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July 19[edit]

over-writing images[edit]

what does one do when one inadvertently over-writes an image? --emerson7 | Talk 02:18, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Click the (rev) link before the date and username. Tim Q. Wells 03:04, 19 July 2007 (UTC)


Just wanted to say, "HI!", because I'm new here. My name is Frank Fromsteld and yours?Thank you. ---Frank Fromsteld.

Please go to Wikipedia:Introduction. BTW, welcome to Wikipedia. AW 04:42, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
To announce that you are a new user of Wikipedia go to the new user log instead. Tim Q. Wells 05:55, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Exclude WP mirrors in Google search?[edit]

Is there a way to exclude Wikipedia mirrors from a Google search? The reason is that often I'm trying to look for an independant source, and if I do a Google search, it turns up a bunch of sites that just copy Wikipedia. Bubba73 (talk), 03:18, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Use the meta:Mirror filter, for just this purpose.--Fuhghettaboutit 04:19, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
Thank you, I use Firefox some of the time. Bubba73 (talk), 17:34, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia search box in internet browser[edit]

Is there a Wikipedia search box I can add to my internet browser toolbar like the google search box? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

See Wikipedia search bar 04:24, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

i want to know about someting new[edit]

i want to know about amizing things like burmuda triangle, ufo, mummy, and other other

See List of pseudosciences and pseudoscientific concepts. It will provide you lots of links to all manner of nonsense.--Fuhghettaboutit 04:21, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
Nonsense? How dare you call the Flying Spaghetti Monster nonsense!?  :^) Corvus cornix 15:47, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
Blasphemy against the Flying Spaghetti Monster shall bring wrath upon the blasphemer, a grievous rain of meatballs, all of them considerably past their "Best if eaten by..." date, smiting down all the valiant warriors in the land, and sickening even the beasts of the field (which, of course, reproduce only according to their "kinds" and don't evolve into other "kinds"). And a cry of anguish shall rise up from the land in that day. Yeah, I have prophesied, and thus shall it be. --Teratornis 17:51, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

That's mainly what Wikipedia is for... Look up "Bermuda Triangle" or just press the Random Page button... ~Crowstar~crow calls 20:30, 21 July 2007 (UTC)

Flying Spaghetti Monster? A mere piffle. Bow down before The Invisible Pink Unicorn or she will smite you pastafarian rabble!--Fuhghettaboutit 20:41, 21 July 2007 (UTC)

Some stats that I can't find[edit]

I'm looking for stats that compare the contributions from anonymous contributors and registered users? Like numbers of contributions, or byte counts, or maybe numbers of contributions that are reverted... Sancho 06:05, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Your should directly ask Interiot for this kind of question. @pple 03:45, 20 July 2007 (UTC)
Thanks, I should have known. Sancho 20:49, 21 July 2007 (UTC)

Search & Disambiguation[edit]

The Search Engine sends visitors keyboarding in "William Shepherd" to one particular "William Shepherd" (the astronaut) listed on Wikipedia. Normally (?) where there are several articles (there are 4 for William Shepherd) a search sends queries to the Disambiguation Page first. From here the vistor chooses the particular entry they are looking for. How can this be changed for a "William Shepherd" search??

I believe that the disambiguation guideline page has the information you seek, including instructions on how to create a Disambiguation Page. Charlie-talk to me-what I've done 12:19, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for pointing to the Disambiguation page but after spending some time studying it I can't find the answer to my question which is how to get a search for 'William Shepherd' to go to the Disambiguation Page instead of to one of the four articles referenced on that page.
I have replied further on my talk page. Charlie-talk to me-what I've done 22:35, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Edit war in Ålands articles[edit]

I dont understand why swedish users didint want to place finnish name to their article, but they stills added swedish names to our finnish place article. I have notice that finnish and swedish isnt as worth as languages because swedish remove finnish name very soon. I have also references to my adds. Let you see article: Lemland, Kökar and Korsnäs and refer them to article Rääkkylä where swedish users has added their names. --Jommala 08:13, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Naming convention for more information. Also, there's a proposed guideline for Swedish name. @pple 15:59, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Image size[edit]

How is resizing an image accomplished? The entry for author displays an unsuitably large photo and I would like to address this. Thank you.

Is that better? (See changes to see how.) Tim Q. Wells 08:58, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

please reply me fast[edit]

how to change the logo of the xwiki ? my mail is: [EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED]

Link on U.S. Catholic Bishop John Favalora - Request for Permanent Removal[edit]

Hi. I own the site, and I noted when I was reading my site stats someone had posted links to our pages for "Gay-Friendly" Catholic parishes and colleges on Archbishop Favalora's profile. I edited these links yesterday to remove them. Archbishop Favalora does not have any official or unofficial link to our organization - the Conference for Catholic Lesbians. My belief is someone posted, and continues to post these links in order to embarrass the Archbishop and/or as part of a harassment campaign.

These links give people the erroneous impression we are linked to Archbishop Favalora, and possibly to the sexual abuse cases of his diocese.

I checked this morning and noticed the links had been reposted. I deleted them again.

I would not like to get into a game with this person or be involved in a negative way with Wikipedia. However, I please ask you to remove/block these links permanently. They are serving no cause except some unnamed individual's personal political agenda.

Thank you for your consideration. Can you please advise me of your decision on this matter.


This issue is already getting dealt with, the user who put the references back in and other parties are going through a mediation process in which external links are included. See Wikipedia:Requests for mediation/John Favalora. This will probably sort the issues. AndrewJDTALK -- 14:02, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Gallery is forbidden[edit]

I had an idea of writing a program to check the gallery of new images periodically and show them on a screen where a user can quickly choose from a preset list of copyright infringement notices to append to the images. However, when I attempt to access the page, I get "403 Forbidden". I can access the page from any web browser (logged in or not), but not programatically. What gives? -- Kainaw(what?) 13:39, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

No "edit me" box[edit]

How does one edit a section of an article if there is no "edit" command or box? In specific, "Sally, the Witch" has an opening section that has some problems that need fixing, but no way to edit anything. What to do?

13:59, 19 July 2007 (UTC)~

Click "edit this page" at the top of the page. -- Kainaw(what?) 14:02, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
Also see Wikipedia:Lead section#Sections and table of contents, second paragraph, for a trick to edit just the lead section by itself. --Teratornis 14:23, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Thanks! But I have another question or two...

The Sally page leads to a link mentioning anime and manga editors -- how do I contact them?

I'd rather talk to the writers/editors who did the Sally page than simply start inserting changes. Not that I'm afraid of changes, but it's better, I think, to get some discussion and consensus first. Since I have no experience at all editing on Wikipedia, I'd rather avoid all the inevitable blunders that come with inexperience. It's better, I think, to say to someone "How about this and that? Isn't that part a little inaccurate and saying it this way would be better?"

Thanks once again. Timothy Perper 16:55, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Every page has a Talk/Discussion page attached to it. Discuss changes there. Go to the page, click Talk/Discussion and add your suggested changes. -- Kainaw(what?) 17:06, 24 July 2007 (UTC)


I added a long index to this map: Image:Bia-map-indian-reservations-usa.png. It would be better if it was in columns but I can't find how to make them. Also can anyone change the entries from all caps? Rmhermen 15:13, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

See: {{multicol}}, {{Multicol-break}}, and {{Multicol-end}}. To see some examples, go to the {{multicol}} template page and click: toolbox | What links here. --Teratornis 16:08, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps the easiest way to change the letter case of the entries is to copy and paste them into an external text editor program which has an automatic case-change feature, then copy and paste them back into the image page's edit window on Wikipedia. --Teratornis 16:10, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
I was able to do that with the Change case function in my ancient copy of Multi-Edit. I will leave you with the exercise of formatting the list of reservation names with {{multicol}}. You could also link the reservation names to their articles on Wikipedia. --Teratornis 16:16, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. Rmhermen 16:22, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Storage unit[edit]

What are the functions of storage unit —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

There are many kinds of Storage. You can find information about many of them on the disambiguation page: Storage. --Teratornis 16:05, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
By the way those sort of questions are usually best asked at Reference desk. The help desk is for questions about wikipedia. --Tλε Rαnδom Eδιτor (ταlκ) 17:45, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Mistaken move/help with properly moving talk page[edit]

A user (AMK1211) did not properly move the article Nicole Blonsky to Nikki Blonsky, and as a result all of the history of the previous page was lost and the new talk page (Talk:Nikki Blonsky) was created as a redirect to the old talk page (Talk:Nicole Blonsky). I noticed this when I saw that the article, which I had previously assessed for the Biography WikiProject, was no longer technically assessed, so I used a script to assess it, which created the new talk page (Talk:Nikki Blonsky) before I figured out that the old talk page should have been moved. Now, of course, since the article talk page already exists, I can't move it myself. Can someone help me figure this mess out? The old talk page needs to be deleted, and the information reinstated on the new talk page. It would be nice to have all of the old history reinstated, as well. María (críticame) 16:13, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

I've fixed it, I think. Let me know if there are any problems. --ST47Talk·Desk 16:21, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
It looks good on my end! Thanks for the speedy work. María (críticame) 16:22, 19 July 2007 (UTC)


Recently I noticed that a negative comment was place about my corporation. Please do not allow this to happen it goes against your rules. The comment was mad about AdBux. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ducucch2 (talkcontribs)

Wikipedia is not censored. If you don't like bad press, go after the press outlets that the article is referencing. -- Kainaw(what?) 16:55, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
There are no rules against articles discussing legitimate, sourced criticism against a corporation. While attack pages designed to baselessly insult or libel are not permitted, there is no evidence that the page you refer to was inaccurate in its statements. Lucky number 49 17:29, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
Which page is Ducucch2 referring to? has been deleted as an attack page, that might have been his/her concern. Corvus cornix 18:22, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
While it was the decision of an admin that the page was non-notable and an attack page, I feel inclined to disagree with both points based on what I was able to see of the page prior to its deletion-- although I would have classed it as a stub. However, since the article has been deleted, I suppose that the point is moot. Lucky number 49 18:50, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

How do i upload an image onto a certain page?[edit]

Im looking to upload a personal picture onto the Siouxsie page and dont know how to do it. Ive opened an account, ive uploaded the picture but am unsure how to put it up on the Siouxsie page

To add a picture to a page edit the page and add the following [[Image:Example.jpg|left|100px]] replacing the example.jpg with the name of your picture. The left tells the picture where to be placed. You can also use "right" and "center". Finally adjust the "px" size to make the picture bigger or smaller. --Tλε Rαnδom Eδιτor (ταlκ) 17:43, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Change a Name[edit]

How do I change the name of a stub? I entered it but forgot to capitalize a word in the name and now links to that name will not work because one word is not capitalized as it should be.

Thanks! Dan

Click on the "move" tab and fill in the form correctly. « ANIMUM » 17:06, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
It might also be helpful to read Help:Moving a page. --Tλε Rαnδom Eδιτor (ταlκ) 17:44, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
But if your account is not four days old or more you won't be able to move it. Tim Q. Wells 18:42, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
In that case go to Wikipedia:Requested moves. -- 20:04, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Image Trouble[edit]

I have created a page for my Non Profit and I was looking to add an image to this page. I uploaded the image, but I cannot get this image to show on the page. The page is located here:

How can I get the link in the gallery box to show as an image?

  • You seem to have worked this out already. The image can be seen here. AndyJones 21:23, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

How do I change the title of my article?[edit]

How do I change the title of my article?

When I type in the title of my article in the search engine, it does not come up? Is there a keyword process?

Spursusa8 20:59, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

do you[edit]

do you have to pay?

No. Wikipedia is free to both read and edit. --ST47Talk·Desk 21:17, 19 July 2007 (UTC)


When I want to search for my articles i have to type in the whole article name for it to come up in the results. So I want to know how you can add tags, e.g. i want Chelsea F.C. 2006-2007 to show up in the results if someone searches for chelsea.Azlan2k7 21:29, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

The article is already in categories and a template, so I think the only thing you can do is add redirects, such as by creating Chelsea FC 2006-2007 without the dots, and redirecting. Shalom Hello 21:32, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
The article is indexed by search as seen in a search on chelsea 2006. There are a lot of articles about Chelsea so you cannot expect this one to be on the first search results page when you only search on chelsea. It's currently number 88 for me in [1]. Trying to game the Wikipedia search by making "your" article show up on the first page in a "chelsea" search would be rather bad taste in my opinion. We are writing an encyclopedia together. You can do search engine optimization on your own site. PrimeHunter 22:48, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Help Please[edit]

How do you add the little star by the name of another language that features the same article (in that language). Thanks —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

Add {{featured article}}. Tim Q. Wells 22:11, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
That star is only for articles that have achieved featured article status in other language Wikipedias. If the article is so featured, you can add the star to its page here by placing at the bottom of the article: {{Link FA|two letter country code}}. If, on the other hand, you simply want to list that the article exists on another langugae Wikipedia, place at the bottom of th article [[two letter country code:name of article in the foreign language Wikipedia]]. You can find a list of language codes here.--Fuhghettaboutit 22:12, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

How do I create the following code in BOLD? It will not work for me using[edit]

DirectoryComputerName = Vaultserverthathostsdirectoryservice
Sitename = sitenamefromadminconsole
DistinguishedName = /o=organization/ou=mailboxou/cn=Recipients/cn=mailboxcname
Name = Mailboxroot
Zap = True
By adding on each line the three parentheses on each side of the text you want to make bold. --Tλε Rαnδom Eδιτor (ταlκ) 23:05, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
A parenthesis is (. Wikipedia uses single-quotes for bold/italic, which are '. Bold is three single-quotes, as in '''make this bold'''. -- Kainaw(what?) 23:10, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Where to place an RfC that potentially will have a community-wide discussion?[edit]

I'm trying to create a separate page for an RfC discussion that will have long-term effects on referencing and already has elicited in being split to its own page. We also are planning on announcing this fairly widely as a community notice, so as to get a wide-spectrum response. Where is the most appropriate place to put this? A subpage? (Of which page?) It's own page? Girolamo Savonarola 23:19, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Are you alluding to this discussion: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Films#IMDb as Valid Reference Material and Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Films#Open forum for discussion? --Teratornis 00:45, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Change from Autobiography section to US Guitarist section[edit]

How do I change a page I created from an autobiography page to a guitarist page? There are 3 boxes on my page now that deal with autobiographical details and how they are not proven or cited. Beaulong 23:50, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Are you talking about the article: Beau Long? For starters, see: WP:COI and WP:AUTOBIO. --Teratornis 00:30, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Thank youBeaulong 00:50, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

loading a new page[edit]

How do I load a new subject page? 23:54, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

See Help:Starting a new page. You might also want to take a look at Wikipedia:Your first article and Wikipedia:How to write a great article. Andyreply 23:57, 19 July 2007 (UTC)