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September 8[edit][edit]

According to your information below, Osbourne is the father of six children, not seven (5 biological & 1 adopted) Robert Macato was never adopted.

Osbourne has been married twice and is the father (ctrl-click)"> (ctrl-click)"> (ctrl-click)"> (ctrl-click)"> (ctrl-click)">of seven children (five biological, and two adopted'''). He was first married to Thelma Riley (now a teacher in Leicestershire) and adopted her son Elliot Kingsley (1966); together they had Jessica Starshine Osbourne Hobbs (20 January 1972) and Louis John Osbourne (1975). He later married Sharon Arden and had three children with her. They are Aimee Osbourne (2 September 1983), Kelly Osbourne (27 October 1984) and Jack Osbourne (8 November 1985). They also took in family friend Robert Marcato after his mother died, but never legally adopted him.

Thank you for your question. If you have verifiable documentation of only one adoption, feel free to edit the page, but if your change is reverted (or undone) bring the discussion to the article's talk page - do not continue to assert this issue. Tiggerjay (talk) 02:17, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Well, the current assertion (2 adopted) is seemingly unsourced as well. The OP could justifiably remove it or slap a {{fact}} tag on until someone provides a source. Zain Ebrahim (talk) 14:27, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

111th congress listing[edit]

Where is John Boehner of OHIO? I could not find him. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:19, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

He's listed under "House of Representatives, Minority (Republican) leadership" as the Minority leader as "John Boehner". He's also listed under the membership of the House of Representatives, under Ohio, 8th district as "John A. Boehner".
John Boehner is from West Chester, Ohio, Butler County, and was born in Reading, Ohio--Unionhawk Talk E-mail Review 01:38, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Oh, are you looking for the article? Here it is.--Unionhawk Talk E-mail Review 16:38, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Halifax Explosion[edit]

I am wondering why the page Halifax Explosion lists in the box to the right (what is this called anyways?) that the incident was a "type of attack", when it clearly was not. I am wondering if there is a reason for this before I go and change anything. Thanks! ---Debollweevil (talk) 14:14, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

That line is part of the infobox {{Infobox civilian attack}}. That particular infoxbox was probably used because there was not an infobox that was an exact match. If you believe there is a better one to use, you could discuss the issue on the article's talk page. TNXMan 14:21, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
(edit conflict)It is an infobox; see Wikipedia:Manual of Style (infoboxes). In particular, this uses {{Infobox civilian attack}}. Seest fireworks disaster and other accident articles use it as well. Please discuss on the template talk page. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 14:24, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the links and I am checking them out currently. There are some questions that remain at the moment, however... Before I bring this up on the talk page, is there another info box that might be applicable here? Also, can you edit exactly what the info box contains, or do you have to use the template as is? I'm trying to get a better understanding before I launch into anything, and I appreciate you all taking the time to explain this! ---Debollweevil (talk) 14:42, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
You have to use the infobox as is, because any changes will change the infobox on all of the articles in which it is used (you can't make a change that will only appear just for this article). You should be able to read more about infoboxes and see if there is a more applicable one on this page. TNXMan 14:48, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
It appears that most articles in Category:Industrial accidents and incidents have no infobox. Those I found either used {{Infobox civilian attack}} or {{Infobox News event}}. PrimeHunter (talk) 16:01, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Why are my links being deleted?[edit]

Hello, I have placed links in the past from articles to websites that my group - The Old Time Radio Researchers owns. These links are for the purpose of providing more information on the wikipedia articles. Our sites - provides the internets largest database on old time radio programs and stars, plus a wealth of other materials.

Recently I've received a notice from Binksternet claiming that my links are spam and he/she has deleted them.

However there are many links from old time radio articles to commerical sites to be found in wikipedia. Why are they not deleted?

Our sites provide much additional information on the old time radio articles. We are not doing it for Google ranking.

Please allow our group to post external links to wikipedia articles.

Jim BeshiresBeshires (talk) 15:10, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

The following is from WP:EL#ADV:
It is true that a link from Wikipedia to an external site may drive Web traffic to that site. But in line with Wikipedia policies, you should avoid linking to a site that you own, maintain, or represent—even if WP guidelines seem to imply that it may otherwise be linked. When in doubt, you may go to the talk page and let another editor decide. This suggestion is in line with WP's conflict-of-interest guidelines.
Maybe post links to your sites to the article talk page (or a relevant project page) and see if other editors agree that your sites add any useful material. Zain Ebrahim (talk) 15:37, 8 September 2009 (UTC)


Are there any business that have not been affected by globalization? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:25, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Have you tried Wikipedia's Reference Desk? They specialize in knowledge questions and will try to answer just about any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that is what this Help Desk is for). Just follow the link, select the relevant section, and ask away. I hope this helps. Zain Ebrahim (talk) 15:33, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Pictogram voting delete.svg Please do your own homework. Welcome to the Wikipedia Help desk. Your question appears to be a homework question. I apologize if this is a misevaluation, but it is our policy here to not do people's homework for them, but to merely aid them in doing it themselves. Letting someone else do your homework does not help you learn how to solve such problems.
Please attempt to solve the problem yourself first. You can search Wikipedia or search the Web.
If you need help with a specific part of your homework, the Reference desk can help you grasp the concept. Do not ask knowledge questions here, just those about using Wikipedia. -- PhantomSteve (Contact Me, My Contribs) 17:15, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Adding an Article[edit]

How do I add an article/encyclopedic information to wikipedia? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Onegamecard (talkcontribs) 15:30, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Before creating an article, please search Wikipedia first to make sure that an article does not already exist on the subject. Please also review a few of our relevant policies and guidelines with which all articles should comply. As Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, articles must not contain original research, must be written from a neutral point of view, should cite reliable sources which verify their content and must not contain unsourced, negative content about living people.
Articles must also demonstrate the notability of the subject. Please see our subject specific guidelines for people, bands and musicians, companies and organizations and web content and note that if you are closely associated with the subject, our conflict of interest guideline strongly recommends against you creating the article.
If you still think an article is appropriate, see Help:Starting a new page. You might also look at Wikipedia:Your first article and Wikipedia:How to write a great article for guidance, and please consider taking a tour through the Wikipedia:Tutorial so that you know how to properly format the article before creation. Zain Ebrahim (talk) 15:32, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
BTW, since you seem to be associated with One PowerUp Game Card, your username may be problematic. Sorry —teb728 t c 22:46, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Removing a large whitespace at the top of an article[edit]

Please see the discussion here.--Rockfang (talk) 17:59, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

What browser are you using? I don't see the problem in FireFox, Internet Explorer, Opera, or Safari. Algebraist 18:08, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Fixed. -- Finlay McWalterTalk 18:10, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
I'm using IE 8.0. Sorry, I should have stated that. Thanks Finlay for fixing it.--Rockfang (talk) 18:14, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Steve King page defaced[edit]

The following page has been tampered with:

Rep. Steve King is not gay. Please correct ASAP. Thank you! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:45, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Done, but you might want to read WP:SOFIXIT. –túrianpatois 19:49, 8 September 2009 (UTC)


how do i enter/post an article? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:55, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Your question is essentially the same as the one that was answered three questions above. --ColinFine (talk) 23:16, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
One difference between the answer above and an answer to you is that you need to create an account and login in order to create an article. —teb728 t c 01:00, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

Why are Wikipedia articles corruptede when printed?[edit]

Why are Wikipedia articles corrupted when printed? Text often overlays graphics. Printed results are often unusable. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:39, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Firstly, try using the "printable version" link in the bar at the left; that often helps. If it doesn't, it may be due to misplaced "float" graphics - Wikipedia often uses the Cascading Style Sheets "float" property to position images. Some browsers are poor about locating these properly when printing; using a different (hopefully better) browser may help. -- Finlay McWalterTalk 23:43, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
Unless your browser is very old or you have options disabled, you should not need the printable version link; see Help:Printable. Let us know what browser you are using and we may be better able to help you. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 00:14, 9 September 2009 (UTC)