:55, 14 September 2006 (UTC)01:55, 14 September 2006 (UTC)01:55, 14 September 2006 (UTC)01:55, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

  • With either WP:PROD, WP:CSD or WP:AFD depending on what type of deletion it is. Don't forget to read the Wikipedia:Deletion policy. Most of the time, things can be improved rather than deleted. Also, if you type 4 tildes, your name and date are signed automatically. Your signature above seems to be faulty. - Mgm|(talk) 04:52, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

uploading images[edit]

See the question below. Because now I need to know how to put the image in an article. otooledupree

I am trying to upload an image and it does not appear after uploading the images following the directions outline in the directions section. What can be the reasons why the image will not upload? The entry in which I wish to upload an image is Raul Julia-Levy. I look forward to your response.

you might have pressed preview instead of submit or something..ived never uploaded an image so i dont know for 00:01, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Dont worry its uploaded Image:Raul_Julia_LevyJr.JPG, you have, I think, got mixed up due to the change in namespace. See WP:NAMESPACE for details on what that means :D Anyway the image is uploaded and can be put in an article using [[Image:Raul_Julia_LevyJr.JPG]]. Does that all answer your questions? --Errant Tmorton166(Talk)(Review me) 00:05, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
PS dont forget to sign your comments with ~~~~ so we know where it came from. :D --Errant Tmorton166(Talk)(Review me) 00:07, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

New Page[edit]

Can I ask Wikipedia to create a page?

Wikipedia:Articles for creation might help. -- Consumed Crustacean (talk) 02:55, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
(edit conflict)Yes you can do so at Wikipedia:Requested articles. Alternately you can do so yourself if you have an account with us. Do remember that it must adhere to Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines -- Lost(talk) 02:58, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Deleting an image[edit]

How can i delete an image i uploaded? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ciccone39 (talkcontribs) 03:29, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Just tag it with {{db-author}} -- Lost(talk) 03:32, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
Can you please tell me exactly where and how to place the {{db-author}} tag for deleting an image? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ciccone39 (talkcontribs) 03:35, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
You should be able to just place it on the image's main page - go to edit page and type it in the top. —Keakealani 03:39, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

How long does it usually take for an image to be deleted after i tag it "db-author" and how will i know it has been deleted? Will it disappear from my "my contributions list"? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ciccone39 (talkcontribs) 04:07, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

It depends on how many admins are around, and how many are paying attention to CAT:CSD. Don't worry - just forget about it, and it will be deleted before you realise. And yes, it will disappear from your contributions. Cheers, Tangotango 04:11, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
By the way, the reason it wasn't being deleted was because you typed in "db-author" without the double curly braces. I've deleted the image in question for you. Cheers, Tangotango 04:15, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


how can i remove an image that i have uploaded to wikipedia? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Daviddavids (talkcontribs) 03:41, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

That very question was answered just above yours :) - Tangotango 03:44, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

How do I correct the capitalization of the title of a page I created?[edit]

When I created a new page, I forgot to capitalize both of the words in the title. How can I fix that? Oatmealcookiemon 04:34, 14 September 2006 (UTC)Oatmealcookiemon

You move the article using the "move" button (to the right of the "edit this page" button). Your account must be 4 days old to move pages. If the move is controversial or impossible, visit Wikipedia:Requested moves. - Tangotango 04:38, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

How does one resolve mistaken identity[edit]

The entry for Mission San Jose High School lists Gary Plummer, the former linebacker and current color commentator on 49er radio broadcasts, among its notable alumni. Unfortunately, following the link for Gary Plummer brings you to Gary Plummer the basketball player, a completely different person who happens to have the same name. I removed the link and simply listed Plummer with plain text, but someone put the link back, and once again it goes to Gary Plummer the basketball player not Gary Plummer the former football player and current color commentator.

Currently Gary Plummer the linebacker has no entry associated with his name, so the link should go to the page for creating a new article on his behalf, not to the page for Gary Plummer the basketball player.

Suppose, however, that Gary Plummer the linebacker did have a page of his own. My question: how would the the directive Gary Plummer be resolved? In other words, how would the Wikipedia software choose whether to go to Gary Plummer the linebacker or Gary Plummer the basketball player?

(after edit conflict) There are several possible answers to your question. In the case of the article not existing, you can pipe the link to go to Gary Plummer (football player) like so: [[Gary Plummer (football player)|Gary Plummer]] and hope someone later creates an article (or make a stub so something at least exists). The other option is to create a disambiguation page (which is indirectly the same thing, but in a different way). Let me know if you need more help! —Keakealani 04:52, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

"sign in" doesn't persist for me[edit]

I've just created a new account (name "Gleneivey"), but sign-in operations performed from my home system do not "stick". When I sign in, I get to the success page, but if I then try "my preferences" I get an error that says I'm not logged in, or if I try to navigate to any other Wikipedia page, the text in the upper-right changes from my user name and user links back to "Sign in/create account".

What it isn't: my account is OK (if I remotely log in to a system at work and access Wikipedia from there, it works great). My browser has cookies turned on (I use Firefox and can actuall see the cookies stored by Wikipedia through the security dialogs). My browser "works" otherwise (if I proxy the internet connection from my home system through work, I can sign in).

What it might be: I use DirecWay satellite internet, which performs some kind of compression and caching between my system and the internet. It works for everything and all of the web sites I've tried (except my TiVo box can't use it). Could this be causing Wikipedia to invalidate my login or ignore my "token" cookie? I tried browsing through the MediaWiki developer documentation, but didn't immediately find any description of how the user login cookies are evaluated on each request.

Or it might be that my IP address is blocked: I just checked the "talk" page for the IP address contained in my signature (adding this paragraph to my question 03:27, 12 September 2006 (UTC)), and among other warnings is one threatening to block the IP address I'm coming from for posting advertising. Is the symptom I'm experiencing what would be expected of a sign-in attempt coming from a blocked IP? And what could I do about it, since my IP address is variable and shared with lots of other DirecWay subscribers?

Is there anything I can do to allow me to remain logged in to Wikipedia? The test networking configurations I've tried aren't something I can use on a regular basis. --Gleneivey 23:58, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Try taking this to WP:VPT. They may be able to help -- Lost(talk) 03:32, 12 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks a lot. There was already a similar question on WP:VPT suggesting that using SSL would keep Hughes' proxies from messing with the connection, and giving an alternate URL ( for getting to Wikipedia using SSL. This alternative works great for me. Look, I'm still logged in: Gleneivey 04:58, 15 September 2006 (UTC)
I've seen other reports of the same problem with satellite connections. (Hughes satellite in the case I recall). See [12] for example. It shouldn't have anything to so with a block. —Bunchofgrapes (talk) 03:34, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

suggesting an idea[edit]

How do I make a suggestion about about expanding a topic? 20:14, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

You put the template {{Expand}} on the page. Some P. Erson 21:22, 13 September 2006 (UTC)
Be bold and expand it yourself! Alternatively, leave a message on the article's Talk page to discuss your proposed additions with other editors. — QuantumEleven 11:53, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Linking to a sentence in a talk page[edit]

Can I link to a specific sentence in a talk page? Or must I link to the section only? How would I do that if I am filling out an evidence form for ArbCom? Please reply on my user page.Tommy Mandel 06:14, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Replied on his talk page -- Lost(talk) 06:29, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
Ahh I see you are preparing your ArbCon request against me. I would actually be willing to help if you would like. The easiest way to link is to find the the edit using history, then copy the URL from the address bar of your browser. --Darkfred Talk to me 02:18, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

regarding: Category:Indian_family_names[edit]

Dear Sir,

I was searching for one of indian caste "CHARAN" on wiki. I found most of castes there but I didnt find CHARAN.

Now I want to add this caste on Category:Ind×08:37, 14 September 2006 (UTC)08:37, 14 September 2006 (UTC)~~§ian_family_names. How can I add it.

kindly reply me back. Shyam amrawat

You need to add the category to the bottom of the article if the article exists. That way, the article will show up within that category. To create a new article, you need to have an account. Please go through the Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines before creating a new article -- Lost(talk) 09:30, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

double names[edit]

How do you create an entry which has an existing name in Wikipedia. My example is to create Michael Blake (South African classical composer) but there's already a US writer with this name.

Many thanks,

Please see Wikipedia:Disambiguation -- Lost(talk) 09:32, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
Create it under a title like Michael Blake (composer). Don't forget to put a disambiguation notice at the top of Michael Blake, or if you don't know how, drop me a line on my talk page. Zunaid 10:41, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Table of contents listing only first-level headings[edit]

Is it possible to instruct an article's table of contents only to list the top-level sections (i.e., 1 ==Foo==, not 1.1 ===Foo=== and lower)? Or to exclude specific subsections from the TOC?


Stephen Turner (Talk) 11:30, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

One way you could do this is put a larger font size for the heading without actually creating a subsection there -- Lost(talk) 12:43, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, but that doesn't quite have the same effect. It would be missing the [edit] links for a start. And it wouldn't be easy to go back to a full TOC if you ever wanted to do that. And who knows if it would work properly in every skin? Logical markup is good, I just don't want those sections in the TOC. Stephen Turner (Talk) 12:54, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
No, there is no proper way to do this. Why precisely would you want to?
There is a 'hack' that you could use, which is to use HTML header tags (such as <h3>, <h4> and so on, which will look like the Wiki headers but won't show up in the TOC. This is however strongly discouraged unless you have a very good reason for using them... — QuantumEleven 11:47, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

WikiProject Creation[edit]


How do I create a WikiProject?

Auroranorth 12:36, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Please see Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Guide -- Lost(talk) 12:41, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

about tea[edit]

i would like to ask about Tea,because i am doing research project under HOW HARMFUL IS YOYR TEA, bacially regarding the awareness of caffeine in TEA among the collage student. i am not getting the Saury15285 12:46, 14 September 2006 (UTC)—

You might find what you are looking for in the article about Tea. If you cannot find the answer there, click here to post your question at that article's talk page. If that doesn't solve your problem, you can try asking your question at Wikipedia's Reference Desk. They'll be glad to answer questions about anything in the universe (except about how to use Wikipedia, which is what this help desk is for). I hope this helps. -- Lost(talk) 13:13, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
You might also want to check out the article on Caffeine itself. --Darkfred Talk to me 04:17, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Login in other languages[edit]

Sorry to bother with the basic question, but how I can do login in other language, for example, when I have English but want to login in German? Because when I was trying this, it shown "Name not found" or something like this. MarkBA 14:57, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

  • There's talk of creating a single login in, but right now, all wikimedia projects are run on separate databases and require their own accounts. In other words, your English account doesn't carry over to other Wikipedias. You need to register there too. If you want to make a single login easier, choose the same username there. - 15:42, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

how and where to ask for more information???[edit]

how and where do you request more information on a cerain topic? for example, on the wkls 96 rock page, i would like to ask users to post a history roster list of all the dj's that ever worked at 96 rock and to include their current website, etc. if available.

Biggully 15:15, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

You can probably do so on the talk page of the above article. However, please note that Wikipedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information -- Lost(talk) 16:14, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Movie- Beverly Hills Cop[edit]

What gave the movie "Beverly Hills Cop" an "R" rating I'd like to watch with my children, but need to know detail. vinniedej

Probably nudity & language, but that's really a question for the reference desk or the article's talk page. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 15:35, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

what india can teach us[edit]

Dear sir hi to evryone

I want to kno wwhether the book "what Indai can teach us" by German scholar Max Muller is a copyright free book and i would like to publish it in Hindi for the benefit of the Hindi readers please email the answers at

(emails removed)

thanking you reagrds Dr Piyush Kumar

This question will be better answered by the publishers of the book. Please contact them. This helpdesk answers queries related to wikipedia only -- Lost(talk) 17:51, 14 September 2006 (UTC)



I would like to know if it's possible to cretae an external link to my nonprofit organization in some pages, and if it is possible, how do I do that?

Thanks a lot 17:59, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Please see our guidelines on Wikipedia:External links. They are not encouraged unless they add significantly to the value of the relevant article. -- Lost(talk) 18:02, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
It is possible to add external links to articles, however this practice is regulated in order to avoid Wikipedia being used as a promotional tool. While adding external links is fairly easy (there is a links tool above the editing window), you will have to meticulously justify the inclusion of your link in the pages you add it to, particularly if you plan to add it to a number of articles. Wikipedia is not a link farm, nor is it a how-to guide or a resource for needy people, and even links that are added in order to help readers may not be appropriate. Anchoress 18:06, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

created a account but donot know how to log in[edit]

Sir,i have a account in my name of somyaranjandas but i donot know how to log in the same?i read FAQ but it so complicated ,Tell me in simple Terms. THANK YOU. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Somyaranjandas (talkcontribs)

But you are already logged in. See some links that I have left on your talk page to start off -- Lost(talk) 18:22, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

New content[edit]

Does Wikipedia have a running log of newly created articles? Paul6743 18:28, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Yes please see Special:Newpages -- Lost(talk) 18:31, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

The approach to translating a German article (Vienna Project)??[edit]

I am a rank Wikipedia beginner. I can translate German to English and am eager to participate in the Vienna Project. I have selected an article that has not been translated (de.Schweizerhaus)and apparently has a slot allotted for it in the English Wikipedia. I have translated the brief article from a printout I made and would like to enter it. Do I somehow get hold of the German Wiki article and simply modify it by typing over the German (thereby leaving the links, etc.)? If so, do I bring it to a sandbox first? DFWMike 9/14/06 14:25 CDT

When translating from the DE encyclopedia I usually click edit on the german site then copy the wikicode into the new english language article, I then translate over the text, leaving notes and comments (using html comment !--) where translation is difficult or awkward. If I cannot finish it in one sitting I comment out the remainder but leave it in the article. Then submit. After doing so I usually ask another multi-lingual editor to check the work. --Darkfred Talk to me 19:36, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
User:Lectonar has helped me quite a bit with german->english proof reading. --Darkfred Talk to me 19:39, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

I would greatly appreciate if a native english speaker could edit my article: "Fender HM Strat"

  • This might help for translating from German: do a Google search and locate the article on German Wikipedia, then click the 'translate this article' button. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ian mckenzie (talkcontribs)
DO NOT do this!!! If you do not understand enough german to read the article to begin with this will do more bad than good. Machine translation is terrible and will result in numerous errors that are virtually impossible for you or others to catch, especially if you don't have the fluency to read the german in the first place. --Darkfred Talk to me 22:18, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
Some more useful info on this can be found here: Wikipedia:Translation#German-to-English. — QuantumEleven 11:42, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Why do my pictures get deleted?[edit]

Hi, I uploaded pictures on Ariel Fenster and Joe Schwarcz's pages but the next day the pictures are deleted. Those are pictures that I have taken myself. I don't understand what I'm doing wrong. Thanks.

You must provide the license on the picture's page. So, on Image:Afenster.jpg and Image:Joescience.jpg you need to put some kind of license. Since you say you took the pictures yourself, you should put a license like {{GFDL-self}} but the full list is here. Some of these are listed in a dropdown box on the upload page. Since you say you are the creator and are willing to release the pictures, you should consider putting them on Wikimedia Commons. Good luck. --MECUtalk 20:48, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

copying from Spanish Wikipedia[edit]

Can I improve a stub by copying an English translation from the Spanish wikipedia site? How do I credit the source, as it is likely from a number of contributors over time? May I also use the same photos as on the Spanish site; if so, how do I import them to the English site? Ian mckenzie 21:24, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

I do a lot of translating from the Spanish Wikipedia. First check out the format of the references in this article which had no footnotes, and this article which did. Note also the Spanish icons for the external links in the latter article. With regard to photos, if they are photos uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons then they will work fine in your article (just be sure to change "imagen" to image where applicable, if you are importing the markup for the picture). If the photos are locally uploaded there, in order to use them you will have to upload them here yourself. I did this for a few photos in another translated article, and I think (I hope) I did so correctly although I am far from an image expert. An example would be this which you might use as a template if a similiar license was used. The first step would be to save the image to your computer (right click on the image, choose "save target as"). Then go to Special:Upload, which is a link, "Upload file" on the left hand side of every Wikipedia page and follow the instructions. I Hope this helps.--Fuhghettaboutit 22:41, 14 September 2006 (UTC)


hey all, having a problem with my browser seeing unicode. i'm using IE6, and on some pages with lots of unicode instead of seeing the glyph i see a little square box. anyone know how i can fix this? please keep in mind that im not allowed to download anything onto this computer because its not mine. thanks. it would also be helpfull if you left a message on my user talk page if you want to reply because i'm still having trouble finding these deep help pages. thanks. - Patrickjsanford 21:59, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Replied on his talk page -- Lost(talk) 04:22, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

a concern about possible sockpuppets[edit]

Now I have a question...I was looking through the New User Log, and I came across a series of new user accounts that looked to be related: User:Firefly1001, User:Firefly1002, User:Firefly1003, User:Firefly1004, and User:Firefly1005. I'm worried they might end up to be sockpuppets, but I'm not sure what I can do at the moment. Advice? Thanks in advanced! —Keakealani 23:45, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

See WP:SSP --Mitaphane talk 00:00, 15 September 2006 (UTC)
That's what I was looking for! Thanks much! —Keakealani 00:03, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Portal Macau[edit]

Excuse me, I have a question on editing Portal Macau. No admin. gave me any assistance. I already put the frame programming on the page of portal: Macau but it doesn't work. Please refer to history and read what I added so that you understand what I already put and edit. It always occurs . I couldn't put any table, frames or others just like other portal. It is a very technical question. I would be appreciated it when you help me to format and put the language on it so that the frame can come out. Please help! 00:33, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

I am not sure what you wanted to do but you just blanked text and then duplicated what was already there. Normally portals are a collection of various templates that can be edited separately. I'd suggest you start with looking at how other portals are created and then go on to edit the Macau portal -- Lost(talk) 04:17, 15 September 2006 (UTC)
no, you don't understand what I am talking about. I tried to put the frame language after reading other portal. Unforunately everytime the result came out with the words "noinclude". I couldn't copy the template and paste them on because the edit of the Portal Macau and the programming language of template itself are totally different. 22:38, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

James DeKoven search[edit]


There is a page about James DeKoven, but when you search on "dekoven" or "james dekoven", nothing is found. I'm not sure what is going on -- is the search confused by the capital K?

Thanks, Greenmars

Yes the search is cap sensitive. What you can do is create a redirect, so that the above will also point towards the article -- Lost(talk) 04:10, 15 September 2006 (UTC)
  • Also remember point 1 of the WP:VFAQ. Stuff doesn't show up in search immediately. - 07:31, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

purpose and use of discussion of an article[edit]

I typed in Debra Lafave into the computer and went to your page to read your article. I noticed the discussion tab and wondered if this was like a chat room in which you can comment on an article. I am a licensed psychotherapist who has had a client for several years who said the same things that Debra Lafave just said, but her rapist was in his 30's and she was 16. It changed the way she viewed herself and her life. It was determined that she has a disassociative disorder. I noticed on MSNBC that they believe she is bi-polar, but how can I share with other professionals the similarities in the two cases, which, taken alone,sounds insane, but jointly seems to indicate the same psychological transformation regarding her view on sex ?

Booklover316 Delores M. Baber, NCC, LPC, ACS from the state of Alabama

It is not like a chat room or discussion forum for commenting on Debra Lafave the person, but it is for commenting on or discussing the Wikipedia article. If you think there is a deficiency in the article in the aspect you mentioned above, or in some other area, then you can mention it on the talk page. If you have reliable sources that indicate some correlation, then you should present them (though perhaps it would belong at Pedophilia or some other article). Etc. The discussion pages are not, however, for general discussion about the subject of the article. If you would like to contribute, you may be interested in Wikipedia:Tutorial or creating an account. —Centrxtalk • 03:37, 15 September 2006 (UTC)


Why were my entries deleted? They were legit, and I sited my sources??????? Carl.hess 04:26, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Did you create a new article? What was the name of the article? There are no other entries attributed to you. -- Lost(talk) 04:33, 15 September 2006 (UTC)
  • A lot of people cite sources that are either unreliable (usually blogs or forums) or impossible to check (ask Patrick, he knows) or even worse (my source is If you did none of these, your next stop should be Special:Log/Delete where you can type the title of the article (mind your capitalization) and see who deleted it and why. If you don't know how to do this, give us the title, so we can look it up ourselves. - 07:29, 15 September 2006 (UTC)


How work together Computer harware & software? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wanni rad (talkcontribs)

You might find what you are looking for in the article about Computer. If you cannot find the answer there, click here to post your question at that article's talk page. If that doesn't solve your problem, you can try asking your question at Wikipedia's Reference Desk. They'll be glad to answer questions about anything in the universe (except about how to use Wikipedia, which is what this help desk is for). I hope this helps. -- Lost(talk) 06:41, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

copy illustrations from other Wikis[edit]

When an image is available on another wiki then where I'ld like to use it (e.g. the German de.wikipedia) but not on Commons, although it could be as it is not copyright-restricted (e.g. public domain), how can I

  • copy it to another Wiki (e.g. en.Wikipedia)
  • and/or -if that is easier perhaps better- copy it to Commons?

I'm looking forward to practical advice; on my talk page would be great Fastifex 11:21, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Assuming it can be uploaded to Commons and it might be useful on more than one project then it generally should be. --Cherry blossom tree 11:50, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Compliments (talk page reply please!!) ;)[edit]

How do I publicly announce good service bestowed unto me by another Wikipedian? If there is no compliment page already, may I please create it? Auroranorth 11:38, 15 September 2006 (UTC) Please reply on my talk page - here

This is generally done by adding a Barnstar to that person's user or talk page. I don't know of any central location for this kind of thing, though the idea seems vaguely familiar. You might want to bring it up at Wikipedia:Kindness Campaign. --Cherry blossom tree 11:56, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

How do you put edit protection on your user/talk page against vandals and newcomers?[edit]

AURORANORTH talk to me

Generally you don't - the idea of your talk page is to allow anyone to contact you, even people who are new/don't have an account. Semi-protection policy states that "User talk pages subject to persistent vandalism or trolling may be semi-protected or protected on request". If you think your userpage qualifies for that then you can list it at Requests for page protection. --Cherry blossom tree 12:02, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

About Interpretation of graps[edit]

How to interprete statistical graps with example

Please ask at the reference desk in a clearer manner. This help desk answers questions pertaining to wikipedia only -- Lost(talk) 13:37, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

victoria s middleton[edit]

A brief bio for the subject was accepted and viewable as of 9-9-06, but has now disappeared from Wikipedia. How can the bio be restored?Frankmidd 14:42, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

It exists. Click on Victoria S. Middleton -- Lost(talk) 15:15, 15 September 2006 (UTC)


How do you add pictures to your Wikipedia account. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Taros (talkcontribs)

First you need to upload images. Make sure you tag them correctly. Fair use images cannot be used on userpages. Next, you just link them to your userpage. You can see Wikipedia:Image tutorial for this -- Lost(talk) 15:13, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Help Me[edit]

Can I save articles to my Log in Name? DramaChic17 15:46, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

I am not sure what you mean but you can add info about youself on your userpage. If you want to temporarily create an article in your userspace, you can do that too and move it to article namespace once the article is ready. Does this answer your question? -- Lost(talk) 15:49, 15 September 2006 (UTC)
In case you mean "bookmarking" articles for future reference, you can put wikilinks to them in your user page. You can also put links to the permanent URL of a revision you are interested in. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 15:52, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

John Adams[edit]

Why did John Adams think that July 2 would be Independence Day? What is John Adams wife’s name?

You might find what you are looking for in the article about John Adams. If you cannot find the answer there, click here to post your question at that article's talk page. If that doesn't solve your problem, you can try asking your question at Wikipedia's Reference Desk. They'll be glad to answer questions about anything in the universe (except about how to use Wikipedia, which is what this help desk is for). I hope this helps. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 16:16, 15 September 2006 (UTC)


I'n my veiw you'r homepage is so BORING SO MAKE IT MORE FUN FOR PEOPLE

Thanks for the suggestion. We look forward to your participating to make it more fun. I have left some links on your talk page. Please go through them and start participating -- Lost(talk) 17:29, 15 September 2006 (UTC)
  • It would help if you explained why you think it's boring. I don't think it is (especially now we're featuring that big blob called Jabba the Hut on the front page). - Mgm|(talk) 22:30, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Children attending US public schools[edit]

How many children are attending US public schools? 22:27, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

  • That's a question for the reference desk. They love to answer questions on pretty much anything, apart from Wikipedia itself, which is what this page is for. - Mgm|(talk) 22:31, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Can I create links in a site linking to Wikipedia pages[edit]

I am Creating a site

about sports in 35 countries in over 25 languages

Can I create links pointing to content and language info in WIKIPEDIA???

Thank you for help


Yes, you can freely link to Wikipedia from your own site. Be aware that the reverse may be considered spamming, though. WilyD 22:32, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Virtual Alien[edit]


we have tried a few times to insert some text about this artist especially since something has already been mentioned under "old Nick peterson".

We have registered and had the confirmation that this had been done (in July and august) but nothing has been displayed. Why? Please let me know thanks

I'm afraid I can't find any of the articles you refer to, and there doesn't seem to be any record of them having been deleted. If you know the exact titles of the articles in question then we may be able to help, or you could simply add the text again and see what happens. Good luck. --Cherry blossom tree 00:14, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
Old Nick Peterson was deleted August 3, see the delete log entry. Virtual Alien is a requested article, from Wikipedia:Articles for creation/2006-08-29 that no one has apparently created. -- Rick Block (talk) 00:29, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Need help Renaming (moving) a page[edit]

Need help Renaming (moving) a page. Specifically: USS Lawrence (1812) needs to be USS Lawrence (1813) as this was when the ship was commissioned.

I'm sorry. I've spend a few hours now trying to follow the convoluted directions to do this on the Wikipedia site, but have really had enough of this frustration. Even the help is hard to use in Wikipedia!

The key seems to be using a "Move" tab that is supposed to be "on every page", but don't seem to see it on ANY page. Found this regarding a "Move tab" on

  1. there is no button for this in the nostalgia skin;
  2. the button is in the quickbar, so this must be on.
  With the correct page displayed, click on the "Move" tab near the top of the page. 

I use the MonoBook (default) skin, so this shouldn't apply, but have tried every skin I see, and have NEVER seen a "Move" tab on ANY page. The directions for editing the quickbar are as confusing as just about anything I have read and leave out a very important piece of information - like where these edits are supposed to be taking place.

What am I doing wrong?

BBODO 23:43, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Wild guess, but you probably have a very new account. The move page tab will appear four days after you registered. This is to make it more difficult for people to vandalise by moving pages around to scurrilous new locations. I've moved this one for you. --Cherry blossom tree 00:04, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Thanks so much. Would be nice if there was a mention of this "feature" on the help sections dealing with moves. Wasted a good few hours on this.

uploading file[edit]

Every time I try to upload I get the message that I must log in I log in I link to Upload file I get the message that I must log in I log in ad infinitum.....

TIA jdkennel

Yes, you need to login to be able to upload files. Are your cookies enabled? Are you behind a secure connection? -- Lost(talk) 02:38, 16 September 2006 (UTC)


How can I change a picture in an article —Preceding unsigned comment added by Roseclip (talkcontribs)

First the other picture needs to be uploaded. See Wikipedia:Uploading images. Please be sure to tag it correctly. Second, the picture needs to be linked to the article. You can see Wikipedia:Image tutorial for that. -- Lost(talk) 03:00, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

I still can't upload a picture - I log in and have enabled cookies for this site. as soon as I go to the page I am trying to upload to I get a message that I need to be logged in to upload a file. I log in and get the message that the log in was successful. I click on the link to take me back to the page I want to upload the file to and I get a message that I need to log in. Exasperating!! PK


For some reason the contents thing that allows you to go do different sections has disappeared for me, What's happened?

†he Bread 03:48, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

By default, it appears only on articles having atleast 4 sections. Two other ways it would not show up for you are if your user preferences are set to turn it off or if in an article, NOTOC is added in the edit box. -- Lost(talk) 03:56, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Ah, that was it, thanks

†he Bread 04:00, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Bottom line of template not showing up[edit]

I've created a template (type "Template:Hungry City Chronicles" into the search box), but for some reason the last line of text won't show up. If you go into edit mode you can see it, but it just doens't show up in regular mode. Can someone tell em how to fix this? Battle Ape 04:55, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Fixed. You accedently had a : instead of a = on the last list. -Royalguard11(Talk·Desk) 04:59, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! Battle Ape 05:24, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Changing articles[edit]

How do you change article names —Preceding unsigned comment added by Basel15 (talkcontribs)

You need to move the article to the correct name. Moves can only be done by people whose accounts are atleast 4 days old -- Lost(talk) 05:42, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

User creation on logs[edit]

Looking at the logs, ( i noticed there are entries for people who created new accounts. So there are "[username] (new user account)" entries. But there are also these "[username] created new account [user:username]." Does that mean you can create new accounts whilst being logged in? How does it work...since once i log in, i find the "sign in/create account" link at the top right hand corner of the page dissapears.

Or does it happen automatically? So when you create two accounts from the same computer, because they're from the same IP address, the latter one is automatically created by the first one? But then what happens if two people create wikipedia accounts from the same computer (like a library computer)...wouldn't all the accounts get associated with each other?

Special:Specialpages (linked in the toolbar on your left) lists all of the currently available special pages, including Special:Userlogin, which allows you to create a new account. In many cases, use of multiple accounts is allowed; in other cases, it will lead to on-sight blocking, so please see WP:SOCK if you're considering that. Happy editing. Luna Santin 02:31, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
Thanks. Just one last question...does the "[username] created new acount [user:username]" only come up when you are creating a new account whilst being already logged on? Or does it happen when you are creating a new account from the same ip address as the previously existing one? Or does it happen when you validate a new account with the same e-mail address as the previously existing one?
I am fairly certain that it only happens if you are logged in when creating the new account. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 18:05, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Block broad-based spam linking[edit]

I've been steadily undoing some porn linkspam edits for some time now and I've reached the end of my patience with it. I'm guessing the links being are all controlled by the same person or company since the page format at the other end is consistent across all the assorted name. The problem is that the links end up in many webpages - typically the biography pages for various Playboy Playmates and Penthouse Pets - but the IP address they come from look to be all over the place so it's not like I can get one user blocked. And besides, the various IP addresses cycle all over the place.

Example 1: Shyla Stylez had a link appended to the page pointing to www shylastylez net. The link was added on two different occasion by two different IPs: (as seen here) and (here.

Example 2: Maria Checa - the link for her was to mariacheca dot org. The IPs adding the link were (here) and (here).

Example 3: Peggy McIntaggart - the link being added goes to www dot peggymcintaggart dot, and the IP adding it is (here).

The web pages in question are numerous and are not just those three - e.g., similar edits were done to the pages of Dina Jewel, Luna Lane, Devinn Lane, Carrie Stevens, Victoria Zdrok, Bonita Saint, Racquel Darrian, etc., etc., ad nauseum. And these are just the ones I was able to spot.

Can someone please advise me on what can be done to stop this from occuring?? Tabercil 23:22, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Assuming there is no connection between the websites being linked to or the IPs making the edits then there is nothing we can do beyond carefully watching articles likely to be affected, I'm afraid. --Cherry blossom tree 00:06, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
  • You could ask to have those links put on the m:Spamblacklist (not sure of the link here). - Mgm|(talk) 08:29, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Featured Articles[edit]

I'm a contributor to one of the WikiCities and am trying to figure out how I can add a Featured Articles section to its home page. I'm having a hard time figuring out what the source for this feature is. Could someone help me?

Thanks. 02:06, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

The above was me, I hadn't realized I wasn't signed in. WikiManGreen 02:07, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

This helpdesk answers queries related to wikipedia only. For wikicities (which I think has now been renamed to wikia), you would need to go to that site and ask them. -- Lost(talk) 02:47, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Odd, I thought I'd seen a similar section on a baseball wikia.

Ours codes the same way as the main page, could someone just tell me how the Featured Articles section is coded?WikiManGreen 05:29, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

  • You can check by clicking the "view source" link on top of the main page. - Mgm|(talk) 08:31, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Helping Edit Wikipedia and adding External Links[edit]

Hi all, I am relatively new to Wikipedia and am interested in offering my time and effort to help continue and develop this wonderful project. I have created a number of websites of my own which I have researched and put together with relevant content. When I offer these as external links to relevant articles, invariably they are deleted due to "spam" or "suspected spam". I cannot find the logic behind this. They are not commercial websites, they do have some advertisement from Google Adsense on them, which I placed there to help cover some of the hosting costs I endure. I would be grateful for some advise in this area, as some of my sites stay up for over 2 months through countless revisions..and others are removed almost immediately. (Tapdancer2000 02:21, 16 September 2006 (UTC))

I recommend reading Wikipedia:External links; it should help you determine whether your links are suitable, and anyone who removes your links should be acting in accordance with the guideline. We're not in the web directory business, so links have to be very relevant, not just 'useful', to be included. --Sam Blanning(talk) 02:28, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Hi Sam, many thanks for your speedy response. I have printed off the external links page you guided me to and gone through the checklist, I am 95% sure I have met all the criteria. What puzzles me is that if there have been countless revisions of the page, why now can a contributer suddenly remove a number of external links including my site from the external links. I really need to get to the bottom of this, as I have spend many hours researching specific topics and creating information based websites which help to add additional content to the Wikipedia Resource (Tapdancer2000 03:01, 16 September 2006 (UTC))

  • The people who did the "countless revisions" so far may have been focussed on other things than the external links. I generally don't remove external links when I haven't checked them. If you're talking about linking to your site, it's generally a good idea to suggest it to people editing the article and have them do the adding. -- Mgm|(talk) 08:34, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Hindi/ Devanagri script.[edit]

how to type or enter text in Hindi (Devanagari) script?

Please see WP:COMPLEX. Various methods are explained there -- Lost(talk) 08:37, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

how I change my user name?[edit]

how I change my user name? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mbbchandiran (talkcontribs)

Since this is your first edit under this name, just register with a new name and start editing. For older usernames, one can apply at Wikipedia:Changing username -- Lost(talk) 08:49, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Request for comments[edit]

How do I add requests for comments?Matt. P 08:52, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

The procedure is given at WP:RFC. But are you sure that is what you want to do. It is a part of the dispute resolution process. In case you want comments to improve an article, you can ask for it to be peer reviewed -- Lost(talk) 08:55, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Deleting Articles[edit]

I need to delete another person's article, a totally false article btw, called BlastWarGreymon. How?

There are three ways you can do this. Please go through our Wikipedia:Deletion policy to understand them better. -- Lost(talk) 15:15, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
I have already proposed the article BlastWarGreymon for deletion. - Mike Rosoft 15:24, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
Actually, it has been prodded and deprodded once before, so the right way to do it would be through WP:AFD -- Lost(talk) 15:28, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Deleting false information[edit]

I've found a piece of information about a relative of mine who has a page dedicated to them. This information is untrue and I can prove this. It has caused offence and I wish to delete it. How do I do this? 15:58, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Please email info-en at wikimedia dot org with the details and it will be taken care of. You can find our relevant policy at Wikipedia:Libel -- Lost(talk) 16:17, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

New Animation. Night Lights[edit]


I thought I could make an animation improvement with my 3D engine:

The Animation:

5 seconds * 50 frames. 6 more frames than the old one. Same speed, 10 fps. Twice the colors. Night lights. Continuous loop. 150px.

My question is how does one upload the new animation?

Then the rest seems easy: Change: Image:Rotating earth (small).gif

to: Image:Earth-5-50.gif

Maybe someone else would like to do it? This work is hereby donated to Wikipedia.

WikiLover —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Hello WikiLover, If you want to upload an image to wikipedia, you need to create an account. Please look for the tab on the top right corner of the page. Thereafter you can upload an image and license it under GFDL.We have no way of verifying that the website you link to above is indeed yours. Thanks -- Lost(talk) 16:30, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

where can i find?[edit]

where can i find the aurthor's last name and first name in one of the wikipedia's articals, the date of the artical, that date of the artical accessed online?

  • You will need to make the question clearer. If you want to know about the history of an article, just look for the history tab at the top of any page. It will give you when the various revisions of an article were created and by whom. -- Lost 20:32, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
  • If you wish to cite the article in a paper, click the "Cite this article" link in the toolbox on the left side of page. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 20:34, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

turtles wat do they eat[edit]

hey i was wondering wat turtles eat b/c i have one so ya well can you please tell me

Please check at turtle (and next time, use the reference desk). --ZimZalaBim (talk) 21:17, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

I forgot my *username*[edit]

I signed in years ago, and wrote down the username and password (along with a number, maybe it's a user ID?). I was using a means of obscuring the username and password at the time that I no longer remember. However, my email address should still be the same.

So the question is: is there a way to retrieve my username and password with just my email address?

Unfortunately, you need to enter your username to retrieve your password via email. Did you make many edits? The simplest thing would be to create a new account. --Sam Blanning(talk) 01:35, 17 September 2006 (UTC)
You could also try, if you remember any edits you made (if you made any), to look at the history of articles you made edits to and see if you can find your username. Garion96 (talk) 01:39, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Movie quotes[edit]

User:Haonhien seems to be in the process of writing an article for each of the memorable quotes of Casablanca (e.g. Play it once, Sam, Here's looking at you, kid), regurgitating part of the plot each time to pinpoint where the quote is uttered. I love the movie, but this seems a bit excessive to me. Clarityfiend 02:10, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

This should probably go do WP:ANI. --ZimZalaBim (talk) 02:46, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Adding a name to a high school FAMOUS ALUMNI list.[edit]

I would like to add a name to the Dulles High School famous alumni. Please advise the procedure for doing this. Maurice Novosad 04:40, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Be bold! When viewing the article, click the "edit this page" tab at the top, and make whichever changes you wish. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 04:45, 17 September 2006 (UTC)
Also have a look at Wikipedia:WikiProject Schools#Notable alumni sources for some guidelines -- Lost 04:50, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Alignment of templates[edit]

How can I make one template go under the other on 1940 Virginia state highway renumbering like images? I tried various changes to Template:Highway renumbering series but they either shifted the text down below the first one or shifted the next section below the second one. --NE2 07:49, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Simply add <br style="clear:both" /> under the first template. -- Lost(talk) 07:53, 17 September 2006 (UTC)
That doesn't work - the text aligns underneath the first template. See 1940 Virginia state highway renumbering now. --NE2 08:15, 17 September 2006 (UTC)
An alternative is to create a table, place it where you want and place the template inside the table. This should solve your problem -- Lost(talk) 08:28, 17 September 2006 (UTC)
There has to be a way to do it; it works perfectly for images. --NE2 09:15, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

سيليكات الصوديوم[edit]

اريد معلومات وافيه عن سيليكات الصوديوم ؟ كيفيه انتاجها وكيفيه استخدامها والاستفاده منها؟

Well, this being the english wikipedia, it would be great if you asked for help in english. Or you will have to wait for someone who knows Arabic/Urdu -- Lost(talk) 09:07, 17 September 2006 (UTC)
That's new! Wrong question and wrong language! It translates roughly as "I want complete information about sodium silicate. The way it is produced, the way it is used and its benefits." The natural place to find this information is the sodium silicate article, or the Science reference desk. -- Meni Rosenfeld (talk) 10:56, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

need names in history page[edit]

give names of people working in foreignexchange department of centurion bank of punjab.

Your best option would be to call up the bank and ask them. Otherwise you could try our reference desk -- Lost(talk) 10:24, 17 September 2006 (UTC)